Electronic Stuff Like CB Radio, Truckers GPS, How To Have Internet/wifi, Etc.

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Daniel B.'s Comment
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Personally, I don't have a CB. I don't want one. I'm governed at 62 and when the speed limit is over 65mph other truckers pass me recklessly because I'm going too slow. Id rather not hear them talk trash about me going too slow.

It's just not for me. I don't like how people behave when it's anonymous.

As for a GPS, I use the Rand McNally TND 510. It has all the features I need. It does a fantastic job at finding truck stops near my truck or route so finding a scale after getting loaded is never a problem like it used to be with my trainer who had a Garmin. The only problem with it is that it freezes a lot.. Too much and usually at the worst times. Make sure you do exactly what Larry E. does - cross check with GPS and atlas and write down directions as well as local directions.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Personally, I don't have a CB. I don't want one

Ya know, I don't like the trash talking any more than anyone else does, but do you know how many times over the years that CB saved my a**???

Accidents just ahead of me around a blind corner on slick roads, DOT roadside inspections, road closings, directions to customers, tornadoes, flooded out roadways, problems underneath my truck or on the back of the trailer that happened while I was driving, drunk drivers coming at me going the wrong way on the interstate at 3 a.m., and even one time when I-81 in Virginia completely collapsed at night because of a giant sinkhole!!!

The CB is a critically important tool. You don't have to keep it on all the time, but there's going to be times you're going to really need it, and it could be in life and death situations.

You can always turn it off if people are driving you crazy, but you can't go back in time and buy one after something horrific happens that you could have been warned about if only you had been listening to what was going on.

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.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Larry E.'s Comment
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Thanks Larry E. What about internet/wifi?

Right now I just have my EVO 4G with Sprint for the truck for my weekend runs and my summer fun. When I go OTR full time in a couple of years, I will have a laptop so I can get a good look at how the places are set up for pick up and delivery. I do stream Pandora to make the time go faster. I can tell I am getting older- I listen to my jazz in traffic which keeps me calm. I have also learned that when backing or exiting to smaller roads, I just shut it off. Allows for better concentration.

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.

G MAN's Comment
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I will have a laptop so I can get a good look at how the places are set up for pick up and delivery.

Wow, that is a good idea Larry. How will you do that?ays I am always learning something here!!!! thank-you.gif

Roadkill (aka:Guy DeCou)'s Comment
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I will have a laptop so I can get a good look at how the places are set up for pick up and delivery.

Wow, that is a good idea Larry. How will you do that?ays I am always learning something here!!!! thank-you.gif

google earth or maps..

G MAN's Comment
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Oh, I get it now. You put in the address of your pick up or delivery, and bam, there is a pic!! Oh my, brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you Gus!!!!! G MAN

Roadkill (aka:Guy DeCou)'s Comment
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Oh, I get it now. You put in the address of your pick up or delivery, and bam, there is a pic!! Oh my, brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you Gus!!!!! G MAN

Actually, its GUY...but you would be surprised how much I get that..rofl-2.gif

G MAN's Comment
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Oh, I get it now. You put in the address of your pick up or delivery, and bam, there is a pic!! Oh my, brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you Gus!!!!! G MAN

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Actually, its GUY...but you would be surprised how much I get that..rofl-2.gif

My apologizes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The coffee hasnt kicked in yet, and typing in the dark doesnt help. Sorry Guy!!!

Roadkill (aka:Guy DeCou)'s Comment
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My apologizes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The coffee hasnt kicked in yet, and typing in the dark doesnt help. Sorry Guy!!!

Don't sweat it..I was just ribbin ya..

G MAN's Comment
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My apologizes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The coffee hasnt kicked in yet, and typing in the dark doesnt help. Sorry Guy!!!

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Don't sweat it..I was just ribbin ya..

Yeah I know but still a man's name is the most important word, to him. What school are you considering? I too am preparing for school. Which companies are you interested in? So far, I am interested in H O wolding, Gordon Trucking, and Schneider National.

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