Introducing "The Road Home": TruckingTruth's New Podcast!

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LDRSHIP's Comment
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Great Podcast, Brett. I enjoyed very much. But, TBH I pictured you with a deeper more gruff voice. A man's man kinda burliness. Picturing a Michael Clarke Duncan kinda voice.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Great Podcast, Brett. I enjoyed very much. But, TBH I pictured you with a deeper more gruff voice. A man's man kinda burliness. Picturing a Michael Clarke Duncan kinda voice.

Ya know, that was something I was working on a bit. I do have a deep voice but I backed off from the microphone after some early takes and purposely "lightened it up a bit" so I didn't sound like "deep sleepy voice guy" on NPR radio. I wanted it to be a professional recording that people could relax and listen to without being distracted or annoyed by my voice in any way. So I was shooting for a middle of the road type of sound quality to it. Something neutral.

Now if I ever get a live gig on the radio I'll have to ham it up some! Be the "night voice guy".........

Rolling Thunder's Comment
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Hey Rolling Thunder!

I actually thought about you today. I saw an Averitt truck, and my mind just sort of automatically went, "Hmmm, I wonder what Rolling Thunder is up to?" Then here you appear... great to hear from ya!

Howdy Old School! I'm still out here living the dream and wondering when they're going to find out I have no idea what I'm doing... Haha.

Great to hear from you too!

I'm gonna try to get on here more now that I've gained enough knowledge to "slow" this gig down some. Looking forward to reconnecting with everyone and meeting some new ones.

Joe H.'s Comment
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Hey Brett, thanks for the podcast. I just listened to it and it was exactly the pep talk I needed after the last couple weeks.


Victor C. II's Comment
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So when is the next podcast coming? I can't wait to hear it!.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey Rolling Thunder! Super awesome to see you back and I sure hope you come around more often! We'd love to have ya.

Thanks Joe and Victor!

I expect the next one to be on Tuesday. I'm considering doing two next week but I'm not even sure what it's gonna be about yet.


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Pianoman's Comment
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Finally listened to it...good stuff Brett, keep 'em coming!

IR0ND0G's Comment
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Your podcast advice mirrors the goals I have and the advice I received from a good friend. Fortunately, my friend drove OTR at a young age, worked Corrections with me for years, but left a couple years back to return to trucking. He knows what it takes (mirrors a lot of what you, Old School, and others say), he knows me, and he has never pulled a punch when it comes to some of the difficulties of OTR driving. I am excited, nervous, and determined as I approach my start date with Roehl to embark on a new chapter in life.


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.

Donald S.'s Comment
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Hey Thanks! I am in the 3rd month and can tell you I received so many contradictory rules involving the school I was shocked. I started with two great instructors and ended with a guy who was way out of their depth. He called students retards when they didnt get info the first time, made racist and sexiest jokes it was completely inappropriate. I have 27 years in construction and project management this is a lateral move for me I just dont need the stress of multi millions dollar projects anymore. The instructor treated us like high school "kids" this made it very difficult considering I have a spotless record of being on time and organized. Having to listen to his ridiculously embellished stories was bad. Also I was constantly told I would make 100000 a year I knew better I researched saleries. I would warn folks to do their do diligence as well. I think schools also need to be up front about all info and expectations. We lost folks that were on meds from their dr's and found out later they couldnt drive until they were off them. But that was not said until they went through all the class work. It seems to me they withhold certain info so they can bill for the first half and worry later about the person finishing or not. Many people complained about not being told the whole story before they signed on and took a fed loan. So ask the questions be through.

Jim F.'s Comment
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Did you do the High road CDL training on this web site? Did it help? I,m about 20% thru it. Already got my learners permit with no restrictions. Also I've been looking at Swift academy, what do you folks think for my first year in "boot camp".

Great Job Brett, I'm 1 mth short of graduation and I am going to advise all my fellow students to listen to your podcast. I hear so many different ideas these students have and some are just plain insane. But I never say anything to pop their bubble, as who knows what it takes to make their wheels roll. For me? It was very informative and realistic. Thanks sir. Mark


I haven't even listened to it yet and I'm very excited! I think this is a great idea and I hope it really takes off. Way to go Brett!!




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  • 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.
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