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    Tacoma, WA

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    2 years, 8 months ago

Oscar Graham III's Bio

Tacoma, WA, American vet, 63B10, light-wheeled vehicle mechanic, army, hunts, boats and camps

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Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Has anybody here had a serious medical emergency while driving?

If you feel this site is full of cyber bullying, I can't imagine you've ever been to any other site.

As for going down to the truck stop to get a 'real feel', good luck with that. You'll need it. The drivers sitting around in truck stops are great sources for what NOT to do by just doing the opposite of whatever they tell you, for the most part. Same with around terminals.

As for emergencies, not that you'll end up caring, but response times can be all over the place, even in rural areas. Before trucking I was on two different fire departments that responded to medical calls, both very rural. One ranked in the top 15% of fire departments, paid and volunteer, in the country for response times. The other varied from a couple minutes to nearly an hour, depending on the location and who was available to respond.

Complicating matters tremendously is that there are still a few places that don't have 911 service and instead have a regular phone number you call for emergencies. Not to mention the number of places that don't have cell service. In theory if you have a CB you can use channel 9, but it's quite likely no one is monitoring that channel. That's one of the reasons we get physicals and need to be completely honest during them.

I would never LIE during a physical. At least in the army, qualified medics were always in the field during maneuvers from anything to frostbite to heat exhaustion a soldier might experience. In many civilian trucking could even be MORE hazardous than military service during peace time.

I still believe I will be much more qualified when my weight gets below 200 pounds. If my BODY can handle the job, my MIND and SOUL can handle it.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Will I learn everything about every control inside a truck?

Also, you have been fliipant about your health issues. You can't say you are healthier than a woman which is offensive to women, but then claim the victim of "but I'm disabled".

Seriously its not about you. Its about the potential of someone with heart and health issues has to KILL a family on the road, destroy company, public and private property, as well as product that results in millions of dollars in lawsuits.

We drive 80,000 pound killing machines that can torpedo down a mountain at 90+ miles per hour and burst into flames. Even if it doesn't kill anyone but the driver, the clean up and losses are staggering. The company then pays. Do you think they would take a risk on an unhealthy person?

Think real hard here. If you were the owner of a company, would you hire someone who could put your company and profits at such risk?

I believe I said I am now RECOVERING from disability. I am receiving disability pay right at the moment. I feel quite better now than I did five months ago. My doctor has told me that I am expected to fully recover (chest pains shortness or breath, chronic fatigue syndrome, suspected sleep apnea, everything) when my weight gets down below 200 pounds.

I will not even attempt a trucking career until I get below 200 pounds anyway and that could be another year from now.

It is my doctor's medical opinion that all my disabilities are obesity-related.

I never said I was ready to start driving tomorrow morning.

Let's say that right now I feel no weaker than the average 50+ age woman. Even men with a slight heart condition have a little more endurance than the average middle-age woman. Sorry, if that sounds sexist, but that is my humble opinion. I can occasionally lift up a 75-pound box and move it across my apartment without falling out dead but that does not mean I am fit to work for a moving company full time.

I was just posting here because I am bored but I wanted to try to FEEL life as a trucker out for the time being. I probably really won't know what is all about until I get out their and get my hands dirty.

Still, even a young, healthy truck driver with a heart "made of steel" could get in an injury accident (not even his own fault necessarily) and may need life-or-death treatment immediately. When I was in the army, a young soldier under 30 in my unit had a heart attack while running during PT and never had any medical condition like that before. He was on the heavy side, i should note.

I have seen a lot of heavy truck drivers and many who smoke. It seems to be a common problem. People in that condition are prime candidates for heart attacks and strokes.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Has anybody here had a serious medical emergency while driving?

One more thing I didn't mention. The crank handles for the trailers can be really tough to turn. I'm extremely strong with a great strong heart. But there have been handles so hard to turn that I kicked the handle to move it. The heavier the load, the harder to turn.

Sometimes you can stand there for 15 minutes just cranking. Try that in 110 degrees or -10. Its not fun.

There isn't a lot of physical duties on this job, but the ones we do have can be really difficult at times.

This also doesn't go into your special diet which would be hard on the road unless you stop at walmart all the time.

