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Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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CDL school question

Well, I went to a Schneider "job fair" and spoke with the guy there and he said to hold off until about the 3rd or 4th week of class before getting pre-hire letters. At the tech school presentation, I asked the instructor about it and he said that the Schneider guy was right, because there was no point in moving ahead until you see how you do in class (?)-I'm assuming that there's a drop out rate and that's what they were talking about...I still have a few weeks before class starts anyway...

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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CDL school question

As I read the diaries, I see a lot of drivers go with the company training as opposed to tech school training, like I am. When my program is complete (7 weeks) I will be a fully qualified CDL class A driver. The school ensures that their graduates have all endorsements. SO I'm reading a lot of diaries that describe pretty much the same training at the company. I don't want to do everything TWICE!!! What happens to guys who graduate from schools like mine?

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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Hey Brett??

Luv the new format, but is it possible to move the facebook/twitter/email bar to the right side of the screen? can't really see some stuff the way it is now..other than that..LUV IT!!

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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Kansas has been insane lately!

WOW! great photos! THIS is one BIG reason why I want to get into trucking..can't see or experience these types of events sitting in a cube!!!!

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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How is it possible?

That the Wal-Mart driver that hit Tracey Morgan had not slept in more than 24 hours? Do they not have Qualcomm or some other way of monitoring the driver?

Driver awake over 24 hours

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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You Tube Trucking Videos

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If he hasn't been mentioned yet, I enjoy Trucker Josh's videos, too.

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Agreed, he's fun to watch. How about the little "soap opera" thing he's got going with "Allie Knight"? As has been mentioned elsewhere, "it's cute", perhaps a little "Kanuk vs Yankee" trucker romance is in the works? LOL

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Oh, yeah! You can totally see that. She rode 500 miles on her day off to meet up with him. She was blushing, HE was blushing. Then he shows up unexpected next to her in a rest area?!?!? It's getting pretty interesting. Not to mention they both keep talking about the other in their videos.

The plot, as they say.... Thickens! LOL

Yep..He talks to her often too..In today's video he mentions that she's in Colorado, and had never been out there before..so they're keeping in touch. We'll have 'em married off before long! embarrassed.gif

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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Preconceptions about trucking and truckers

I have been reading posts, watching videos and learning all I can about trucking. I have come to some 'revelations' about truckers as a result. As an I.T. professional, I considered myself an above-average intelligent individual, familiar with technology and my profession. Truckers, IMO (and many others) were sort of a "lower class', not too bright (or WHY would they be driving a TRUCK for crying out loud?) I knew a few 'truck drivers' who never really had training, just sort of jumped in a truck for a company, many without high school educations, just not too bright overall. Trucks were ANNOYING, slow, ALWAYS in the way and caused traffic issues EVERYDAY here in Atlanta...so WHY in the WORLD would I want to be a 'TRUCKER?' yet there was somewhat of an appeal-trucks were COOL, lots of travel, freedom, NO SUFFOCATING CUBICLE..etc....

After I lost my position in I.T. I looked for a job FOREVER- Saw a big tractor trailer student driver at my local technical college and had a funny thought (I remember laughing) about maybe becoming a trucker. "BUT I'm WAY more intelligent and skilled than THAT!" I thought to myself...but still, encountering constant frustration every day in trying to find a position in my career field, the notion stuck with me..Suddenly becoming a trucker wasn't such a BAD option after all..heck, I'm so SMART I'll be king of the road and top driver, after all, these ol' Georgia rednecks without any education can do it, so can I, and BETTER too!!! (sorry fellas, I did think that way for quite a while).so I figured it was worth a look..what the heck ELSE was I gonna do? My I.T.skills are out of date, I'm too OLD for I.T anymore (at 56)..not much choice...

