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Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Training almost over and concerned 😳 Can I really do this

I drive team with my husband. He was also my trainer. I completely understand your comment of him being so close and yet missing him so much. I've said that very thing to my husband. We are getting better at taking time at the end of our driving shift to sit and talk before going to bed. But we run constantly. Just finished over 7k miles in a week and had 2 days left but no hours. Doing a RARE 34 now. You have to MAKE TIME FOR EACH OTHER. That may mean going into the sleeper to say hi on your 30, or whatever works for you. It can be done. I LOVE being with my husband all the time and do not want to be solo because he is always here to help me and I try to help him when I can. PATIENCE is key. You will have to work on a schedule. I'm the night driver because that is what works for us. We occasionally get a load that has a delay so will get to spend a little time together. Take it where you can get it. The first months are harder but as you are out here and get into a routine it gets better. GOOD LUCK to y'all.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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OTR Trucking is HARD WORK???

I spent over 30 years as an accountant and HR director for various firms of all sizes. I'm driving for the same reasons Tired of having CEO that don't know how to do their own job, much less mine telling me what and how to do it without regard to the laws involved. After being let go at the last company because I was blamed for doing what he told me to do, I had enough. My husband asked if I would consider driving a truck with him. Absolutely! Here I am several months later. I admit I have a lot still to learn but will never go back. Plus, I'm with my husband all the time.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Choosing the right type of trucking

I drive for Werner and we have flatbed and dry van. You can switch between them but you would need to talk to driver relations to see what their requirements are to do that. I don't know as I only wanted dry van. Good luck on whatever you choose.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Just starting as a female driver any suggestions out there?

I went to school last summer and started driving in September. My husband was my trainer and we team drive now. I get your nerves. It is a big change. Take it all seriously. Ask lots of questions. Never think your question is too dumb to ask cause someone else is wondering the same thing. Backing was and still is my biggest problem. I still have to get help. Everyone tells me it is only more experience that makes it better. I'm a perfectionist so I'm really hard on myself. I hope you are not. It is all worth it. I've driven through almost all 48 of the state's and they are beautiful and amazing. Was scary going through NYC but I did it. I've driven in snow covering the road so the only way to know I was on pavement was the rumble straps, there was no where to pull off safely or I would have. I've seen sun rise over the ocean and sunset over the mountains. Driven mountain roads with ice on them. All challenging. All worth it. The only time I ever get discouraged is when I can't back into a spot I need to and have to ask for help. Lol Enjoy it all.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Nearly 15 years later, any ex- Consolidated Freightways drivers out there?

I used to know lots of cf drivers when I worked in a truck stop over 30 years ago.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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How do you stay calm on the road as a truck driver?

I won't go into the details but was going through lots of life changes myself not long before I started cdl school. I, too, am a passionate person. Nice way of saying I can be emotional. Just ask my husband. We team drive now. Lol You thinking all of this now is a good thing. You have lots of time to think when driving. There is so very much to focus on and keep you busy mentally challenged. It can be scary at times but it is also fun. Know this before you start, it is not just a job. It is a lifestyle you are choosing. Good days and bad days. Good luck to you no matter what you decide.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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What type of drug screening does Werner do?

Werner does urine and hair. Cutting or shaving your hair does not good. They will get it from places other than your head... They also know if you are shaving all hair you have something to hide. Just be sure you are clean. Werner is a good company to drive for.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Wanting to start back after 10 yrs away. Everything has changed! Advice needed.

And don't think cutting your hair will solve the hair problem. They will get one from other body parts you won't enjoy as much.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Pet friendly

We drive for Werner and have 2 large dogs in our truck. Neither weigh that much but combined they weigh more. Call and talk to them.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Anybody left a higher paying job in corporate America for trucking? How did it work out for you?

I was an accountant and HR Director for over 30 years before coming to truck driving. I worked insane hours and put up with so much from bosses that had no clue. I do not regret the change at all. Knew what I was getting in to. Am team driving with my husband now. Love it. Only been out for about 3 months but have covered the majority of this country. Home time isn't such an issue since we are together so only come in about 6 weeks or so. If you will be happier and healthier, go for it. There are many good companies that offer regional with good hoe time. Write out a list of wants in a company highlight what is a MUST have vs just a want and you will be able to narrow down what company is a good fit for you. Good luck to you.

