Profile For David D.

David D.'s Info

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    Iowa City, IA

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    Considering A Career

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    6 years, 11 months ago

David D.'s Bio

"What a long strange trip its been." --Jerry Garcia

As I come to this site and this stage of my life, I have to think that this is where I have been headed all along. I was born the son of a nuclear metallurgical engineer in the heart of blue collar country (now known as The Rust Belt), Pittsburgh PA. I was raised in upper-middle class style with "professional" expectations so my bias was that any job that required you wear a tie was a good one. On the other hand, I grew up next door to and was playmates with a truck driver's kids. I knew lots of truckers and auto workers and steel workers but I never saw myself AS a trucker....until I figured out how much I like to drive! I spent 23 years as an outside salesperson, covering my territory in my car and every time I got pissed-off about something in my job, the idea of trucker came up. I went through my first marriage, a bad divorce, a change from advertising sales to insurance sales (after some stumbling around in the restaurant business), continuing to drive to my customers' homes to do business. Bedford, PA has a history as a trucking hub and a few of my customers were truckers. The concept kept fluttering around in my head. And then, 8 years into my 2nd marriage, I pulled up stakes with my wife and son in tow and moved to Iowa City where I settle into a job as a pizza delivery driver. Make whatever judgment you like about that but it suited me for 16 years. Then circumstances changed and, at the age of 60, I find myself unemployed with at least 7 years to fill before retirement. That's where I am now and I finally am giving in to the urge.

If you want to know more about me, I invite you to my profile and forum entries at ExperienceProject.com. I've been writing there for a couple years about subjects WAYYY beyond trucking! On EP you can look me up as icDavey.

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Posted:  6 years, 10 months ago

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The decision: It's not for me.

Well, truth is, I don't know if it is for me but I have decided not to risk it. Given my sensitivity to sleep deprivation and the focus/concentration/distractibility issue with my ADD, I've decided to take a job with the frozen food delivery folks who drive much smaller trucks that do not require a CDL. I wasn't so sure that my creaky old brain could absorb all of that new information either. In the end, I backed off from the challenge. And I am OK with that.

As for the role Trucking Truth played in my decision, I will say that this site does a good job of promoting a sober-minded approach to the decision to be a trucker. I would describe your approach to be 20% promotion, 80% caution. Of course, I tend to take things a little too seriously sometimes, but over all, I was impressed with the brutal honesty of your presentations. It really brings home that, in the end, trucking is just another job but with more hazards and aggravations. You de-romanticize it very well.

Thanks again, friends, for being here to hold my hand through a difficult period in my life. Facing unemployment at age 60 was pretty scary. Let me take this opportunity, though, to toot the horn for my home town. Iowa City, Iowa is an amazing place! This town has managed to keep itself economically healthy enough to provide opportunities for anyone. We have an unemployment rate of about 2% and employment across a wide gamut of industries. If you are looking to start over, I would recommend our little town, Home of the Hawkeyes!

Posted:  6 years, 11 months ago

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A month of trucking with Daniel B.

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Folks, this is exactly how it goes if you do it right. They give you a tough load, you don't complain and just do it and do it perfectly. They give you a shorter run, and as repayment they give you a sweet load like this one. This load wasn't given to me for no reason, I earned it. You work hard, have a great attitude, make all your appointments on time - and you'll be treated like gold.

After I celebrate receiving this load, I take off!

Sorry if I missed an important point but.....why are we celebrating? What is so special about a load of potatoes? Was it the timing of the pickup? What?

Posted:  6 years, 11 months ago

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Sleep issues - part 2

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Terry- I'm trying to follow your story and having a hard time. Why didn't you have time to nap (drive Indy->truckstop - 457mi 5a-2p - nap 2p-6p -> drive 2.8mi 6-7pm)? It doesn't really matter because I can see that trip planning and log book maintainance are something I have to learn. Thanks for the illustration.