After several months, and reading, watching, listening to all I can find, my eyes were OPENED! Thanks to Brett and the drivers here on Trucking Truth, I have discovered that the PROFESSIONAL American Trucker is one of the most HIGHLY intelligent, disciplined and hard working professionals in the WORLD! It's too bad John Q. Public has the same misconceptions I had..These jobs aren't about getting into a truck and driving all day. It's about dedication, hard work, organization, management and safety consciousness. SO MUCH KNOWLEDGE is required to do the job RIGHT, organization, scheduling and management are ALL vitally important. Add the skill required to operate a huge vehicle capable of killing people in the blink of an eye, with one slight error in judgement, and suddenly, trucking takes on an entire new meaning and respect. Brett and the Trucking Truth folks (and y'all) have turned my ENTIRE attitude around, and helped me to realize that becoming a highly trained professional trucker will become one of the BEST, most REWARDING and PROUDEST achievements in my life.

SO as I make this commitment of time, effort and energy, I realize NOW that once my training is complete (and I don't expect it to EVER be complete-always new rules, situations to learn from, etc) I will become FAR more professional and skilled than I was in my previous career. I will work HARD, but feel the reward that comes with that hard work. My priority will ALWAYS and FOREMOST be safety of my vehicle, my cargo, and safety of traffic or others around me..Most of all, I will feel a PRIDE of being an American Trucker..Look forward to joining the ranks!!!

(P.S.- was close to starting school earlier this year, and some of y'all may remember my questions and posts, and decided NOT to become a trucker after seeing ONE bad video, and being offered a position at my local hospital provider. That job was only temporary, and despite my efforts, they decided to let me go. SO LET"S GET GOING ALREADY!!!!!) dancing.gif

Posted:  7 years, 12 months ago

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The JOYS of trucking

Hey y'all.. I was thinking that it would be COOL if some of y'all regular drivers could share some of the cool stuff about driving a truck, some of the places you've been, things you've seen-What do y'all LOVE about trucking???

I can't WAIT and hope to get a nice camera and document the places I go and see all across America..It would really give us beginners something to look forward to and get excited about...

Thanks! Gary

Posted:  7 years, 12 months ago

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How to Parallel Park

THANKS Randy! While I'm still a LONG ways off from training, at LEAST I can have the general idea and remember this when the time comes..CAN NOT imagine doing it from the 'blind' side!!!..looking forward to more tips!

Posted:  7 years, 12 months ago

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I am planning to become a truck driver

Sweet, my favorite type of thread. Its nice helping out youngsters for a change instead of old.... oh nevermind.

you young whippersnappers......!

Posted:  7 years, 12 months ago

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Question about Online CDL program

Thanks guys! I really enjoy the program, Brett designed it WELL and makes it FUN to do! This is my second time through it, and I was a bit overconfident when I started it this time, but thanks to the excellent design and algorithm, that overconfidence issue got addressed REAL quick!!!

Posted:  7 years, 12 months ago

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Considering a new career, few questions

Hey Matt, I was at an information session at my local tech school and THEY said speeding tickets MAY hamper your employment options, but that's all. You can still attend and get your CDL, but it may be harder to get a job right away.

I asked the instructor about 'home time' and HE said that due to the incredible demand for drivers, a lot of companies are trying to lure drivers by offering more frequent home time-I told him that "I won't make any money like that!" and he said (I quote) NOT NECESSARILY!! Also, he said that some companies are starting to offer hourly pay AS WELL as higher cpm..

Now I know he's trying to sell the program, but he has a pretty good rep among driving companies (I spoke to a Schneider recruiter who knew him well)..ANYWAY, everything sounded almost TOO GOOD to be true...I HOPE some of it is (increased cpm!!!)

Posted:  7 years, 12 months ago

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Question about Online CDL program

I went to an information session at my local tech school for the CDL program and mentioned the Trucking Truth High Road Online CDL training program, and the instructor told me to "be CAREFUL with those on-line programs" because the CDL requirements vary from state to state, with Georgia having a more thorough testing requirement than any other states. SO, I'm wondering if those same requirements are reflected in the CDL training program here on Trucking Truth?? I will continue the program just to get the practice, but I don't want to study and then be presented with different answers to the same questions, just because it's GEORGIA...follow me?

