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    San Antonio, TX

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Car Washer Mac's Bio

19 years old Car Washer - UPS Prospective truck driver

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Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Trucking isn't for everyone.. but

I hear ya. Sometimes the drivers at work ask me how I can back into some of the spots that I do, and I tell them it's because I do this every day. I spend more time going in reverse than I do going forward. They just about do a back flip when I tell them my age. Maybe it's how I look, or how I act. I certainly don't feel my age. I want to make that my mission too: to prove that age is just a number.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Trucking isn't for everyone.. but

Daniel, after reading your post, I really look up to you. I'm 19 right now and I'm waiting to turn 21 so I can go driving for UPS. Right now, I work part time washing package cars, and they pay me in peanuts. But somehow I make it work, and then some. I was able to get out of debt and establish some savings this year. I attribute my successes to being prepared and sometimes just dumb luck.

Sometimes I wonder if I'm doing the right thing, but most days I turn on that truck and I just know. It's just really motivating to hear that your story has a happy "end" or a happy chapter, that there is some reward after all of the struggle. And that someone so young CAN achieve so much.

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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What to do while waiting until I'm 21 to become a truck driver?

And another thing I would add is not to worry about what people think about your career choice. My parents were completely against it and refused to support me financially if I chose to go down that road. So I worked my butt off at 3 jobs saving up money to be able to start out on my own. Once they saw that I wanted it bad enough to say, "Fine. I'll do it on my own," they let up a little bit.

If trucking is truly what you want to do, you should go for it. Ignore the critics and the people who judge you for choosing trucking as a career. Be successful and happy and let your LIFE speak for you.

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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What to do while waiting until I'm 21 to become a truck driver?

Hey there, I'm in a very similar situation! I'll be 17 in September and have wanted to drive truck for a long time. Parents don't approve, but hey, it's where I know I'll be happy and I'm not going to be happy stuck in one place. I love driving! I plan to go OTR asap which would mean 21, but I've really been thinking hard about getting my CDL when I'm 18 and doing some local work (stone/dirt hauler, something just to get me in a truck). I've checked out a few places in my area online and so far no dice, but I still have a lot of "homework" to do. It's good that you're already in with UPS! I'm still technically jobless, lol, but I'm saving up when I can and already have a CDL fund. One question: have you ever hauled/pulled anything? I ride horses and have started pulling our horse trailer... Know it's not very close to a 53' but it's something... And I can work on mirrors and backing, backing is the most difficult but I'm getting it. You said you're already practicing the UPS driving method, just reminded me of what I'm doing :) but if you get a chance or know anyone with a trailer of some sort, get them to teach you how to pull it. It really opened my eyes up to the challenge of backing but if I can get this down with my trailer, I'll already know the basics.

Anyway, good luck and keep us posted!!

That's good you know what you want to do. It's good that you're saving up to pay cash for your CDL school. I would not recommend going into debt for that unless you absolutely have to. I took on debt in my name for a school loan so I'm going to be paying stupid tax on that for a while.

As for getting CDL before 21, that seems like it isn't really the best choice unless you find a job first. Here, we have the oilfields nearby so there is some opportunity for people under 21. Unfortunately, nobody wants to take the risk of hiring on a young driver anymore. Keep researching and I'm sure you'll find something.

I have never hauled or pulled anything. I have done mostly restaurant and legal/courier and delivery work. UPS is my first job in the trucking industry.

I would recommend downloading some type of trucking simulator on your computer to practice backing on. It doesn't even come close to real life, but it gives you an understanding of which way the trailer goes if you turn the wheels this way, etc.

What I mean by the UPS methods of driving is just getting into good driving habits. Always leaving yourself an out, getting the big picture, 8-12 second eye lead time, 4-6 seconds following distance for speeds under 30, 6-8 seconds for 30+. At intersections, always leaving a car length behind the person in front of you in case he stalls so you can get around him. When starting off at an intersection look left, right, left, then go. If you're behind a car, wait 3 seconds, then go, so you regain your following distance.

Thanks and good luck to you too!

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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What to do while waiting until I'm 21 to become a truck driver?