I think maybe you need to reconsider trucking. Sorry.

Some of you "people" posting here could be "bots" for all I know. I won't mention any names. I might just go to my local truck stop and chat with some drivers in person there to really get a FEEL for this line of earning a living. Maybe I will go to my local library and pick up a coupe of books on this subject just to while the time away.

Yes, I am willing to stop or get a cab ride to Walmart or some restaurant in town as much as possible. I definitely want to have good sandwich-making supplies while driving through Nevada whether in my own car or in a truck. Winnemucca has nothing but choke-n-pukes for hot food service. I know that from car traveling experiences in the past. Other posters at this site have already satisfied my curiosity about dealing with meals on the road a month ago. I have this whole food thing down pat now.

If I have a jug of tap water to douse my body, I am sure I can handle the landing gear when it is 115 outside. I have never heard of semi landing gear that is motorized but that might be a nice invention if it ever came to be.

Rule Number One: have at least five one gallon jugs FULL OF WATER in the vehicle (commercial truck or private automobile) while traveling through the desert or mountains all year long. Maybe a two-day food supply to boot.

Perhaps my beef is not so much with this site itself, now that I think about it, but with some posters who can't talk nice. It is cyber-bullying. But I am a tough man. Sticks and stones.....

If I do end up trying out driving, I might report back here once in a while to tell everybody how it is going even.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Has anybody here had a serious medical emergency while driving?

Nothing is made like it used to be. My moms 1973 Pontiac lasted 27 years.

Call 911 and pray. But you won't have a job anymore if you have a heart attack, it will void your DOT med card. And hopefully you'd be smart to have bought the disability insurance.

As for workmen's comp...many of these companies are self insured. It gets paid faster...but if you think you will get 100% forget it. And any pre existing condition rules it out.

Read my post on your other thread.

Is the disability insurance offered by an independent carrier or through the hiring company?

Yes, ma'am, I would like to learn more about this disability insurance. I will see what you posted

on my other thread. It might be prudent for any driver to opt for it indeed.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Dude, please stop posting! You promised all of us "You were giving up on this Website", so please go away.

Well, I changed my mine. That is my "feminine" quality!

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Has anybody here had a serious medical emergency while driving?

Does anybody here know anybody here who has had a heart attack or something bad while driving a commercial truck anywhere in North America and especially in a remote area?

I am just curious as to how any driver could summon emergency medical help and how long it might take to get a response in the most rural of places any driver might be in.

I know more than one driver has had serious medical issues on the job over the history of this industry. There was a story years ago about a driver who died from a bee sting because he was allergic to bee sting and a bee got into his cab and stung him on the job.

I am not allergic to bee sting myself but I have a history of heart palpitations, chest pains, faintness and shortness of breath. Last year I did drive my car 2,500 miles, a 1995 Toyota Corolla, with good working factory air, 100,000 original miles. This was in the summer around this time of year. I drove from California, through Oregon up to Washington back down through Idaho and across the HOT 105 degree Nevada desert in broad daylight and back home safe again unscathed even with two BAD tires with some degree of tread separation!!!!!!

In short, I am NOT the least bit scared to drive my little 22-year-old Toyota across the searing Nevada desert. I have a cell phone but it might not work out in those boonies.

Perhaps, Toyota Motor Company should build Class 7/8 trucks with their same level of "famous reliability" they have had in their smaller vehicles for many decades now! My father used to tell me about big diesel trucks like Peterbilt. He said those things never have to be "messed with" (mechanically speaking) for hundreds of thousands of miles. He implied big diesel rigs were built like army tanks and navy battleships and they really should be. Perhaps, truck manufacturers should consider the potential for major lawsuits due to not building mechanically-robust vehicles and such dependability a driver can stake his life upon.

Now MEDICAL emergencies (or the potential for them to happen) are definitely NOT trivial posting topics. Anybody considering this trade should FIRST consider their overall state of health.

One more question, how much should any American company driver expect to be paid on workman's comp should he sustain a work-related disability?

I have been on W/C at least two times in the past for back injury on the job and I only received about 66% of my normal wages.

