Starting On Month 4 Of My New Lifestyle!!

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Hey everyone just an update on the beginning of month four solo. Hope this finds everyone safe. As for me I’m in a hotel for my trucks in the shop. Or as I joke with my wife I’m getting a 60 dollar shower. I was due at this point a mud puddle would have done. But things are getting easier backing is getting easier along with trip planning not saying it’s easy all together nor am I saying I’m good at this because this was my first shower in four days. Some of it was pour plans and some of it is location still learning that I need to take the opportunity when I can because it may may be there in two hours and 100 miles two days ago I could have gotten fuel and a shower all in one but I said nah I’ll get one when I stop for the night. I ended up sleeping at bbq restaurant with truck parking but no showers thank god for baby wipes and gojo wipes. But other than that hiccup things are well I’ve been pushing hard I’ve gotten a raise a base pay no matter how little miles I turn as long as they see I not slacking off. And now I’m trying out this dedicated thing doing Walmart store delivery’s I told them I’d try it but I like the whole new state daily thing. It’s easier in my opinion and now I get a daily pay and not cpm with set appt times and always ample time to make and they give me a route but I’m worried I will get burnt out that’s what I hated about my local job was same place same roads same people all the time day in and day out but for now it’s a nice break. I’m still learning everyday and some days I still can’t believe I get paid to do this I meet new people everyday and see things I never thought were so breathtaking right here in this country. I’ve over cane so many fears. Like till I started trucking I’d never eaten in a restaurant alone before ever would get it to go and eat in the car. I’ve also learned that there are a lot of people out here that have nothing good to say about you or anything else. I’ve also learned to let it roll of my back. I also haven’t eaten a peanut butter and jelly sandwich since my first trip out. That was a hard month. And I’m also scared of meatloaf now thought I was gonna die safety almost called an ambulance and for the first time I slept with a door unlocked. Parts of the country have become regular places. I rely on my gps less and drive a lot memory and my atlas. I’m by no means an expert but things are getting better. And I have gotten my self in a situation using twice now using my gps because I listened to it instead of trusting my atlas you don’t realize how small the streets are in a subdivision till you have to make a right to get out and all the signs are on the corners. I made it out clean and no problem but it was a tense thirty minutes. Now I verify everything by my atlas and write everything down for quick reference like the name of the shipper or my fuel exit. I’ve established a great relationship with my new fm last one got promoted. And I communicate everything anything that may cause me to be late or if I have a question even if my preload turned into a live load. Or if I call in for a tire from road service I let them know and when it’s done. I also thank them for there help and what they do. Because there always thanking me for my hard work but what most don’t realize is that there working hard to watching you and possibly 40 other divers watching your logs your location planning your next load and I’m sure more then I know. I’ve learnt that you just don’t get in a truck and take this from a to b. I’ve also learned it’s ok to ask for help from other drivers some well say no others will be glad to help. I asked a fellow the other day he said no problem I don’t want you to hit me any more than you want to hit me. Everyday I’m one more closer to that one year mark and one more mile closer to that 1,000,000 mike safe goal I hope to make. But I think at least at this point I have finally made my dreams come true I’ve wanted to be a trucker since a childhood family friends have said you’ve wanted this since you were a little guy. And let me tell you if you want this it’s not a job at this point it’s a lifestyle. I dont work everyday I get up and have fun not everyday is great but boy do they out way the bad my wife says in 18 years I’ve never been so happy. But there are days I’m a bipolar maniac on the phone and her in return because there are a lot of things were both having to adjust to. Like weedeating had to get a smaller one for her because in a month the grass gets tall. But we find a way to make things work. And you will to you just gotta have a good attitude good support and don’t think anyone owes you anything you haven’t earned. As for me I’ll be here checking things off my bucket list and overcoming challenges I never thought I could do and learning everyday like how to back up who knew these trucks had reverse just kidding but backing can be a struggle take your time and GOAL they will get over it if you dont know who you will soon enough. But for now y’all stay safe and keep the rubber down. But most importantly rember to slow down and have fun. Or as my mama used to say before she went home last year you gotta remember to stop and smell the roses!!! See y’all next month


The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.


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.


Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.


Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.


Driving While Intoxicated

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