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Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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New Article Now On TruckingTruth: Truckers And Guns

Well, I did never need one when I was in my truck, but I avoided serious issues because I was carrying a couple times, when I was beginning to work and still lived in a bad neighborhood. I haven't had to pull out my gun since moving away from that place, but I still am really glad I was carrying at some moments in my life.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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New Article Now On TruckingTruth: Truckers And Guns

These issues with company policies, state laws etc really are a pain... When I started in the trucking industry, I was mostly remaining within the borders of the state and carried my gun as the company did not forbid it, but I had to give it up when I started doing longer trips, as I didn't really have the time and willpower to read through every single state's gun laws. Sure, I'd rather carry in some places, but I'd rather not carry and have this job, than carry without this job.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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California publishes major new freight plan

I just hope - although I've got a feeling it's not going to turn out like that - that they're going to implement that plan in an efficient way and not bungle it up. Because as I read the law project, I see more potential issues ("solving the issue of trucks parked in non-sanctioned areas" is in my top three, that sounds like we're going to be fined more often while "sanctioned areas" aren't expanded or are put in unpractical places) than potential improvements.

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Is commercial truck driving a civilian career "really hard to beat"?

Yeah, when you'll leave the military, you'll see that the trucking business is actually easier! (I was a 0351 in the Marine Corps, I got a LOT less BS in my life when I EAS'd and started my trucking career... be careful of your eating habits though, it took me some time and 30 extra pounds to adapt my food intake to that new lifestyle without morning PT) By the way, I know it's a trucking forum, but if you can take advantage of the GI Bill, do it. If I'm not mistaken, you can use it at a trade school as well. I didn't, started working as soon as I had left my cammies, and am kinda regretting it now that I see other former Marine who went to college after their service and earn their lives better than I do.

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Nearly 3 months solo

You can be home every day, don't work at night and get almost 4 grand a month, that's pretty great if you ask me. Of course, there's always a way to earn more with extra contracts, or if you start working at night or on weekends, but right now, you've got a job that's as comfortable as it gets in the trucking industry, which is nothing to scoff at.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Early 20th Century Truck Driving Advice

I've always been had a thing for Kipling's poetry, and it's always great to find his works in the wild every now and then! And yes, when you're a trucker, these words do ring true... (although they rang true in every other independent-ish and demanding job I had before as well)

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