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    Greater Spokane Area, WA

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    4 years, 1 month ago

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Life is a dance you learn as you go ... whether you feel like it or not.

Slower shows more control.

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Posted:  11 months ago

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Started CDL School yesterday !!

I do plan on staying out OTR and living out of the truck...will see how that goes. Have gotten a clearer picture of things from all the great posts from all you guys. Appreciate the advice and info.

Gotta come up with something better than...Dan lol

Hi Dan. As a former OTR Driver with years of experience "LIVING OUT OF THE TRUCK" I can tell you a couple of things that may be of benefit to you. I used to stay out 4 to 8 weeks at a time in the truck.

1. Your life with revolve around your job (let's be honest, when you are living out of the truck then the truck runs your life while you are in it). But use it to your benefit (make the most of it).

2. Invest in your success. Buy a good Truck GPS Mapping Tool (I spent $400.00 three years ago on a Rand-McNally 730 with a 7-inch display which I still use today that has it's own quirky behavior in Routing, but is easy to learn and see).

3. Get your own coffee-maker to go in the truck (I purchased one in Pennsylvania at a TA to park for the night) and it ensures hot coffee or tea anytime.

4. Buy a Road Pro oven (looks like a lunch box) and you can have a "hot meal" anytime while you are out.

5. Get an Igloo cooler for icing cold drinks, etc. (or invest in a fridge if you can see the monetary benefits).

6. Keep your mind on something positive (give up your regrets of the past).

7. Buy groceries and supplies when you are at home (I usually spent $120 - 150 every 4 weeks at a local home store for the month).

Living out of the truck is exactly that. The truck determines when, where, and how you stop as well as when, where, and how you go. So just go with it and make money. Make it work for you not work you personally.

OTR is exactly what it is - you live out of the truck.

Keep it real and in perspective at all times.

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Peace

Posted:  11 months ago

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Who to work for when you just start driving.

Greetings to you, Joe. I was highly encouraged by a friend (who had left an office position where I was employed formerly) to start with Schneider National. And I did. It was a great Company to work for in starting out as a New Driver. Their network is extensive and their system is super Driver-friendly while you learn the ins and outs of Truck Driving while you get paid. Honestly though, the best money I ever made with them is by staying out OTR for extensive times (up to 8 weeks at a time). But because of my commitment as well as endorsements on my CDL, I had many opportunities to run long miles.

I also worked as a Driver Trainer for Schneider. Good organization, but like any other it has it's own pros and cons.

Peace

Posted:  11 months ago

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Think I want to be a trucker!!!!

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Anything is possible. But as others here have stated, you may find some opposition to obtaining a CDL Driving job which might be a good "fit" for you with Reckless Driving types of incidents. However, I can attest personally that I had some driving infractions over the years (speeding, reckless driving, fleeing an officer, using a cell phone while driving, etc.) which DID NOT affect my being accepted into Driving School nor obtaining employment as a Driver.

Check the specifics with your potential school - they should be able to give you hones answers regarding your situation. But if you don't try, surely nothing will happen........

Be encouraged. Driving as a CDL holder is a prominent job with High Expectations as well as Requirements that MUST be met. But also be aware that there are always "exceptions" to the rule per se. Anything is possible!

I have lived it and am doing so now.

The Driving field is very much in need of Professionals.......find out if you can pursue it and if you can, do it whole-heartedly. And be prepared to do whatever is necessary, whether it is waiting 3 years or moving forward now. Many specifics are involved and each has work-around possibilities often that are not readily obvious. You MUST confirm (take action) before choosing either way. Peace to you.

Why do you think there are so many driving jobs available?

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Posted:  11 months ago

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Disappointed but Now Experienced and Rewarded

Greetings to all, the Experienced Drivers - The Inexperienced Drivers - and those considering being a Truck Driver smile.gif

I have been away from the Forum for quite a while as I have been literally driving my life away over the last 3 years. It's been disappointing in many ways, yet also I have gained quite a bit of experience which finally has become rewarding in a sense. For those of the Forum who are Experienced, you will find this post truthfully in reality. And for those who are considering Driving as a career, I hope you find some insight into finding your fit in the CDL industry.

