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Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Backing

I just got my CDL in June and struggled with backing. I actually took a job at a local dairy as a yard driver and boy do we do some backing up! Isn’t exactly my dream 💭 trucking job but it is allowing me to sharpen my backing skills.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Failed Werner now heading to Swift

So I’m a newbie also got my CDL in June of this year. I struggled with my backing at school but managed to pass the maneuver test. I took a job at a local dairy as a yard driver...lol 😝😳🙃🙂... and I’m glad I did. All you do around here is back up!! My backing has improved 💯! It actually isn’t a bad job...pay is ok and benefits are great. I’m gonna stick around for a little while anyways and consider to hone my backing skills. I guess my point is don’t give up and don’t beat yourself up....it’ll come to you

Posted:  4 years ago

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Werner Vs CRST

Thanks Old School for your words of wisdom!

I probably didn't phrase my question the right way and meant no disrespect to any trucking companies.

I understand it's not a perfect world and I won't find the perfect company to drive for. Being former military I have always been a highly motivated individual and as a former small business owner I always sought opinions from others in the automotive repair industry. Doesn't mean i always agreed with them but I always listened to what others have had to say and formed my own opinion, did some more research, developed a plan, and executed. I guess some habits are hard to break!

I guess making a life changing career change at 58, I'm just a little more cautious these days

Tony

Posted:  4 years ago

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Career change at 50 to truck driver

Hey folks... Great forum! First post:

So here I am... 50 years old, and in a career I love. I'm a luthier. I have built electric guitars professionally since 2006. But, there are 2 main problems: It's extremely hard to find buyers for instruments that range in cost from $1700 to $6000. And, my biggest problem is I have developed an allergy to wood dust, which has triggered asthma = incessant coughing when exposed to wood dust. This has limited my time in the shop over the past 2 years. This has caused lost sales & income. To date I am about $30K in the red. The only reason I have hung on this long is my wife is an RN with a good job. We decided not to renew our lease on the shop building after Dec. Which means I will need to get a "real" job.

For years I have wondered what an OTR driving job would be like. Ironically, in 1976 my Dad changed careers from law enforcement, to truck driving (O/O) at age 50. He loved it! So, the lifestyle isn't completely foreign to me. I went on runs with him as a kid. So, I am very seriously contemplating going with either Schneider, or Roehl. Here are some of my concerns... Maybe you veterans can help me finalize my decision.

Stamina: I'm currently not used to working 12-14 hour days. I feel like I could get there. But, I'm worried about the shock to my system. Right now I only work 6 or so hours/day due to the asthma thing.

Back Pain: I've heard horror stories about how bad driving is on your back. I had L5S1 surgery back in 2002 (herniated disc). My back is OK, but I am careful not to aggravate it.

The Better Half: I've been married for 27 years... I'd like to keep it that way. My wife & I have talked about the separation part of the job, and both of us feel we can adapt.

The Long Term Plan: My plan is to sign on, and drive OTR for 12-18 months minimum. Then, re-evaluate the OTR lifestyle. If it's going good, then I will continue on. If not, I will take the year+ experience, and seek a local dedicated driving job that get's me home every night.

Let me know what you guy's think... Any advice is helpful. Thanks! Doug

Hi Doug

I made a major life change at 58 years old. I owned 2 small automotive repair shop in Canton Ohio for the better part of 35 years. Got tired of the grind, sold everything, business, buildings, property, equipment, and enrolled in truck driving school. I just finished my second week actually and I am currently looking at companies to start out with. I've always wanted to get my CDL and drive and figured now was the time. My kid are grown and out of the house with successful careers. My wife and I have been married 38 years and like you, we talked about the separation and feel we can adapt also. My plan is close is the same as yours, find a company to start out with and get a year under my belt and reevaluate

Good luck to you and anyone else who has made the change!

Tony

Posted:  4 years ago

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Werner Vs CRST

New greenhorn trucker wanting information on CRST trucking company. Haven't signed paperwork yet. Roadmaster pushed Werner, everyone says they are a good starter company, but through my investigation CRST is #3 best company based short of Walmart..... If you had a chance to start over who is your choice and why? Thank you for your time and input..... Stella

Hi all!

Another new greenhorn trucker here also!

I too am looking at Werner, CRST, C R England, and Roehl as companies to start out with. I'd like to hear from those who may have or still do drive for any of the companies I listed. Or from anyone who drives for a different company that they may consider a decent compant to start out with.

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