CONSIDERING BECOMING A LADY TRUCKER - A FEW QUESTIONS.....

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TN Harris's Comment
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Hello ladies, I'm new on here and had some questions. I'm seriously considering becoming a truck driver but here's my questions if ya'll don't mind helping me out a bit. I'd sincerely appreciate it.

#1 - I do have some gaps in my employment history. Will that make it impossible for me to find a good trucking job?

((Backstory)) As a matter of fact I'm not working at the moment. I tried to go into a new field (Medical Billing) and the company that hired me said "Oh, we'll teach you everything you need to know. Then fires me after 2 weeks of training; saying "I just wasn't getting it." I'm a very smart person but after being fired, it kind of let's the air out of your tires. So needless to say I was trying to better myself and got slapped in the face by reality; but I'm NOT giving up. I'm over the 9 to 5 jobs. I want to make some real money.

#2 - How far do they go back on the driving record?

((Backstory)) If they only go back 3 years, I'll only have one speeding ticket. If they go back more than that. It will be worse. I'm a target for people to rear end me and then leave. LOL. I've also had several speeding tickets over the years. About the time one ticket falls off (3 years); I'd usually get another one. I'm finally maturing in my older age of 43 and learning to slow down.

Thanks for any advice or guidance ya'll can give me. I think I'd be good at truck driving. It's only me, no kids, spouse or furbabies. Wishing all of you ladies a good evening. Take care and be safe out there.thank-you-2.gif

Lady Trucker

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Hi and welcome!

the work history wil make it difficult but not impossible. get notarized statements from friends and family as to.what you were doing, schooling...taking care of elderly parents etc.

the DMV will go back 3 years.

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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.

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Kenyetta M.'s Comment
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Being a Women Trucker is a great idea so long as the kids are out Of the way. And although you don’t have a 3 year work history; you can still get into trucking schools as your starting a whole new career in the first place and some schools don’t require including the DOT that you work 3 years but wondering what else you were doing within the 3 year gaps. Whether it was personal business are looking for work. Checkout Drivers solutions and Swift because their training programs are great and those employment gaps are of personal and or unemployed gaps. Unless you just felt like being lazy😂 good luck!

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Being a Women Trucker is a great idea so long as the kids are out Of the way. And although you don’t have a 3 year work history; you can still get into trucking schools as your starting a whole new career in the first place and some schools don’t require including the DOT that you work 3 years but wondering what else you were doing within the 3 year gaps. Whether it was personal business are looking for work. Checkout Drivers solutions and Swift because their training programs are great and those employment gaps are of personal and or unemployed gaps. Unless you just felt like being lazy😂 good luck!

Because of 9/11 a 3 year work history is in fact required by law. However, you can submit affadavits from friends and family stating why you didnt work. So if you were caring for an elderly parent or sick child or something, you need to explain. Some companies will accept that some wont.

Dont go to any local school. They will take your money and if you cannot find a job soon, your 160 hour certificate gets stale and companies may require you to school all over again.

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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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Hopper's Comment
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Hey TN! I went to the only state certified school in Oklahoma, teachers were also pt or former drivers, not just classroom instructors. They only allowed 20 people per class and they had 10 trucks, so that meant 2 people per truck. That means you get much more behind the wheel training. Most schools will have 1 truck and 5 or 6 of you standing around watching 1 person back up and pull forward for a couple days. Its not enough behind the wheel time. Find a state certified school that has a bigger fleet for you to attend.. you will thank me later for this info..Ha! I know CPT codes and ICD-9's are challenging but once you are in a dr office you will see alot of the same codes. I know this from being a nurse before being a driver. If you choose to go back to school for coding, find a different school. The one you were in was too impatient with you. Trucking pays better if you don't mind being out 2-3 wks at a time. If i can help with Anything, just holler! Terry (Hopper)

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.

Shannon C.'s Comment
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Continuing the discussion and more questions about being a lady trucker.....

I am considering becoming a trucker as well. I am 50 years old and currently a Network Engineer, but I am fed up with the IT field. I am a highly educated single mom but my youngest son will be graduating from high school in 2 years and I am seriously researching this career field and considering becoming a truck driver.

I haven't been promoted for the past 13 years in the past 2 companies I worked for even though I have busted my you-know-what and I am a competent and reliable employee. It really is a man's world and I am wondering how the trucking industry treats women. What is your perception about this subject....are women treated equally in the trucking industry?

Do you find it hard to find time to get your hair colored/cut while you are on the road? (yeah, that is a really girly question!)

Do you have to be a semi-skilled mechanic to be a truck driver?

What is the best and worse thing about being a female truck driver?

Do you know what the ratio of female to male truck drivers is?

Would $70k - $80k annual income after driving a truck for 2+ years be a realistic expectation?

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