OMGosh. Just Received Driver Of The Month Award!

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Susan D. 's Comment
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I'm over the moon right now. Just brought another trainee to Cedar Rapids to test out and was surprised/presented with a Driver Of The Month award for November 2017.

I can honestly say that without the support, advice, and wisdom from Brett, Old School, Errol, GTown, and many others who started before me I'd probably not survived my first year, even though I kinda knew what to expect in trucking. I found this site just before attending CDL school. It was a huge blessing for sure. I'll hit my 2 year anniversary in February 2018. I'm always in the top 20 drivers (unless I've taken LOTS of home time, which is rare). True, I don't work for a mega carrier.. only 550 drivers here, but I'd never even considered getting any award at all so it completely caught me off guard.

Funny, but the other day, Brett said something about how experienced drivers were either laid back or all wound up and upset when things didn't go their way. I immediately thought of my other half and after 20+ years OTR he's positively miserable these days. When they were presenting my award, it just so happened that he was on the phone with his dispatcher , who told him. I swore I could hear him yowling and complaining from Michigan. I'm not letting him rain on my parade. I love him, but if he'd spend less time whining, he'd go back to being the top tier driver he should be.

Attitude is EVERYTHING in this business and it will make or break you as a driver. It's all about perception. Is your glass half empty or half full?


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.


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.


Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Wow! That is fantastic! Congratulations!


Attitude is EVERYTHING in this business and it will make or break you as a driver. It's all about perception. Is your glass half empty or half full?

That's it right there. The drivers who really thrive in this industry realize how important it is to have a positive attitude and to be able to relax and enjoy yourself out there. The ones who are miserable have no idea the suffering they're causing themselves. They don't realize it, or they wouldn't be doing it.

Enjoy that fantastic accomplishment. Just to be a safe driver out there and to turn good miles consistently is an incredible accomplishment. To do it at an award-winning level is just super impressive. I'm really happy for ya. Congrats!

βˆ†_Danielsahn_βˆ†'s Comment
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dancing-banana.gifdancing.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing.gifdancing-dog.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing.gifdancing-dog.gif Congratulations!

PJ's Comment
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πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰Congrats, well deserved. 🍰🍰

Linden R.'s Comment
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Congrats! You deserve it!


PackRat's Comment
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That's so awesome! Just like you! Each time I pass one of your company trucks, I think of you. Congratulations!dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gif

Old School's Comment
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Nice job, I'm impressed!


000's Comment
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Congratulations & thank you for continuing to help us rookies learn the ropes from the very beginning as I still am.

G-Town's Comment
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Susan that is just fantastic!!! So very happy for you. Good things do happen to descent, hardworking people. Congratulations!


And a Santa Dawg for good luck...dancing-dog.gif

Pete B.'s Comment
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Congratulations Susan! And how fortunate for the trainees who get you as their mentor!


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