Why Did You Become A Trucker?

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Jim S.'s Comment
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I'm a writer working on an article about why truckers became professional drivers. I'm interested in hearing the story of anyone who feels like sharing how they came to drive for a living.

Jay R. R2-Detour 's Comment
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Drove from 06-08. It was too much on my marriage (of one year) and wanted to try to start a family. Quit worked in a state prison (Indiana) for five years. Lost that job in Nov of 2012. Worked in factories for temp agencies and tried college. Real life problems kept derailing college so that didn't work out. I had the family and more maturity on my side, wife and I talked admit driving again. R"At that point I showed up and grabbed the gun from him and basically started beating him in the head until he fell unconscious," said Skarlatos. Re-obtained my cdl in early 2015 doing the otr thing until I get the opportunities for positions with better home time.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Errol V.'s Comment
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I've been collecting "What did you do before this?" answers for several months. Maybe this can help.

Fatsquatch 's Comment
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R"At that point I showed up and grabbed the gun from him and basically started beating him in the head until he fell unconscious," said Skarlatos.

What the bloody hell??

To answer the actual post, short version: laid off at end of 08 after Bush crashed the economy, went back to school, couldn't get work in chosen field, ran out of unemployment, decided to try trucking after thinking about it for 15+ years. Next month will make 4 years I've had my class A.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Mike H.'s Comment
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Ive had to field this questions a few times and whatI normally tell folks is " just something I wanted to do" Now, that is true, but not in depth.

So, let me start with this, I'm not a stagnant person. What I mean is I dont like being in one place going no where for very long and it explains my varied work backround.

Running pizza shops in the 90s, construction from 00-04, security from 04-05, health field from 05-13 ( had to leave because of the ACA. thanks Obama!) Lab tech from 13-14, entered trucking in sept of 14

so, back to why i did this I'd have to go to what I love about this job. In short, you get out what you put in.

I cant tell you how frustrating it is working on a per hour basis, working as hard as I can and making the same as some fool who would sleep on the job. Here, there is an incentive for me to do better, the more i run the more I make, more or less.

Jay R. R2-Detour 's Comment
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R"At that point I showed up and grabbed the gun from him and basically started beating him in the head until he fell unconscious," said Skarlatos.

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What the bloody hell??

To answer the actual post, short version: laid off at end of 08 after Bush crashed the economy, went back to school, couldn't get work in chosen field, ran out of unemployment, decided to try trucking after thinking about it for 15+ years. Next month will make 4 years I've had my class A.

Lol, typing on a phone. Apparently when I copied an excerpt from the story of the three Americans beating down that terrorists scum in France, it somehow got pasted in there.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
The Persian Conversion's Comment
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Am I the only one who has this for an answer?

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Bling bling

Dolla dolla bill, y'all

In other words: cash money

Pick/Grin's Comment
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I found my step daddy dead one day, and I knew my mother would have a rough time, emotionally and financially. I was living in Kentucky at the time, right at the center of the state where the highest paying jobs were those of factory workers. Working as a pump jockey, I had a lot of time to talk with some of the local drivers, they typically hauled tobacco and corn. I knew everyone in town on a personal level, so one day one of the locals tells me I should quit my job and take a ride with him into North Dakota to see if I liked it. I decided at that point to find a school, get a license and company, and start saving just in case my mother needs it. I didn't think twice about it.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Heavy C's Comment
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The challenge of driving something really heavy , really long, really tall, and bends in the middle is what lured me originally. Most average people look at it as "all you do is drive" but there's so much more to it.

Plus they give me an air horn! I mean how cool is that!

Jason R.'s Comment
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The challenge of driving something really heavy , really long, really tall, and bends in the middle is what lured me originally. Most average people look at it as "all you do is drive" but there's so much more to it.

Plus they give me an air horn! I mean how cool is that!

So you ride a horse? LOL

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