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Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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OTR Living Costs

Can someone help me get my arms around the daily, weekly living costs of an OTR driver. For a minimum there are food, laundry, showering, entertainment, etc. I know starting at .25 CPM and running 2500 miles per week (which may be high) brings home a whopping $625 per week. After Uncle Sam and my state takes 25- 30% that leaves me about $450. If the daily costs add up to $25/ day or $175/ week then the net pay is about $275 a week. Maybe $25 a day is high? But Subway for 3 meals is $24. Maybe $25 is too low. Can those with experience help me understand this better? Thank you.............

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Daily routine 2

(second edition) I have been reading here for about a month. I expect to start school in mid January. My question is about the daily routine. I believe I understand that every day has potential to be quite different with new challenges. I get that. What I have some concerns about is after driving. I read a lot last week about parking difficulties and challenges. So here is what I would like to hear discussed.

2. What do you do after driving and all the work is done? Do you venture out of the truck? Normal jobs I would be home and interact wit family, friends, etc. Is this a very lonely existence? I know there are computers and phones and other technological devices that one can communicate with family, watch TV, movies etc. Maybe someone could describe a good day? others may pitch in with a typical day and others and discuss a not so good day?

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Daily routine (after driving)

I have been reading here for about a month. I expect to start school in mid January. My question is about the daily routine. I believe I understand that every day has potential to be quite different with new challenges. I get that. What I have some concerns about is after driving. I read a lot last week about parking difficulties and challenges. So here is what I would like to hear discussed.

1. What is the best daily routine to find parking? In a best case scenario would you start early and find parking early? (I understand that loading, waiting, weather, traffic, etc., etc., are part of the routine that changes everything.) That said if I am loaded and plenty of miles to drive for the next 3 days what you say would maximize my days, rest, fun, etc.?

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Help answering some easy questions?

Thanks everyone. I have net my quota! You have been very helpful....

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Help answering some easy questions?

Yit can.. Are you available still??

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Cell Phone Carriers

Thank you. I am hoping to be out west. I had Sprint several years ago and had some connection issues out here in California.

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Help answering some easy questions?

I need to interview 3 drivers to get a grant for my CDL school. This can be done via email. There are only 11 very easy questions like: What is your typical day? What is the normal starting wage? etc.

If anyone any one is interested I would greatly appreciate some help. I think that it would take about 15 minutes and 1 email.

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Cell Phone Carriers

What carrier has sufficient coverage from your experience? I am able to switch phone carriers and was hoping that I could avoid picking the worst carrier (again) for my needs. I am about to start CDL school and likely will look for a OTR trucking firm. I have looked at various phone company coverage maps and was hoping for some real world experience before I make my selection. Thanks!

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Driver seats comfort

I am about to start CDL school. I have done a lot of research and I am looking forward to my new career. The one area of concern is the comfort of the driver seat. I have some back issues and long rides tend to be a bit painful in a bad seat. I can get out and stretch and relieve the issues. I have not seen any thing of seat comfort in my research. I used to fly aircraft in the military and typically the aircraft had good seats. I assumed that an industry that requires drivers to spend many hours daily to be seated would have superior seats. Is that true? Are the seats comfortable? Any other with "bad backs" out there that may want to comment??? Thank you !

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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Company Sponsored School choices

Here is some interesting information for those in California and collecting unemployment. I just got a grant form CA for the entire amount of my truck school tuition. They have from a federal gran $5000 per unemployed in CA. (There may be some other qualification other than just unemployed, perhaps a veteran status is also required)Regardless if you are from CA and are collecting unemployment there is a strong possibility of getting qualified for this grant. I believe it s WIA funding. There are qualified schools that you must chose from. They are generally the best ones from my research.

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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How many miles do rookie truck drivers average per week?

What are the realistic miles that a new (solo) driver can expect after all training is done?

I keep hearing numbers from recruiters that do not seem to be too realistic. Some have indicated that their drivers average 3,000 mils per week some have said 3,500 and others even more.

