Profile For Gary A.

Gary A.'s Info

  • Location:
    Acworth, GA

  • Driving Status:
    In CDL School

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  • Joined Us:
    4 years, 6 months ago

Gary A.'s Bio

At 55, I find myself in the middle of life looking at a career change. After 20+ years of working in I.T., my position was "eliminated"-I took a part-time job and found that the job market for I.T. professionals is geared more to the newly graduated 20-somethings and frankly was NOT looking forward to living the rest of my 'working' life in a cube. SO I noticed the Technical school near my home had a nice trucking program. I used to kid myself that "if everything else fails, I can go to trucking school"-I've always had a fondness for driving long distances, away from the routing commutes and traffic hassles. I drove local delivery in the Atlanta area for 8 years and loved it! Then I saw a program on the History channel about truck stops and how FAR trucking has come. Internet access, comfortable cabs and sleepers, modern trucks, etc.

SO I thought I would drop by the school just to look into the costs, length of program, etc. and found it was actually QUITE affordable and only took 7 weeks! SO I signed up, and here I am, studying the CDL training program here on Trucking Truth (EXCELLENT study aid!!!)and reading as much as I can. My goal is to become as SAFE and PROFESSIONAL a driver as possible. My plans are to be a long-haul driver for at LEAST a year and maybe switch to regional or local driving later. Looking forward to my NEW ADVENTURE!!

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Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Back again

Sorry it took so long to reply guys..Been crazy busy in the "Field Service Technician" field. I read and re-read your posts, and have to say THANKS for the honest feedback. I remembered the reasons I decided not to pursue the career...I'm on the road 10-12 hours a day and am pretty worn out fighting traffic by the time I get home, but have a big old recliner, friendly old cat, 55 inch TV, hot supper and my king size bed waiting every night when I get home. I think I'd miss that too much. Maybe I'm just getting old... It does take a special person to be a trucker, and you guys will always have my undying admiration. Heck, I follow y'all most of the time because y'all are the only SANE ones on the road!!! Thanks again, stay safe and God Bless!!! (If ya ever have a printer jamming on ya, give me a holler! :)

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Back again

It's been a while but here I am again on TT. I was close to becoming a trucker a few years ago, had my CDL learners permit and some training on backing, etc. but bailed at the end of my tech school training to go back to IT work. The thing is I'm SICK of IT, doesn't pay nearly what it used to, and it's saturated with kids working for 12.00/hr. I still feel that "what if?" every time I see a truck pass me. I'm currently a printer technician travelling around throwing parts at old dirty and greasy printers. Could be the WORST job I ever had. BUT I just turned 60, and I just gotta know if trucking is for me.!!!

I just don't want to work the next 10-12 years not enjoying what I'm doing. There's too much to see! I love driving around Atlanta and the suburbs just for the joy of driving. I'm single, no kids, it's just me. I'm on the road 10-12 hours a day ANYWAY, and, like I say, I see these big rigs cruising through Atlanta and I think to myself "yeah" THAT'S what I wanna do!!

I'm close to Millis trucking school in Cartersville Georgia and I'm thinking about starting the application process. I just GOTTA try this or I'll regret it, like I already regret not finishing CDL school when I had the chance. Thoughts on an old 60 year-old hitting the high road????

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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A typical week for me being a local driver

Thanks Heavy C! This post was really helpful for me. I'm currently in school, but am convinced more and more everyday that I do NOT want to be OTR. I want a local gig like you have. A recruiter came in today, and pretty much repeated the same thing we heard from OTHER recruiters, BUT THIS guy said" we're gonna take you out of your 900-1200 foot home and put you in a 6x8 foot box to live in". I think he was just "being real" and I read between the lines of what he was saying...That hit home for me.. One of our instructors is encouraging us to apply for feeder drivers at UPS. It's a daily gig that pays well. That's going to be my first effort. IF it comes down to it, I'll just have to keep applying like you did...But I'm 98% sure OTR/long haul is no longer an option...Too old and too tired for living in a box, while I have a home that I worked hard for sitting here empty..

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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FIRST day on the range at Chattahoochee Tech!!!