Package guy lol I'll tell ya, my brother works for UPS 32+ years now. He got our buddy in 30 years ago too. Then feeders took up to 4 years to deliver package. Now I hear it can be up to 8 years ! BUT My bro did it til he got the commercial delivery route he had for like 15 years. Now he's been driving the big rigs the 2nd half his career there, as our friend has as well 30 years.... Wall is full of annual safe driver awards lol and gets a private parking space with named sign and all!

Point is, driving the big rigs, pays huge! $30+ an hour, 12 hour days, so that's $45 an hour, for 20 of 60 hours! Home every night and weekends off HUGE bene's lol I never could get "in" when I tried years ago, not even pushing a broom for $25 an hour!.......I know with all personal and sick days and vacation days, hiolidays, they both get nearly 10 weeks paid time off !

You've already got your foot in the door, might be well worth it to retire there! lol My dad's friend was the 7th original driver for UPS back in 1969

Yeah it depends on a lot of things but where I work it could be 3 months or 2 years to go driving. For me it will be at least another 2 years as I'm not 21. Nobody wants to retire because they are making great money and 2-3 months of the year is vacation anyways.

Thanks, Realist, I'm looking into a roommate situation.

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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What to do while waiting until I'm 21 to become a truck driver?

Hey guys it's been a little while, but I thought I would check in and give an update. I've completed my first year with UPS as of June 9. So I got my $.70 raise, my vacations, and all the other benefits which is really nice. I decided that I'm going to stay at UPS and work my way up to feeders. I just can't argue with that pay. Maybe I'll go OTR when I retire.

As for right now, I'm working 3 jobs trying to save up as much as I can before I move out and I'm also working on paying my last little bit of school debt. I've accepted that I'm going to have to work more than one job for awhile until I start driving. I've asked around and it seems that it is normal for part timers at UPS to work more than one job.

I've also been practicing the UPS methods of driving (All Good Kids Like Milk) whenever I'm in my car, so that it becomes habit by the time I start driving school.

I may or may not go back to school for another semester in order to stay at home and save up more money depending upon whether or not my parents will pay cash for two classes.

The next few years are going to be tough, but whatever comes my way, I know I can handle it!

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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Trucker Humor: Trucking Company Name Acronyms

UPS

1. Unrealistic Production Standards

2. Unauthorized Parking Specialists

3. Useless Package Smashers

4. The mechanics call it Unlimited Parts Suppliers

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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Accident. Life over?

Alright it sounds like I'll be okay. I'll see if I can take a defensive driving course to get it off of my record. And I definitely need to be more careful.

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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Accident. Life over?

Well I screwed up today. I was driving my dads car home from Walmart and I was behind a pickup in a turnaround. He went like he was going to merge into traffic. So I went forward a little bit and checked to see if I was in the clear. I had plenty of room to merge into traffic so I pulled out... Except the pickup was still there. I hit the back of his truck and cracked a taillight and bent in his fender. The damage to my dads car was worse though. The headlight was cracked, the fender messed up and the plastic of the wheel arch was bent in towards the wheel.

I've always prided myself in being a careful driver and not having any accidents. Ever since I got a speeding ticket over 2 years ago I have been serious about driving safely. But I feel like I really screwed myself over here. I probably ruined my future career today, not to mention that I have to give all of my savings to pay for the damage. Is there any chance that I will get hired as a driver in two years when I turn 21 with a speeding ticket and an accident on my record?

I'll just be here, hitting my head against the wall...

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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Documentary

You might want to check out the Paleolithic diet. Read The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson. When I was a senior in high school I started out on this diet. Drinking plenty of water, eating mostly fresh meats and vegetables, and some fruit and nuts. It felt bad, like a drug addict going through bad withdrawal because I stopped cold turkey. It was hell on my digestive system for about a week (I was used to eating spicy chicharrones dipped in nacho cheese sauce with Mountain Dew), but after that my body began to adjust to the healthier foods, and I began to enjoy eating them. Without doing any exercise (I worked as a law clerk), I lost 50 pounds in about ten months. Then I switched to a physical warehouse job, and lost about 40 more pounds just from working and eating healthy. I never once stepped foot in a gym or "worked out". I also weened back on to dairy, after I experimented and felt no negative effects of eating it, but now I am at the point where if I eat bad food or drink something with high fructose corn syrup I can feel it.

