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RebelliousVamp 's Comment
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Firearm? I wish. I'd want nothing more than to bring my gun. But I've read on here that the DOT will have your skin and end your career right then and there if you carry your gun inside your truck, loaded or unloaded.

Not to mention, the company you work for, the state you travel through, etc.

I'd be willing to go through all the licensing necessary in every state, if it meant I'd then be able to carry. But if from the get go the DOT will fry you...what's the point.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

The Persian Conversion's Comment
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Funny story:

A couple weeks back I was crossing into Canada. They did an inspection of my truck. While I was sitting in the office waiting, 2 border agents came in, pulled me into a small windowless room and proceeded to pat me down and search my jacket. They asked where my firearm was and I said it was at home in my safe.

Turns out I had inadvertently packed my holster in my luggage and they found it. I can only imagine what they must have been thinking: "Empty holster... Middle eastern guy with a full beard and thick, heavy jacket inside the building..."

So at first they didn't believe me, but after a much more thorough search and questioning, they finally let me go.

Moral of the story? Even having an empty holster in a truck is a bad idea, let alone an actual firearm!

David O.'s Comment
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I have been an OTR drive, when i went southeast regional , all the states i entered it was legal for my florida concealed weapon license due to reciprocity laws. if i was going into canada for a state that has strict gun laws, i turn down the load. it is legal for you to carry if you are in states that allow it. it is illegal for a company to violate your rights if you are law abiding and within jurisdiction. i will always carry mine.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

David O.'s Comment
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I have been an OTR drive, when i went southeast regional , all the states i entered it was legal for my florida concealed weapon license due to reciprocity laws. if i was going into canada for a state that has strict gun laws, i turn down the load. it is legal for you to carry if you are in states that allow it. it is illegal for a company to violate your rights if you are law abiding and within jurisdiction. i will always carry mine.

guess we cant edit our posts. haha I have been an OTR driver** if i was going into canada or* a state that has strict gun laws

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

J Johns's Comment
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PC, that sounds like golden advice.

My understanding is that Prime allows for an APU and maybe even has a generous idle policy? Forget detention pay, just don't leave me in the heat without A/C!

After training, my partner and I plan to buy at least one of each: 2" Memory Foam Twin XL Mattress Topper & Microfiber Goose Down Twin XL Alternative Overstuffed Mattress Pad / Topper.

Someone on a previous thread was singing the praises of his mattress ... I think it was This? Tempting, isn't it ...

OOS:

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.

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

Phox's Comment
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firearm,

yeah you might want to leave that at home. Being OTR you're going to cross state lines which means different firearm laws not to mention the big fish that most if not all trucking companies don't allow you to have weapons of any time (blade OR gun or mace, tazor, etc) and while you might get away for a little while all it takes is one time to get caught to throw your trucking career down the toilet. you'll be fired and it'll be on your record and chances of being hired by someone else for breaking a major company policy like that is slim to none. just don't do it... go like RebelliousVamp and bring a sock filled with ball bearings... she has now officially scared me, that there is prison weapon quality which is some scary stuff

true story I had a school field trip to one of California's state prisons when I was in 9th grade. I forget the purpose, it wasn't a scared straight or something for bad kids it was a learning experience, but one of the things they showed us was one of those bulletin boards filled with each type of weapon they have confiscated. locks in a sock, pieces of metal chairs, silverware (including plastic), pieces of fence... scary stuff. but RebelliousVamp's idea is comparable to the lock in a sock, everyone in prison has socks and a lot of them give you a locker with a removable combination lock... bam lock in a sock, that'll knock teeth out, crack your skull... they showed pictures of what it can and has done... gruesome... so yeah i'm scared of her now :P

The company I'm working on getting hired with right now will install an inverter for ya so all those creature comforts can be met. There's a company that makes tv mounts that don't require any damage to the truck http://thetvjockey.com/Home_Page.php so now you can safely mount the tv and not have to drill holes or anything. I plan to get lots of comfy bedding cause those mattress don't look to great and I get cranky when I don't sleep well.

I got a lot of plans but most of it will be an over time thing.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
RebelliousVamp 's Comment
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LoL Phox....I can assure you, I've never been to prison, never had any kind of troubles with the law, except for speeding tickets. ;)

The ball bearings in a sock idea came from my head....from remembering how some of us motorcycle riders carried a pocket full of small metal items (namely ball bearings) in case a car would purposely try to kill us by running us off the road. Also, I was thinking of the movie Full Metal Jacket...with the bars of soap in a pillow case. Military guys used it and it was quite painful.

I am scary....only when it comes to protect my life and the ones I love. I don't f*ck around with that and will be your worse nightmare. I'm sweet as I can be, until I feel my safety is in jeopardy. I had a nightmare a few nights ago that a man abducted my youngest daughter.....I went after him, found my daughter alive, knocked him out unconscious with a metal rod I found, took his handgun from him. When he woke up, I was standing over him, one foot pressing down on his chest, his own handgun pointing at his head. He had a semi automatic weapon next to him that he tried to grab...I kicked it away from him. He looked at me almost in admiration...lol until I told him "this is what you get for trying to take my baby away from me..." then I shot him once in the lower quadrant, waited a few seconds so he could feel the horror...then a second bullet in the skull. Done.

Scared, yet? See....sweet as can be!

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That's why I need soft surroundings when I sleep...lol

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.
Anchorman's Comment
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I had a nightmare a few nights ago that a man abducted my youngest daughter.....I went after him, found my daughter alive, knocked him out unconscious with a metal rod I found, took his handgun from him. When he woke up, I was standing over him, one foot pressing down on his chest, his own handgun pointing at his head. He had a semi automatic weapon next to him that he tried to grab...I kicked it away from him. He looked at me almost in admiration...lol until I told him "this is what you get for trying to take my baby away from me..." then I shot him once in the lower quadrant, waited a few seconds so he could feel the horror...then a second bullet in the skull. Done.

Did anybody else just picture RV as the next Liam Neeson in Taken?

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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.
RebelliousVamp 's Comment
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I look quite different than Liam....lol But I guess I could be in similar thought process as him; two eyes for an eye. (You take something from me...I'll take twice as much from you). Note: this only applies when it comes to defending myself and the ones I care about. In any other aspects of my life, I'm usually a giver, not a taker. :)

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.

C. S.'s Comment
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it is illegal for a company to violate your rights if you are law abiding and within jurisdiction. i will always carry mine.

Please don't spread misinformation. This is not true and could lead to someone being fired or worse. Gun owners are not a protected class in employment. It is well within the rights of an employer to have a policy banning firearms (or any weapons, for that matter) from their property and terminate employees who violate said policy.

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