I have read Brett's literature and stuff like W/C and medical emergencies I did not seem to find there.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Will I learn everything about every control inside a truck?

Im.replying.for.future.readers.

I drive a 2016 Casacdia.for.prime, one of.the largest and highest paying companies with the newest equipment, not.a.mom and pop as he implied. I have never been.denied a repair. all equipment will fail at some point and his boasts about only working for.a company with state of the art equipment is laughable if he thinks a brand new truck can't have defects, or wont react to extreme comditions. heat and cold.cause metals to.expand and contract which is pure physics. the stress will break things. extreme heat will cause APUs and reefers as well as trucks to over heat.

anyone who has waited for AAA in a car can tell you that it can take hours, even in a city. so just imagine being in the middle.of nowhere in KS or NE. so it has no.bearing on the quality of your company.how long the roadside assistance takes, they are a.contractor basically, not.your company repairmen.

he stated that he will only work for a.company that runs him.on interstates, but apparently he has never.opened an atlas. some states have limited interstates. no company is going.to pay for.mileage fuel and.maintenance costs for a driver to go out of route 200 miles. its.not.cost effective. check put dodge city and liberal Kansas. tell me how you would get.from two of the.biggest meat plants in the country to an interstate. plus, many of.tge customers pay for specific routing.

regardless.of what his personal doctor says about his fitness for duty in trucking, any company.will send him to their choice of DOT doctor and perhaps an agility test consisting of lifting various weights, bending, twisting, climbing, reaching and more. the company will decide whether to hire him based on their findings, not.his doctors.

his attitude about choosing a company is way off base. we don't choose.the company, they choose us. our choice is really selecting the company who will accept us. we've seen plenty of drivers who did stupid things to blemish their past either.criminally or moving violation wise which limited their prospects. for instance.if he "chose" to work for Prime but they said he couldn't pass their agility test and rejected him, he'd have to "choose" to work.somewhere else.

bottom line: most who start out in trucking fail. you can research the important topics and learn how to.become the best of the best..to become dispatch's "go to" driver that can open doors at various companies, or you can worry about music, the looks of the trucks, the shape of the foit pedal and if truck drivers will ever fly to th moon.

Sorry, folks, it is the next morning and I could not resist to check back here in spite of my "goodbyes" yesterday.

I want add at least one or two more things. OK, acknowledged that I would likely get roadside service in case of flats.

But what if any driver (not just me) were to have something serious like chest pains or a HEART ATTACK on the job out in the middle of nowhere? Will any trucker communications technology inside the vehicle allow emergency services like ambulance, police and fire to respond instantly? What is the longest it could take an ambulance or life-flight helicopter to reach a driver in a critical medical emergency in any part of North America in any weather?

What people here don't understand is that I have a history of heart issues and being hospitalized for heat injury. Maybe I should just stick to non-transportation type work in the relative safety of the larger city.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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You do sound like a 16 yr old not a 53 yr old man sorry just my opinion

More condescending attitudes here, Mr. Moderator.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Ok, I am throwing in the towel here myself at this website. I think this site is just a bunch of bogus junk. Goodbye, adios and may you all get a flat on the inside dual when it is 125 degrees or below zero outside with a wind chill of - 35. I am tired of being treated like a criminal here.

Oscar, sorry I'm done. Each and ever piece of information I and others have given you has been dismissed, debated, and downplayed. You keep changing your story to align with and support your come back.

Not going to waste my time anymore.

Good luck.

PS - Changing what story? You did not cite an example, Mr. I don't appreciate being called a liar. I am NOT a politician.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Ok, I am throwing in the towel here myself at this website. I think this site is just a bunch of bogus junk. Goodbye, adios and may you all get a flat on the inside dual when it is 125 degrees or below zero outside with a wind chill of - 35. I am tired of being treated like a criminal here.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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I think as a 53-year-old man I am as fit as any woman driver in her 50's. I am now 282 pounds, 5-10

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Oscar, you will be glad to know that this is my last response to any of your posts. I'm sure you are thinking "good riddance."

It is bad enough that the good folks in here are beating their heads against the wall with you. They have given you countless links to study and learn from, and I can't see any evidence that you have ever looked at any of it. The places you quote from where you are supposedly learning from are not helping you at all.