It's all about getting the mind off of the addiction to bad food and getting it addicted to good food. This diet might also work better than the blender thing on the road, as you can cook and freeze meals at home or buy meat and frozen veggies and fruit at Walmart and cook them on a small burner or something.

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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Is trucking worth it anymore?

I am interested in trucking as a career because of my sense of adventure. A lot of young people like myself want to travel and see the country and the world. But is it better to see the world while you are young and able, or to work when you are young and invest your money, creating a foundation for yourself to be able to do amazing things in the future? Trucking would allow me to do both.

I also like the idea that I could take months off to go long distance hiking or traveling outside of the country, and I could come back and as long as I have a safe record, I could easily get a new job.

I love that you earn your money in trucking because I love to work hard. Over the past year I have been soaking up information on this job. So much so, that I know more about trucking than my major in school (Modern Language Studies). When I become knowledgeable about something it makes me love that thing even more.

Finally, I have a job in the industry. It's a crappy job, but I have a little bit of insight into what it's really like to work for these companies. I know firsthand the lies that recruiters in HR will tell to get people in the door. I know what it's like to stand up for myself and tell a supervisor "No" when he orders me to do something unsafe for the sake of meeting unrealistic productions standards (UPS).

So, I have the dream, most of the knowledge, the willingness to work hard, and some experience that I believe will help me be successful in trucking. Now all I have to do is hurry up and wait until I'm 21.

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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World's first self-driving truck

Besides, safety doesn't dictate what we do or don't do in this society.....money does. Something that is dangerous but profitable has a much better chance of success than something that is safe but unprofitable. If big money can be made using drones they'll be used heavily at some point you can be sure.

Exactly. We can't prevent every single accident, no matter how advanced technology is. There is great potential to make money with drones. Big companies are already testing with them. USAA has an exemption from the FAA to test drones on their main campus and in unpopulated rural areas. they are eventually going to use them to expedite insurance claims from natural disasters. I'm interested to find out the different ways drones are going to be used in the future.

It is safe to say, though, that machines will not replace us completely in this lifetime. Blue Collar jobs are the safest from this because there are some things that you just need people for. There are rumors around my work that when UPS expands the San Antonio hub in a few years, they are going to replace the small sort with machines, like they have at the Worldport Next Day Air operation in Louisville. Worldport mainly has loaders and unloaders. All of the sorting is done by technology, but they still need those people to do the jobs that machines can't. At least it's not like some desk jobs where they can outsource to other countries or replace you with a computer.

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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World's first self-driving truck

The only way self driving cars or trucks would work safely is if every single vehicle on the road was automated and connected to the same system. Think about how dangerous that would be to have both humans controlled and automated vehicles on the same road, especially an 80,000 lb. truck. Computers can't calculate every single driving scenario, and they won't be able to take into account the randomness of our world. Murphy's law. If something can go wrong it will...

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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Any doctors or people in professional fields now in trucking?

Check out Errol V.'s "What did you do before this" thread if you're curious about drivers' past experience. You can post your work experience there. See the first page of this thread for a link.

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

Worked in the food industry in high school. When I was 17 I left my job as a busboy to go work for my dad as a law clerk in his law firm. We worked from home so I didn't leave the house unless I needed to go to the store for supplies or to drop a letter in the mail. On my 18th birthday, I sent in my application to UPS. A buddy of mine put in a good word and I was hired. I started work right after graduation as a part time package handler. One year later, and 90 pounds lighter, I'm still at UPS, waiting to turn 21 so I can live my dream of driving OTR.

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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Craziest road you've driven?

Twisted sisters in the Texas Hill Country. Ranch Road 335, 336, and 337.

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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Peak Seasons For Trucking

At UPS, things really start to pick up around mid-October. Very hectic until January 15th or so. That's when they let the seasonal guys go. Then, it's slow until March/springtime.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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What to do while waiting until I'm 21 to become a truck driver?

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But what do you mean about the private study of policy and politics?