Wow...FIRST day on the range, with straight backups and offset driver's side backup...We have 2 excellent instructors, very patient and encouraging. We all had a BLAST! The director of the program told us that our class was one of the BEST he's had in a LONG time! (he was actually able to leave early and leave it to the assistants!)-I did OK on the initial straight line backups, had a bit more trouble with the offset, but was able to get 'er in there with only 2 cones knocked down...Then I went, hopped in a truck, and started straight backing again..Silly trailer kept wanting to drift to the left, no matter how much I adjusted...I think my mind kept trying to treat it like a car and I just had to stop and THINK for a second, I could get the trailer straight, but then my tractor was right at the cones on the driver's side...I was getting frustrated and just shut it down for the day..The HEAT on the range was a bit more than I expected though...I'm sure I'll get it...I was pretty tired at the end of the day, but elated that I actually drove a BIG RIG!!! Stay tuned...more to follow!!!

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Tracy Morgan -- Sues Walmart Over Crash ... You Overwork Your Drivers

We were discussing this in class. Our instructor actually had a copy of the investigator's report. The logs showed he was in compliance. He had only a little over thirty minutes before he would've violated the 14 hour rule, we figured he got on the turnpike in hopes of finding a place to PARK his rig-The RIGHT lane was closed, and we (conjecture of course) surmised that the driver came up on the backed up traffic too fast, and the driver of the Limo pulled into the LEFT lane to avoid the traffic, giving Mr. Wal-Mart NO time to stop. ANYWAY the report is available on-line:

NTSB Preliminary Report

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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UH-OH!! Get yer wives and kids OFF THE ROAD!!!

I got my CDL AP (learner's permit) today! About a 98 on air brakes, about an 88 on the General Knowledge, 94 on combination vehicles, and 100 on tankers! It's getting more real! We start trip planning tomorrow!!!

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Hired at Con-Way ... Everything was great!

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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My head hurts!!!

Been a VERY intense week of study, study, study, practice test, practice test and practice test. I have a 4.0 average so far, scored my lowest on HazMat (88) today. BUT I'm beginning to think and feel like a PROFESSIONAL TRUCKER! I've learned a TON in the past week, and have gained a whole new outlook on a trucking career. VERY intense stuff, but I'm finding it VERY fun and interesting!!! CDL Test is THURSDAY and I WILL obtain a CDL learner's license!!! Then I can start grinding gears! We watched the UPS guys driving today (our school is training UPS OTR drivers) and it really doesn't look too bad...Knowing MY luck I'll throw a rod or clutch before I even CRANK that big diesel....

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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CDLTraining materials

No doubt this is the FINEST training system on the Internet. The BIGGEST reward I am seeing is the confidence I have in my classes, and the ease of understanding the material, and doing well in the practice tests we have in class..NOW if there was only an on-line training system for double-clutching!!!! THANK YOU BRETT!!!

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Truck of the future aims to drive itself

I have NO DOUBT that this is the next evolution of transportation, for passengers and freight. Think about it. Always on time, no "home time", fewer accidents due to human error, no need to pay for drivers, their insurance/benefits, reduced costs passed to shippers, thereby increasing profit margins, etc. Of course by the time they have the Infrastructure in place and begin testing this stuff, we will all be well into our retirements...

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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CDLTraining materials

I am scheduled to get my Georgia CDL permit Thursday, and I've been studying the test questions on Trucking truth, BUT since I've started class, we've had some practice tests, and while I've seen a few of them from this site, about 60% of them I have NEVER seen before. I did another search for Georgia CDL Practice Tests and found a site with the same sort of questions that we've been getting in class. Such as:

Safe Drivers maintain space around their vehicles for the following reasons except:

a). In case you must stop suddenly

b).In case there are cars following too closely

c). In case there is an obstacle in the road

d). In case you need to test your brakes.

Pretty common sense right? and it sort of goes with the information given on Trucking Truth. Just worded a WHOLE lot different...I found out that I just have to be REAL careful and read the question like 3 times to get the full meaning and then choose the BEST answer, since the system we use here uses a memorization technique. Just thought I'd point that out. We'll see what the REAL deal looks like Thursday!!!

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Nagging question -- why?

Our instructor told us last week that the FIRST attempt has an average 100% failure rate...SO maybe they're just trying to keep the average up???

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Day 2 of CDL school at Chattahoochee Tech

Thanks guys, We had a guy come in today and he was spewing rainbows and roses. After he left, we (our class) kinda dissected what he was saying. so yeah, we take what they tell us now with a grain of salt (even our instructor confirmed what we were saying). I've spoken highly of you two guys in particular and pointed this site out to several classmates, so maybe you'll see some posts from them.

