H.O. Wolding

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Patrick C.'s Comment
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Freight is slower on weekends. But at the same time freight dictates your schedule. Some truckstops even have a trailer that has been converted into a church and they hold services. I noticed a lot of the TAs tend to have them.

Old School's Comment
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Deke, it is certainly possible for you to arrange your schedule to attend mass.

This is my personal opinion, based on my own observations of folks trying to make a go of this career...

If I were you I would not make that a priority at the beginning of your career. I realize it is important to you, and I'm in no way trying to minimize the importance of it to you spiritually.

Here's the deal: Most of us are overwhelmed with this job, and all it entails, at the very beginning. Your first priority should be to acclimate yourself to this totally and radically different lifestyle. Time management is critical to not only your success at this, but also your enjoyment of it. For most of us it takes a little while to adjust to the inconsistent schedule and erratic sleep times. You can count on a very challenging first three months as a solo driver.

As you become more adept at managing your time, you will understand better how to take the time to do special things that you desire or enjoy, without screwing up your availability for the proficient execution of your required duties.

Remember, you will need to Uber it over to the church. It is very unlikely that you will be able to park your rig there without having to go to confession the next week so you can explain to the priest why there are deep tire ruts in their nice lawn near the entrance to the parking lot, or why the church van's hood and radiator were severed and ripped from their usual position.

Deke's Comment
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Thanks guys. Greatly appreciate the responses. Just a bit more about me, so you know where I am coming from. I have been a stay at home dad for the last 15 years. I resigned from a flying job with a regional airline in 2002. I have basically lived this lifestyle once, my "truck" or I guess bus, just had wings.

Now I find the reasons we decided I needed to stay home are the reasons I need to get back to work. My oldest is looking at colleges now, and my second will be as well in a couple of years. I live in rural Ky and the only options I see for earning a decent salary to help offset college expenses, is a driving career. I am 51 and if I decide to do this, I would like to put in at least 10 years, maybe a little more.

I have three major concerns at the moment: the first is Mass, missing Mass for me, at least by choice, just isn't an option. The second is finding a good company to start with that isn't put off by the fact that I have been out of the workforce for 15 years. I think I would like to just stay put with the company I would start at if at all possible. The third is, and this one is all on me,...am I willing to put up with the crap I know is going to be present in any job. And that is a big one....

I do appreciate all your input and I value your expertise!


Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Big Scott's Comment
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For the most part yes. You may not be able to get to a church every Sunday, however you are predominantly in charge of your schedule. You would have to work it so you don't drive on Sunday. There will come times where that is not an option. If you can be a little flexible He will understand.

USMC AAV's Comment
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Got a question. H.O.Wolding says they have S.E. regional , and what Id like to know is it mainly done in the region or do you still go outside that area and run all 48. Really what I'd like to know is do they try to keep you specifically to a region when you're running loads or is it more of an advertising tool to get people to come to the company thinking they will stay in that region?

I'm running flatbed with CT at the moment and I am seriously thinking about going back to Dry van. I mean in the winter when its raining and snowing at 30 degrees, tarping is miserable.


Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.


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