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Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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OTR Trucking is HARD WORK???

I got out of bed, where is my cookie?

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Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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CDL permit testing

Yeah, they're right -- you aren't taking the test to take a test. It isn't testing how much memorization, but rather how well you've understood what you're supposed to know. I was nervous about mine as well; came across a couple of questions never covered in my class discussions but it was fine because of all three tests (air brakes, combination, and general), i only got 3 wrong. You study a lot, yes, but don't stress so much! Just understand the stuff and you'll be fine.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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A social question, for the non-new TT members....

This site feels like a home full of family and friends.

Exactly why i asked what i had!!!!! And LOL @everyone on here teasing each other!!!!

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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A social question, for the non-new TT members....

G-Town, that's actually a good point... I think I did see it referenced somewhere that members used to be able to instant message (or message) each other through here? Wonder why that feature was taken away. You're one of those who seems to know the members here, also, haha, so I'm glad you responded!

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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A social question, for the non-new TT members....

I should add that I'm continuously impressed with how friendly everyone is to each other, and supportive without any nastiness and in an entirely casual and non-stuffy way. Like you guys are a group of friends IRL, too.. or have actually met each other on the roads, or something. It's impressive for new members like myself to observe.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Thought for the day...

Not everything in life is easy, nor will it be handed to you.

What, it isn't? And it won't? Well, damnit.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Security Clearances, TWIC Cards, & Hazmat/Tanker Endorsements

You're basically saying you're going to save money by keeping $20 in your pocket now but limiting your long term career opportunities. That's shortsighted. Make your decisions pay off for the long term.

Brett, it isn't $20 here in NY with the background check stuff. Neither is the TWIC. Yes, right now I don't have the funds to shell out for both of them, so when I do have funds for the $100+ fee, I can only choose one. For some people, yeah $100 is a huge spend... like an unemployed person. Right now, no Hazmat/Tanker doesn't seem to take priority over TWIC - especially considering as the future rookie driver, I wouldn't want to concern myself with Hazardous Materials and Tankers just yet, but definitely want to be able to say I can access anywhere. Remember, "right now" doesn't mean "never"... just not right now!

By the way, yes I had done a chunk of the training program.. in preparation for the CDL permit testing. It's been passed. The rest of it, yeah I'll have to do for the other endorsements! For some reason, I thought I had to get the CDL permit first in order to be able to take any other endorsement exams (not that I actually did have the funds to be pilling on the exams anyway, pfft.)

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I want to get my school bus endorsement just to say i can legally drive anything. My goal is to drive triple tankers of hazardous material pulled by a school bus.

LOL my personal thought, too.. just to say I can drive absolutely anything. I actually looked at the school bus/passenger section of the DMV manual before even asking my question (and all the other endorsements)... it requires a skills test as well, not just a written, like the tanker/hazmat is only written. I figured that one could definitely wait, haha! But -- exactly: Triple tankers of hazardous material pulled by a school bus!!!!!!!

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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A social question, for the non-new TT members....

So I'm going through some more threads and reading everyone's comments to each others. It seems most of the time, the posed questions and threads are created by new members/rookie drivers and yadda yadda, but I'm wondering -- of the members who are not new on this site nor new to trucking but obviously feel super comfortable with each other here in that jokes are made- some friendly jests, private and running jokes referenced....

How well do you guys actually know each other on here?

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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How to get back on track when I get too deep into my thoughts?

I haven't been out on the road trucking yet, but I do deal with a lot of "thinking time" right here from home..... so, three things I'm wondering:

1- Is it possible that the youtube videos, talk shoes, audio books, etc, actually encourages your brain to be more active and to think more, with the fact that everything spoken has to be processed..... rather than mellow out?

2- following above question, how about using music instead to kind of "switch off" the brain so that it's not constantly stimulated and processing. Music works for me in that way.