Truck driving school was disappointing for me in many ways as I was expecting a clear-cut "here's how you do the work" type of training, which obviously it wasn't ..... because as anyone with Experience knows there are too many variables depending on the Driver path you choose. In school you are provided the very basic foundational skills of how to operate a tractor in driving a trailer. It's like when you were in basic high school and you are taught the basics of mathematics, English, history, etc. which you then can take and build skills towards a career of your choosing - being a Doctor, Psychologist, Lawyer, Accountant, Mathematician, or even a Professional Truck Driver (which truly is a multifaceted job that engages in all of those fields daily).

Doctor - the Driver must constantly assess and treat his or her body daily for optimum function (eating, exercise, rest, treating minor injuries). Psychologist - the Driver is given time to think about everything to the extreme (especially OTR for long periods). Lawyer - the Driver needs to know the laws regarding Transportation (weight limits, Hazardous Materials, load securement). Accountant - the Driver should accurately calculate how much money is spent as opposed to how much is earned driving (cost vs expenses). Mathematician - the Driver has to calculate his or her time accurately based on the load assignment (HOS regulations, ETA, NAT).

Of course those are rudimentary basics of each, but you get the picture. Let me now give you an overview of the life of a Driver as I have experienced it in various career-divisions. Local - I spent 7 months as a Switcher Driver at a manufacturing facility processing Inbound trailers to and from 65 dock doors for 8 hours a day and then home daily (bonus with good wages, but rather challenging as I was doing 2 things constantly which I never liked to begin with - backing and driving in the dark hours). OTR (lower 48-States) - Most of my driving time has been OTR living in the truck basically for 4 to 8 weeks at a time driving as far NW as Canada, as far SW as Mexico, as far NE as Maine, and as far SW as Miami, FL with every State in between with the only shower at a Pilot or other truck stop. Regional (Western US - Mountains) - I have driven in the Pacific Northwest for deliveries within a 5 State region with both a Straight-Truck and 42-foot Trailer Combination utilizing lift gates and electric pallet jacks rated at 80 k. I have driven on Dedicated Western accounts for Target with 53-foot Trailers rated at 80 k and Anheuser-Busch with quad-axle trailers rated at 110.000 k. I have pulled Hazmat hopper double-trailers and pneumatic tank Trailers rated at 105 k. Additionally I have functioned as a Driver Trainer showing New Drivers how to successfully do the jobs. Now I have a gig where I am running 53-foot Intermodal Containers to and from a local rail yard where I am home 99% daily and every weekend!

I have used Paper Logs, Qualcomm, and PeopleNet systems. And all with the tools of the CAT Weigh My Truck and Trans Flo applications.

Be it known that the Qualcomm is truly the most Driver-friendly.......in my Experience. And if you haven't used the CAT weighing and Trans Flo applications (and you utilize those tools) then you MUST check them out for their time-saving benefits (after all as a Driver, time is critical to your success and your employers - which essentially means you will get the driving opportunities).

Here's my 2 cents per se on it all. Find your "fit" as a Driver (what are you looking to achieve in life). Each facet has it's own limitations as well as opportunities to earning a substantial amount of money (and we all need that). But to be successful you MUST find your FIT (what works for you) in order to be successful at it. For example, a good-looking pair of shoes which are 2 sizes too big for your feet will only cause you grief in the future because it will adversely affect your posture, your work productivity, your success, and your life in whole. Find what "fits" you, as an individual.

Why do you think there are so many Truck Driving jobs? Because it's a shoe that many just simply cannot fill and subsequently they find something else to do.

Be encouraged - there is much money to be made as a Professional Driver. But first be sure to get every feather in your hat which you can (Doubles/Triples, Hazmat, Enhanced Driver License, etc.) so your options are many. Driving a Truck is a lifestyle and you have to know how to live it successfully in order to be successful at it.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me and I'll be straight with you in response. I don't have time for games, life is real and Driving is a Profession that only few can do truly well.

Peace.

