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G-Town's Comment
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Kim I agree with the other responses, courageous and thoughtful. Not a bad ending for you. And I’m sure you know it’s there if you at some point change your mind...it happens.

Good luck. And like The Turtle said; “don’t be a stranger.”

PJ's Comment
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Yes ma’am I agree with all the others. You have to make decisions that are right for you and your family. This career is very demanding on both. You will be missed but not forgotten. Stop by when you get the chance. Best wishes for you and your family

Kim T.'s Comment
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Thank you everyone. After being home for a week I am happy with my decision to stop driving. Yes, I still stare at semis when I pass one and miss the adventure of driving to new places but, I’m happy being home. I loved driving, I loved the experience, I loved meeting new people and going to new places. Maybe some day. Who knows?

Please be safe and warm out there and have a very Merry Christmas!

Kim T.'s Comment
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Hey drivers! I’ve been reading posts almost daily but have not posted in a while. Today marked my one month at my job and it’s been eh. Not the type of law I’m used to working but it is what it is. I really miss driving and I still dream every night about it and still wake up in a panic sometimes that I didn’t move my tandems before taking off or I didn’t check the pin or whatever. lol I also still wake up thinking I have to walk ALL the way into the truck stop or rest area to use the bathroom or take a shower before realizing my bathroom is just 10 feet away. Ha!

Jeez I miss driving!! I miss the adventure and the challenge and the different types of people and personalities and backgrounds that you run into. I miss the quiet time while driving. I can back up and parallel park a semi but I can’t straight back my little Kia anymore! My brain was rewired in training and it hasn’t straightened itself out yet. lol

Leaving trucking was the best decision for me and that may change but for now I have to do what is best for me and I will continue to live vicariously through all of you.

Please be careful out there and look out for each other. ❤️

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Hey You!!!! Stephanie and I went to Applebees and were chatting about you! so glad you posted. I envy that 10 foot walk when its -30 out with 8 inches of snow lol

Tractor Man's Comment
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Kim, Just a piece of advice. You worked your A$$ of for that CDL in your wallet. Please, do not let it lapse. Keep your DOT medical card current. You never know what the future may bring. I know I would NEVER want to go back to school to get my CDL back. It was probably the most mentally challenging, and stressful endeavor of my life. Good luck to you, and thanks for checking in!

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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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Kim T.'s Comment
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Rainy, I’m sure the conversation you and Stephanie had about me was all good. Right? rofl-3.gif

TractorMan, you’re right, I did work my ass off for my CDL and I will be working my ass off to keep it, whatever it takes. I’m constantly thinking about driving so who knows where I will end up in a year or two. Hopefully, some trucking company somewhere will hire me with little experience. Thanks!

Keep the rubber side down!

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.
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