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I went in to sleep aids a little bit because of what happened. When I arrived at the truck stop near my delivery I did have time to nap and tried. I only managed about an hour of sleep. Then I tossed and turned for another couple of hours not really sleeping. My problem is stress and the way I deal with it. I was so stressed about messing up my trip plan that my mind was racing not allowing me to take a nap during the hours I had at the truck stop. Another thing is unlike yourself and Jopa, I cannot sleep on the drop of a hat. I'm a habitual sleeper and my body/mind does not slow down and relax until It's my normal "bed time." So taking naps for me is very difficult. Man I wish I could sleep at a shipper receiver during loading/unloading but I don't want to sleep through the phone call telling me I"m empty/loaded. Or miss the call on the CB telling me I"m done. That little tid bit drives me insane, having to listen to my CB for my door/name to be called.

When I first started driving in the 90's I was in my twenties and sleeping was a bit easier for me. Not only that but there were no elogs and I used to keep 2 log books so I could drive 14-16 hours a day. So I'd drive to the point of exhaustion. It burned me out so much I had to quit driving after 6 years. I only came back into trucking again because its so highly regulated I knew I wouldn't be pushed so hard. I'm here to admit that the OTR driving lifestyle is NOT for me. It's a means to an end for a year until I can get enough "recent" experience to get a local job near my home and I live in a not so good location for trucking jobs. They are few and far inbetween.

I'm not trying to imply that you're going to have as hard of a time as I do. I do want to point out (as Jopa and Old School did better than I it seems =) ) that OTR driving is highly unpredictable and is going to mess up your natural body sleep cycle. There's no way around it. I hate to see anyone struggle as hard as I do to maintain this lifestyle.

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That last line really gets to my concern and thank you for your frankness. I can handle a challenge but I don't want a day-to-day struggle against my basic instincts and drives. I'm beginning to think I'll just go drive a local route delivery truck. Schwan's is looking better.

Posted:  6 years, 11 months ago

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Sleep issues - part 2

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Hey there David, let me throw a couple things your way about sleep cycles out here on the road.

I'm 44 years old so sleep is one of my most coveted things in life. I'm the type of person that needs AT LEAST 8 hours sleep to be able to function the next day. Most of the time I get that out here but there are times it just doesn't happen. For example.

I picked up a load in Joplin MO and drove it 2 days 946 miles to Auburn, IN and delivered on the 8th at 1630. I had used most of my 14 hour clock that day so I headed to a truck stop to get my 10 hour break. I get my next load which picks up the 9th at 0430 which was 2 hours away in Indianapolis. I made a critical mistake in planning my trip here as the load delivered the same day 457 miles away in London, KY. It delivered at 1900 but when I looked at the delivery time for some reason I thought it was 900 PM (2100) so I planned to drive near delivery and sleep for 8 hours, wake up start my clock and deliver with plenty of hours. I didn't catch the actual delivery time until I made my pick up at 0430. Too late now.

I drove to the nearest truck stop near my delivery which was 2.8 miles away. Only got about an hour nap during the 6 hours I was at the truck stop. I tried to sleep but it was the middle of the afternoon and couldn't fall asleep. I tricked my Qualcomm and drove to my delivery without showing on duty time. I emptied at 2130. While I was at my delivery I got my 10 hour break on so I had fresh hours.

I then get my next load which was 2 hours away and picked up at 0400. Now I started my day at 0230 that day so I had been awake for over 18 hours with only an hour nap. I was way too freaking tired to drive over 2 hours in the middle of the night to my pick up. I messaged my dispatcher and explained what transpired over the last 24 hours and that I couldn't make that pick up window and that I needed to have at least an 8 hour sleep before I drove to pick up. He managed to get the pick up time moved to 1000. Giving me enough time to get my sleep. He didn't make me drive, although he wasn't happy with my planning mistake. Either way he understood I was making the call not to drive exhausted and moved things around.

