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The Little Trucker's Comment
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Feeling a wave of nostalgia. A year ago around this time I was new to the site and nervous as heck about dipping my toes in the trucking industry. Your answers convinced me someone like me could be a trucker. Here I am sitting in my cab after helping someone else back up. I can't believe I have come so far!

I've covered every state in the 48 except for Maine and Delaware. I've had my little hiccups. I've driven in the snow, driven in the rain. I've made so many friends and seen so many things. I'm not with the same company I started with, but I'm with one that fits me and my needs much better.

And too much time alone has forced me into self-evaluation and self-growth. Thanks to everyone who had a hand in creating this site and making it what it is!!!

Auggie69's Comment
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Hey, whatever works! :)

Victor C. II's Comment
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I have to agree with you 100% because this is the most informative trucker site that I have ever seen in my short time getting ready to become a truck driver. There is nothing quite like having a support family and I sure like this one. Great wisdom and knowledge all around.

Pianoman's Comment
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Feeling a wave of nostalgia. A year ago around this time I was new to the site and nervous as heck about dipping my toes in the trucking industry. Your answers convinced me someone like me could be a trucker. Here I am sitting in my cab after helping someone else back up. I can't believe I have come so far!

I've covered every state in the 48 except for Maine and Delaware. I've had my little hiccups. I've driven in the snow, driven in the rain. I've made so many friends and seen so many things. I'm not with the same company I started with, but I'm with one that fits me and my needs much better.

And too much time alone has forced me into self-evaluation and self-growth. Thanks to everyone who had a hand in creating this site and making it what it is!!!

Hey Little Trucker, I remember you!! Haha, we started about the same time so I've been more reflective lately as well. Who are you with now? I'm still with Swift, doing more local stuff now. It's crazy, I just had a memory on my Facebook a few days ago from a year ago when I got my permit. A year ago, I was spending my first week driving an hour a day in a beat up old semi and now I have driven well over 100,000 miles in most of the US. Crazy..

The Little Trucker's Comment
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I have to agree with you 100% because this is the most informative trucker site that I have ever seen in my short time getting ready to become a truck driver. There is nothing quite like having a support family and I sure like this one. Great wisdom and knowledge all around.

Yes this is a very informative site. It's also very family like. They answer your questions and crack jokes at the same time lol

The Little Trucker's Comment
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Feeling a wave of nostalgia. A year ago around this time I was new to the site and nervous as heck about dipping my toes in the trucking industry. Your answers convinced me someone like me could be a trucker. Here I am sitting in my cab after helping someone else back up. I can't believe I have come so far!

I've covered every state in the 48 except for Maine and Delaware. I've had my little hiccups. I've driven in the snow, driven in the rain. I've made so many friends and seen so many things. I'm not with the same company I started with, but I'm with one that fits me and my needs much better.

And too much time alone has forced me into self-evaluation and self-growth. Thanks to everyone who had a hand in creating this site and making it what it is!!!

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Hey Little Trucker, I remember you!! Haha, we started about the same time so I've been more reflective lately as well. Who are you with now? I'm still with Swift, doing more local stuff now. It's crazy, I just had a memory on my Facebook a few days ago from a year ago when I got my permit. A year ago, I was spending my first week driving an hour a day in a beat up old semi and now I have driven well over 100,000 miles in most of the US. Crazy..

Hey Paul I remember you too! I am with May trucking now. Nowhere near the best company but I've worked out a few kinks (changing dm's, etc.) And now I'm a lot more comfortable over here. I still miss some things with Swift but I like it over here just fine. I'm glad you got a local gig!

Dm:

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.
Pianoman's Comment
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Congrats! I knew a guy from CDL school who wanted to go to May. We always teased him and I called him Mr. May because he was totally taken with the recruiter. She was the first recruiter he'd encountered and after her presentation he was sold on May and started trash talking the other companies. He told me once, "I know all those Swift drivers are unhappy." Haha. Joke's on him--he was still in school by the time I got my first truck and he never did pass as far as I know.

Glad things are working out well for you. Are you still doing OTR?

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.

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.
Pianoman's Comment
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Congrats! I knew a guy from CDL school who wanted to go to May. We always teased him and I called him Mr. May because he was totally taken with the recruiter. She was the first recruiter he'd encountered and after her presentation he was sold on May and started trash talking the other companies. He told me once, "I know all those Swift drivers are unhappy." Haha. Joke's on him--he was still in school by the time I got my first truck and he never did pass as far as I know.

Glad things are working out well for you. Are you still doing OTR?

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.

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.
The Little Trucker's Comment
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Congrats! I knew a guy from CDL school who wanted to go to May. We always teased him and I called him Mr. May because he was totally taken with the recruiter. She was the first recruiter he'd encountered and after her presentation he was sold on May and started trash talking the other companies. He told me once, "I know all those Swift drivers are unhappy." Haha. Joke's on him--he was still in school by the time I got my first truck and he never did pass as far as I know.

Glad things are working out well for you. Are you still doing OTR?

LOL yeah Rosalita knows how to sell a company. I was never sold on it however but I did like that she brought different kinds of food. Instead of just pizza like everyone else. And yes I'm still doing OTR. For now, I prefer it. I'm down here in my home state of Texas in my home city of Houston!! I was so excited to get this load. I miss my city. At the same time I have had some reminders of why I left it lol. Now I'm headed to Wyoming. I am not thrilled with all that snow up there!

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.

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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