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Day 2 of CDL school at Chattahoochee Tech

Second day of class complete! more fun, videos, test prep, etc...but we had a couple of folks come in from a local poultry company here in Marietta Georgia, that's looking for drivers. I was intrigued and visited their website, and they are a small Christian-based, family owned company! They have excellent benefits, hourly pay and I'm home EVERY weekend! (FOOTBALL on MY BIG SCREEN and in my RECLINER!)-They are reefer/flatbed as they deliver and pick up poultry.They deliver/pickup as far away as Illinois and regionally here in the south. At MOST I'll be gone overnight 2-3 days-perfect!!! maybe 5 hours of driving ( on average) per day, and they PAY you hourly while waiting to be loaded/unloaded, averaging about 84 hours per week, including bunk time!! They will PAY me to sleep!!! No big company,corporate crap to deal with, Fairly small fleet, and mostly side roads, no expressways as I will be picking up and delivering to poultry farms across the region. I'm sold!! Already sent them my contact info and will be in touch with them as soon as I get my CDL..

SO being a big rig driver does NOT mean you have to be gone for weeks at a time. Another recruiter came in and talked to us and their drivers are home EVERY DAY. they pay 53 cents per mile. We added it up in class, that's approximately $85,000.00/year.....The recruiter said a lot of companies were starting to hire folks right out of school for local drivers, something that used to not happen until you had at least a year of OTR driving..Because of demand and competition, the demand is getting out of hand. They had 20, yep TWENTY driver positions available as of TODAY....

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Too old for CDL A license.....

I'm 75 years old and want to know if I'm being a foolish old man by wanting a CDL A license and starting a career as a truck driver?

No sir, in fact, our instructor told us a company here in Atlanta just hired a guy 72 years old....

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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FINALLY UNDERWAY!!!

First day of Trucking school at good ol' Chattahoochee Tech is done!!! We have a full class of 24 people, all about my age (56), a couple of younger guys (and a girl) and a husband and wife team. Just basic stuff today,video on trucker health, getting enough rest, etc... although we did have a practice exam run-through for General Knowledge, Combination Vehicles and Air Brakes. A LOT of the questions were almost word for word from the CDL Training Materials here at TT..We have a recruiter coming tomorrow, one of MANY over the next few weeks to talk to us about career options. There are MANY companies i have NEVER heard of before hiring a lot of local and regional drivers. One company was requesting a MINIMUM of 20 people to drive lumber trucks locally, one of those with the forklift on the back that the driver uses to unload..I could do that!!! So after many many weeks, I am finally underway! It is VERY much like a regular college class, so I will just update y'all with interesting stuff like range driving...

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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FOOTBALL!!!!!

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If you have an android tablet I would use XBMC. As long as you have service either WiFi or cell you can get any game from any sport. I use it on my phone and it's excellent. Did I mention yet that it's free.

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I will DEF check it out! I like free!!! Thanks!

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If your going to be streaming the games better make sure to have Verizon since they have better and wider coverage than AT&T.

oh yeah, I've already talked to the Verizon folks and will be swapping over to them once I'm committed and EMPLOYED!

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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FOOTBALL!!!!!

If you have an android tablet I would use XBMC. As long as you have service either WiFi or cell you can get any game from any sport. I use it on my phone and it's excellent. Did I mention yet that it's free.

I will DEF check it out! I like free!!! Thanks!

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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[Video] Truck Driver Busts Cop On His Cellphone, Speeding

I have the utmost respect for both professional truck drivers and members of law enforcement. That being said, while the truck driver may have been correct, he was a bit of a d-bag (can I say that here?). Throughout the interaction, the officer kept his professional demeanor in spite of the trucker "poking the bear" so to speak (pun intended). rofl-3.gif

Yeah, I saw this and I agree, Driver COULD have been a little less of a jerk.

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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FOOTBALL!!!!!

Ok guys, I KNOW I'm not the only football nut here. Die hard dedicated Falcons fan, and if everything works out, I'll be starting training with my trainer around the first week of the season. I HAVE to be able to watch or listen to the games!!! I'm thinking of signing up for the NFL Network season pass for $69.00-that gets you full access to 256 games, all playoff games and more, on demand. Has anyone else signed up or used it?

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