Getting Past Your Fear Of The Unknown: New Article By Rainy

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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We have another awesome new article by Rainy:

Getting Past Your Fear Of The Unknown

Starting a new career, especially one as challenging and stressful as truck driving, will be tough at times for everyone. You're going to face a ton of challenges along the way, but the most challenging part of a new adventure can be facing so many unknowns:

  • Will I be able to back up a rig?
  • Will I make enough money to support my family?
  • Did I choose the right company?
  • Will my family be alright while I'm gone?
  • What happens if I don't make it as a truck driver?

Rainy shares her experiences overcoming difficulties early in her career and gives a ton of fantastic advice for facing your fears and overcoming the challenges that we'll all face in those early months on the road.

Read up! It's another instant classic from Rainy:

Getting Past Your Fear Of The Unknown

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

Jeremy's Comment
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Great well written artical

Brandon J.'s Comment
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I'm just about to get my CDL in the next month and this was a refreshing read. Really hit all the feelings I've got even this far out. I just have to learn what I can and stay focused and it seems I'll be alright, hopefully. Lol

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.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I'm just about to get my CDL in the next month and this was a refreshing read. Really hit all the feelings I've got even this far out. I just have to learn what I can and stay focused and it seems I'll be alright, hopefully. Lol

Good luck!!!

I wrote another that might help.as well

Failed the CDL Exam? Don't Sweat It!

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.
Splitter's Comment
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I'm just about to get my CDL in the next month and this was a refreshing read. Really hit all the feelings I've got even this far out. I just have to learn what I can and stay focused and it seems I'll be alright, hopefully. Lol

Take it from me, if you focus on the task at hand & let go of all that fear & doubt, itll be that much easier to get the job done.

I aced my pretrip & bombed twice on my backing then passed my final chance. Then bombed my road test twice also, but after a different trainer took me driving around all the local streets of Springfield & his positive assessment of my skills, I passed on my final try again. MO gives you 3 chances on each leg of the CDL exam.

The mind can really play games with us & our emotions. But let me add this, it doesn't matter if you trifecta or fail all 3 exams twice! So long as you keep at it, focus on the goal & get the job done? That CDL doesn't say flunked this many times, it just say you have the privilege to call yourself a holder of a Commercial Driver's License. Only with miles under your butt & the calluses to prove it, can you actually call yourself a truly experienced driver. Good luck on your journey.

Btw, welcome aboard.

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.

TWIC:

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.

Marc Lee's Comment
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Another great one, Rainy!

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