Profile For lil lightning

lil lightning's Info

  • Location:
    PA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    8 years ago

lil lightning's Bio

I drive hot shot/ flats and step deck, in the gas and oil industry and OTR. I love it!

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Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Concerned about physical requirements.

I'm 5'3" and maybe weigh less than 100 pounds. I'm a flatbedder. My only limitation is tarps. I physically can not handle them. I'm just not big enough. Flatbedding IS physically drmanding and requires strength (and clever use of leverage). But trucking in general? Many people with poor upper body strength are truck drivers and there are gadgets and tools designed to take strain off the driver. Keep looking in to it! Good luck!

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Women Truckers and Personal Safety

I really like that you said, these same things apply to men. Or something along those lines. I honestly don't think there are any special concerns for female truckers. All truckers deal with the same dangers and the same problems. The biggest differences between us have more to do with what type of equipment we use, what we haul, and where we haul to, not what gender the trucker is. :)

Posted:  7 years, 8 months ago

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I need some advice

Thank you everyone for all the replies. I wasn't trying to put out a "horror story" just the experience I've had with this particular company. Money was an issue for me so I jumped at this opportunity since it's free up front and if you fulfill your nine month contract you can leave. I signed up for this to be a real truck driver not a wheel holder like basically I am. I was going to contact other companies, more up front companies, and see if they can help. I did my research before entering school and it backfired. I will get back out on the road, but with way more training so I can feel comfortable in that truck.

Get used to the fear and apprehension, and get over it. Or how about drive the darn truck or go home. Seriously, it sounds like you're making excuses or looking for the job to be easy. Nut up, sister. :)

Posted:  7 years, 8 months ago

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H.O.S need help

Thanks for the good input. I've struggled a little grasping the hos rules and effectively applying them. I think I finally get it! :D

Posted:  7 years, 8 months ago

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H.O.S need help

That helps. So really, I could work everyday as long as my 8 day total is under 70 hours.

Posted:  7 years, 8 months ago

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H.O.S need help

Before 2013 the rule was you could take your 34hr reset at any period, then in July of 2013 they changed the rules, 2 consecutive periods between 1am and 5am and could only do a reset after 160hrs . So basically every 6.75 days. They also issued the 8hr break rule which doesn't change.

I'm still confused. Do you reset only if you hit 70 hours in the 8 day period?

Posted:  7 years, 12 months ago

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Class A license passed today!!!!

Congrats! It's a great feeling, eh? Good luck on your training.

Posted:  7 years, 12 months ago

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Hi all! Noob introduction.

Welcome !

I sure the High Road Program has been mentioned - it is essential.

Keep in touch

Thanks. I should check it out. I can always learn something.thank-you.gif

Posted:  7 years, 12 months ago

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Hi all! Noob introduction.

Welcome aboard Ladybug, let us know where you end up working. We're glad your here, and don't be shy. Anytime you have a question or maybe a concern about your training, or whatever might be going on at your new job just jump in here and we will see if we can help.

Thanks and will do. By Monday or Tuesday I'll pick a company. So far, I've found the site here to be real informative, especially when it comes to the big OTR companies. It helped me narrow down my choices. I seriously can't wait to be working hard both inside and outside a truck.

Posted:  8 years ago

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Hi all! Noob introduction.

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Hello Laurie and welcome!

Daniel covered it.

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Wait, where did I get Laurie? Did it change to Ladybug? wtf.gif

Thanks! Laurie is my name but ladybug is my handle. So I'm going with ladybug on the forum. smile.gif

Posted:  8 years ago

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Another new girl

Hi Trish. I read your bio. I lived in AZ and met some off gridders back in the early 90s. Lol. :) Good luck at school!

Posted:  8 years ago

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So Prime denied me...

Sorry to hear about your denial. As a female entering a male dominated field, sure, I feel discriminated against. I, too, am a mother, a single mother for 13 years now. So in a way, I expect the discrimination no matter what job I apply for. To me, it has always been there. I'm late to the 'career party,' so to say. I'm finding that some men in trucking are cool and some are jerks. Similarly, some women in trucking are cool and some are jerks. I figure this, I wouldn't want to work for misogynists anyway. If a company rejects me based on my sex, they're not my kind of company. And nobody can tell me I can't do a thing because I'm female. Regarding companies: I've applied to and spoken with TMC, Schneider, nuvarra, and halliburton to name a few. All are interested in employing me. I think it takes persistence, a good resume, and a can do attitude to get noticed. Rejection sucks, but companies do want to hire women capable of doing the job. Good luck and don't give up!

Posted:  8 years ago

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Hi all! Noob introduction.

Thanks!

Posted:  8 years ago

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Schneider's Orientation

Extended an offer. Lol. Not expended.

Posted:  8 years ago

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Schneider's Orientation

Hi DeJuan. I'd love to hear about your experience. Their tanker division expended me an offer and I'm very seriously considering it. Good luck to you and I hope you give some updates after you get there. Congrats.

Posted:  8 years ago

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Rookies, what would you do?

First, if I'm working for a company, I'm going to follow their policy. However, if I were the owner/operator, I'd check my route and get on the radio. What scales are open and when? 40 pounds isn't going to stop me from getting paid for that load.

Posted:  8 years ago

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Hi all! Noob introduction.

This is a shout out to all y'all on here that make this website and forum so helpful. Thank you! I'm a new trucker and fixin to choose my first job. Chances are, I'll be checking out this forum quite a bit in the coming months. So, cheers! And hello. :)

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