Game: You First Felt Like A Real Trucker When....

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Rainy D.'s Comment
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Haha. thanks. it got hard to remember topica i did and didnt want to repeat them lol

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Felt like a real trucker when i returned to a "tight" dock a year later, but this time was like "oh tbis is easy!"

then the guy next to me said "i cant wait to back like you someday"

Diver Driver's Comment
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When I kicked the dashboard in my Silverado, trying to adjust the steering wheel, and was waiting for a car to pass that was over 1/4 mile away before turning out of my subdivision

Rainy D.'s Comment
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When I kicked the dashboard in my Silverado, trying to adjust the steering wheel, and was waiting for a car to pass that was over 1/4 mile away before turning out of my subdivision

omg ...i can just imagine the look on your passengers face lol.

Now i can tell my FM the best customer with a load to get me home while at the same time racking up 1400 miles on that run lol

I also go into the terminal and request a load going 1000 miles west knowing my FM will bring me back east ASAP. biiiiigggg mile weeks lol its almost worth taking home time in the terminal lol

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Fm:

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Mark P.'s Comment
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Today when I passed my Indiana CDL exam. I have never driven anything manual before and double clutching had me baffled even up until yesterday. I double clutched my butt off today, and so miss a beat. Downshifted perfectly. Missed one point on my drive, it was a late turn signal.

On another note:

This is my first of many posts, i have been a lurker. Thank you to everyone for the go clean reading material the last few months. You all inspired me to go into trucking, and your wisdom helped me through school as well.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Baffle:

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.

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Double Clutching:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Brocephus's Comment
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"You First Felt Like A Real Trucker When...." Four months on the job, I'm downtown NYC looking at a bridge marked 13' and nowhere else to go. A street cop came over and said "If you don't bounce, you can make it. I'll walk you through." True story.

Brocephus's Comment
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"You First Felt Like A Real Trucker When...." Four months on the job, I'm downtown NYC looking at a bridge marked 13' and nowhere else to go. A street cop came over and said "If you don't bounce, you can make it. I'll walk you through." True story.

You know, it might of been even lower than 13'. I'm thinking 12'4''? It's been a while, but I was definitely thinking "whelp, it's sure been nice being a trucker." Lol. Thank God for nice NYC cops!

andhe78's Comment
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First felt like a real trucker.... today, when I managed to strap and tarp (8 foot drops) a load in under an hour. Only problem was they overloaded me, so had to unstrap and untarp, and do it all over again.

Old School's Comment
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Ouch! sorry.gif

G-Town's Comment
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...when a small child riding in a car next to me was motioning me to blow the air horn. I obliged with two shorts and a long. He laughed and smiled, acknowledged his appreciation with an enthusiastic wave.

Made his day I think, at least at that very moment all was right with the world and the decade old connection between child and truck driver lives on.

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