How Long Did They Last In Trucking?

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Frank D. (Exit #4)'s Comment
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I'm still here. I lurk more than I post because most of my questions/concerns have been answered by the fine members and moderators on this site. I was driving for Schneider on their Jet Set otr van fleet, but quit because the flying and truck recovery was getting old. Despite this, I would recommend Schneider to anyone wanting to start their career in trucking. I have an interview scheduled next week for Estes Express Lines. Pending the outcome of this interview, I'll be posting in the Local thread. It's for a Combo Local/Regional position.

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.

Fatsquatch 's Comment
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Hmm, how long have I been here...it's hard to think back that far...

I've been here since July (I think?) of 2011. This place helped me find the answers I needed when I was researching which where and how to go about getting my CDL , gave me the encouragement I needed during training when things weren't necessarily going as smoothly as I would've liked, and helped me stay focused and not get overwhelmed during that whirlwind rookie year.

And here I still am, almost 7 years later. Not with the same company, but still rockin and rollin, gettin it done, kicking names and taking ass...or is it the other way around. Some days it feels like I've been at this for a thousand centuries, some days it feels like I just pulled out with my first solo load all over again. Even now, there are still new things to learn, new challenges to face, new places to go, things to see, and people to do...or something like that. It's always an adventure.

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.
Aram KURD's Comment
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Hmm, how long have I been here...it's hard to think back that far...

I've been here since July (I think?) of 2011. This place helped me find the answers I needed when I was researching which where and how to go about getting my CDL , gave me the encouragement I needed during training when things weren't necessarily going as smoothly as I would've liked, and helped me stay focused and not get overwhelmed during that whirlwind rookie year.

And here I still am, almost 7 years later. Not with the same company, but still rockin and rollin, gettin it done, kicking names and taking ass...or is it the other way around. Some days it feels like I've been at this for a thousand centuries, some days it feels like I just pulled out with my first solo load all over again. Even now, there are still new things to learn, new challenges to face, new places to go, things to see, and people to do...or something like that. It's always an adventure.

😂😂 thanks, man!! You made my night haha

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.
Kratz L.'s Comment
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I've been driving for 30 years. I went to a small school in NH in 87'. Within a year there were only 3 left from my class of ten. Now I suspect I'm the only one still driving. A friend from school had a severe accident by a drunk driver and had to quit. I taught truck driving for several years, and in my experience approximately 1-10 will stay with it for any length of time. Trucking is definitely not for everyone, but you won't know until you try. I have a long story about my first OTR trip after a month's driving experience, no orientation, nothing, and it is amazing I stuck with it afterwards.

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.

Pete B.'s Comment
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Lurking.....watching ....judging.....

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Vince Vaughn, Wedding Crashers... awesome.

Pete B.'s Comment
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Lurking.....watching ....judging.....

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Vince Vaughn, Wedding Crashers... awesome.

Aarrgghh.. I mean Old School... equally awesome, Turtle!

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