Profile For Rhonda

Rhonda's Info

  • Location:
    Knoxville, TN

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Team Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    6 years, 4 months ago

Rhonda's Bio

I team drive with my husband for USxpress. We love our job, and our new career as truck drivers.

We were both Respiratory Therapists, worked many years in the trauma center.

However, we decided we needed a change. He's in his 50s, me 40s, and we were burnt out on the medical field. No kids, so we chose trucking. We wanted to get paid to see America!

We attended an 8 week college trucking course together, got our CDLs with all endorsements, and were on our way!

Our families were not supportive of our career change, at all. But now, after almost a year, they see we are happy and having fun out here. So they've become more accepting now.

We make twice the money being team drivers than we did working long shifts at the hospital.

We are happy we decided to make a change. With this career, it's a new adventure everyday!

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Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Another example of "why are people just stupid?" ...inspired by Guyjax

Good for you Mountain Girl!

Luckily, I have only run across a few of these knuckleheads and your well described response is pretty close to how I reacted a couple times.

The last time I ran across one these vermin was going through one of the construction zones on I65 South. The left lane was closed ahead of me and he thought he could muscle his way in front of my truck before the merge... Well, no. He apparently saw "Averitt" on my truck and figured I was some kind of softy or something. I seen him coming, judged the distance then pushed the peddle to the floor. (Of course I was safe about it). He immediately went to cussing on the CB calling me all kinds of things and threatening to whip my ass. I didn`t say a word back, didn`t have to. The airways lit up with the other truckers around reading this dude the riot act and saying he aught to have his ass whipped for trying that ****. I would have had to hard break to let him in which would cause an accordion effect on the drivers behind me. Not gonna happen. His radio must have stopped working because he went silent.

I am not necessarily a "nice" guy, but, I will not tolerate that level of stupid.

Ah yes...those wonderful bully truckers.

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Another example of "why are people just stupid?" ...inspired by Guyjax

Good for you mtn girl! Did you report him to his company?

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Military Veteran Options?

Welcome!

Me and hubby got burnt out on medical field too.

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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I'm finished with my schooling 😏

And congrats sister! You'll kick butt on that driving test, I'm sure. Everyone gets nervous, it's normal to be feeling the way you are,

And you ain't gonna forget how to drive between now and your test... Lol.

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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I'm finished with my schooling 😏

My instructors are constantly reminding us to not worry so much about grinding a few gears. The examiners are more concerned with your driving safety; traffic checks, lane changes, using mirrors, taking corners, signaling, etc.

That's right.

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Truck stop parking: Why are some people just stupid?

There's a lot of rude truckers and 4 wheelers out here. Some days, God gives me the patience to overlook and ignore them.

Other days...not so much. Lol

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Texas CDL PASSED, now to choose my first company!

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Congrats driver!

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Early arrivals to the customer

We have no problems with arriving early with our customer. We drive on a dedicated account.

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Forced Dispatch / Rejecting Loads

What DRIVER said. As a rookie, you don't have enough seniority to reject anything during a period when you're supposed to be proving yourself as a "go-getter."

-mountain girl

That's right.

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Cattle/Car haulers

Those trailers stink to high heaven!! I hate being in the same parking lot with one ... *Gag*

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Last One Standing

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Your doing great!

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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I forgot to share with y'all 😏

After we got our first driving job, we realized how glad we were that we attended a college CDL course, like yours, instead of a short 3 week course.

Because getting all the practice you can with backing is extremely important and will be very helpful!

How you doing?

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Teams and APU'S?

I'm sorry but I'm still confused..

By switching over to the second drivers log, would that stop my 14 hr. clock or would it keep on ticking? Would his clock start up and then he'd not be able to stop it either. Then you'd have 2 clocks going at the same time.

Your correct. That's why teams have to drive in long shifts now. Most teams break it down into driving 10 - 11 each, on twelve hour shifts.

Do teams ever drive on each others logs, doing 5-6 hour shifts? I know some that do. Hopefully they won't get caught.

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Newbie

There are plenty of jobs in trucking! And I see women drivers out here everyday.

Hubby and me team drive and love it. We're making awesome money and are paid tourists.

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Teams and APU'S?

The rules are the same for teams.

If a driver wants to stop driving after 6 hours and let co-driver take over, you must switch over to the other persons log.

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Will someone upload a profile pic for me?

I'm on the road and having trouble uploading a profile pic from photobucket from my phone. I would like to put up a pic of me and hubby.

Anybody willing to help?

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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When are you no longer a rookie?

When is rookie status graduated up to "experienced driver"?

A few years?

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Truck stop parking: Why are some people just stupid?

I didn't know that cops would give out tickets for that.... Cool!

Good for you😀

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Swift Vs. Knight Transportation? Who To Choose!?

Rhonda. My favorite is " swing wide it's a flippin trailer"! And yes I have a thick skin and a broken cb. Think I'lleave it broke

Lol

I leave my CB off 99.9% of the time. I would hate to hear their comments to me if following me through those narrow construction zones with the concrete walls, because I go slow and take my time. I'm no Super trucker!

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Advice on Averitt *one year driving exp on December * looking to switch companies *

A guy that was in my CDL class went with Averitt, in Knoxville, TN.

He is not happy because of low miles. He's looking for another job.

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