3 Years Trucking Experience Celebration!

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Daniel B.'s Comment
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Well TT, 3 years ago I joined the industry. Like many of you, I was first unsure if I really wanted to do this. This website answered all my questions, even the ones that I convinced myself were stupid, and now I sit here writing my 3 year accident-free post.

Trucking has changed me in so many ways. It forced me to mature real quick and taught me the meaning of responsibility. It put me in the best financial situation that I've ever been in my long, drawn out life. I've made many new friends along the way and I can honestly say that I have more friends above the age of 40 than I have friends who are from my generation.

Trucking has taught me the value of life. I have been in life/death situations out here and have feared for my life many times. I remember one time I did battle with a tornado, I called my wife up and told her the situation. "If you don't hear from me in 15 minutes I didn't make it, I'm near Garden City, KS on US 54. I love you, I have to concentrate on my driving right now so I can't talk anymore" I said to my wife while she prayed. This job has shaken me to my core, but at the same time has significantly strengthened my faith.

My first year wasn't pretty, my first few months were ugly. But through scrapes and bruises I made it. Trucking will make you want to quit so many times, but you have to hang on to reap the rewards.

The only person tougher than a Trucker is a Trucker's wife.

My wife, I can brag about her all day, has been my backbone through this entire journey. Its not easy to be trucking while in a relationship but my wife has been there through the thick and thin. So for my 3 year trucking anniversary I decided to spoil her and thank her in my own little way for all that she has gone through. Trucking is so awesome because you're all over the place and can take your hometime anywhere you want to. So I put in my hometime for beautiful Orlando, FL and Cocoa Beach, FL for a week!

We went on the Orlando Eye which is the worlds 5th largest Ferris Wheel.


400 feet high overlooking the city.


We went on a boat ride to a remote island to visit dolphins and manatees


Then went to an indoor aquarium


We put our hands together and made a wax out of it


And we got to see Ferrets (her first time). They're illegal in CA so this was very special.


I got to hold an alligator for the first time!


And got to watch them eat


Went on an airboat ride through a swamp lake


Went to Kennedy Space Center (NASA tour)


And we fulfilled her childhood dream of going to DisneyWorld in Orlando


JakeBreak's Comment
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Congratz Daniel. Those are some awesome pics, and i agree with you about the truckers wife. Truckers wives are a special kind of person to be able to handle this situation, especially when were younger


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Congratulations! !!!! You sir, are an example of what hard work, tenacity and as you said a strong and supportive family can accomplish in this or any industry.

Keep up the good work.

Anchorman's Comment
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You should have taken a cruise ship to the Bahamas down there near Cocoa Beach!

Terry C.'s Comment
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And all this is why I live here in Florida!! I've delivered to alot of these places already in the 3 months I've been working local. Congratulations on the 3 year milestone brother!! Here's to many more, should you choose to continue on your trucking path!!


When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Anchorman's Comment
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What does the future hold? I know you have been interested in local positions and other types of driving jobs.

Decanuck's Comment
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Congrats ....the information and answers you've provided are fantastic.. I hope all your years are accident free

G-Town's Comment
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A significant accomplishment! Congratulations and thank you for a great post. G

Daniel B.'s Comment
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What does the future hold? I know you have been interested in local positions and other types of driving jobs.

For now I'm still training but will probably go back to solo for the winter after I get done with my current guy.

In the spring I'm going to look for a local job hardcore. Either LTL preferably OD or a local tanker job preferably Flyers.

But overall, I don't think I can do another year OTR. I feel like I've done my time here and I want my life back. I forgot what it's like to have pets, or hang out with friends. I honestly feel like I'm missing out on my younger years.

My goal is to land an excellent local job before summer. I know what I'm worth and won't sell myself short though. Very focused on continuing to improve my resume.


Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier


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.

Auggie69's Comment
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I love Florida. Lived there for 20 years and hope to move back someday.

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