Profile For Dixie Rose (Vicki)

Dixie Rose (Vicki)'s Info

  • Location:
    Terre Haute, IN

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Team Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 10 months ago

Dixie Rose (Vicki)'s Bio

46 year old female working towards two master degrees in accounting, but tired of being taken advantage of. Married and looking forward to working with my husband as a team driver.

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Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Finally done

Thanks for the info. Still haven't gotten a call back from Dawn, but we also don't have the license yet either. Hope to get those Friday.

Good call I drive swift and they are very fair typical large company bs. Ut Good miles if you. And ur DM get along.

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We are trained and supposed to be going with Swift. Called them, but waiting on a return call.

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Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Finally done

We are trained and supposed to be going with Swift. Called them, but waiting on a return call.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Finally done

My hubby passed his state exam last Tuesday on his first try. Myself it took three times, but I finally did it. We are now trying to raise the money to get our licenses and are excited to get started on our new career.

But it is funny how $32 seems like a million when you need it bad.

Just wanted to update everyone. Drive safe and see ya on the road.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Husband and Wife to start April 11 with Driver Solutions/PAM

Swift is pretty cool. Been with them for nearly 3 weeks & can't find anything negative to say. My mentor is a solid dude & I'm loving life OTR.

Is Walter still lurking around with that grumpy look on his face? 😂

Yeah Mr. Grumpy is still there. But I do have to say that the staff at C1 has been amazing. The only one I am not impressed with was the medical person. She is the one that DQ'd me. Even Katie was super upset that it happened. We were supposed to test the next day...which makes me think they are going to push us this next week. Yes we go back on Tuesday. Yeah.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Husband and Wife to start April 11 with Driver Solutions/PAM

Curious about the medical d/q, was it something they found in your history? I had an issue a cpl years ago and I'm waiting on my records to see how the dr worded/states the problem. Just don't want any surprises once I get started.

My medical wax somewhat my fault. Dehydration with exhaustion. Nearly passed out at school.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Husband and Wife to start April 11 with Driver Solutions/PAM

Been a while since I posted. We got to week 3 and boom I got DQ'd on a medical. But I am happy to say that everything is clear now and we start back up this coming Monday (May 30). Only one thing though...we are not going to be driving for PAM anymore. Apparently they wouldn't sponsor us even with the all clear. So we went with Swift. We were one day out from testing at state when my little mishap occurred, and that frustrates me more than anything. Oh well things happen for a reason. And we go back, and will most likely be pushed hard since we know most of what we need to pass state.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Husband and Wife to start April 11 with Driver Solutions/PAM

Today is Saturday. We finished week one with no problems. Hubs even got his permit yesterday. He is picking up pre-trip quick too. He almost has the four point down. I myself have about a third of the pre trip memorized. First week is hard, I won't lie about that. But if you are serious about doing this it does come.

Now with this all being said I should be at the range right now, but sadly laundry doesn't do itself. LOL We are going to the range tomorrow though. I will have that truck memorized before Wed. I want to start driving as fast as I can.

Right now my biggest obstacle is self confidence and being razzed about how I am doing my pre trip. Some say I look like I am trying to land a plane. But hey whatever works.

Our class has lost about 8 people so far. Some to family not liking them being gone, some to money issues and then the dumb ones. Drugs. If you are serious about driving you have to get off the drugs and alcohol. There is a zero tolerance when it comes to that sort of thing. You do the homework, you study and you study more....that is the only way to get through this. It takes dedication and it takes mental strength to even get through week one. But once you get through it you have accomplished something big!

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Husband and Wife to start April 11 with Driver Solutions/PAM

Day #2 ...Well today was super busy. We had a full day in class with five practice tests. Then afterwards those of us who didn't have our permit(about 7 of us) were sent off to go take it. It was nerve racking to say the least. I can say one thing about the tests, read between the lines when you study. The questions are worded so oddly you are bound to mess up.

