Considering A Career
Hello everyone. I decided to check in, 4 years after initially joining this forum. I hope everyone is doing well. Nothing has changed, as far as my desire to one day drive a 18-wheeler OTR (either dry van, refrigerated, no-touch freight, or a tanker/hazmat). I will work hard and I will (and like to) RUN HARD. I'm very serious about being punctual; I'm generally a no-nonsense type of person. Time is money! I'm loyal and will do anything I can to help out.
I still have a Class B Florida CDL, and I just renewed my Hazmat endorsement. I can still get a second (and final) Class A Permit, contingent upon enrolling in a truck driving school (per the good people at FLHSMV). I passed the tests for Tankers and Combination Vehicles, I have a valid US Passport, and I have a current Medical Card. I also do not have any points or chargeable moving violations on my license.
I've been creeping around this website over the past 3 days, and my focus has been on the trucking company reviews. I have a short list of sorts, regarding who I'd like to drive for one day. So far it's Prime and Roehl. I have to look at a couple of others again. I also have one question for you: if I were to be a Company driver, why in the world would I have to be the one to make repairs to a rig on the road? If I owned my rig, I could understand that. I feel like a trucking company should have their own fleet mechanics available 24/7/365. I'm very petite, 134 pounds. I just can't see it.
I also have some fears that I know I need to shake, if I'm ever going to take this step. My fears are going up and down the side of mountains, and having to drive a rig up or down hill, especially if I'm somewhere snowy. I also am dead set against team driving; I function much better alone. I'm too much of a neat freak and too distrustful of strangers to picture myself on these highways for weeks at a time with one. This is why I'm still driving a public transit bus here in FL. These fears are what's keeping me from calling a recruiter.