Now you have got to throw in a sexist remark about your pathetic physique as if even though it is bad, it is as good or better than any woman driver in her 50's!

You are nuts! There I went ahead and said it, and you make it more clear with each conversation you start in here.

The folks in here have been more than patient with you. I haven't, and that is very unusual for me. I guess I just spotted you a long time ago and had no illusions of your seriousness in this pursuit. I get the feeling that you are all over the internet looking into all kinds of careers. Unwilling to make the sacrifices to actually get started in any of them, and more than happy to let the hard working tax payers support you while you make a pretense of interest in getting to work.

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I best learn by DOING, sir!

Should I first get a medical opinion from my doctor about whether trucking is an acceptable line of work for me?

What should I tell my DOCTOR about the possible physical working conditions of American CDL truck driving?

Maybe he might refer me to an occupational specialist to get a more accurate answer.

Might doctor might say something like lose 50 more pounds then ask me for an opinion again.

Ok, I am willing to do that.

Heat sensitivity is most likely attributed to obesity anyway.

Does anybody here think I should wait til I am under 200 pounds before seriously giving trucking a go?

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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I think as a 53-year-old man I am as fit as any woman driver in her 50's. I am now 282 pounds, 5-10

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Oscar, you will be glad to know that this is my last response to any of your posts. I'm sure you are thinking "good riddance."

It is bad enough that the good folks in here are beating their heads against the wall with you. They have given you countless links to study and learn from, and I can't see any evidence that you have ever looked at any of it. The places you quote from where you are supposedly learning from are not helping you at all.

Now you have got to throw in a sexist remark about your pathetic physique as if even though it is bad, it is as good or better than any woman driver in her 50's!

You are nuts! There I went ahead and said it, and you make it more clear with each conversation you start in here.

The folks in here have been more than patient with you. I haven't, and that is very unusual for me. I guess I just spotted you a long time ago and had no illusions of your seriousness in this pursuit. I get the feeling that you are all over the internet looking into all kinds of careers. Unwilling to make the sacrifices to actually get started in any of them, and more than happy to let the hard working tax payers support you while you make a pretense of interest in getting to work.

I best learn by DOING, sir!

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Oscar imagines:

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I can't imagine a big firm like Swift will require their drivers to drive "off the beaten path" across the nation away from the relative safety and security of the interstate freeway system where there is always emergency help nearby.

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They don't...their customers do.

More than half of the stores I deliver to are in the "sticks', dozens of miles from a major highway, let alone an interstate. Many times I never get near an interstate when going from stop to stop, all challenging country, mountain roads...a hundred miles for any urban center. If you would spend more time injesting the information available on this website (like Becoming A Truck Driver: The Raw Truth About Truck Driving, and less time posting trivial ramblings, you'd understand this job is full of ups and downs, things we all must expect, be prepared for and overcome.

Like Rainy said and I reinforced, you might have a difficult decision ahead of you. This may not be for you...

I did not read Brett's on-line literature in FULL yet but I DID visit the US Dept. of Labor/Bureau of Labor Statistics to get a run-down on this job classification. There is not likely to be much HARD LABOR involved in most OTR (long haul positions). Even Brett said that in his own literature, The Raw Truth. This is known to all. I would MOST likely start out as OTR for a HUGE firm so most of what I need to know has to be concentrated in the OTR sector of this field.

Nobody here really knows what I am actually capable of. Just because I am not the world's most competent Internet poster does not mean I could not be a competent "big-rig jockey".

All I can do is roll the dice and try it out...it will either work for me or it won't.

If one company does not fly for me their are plenty of others as well.

A CDL is very transportable.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Oscar imagines:

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I can't imagine a big firm like Swift will require their drivers to drive "off the beaten path" across the nation away from the relative safety and security of the interstate freeway system where there is always emergency help nearby.

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They don't...their customers do.

