Settled On A Tow Truck Job, For Now.

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David O.'s Comment
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I've been looking into a truck driving career for a couple years now. I had a couple speeding awards in 2015 so I deserted the idea for a while.

Two weeks ago I finally got a call back on my childhood dream job, driving a roll back for a garage that does 25 AAA calls a day with three drivers.

I'm currently in a ten year old Hino 258 with almost 400k.

The truck is have 26,000. 19.5 wheels and air brakes are some of the goodies in this weight range.

Is there anything I should be doing while working this job to ready myself for a career in otr trucking?


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.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Err - SLOW DOWN for one.

No citations or accidents for a couple of years and you should be good to go...


Brett Aquila's Comment
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Unfortunately, not much. That type of experience will be a little bit helpful in that you'll get used to a slightly bigger truck than the average Joe drives but otherwise not much of anything is going to apply to big rigs. And unfortunately your experience there isn't going to count as driving experience in the eyes of trucking companies any more than if you were working at Walmart. They only consider Class A combination vehicles as driving experience.

Rick touched on the key point. Don't get in trouble of any sort. Keep your safety record and driving record clean.

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

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