A Week In The Life Of A Flatbed Driver

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Troy V.'s Comment
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Very much enjoyed this. Amazing stuff Old School! As I begin my new career, I will also be a flat bed driver and this is just great stuff man. Thank you for taking time our of your days to do this. It was very informative. Stay safe out there and thanks again.

Woody's Comment
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Well I finally found the time to catch up un this thread. I'm glad I did!

Thanks again OS for taking the time to share. It has been great to follow your journey.


Bee-RAD's Comment
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I hope this comes out right. I am new to this site and this thread on the week in the life of a flat bed driver is the first thing i have read .i plan to read all of them but i will not forget this one.I have been driving myself crazy with the free CDL training test here on truckertruth.com,so i took a break (after being halted twice in a row),I turned to this thread for some insight and perspective and i found more than i bargained for. my hats off to you Old School and thanks alot for your time.i have a mentor running oil equipment in Texas.he has told me I would like flat bed trucking because of my construction back ground and need for physical work.I'am starting training two days from now.they told me i will likely be a flat-bed driver. I'am fine with that in fact I'am looking forward to it.your thread has given me more than you know.i hope to see you out there some day.Brett thank you too,this site will be invaluable to many more I know you know that.i wish you both many happy miles.


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.


Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Wine Taster's Comment
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Well, I will be watching this tread with great interest. Stay safe out there!

Old School's Comment
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Bradley, I was surprised to see this thread back on the front page, but I'm glad to wee that you dusted it off and read it. I'm even gladder that you gained some insight or inspiration from it.

Best of luck with that flat-bed job - I'm sure you're gonna love it.

Joanna 's Comment
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Thanks so much for this, Old School. I'm new to the board and spent some time this evening reading through this entire thread. You set a very good example. I hope to get a trainer that has your kind of attitude. :-)

Jay B.'s Comment
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I have to bump this back up, great thread old school! So far this one and Daniels are my favorite threads! It's awesome to see life through the eyes of the trucker abd it's really making me want to make this change in career and lifestyle.

mountain girl's Comment
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I have to bump this back up, great thread old school!

Jay B.

Glad you did, Jay B! Good stuff!

-mountain girl

Ralph G. ( Arejay )'s Comment
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Great Read OS! I only wish you had kept going for a few more days with this Journal! I was really enjoying and getting into it. Only question I have at the moment, I hope I didn't miss if you did answer it along the way somewhere... Did your Daughter get the job?

Indy's Comment
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I am glad you bumped this thread Ralph... I hadn't read it before. I was gonna go to bed early tonight but I couldn't stop reading this once I started. Great thread Old School! I learned a lot ... And I finally understand that avatar of yours that I have puzzled over many times...

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