More than half of the stores I deliver to are in the "sticks', dozens of miles from a major highway, let alone an interstate. Many times I never get near an interstate when going from stop to stop, all challenging country, mountain roads...a hundred miles for any urban center. If you would spend more time injesting the information available on this website (like Becoming A Truck Driver: The Raw Truth About Truck Driving, and less time posting trivial ramblings, you'd understand this job is full of ups and downs, things we all must expect, be prepared for and overcome.

Like Rainy said and I reinforced, you might have a difficult decision ahead of you. This may not be for you...

Reading things on line is not going to really tell my BODY how it is going to react to the actual working conditions. I was a soldier for seven years when I was age 24 to age 31 and had managed to survive that. Even field maneuvers in 100+ heat. I can still try to persuade my VOC/REHAB counselor to support CDL training. Only experience will tell my body what it can or can't handle. Many drivers are older WOMEN. I think as a 53-year-old man I am as fit as any woman driver in her 50's. I am now 282 pounds, 5-10, and have lost 45 pounds since last Christmas. My goal is to get down to a paltry 185 pounds in body weight. I have been becoming progressively fitter as I have been ion my doctor-prescribed diet and weight-loss plan. I don't drink, smoke or do drugs and I walk at least two miles a day virtually every day: mostly in weather between 70 and 80 degrees with plenty of shade trees along the avenue during these summer months. Ideally I want to be in the loading docks early in the morning or late in the evening during summer months when it is cooler outside as much as possible. I can handle wintertime by dressing in layers.

Yes, if I were to have to work in bum-fock Arizona in August or July at two in the afternoon, I definitely would have plenty of bottles of water handy to douse myself. Always my cool, straw farmer hat to boot. Whether on a horse in 1885 or in a 2018 modern rig, always have plenty of emergency provisions in the southwestern desert.

I will not work for a company unless I am convinced their equipment is top-notch anyway. I was an army mechanic for 7 years and know better. I refuse to drive some clunker especially in adverse weather. New trucks are too damn expensive to have major mechanical troubles in my book. Still, I can't imagine Swift's having old beaters in their fleet.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Ok, here is what I found:

https://www.bls.gov/ooh/transportation-and-material-moving/heavy-and-tractor-trailer-truck-drivers.htm#tab-3

Work Environment About this section

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

Some truck drivers travel far from home and can be on the road for long periods at a time.

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers held about 1.8 million jobs in 2014. The largest employers of heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers were as follows:

General freight trucking 33% Specialized freight trucking 13 Wholesale trade 11

Working as a long-haul truck driver is a major lifestyle choice because these drivers can be away from home for days or weeks at a time. They spend much of this time alone. Driving a truck can be a physically demanding job as well. Driving for many hours in a row can be tiring, and some drivers must load and unload cargo. [Many OTR drivers haul no-touch loads as well, I know.].

Injuries and Illnesses

Because of the potential for traffic accidents, heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers have one of the highest rates of injuries and illnesses of all occupations. [Extreme-weather injuries are not noted in DOL/BLS literature.] [I have had a perfect driving record for a couple decades and don't fear getting hurt in a truck because I am a "bad driver".]

Work Schedules

Most heavy tractor-trailer drivers work full time. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates the hours that a long-haul truck driver may work. Drivers may not work more than 14 straight hours, comprising up to 11 hours spent driving and the remaining time spent doing other work, such as unloading cargo. Between working periods, drivers must have at least 10 hours off duty. Drivers also are limited to driving no more than 60 hours within 7 days or 70 hours within 8 days; then drivers must take 34 hours off before starting another 7- or 8-day run. Drivers must record their hours in a logbook. Truck drivers often work nights, weekends, and holidays.

[A driver may drive NO MORE THAN 60 HOURS (average of 8.57 hours per day) over a seven-day week period.]

If I were averaging 65 mph over a week period, that would be no more than 3,900 miles driven, about the distance from San Francisco to Maine one way. If truckers are strictly following speed laws, as well as federal motor carrier law, they are probably actually averaging fewer miles per week.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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But had you asked the right questions we could have steered you to company sponsored training where you pay nothing unless you quit before the end of your first year.

