One Month Completed With My New CDL

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Texaslady0804's Comment
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I have never done a post before but thought I would talk about my first month OTR. To start, I am being trained by my husband so we can be a team when I'm done. Let's just say he is way more patient with me than I would be. I think I'm doing OK on driving but my backing stinks. I can't seem to get the parking at truck stops and only get docs with his help. I'm very frustrated about this. I will not be one of those "do it for me" drivers. There are good days and bad, like with any job. However, we are together and I'm grateful for that. Life in a truck is different especially with 2 large dogs taking up the floor. We have limited space to store things so have to be willing to share everything and be organized. Have a place for it and put it there. Sleeping as a team is mostly in shifts so not together much. It works out somehow... Bathroom and showers are a challenge. Porta potty at job sites, not all truck stops are clean, most are. Sitting at terminals, shop for flat repairs etc can be stressful when you have a deadline on the load, most of ours are JIT loads. Watching the hours and running always just short of what is needed. Tired a lot and try not to get short with each other because stressed and tired. Trying to remember to turn to not on each other. I want this to work because I want to be a true team with my husband. I'm a perfectionist which can be bad because I hold myself to really high standards. I want to get the backing down so I don't need him to guide me everytime. He says it will come in time and practice. Really enjoy seeing parts of this great country we are blessed to live in. So much is taken for granted and it is a beautiful country. .Miss my friends but use FB to stay in touch. I send posts of where I'm at. I guess I'll close by saying if you are looking at being a driver, be realistic in your expectations. It isn't glamorous but it is great in many ways. It is work but it is different everyday. New people and places. It is mentally and physically challenging. It is also dangerous so everyone be careful out there.

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Dan E.'s Comment
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Great post. What breed of dogs? Dogs are family so how could you travel without them :)

Isaac H.'s Comment
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It took me three months to comfortably back into a spot with trucks on either side in the daytime. If i can do it anyone can. Don't worry it will come to you don't give up! :)

I have never done a post before but thought I would talk about my first month OTR. To start, I am being trained by my husband so we can be a team when I'm done. Let's just say he is way more patient with me than I would be. I think I'm doing OK on driving but my backing stinks. I can't seem to get the parking at truck stops and only get docs with his help. I'm very frustrated about this. I will not be one of those "do it for me" drivers. There are good days and bad, like with any job. However, we are together and I'm grateful for that. Life in a truck is different especially with 2 large dogs taking up the floor. We have limited space to store things so have to be willing to share everything and be organized. Have a place for it and put it there. Sleeping as a team is mostly in shifts so not together much. It works out somehow... Bathroom and showers are a challenge. Porta potty at job sites, not all truck stops are clean, most are. Sitting at terminals, shop for flat repairs etc can be stressful when you have a deadline on the load, most of ours are JIT loads. Watching the hours and running always just short of what is needed. Tired a lot and try not to get short with each other because stressed and tired. Trying to remember to turn to not on each other. I want this to work because I want to be a true team with my husband. I'm a perfectionist which can be bad because I hold myself to really high standards. I want to get the backing down so I don't need him to guide me everytime. He says it will come in time and practice. Really enjoy seeing parts of this great country we are blessed to live in. So much is taken for granted and it is a beautiful country. .Miss my friends but use FB to stay in touch. I send posts of where I'm at. I guess I'll close by saying if you are looking at being a driver, be realistic in your expectations. It isn't glamorous but it is great in many ways. It is work but it is different everyday. New people and places. It is mentally and physically challenging. It is also dangerous so everyone be careful out there.

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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