Husband Wife Newbie Drivers Looking For Advice.....................

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lovebirds's Comment
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We are heading to Dallas, TX to start our truck driving school. He is Military Veteran and we both have our permits already. We like being together maybe too much :) so we have been looking for a job we can do together. There are plenty of jobs like that. Well we like to travel and like to be alone without the boss looking over our shoulder. That narrowed it down to trucking. We did our research and landed on CRST. We wanted team based company that would pay for school. Plus the SIGN......... we have never seen a CRST truck in our town before, on my way to workout early morning a CRST truck was pulled into a small gas station. I stopped and talked to the driver and he told me the only problem he has had is team drivers. Could not imagine going into it with a stranger.

ANY ADVICE for married couple getting into this career is appreciated.

Btw Truckingtruth.com has made this decision and our studying very easy. Thank you to all the trucking truth staff.

David's Comment
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We are heading to Dallas, TX to start our truck driving school. He is Military Veteran and we both have our permits already. We like being together maybe too much :) so we have been looking for a job we can do together. There are plenty of jobs like that. Well we like to travel and like to be alone without the boss looking over our shoulder. That narrowed it down to trucking. We did our research and landed on CRST. We wanted team based company that would pay for school. Plus the SIGN......... we have never seen a CRST truck in our town before, on my way to workout early morning a CRST truck was pulled into a small gas station. I stopped and talked to the driver and he told me the only problem he has had is team drivers. Could not imagine going into it with a stranger.

ANY ADVICE for married couple getting into this career is appreciated.

Btw Truckingtruth.com has made this decision and our studying very easy. Thank you to all the trucking truth staff.

Only thing i can say is, living in a house is a lot different then living in a walk in closet, be ready for some really nasty smells :P hahahahaha

good luck though.. Team driving is rough at first, as you gotta decide who's going to sacrifice night driving.... though you could split it pretty evenly..

Dixie Rose (Vicki)'s Comment
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My hubby and start class on the 11th in Indy. We are like you guys, love spending time with each other...same interests, ect. We have already decided I get the night shift since I am a natural night owl and less traffic over all.

My advice is something I found out years ago. No matter how much time you get to spend with each other make it quality. It doesn't matter how much or often, but how you spend it.

Best of luck!

Brett Aquila's Comment
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One of the biggest things to keep in mind is that there will be a lot of ups and downs those first 6 months especially. Learning to handle the rig, learning how this industry works, managing your new lives on the road - it's incredibly challenging and you're going to be either stressed out or baffled a good percentage of the time.

You're also going to find that the trucking industry is a strange beast. The way things are done in this industry and the expectations that are put on drivers is far different than what most people will ever encounter in other careers. Being successful in trucking takes far more ambition and commitment than most people are willing to give for any job which is one of the reasons the turnover is so high in this industry.

If you've read my book Becoming A Truck Driver: The Raw Truth About Truck Driving (it's free to read here on the website) you know that I absolutely loved my years on the road. But make no mistake about it, it's a really tough job and most people aren't cut out for it. So be prepared to just roll with the punches, don't sweat the little stuff, and keep a great attitude. Getting along well with people and acting professionally will seriously help you in a big way. Truckers as a whole are famously unprofessional and poorly behaved compared with about any professional career out there. If you'll rise above that and be a true professional you'll find you get better miles and better treatment than most drivers.

This is a performance-based industry. Those who perform will be well fed. Those who do not will sit around truck stops broke and complaining all the time. Go in with the attitude that you're going to learn all you can, you're going to outwork everyone else, and you're going to do it all with a smile and a friendly demeanor. If you'll do that you'll have it made once you've proven to your company that you're top tier drivers. That's how this industry works.

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A partition or separator within a liquid tank, used to inhibit the flow of fluids within the tank. During acceleration, turning, and braking, a large liquid-filled tank may produce unexpected forces on the vehicle due to the inertia of liquids.

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Hours Of Service

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