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    Springfield, IL

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    Preparing For School

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    4 years, 3 months ago

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Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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How to become a truck driver in the USA?

Uscis.gov is where you want to go for info about US immigration.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Dilemma

I'm sure this isn't a unique issue. Trucking has been on the top of the maybe pile for a long time. It scares me honestly, but at the same time I can't let it go, when I think I have, it pops back up on the top of the pile again.

I live in Springfield IL, the middle of the state, the closest big city is 1 and half hours away. There just isn't much opportunity here, I look and I see part time jobs, jobs that pay less than what I am making now (about 22k a year), jobs that look better but I'm unqualified for, or jobs that have better pay, I'm qualified for, but I would hate (like sales jobs). I'm pretty lonely, no friends, I have a husband but we're not too close, I have no hobbies other than an MMO that I play. I think often that I'm giving up on something by going on the road, but what I think I'm giving up aren't things that I'm actually doing at the moment, things that I want to do but I can't because I'm stuck here.

I look at trucks rolling down the road and I get this covetous feeling and I can almost see myself gliding down the highway in one, watching the sun rise in one place and set in another. I love driving, I don't what it is about it, but even when I was a little kid I would hold up a frisby or something and pretend that I was driving around. I was driving interstate road trips with my family before I got my license, I'd drive for 8 or more hours at a time no problem.

It doesn't make much sense but something that is holding me back is that I don't think I want to drive trucks for the rest of my life. I'd like to become a master electrician and start my own business. Assuming that I'd make more than 22k a year trucking, I figure I'd be able to save up enough money to pay for relocating and the costs of the apprenticeship. I could skip the trucking part, maybe six more months and I could save up the 1500 or so I'd need, but I'd end up stuck here in Springfield for five years after I got hired. That's not an appealing prospect... but besides that the road is calling to me... I sort of feel like trucking is an experience I need to have. I'm not sure why exactly, when you get down to it it's just a job after all and thanks to this site I feel I don't have unrealistic expectations of what it'd be like.

I feel very reluctant to get the ball rolling, I don't have any roadblocks standing in my way now like poor driving record or work history and I can pass a hair test, so what's left are the roadblocks in my mind. When I rationalize my reluctance I find that the rationalizations fall short, the potential benefits seeming to outweigh the costs by a wide margin. But perhaps the feeling of reluctance is what I should be listening to.

Will my lack of certainty set up me to fail? Should I forget about the whole thing and keep trying to find a better regular job?

I'm sorry this is so rambling, had a lot to get off my chest and I really appreciate anyone who takes the time to read it and I would also appreciate whatever thoughts you've got on the matter.

Thanks

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Buying a truck

On top of all that you've got market fluctuations to worry about. Big carriers have the capital as well as big contracts to ride out the hard times. I've been reading lately that aling with fuel prices dropping, freight prices have also dropped significantly and small companies and O/Os are having a really tough time and some are pulling out or seriously considering it.

That seems like a hell of a lot of stress for retirement. You dont want that truck driving you into an early grave.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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More companies offering training

Looked at Western Express' site, didnt see anything about sponsored CDL training. Am I missing something?

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Karma's A Witch

I saw that one earlier, hilarious and very satisfying. I don't think break checking is a wise thing to do but man this one is sweet.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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I hate my company.

You could take it somewhere and have the oil and filters changed and tell him to reimburse you.

Idk if thats a done thing but if you could do that, it'd buy you some more time on tthe road...

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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What I heard...

I appreciate the stories! Thanks for taking the time, it gives me a good picture of the sorts of things I should be doing when I finally get out there.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Building A Relationship With Your Dispatcher

Belluavir wonders:

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Is the advice to not screw up?

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No, that's not the point. You will screw up. Some time it will be where you mess up your driving hours. Some time you will crunch into something while backing. Some time you will lose a bill of lading. These, and more, are screw ups.

But, if you are serious about your job, you will take ownership of the situation. You will figure out what happened, what you missed or did wrong.

If you can figure out the mistake and how not to do it again - to become an expert on that situation - you have learned something, and are closer to being a great truck driver.

Understood, thanks for clarifying Errol

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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G'day

Https://www.uscis.gov/ is where you want to start. My husband is from Australia, we went the spousal route for him to immigrate. It's a difficult process and thats probably the easiest way to do it.

You cant just up and move and get a job in another country unless you want to be a drug smuggler.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Building A Relationship With Your Dispatcher

Is the advice to not screw up?

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Company Sponsored Training

Call the company and ask to switch divisions. You didnt say who you were working for, if its Roehl they have dry van, prime has tanker and reefer...

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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What happens if I fail the hair test?

It has been more than three months since I've used any drugs (4 or 5). I really want to go to Roehl and haul flatbed, however they do both the DOT UA and hair follicle tests. I'll pass the UA no problem but I'm worried about the hair test. If I fail it, would I be able to go over to another company or would I just be done at that point?

My second choice is Earl Henderson, they only do UA but specialize in reefer, which would be a little disappointing...

I want to ship out early February so that will be another month down, I'm tempted to risk it but I'm worried about ending up completely screwed having quit both my jobs.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Tough Call...What would you do?

Its always a good idea to reduce your personal liability when things go wrong, that's what managers are for. I would sometimes ask a managers advice even if I didnt really need to, just so if **** hits the fan I can say "I was just following orders". Maybe that's a little sleazy but it isn't dishonest or anything like that and with the state our economy is in, you have to look out for your own survival.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Companies that accept 6 months of experience

You might check BTC, if I remember right, they require 3 or 6 months. .50 cpm, flatbed only.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Relaxing

Breathing exercises can help you down from a panic and prevent one. Something like yoga or meditation for 20 or 30 minutes just before you get behind the wheel would help you get into a more relaxed and clear headed state of mind.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Tough Call...What would you do?

I used to work at wallyworld in Frozen and dairy, we were supposed to check temp on every delivery and record it before accepting the load, DCs probably do the same thing.

I'd call my manager and follow orders, if its a bad decision, I can pass the buck onto him.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Swift Says They Have Too Many Trucks And It’s Hurting Their Profits

You don't have to pay experienced drivers more, they do because they want to keep them. If you have the skills to pay the bills and experience, that makes your time a more valuable commodity and more companies will bid for your labour. That's just competition, supply and demand econ 101 stuff man, simple as that.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Werner Dollar General

Thanks everyone for their advice, I'll check out those videos as well, I am a little worried about the backing but not so much the unloading. I worked in the backroom and unloaded trucks twice a week. Around Christmas time every truck was full to the door. Light stuff like clothes, heavy tools, snow throwers, tvs etc. One person in the trailer the rest sorting or dollying out treadmills and furniture. I hated that job but I kinda liked unloading the trucks. And like Brett said heavy stuff is supposed to be on the top but you'd still 40lbs garage door openers or 120 lbs floor jacks hugging the ceiling. Not to mention the 300 lbs pool tables and elyptical machines.

I'm sure its rough though, so I dont know, but the money is good and I really need the money.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Company Training and Licensing: Whats The Catch?

So I would have to be there for two years otherwise I have to pay something or another...?

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Werner Dollar General

The labour sounds great to me, I've gotten soft in my current jobs.

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