Having odd hours between pick up and drive times really throws my body for a loop. Most of my trips are 2 to 4 day trips so I plan my trips as much as possible to wake up and go between 0300 -0500, just too make sure I get to a truck stop before 1700. Because after that parking becomes a real hassle. Most of the times it works out, but at least once a week, I'm forced to drive a shorter day than I want, sacrificing time and miles just so I can try and keep the hours of driving I like. But one thing I won't do is drive tired.

Lastly if I'm feeling tired I'll drink a 5 hour energy. It's the only energy drink I'll take cuz it doesn't make you crash when it wears off like red bull or the others. I only drink those sparingly because I don't want to get dependant on those things.

There's going to be times where you're going to have to drive and sleep odd hours. How you make yourself sleep is up to you. I can't tell you to take a sleep aid as they're as pretty big no no when driving a truck. In my experience those odd hours come along at least once a week. On average. Hope this odd the insight you're looking for.

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Terry- I'm trying to follow your story and having a hard time. Why didn't you have time to nap (drive Indy->truckstop - 457mi 5a-2p - nap 2p-6p -> drive 2.8mi 6-7pm)? It doesn't really matter because I can see that trip planning and log book maintainance are something I have to learn. Thanks for the illustration.

Another thing I actually have going for my. It is a rare occasion that I cannot sleep if I want to. With 12 hours awake, that nap at the truck stop would not have been a problem for me. Thanks again.

Posted:  6 years, 11 months ago

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Sleep issues - part 2

Hey there David, let me throw a couple things your way about sleep cycles out here on the road.

I'm 44 years old so sleep is one of my most coveted things in life. I'm the type of person that needs AT LEAST 8 hours sleep to be able to function the next day. Most of the time I get that out here but there are times it just doesn't happen. For example.

I picked up a load in Joplin MO and drove it 2 days 946 miles to Auburn, IN and delivered on the 8th at 1630. I had used most of my 14 hour clock that day so I headed to a truck stop to get my 10 hour break. I get my next load which picks up the 9th at 0430 which was 2 hours away in Indianapolis. I made a critical mistake in planning my trip here as the load delivered the same day 457 miles away in London, KY. It delivered at 1900 but when I looked at the delivery time for some reason I thought it was 900 PM (2100) so I planned to drive near delivery and sleep for 8 hours, wake up start my clock and deliver with plenty of hours. I didn't catch the actual delivery time until I made my pick up at 0430. Too late now.

I drove to the nearest truck stop near my delivery which was 2.8 miles away. Only got about an hour nap during the 6 hours I was at the truck stop. I tried to sleep but it was the middle of the afternoon and couldn't fall asleep. I tricked my Qualcomm and drove to my delivery without showing on duty time. I emptied at 2130. While I was at my delivery I got my 10 hour break on so I had fresh hours.

I then get my next load which was 2 hours away and picked up at 0400. Now I started my day at 0230 that day so I had been awake for over 18 hours with only an hour nap. I was way too freaking tired to drive over 2 hours in the middle of the night to my pick up. I messaged my dispatcher and explained what transpired over the last 24 hours and that I couldn't make that pick up window and that I needed to have at least an 8 hour sleep before I drove to pick up. He managed to get the pick up time moved to 1000. Giving me enough time to get my sleep. He didn't make me drive, although he wasn't happy with my planning mistake. Either way he understood I was making the call not to drive exhausted and moved things around.

Having odd hours between pick up and drive times really throws my body for a loop. Most of my trips are 2 to 4 day trips so I plan my trips as much as possible to wake up and go between 0300 -0500, just too make sure I get to a truck stop before 1700. Because after that parking becomes a real hassle. Most of the times it works out, but at least once a week, I'm forced to drive a shorter day than I want, sacrificing time and miles just so I can try and keep the hours of driving I like. But one thing I won't do is drive tired.

Lastly if I'm feeling tired I'll drink a 5 hour energy. It's the only energy drink I'll take cuz it doesn't make you crash when it wears off like red bull or the others. I only drink those sparingly because I don't want to get dependant on those things.