Had you discussed this heat stroke thing...we could have told you right away trucking is probably not for you and you will waste the state money. You can go to school and get a CDL, but companies probably would not hire you due to your past heat stroke issues. I just spent three days in CA/AZ in 120 degrees and just walking from the parked truck to the truck stop to use the shower was horrible. So for someone with issues, I'm sure it would be ungodly. cold sensitive? I spent two days in MT this winter in -39 degrees. My bunk heater could barely keep up with the drafts on the truck. With the curtains closed and an electric blanket I was fine in the sleeper, but the front of the truck was so cold my cat's water froze solid! Of course someone will respond "I'd have the company pay for a hotel" but when there is three feet of snow, and the roads are closed...are you walking to that already booked hotel?

And there is no "may have to get a physical to get hired" you WILL get a physical from any company willing to hire you on. But that will only happen if you can get through school or sign on for company sponsored training.

Do you understand the physical requirements for the job? Even with reefer or drive van you have to climb into the truck to secure the load. You need to climb under the trailer for inspection and onto the cat walk. Did you consider any of that?

So all in all, music IS trivial when you just admitted you probably won't be able to handle the lifestyle.

I wish you luck.

Rainy D., I am going to the department of labor web site and review the job requirements for driving commercial trucks. I am sure voc/rehab will check this out anyway.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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But had you asked the right questions we could have steered you to company sponsored training where you pay nothing unless you quit before the end of your first year.

Had you discussed this heat stroke thing...we could have told you right away trucking is probably not for you and you will waste the state money. You can go to school and get a CDL, but companies probably would not hire you due to your past heat stroke issues. I just spent three days in CA/AZ in 120 degrees and just walking from the parked truck to the truck stop to use the shower was horrible. So for someone with issues, I'm sure it would be ungodly. cold sensitive? I spent two days in MT this winter in -39 degrees. My bunk heater could barely keep up with the drafts on the truck. With the curtains closed and an electric blanket I was fine in the sleeper, but the front of the truck was so cold my cat's water froze solid! Of course someone will respond "I'd have the company pay for a hotel" but when there is three feet of snow, and the roads are closed...are you walking to that already booked hotel?

And there is no "may have to get a physical to get hired" you WILL get a physical from any company willing to hire you on. But that will only happen if you can get through school or sign on for company sponsored training.

Do you understand the physical requirements for the job? Even with reefer or drive van you have to climb into the truck to secure the load. You need to climb under the trailer for inspection and onto the cat walk. Did you consider any of that?

So all in all, music IS trivial when you just admitted you probably won't be able to handle the lifestyle.

I wish you luck.

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You might be working for some mickey-mouse company with broken old-fashioned equipment. I can't imagine biggie outfits' like Swift placing their drivers in any less than late-model rigs with effective and reliable climate controls in any weather. I would stay away from little mom-and-pop outfits myself. A newer, modern truck is going to be a much more safe, comfortable and secure environment than some rig decades old for any long-haul driver. Again a good company will be conscientious about maintaining their equipment.

I can handle walking in the extreme heat for up to about 10 minutes but can't stay out in it too long. I wear a straw hat out in the sun anyway. I am sure the SHORT amount of time it takes to inspect a vehicle on the outside would not put me at any serious risk for an extreme weather injury. I just can't have an occupation that entails spending longer periods of time out of doors in adverse weather conditions.

I can't imagine a big firm like Swift will require their drivers to drive "off the beaten path" across the nation away from the relative safety and security of the interstate freeway system where there is always emergency help nearby. I would only be interested in reefer/dry van/bulk tanks anyway. No liquid tanks or flatbeds for me.

Company-sponsored training?

Well, my FIRST choice would be a PRIVATE school anyway. If I don't have to pay out of my pocket, I don't care if the state taxpayers foot the bill.

Voc/rehab may or may not pay for private school tuition. Time will tell shortly.

Company-sponsored training may be the way to go if push were to come to shove.

There is still hat possibility for me.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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But had you asked the right questions we could have steered you to company sponsored training where you pay nothing unless you quit before the end of your first year.