Rodney

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Medical clearance

I need some advice. .. I have been turned down by 2 schools because of 2 medications. The first one was because of a sleeping pill that i had not used for 3 months prior to school and the other is an antidepressant I have and currently have been on for 5 years. This medication has worked wonders for me! No depression or anxiety since I began using it! Are there any ways to appeal medicals decision? By the way, I am a RN looking for a new career. Thank you for any advice!

Scott,

Medical clearance is something that is mandated per DOT regulations with all companies. Have you attempted to work with your medication subscription provider on the issue? Maybe there is an alternative medication.

classARod

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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CDL TESTING

That was good advice! I didn't really wanna do that for the same reasons u stated. I can tell u how to get the job done on the outside but I get inside and it's a new game. Having only 1 turn per day really puts a damper on things and now apparently the instructors have given up on me, so they no longer tell me what I'm doing wrong. They ignore me and wait til I'm so frustrated that I get out as I know others want their 1 turn as well. They too paid what I did. Regardless if this is a dog eat dog job, it seems the right thing to do, so everyone gets that 1 chance to practice!!

Heidi,

Keep it simple. Do not overthink yout turns. You know what to do in order to bring the trailer tandems where your drives are considering the few feet of difference in the path. You operate the tractor to drive the trailer.

Peace.

classARod

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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I Passed!

Congratulations! I have been working with Schneider National since graduating CDL Training over 2 years ago. And my shifting / clutching needed much improvement after I passed the CDL exam for the State. Schneider has a very reputable orientation where they not only hone your shifting skills, but they teach you how to skip-shift for maximum fuel mileage! Great program that I highly recommend for new drivers. What you do not know, they will focus on and teach you readily! Great Company. But be realistic about your expectations financially. Schneider will benefit from your driving for a little less money than many competitors at the first....while you learn.....but once you grow and understand the metrics that they use Company-wide, you can can earn a good wage. I earned about $30 k my first year and $50k my second. Currently I am going on $60 this year already. However, I am unlike most drivers as I stay out 6 - 8 weeks at a time. Although that gets me more miles (and I am paid by the mile) I get less home-time.

Dedicated accounts (I have run) make a little more, but they are micro-managed (for obvious reasons) and I like having the freedom to run when I want instead of when the Company wants. : )

Again, congratulations on your new skill. I recommend you find your "driving fit" quickly. And Schneider will allow you that option. I have experienced it personally.

ClassARod

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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Heartland Express Inquiry

I need assistance ASAP please

I have not been here in a while as I have been OTR for months with hardly any TAH. Currently I drive for Schneider at a considerably less CPM than offered with Heartland Express based out of Iowa. And, even more importantly, I am being offered TAH every week with no S California tuns. And just in that, I like it! My pay can be over $500 a week lesss just by spending 3 days a week in the lower LA area.

Any experienced offers of insight would be very appreciated.

But what does anyone know about driving for Heartland Express please? Schneider only offers me less money for less miles if I want TAH.

My home life and stability as a Driver as well as my very existence are suffering due to the inconsistent pay and lack of time with my family. I need immediate resolution with a family in mind.

Thank you.

classARod

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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New here and Made the decision!

Drifter, I am Rod. Welcome. You state you have been coming here and looking at the postings. Good decision. This site and the people posting here have lots of information worthy of consideration.

Think about the following things as you begin this journey as a truck driver.

- why are there always so many truck driving jobs? (It is a challenging lifestyle to say the least)

- there is much beauty across this nation on the highways (most of it is seen as you drive past it as stopping to take in the view simply is not possible)

- money is to be made (by keeping the doors closed and the wheels rolling)

- to be successful you must manage your time, your thoughts, your emotions, your health (truck driving requires your full attention to everything all the time)

- find your fit before you quit (if you find yourself unhappy, learn how to make the job work for you and what suits you best - OTR 48, Team, Solo or Local)

Most importantly, keep your self and ypur truck safe!

All in all, it is just a job that requures work!

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Good starter companies.

I am hoping for something that will get me home on the weekends, and am considering a contract with Schneider for Wal-Marl (I think), that has you on the road Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (pays well apparently due to losing weekends). I was just curious if there are openings with companies that have similar home times, are there companies that are better then others for newer drivers that I should watch out for? (I live in Wilmington, DE and plan on staying here).