Posted:  8 years ago

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You Tube Trucking Videos

In my research of becoming a trucker, I came across several you tube vloggers that have provided daily videos showing the trucking lifestyle. Some have been doing it for years, others are just starting. I started with Trucker Josh, then checked out Jon and Jade (husband and wife) and just started following Allie Knight, new driver who's been driving about 5 months.cker Josh These folks have really helped in showing what is what...I was really apprehensive about trucking, seeing all the BAD videos, but following these folks daily gave me a realistic view of daily life as a trucker. Let me tell y'all, these folks are having a BLAST! They'll have you laughing and giggling..

Trucker Josh has been at it for quite a while, he and Diesel, his dog, have many followers, and he's a blast to watch...Jade and Jon do an excellent job of showing how they use their truck as a second home and how they manage everything from laundry to groceries, showers, etc. Allie is fairly new, but really sharp, she giggles quite a bit, and it's a joy to watch her drive..in one video, she talked about her trainer and the experience she had, which was very helpful..If y'all would like to check 'em out, here are links to their channels:

Trucker Josh

Allie Knight

The Jade and Jon show

Posted:  8 years ago

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Hometime

COOL! Glad you have time to spend with the family! Steaks look AMAZING! I am single, never married, no kids, just nieces and nephews, most grown and on their own, so home time is not gonna be that big of a deal for me. I WOULD like to attend my church at least once or twice a month, but even that isn't a big deal..Looking forward to having my OWN 'trucking' family though!!! Hope to meet a LOT of great folks on the road!!!

Posted:  8 years ago

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Bad Habits

I went to a local truck stop and just watched as drivers came in and got fueled up, just trying to get an idea of what trucking's about...Some folks looked professional, others looked like they hadn't showered in a week, but I understand that's the nature of the job, although I PLAN to shower EVERY day, I know it just ain't gonna happen, and there's NO excuse for looking like a bum, wearing dirty t-shirts and jeans. If I can't shower, at LEAST I can have clean clothes...

As for the TRASH, There's NO reason for anyone to have trash in their vehicle, I have a little trash bag that hangs from my steering column in my Camaro, which is incredibly handy. I plan on keeping my truck VERY clean, as I do my home, because in a way, it'll be my second home..

Posted:  8 years ago

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Bedding options?

Do most of y'all use sleeping bags? I haven't ever slept in one, that I can remember anyway. I'm thinking about going to Wal-Mart and getting a memory foam topper, like I have on my mattress at home. A sleeping bag would be ok while I'm in training, but a memory foam mattress is VERY comfortable and soft, although they tend to be a bit warm during the summer months..Just don't think a sleeping bag's gonna do it for me..

Posted:  8 years ago

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The "H" word...

Hey y'all....'nuther question..Years ago, when I was driving and delivering for a local home entertainment company, I developed hemorrhoids, pretty bad. I think it was mainly because I was doing a LOT of heavy lifting at every stop. That coupled with sitting for long periods between stops. Any of y'all run into this issue and what do you DO about it? i used to have to sit in a tub for a half hour or so in Epsom salts. Not gonna be able to do that OTR....

Posted:  8 years ago

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Question about being away for weeks at a time..

Hey guys, question, when you're out 4-5 even 6 weeks at a time, what do you do about utilities, such as gas and water-Should I just turn them off and back on when I'm at home? I live alone and don't want to take a chance of having something happen with no one to let me know (i.e-water leaks, backed-up septic tank, etc)..also, what about mail? I'm blessed to have an excellent credit rating and nice house that everybody wants to sell for me so I get tons of junk mail from credit card companies and real estate agents..

Posted:  8 years ago

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PCs in truck stops.

That is COOL Driver! EXACTLY what I want to do when i get my rig. What mobo did you use? I'm thinking a mini-atx will do for me...

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