There's going to be times where you're going to have to drive and sleep odd hours. How you make yourself sleep is up to you. I can't tell you to take a sleep aid as they're as pretty big no no when driving a truck. In my experience those odd hours come along at least once a week. On average. Hope this odd the insight you're looking for.

Terry- I'm trying to follow your story and having a hard time. Why didn't you have time to nap (drive Indy->truckstop - 457mi 5a-2p - nap 2p-6p -> drive 2.8mi 6-7pm)? It doesn't really matter because I can see that trip planning and log book maintainance are something I have to learn. Thanks for the illustration.

Posted:  6 years, 11 months ago

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Trucker pay has fallen when adjusted for inflation

Nothing but a pathetic government and greedy corporate leadership. If the government did their job and slowly raised min wage to keep up with inflation other wages would of gone up with them.

The really tragic thing is there is no quick way to fix it. Inflation must be lowered as a minimum wage increase at this point will cause inflation to spiral out of control.

That is an absolute myth! There is no sign of inflation in our economy to speak of. A higher minimum wage will not procuce any new monetary supply pressure on inflation. It will merely redistribute (yes, I said the R word) existing monetary supply.

Posted:  6 years, 11 months ago

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Trucker pay has fallen when adjusted for inflation

Brett, throwing out the data... Cool. I am glad you included that the real numbers are worse than what is presented by the Government. That is truth.

I can easily blame the baby boomers for this crap, or, blame my generation for being apathetic towards politics and morality and watch the politicians turn the people in this country into a bunch of whiny, politically correct, well... sheeple. I`m not going to though. It is good to know how we got to this point so as not to repeat it. I am going to focus my energy on making it right again for my, and your, kids and grand kids.

I will no longer demand "something change" because of emotion that is being stoked by some talking heads on TV. I believe making laws, or regulations based on emotion are always wrong. Good intentions without any forethought to the long term effects.

I will Work my ass off with an ethic that puts me in the position to get that higher pay. Where is the incentive for the evil corporations to pay us more? Right here.

Think about it. Generations before ours were hard working, gritty and resourceful. Nowadays we have technology pushing that mindset out under the guise that it is making our job "easier". Bulls**t.

That`s just me though

Here`s to a great new year for the trucking family

One has to admire the determination and positive motivation but it has been that psychology that has cleared the way for the 1-percenters to fool us into thinking it is our fault for earning less. We're lazy. We aren't making the most of our opportunities. We're expecting more than we have a right to. The fact is that 95%....yes, 95%...of all new income created in the American economy goes to the top 1% of earners. I think that is the $250,000 crowd. That is just plain wrong!

Posted:  6 years, 11 months ago

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Trucker pay has fallen when adjusted for inflation

I don't want to get completely on my soap box here, but you left out one big word that explains why wages across all industries are stagnating while corporate profits, corporate liquid assets (cash), and corporate executive salaries are all at record highs: greed.

The moderator will probably edit me out for this but I must point out that the problem could be easily solved with tax increases (or mandated wage hikes) to suck that corporate cash out of their coffers and back into the economy. Just sayin'.

Posted:  6 years, 11 months ago

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Sleep issues - part 2

My first post on this topic (me and my hypersomnia) didn't generate much attention. But I'm trying to get a truly realistic view of the attentional and sleep-shifting demands of this career. I know how my brain reacts to various stressors so let me try this:

Can you help me picture what I am up against? It has been suggested that an 18-hour continuous car drive doesn't begin to stack up to two 11-hour days in a row. That doesn't seem like that big a deal. I've done that delivering pizza. I know every day is different but can you lay out a likely scenario for a week? Can you make one kinda typical and one like "a week from hell"? I'd like to hear that from everybody in the forum.

Posted:  6 years, 11 months ago

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Sleep Issues

The other thing that you need to consider is that if you are in an accident and someone gets hurt or worse, it can seriously change or ruin your life. The driver that hit the Tracy Morgan bus is being sued as we speak. Do you think he can pay off any award? The guy is probably out of a driving job for life.

