First Week Driving Solo

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Stephanie K.'s Comment
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Thanks everyone. I appreciate the advice and encouragement. I just get so excited to be getting loads that I just drive and I don't think to look it up. I had full faith in my directions and the Qualcomm. I know now that it is not always right. But it helps to hear from other truckers that they got lost going there too. Lots have told me so. Even the guard there said alot of people end up in the airport. Send a newbie to Jersey and your gonna have issues. But I hung in there and made it. It was really pretty comical. I only wanted to cry once after leaving the airport and driving around the city streets trying to not do a u turn in the middle of the road like the Qualcomm told me to. Oh hell no!!!! By the time I popped the tire be it was like, "ok, this is pretty funny. It can't get any worse even if the truck spontaneously catches fire.". I always try to find the humor in situations I can't change. Life is just too darn short.


Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
Don's Comment
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Take it one day at a time. Everything "will slow down", as is often said and become less stressful. It will get easier.

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