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Don's Comment
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I visit The Truckingtruth daily to read new posts, I don't post much anymore because, quite frankly, there isn't much about my job that I can comment about to really contribute in any way. It has been just over six months since I received my CDL-A and have been driving. The first two months were OTR with CFI, and the past four eithFAB Express driving locally in Ohio, and occasionally Erie, PA, Buffalo or Dunkirk, NY. I definitely prefer my current job with FAB. Pro's are I go to the same customers (mostly in the Northern half of Ohio) and as previously mention up I-90 to PA and NY, I know how to get into their (sometime crazy) docks, start and finish times are predictable, and I bring home fair compensation for the daily hours I work. Not to mention, I am home every afternoon/evening and weekends.

The Cons? I go to the same customers, some docks are almost impossible to fit a 53' trailer into and the days are predictable. Haha. Some of the places I deliver to, the personnel there are extremely rude to the drivers. I don't understand their behaviors/attitudes, but maybe it is a conditioned response. Stating that negative aspect, I definitely made the right move in choosing to get my cdl and start driving. I cannot see myself ever returning to my nursing career, or any other. Really nothing else to report. I am "just doing my thang", as the kids say.

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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.

Susan D. 's Comment
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I was on US 30 near Mapke Heights yesterday, saw a FAB daycab and wondered if it was you.

Don's Comment
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No, I wasn't on US 30 at any time on Friday. Shocker I wasn't though, because I run US 30 a lot. I was in Solon (Nestles), back to Wooster, then Strongsville and Hudson followed by Streetsboro (Internation Paper) in the late morning. Last load was Streetsboro to Church & Dwight in Old Fort, mostly I-80. I was on I-71N/271N, 480 and I-80 much of my day.

I was on US 30 near Mapke Heights yesterday, saw a FAB daycab and wondered if it was you.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

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.

Turtle's Comment
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Hey glad to hear things are going well for you Don. I thought of you last week as I was at Don's Specialty Meats in Scott, LA, and almost took a selfie to match the one you took lol. Love that place.

Dave (formerly known as K's Comment
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I was just in your nick of the woods early this week. Hilliard, Delaware and Welston Ohio.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Hey Don, glad to hear all is well. This is a perfect time of year to change the attitudes of those cranky regular customers. Stock up on some candy canes and start handing them out with a smile and some holiday cheer. Keep up the good work.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Don's Comment
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I miss that Louisiana boudin. Haha

Hey glad to hear things are going well for you Don. I thought of you last week as I was at Don's Specialty Meats in Scott, LA, and almost took a selfie to match the one you took lol. Love that place.

Don's Comment
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Yes, I might do that. If that doesn't work, I may need to add some holiday cheer to my thermos (just kidding, of course). Hope all is well at CFI.

Hey Don, glad to hear all is well. This is a perfect time of year to change the attitudes of those cranky regular customers. Stock up on some candy canes and start handing them out with a smile and some holiday cheer. Keep up the good work.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Harry H. [ navypoppop ]'s Comment
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Hi Don, It sure is refreshing to hear that everything is going well for you. You always wrote a very true and honest post on the forum. I hope that you are very successful with FAB Express and continue to post here. Anytime you can will be just wonderful. Happy Holidays to you.

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