Also think how your mental health would be if you were to kill someone. That will stick with you the rest of your life.

Be responsible with your decision but if you can not truly say you can give it 100% of your attention because of fatigue or otherwise then you need to think this over carefully. 18 hours in a car is nothing compared to back to back 11 hour days. I have driven a u haul for 24 hours but I would not do it again.

Can you help me picture what I am up against? Two 11-hour days in a row doesn't seem like that big a deal. I've done that delivering pizza. I know every day is different but can you lay out a likely scenario for a week? Can you make one kinda typical and one like "a week from hell"? I'd like to hear that from everybody in the forum. Maybe I'll repost this so it gets seen more outside of this thread.

Posted:  6 years, 11 months ago

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A picture is shaping up

As my research continues, I am developing a view of the entrance portal to "Truck Driver Land'. It seems that there are companies that will train and hire you right out of their school. There are companies that want a minimum 6 months experience to hire you. There are not quite so many companies looking to hire right out of a community college type of training school. I'm m still checking the companies who support the course I will be taking but even they seem to have some higher standards. What do y'all think?

Posted:  6 years, 11 months ago

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Jerks at truck stops

I'm not very good at backing. I'm in training and I haven't backed nearly as much as I wish I would have yet. While I'm happy with my ability as far as all of the other aspects of driving a truck, the backing is below average at best.

So I'm at a TA today, a really tight and small one, trying to back into a truck stop hole for the third time I've ever tried to do that and I'm really struggling. My trainer is stressing me out by trying to over-instruct me instead of letting me feel it out, there's trucks waiting to get by as I'm blocking the aisle, there's guys sitting in their cabs laughing at me... all of the normal things that add to the stress level in that situation.

But then I notice something more. There's a guy in a Trans Am truck directly in front of me recording me on his phone while laughing. I am now mad as a snake. I finally do get into the hole and I get out of my truck and go over to his and lose my mind.

I know that wasn't the right reaction and actually a very dangerous one and if I took five minutes to cool down I probably would have reacted differently.

Video taping someone who is clearly new to backing as they struggle trying to back though? Seriously? You have to be quite an inconsiderate jerkoff to do that. But it's not just that guy, it's all of the other guys sitting there laughing at me too. Watching someone who is new to something go through the very frustrating struggles as they try to learn is apparently entertainment. I wonder what could be so wrong in someone's life that another person's demise makes them happy.

Enough ranting, but for anyone who likes to laugh at new drivers while they're practicing, just remember they're trying their best, you're not helping, and you're probably bringing bad karma your way.

Speaking as someone who has been laughed at, ridiculed, mocked, and criticized most of my life, let me just point out that we all are entering a fraternity of brothers and sisters that has very low entrance requirements but once we get in, we have to pay our dues. Not just to the companies that don't pay us as wel as the experienced guys, but to the brothers themselves who are bound to see us in a nostalgic and funny way, remembering their early days. I think it is fair to expect a little hazing. It really helps to develop an attitude that can look at your troubles from another perspective. Don't take yourself so seriously. You will last a lot longer and be happier if you can see the humor in your own foibles. Thicken up your skin, suck it up and learn some humility. It's hard not to be prideful but, face it, you barely know your ass from a 10-oz steak at this point. You are funny to watch sometimes! Laugh along with them. I think the dramatic bow suggested by somebody else here would have given that guy's video an nice finishing touch. You might have even ended up a little famous! Best wishes and good luck to you. It only gets easier from here!

Posted:  6 years, 11 months ago

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Trucking Regulation Changes?

Well! That was enlightening!

