I Love This Job

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Tracy W.'s Comment
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Thanks, Old School! I was pushed into this profession by factors beyond my control, but as you say, the daily challenge is exciting, which was a big part of my previous work.

I like much of this life, the only drawbacks I see are the time I spend away from the love of my life, and the pay just isn't commensurate with what we accomplish.

I do love getting out there and getting that job done, and feel a sense of accomplishment every time I deliver a load on time and with zero defects.


Meltonfloyd's Comment
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Nice write up Old School. I'm not a Driver yet(Looking into it), but understand where you're coming from. This is true for many of professions, I once worked in a Hospital and remember thinking that a lot of Nurses should have never become one just for the lack of compassion they had for the patients..


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anthony R.'s Comment
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My first week as a solo driver wasnt easy-first load to London KY went well-got held up for several hours as I wasnt in system yet for com check approval-got another load out of KY-six hour delay in loading and a snow storm put me way behind on the delivery to PA-held up for six hours at receiver to be worked in-got next load out of Kennett SQ PA-freezing rain and ice covered roads greeted me-load going to Haverhill MA-drove across GEO Wash. Bridge-cross bronx exp was amazingly moving well but the road in such bad shape-had to slow to 40mph to keep from hitting the ceiling on the bumps. Qualcom stopped working as I passed through nearby Pelham Manor NY. Arrived at the delivery next morning and was greeted by a very difficult dock-but driver jumped out and helped direct me in-but had to pull back out one more time to open doors-then truck wouldnt start-blocked the roadway for several hours-tow truck got air in brakes and was able to roll back into dock but with very little steering was not lined up well enough to get unloaded. Another crew came but could not determine the cause of the problem. Finally at the arrival of dusk, the tow truck returned and pulled me forward in third gear and started the truck. Finally got the trailer positioned to be unloaded-then bobtailed to nearby Londonderry NH in rush hour traffic-arrived to find the freightliner place closed-but gate was still open-the last man was about to leave-he got me in thankfully. Believe me, after that got to a motel in a taxi and my eyes closed when they hit the pillow. But felt good about overcoming the huge obstacles and still getting 3 loads delivered this week.


"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Starcar's Comment
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Good job Anthony !!! trucking is all about overcoming whatever is thrown at you....and that will change on any given day. You took care of business, and handled it in a professional way...You are on your way to being a very fine truck driver !!!!

Free Spirit ( AKA #Hashta's Comment
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I truly enjoyed reading this, Old School. This is a thread that will make you stop, reflect and think. I hear through the TT grapevine that you are hard to catch up with, but I hope our roads cross in the future. I sure would like to meet you and shake your hand and personally say Thank You....

Anthony R.'s Comment
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my pay for the week is way beyond what I imagined-forgot about detention pay etc. Just driving through W. NY yesterday and they had just gotten pounded with lake effect snow-the roads were entirely snow covered-the only road not covered was the thruway. Forgot that exit 48a is an entirely different exit than 48 in looking for the truck stop and ended up in the middle of Battavia-but went around a block and got turned around. Spent today in Pittston PA getting some bugs ironed out on truck and am itching to roll again.

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