Hi Todd.

I considered many things after graduating CDL school (my career plans, the carrier credentials as well as their viability for different options, and subsequently I chose Schneider because - 1) recommended by a friend 2) had Worldwide coverage (not only Nationwide) 3) there were multiple driving options

You mention the Dedicated Wal-Mart account and having driven on that account out of PA, I can tell you it is a great driving option for the new driver. You are always going to the same places (all at different times in a month, etc.) and it gives you an opportunity to remain focused on expounding on your driving skills. And it is consistent regarding TAH (Time at Home) options. But remember that any Dedicated account (Wal-Matt, Target, Anheuser-Busch, etc.) will generally mean you are required to pick up and deliver within one 14-hour day (same day).

Whatever you choose, as others have said, stick with it and commit to it (at least one year) if possible. Yet, if the path you choose is simply not working out for you, do NOT quit without talking first to your DBL, the Operations Manager, or someone in the Company before you quit. Exceptions are always possible if you are reliable.

May your career be successful.

Rod

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Can you name some good companies to work for?

Schneider National has been good to me over the past 17 months.....just keep your expectations real.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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New with Covenant any advice?

Good morning.

I cannot tell you anything about Covenant (the trucking company). But that sounds like what I experienced initially as a driver for Schneider National. Over time I learned that as a New (Rookie) Driver that I had a low availability status for loads (meaning basically that drivers with more experience had a higher availability status). I was being assigned "easier" loads during my first weeks. Now I get the "more difficult" loads (whether it be because of small streets or extremely tight docking situations). Talk with your driver representative or recruiter and try to get the details on what is happening. Lack of communication means opportunity for misinformation.

But I can tell you that in my experience with logistics from various viewpoints over the years, the industry is what it is and things change regularly (all based on supply and demand as well as other economic factors).

It's going on three weeks with the company and it's has been very stressfull.They claimed I get a certain millage and we have call to get paid for the days we dont receive a load from them. 😐 Is it always this way?

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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How long before you can get a dedicated route

Not with Schneider National -

I started with Schneider directly out of Driving School in April of 2015. I have been in several different roles already. Each has pros and cons, if you will. Personally it has been a matter of finding which driving role is the best fit for me. I was told upon hire that any role meant at least a 3 month commitment before I could change positions. But as you can see, that was not true. (Probably because drivers come and go weekly. So when they get someone who is going to try to stay with it, they roll with it.)

Solo - Regional for 3 months, Team - Lower 48 for 1 month, Solo - Regional Dedicated Delivery for 1 month, Solo - Lower 48 for 3 months, Dedicated - Regional for 1 month, Solo - Lower 48 for 7 months, Dedicated - Regional for 1 month

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Let me say that I did enjoy the consistency of routine, steady pay, as well as regular routes on both Dedicated Accounts. But at the same time, those consistencies also helped me realize my true appreciation for the open road across the United States. Dedicated meant Account Manager micro-management of my time daily. Solo Lower 48 means I am given a delivery window (sometimes a specific date and time) and allowed to manage my own time. And when you compare the pay for the Dedicated Account being consistent weekly, it is actually a wash (one is about like the other). As Solo Lower 48 I might earn more one week than another, but I do it as I choose and at the end of the month it is the same income.

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Do what you need to do for you, Brandon. Everybody has a formula or ideology or theory or whatever you want to call it. But real world, do what you need to do. But whatever you do, please follow Brett Aquilla's advice on this site ............ try to enjoy it!

Do you have to be experienced or be at a company long before you can apply for a dedicated route ? I am getting my cdl soon.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Schneider, Ctl, Superior

..........SCHNEIDER is ready to put me on a plane, but my last resort. so my main question is what would you guys do in my situation. Momma always said a bird in hand is better than 2 in the bush, but i wanna make sure its the best bird and a good one, so i can eat for a long time if u know what i mean...................The black Rick Flair....wooooooooooo

Oh and whats really the lown down on scneidrr bulk if i have to go that route and there training in PA

Schneider has proven to be a reputable organization to me repeatedly over the past couple of years. I have driven Regional, Lower-48, Team, and Dedicated all within that time. I can state assuredly that if you do not like what you are doing with them, they will allow you to change.