Posted:  6 years, 11 months ago

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Sleep Issues

It is time I deal with the one issue that has the potential to keep me out of a trucker’s job. And if I don’t let it keep me out, it might end up throwing me out of the seat at some company’s displeasure. The issue is sleep. You folks might have a hard time believing this or some of you might know exactly what I am talking about. I have a condition called Hypersomnia or “Long Sleeper Syndrome” that I have battled with all my life. There is no treatment yet. Stimulants don’t help. Coffee has no effect on me. I drink it for something warm at bedtime. If I am left to sleep without an alarm, I routinely sleep ten hours, maybe twelve. On occasion my body will take 15 hours just ‘cause it likes to sleep. I have gone 18 straight hours as a record. With an alarm, I can do much better and limit myself to about any period I want....unless...my body decides otherwise. It hasn’t happened in quite a while but I have been known to sleep straight through a clock radio alarm for two hours. Did you know that is how long a Sony clock radio will ring before it automatically shuts off? I do. Because I’ve done it. If I run sleep deprived, all bets are off. It is normal for me to go through my days with a mild fatigue. Its normal and I live with it. If I try to get by on 6 hours or less, my concentration starts to fray around the edges. Oh, I also have ADD diagnosed when I was 45 that gives me concentration and memory problems to begin with. If I go full-out, round-the-clock minimum sleep at all times, I don’t know if I can function at all. And there is something about seeing 6AM on my clock radio display that just literally ruins my whole day. Now, I have been driving all my life in my work. It has always been my own vehicle but I have always been very comfortable behind the wheel for hours at a time. I have driven non-stop 800 miles, 14 hours from central PA to SE Iowa. No problem. That particular trip began at 6am too. So I’m wondering where the line is. Just how alert does a truck driver have to be? Just how angry does a company get if you oversleep on occasion? What happens if you get unbearbly, falling-asleep drowsy on a run with a drop deadline and no time to spare? Now the good news about all this is I can fall asleep anytime I need to and a half hour will usually refresh me. The first hurdle I’ll have to clear is my CDL class which runs 6am-4pm Mon-Fri. I’m not sure how well I’ll be able to read and study at the end of each day. What do you think folks? Am I creating trouble for myself that I might not be able to handle? Looking for opinions.

Posted:  6 years, 11 months ago

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What is the typical food budget for truck drivers on the road?

Philip, I am not driving yet, but I read that when someone has a job that requires that they travel, while they are away from home, 50% of all food expenses can be deducted from Federal Income Tax. It will take some time to recoup it, possibly a full 12 months, but I'm sure it can help to offset some of the high prices truckers pay, while eating on the road.

Gotta watch those "I heard" items. Your info is pretty wide of the mark...in fact, it is very wrong. Tax deductions for meals only come into play if you are having a meal for business/client entertainment purposes. Not exactly in the trucker's tax return. Personal meals are never deductible whether you eat at home or on the road.

Posted:  6 years, 11 months ago

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Trucking Regulation Changes?

My wife just now heard something on a national radio talk show aabout some changes that are supposedly coming in rules for truckers at the first of the year. That's about as much as she could give me. Anybody know what might be up?

Posted:  6 years, 11 months ago

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Who has no or minimal out of pocket training?

I'm in a financial bind and I'm hoping to find a company that will train me and put me to work soon. I have some experience with tractor trailers as I drove them in the Army. While it was not my MOS, my unit had only 2 truck drivers (88M) assigned to us that we ended up losing. We had a fleet of vans and flatbeds with 5 ton, automatic transmission tractors. I was quite proficient driving (back in the early 90's). So I welcome some actual big rig training. However, I don't have the funds to shell out for a school so I'm hoping to find a company that will train or pay for my schooling. I could probably handle a hundred or so dollars for fees/permits, etc.

Does any company actually pay you while you train? I'm not in the position to go without a paycheck for long.

I'm hoping to get with a company that will keep me busy OTR, but want to see home at least every 3 weeks or so.

Am I hoping for too much or does such a company exist?

If I am duplicating this, please excuse me but I can't see my earlier post in the thread.