3- Also, this might sound a bit odd - especially for a guy- but this has worked remarkably well as a relaxation and mind-soothing technique even for my own overactive brain: a diffuser with aromatherapy (or real essential) oils. I would imagine a diffuser with calming and relaxing oils like lavender, mandarin, patouchli, or tea tree accompanied with music would really work well to settle down the brain and even cut down on anxiety. Personally, I only use real essential oils since I also make my own scented "lotion" in a carrier oil (aromatherapy oils are strictly only to fragrance the air, with the health/skin/hair benefits stripped). I like my small electric diffusers; they disperse by steamed vapor, which is also why I use real essential oils, as some of the oils I use also has the nasal decongestant or headache relief properties. An electric diffuser isn't needed, though -- there are other simple non-electronic ways (like by bamboo sticks, etc).. although I also love the additional feature of lighting ambiance (one even changes colors!) with mine, too, haha. note: The cab would smell reallllyyyyyyy good.... as a super-bonus!

My two main mixes (yes, I have two diffusers -- my brain seriously does not shut off!)

living room (daytime) for anxiety reducing: tea tree, tangerine, cinnamon

bedroom (nighttime) for better sleep: lavender, jasmine, rosemary (on occasion, for nasal decongestion)

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Security Clearances, TWIC Cards, & Hazmat/Tanker Endorsements

My understanding is these things are obtained by the self, not through company. So whether to already have them before even being hired...? Hmm. The Hazmat/tanker, I know... Just don't think it's a priority to obtain for the one year I'm OTR'ing. I'd think TWIC would be more the priority here. If I was rich enough, it wouldn't matter -- just shell out for all of it. LOL

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Newb question about getting into trucking

Yeah, this. Best fully-informative summary ever.

If you are asking what I think you are then you may want to save your money. Trucking as a back up plan can work but if you go to school and don't use your license right away then you are going to have to go back to school if the time comes that you ever want to drive. If you have a full time career that you plan on keeping I would forgo the expense of getting a cdl and just focus on the other career. Now if you plan on changing careers then the option of going to school on the weekends is a valid choice but you could also go with a company that will pay you while you are going to school such as roehl and others. But if you take that option there is a 1 year contract to fulfill.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Team or go Solo?

I dunno about the entire lack of privacy in that rig with team driving, much less with the team driver already known to have lack of hygiene and unreliability, yadda yadda.... If I'm going to be peeing every couple of hours with someone in the close confines and earshot, I'd like to be 100% comfortable with that person and feel s/he can be completely trusted/reliable at all times... Especially if my pay is involved.

Sounds to me the arrangement was enthusiastically discussed and being prepared for and it's just now sinking in the reality of what it'd really mean to be teaming with this one particular person. The question seems more of a "how do i avoid being the bad guy here if I say no now" matter.

If i may suggest reading your own post again, as if it were someone else's post... And see how you feel with what was just shared. Have a feeling you've answered your own question unwittedly.

Alternate plan could also be going solo for a while to pay off at least part of the tuition with the team driving offer on the back burner and revisit it at a later time.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Security Clearances, TWIC Cards, & Hazmat/Tanker Endorsements

Currently, I'm in driving school. My plan, so far, is to flatbed once completed. Obviously, already thinking ahead here...

Hazmat/Tanker Endorsement: Makes more sense to just get the duo together then both separate ("X" endorsement.) I have no interest at this time to obtain nor to drive either, though I understand it may create more opportunities. I don't think I should be concerned with this now as a future flatbedder, so I'll be stingy with my money and say "Nah, it can wait."

TWIC Card: Not sure it will come in handy for flatbedder since it seems more tied in the intermodal department, but it makes more sense to have in possession. However, I'm aware there were massive flaws with the chips and all the cards needed replacing in 2015, rendering it pretty much more problematic than simplified for the card-holders. Assuming the flaws has been corrected and newly issued cards are fine, is it smart/worth shelling out for it now while still in school?

Secret Security Clearance: I don't believe I can pick up secret transport loads at this current time for... Well, not sharing so y'all have the plausible deniability here, haha! (No, no need to get paranoid; has to do with pets -- but if I didn't have pets accompanying, then zero issues here.) But, it'd be mad cool if I did have such clearance readied. ["Hell yeah, i get into places you can't even come near, na na! And nope, can't tell ya or I'd hafta kill ya!" kind of ego. LOL] Since right now I'm only planning on OTR for a year and unsure yet of when i resume grad school (whether I'd take regional or local jobs then, or what I'd do over breaks), would it be worth it to get it now, so it's out of the way as well? Also, money.

