Clothing What To Wear

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Lisa L.'s Comment
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what is best for the ladies. shoes,hats,glasses,pants etcv

Starcar's Comment
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Simply put....comfy for in the truck...in character for out of the truck... If you get out of a truck in sweat pants, I hope someone shames you...they ALWAYS bag in the azz from sitting in the seat for hours. I always carried 4-6 pair of jeans(comfy)..and I wear mens jeans, more room in the crotch..which is nice when you are sitting, and bouncing for 10-11 hours a day. Bras with NO wires...holding a steering wheel, the wires dig into your ribs...trust me..an you will get zero support...and you will need it. So good sports bras...or 18 hour wonders. (I was a milk cow in a previous life, and I had carry over..lol) I will admit it, I drove truck in slippers (with rubber soles), cuz I like my feet to be warm, and comfy...the DOT sez you have to have on "footwear"...that wouldb be slippers in my book. Be suspicious of sox...they will impede your blood circulation. When you sit in a seat for long periods and vibrate, your fluids will tend to "pool" in your legs/feet. So anything that will help that is a good thing. Underpants...I can't imagine a throng riding up my butt for 10-11 hours a day...but to each their own. I prefer cotton. When you start driving truck, you will find the oddest things that will bite,pinch, rub, irritate, or just plain bug ya. So go for comfort to be safe...there are ways to stay clean even when you can't get a shower....we can bring that up if you'd like...I know all the tricks...I can't stand going more than a day without some type of personal hygiene...

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.

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.
Catherine V.'s Comment
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I know that this is an INCREDIBLY old thread, but I figured, since it's here:

Is there anything against wearing skirts while otr? I can understand changing into pants for possible repairs and such, but if there isn't a uniform in place? I switched to buying skirts a few years ago, and want to know before I start school if I need to buy pants

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.

Richocet's Comment
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Is there anything against wearing skirts while otr? I can understand . . . .

Catherine we 'ave ONE lady driver . . . and never see her in skirts. But then again, our job requires construction 'safety gear' which also excludes 'shorts' (which, in your OTR case, would 'prolly make better sense!!)

You'd be a hit at the truck stop, probably confused for a 'lot lizard'??

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.

Catherine V.'s Comment
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Is there anything against wearing skirts while otr? I can understand . . . .

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Catherine we 'ave ONE lady driver . . . and never see her in skirts. But then again, our job requires construction 'safety gear' which also excludes 'shorts' (which, in your OTR case, would 'prolly make better sense!!)

You'd be a hit at the truck stop, probably confused for a 'lot lizard'??

ngl I'm more concerned about what my possible employers will say about me than literally anything else? I understand safety regulations and will adhere to them, but I'm looking at the company website that says, no dress code, just look presentable, and wondering how true that actually is

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.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Check out the beginning of this video. Allie Knight often wears skirts.

https://youtu.be/ubbcpC55bAI

C. S.'s Comment
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Skirts will be fine most everywhere. I would recommend denim or another realtively durable fabric that you don't mind getting dirty. There are a few customers that will require you to wear pants, so bring at least one pair.

Catherine V.'s Comment
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Ah, thank you, both of you! It's good to know that there are people who do wear skirts also, and taking at least one pair of pants was on the hypothetical list too :-)

Deb R.'s Comment
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I think skirts could work, just realize that you will be climbing in and out of the truck a lot, so nothing too short. Also I often encounter windy conditions, so not so light and frilly that it would blow up around your elbows!

Susan D. 's Comment
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Lol.. I dress for comfort. Shorts, golf skorts, sometimes jeans if its cooler outside. I love the golf or tennis skorts... yeah they're shorter skirts. They're comfy but nothing hanging out while climbing in and out of my truck. I avoid sweat pants.. always have anyway as they flatter nobody. I dress for comfort while keeping a neat appearance.

A funny story.. I had some khaki shorts. I do not like long shorts.. not super short but definitely not down to my knees. I was in the truck, standing up facing towards the sleeper, getting something out of a storage cabinet. . My codriver was off getting coffee or something. I had on my khaki shorts and a tshirt. My codriver was walking towards the truck and apparently I had an audience. Another male driver said to him (my codriver) is that gal in that truck wearing any pants?? Pointing my way lol. My codriver just laughed when he realized they were all watching me trying to figure out if I had any bottoms on at all. Those shorts almost exactly match my skintone hahaha. I tossed them in the garbage after that. No khaki for me.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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