Check to see if your state offers tuition grants. In Iowa (and some other states, I'm told) we have a program coordinated between the Workforce Development office (Umemployment Admin) and the state's community colleges to provide Certificate training courses for low-to-moderate income people to get job training. Our state pays for a whole list if skills-building training in health care, trucking, welding, even private piloting (airplanes). Check what your state might have.

Posted:  6 years, 11 months ago

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Getting Paid - for real?

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David, I'm not sure what "linehaul website" you're referring to. (TO CLARIFY - I'M TALKING ABOUT LTL TRUCKING. OTHERS HERE HAVE CALLED IT LINEHAUL) Linehaul traditionally means having runs from one set point (usually a terminal) to another set point (usually another terminal). THere's no dealing with customers, and typically no variety unless you run a 'wild' schedule or are on the 'extraboard.' You're basically running company freight from point A to point B, every night (linehaul is also usually nightshift work).

A linehaul driver is employed by an LTL company, although some truckload companies have what they refer to as linehaul runs (TMC would be one example), which can be confusing. In the truckload world, having a dedicated account would be closest to having a linehaul run, although like I said, in linehaul you don't deal with customers, and you don't touch the freight. A linehaul driver in the LTL world moves freight for the company from one terminal to another, so that the docks can break down the freight to give to the P&D (pickup and delivery) drivers to deliver to the customer.

Now, my company has team drivers that are still considered linehaul drivers, but they do run coast to coast. As a norm, usually linehaul drivers are not running such long runs. Normally, linehaul drivers run anywhere from 300-600 miles per shift, and can work longer hours than OTR drivers.

What I described above can vary slightly from one LTL company to another. Also, note that I'm making a distinction between truckload and LTL companies. You can research these subjects on your own, but generally when referring to truckload companies that's when you're thinking about OTR jobs, much like this website forum is focused on. There's only a few of us LTL guys on here that are linehaul drivers.

Historically, you couldn't get a LTL job, whether as a linehaul driver or P&D driver, until you had a couple years of OTR experience. That's changing now. If you want more info on LTL trucking, linehaul, and P&D jobs, you can check out my thread on the subject:

LTL Trucking - My Linehaul Job

I chose linehaul because I get home every day and I earn top tier pay in the trucking industry. If you're focused on making the most amount of money you can in the trucking industry, and you live in an area where there are LTL company terminals, then I'd suggest looking into seeing if they're hiring linehaul drivers.

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oK....I HAVE LEARNED SEVERAL THINGS HERE AND DEVELOPED a couple questions. First of all, I HATE the location of the CapsLock key on the keyboard (LOL)! Second, LTL is both a style of moving freight AND the name of a trucking company. And LTL trucking does exclusively linehaul freight hauling. Linehauling is a subcategory of OTR. Good, I got that. bUT WHY SOOO MUCH MORE money? Arguably the work is easier, right? Do you run longer with less time home? Well, in any case, I don't think I have any ltl terminals around me so the point is moot.

Posted:  6 years, 11 months ago

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Are trucking companies switching to automatic transmissions?

The question I have is, "When will there be Robotrucks running the cross-country routes with a driver on each end to handle the local navigation? I see Daimler-Benz is working on one.

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Brett?

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Well, don't I just feel like a giant ass.

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No, not at all. Like Chris and Sean mentioned, it happens all the time. The questions can be really tricky.

At least you handled yourself well even when you thought our system had a problem. You should see some of the private emails I get when people think our system is wrong. Man, they'll blast me from top to bottom about how we've wasted their time and we don't know what we're doing and all kinds of stuff. They'll skip right past the niceties and just start going off. Won't even bother to say hello and introduce themselves first. They just hit the ground with both guns blazing.

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I don't see why they would do that...this is all free and even if its wrong once in awhile (you know human error) who cares its free and by far better then reading the cdl manual

People in online forums can be very rude. I can tell by the difference between this one and other furums I belong to that Brett and the gang do some very aggressive moderating. Good job guys! But I don't envy you having to read thru all those flamers!

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