First Year Driving

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Tyrell R.'s Comment
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OK y'all I'm just finishing up trucking school, been in school for six months so I'm well trained. I need help finding a good otr company to start with that has plenty of freight.


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.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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CFI would take you and put you out with a finisher for at least 7500 miles, about 3 weeks. They would also reimburse you for your school. You would have to work for them for one year solo or 6 months team. We have plenty of freight. Here is a link to CFI web site. Good luck.

Old School's Comment
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Tyrell, any of the major carriers have plenty of freight - that shouldn't even be one of your concerns. You need to be preoccupied with how well you can do out here in a completely new and competitive environment. This career is unlike anything you've ever attempted.

It is going to surprise you inexplicably, and make you think twice about this statement...

been in school for six months so I'm well trained.

Trucking is a performance based business. From top to bottom, from Managers to drivers, we all get paid based on how well we do. Success in trucking has nothing to do with what company you start with. Every little bit of success you find will be based on how well you handle the stress and the never ending surprises that face you each day out here. Take the time to read this short article on What It Takes To Be A Top Tier Driver. You'll enhance your understanding of how to be the best you can be out here, and that is how you end up having plenty of freight to pull all across the country.


Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

PackRat's Comment
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You may be well-versed in theory, videos and books but not in the reality of being out on the road, as Old School points out. Start with submitting applications to companies that you feel fit what you're looking for.


Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

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