CRST Specific Questions (and General Team Driving Questions)

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Rainy D.'s Comment
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Jeremy

Thanks for the reply. I am excited to start something new, but to be honest, hanging up my uniforms is going to be a pretty difficult thing. I love change, but the unknown makes it more challenging.

Chris

i hate change! and i hate the unkown even more. but i dealt with it...you will both do great!

Jeremy C.'s Comment
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Thanks for the reply. I am excited to start something new, but to be honest, hanging up my uniforms is going to be a pretty difficult thing. I love change, but the unknown makes it more challenging.

I hear ya, brother. Honestly, I'm usually a pretty confident go-getter. But even family and friends have noticed the unsettling apprehension I've been experiencing while attempting to pursue this career. Comfort zone is a fond memory!

Maybe we share this to different degrees, as your uniform represents more than just a career change. Proud dedication to a life of service. But if I may be so bold, try to reframe this change as some well-deserved time for yourself. The fact that you use the term Retired indicates a bit more than just a four-year tour. At a guess, you've given more time in service to the rest of us than many of us have given to others. So this change (intimidating as it may be) is very much a well-deserved change - time for you to get out and enjoy some of the freedoms you've been dedicated to preserving.

For me, it's taking a lot of regaining the lost art of humility. If I might offer a suggestion, especially for a military man, find a book called Meditations written by the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius. It's available for free all over the web, and as a regular book in hundreds of formats. (Personally, every morning I read from The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday. He quotes Marcus often!)

i hate change! and i hate the unkown even more. but i dealt with it...you will both do great!

Thank you for the support, Rainy! If we do great, it will be thanks to TT, especially the great articles from you and others!

Rainy D.'s Comment
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I cried, pounded the steering wheel, went into an empty lot and screamed to get out the frustration.

then my brother said something to me, "Look at how many idiots we know who drive big rigs. At the USPS the drivers must use every other dock cause they hit each other so.much. if those morons can do this..you definitely can"

that put things in perspective for me. Im smarter and special. im also.working on the humility quality on bretts list. it isnt fairing well lol

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HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Army 's Comment
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Jeremy

I will look at the book. Thanks.

Rainy, the thought of millions of people before me have done it, why can't I? Its about not quitting, and I haven't even considered failing so I don't have a plan B, so it Plan A.

Be safe.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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At the same time, don't take it so seriously that you're freaking yourselves out. I mean, it's driving a big ol' American Big Rig. How cool is that, right???

Enjoy it. Enjoy the learning process. Enjoy the opportunity. It truly is a grand adventure so appreciate every moment of the journey.

You guys can all do this. That's not even a concern. You just have to be patient with yourselves, accept the fact ahead of time that you're going to be a bit awkward and clumsy for a while, but in the end your only goal while learning is to not hit anything, and that's really not very hard to accomplish.

Things will fall into place.

Also, try not to spend all your time thinking about it if it's making you anxious. You can't figure out how to drive a rig in your head. Heck, if the answers were already in your head you'd already be masters. The results will come with experience.

It's easy to try too hard or hang on too tightly to something. You really can want something too much. Loosen up. Relax a little bit. Just roll with it. We all perform a lot better when our anxiety level is rather low. Just a little bit of nervousness or anxiety is actually a big help, but too much anxiety will hurt your performance.

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.

Jeremy C.'s Comment
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...I mean, it's driving a big ol' American Big Rig. How cool is that, right???

39 years in the making!

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Some will nostalgically recognize that ol' Kenworth COE and some will just scratch their heads...
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millionmiler24 (CRST Amba's Comment
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You guys can all do this. That's not even a concern. You just have to be patient with yourselves, accept the fact ahead of time that you're going to be a bit awkward and clumsy for a while, but in the end your only goal while learning is to not hit anything, and that's really not very hard to accomplish.

This here is why we all stick with our first company for BARE MINIMUM 1 Year, right?

Jeremy C.'s Comment
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Hey MillionMiler, I'm driving to Iowa tomorrow and getting checked in Sunday night.

Maybe our paths will cross sometime. 😀

CRST... Here I come!!!

millionmiler24 (CRST Amba's Comment
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Hey MillionMiler, I'm driving to Iowa tomorrow and getting checked in Sunday night.

Maybe our paths will cross sometime. 😀

CRST... Here I come!!!

Let's hope so. 😁

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