To be clear -- TWIC cards and Security Clearance are completely separate, right? I get not being able to use TWIC as Security Clearance, but can the Security Clearance be used when TWIC is called for?

Additionally as side note, Passports: Mine is still good into 2018, so I already have this to (perhaps?) create more opportunities, such as travel into Canada. Maybe even Alaska, too?! Oh my. Even if I weren't traveling across country borders, I believe I'd be correct to think a current passport has become a "must" these days, even if the government hasn't made it a law to carry one yet.

Anyway -- thoughts, comments, stuff.....??? For myself and those coming into the trucking industry as to what's worth it, what can (should/shouldn't?) wait, and whether it really does or doesn't help our opportunities with our job hunts and future loads.

Thank you in advance!!

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Dead rodent's revenge

Aww.... :-(

While you guys are talking about PTIs and blow outs, I'm thinking: "That poor little critter...." :-(

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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About Dot Physical...

I would think some of the concerns with depression also has to do with the medications. Some medications are not allowed in some truck companies (though more a narcotics thing, I think). The medications also comes with their own side effects, the most popular being increased sudiciality. I can understand why a company would be a bit wary of a medicated depressed behind the steering wheel of an 80,000 lbs killing machine, with liability and covering their assess in mind. However, I wouldn't be so concerned if it's in the far history and there no current bouts and/or medications.

The way I'd handle this is, if asked, yes I'd disclose there was a period when I took matters of my personal mental health into my own hands by soughting appropriate assistance, which has been fully effective since (and can be supported, i.e. clearance letter). There's a way to spin it so that it doesn't come across as shameful but as a proud "yes, i took the initiative" disclosure. Employers in general would prefer their employees have this self-awareness to get themselves assistance, whatever the issue -- addiction, alcoholism, and/or depression. It also shows character to be able to have that self-honesty, as well (such as voluntarily committing, as that required recognizance, acknowledgement, and personal action). So entirely own it, without any shame.

Thanks for sharing your story, btw.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Flatbed Variety

With these various pics, I'm even more interested in flatbedding! So here's a newbie question tossed in -- what do you guys do with the loads and the flatbed itself with home time? I'd like to bobtail if I'm actually going to my residence, but I'm not sure that's doable in the world of flatbedding. Also -- suggestions for maintaining balance on top of loads without breaking your neck?

Pathetic pic of my flatbed load:

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Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Pay Attention!!!

I saw this video be shared on Facebook. Completely flabbergasted, looked like it was straight out of a movie scene plowing through. Definitely curious why the hell the driver wasn't paying attention. Don't think this driver will be doing that again...

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Driving Test

My school offers two separate programs for CDL Class A. One is the "Career Course", which includes prepping for the permit as well as the skills, and the other is just for the skills. The instructors at the school said even if one has a permit already, the career course is still the way to go in obtaining a job afterwards, with solid proof of the entire 166 completed hours.... Especially for those without preexisting experience. So, do the school thang in full entirety.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Low Clearance

Reminds me of when I was arriving at the George Washington Bridge toll plaza during rush hour. A trailer was wedged underneath to the side of me... Obviously didn't help the plaza traffic one bit LOL Believe I took a photo, no idea where it is, but I remember wondering how the heck while staring at it. Now I'm going to try find this pic, hmm.

The fact that clearances are not 100% dependable measurements (outdated, snow, etc) is scary, but if the clearances are already clearly marked as inadequate, then that's just driver negligence!

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Rescinded license "suspension"

Thanks, guys. Far as I know, I've never actually been suspended but I've seen stories on here about aged or minor exclusions haunting applicants in the hiring process. For instance, my neighbor just lost his new job (experienced driver) for not reporting a minor incident with his prior company that was not marked on his record. Seems trucking employers are very nitpicky in regards to history, whether on record or not, so yeah that got me thinking when I came across those old papers looking for something else.

My abstract is currently clear and next time I'm in the DMV office, I'll ask specifically to be sure how it's indicated on my record.

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