A Summary Of My 1st Year In Trucking And Why I Returned - Article By MillionMiler24

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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MillionMiler24 is one of our favorite success stories here at TruckingTruth! He's shared an article with us celebrating one full year back on the road which tells the story of his first attempt at trucking, why he left, and what he's learned this time around. It's an awesome story!

A Summary of My 1st Year in Trucking And Why I Returned

Be sure to follow these links if you're not familiar with his whole story because it's truly one of a kind. You'll also find these in his article:

MillionMiler24's Situation Before Returning To Trucking

MillionMiler24's Training Diary

It's always a pleasure having MillionMiler24 around and we've truly enjoyed watching him find success in this industry. We sure hope he'll be sticking around our forum here for a long, long time!

Congrats on the one year anniversary!!!

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A Summary of My 1st Year in Trucking And Why I Returned

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.
Rob T.'s Comment
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Great article! I too have enjoyed following his journey. Millionmiler, your story truly shows what you can accomplish when you're willing to do what it takes and not taking "no" for an answer. What you overcame to get to where you are is amazing. Keep up the great work!

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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Million Miler, you're always talking about how much you love us.

I want you to know how much we love having you in here. You are an inspiration! If I was ever stranded on the side of the road, in need of a trucker to stop and help me, I'd be praying to God that you would be the one that stopped to help.

G-Town's Comment
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Million Miler my sincere thanks for sharing this with everyone. There are many success stories on TT’s forum, yours is a notable one, inspirational to all and worthy of our collective respect.

Congratulations for the first year of success and best wishes for many more to follow.

Safe travels!

Jeremy C.'s Comment
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Well, when I look back and wonder where it all went wrong, I guess it will be these words...

I am going to start a topic on here that will summarize my experience at CRST trucking school in Cedar Rapids, IA. This way if a new driver wants to consider them for their initial training or in my case, retraining, then they can have a first hand account of what to expect. NOW it is FINALLY time to start paying yall back for the help yall have given me. I just hope my CRST diary will do that for yall.

Of course, I'm joking! Those words helped get me to CRST. And then your diary helped me prepare for it. And finally, your kindness and your advice helped me get through the end - and hooked up with the best DM in the industry!

Though I tried diligently to follow in your footsteps, my diary has went cold during training because... Well, my experiences should not be documented there right now beyond what they are because I don't want my subjective experienced between two "interesting" trainers to reflect on the company as a whole. Notably because, other than my training experience, the company has treated me (a nobody, who has yet to do anything of value for them) has treated me totally like a rock star!

You're one of the most humble, kind, generous, and professional drivers I have ever met from our company. And I hope to be able to emulate that after my one-year mark has come and gone.

Your story is an inspirational one and proof that anyone can bounce back from anything. Never did you say, "Poor me" or "Somebody do it for me!" Instead, you pursued a way out of that hole you stumbled into, you fought and clawed to climb out of it. And then when you were on your feet again, your first instinct was to become a trainer so you could start giving back to others what was given to you.

TOTALLY FREAKIN AWESOME!!!

I don't think I have the stones to be a trainer because, well, let's face it... That's just some dangerous $#!+ and I just don't have it.
0332658001531183684.jpg Many blessings of the gods and Valhalla for you, Susan, Rainy, and others with the gifts of courage and patience to be trainers. I've been around too many new students lately to even consider that!

You're an inspiration, brother!

May your days be long,
and your paychecks be much,
and if your fortune is questioned,
tell 'em it's thanks to the CRST gold rush!

Safe travels, brother!
-
Cattle die,
kinsmen die,
the self dies,
but the renown for the one who gets good fame dies never.

Hávamál, 77

Dm:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
millionmiler24's Comment
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Old School, I sure hope the 1st time we ever meet will be under much better circumstances than what you mentioned here above. I still would love to meet you someday and buy you the best lunch you ever had. Thanks so much for always bein there for me and for bein such a legendary inspiration for me over the last 15 months that I have been a member here.

G-Town, I have said it before and I am goin to say it again: If it wasn't for your legendary advice when I was goin through NADTA, I would not be here now. I don't know if CRST does any Walmart loads or not but if I ever get a load up there to your DC I so would love to meet you also. I still owe ya a steak. 😁

Jeremy I am so glad my words inspired you to pull the trigger on this and start a great career with CRST. You sir are one of the reasons I am still alive. If I get to help people like I have done with you, that is what motivates me to keep on truckin and livin.

Brett, thanks so much for everything over the last 15 mos. As I stated in my article if it wasn't for TT I wouldn't be on the right path now. I owe yall more than I could ever possibly imagine. If I am ever up there in your area, I would love to meet you also. I just hope my advice I have tried to give people since I have been a forum member here has been useful to everyone. I know it's been inspirational and I am so glad to do it. I don't know how to live in any other way.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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Great article. As the others have already stated, your story is truly the gold standard of inspirational. Your success is well deserved. May you travel many more miles safely.

Drive Safe and God Speed

millionmiler24's Comment
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Great article. As the others have already stated, your story is truly the gold standard of inspirational. Your success is well deserved. May you travel many more miles safely.

Drive Safe and God Speed

Thanks Patrick, much appreciated. I sure intend to.

Larry S.'s Comment
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MillionMiler24 is one of our favorite success stories here at TruckingTruth! He's shared an article with us celebrating one full year back on the road which tells the story of his first attempt at trucking, why he left, and what he's learned this time around. It's an awesome story!

A Summary of My 1st Year in Trucking And Why I Returned

Be sure to follow these links if you're not familiar with his whole story because it's truly one of a kind. You'll also find these in his article:

MillionMiler24's Situation Before Returning To Trucking

MillionMiler24's Training Diary

It's always a pleasure having MillionMiler24 around and we've truly enjoyed watching him find success in this industry. We sure hope he'll be sticking around our forum here for a long, long time!

Congrats on the one year anniversary!!!

dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gif

A Summary of My 1st Year in Trucking And Why I Returned

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.
Army 's Comment
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Milllionmiler24

I have to be honest, I have only been on this site for a few months, and reading all your advice and replies, I would have never guessed how you to from where you were, to where you are. I am very impressed with your drive and commitment. You always help others, as your wrote (and I summarize) to pay it forward.

Congrats on your first year with CRST, and many more years of windshield time.

Safe Travels

Chris

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