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Posted:  6 years, 10 months ago

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CONFIRMED! I start Swift Academy on April 25th

Congrats. Hubs and I start with CD1 on the 11th. We are training as a team. Will try to post a blog of our adventure as well. Best of luck to you!

Posted:  6 years, 10 months ago

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We have a date

You're not going to be carrying any explosives. 95% of the Hazmat stuff you'll haul is ordinary household stuff like paint and cleaning chemicals. The really dangerous stuff they normally haul using specialized companies with highly qualified drivers.

I figured it was normal stuff. I know even laundry detergent is considered a HazMat item. Hubs was on the Fire Dept some years back. As for the explosives.....whew.. LOL

Posted:  6 years, 10 months ago

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We have a date

Hey that's great news!

I hope you're using our High Road Training Program to study for your permit. And make sure you get those endorsements, too. They're really just short, simple written exams that take a few minutes each but they open up a lot of opportunities. The Hazmat is a bit tougher but no big deal.

And make sure you go through Learning The Logbook Rules and Understanding Truck Weight And Balance because you're going to need them for doing your job out there.

Thanks! We are excited. We have started to study that is for sure. I definitely want my HazMat (worry about explosives though). Going to really crack down starting this weekend, sadly I have to work the next three days. Hubs is already cracking down on his studying, bless him.

Posted:  6 years, 10 months ago

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Graduated Friday and Passed CDL A Test on Saturday.

Congrats. Will be there myself in about 4 weeks! I hope...

Posted:  6 years, 10 months ago

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We have a date

Good luck to y'all

Thanks a bunch. I am looking forward to this. Just scared since the only "big" vehicle I have ever drove was a Ryder truck for moving. But I have confidence I will learn this. Now to start the cram session for our permit/CDL!

Posted:  6 years, 10 months ago

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We have a date

It is now official. My husband and I are both starting our classes April 11. I started to sell off everything. We are planning on living in the truck for the next year. Not a big deal to me, I don't like large areas...LOL....But I do have to say bye to my cats. :( We are going with CD1 and will be driving for PAM. I am excited and scared at the same time.

We picked up our essentials for the classes today (flashlights, notebooks, leather gloves, etc). Wish us luck.....

Posted:  6 years, 10 months ago

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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

I currently work as a cashier for the big W. I am also in grad school. Before that did customer service, fast food, homemaker, security etc. The whole jack of all trades master of none. My husband has been in the food industry since high school. He is burned out, I can see that so this is going to be a great way to refresh him. Glad to see that we are not alone in this and our new family is just as diverse as can be.

Posted:  6 years, 10 months ago

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Starting orientation today

Thanks. It was my hubs idea for me to do this. He was ok with going OTR but really didn't want to be away from me that long. And since we don't have kids he thought this would be a great way to see the country and be together. At first I was very apprehensive. And honestly I am scared to death, but I think with the right mind set (I can do this) I am going to be just fine. And we are going to succeed. Best of luck with you!

Posted:  6 years, 10 months ago

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Starting orientation today

I understand the "new driver" issue. I haven't gotten my CDL yet so I haven't had that problem, but I do have a BS in Accounting and no one will hire me for the same reason. No experience. That is why we (hubs and I) are going into this together. Hope to nail down a start date soon with CD1 out of Indy. Do this for a year, finish my masters degree and if I don't like it after a year I can teach somewhere. If I do, then we are well on our way to owning our own trucking company.

Posted:  6 years, 10 months ago

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Tired of being a stepping stone.....

Thanks for the kind words. It isn't an easy decision that is for certain. But it is nice to know that I am not alone in this and I will make mistakes and hopefully learn from them.

Posted:  6 years, 10 months ago

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Tired of being a stepping stone.....

Hello all. As it shows I am new to this. My husband and I are going to take the plunge together and both get our CDL's and become a team driver set. But to be honest I am scared to death. I am more of a book person, I learn quickly enough not a problem, but worry about things like backing up. I know I will be taught how, but it still worries me. And while on the road I plan on finishing my two master degrees. But it beats the alternative of being homeless (which will most likely happen very soon.)

My husband lost his job last year and has yet to find one that pays enough. Yeah he is working and so am I but it just doesn't cut it. So we are going to sell off everything and take on this new adventure together. I know it won't be easy and it might get to be more of a task than a pleasure, but he and I have worked through many things in the past, and we do enjoy spending time together and I like to see new places.

I guess I am feeling alone and confused about this since it is totally different than what I had planned when I graduated 2 yrs ago with my BS in Accounting. Any words of wisdom, advice or thoughts would be appreciated.

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