I can also say I am now the proud owner of my CDL permit. Sadly though my husband didn't pass today, but neither did the rest of the group. I kind of feel bad because I did pass and no else did. ( And I am getting "teased" about it too.) But from what I have heard not many do pass the first time taking it. He goes back tomorrow and will focus on the general knowledge test. I am helping him study but not sure how much it is going to help.

Anyways not a lot happened besides testing today. Hope tomorrow is more eventful and I have more information to give. Until then!

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Swift Training @ C1 Indy

We are gonna test tomorrow. I think we are going to do just fine. And if we blow it the first time, like you said there is always the next day. Not gonna stress about it that is for sure. Thanks for the offer to help, if I have questions I will ask on that you can bank.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Swift Training @ C1 Indy

Was awesome meeting you today. Sorry if I seemed a bit standoffish. I had no clue who you were at first.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Husband and Wife to start April 11 with Driver Solutions/PAM

We are done with day #1. We got there at 5:30 am, had to be there at 6 am. As soon as we were able to get into the building Paul and I picked a seat and waited. Someone came in with tons of paper work for us to start filling out. Medical info, application for employment etc. That took about an hour. Then those who had highlighted papers (drug screen and physicals docs) were called out of the room and lined up.

By the time we were done with physicals it was almost 1 pm. Expect to wait. It was nearly 1:15 pm before we were allowed a break. But this was because we have a class of about 34 and it takes time to get through all of those people. Needless to say Paul and I both passed our physicals and vision part of the exams. And pretty sure that we passed the drug test too since we are both clean. They do not want you to drink coffee or smoke before testing because it can and most likely will raise your BP. Mine was 94/70 Paul's (my hubby) was 134/90, his was up there due to not getting a break and a couple "drivers" taking liberties and cutting in line.

Tomorrow they want us to go for our permit test. Eeeek.

Anyways we are back at the hotel now. Gonna crack open the books after dinner and study...study....study. Till tomorrow!

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Husband and Wife to start April 11 with Driver Solutions/PAM

We arrived in Indy about 3 pm on Sunday April 10. We are being housed at a place called Extended Stay America. I have to say it isn't bad. Love the little kitchenette and the room is plenty big. There is laundry on site, free wifi, and they even supply you with things to cook with if you want. I do have to go buy coffee filters but that is a small price to pay. Tomorrow is the long day....6 am for DOT drug screen/physical. After that who knows.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Husband Wife Newbie Drivers Looking For Advice.....................

My hubby and start class on the 11th in Indy. We are like you guys, love spending time with each other...same interests, ect. We have already decided I get the night shift since I am a natural night owl and less traffic over all.

My advice is something I found out years ago. No matter how much time you get to spend with each other make it quality. It doesn't matter how much or often, but how you spend it.

Best of luck!

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Husband and Wife to start April 11 with Driver Solutions/PAM

As many already know my husband and myself are starting this new chapter together. I wanted to get a jump start on the diary for those that might be considering doing the same thing. Because it isn't just about going to school to learn to drive or getting on the road.

Lets start by saying about two weeks ago I applied with PAM. My husband applied a week earlier. He talked me into doing this since we were basically facing an eviction and to him this was our only solution. After thinking about it, I considered that he was right. So I left my job at WalMart and we started to sell off everything we own. We are not going to have a home for awhile except for our truck. No biggie to me, I enjoy the concept of tiny house living.

The hardest part was this past Saturday. I had to say goodbye to both of my cats. I do however get to pick one up after we are in our own truck. So that helps a bit. The second hardest part for myself was saying goodbye to the people I had worked with for almost a year. I didn't realize how many friendships I had made. The third hardest was actually selling our stuff. Not because I was attached to it, but because people wanted it for almost nothing.

For my husband the hardest part would be his family not accepting his new career choice. Guess they don't realize that without people like us they won't get their high end stuff they enjoy buying. My family is all for it. My mom is even looking forward to the day she can tell everyone her daughter is a trucker. LOL

Anyways we will get to Indy this Sunday (April 10) and check into the hotel. Monday morning at 6 am we report to Driver Solutions for the physical and drug test and the signatures of forever. I am very excited to be doing this. As is Paul (hubby). While the decision to this was mutual and the right thing for us to do, think hard about it. Giving up everything isn't as easy as it might sound.