Had you discussed this heat stroke thing...we could have told you right away trucking is probably not for you and you will waste the state money. You can go to school and get a CDL, but companies probably would not hire you due to your past heat stroke issues. I just spent three days in CA/AZ in 120 degrees and just walking from the parked truck to the truck stop to use the shower was horrible. So for someone with issues, I'm sure it would be ungodly. cold sensitive? I spent two days in MT this winter in -39 degrees. My bunk heater could barely keep up with the drafts on the truck. With the curtains closed and an electric blanket I was fine in the sleeper, but the front of the truck was so cold my cat's water froze solid! Of course someone will respond "I'd have the company pay for a hotel" but when there is three feet of snow, and the roads are closed...are you walking to that already booked hotel?

And there is no "may have to get a physical to get hired" you WILL get a physical from any company willing to hire you on. But that will only happen if you can get through school or sign on for company sponsored training.

Do you understand the physical requirements for the job? Even with reefer or drive van you have to climb into the truck to secure the load. You need to climb under the trailer for inspection and onto the cat walk. Did you consider any of that?

So all in all, music IS trivial when you just admitted you probably won't be able to handle the lifestyle.

I wish you luck.

You might be working for some mickey-mouse company with broken old-fashioned equipment. I can't imagine biggie outfits' like Swift placing their drivers in any less than late-model rigs with effective and reliable climate controls in any weather. I would stay away from little mom-and-pop outfits myself. A newer, modern truck is going to be a much more safe, comfortable and secure environment than some rig decades old for any long-haul driver. Again a good company will be conscientious about maintaining their equipment.

I can handle walking in the extreme heat for up to about 10 minutes but can't stay out in it too long. I wear a straw hat out in the sun anyway. I am sure the SHORT amount of time it takes to inspect a vehicle on the outside would not put me at any serious risk for an extreme weather injury. I just can't have an occupation that entails spending longer periods of time out of doors in adverse weather conditions.

I can't imagine a big firm like Swift will require their drivers to drive "off the beaten path" across the nation away from the relative safety and security of the interstate freeway system where there is always emergency help nearby. I would only be interested in reefer/dry van/bulk tanks anyway. No liquid tanks or flatbeds for me.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Will I learn everything about every control inside a truck?

I have too much time on my hands anyway right at this moment. I can't even get employed in trucking until my VOC REHAB counselor APPROVES of it in the first place. It will entail initial costs like driving school, DMV fees and more. Whether I get a CDL or work in trucking will all hinge upon what my VOC REHAB agency approves of and will PAY for. And listening to music on the job is NOT trivial to me at all as long as it does not interfere with job-related tasks. Neither is vehicle climate controls. I am very heat and cold sensitive by nature. I have a history of HEAT STROKE so there are serious MEDICAL implications to what line of work I do. My doctor will have to OK me for this line of work, coming off disability, as well and I may also have to get a physical to be hired. If a truck's A/C system should fail me in the Nevada desert heat when it is 105 and more in August that could be life or death in itself.

I will meet my VOC REHAB counselor for the first time this coming Monday. Right now I am living on limited disability income.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Will I learn everything about every control inside a truck?

Who would teach me everything about every control on the vehicle? The truck-driving school, the employer or the tractor's operator manual (the book)?

I feel I will have to know everything about:

1. every last gauge on the truck's dash 2. every last idiot light on the truck's dash 3. every last pedal, lever and switch in the rig 4. how the heating and air conditioner work's 5. how the truck's radio works 6. how to turn the lights on and off 7. how the power inverters work 8. how to connect the air lines to the trailer 9. how to uncouple the tractor from the trailer 10. how to inspect all the vehicular lights 12. how every last piece of on-board electronic equipment works (if it even does work)

Yes, I have seen pictures at the various web sites of the manufacturer's of the new trucks as Kenworth and International. The pictures make new trucks look like the cockpit of a jet plane inside the cab with all the busy looks of the modern dash! Why does a wingless, humble earth-bound vehicle that can never get off the ground need such hi-tech dashboard wizardry? What are the seemingly hundreds of gauges and switches all about?

Trucks seem more hi-tech these days than ever before. The pictures make operating these things rather daunting but I am a control freak and am fascinated with electronics.

Do truck drivers new to a certain model rig ever have to open the tractor's owner's manual up and actually read it to see how to do important things like adjust the air-conditioner or how the AM/FM radio presets stations into its memory?

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