Ta-Da!

Topic 19182 | Page 1

Page 1 of 1
ChickieMonster's Comment
member avatar

Well today is one year solo anniversary for me! I passed training and evaluation one year ago and got my first love, uh, truck!

In a sort of celebration, I've gotten my first California solo run. A year later, I'm headed back to CA. Can't say I'm overly excited, but hubby is filling up my phone with pictures!

Some days, it feels like just a few months and others it feels like 10 years. But I will say this. We've been some amazing places, overcome some major challenges, connected with truckers from all over the world, and made some lifelong friends.

So to all those struggling with training or in the early, frustrating days of solo driving, hang in there! My first 6 months were pretty rough but here I am a year later, very, VERY glad I stuck it out!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
member avatar

Congratulations! dancing-banana.gif

Pianoman's Comment
member avatar

Congrats Chickie!! For some reason I had it in my head you started before me...lol. One thing that's cool about being on this forum is getting to watch the others in our "class" as they complete their first year and achieve other milestones. A few that come to mind are Gladhand, Jim J, Rainy D, Tractor Man, Rob S, The Shiva, Miss Myoshi and you of course. I'm sure I'm leaving several out--that's just all I could think of at the moment.

It's also neat to see where we ended up. You started with TransAm and switched to CalArk doing otr/regional and just love it. I stayed with Swift and tried several otr and regional divisions, finally settling at the moment for yard hostler/local driver position on Swift's Target dedicated account. Rob S also ended up on a Swift Target account doing the same as thing as me but at a different DC. Now he works for a local company and enjoys that. Gladhand is currently running surge for a Swift Walmart account and enjoying that, still trying to find his niche. Rainy is a Prime girl all the way and loves otr. Tractor Man started with Swift pulling dry van otr for nearly a year and is now a local Coke dealer. The Shiva had to leave otr before a full year but found a sweet local intermodal gig with JB Hunt and is enjoying that. Jim J seems to be sticking with Swift otr at the moment, although he got a glimse of life at G Town's Walmart DC when he ran surge there for a week or so. Miss Myoshi, as far as I know, is still working on a Northeast regional account with Prime making good money and enjoying herself there.

Sorry if that was a bit long-winded. It's just very cool to see each other progess and find our own little niches. It also goes to show how much you can accomplish when you choose to listen to solid advice, give it your best shot, and take responsibility for the mistakes you make along the way. We all started at well known, large "evil" otr companies and somehow managed to make it through our first year without being fired or getting in any major accidents. Some of us still work for our first companies and don't intend to leave any time soon because we just enjoy working there! Regardless of whether we stayed at our first company or moved on to other opportunities, we all got a very solid start to our careers.

So anyways, congrats again Chickie.

And thanks Brett for building and maintaining this site, which is a wealth of true and practical information to help anyone get started and be successful in this industry. It's no coincidence that most of the regulars on this forum are getting good miles and enjoying their various trucking gigs. It's not that trucking doesn't have its issues, but you and the other moderators have taught us how to make the most of the situations we're in so we can still make a good living at this.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

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.

Joshua J.'s Comment
member avatar

How is anyone supposed to follow that post Pianoman?

Congratulations on no longer being a rookie Chickie! Im heading out to National Training inc. on the 7th for my heavy equipment operators course, and as soon as that finishes, Im getting my CDL at their trucking portion, God willing Ill be with a company and starting my slog as a rookie in july. Everyone on the forums has been so very helpful, and quick to support anyone who needed help, or even someone to vent to. Im glad to see everyone doing so well!

CDL:

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.
Diver Driver's Comment
member avatar

Congrats !!!!dancing-banana.gifdancing.gifdancing-dog.gif

Your "first love" did you name him Brad ?

Kurt G.'s Comment
member avatar

Congratulations. You da bomb diggity.

C T.'s Comment
member avatar

Guess I'm in the same "class" as my solo year will be may 5th. It's crazy to think a year has passed and I'm considered experienced lol definitely don't feel like it at times. Anyway congrats Chickie

Daniel B.'s Comment
member avatar

Me and OS were in the same "class". Literally started a week apart from eachother.

Still truckin we are!

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
member avatar

Congratulations. I start my journey tomorrow. I'm so happy you made it through all those bumps in the road you had in the beginning. Stay safe.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Tractor Man's Comment
member avatar

Good job Chickie......Congrats!

dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifsmile.gif

Page 1 of 1

New Reply:

New! Check out our help videos for a better understanding of our forum features

Bold
Italic
Underline
Quote
Photo
Link
Smiley
Links On TruckingTruth


example: TruckingTruth Homepage



example: https://www.truckingtruth.com
Submit
Cancel
Upload New Photo
Please enter a caption of one sentence or less:

Click on any of the buttons below to insert a link to that section of TruckingTruth:

Getting Started In Trucking High Road Training Program Company-Sponsored Training Programs Apply For Company-Sponsored Training Truck Driver's Career Guide Choosing A School Choosing A Company Truck Driving Schools Truck Driving Jobs Apply For Truck Driving Jobs DOT Physical Drug Testing Items To Pack Pre-Hire Letters CDL Practice Tests Trucking Company Reviews Brett's Book Leasing A Truck Pre-Trip Inspection Learn The Logbook Rules Sleep Apnea
Done
Done

0 characters so far - 5,500 maximum allowed.
Submit Preview

Preview:

Submit
Cancel

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More