Posted:  2 years, 12 months ago

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Is the true OTR driver dieing out?

Just wondering if you guys think real OTR driving is dieing out.

I was at MATS a few weeks ago just talking with recruiters and seeing what was out there and anytime I said I stay out anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks at a time their jaw about hit the table. It seems that staying out motor then 10 to 12 days is too much to ask of the new drivers now.

Just wondering what you guys thoughthink on the subject.

I have only been driving OTR for a year now. But the only way I have found to be able to maintain a somewhat consistent livable wage has been to stay out 4 to 6 weeks at a time. Most drivers seem to feel it is unreal to stay out that long. I guess it depends on what a driver expects to accomplish financially with the means they have available.

Good question.

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Career change or no change

I am supposed to start my company sponsored training at Roehl Transport in a few weeks, but I am apprehensive only because i currently have a pretty good job right now making a little over $15 an hour right now. Should I be apprehensive or should I jump in head first?

As soon as I can, I am going back to a 9-5 job.

If you take the hours I work now and divide my paycheck, I am earning about $10 an hout and am home only once a month. Not to mention the costs associated with being on the road. Although I have learned how to make my own coffee, cook my own meals, get a shower every few days or so, and cut costs in other ways....it still costs me a few hundred a month to be out on the road.

It has been a good learning experience for me. And I will greatly appreciate the memory....when it is just a memory....

I have had some good experiences and some bad ones - but that is just life, right?

To each his own.

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Solo or team

FYI - I now drive Solo - lower 48.

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Solo or team

I work for reefer company and a guy I know both run regional right now which is around 500 miles trip space between loads but we are talking about running teams so we get longer runs to try to increase our paychecks.... Would it be worth running teams or stay solo?

I started out driving solo regional for about 2 months and being disappointed with the pay, I decided to go team with the expectation of more earnings.

But I quickly learned that I was not personally cut out to drive team. Team driving only provides more money per mile as an incentive to do it. In reality, I found that it really was not a comparable amount of paycheck to offset the sacrifices. - no 10 hour breaks (with the truck not moving) - no good sleep (it was like someone punching me in the shoulder each time I was about to doze off, then I would finally pass out literally only to awake not rested with 11 hours of driving to go) - no personal time to myself (if I wanted to be alone, I had to go into a truck stop or go for a walk....and the truck had to be stopped for that....but the team keeps rolling) - no stopping for 10 hours, no good rest, and no personal space made me choose to go back solo.

Keep in mind that the reason Teams make more per mile is because the Company makes more because of the quicker delivery ability for the customer. Likewise, the Teams get the bettet loads, quicker dispatch, and overall best treatment it seems. My hat off in respect for those who drive team. It takes a certain type of person for it. And I learned it was not me.

For literally about $100 less a month, I have my own space, stop when I want, sleep peacefully, and have a better life.

So considet the benefits of one as opposed to the other.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Schneider question - idle time/overnight/summer? Considering companies to apply to

New CDL holder, zero experience, looking for a company to start with.

"Schneider does not equip trucks with APU units but most trucks have auxiliary bunk heaters. They are fairly strict on idle time with a maximum of 25% idle time allowed."

So what does this mean? All night in the summer without cooling in the cab? How do you sleep? Can use some guidance from truckers please!

I idled at Schneider consistently with the engine running probably 23 hours a day when it was hot outside. Not a problem. Even the Company representatives put out a video for all the drivers that it was ok to idle. But I think it did come into play with affecting my bonus.

But I did stay cool! Schneider is an excellent place to begin a truck-driving career.

TIP: Just run as many miles as you can to make money.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Sometimes the Grass is Not Greener on the Other SIde .........

Surreal is the best descriptive word I can find to describe the past several weeks. In fact, when I reflect upon my life over the past 50 years it can easily be said that good is always in my favor regardless of how it may seem at the moment. A long-time friend of mine said it was as if I'd recently won the lottery of jobs in the trucking industry! If he only knew now what I know.

