New Trucker Advice For Fun On Breaks And Resets

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PotatoMan's Comment
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Hi All,

I'm new to the site and to trucking in general. I've been going to college for a few years but its just not working out, I've decided to give college a break and try OTR for a year to see if it works for me. I'm single, no kids, not much debt and I have a travel itch, so I think that if I'm not paying for an apartment or house then I could put some decent money in the bank.

My question is how realistic is doing fun things on breaks/resets? I've read different things from Brett and Daniel about biking, jogging,HS football games, Pro Sports games, races ect. Will I actually have time to do these things? Is there places to park to go to games? If I was out west or in the Northeast would fishing be realistic (I love fly fishing for trout). I am also a big baseball fan, are there places to park and get a taxi or something into a city to get to a game? Are you allowed to leave the truck if you are a company driver?

Any advice would be appreciated, I have alot more questions but I figured this is a good start. Thanks!

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.

Nick's Comment
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It definitely is possible to do these things. You can park at a truck stop and see what's nearby. I'm often catching up on laundry and sleep on resets but this last one I did I took a cab to the Ontario mills mall in Ontario,ca. Sometimes you luck out and end up taking your 34 where there's alot around, sometimes there wont be anything lol.

David's Comment
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I've cought a few movies while on the road. Park a truck stop, take a cab into town, or if you have a bike, take a ride..

Daniels posted a few times in one of his threads about fishing.. Though id look into the local rules about fishing licenses...

If you get a load thats 900 miles and 3 days to get it there, you got plenty of time to get out of the truck a few... If you got a 900mi load with 2 days to do it, then I'd focus on the load first then at the end, take a few to do what you want.. if your on a 34, by all means get out of the truck....

Cwc's Comment
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Depends on what you wanna do for fun... Movies are pretty easy as most theaters are near malls and malls have huge parking lots or go to a Jubitz truckstop and watch them while parked completely legally. If you find yourself at the Jubitz Portland and have watched all the movies you can handle take a right out of the parking lot and a left at the light... Batting cages... I haven't hit in years till last week. Just depends on what you can find to be entertaining. Cabs or UBER are usually the safer bet but I don't like being far from my Qualcomm incase I get a load... Fun is second to money... but you still need both.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
Brian M.'s Comment
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Usually there is a point and time at least every other month or so that I am able to go and explore some area of the United States. Occasionally you find yourself at a truckstop for either a 34 reset or you are to early for that load to be delivered.

Since my hobby is photography I have been fortunate to be able to rent a car and go check out areas I want to shoot. Remember Enterprise picks you up.

Tractor Man's Comment
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As "The Worlds Most Interesting Man" would say.................."I don't usually rent cars........BUT when I do..... rofl-2.gif

Pat M.'s Comment
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There is a lot you can do on a layover. Not as much usually on a 10 but if you are early or on a 34 heck yes.

Let's take Vegas for an example.... The obvious thing to do there is what every one else does, go to the casinos. But there are many other things too. I was stuck there over a weekend once and grabbed a rental car and went out to Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area. It is only 15 miles west of Vegas and pretty cool things to see and hiking trails.

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