Commencement Speach

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Older Newbie's Comment
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Hey Old School, Nice job...great speech...AND SO VERY TRUE! It was great to see as I'm sitting at a job site/delivery location with a 125 foot beam chained to my truck and trailer. It made me think about those first few carefree moments of glee having just passed my CDL written and driving tests, wondering what the future held. Moments later, not sure how many actually...the reality of my situation pushed to the forefront of my thoughts..." oh crap...now what?!" Almost 2 years later I can tell you that your speech hit the nail on the head. It's been fun, scary, exciting, humiliating, thrilling and satisfying. Like you, having had my own business I knew the value of hard work and determination, but even knowing that, nothing really prepares you for what this industry is about. My previous career was and is performance based...you were only as good as your last job...period. As you have so eloquently stated, trucking is just like that. No excuses, no laying blame, just get it done. Thanks for your participation on this website. I don't always take the time to acknowledge the contributions of everybody but I can assure you that what is written here has been helpful and absorbed, studied and reviewed, so that I can be the best "driver" that I can be. 2 years in I feel pretty good, but I also know I have lots to learn and will never stop pushing myself and learning...every day. Thanks again, Tony

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Older Newbie's Comment
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Oops... Forgive the misspelled title...

Old School's Comment
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Hey Tony, it sure is good to hear from you! Everything you said was very well put!

I'm sitting at a job site/delivery location with a 125 foot beam chained to my truck and trailer.

Nice! You are way out of my league with that load! I'm glad there's some guys like you out here to move that stuff. It lets me handle the mundane loads. smile.gif

Older Newbie's Comment
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Ha ha, Nothing mundane about what you're doing Old School. I am probably just one of the drivers with a screw loose or two willing to pull insane lengths. Pulled a 146 foot beam not long ago...total truck length was just under 200 feet and almost 200,000 lbs!. I'm still trying to get my heart rate down lol. Take care...be smart...and we will talk again soon. Tony

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.

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