From reading on this website I have inferred a great variance on a daily and weekly basis. That things are volatile hard to predict and certainly uncertain. These recruiters say with no shame that their driver get 3000-3500 hours a week. So my question is how many miles are your averaging a week?

I am about to start trucking school and before I pull the trigger I want to run the numbers and see if it makes sense.

Thank you in advance....

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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Talking With A Trucking Company Recruiter

Hey Fellas (and gals too), I expect to be talking to a recruiter soon from a company I just applied to. I was wondering if there’s any advice you might have about “do or don’ts” or things I should say or shouldn’t say, and if there’s anything specifically I can say that will elevate me in the eyes of a recruiter?

Any tips would be greatly appreciated. I really want to work for this company. Thanks.

Here is my advise. I always look at this from the other side. When I talk to recruiters I recognize that they make money by selling me on their program. The reality is this: They need me I do not need them. There are a lot of company sponsored trainings out there and if this doesn't fit so what, there are a lot of fish in the sea. This gives you a very distinct advantage as it puts you in the driver's seat. (excuse the pun) If you approach this with this very positive attitude the you know that their school must meet your needs. I am not indicating and arrogance but just the self assurance that comes from knowing they need you.

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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Speed limits

I am working on some basic calculations and need to better understand speed limits for trucks. I live in California and understand the statewide limit for towing vehicles is 55 mph. Under the 11-Hour driving limit that equates to a maximum daily driving distance (solo) of 605 miles. (55 x 11)

I have talked to several companies with claims of solo drivers averaging 3,000 - 3,500 miles per week and one indicting 15,000 - 20,000 miles per month. Although those may be reachable I take those claims with a grain of salt.

But my question is how fast can trucks be driven in other states?

A second question might be better asked this way: When driving on interstates, what is your average speed?

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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The Adventures of Daniel B.

Sorry guys getting ready to chose a school and don't know: What is a DM?

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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Is it realistic to be able take a week off in the 1st 4 months after CDL school?

That is pretty much how I see it also. Thank you for the insight.

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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Is it realistic to be able take a week off in the 1st 4 months after CDL school?

I am about to embark in this new arena of employment. I need to take a week off for a prepaid vacation in May. I have talked to several company sponsored CDL schools. I have asked if it is realistic that I take a week off after completing their training. I estimate I would have completed the school (CDL), the 4-5 weeks of training following the school and would be on my own for about 2-3 months.

Most recruiters have said it would be no problem but I almost always can detect that after I have committed to their contact there may be more of a challenge than represented. Can anyone comment on is a week off reasonable to expect with about 4 months on the job? I have paid about $4000 and do not want to lose that investment.

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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Truck Theft

Well I am a runner. I would like to run about 60 minutes. Is a truck safe for an hour at a truck stop or rest area?

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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Truck Theft

I was wondering if there is a lot of theft in the trucking industry that drivers face. Are trucks regularly stolen, broken into, etc.? Do I dare leave my truck at a truck stop, rest area, etc.?

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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Age Discrimination Date of Birth on every Application?

I understand your concerns. I am 65 and about to start this journey also. I have asked many employers about my age and the answer has been resoundingly the same. If you can pass the physical that is all they care about. Now I recognize that they may want to just sound like there is no age discrimination. For the most part I believe them. I am very fit and look much younger and run 6-10 miles a day 4-5 days a week. I am not worried about it. If you attend a company school they train you to drive their trucks. Getting into their school will tell you they will hire you.

As far as the SSN number on line that doesn't trouble me a lot either. But I share your concern and have found that you can do a lot with a phone call. I have talked to many schools and applied to the ones that passed my phone interview.

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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From Driver in Training to Rookie Solo Driver

Good Luck! I hope to join you in 6 weeks.

WOW, what a trip.

Started CDL training on Sept. 30 and completed on Oct. 21. Three days of home time and then started OTR training with mentor on Oct 25. Today, Nov 7, returned to Memphis from LA, and successfully completed the final road test.

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Tomorrow I head for the Knight terminal in Gulfport, which will be my home terminal, and picking up my first truck!! Now the real learning begins. While I know I have had great instructors and driving trainers, I also know that I have just begun the learning process of driving a big rig.

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