Profile For Starcar

Starcar's Info

  • Location:
    Plymouth, WA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    9 years, 1 month ago

Starcar's Bio

Truck Driver, Retired Owner Operator, and thankful we got out alive and financially solvent. We'll gladly drive a company truck....

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Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Well, it's official!!!

You talk about fast paced schools.....in 1997, when I got my cdl...my school was 4 days....yup....4 days.....but I'd driven alot of truck years before...so it was a matter of renewing my long rested trucking skills....and I aced ALL the tests...

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Thinking about it....

Most companies get you thru CDL school...and then send you out with a trainer for a specific amount of time, or miles, or until the trainer qualifies you to go solo. If you are wanting a lady trainer, be sure that the company in fact offers that, AND be sure and see how long the waiting time is, from the time you finish CDL school, to when you will be put with a trainer. Usually its quite a wait. Do your research....so you will know all the factors for your future in trucking......

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Married and getting CDL to join hubby.

You will really enjoy your time with your hubby...and you will really miss your at home alone time that you had...lol. But...life brings change, and with it ...adventures !!! I love adventures... We will help you all we can..and welcome you as a sister trucker !!! hollar at us when ever you get a chance.....

I love old breed dogs....before they started breeding the brains out of them.

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Safety???

YOU GIRLS JUST ROCK !!!!!!!! Great advice from all of you !!!!! I drove OTR for 15 years....I have a law enforcement background, so all the skills necessary for staying safe on the road were already instilled in me. And I can honestly say that if you listen to that little voice that tells you strange things, like "don't park here"...and "its to dark here, park under a light"....you will be fine... I personally carry a walking stick..for a few reasons. It works for alot of things around the truck...I like the stability when I'm on uneven surfaces...and it makes a wicked weapon...that everyone can see, and knows you can, and will use it......

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Passed

I remember my first winter.....but I'd been driving in state for a long time, in all kinds of weather...so it wasn't to bad. But you will get scared, you will see things you thought didn't exist...and you will learn to respect the slick roads, and your truck. Keep us posted on your progress...

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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One More Lady Trucker

YOU DID IT DEB !!!!!!!! We knew you could...you knew you could...and now EVERYONE knows you can !!!! Now to get your trainer time going, and start seein' some different sights !!! Keep us posted when you can !!! I agree about the Fur Kids.....I couldn't drive truck with out 'em.

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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How do you find a good one?

Oh Tracey....thats gonna be a hard one. theres alot of guys out there that will tell you anything you want to hear, to get you in their truck, and their bed...why not ??? they get the best of both worlds !!! THey get to share your money, and your body too.....SO walk softly...and be extra leery....

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Women dont you miss ur man

Well said, Tracey......alot of men like the trucking life, cuz THEY like THEIR independence....but when they finally come home and find an independent little wifey....Oh Hell No !! yeah...I agree....you gotta do what you gotta do..whichever way the wind blows. And for the record, TSB (my other half) does cook, will help with all the house work...and runs a mean vacuum !!! But he also likes his independent wife...who has, in the past, left him at home, and taken the truck out for weeks at a time by herself !! Now he's a lucky man...he has a woman who can DO IT ALL !!!!smile.gif

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Thinking about just going with swift or knight .......

Shifting is a matter of using multiple senses at the same time...for different things....And now that I've confused you trying following me..... To shift you need to operate your sight, hearing,arms, and legs. You hear the engine reach full rpms for the gear you are in, you clutch in,fuel down, shift up, clutch out, fuel up. The easiest way I can think of,...and what I did, was I sat in a chair, with a cane for a gearshift....and a stiff pillow for a clutch...an extra shoe for a fuel peddle....And I ran thru the gears...both UP and Down....I made the sound of the rpms, so I'd learn to shift. Its kinda weird...but I'll tell ya...it worked...and even this practice is better than NONE>

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Can I interview you to find out if this is the job for me?

Yup....all these questions have been answered somewhere in this or the general forum...If you are truly interested, take the time to cruise this site. Nothing is free in trucking....you have to work for it...and more so for a woman....

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Training question: Female trainee with Male trainer

GREAT ANSWER AND INFORMATION C.S. !!! Every company has different rules...But across the board one rule applies to all. If ANY trainer makes sexual advances, innuendos, threats, or sexual blackmail towards you....you CALL the safety department of your company asap. You deserve to be treated with respect, period.

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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I want to become a team driver with my husband

I teamed with my hubby for alot of years. Its a great way ot do the tourist thing, enjoy things together (including the shower!!) and get paid for it. But I will say this.....if a marriage can withstand team driving with a closet for a home...it can withstand anything !!!!

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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50 and DOT medical

I haven't heard how the new physicals are done....so if someone takes one....give up a heads up !!!

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Looking for career change in my late 50's

Yup...the fine ladies who posted before me have said it all.....It doesn't take outside plumbing to drive a truck. For women, it takes tenacity, a full sense of self worth, and knowing that the "pair" that we have is bigger than any guys junk....( dang, I like how I said that smile.gif ). You will be tried everyday...You will have to demand respect from other drivers, shippers, receivers, and possibly your boss. But you will need to know yourself well enough to know when you are hitting the glass ceiling. Then its time to move on. Get your cdl, a year of solid OTR experience, and you can go to, and do anything that your heart desires, or peeks your interest. There are ladies in every vein of trucking...right up to owner operators ( which I would not suggest in this economy). So step out there and follow that dream....grab that adventure and run with it....follow that white line down that asphalt ribbon... And Welcome to TT !!! and ........keep us posted !!!

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Well...it took a new computer...but I'm back !!

My old puter went the way of horse and buggy....Now i'm back up and running. Do you know how hard it is to find a new computer with Windows 7 on it ???? What a drag...had to order it.... So let me play catch up/........

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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I'm not a Real Truck Driver.......

I would have to say, that you would do well to be more aware of your surroundings....There are people who would knock you in the head for whats in that truck. Pharmaceuticals sell better than well on the black market. You know the drill, I won't bore you with repetition ....stay safe.

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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I got my cdl!! Now what??!

Trucking is not a job....It is a LIFE STYLE.......That being said...you can expect to be out approx. 6 weeks at a turn...If you can't deal with that, then you have gotten into the wrong field. But...get all the training you can....and go ahead and apply with those local companies !!!! You never know when you will find a soft heart who understands special needs kids, and momma's who love them, but also need to make a living !!! So what if they have an amount of experience they want...when they need a driver, they NEED a driver.....take the chance.....try the dance...you may like the tune !!

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Beware of driving in bluejeans

I agree....While I was in the truck, I wore sweats, or yoga type pants....but NEVER get out of that truck in sweats....Do you know what the ass of those sweats look like after sliding around in a truck seat for hours ?? Even if they are tight fitting....your butt will look like a a baby with an overfull diaper....yup...the droopy drawers syndrome....

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Newbie

Yup...My hubby and I teamed as Owner Operators for over 15 years....It was great to see all the wonderful country with your partner. If your marriage can weather driving team.....its bullet proof !!

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Passed

CONGRATULATIONS !!!!! Now you can get out there and start your adventure !!! Keep us posted !!

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