One Year Down

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SAMUEL C.'s Comment
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What a few crazy weeks, but on the 24th of Oct I completed one year on the road. All I have to say to those up and coming, stick with it and you will learn ALOT, not only about driving, but about yourself. Thanks to TT and those on the forum.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jolie R.'s Comment
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Congratulations on completing your first year my birthday no less! :-). I am coming up on my 1 year solo too and it is amazing the difference between then and now....heck it is amazing the difference between 6 months ago and now! Anyway, glad to see you made it a year and here's to many more!

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Little Syster (a.k.a. Sun's Comment
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Fantastic! What would you say is the biggest improvement you've made in the year? What was your biggest fear when you started and how do you feel about it now? Just curious :)

Daniel B.'s Comment
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I remember when you were just a young pup. Congratulations sir

SAMUEL C.'s Comment
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Fantastic! What would you say is the biggest improvement you've made in the year? What was your biggest fear when you started and how do you feel about it now? Just curious :)

My biggest improvement I would have to say is: 1) Shorter load securement time and trusting my securement method. You never get a ticket for to much securement. 2) Backing a split axel. I used to worry about what other drivers thought, when it took me forever to back into a parking spot. If I have to do a million G.O.A.L I will.

Biggest Fear: 1) breaking down while under a load. Happened about 3 months into driving solo Lost oil pressure while pulling Monteagle mountain on I-24 E. 2) Getting lost. GPS is a great tool, but will get you way bad lost or on roads that big trucks don't belong. I rely more on my map book now and a phone call to a shipper or consignee; to get pin point directions. Getting lost or missing a turn is just part of the job. 3) worrying what other drivers and the motor public thought.

When making a turn and a 4 wheeler has crowded or passed the stop stripe, I have no problem now making them back it up. I have shut down more than one intersection. I've learned my truck and how much room I need to make a turn safely, I don't let them change my mind.

I've had super truckers gripe at me for driving cautiously. There is no load worth my life or too hot, that it needs to cool off in a ditch.


The customer the freight is being delivered to. Also referred to as "the receiver". The shipper is the customer that is shipping the goods, the consignee is the customer receiving the goods.


The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

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