Game: Most Shocking Aspect Of Trucker Life?

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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Trucking is a completely different lifestyle than an ordinary job. Most newbies don't realize what they are getting into before spening thousands of dollars on CDL school, only to be shocked into trucking reality.

What are some of the things that shocked you about trucking when you first started?

Don't laugh....but I never thought about truckers sleeping. I did t realize there were beds in the truck. I especially never thought about TWO people sleeping in the truck lol.

I had no idea it was an everyday thing with very little time off. Or that there were no set hours, it's round the clock work.


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.
Chris L.'s Comment
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I actually thought trucking paid more than it does. I didn't research trucking pay till I was in truck school. When the recruiters came to talk about pay I was shocked. This is why I went into food service delivery straight out of school, it was the highest paying job I found during school.

Still I took a pay cut to be a Class A driver. I didn't find this Web site till almost a year into my first trucking job.

Steven S.'s Comment
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Trucking is one of the most under-rated and ****ty jobs where you are never praised for carrying that whole lot of responsibility bag. Just roll a truck in the valley and you are fired.

Surrounded by this deadly statement "You ar fired" brings goosebumps from the inside of your flesh and you are left with no option and to leave.

Driving in snowy peaks is one of the most difficult experience any trucker can have as you have a hanging sword of being fired over you.

Sleepless night with a 100 percent focus makes the journey complete.


When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

LDRSHIP's Comment
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I never realized how much having a weekend off can hurt pay. Or doing a long run that doesn't finish until Saturday morning. (My companies cut off for turning in trip sheets is Friday midnight)

Steve L.'s Comment
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Probably when I realized the weather CAN change as quickly as it does on the simulator.

G-Town's Comment
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The blatant, chronic tailgating I observe by other truckers. Most of the time while following 4-wheelers.


Operating While Intoxicated

Jeffry T.'s Comment
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The amount of drivers with no regard to personal hygiene or dressing in anything other than joggings pants and t shirts

Errol V.'s Comment
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The "fragrance" of the truck parking area at truck stops. (I know, ladies, it's a guy thing.)

Sneaky Pete's Comment
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"The "fragrance" of the truck parking area at truck stops. (I know, ladies, it's a guy thing.)"

And can I just add, particularly in the summertime!

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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The stupidity of cars to cut us off.

As a car driver I stayed FAR FAR away from trucks.

Here's another funny one...I think in just assumed truckers stayed in showers weren't something I thought of either.

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