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Donna M.'s Comment
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Ok so Roehl only has flatbed in my area. Can I really do this physically?

Rainy D.'s Comment
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The agility tests usually have you lift a 100 pound tarp.

Ask Old School or Turtle on the General discussions section about the physicalities. Im not surw as i do reefer. i have met many many FB women, even tiny ones.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Kim T.'s Comment
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What is the agility test for prime?

Donna M.'s Comment
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Prime is a long ways from home for me. I live in Georgia not sure about getting home much with them. Plus that would be one long bus trip way out there.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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There is absolutely no need to live near a terminal if your carrier lets you take the truck home. My dispatcher is in MO i go home to NJ and park bobtail at a local truck stop.

GA is the east coast Mecca for reefer freight! you can get plenty of loads in and out, and we swap to get home also. so lets say you pick up a load in PA going to FL. another driver will meet you along the way and you go home. they deliver the load. Most OTR companies can get you home to GA.

Newnan, jackson, mcdonough, monroe, brasleton, cartersville...those are just the top.of my head...all customers like budweiser, hershey, general mills, walmart etc.

My bus trip was 36 hours. that was 3 years ago...well worth it and i used the trip to study the High Road and pretrip. first in my class of 76 to pass the written tests ;)

the agility is bending reaching stretching....and climbing 3 rungs of a ladder, then lifting various weight in a milk crate for a few feet. its not bad. and you wont fail if you cant reach all the way.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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.

Dispatcher:

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rainy D.'s Comment
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BTW...because you takke the truck home.. home time can be anywhere in the country. San diego, vegas, aspen...wherever you want a vacation, you get to go and get paid for driving there! lol

Donna M.'s Comment
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Rainy D, I really appreciate all your advice and love your upbeat personality. Hope to get to know more with time. I guess I’m just a stubborn old woman but I believe I am gonna give the flatbedding a try. I really love a challenge, perhaps with flat bedding I will sleep better at night. I’m not much of a sleeper (5 hours per night at the most) .

Rainy D.'s Comment
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i sleep 5 hours at a time too! but i drove leaving 3 min on my clock tonight. im exhausted. ive sleep alllll night.

be stubborn! u go girl lol

the job is really easy once you know what you are doing. that sounds impossible but true. good luck!

DrByrd50's Comment
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Well, I guess in the right place! I'm 59 in August and preparing to go to school in two weeks. Just hope I'm picking the right place and company--still researching. You're way ahead of me but I know making a commitment is hard. Good luck 🤞

I am a 56 year old woman been driving a school bus for four years. I am bored. Driving the same routes 10 times per week. I interviewed for a job with republic awesome trucks but still same routes day in day out. I want a big truck and just drive forever. I already went and got my clp but I just can’t seem to make that call to comment. Am I over thinking or under thinking or what?

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Well, I guess in the right place! I'm 59 in August and preparing to go to school in two weeks. Just hope I'm picking the right place and company--still researching. You're way ahead of me but I know making a commitment is hard. Good luck 🤞

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I am a 56 year old woman been driving a school bus for four years. I am bored. Driving the same routes 10 times per week. I interviewed for a job with republic awesome trucks but still same routes day in day out. I want a big truck and just drive forever. I already went and got my clp but I just can’t seem to make that call to comment. Am I over thinking or under thinking or what?

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Hi Diedre! and welcome

Companies care about good safe drivers. be safe and be early and you will get special treatment. no.matter what company---that is trucking.

stay a full.year at the first company then you can go where you want if you need a change. check out this post to find out why

Why stick with your company one full year?

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

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