Posted:  3 years ago

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Brand New CDL - Advice needed

I'm new with my CDL also. Almost the same age as well. I started to go team with my husband. He is my trainer. We checked out many companies and picked Werner. Let him train me so we aren't split up. Make a list of what you want in a company and write down the answers by company you talk to. If you don't you will get mixed up who said what exactly. So many are very close but one may have just a little edge once you know what you are looking for. We had it narrowed to 2 or 3 but Werner had a policy that we just really liked over the others. List out home time, pet policy, benefits, average miles per week, pay per mile to start and after you finish training. Whatever else is important to you. When you get through and pick a company, get an employment offer letter that spells out all of it so later they can't say it doesn't apply or incorrect note taking on your part. Good luck and be safe out there.

Posted:  3 years ago

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One month completed with my new CDL

I have never done a post before but thought I would talk about my first month OTR. To start, I am being trained by my husband so we can be a team when I'm done. Let's just say he is way more patient with me than I would be. I think I'm doing OK on driving but my backing stinks. I can't seem to get the parking at truck stops and only get docs with his help. I'm very frustrated about this. I will not be one of those "do it for me" drivers. There are good days and bad, like with any job. However, we are together and I'm grateful for that. Life in a truck is different especially with 2 large dogs taking up the floor. We have limited space to store things so have to be willing to share everything and be organized. Have a place for it and put it there. Sleeping as a team is mostly in shifts so not together much. It works out somehow... Bathroom and showers are a challenge. Porta potty at job sites, not all truck stops are clean, most are. Sitting at terminals, shop for flat repairs etc can be stressful when you have a deadline on the load, most of ours are JIT loads. Watching the hours and running always just short of what is needed. Tired a lot and try not to get short with each other because stressed and tired. Trying to remember to turn to not on each other. I want this to work because I want to be a true team with my husband. I'm a perfectionist which can be bad because I hold myself to really high standards. I want to get the backing down so I don't need him to guide me everytime. He says it will come in time and practice. Really enjoy seeing parts of this great country we are blessed to live in. So much is taken for granted and it is a beautiful country. .Miss my friends but use FB to stay in touch. I send posts of where I'm at. I guess I'll close by saying if you are looking at being a driver, be realistic in your expectations. It isn't glamorous but it is great in many ways. It is work but it is different everyday. New people and places. It is mentally and physically challenging. It is also dangerous so everyone be careful out there.

Posted:  3 years ago

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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

I was an accountant and HR director for 30 plus years. Tired of fighting Corp CEO that knew less than me telling me how to do my job. Now I'm team driving with my husband and love it. We get to be together always.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Just curious - Training via "husband"

Wanted to reply to being trained by significant other. I am currently being trained by my husband. I love it. We looked for a company that would let him train me. He went through the training program after leaving his former company and we have only been on the road for a little over a week. He is way more patient with me than I am with myself. Lol. I would not want a stranger training me because of living in close quarters and always feeling like I am being judged. But that is me. It might be different for others. I can ask him what I need to improve on at the end of the day, then talk about it. Do what you feel is right for you. I wish you luck. Enjoy it. I know I am. Even on the stressful days.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Active Duty looking into trucking career

Look at Werner Enterprises Vet benefits. They offer many and have regional, OTR etc and take good care of their drivers. Not saying there are not many others as well. Covenant is another with good pay you could look at.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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KW T680 compared to Freightlightner Cascadia

Sharla, welcome to the Forum!

The T680 has a roomier sleeper area, but upfront the cab area is slightly smaller. The Freightliner feels bigger when in the driver's seat. So, it depends on where you want the space distributed.

Thanks for the info. Primary reason I'm asking is we will have large dogs in there with us. So floor space is for them. Team driving with my husband and our dogs.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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KW T680 compared to Freightlightner Cascadia

About to start new company and need to decide between the KW T680 and the Freightlightner Cascadia. Need plenty of room. Can anyone tell me which one has the most floor space. Specs on them do not give this info that I can find. Thanks for any responses.

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