For those of you who have read my previous posts, you'll remember that I just recently graduated CDL training and went to work with Schneider National. I had driven well over 5,000 miles as both a Solo and Team Driver. Having expected limited earnings my first year it was really no surprise that after working almost 70 hours a week that I ended up making about $1.00 an hour. But as with any job I've ever had, I have been committed to doing the best I can and benefiting as best possible from it. But during home time I began to just consider other employment options available with the potential to earn more money.

Then I saw it ........ an hourly wage driving job! What? Truly, as the job I've recently been working proves, sometimes the grass really is greener on the other side! I have been driving 1,000 miles a week and making $18 an hour! But the requirements to maintain that grass are very demanding.

Originally the job title was "Truck Driver with Hazmat Endorsement". But when I received the new hire paperwork it changed to "Delivery Driver". What? Delivery driver? Ok. Potato chips, bread, cookies, or maybe a case of 2-liter drinks occasionally would not be too bad. You know, rotate out the expired dates, front the shelves, etc. But I was actually going to be delivering batteries and servicing shelves of them. Not personal electronic batteries either. These were full-size auto, tractor, and mobility device batteries that weigh from 8 to 120 lbs. each! But I thought, "Hey, I can do this for $18 an hour! and I won't need a gym membership to stay in shape!" Win-win! I was wrong.

First Day - I went out with a trainer to learn the route. The first day was primarily all driving a tractor-trailer combination of 2014 Freightliner Automatic with sleeper pulling a 42 ft. van trailer and sometimes a straight truck with automatic transmission and lift-gate (depending on the route requirements that week). Once driving hours were spent on the first day, the company actually paid for a hotel room (if in the straight truck)! And they paid for up to $20.00 for one meal a day (either for driving the straight truck or the tractor-trailer)! Nice! Did I mention that there were no electronic logs?

Second Day - This is where reality hit with the Delivery Driver job title. Up at 0600 and out for a full 10 to 12 hour day of deliveries. Some stops were simple using the electric pallet jack to unload an entire pallet at the customer location. Nice! But 10 minutes down the road you might have 1 to 15 batteries to unload (weighing from 8 lbs to 120 lbs each). And sometimes they were in the middle of a pallet layer underneath another layer! What? I have to move all of these to get to that one? Then after 4 or 5 hours "running" from delivery to delivery I am thinking "time for a DOT break and I need it". But surprise - paper logs! I was taught how to simply mark down that 30-minute break and continue beating the batteries until you couldn't deliver any more for the day. Then, just add that 30-minutes to the end of the day! My trainer said, "The break is when you are driving from location to location." What? I was tired!

Third Day - Repeat of second day, but with more road driving (more break time ......) in between the stops. I was told that if I hurried through these stops though that I could maybe get home for the night in order to do local deliveries the next day in my area. What? I was tired!

Fourth Day - Repeat of second and third day. Again, I was tired!

But then off for 3 days!

After making it through the first week I learned they needed someone to run the other route with the tractor-trailer the next week. It was more driving time, I had purchased a GPS, and understood the basics, so I volunteered. More batteries, more paper logs, with no hotels for sleeping and additional delivery issues with the tractor-trailer combination lift-gate in some tight Montana towns. After considering the options that week I decided to continue with the first route (with paid hotel rooms).

Being in need of the money (and I was making some good money) I continued this Delivery Driver job for 5 weeks. Then I simply realized that I am a no-touch freight kind of guy and admitted it. Thankfully I left the job on good terms.

Now back to needing money and of course, work.

Ok. People being people, I understand that someone reading this is thinking, "you should have stayed with Schneider" or "you should have realize" or such and such. Thank you for not saying it please. I get it.

For those of you just beginning your careers as a driver, take to heart what all of the veterans here say about staying with the first driving job at least a year. That would have probably been the better option for me originally. In fact, I think I'll go back to Schneider! I'll keep you posted on what happens. Thanks to everyone for the support, encouragement, and insight into this truly difficult industry for beginners.

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