FAREWELL And HUGE THANKS To Trucking Truth!!!

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Gary A.'s Comment
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Well, after much soul searching and research, with a TON of help from Trucking Truth, I have decided that I will NOT pursue truck driving as a career. I am returning to the I.T. world. Here are some of the reasons I decided to not go into trucking:

1). AGE-I am in relatively good health, but had a lumbar sprain that I got unloading a truck years ago, it never really healed, and I find that sitting in one position for anything over an hour or so becomes VERY painful. Just don't want to live on 'painkillers' that may compromise my alertness.

2). Education-I spent a LOT of money on my degree, worked HARD over 12 years to graduate, working part-time jobs and finally earning my degree.. I was the first in my family to graduate college, and I feel like I'm just throwing it away if I go into trucking. While a PAIN in the butt most of the time, it is still my passion..

3). Regulations-WOW! This really opened my eyes. I never knew there was so many regulations and restrictions. I can see why there is so much frustration.

4). Turnover-That's just unreal to me..I read that it is 97% and that it is actually DOWN..holy cow....

5). Home time-Not THAT big of a deal, but I have a nice comfortable home that I really love and enjoy. 3-4 days a month to take care of business, try to relax before going out again..just not enough..

These and other reasons just convinced me that while I would LOVE the adventure and the change from the corporate world, I honestly believe in my heart that it's not for me. Knowing myself, I would love it for about 6 months, then probably be looking to get out of trucking. THAT being said, I want to say that this site has been amazing, encouraging and unbelievably helpful. It was important for me to research as MUCH as possible, weigh all the pros and cons, carefully use the resources (blogs, posts, training, etc.) to learn, analyze and make a FINAL decision. There is NO BETTER RESOURCE for those considering a career in trucking. Brett, you are to be HIGHLY commended. You and your site were a true Godsend!!! i am a bit disappointed that I won't become a trucker, but eternally grateful for what I learned and found out before I made an expensive investment in education.

THANK YOU to everyone here! You've all been great!!! I wish you every success and SAFE JOURNEYS!!

God Bless! Gary

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Danny S.'s Comment
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Gary, Sorry to hear you're not going into trucking but I respect you for being willing to weigh all things and make a decision that this is not for you. Better to admit it now than later when you have invested time and money in it. Wish the best you. Think about us Georgia Boys when you see a truck going down the highway.

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey Gary - I'm really glad to hear we've helped you decide upon the right path to take right now. I mean, that's what we're here for is to help people decide if trucking is right for them, not to recruit people into trucking against reason. So I'm just as happy to hear you're deciding against it as I would be to hear you've decided for it. It makes no difference to me really. As long as you were able to find the information you were looking for and make a well-informed decision then we've done our job.

Well you always know where to find us if you ever change your mind. We'll still be here ready to help in any way we can.

Best of luck to ya Gary!

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Tracey K.'s Comment
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God Bless Gary. You are still in my prayers. Following Gods plan is always hard, but so very rewarding.

Good Luck. Stop by and see us any way. We do a lot more than trucking here. That's because we are truckers. That's what truckers do!

Good Luck.

God Speed.

Hands palm to palm.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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