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I dream of a career driving a truck. I spent almost eight years working for a company that builds machines. Unfortunately, I lost that job in the beginning of February (2017). I have been on unemployment. That runs out early May. After a couple of years of planning, when I lost my job, my wife had some health issues that prevented me from making the leap then. Now she is doing better and I have started applying to several companies. We are working hard to pay off debt and that is a slow process. I am here on TT because I find this to be the best site for current and truthful information on this industry. I was. accepted into CFI's company sponsored training and I'm currently in school for them. 6-26-17 Got my first truck with CFI today. 9-21-18 Still driving OTR with CFI. On 11-15-18 I became a trainer with CFI.

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Posted:  1 day ago

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Magnastop??

Works great, cheap and easy. Got all the parts at a Tractor Supply.

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Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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The "Boogey Man" Virus

If anyone is passing through Charlotte with a load of TP, I could use 4 rolls. The PSAs on the TV are something out of an "End of The World" movie. The hysteria is laughable. Respect the problem, don't fear it. My friend jokingly says he hopes this goes on forever. He's getting great miles and empty roads. It's hard to be more isolated in a truck.

Why people have to ransack the supermarkets is beyond me. My drive to work is easier. I enjoy no school buses and less crazy people on the roads.

Stay well.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Can i drive as a felon...ten years or more ago?

Be honest with all prospective employers. If the possession charge is also 30 years old you may be fine. Best of luck to you. Also, have you seen our starter pack?

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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What is the Best Trucking GPS?

The best one is a Rand McNally and Garmin. I used both in the truck. I have a RM540 and 5" Garmin Dzel. Always know where you're going and refer to your RM Atlas. Every GPS will eventually steer you wrong.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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High Road Training

I live and passed all my tests the first time. I only studied the High Road CDL Training Program. I went through it once then reset my scores and did it a second time. Most people who only use the High Road pass their first time. The High Road teaches you the material. It's not about memorizing. Good luck.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Getting hired with a 15+ over the limit ticket.

If WE gave you a second chance, be grateful. Be extra safe and work towards being their best driver ever. Sure you have a steep hill to climb now. This is what paying for your screw up is. Most of us, me for sure, have made huge mistakes in life that we have paid dearly for. Our lives are what we make of them. I wish you the best.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Above the knee amputee wants to drive again

CFI like many companies today have automatic fleets. You would most likely need a waiver of some sort for your medical. As long as you could get in and out of the truck and trailer, you should be able to get hired. Best of luck to you.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Long time no see TT! It's been awhile.

Great to see you are still rocking it. Congratulations on the award.

To anyone wondering what this career choice can be. You are a prime example. It is my pleasure to be able to share in this with you.

Keep up the great work.

Posted:  1 month ago

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High hooked another trailer today...... Had to do the Crank of Shame

If carry an empty 12 oz drink can or two. If you high hook, stand the drink can under the tail of the fifth wheel. This will hold the fifth wheel level. Should the tail of the fifth wheel come down while getting out from under there you will crush the can and not risk damage to the fifth wheel.

Best prevention is GOAL.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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What Companies Pay you while you get your CDL?

Prime offers a pay advance until you get your CDL and head out with your trainer.

CFI pays for your transportation, hotel and feeds you during training. Once you get you CDL you start earning mileage pay once you are out with your trainer.

I think Millie pays during all parts of training.

You can check Paid CDL Training Programs for some reviews of companies.

Good luck.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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As a Truck Driver, do you have any control over the type of truck you have to drive and the cargo you haul?

Hello Nick, company drivers drive what is issued to them. Most larger companies have fleets with newer trucks. Most rookies don't get brand new trucks to start with. We always suggest you start with our starter pack.

By the time you finish going through all of that, you will have a much better idea of what this lifestyle has to offer.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Angled parking

Try this before any back. Before starting your set up, GOAL. Stand in the center of the spot you want to back into, look straight across for a target. When you are backing that target is a reference point for straight back. All backs end in straight back. Good luck. Practice, practice, practice.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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I decided to pursue for a CDL and go OTR

We are all here to help each other. This site has so much to offer people just starting out. From our training diaries you can get a good idea of what training is like. You can use the search bar at the top of the page to put in questions or topics and get tons of valuable information. We have people from all walks of life and ages. We tell it like it is. Good luck.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Medical card

You should have a copy of your most recent one. The DOT medical card is a Federal document. Each state has rules that determine how they accept it. If you take and pass a DOT physical today and take and fail one tomorrow, you no longer have a med card. You are required to have a copy of your DOT medical card with you and be able to show it to a LEO if they ask.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Blind side backing. Help!

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What place is it?

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Martin Brower in Manassas, VA. I was able to get one driver to help me. Unfortunately many drivers are content watching the foolish swift driver. They were happy to pull out their phones and record though.

Did you get copies of the videos? They would be great for you to learn from. Congratulations for getting it in without hitting anything.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Blind side backing. Help!

GOAL, GOAL, GOAL. You can't GOAL to much. GOAL before you setup. GOAL before you start your back. If you have a passenger side window in the sleeper open that up so you can better see that side. Adjust your passenger side mirror as you go. Pay attention to any and all things that you might hit. Did I mention GOAL?

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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I decided to pursue for a CDL and go OTR

Do NOT put in your notice until you are accepted into a Paid CDL Training Programs. Whichever company accepts you will allow you to work a notice at your current job. This way you won't end up with no job.

We suggest you use our starter pack.

The High Road Training is a free study guide that will help you pass you permit test. It will also better prepare you for your trucking career.

Good luck, we are here to help.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Need an accountant

I have been using Taxact for years and I'm very happy with them. Even if you are a small businesses owner, they have an option for that. This year I had 3 W2s, two from me and one from my wife. I own my home and my wife left her job this year so we transfers her 401k into an IRA. They have free and paid versions for Federal and States. I hope that helps. When I was OTR I was able to file my taxes while on the road.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Lapse of DOT Medical Card

So sorry to hear about your loss.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Lapse of DOT Medical Card

NC didn't make me downgrade my CDL. They just gave me a K restriction, intrastate only.

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