Will update this probably either Sunday night after we get to the hotel, or Monday after our first day in classes.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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WOOHOO!!! YAY!!! YIPPEE!!!!! I DID IT!!!!......Passed my.....

Congrats....Can't wait till hubs and I are posting the same thing. Tick tock....let the countdown begin. 6 days till we leave for classes.......:D

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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I'm working on a school project and I need your help. Willing?

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Fire away, I'm game.

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Coming from a Dragon, fire away takes on a whole new meaning! shocked.png

Ha Ha I needed that laugh!

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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My cat loves the truck

We just said goodbye to our cats today. I am heartbroken right now. I will get to take one of them with me, so I know I will be seeing him again in about 2 months....but the pain is so real. I hope he adjusts to life on the road. I know my hubby and I are gonna spoil him like crazy when we get him back.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Possible Solution to Driver Shortage?

Companies and shareholders want to keep profits up. Customers want prices low. Employees want higher pay. The vicious cycle. We all wanna buy laptops for $200 & big-screen tv's for $500. Then we wonder why manufacturing jobs go overseas.

I agree with Brett. One of the problems with lowering the age is; there's not a shortage of potential drivers in the current age group. Even the government offers grants to get people their CDL and off the unemployment rolls.

The question facing this industry and others is; are we, as a society, willing to pay significantly higher prices for goods and services, in return for people getting higher wages?

From my experience as a cashier with Walmart no people are not willing to pay more. They are always trying to get the BBD. And to be honest it makes me sick. Yeah I want prices to be lower than they are, but I also understand it takes money to get those products to me. Not to mention the fact that with lower wages drivers start looking for other jobs that will help offset those higher costs. It really is a vicious circle.

As for younger....not sure younger is always better. They need to make this industry more appealing to those of us who are in our 30's, 40's and 50's. (btw start my training on the 11th of April so I was just generalizing)

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Tired of being a stepping stone.....

You never know who you'll meet during training and once you're on the road. It's a lifestyle. You hear and see that a lot when talking to drivers or researching truck driving.

I started out with nothing in July of last year. I had to borrow money just to eat my first month. I'm now earning better than any other job I've had, but I also am able to save, and dream of things I didn't believe I'd ever have.

That being said, it's a shocking adjustment. The first few months you'll run into situations that you can't imagine. Like stopping at a major chain truck stop to take a shower and do laundry. There's 3 washers and 5 dryers. Awesome! 2 of the washers and 3 of the dryers have out of order signs. The washer that works had a wet load that you patiently wait for over an hour for the owner to claim. As soon as you load and put in your money it promptly quits working.

Good luck finding a regular laundromat where you can park a tractor and trailer, much less actually have the spare time anyway. Gotta keep the wheels turning pot your income blows away.

Banking? Don't make me giggle. Shopping? Wal-Mart anyone? Doctor appointments? Good luck with that.

Sounds like I'm complaining right?

Now...ask me the important question.

Do you like what you do?

No! I LOVE what I do!

I know it is going to be hard and difficult to adjust to. But I am also looking at the benefits since we are going to be living in our truck. No rent, no utilities, no one telling us what to do (other than DM). I have to give up my cats, and I am sad about that, actually it is breaking my heart. But the way I see it, we were going to be homeless in less than a month and I would have had to found a place for them regardless.

Hubs and I are training together, we enjoy spending time together and we are doing this together. I have fears, but I am sure that those will go away in time as I learn what I am doing. I will give my trust to the trainers and to myself, and my partner, but most importantly to God.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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CONFIRMED! I start Swift Academy on April 25th

Yeah Charlie we are going to be in Indy. I am nervous as all get out though. I do hope to see you on the range. Just don't laugh if you see me run over a cone.....LOL

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