A Week In The Life Of A Flatbed Driver

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Victor C. II's Comment
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I enjoy the daily variations in this job. Some days I'm outdoors, other days I'm just driving, some days I get a little of both. Some days it's not always fun, but it is always challenging. For me that is what makes life and working enjoyable. I need to be challenged each day, I want to try my best and accomplish something each day.

I cannot agree more with those sentences. I used to work on a farm and I remember the feeling that I felt every day after I got done with the job assignments and how it made me feel like I did something well and worthwhile. Well everything that you wrote about and did says everything that I want to do. Mr. Old School I cannot express the gratitude I have for not only this thread here but for all the help that you have given to me and other truckers and future truckers on this forum. I was certain that I wanted to haul the freight that a flat-bedder gets to haul and sometimes that is pretty neat, what you documented here has helped me confirm that I want to be a flat-bedder. It sure has some pretty neat loads that you carried on your 10 day journey. The scenery was sure gorgeous! Once again thank you! smile.gif


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Nordic Nomadic's Comment
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I know my reply comes late to this post but it stand out, to this day at least, as a beacon for those who seek respectable work, purposeful work and an opportunity to demonstrate to that environment a genuine desire to be a part of something beyond themselves that provides a service to our nation's needs. As a veteran, I can say because of Old School I have a deeper affirmation of why I am becoming an American Trucker!


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Alex E.'s Comment
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Awesome read. Thank you for sharing!

Jay B.'s Comment
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I'm shamelessly bumping this again. I bumped it 5 years ago and I reread the whole thing like it was my favorite novel. Going to find Daniels reefer version again too! I really love the viewpoint you guys bring and your story telling is top notch! It also shows some of the tips and tricks for managing your clock that are hard to explain any other way.

Again, sorry, not sorry for bumping this again


A refrigerated trailer.

Jessie S.'s Comment
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I am really really late to this party, but as a prospective driver, this was so useful in painting a clear picture of some of the ups and downs. It is very well written. Thank you OS. 😊

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I am really really late to this party, but as a prospective driver, this was so useful in painting a clear picture of some of the ups and downs. It is very well written. Thank you OS. 😊

Jessie S..

Being late is STILL great! Welcome to Trucking Truth~~!!! Saw your other post, also. I'm the 'trucker's wife' here, jsyk!

Old School has a CACHE of articles, blogs, and ALL one could ask for. (He needs to write a book / library, LoL!)

If you search the blue tabs at startup and look for 'comments by members' . . . Old School is easy to find.

Try the method I mentioned; hope it helps, and otherwise;

Stay around Trucking Truth, Jessie. There's a wealth of info here.. from Brett and the mods.. and the little peeps too!

One last item; this list has amazing info; Brett's book (free!) on here is awesome. PLEASE try to make time for the reads.

Welcome to the forum, and this amazing profession!!!

~ Anne ~


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.
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