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Well, all of us are influenced by what goes on in Washington, D.C., our state houses and even the local politics ... many people have NO interest in politics (which is where policy is determined and implemented) and so they don't participate or even if they do they are woefully uninformed ... you are being "educated" right now in what should be, objectively speaking, the best place to learn HOW to get and process information which is how we all get informed - through information ... regrettably, most institutions of "higher" learning have become institutions of "indoctrination" where certain agendas are propagated unbeknownst to the people BEING indoctrinated ... the only defense is to NOT accept the underlying premise that is offered in these "schools" and go out and get the OTHER perspective on your own ... the internet is a great tool for this or asking the opinion of older, more experienced friends or even talking to older relatives who have LIVED for a lot longer ... all sources of INFORMATION are good when you are learning to formulate your own opinions about how you want to live your life, what you will accept from the powerful people in your life and what you (eventually) want to impart to your own children ... it's never too early to start accumulating REAL information to help you form your own unique world view ... that's what I was talking about ... that, and it is vitally important that you DO NOT accept other's views on the most important relationship you will ever have and that's the one with the Creator & His Son ... even that one (and especially that one) you need to seriously look for information that you know is true - it has a way of substantiating itself to ANYONE who will look into it ...

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Thanks for clarifying. I agree completely: it is terribly obvious that universities are biased, and some unsuspecting students slurping down the lessons given to them by their professors don't know how to filter. They take everything their professors say as truth, without working out for themselves what does and doesn't make sense. I try to learn from many different sources: through books, internet, school etc., but I try not to adopt the world views completely of the sources I learn from. Instead I try to pick and choose which pieces of information can help me the most and keep that. It's hard because the tendency for young people is to idolize and to mimic. I am guilty of dismissing politics, though, so maybe I ought to do a little reading on that subject...

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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What to do while waiting until I'm 21 to become a truck driver?

AMEN Brother ... if you are going to spend the time AND money for school, dump the "Liberal Arts/Basket Weaving" and take something meaningful ... Math or Real Science are going to be the least "indoctrination" -centric type of studies ... do some IT "Problem Solving" classes (skip the "How To" classes like MS Word or Excel and go for programming concepts - these will actually tune your mind up for you) ... HOWEVER, your question was about what to do re: Trucking in the meanwhile while the wetness behind the ears evaporates ... good suggestions here about finding work ancillary to the ole' truckin' world ... keep looking and keep asking until you find something that keeps you at least NEAR the game until you can get into the game ... use your imagination ... meanwhile, do you realize how many young people you have PASSED UP by showing a mature assessment of your future and wanting to so something about it? Maybe those ears are drying up faster than expected ... personally, I recommend you make a private study about the world of policy and politics while you have the time as this part of your life will become more and more important as you age and acquire a family and responsibility ... and DO NOT neglect getting to know the Creator and His Son ... that's the most important thing you can do ...

Jopa

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HAHA "Basket Weaving". Yeah if I do go back for another semester I'll try to avoid pottery and basket weaving. It's scary to think that most kids, as well as myself, not too long ago, think that all they have to do is go to college, have fun, and then they are set for life. Nobody wants to work or be challenged. But what do you mean about the private study of policy and politics? (Maybe my ears aren't as dry as I think).

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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What to do while waiting until I'm 21 to become a truck driver?

If you want to end up over the road. I would suggest getting a job as a trailer mechanic or diesel mechanic for a bigger company in your area... JB Hunt is hiring for one in San Antonio right now... Just go tell them that you want to become an otr guy and that your not old enough. you already have your cdl (get your cdl) and that you want to learn everything about the trucks. how many guys have sat on the side of the road because their fuel filter lol. you would know to carry an extra... if you had to bypass something ;) you would know how to do it instead of waiting on the side of the road. plus its not bad money while waiting to drive. some would even argue the money is better... and once you go over the road if you dont like it... you are more versatile less expendable. and if you want to go local... you can up end being a heavy equipment mechanic and a driver delivering the excavator and fixing it if it breaks but mostly routine maintenance and delivering the wide loads... you have a thousand options. but thats what I will always suggest to the one that has to wait but wants to learn. youll know the pretrip better than anyone if you have to fix the everyday. except for daniel he has a masters in the pretrip.

That's a good idea! I could use this time to learn about the trucks. That would put me ahead of the pack when the time comes to start trucking. Do the companies usually train diesel mechanics or would I have to go to a vocational school? I have no experience whatsoever with fixing things, but I'm definitely willing to learn. I want to go OTR eventually (I have the traveling bug). So I would only work for UPS until I'm old enough to do that.

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