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Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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Nursing vs Truck Driving

...ARE very different in character.

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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Nursing vs Truck Driving

I've never been a nurse (but my sister's an LPN) and I've never been a trucker (though, I'm considering it), it seems to me that instead of focusing on retiring comfortably in 20 years, you should be asking yourself how you want to spend your time over the next 20 years.

From my standpoint, nursing and trucking and very different in character. Being inside a building usually with no windows versus always being out in the elements. Having to deal with the same co-workers every day versus seeing a different set of people every day. Rarely having a moment alone to think versus spending the bulk of your time alone.

I think both nursing and trucking have this in common: I believe you'll either love it or hate it. Personally, I think I could get a degree in nursing, but I don't think I'd like dealing with other people's body fluids! shocked.png

Best of luck in your career choice, Todd!

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Questions on " The High Road CDL training Program"

So if all of the sections show green, you're done! But it won't show 100%.

That's a relief! There for a while, I felt like I was going in circles. There was always another set of questions. I think it put me into the quiz portion of the training.

Thanks.

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Questions on " The High Road CDL training Program"

I agree the High Road training program is great. I haven't taken my CDL permit test yet, but I've done well taking tests on Driver Solutions eGears test and one other trucking site that I can't recall at the moment.

One question though: How do you complete it? I have a 99% score and have completed 99% of it. Everything shows green, but I can't seem to finish it. When I got to the end of the Weights and Balances section (page 118) it kept going and giving me more review questions. I thought it was malfunctioning, so I tried to go through quickly just to get to the end. I even got a couple of halts because of it! smile.gif

So I'd like to get to 100% complete, but I'm not sure how to do it. Should I just go to the end of page 118 and keep doing review problems until it stops giving them to me?

Again, great program, Brett!

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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Considering a new Career!

To The Photographers who become truck drivers.....YOU CANNOT, I REPEAT,CANNOT...MAKE THAT LITTLE SQUARE WITH YOUR HANDS TO FRAME A POSSIBLE PICTURE...WHILE YOU ARE DRIVING 80K OF TRUCK AND TRAILER DOWN THE ROAD.....

ok...I hope thats the last thing I have to add to that list.......

Starcar,

That brought a smile to my face and a chuckle to my lips! rofl-2.gifrofl-2.gif

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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Team driving....Is it the right fit for you?

This is very helpful information, Guy. It clears things up for me. I was certainly under the impression that team driving paid at 1.5 as much as solo, but it seems that on average, this is not the case. I'm sure there are some exceptions, but this helps to put things in perspective. Thanks

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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So, how do OTR truckers go to dr. appointments?

Then we set our doctor appointment 3 months out. That way, we had plenty of time to plan. Its about the only way that worked for us.

So how did that work out? Did your carrier do a pretty good job getting you home in time?

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For those considereing driving for PAM as a new driver (going thru Driver Solutions)

Are they sending you to Indianapolis? If they are, that is where I was and I have a lot of info that I can provide and what to expect, if you should decide to go with DS.

They are actually proposing to send me to Ft. Wayne, IN. I haven't decided to go with Driver Solutions; I'm also talking to Prime (we've been playing phone tag, but he said my app looks good) and I have a call into Knight.

Yeah, that my only concern about teaming up with someone. It could be a long 6 months if we're not compatible. But I suppose if it got really bad, the company would allow a change.

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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So, how do OTR truckers go to dr. appointments?

For some reason, this crossed my mind today because I need to make an appointment for my son. It's always based on the doctor's schedule, not mine. If I have a day off, it doesn't matter if the doctor doesn't have time available that day.

So how does an OTR trucker schedule time with his doctor? If the doctor's available on a certain time/day, the trucker can't guarantee that he/she is available at that time/day. You could try to schedule it during your home time, but it sounds like even home time is subject to change.

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For those considereing driving for PAM as a new driver (going thru Driver Solutions)

Not necessarily a bad thing, but good to know. Though I haven't decided yet, I'm considering going the team route during the first year (with PAM or whoever) for a couple of reasons:

1. Since the learning curve is so steep in the first year, there's always someone there to help out with the inevitable issues that will come up.

2. Since team drivers should put in more miles, there should be more money in that first year.

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For those considereing driving for PAM as a new driver (going thru Driver Solutions)

Yes. Based on my current conversations with Driver Solutions about PAM and the information they've provided, PAM tries to pair you with someone that is within 50 miles of where you live to team you with after you've completed all of your training and have started working for them as a proven driver.

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For those considereing driving for PAM as a new driver (going thru Driver Solutions)

I got the impression that it's pretty much a given that all new drivers will be required to drive team for at least 6 months. Maybe some new drivers at PAM can shed some light on it.

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For those considereing driving for PAM as a new driver (going thru Driver Solutions)

Today I was in communication with Driver Solutions about their program, and the information they provided about Pam Transport states that "...at any point in your first year you agree to be teamed with another PAM driver for a minimum of 6 months."

Just thought I'd pass this along because I hadn't seen this anywhere here. It's not good or bad, just something to consider if you really want to go solo for your first 12 months in the industry.

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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How much to set aside for CDL school and company training?

Thanks, Brett. That's the type of information I was looking for.

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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How much to set aside for CDL school and company training?

I see that the list of company-sponsored programs show training pay. Are the companies really paying this?

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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How much to set aside for CDL school and company training?

I've seen in several posts where the experienced drivers recommend that a new driver going to cdl school have some funds set aside for when they go to school. Assuming I am going away to a company-sponsored CDL school (3-4 weeks) and will work with a trainer on the road for 3-4 months, what expenses should I plan for? Is it just food and laundry or other things as well?

Thanks for your input!

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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Man what a fast 2 weeks

Special K comments about whirlwind schooling is starting to concern me. I've read in a couple of other posts where people have not passed their parallel or backing portion of the driving test. I'm not really concerned about the written portions of the CDL, but do these driving schools give you enough time behind the wheel so that you can get enough practice? With a car, you can practice driving with your permit as much as someone will allow you to drive for 6 months. It seems that with the driving schools, you get a small window of opportunity to become proficient. And if someone doesn't pass, it's not like they can borrow someone's rig to get better before taking the test again. They have to pay for more schooling.

How probably is it that someone could find a friend who would let them drive with them to become a better driver using their CDL permit?

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6530 driven miles - 16days - I'm tried (an update)

The craziest thing however was hauling 44lbs of peanuts to Georgia from Arkansas. What the heck, doesn't GA grow their own peanuts?

Is 44 lbs a typo? That's funny! confused.gif

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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PSD and TNT during driving school: what do these mean?

Thanks, Minnie Mouse! That clears it up for me.

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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PSD and TNT during driving school: what do these mean?

I've seen where several people have mentioned PSD and TNT during the CDL training, but I'm unable to find out what these mean. I've done internet searches, but no luck. Can anyone shed some light on this for me?

Thanks

These terms don't show up in Ohio's CDL manual, either (At least I haven't found it yet).

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