My Story So Far..

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Viking's Comment
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Well, hello there.

Recently found this forum/site and have been lurking the forums for the past week or so and figured I'd say hello.

I started my truck driving career in March of last year with C.R. England. I already had my CDL from my previous employer but no experience driving.

After 3-4 days of orientation i was on my trainers truck. That was an experience to say the least. There were three of us on the truck. The trainer and two students.. and this was before the new 3 bunk trucks..it was a mess.. thankfully after about 5 days the other student decided trucking wasn't for him and quit leaving me with a more traditional training experience. By the time I got off his truck a month later I was comfortable in my ability to run solo if needed.

After upgrading to what they call phase 2 they put you into a team with a "Lead" who is someone with a month or two more experience then you. I most certainly did not enjoy this phase but I knew it was just a phase and soldiered on. Eventually I got a call for a dedicated account I applied to while in orientation.

I started on that account in July just over 4 months after being hired. And boy do I love it here. It's a solo position that is pretty much northeast only driving, mostly driving at night.

In fact I'm going to Boston tonight.

Anyhow i do consider myself an experienced driver at this point but I am always looking to learn! I also really like the positive atmosphere on this forum.. the amount of negative Nancy's around you all the time is just oppressive and this site is a beacon of light in the darkness. So thanks for that guys!

Stay safe out there! -Viking

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.
PackRat's Comment
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Welcome aboard, Viking!

Junkyard Dog's Comment
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Welcome to The Forum. Sounds like you did the best that you can hope for, getting through the training stage. So you are in the Northeast. I've been running solo about 9 months only been to Boston once and I pray I don't have to go back... thank God our company usually runs Pennsylvania and South and everything West except the northwest. Keep us updated on your travels and experiences.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Welcome.

I have been lucky enough to avoid Boston. I hate Massachusetts because parking is such an issue, but I do have a few shippers and consignees so far in Mass.

I do not like night driving though, the lights blind me. Someone said it’s becsuse as you get older your eyes get dried out and it makes the lights elsewhere brighter.

Consignee:

The customer the freight is being delivered to. Also referred to as "the receiver". The shipper is the customer that is shipping the goods, the consignee is the customer receiving the goods.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Viking's Comment
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Yeah MA parking is... Not ideal.. luckily SYSCO in Plympton allows you to take your break on their property which is great because I'm based in Front royal VA. By the time I get there i usually have 1.5 hrs or less left to drive and by the time I'm unloaded less then 30.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Hello, Viking. What's with the name? Are you a Vikings fan? I'm a Packer fan, but no big deal. Lol.

Stick around, there is a great group here and there is great information and experiences exchanged.

Viking's Comment
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Hello, Viking. What's with the name? Are you a Vikings fan? I'm a Packer fan, but no big deal. Lol.

Stick around, there is a great group here and there is great information and experiences exchanged.

Nope, not into football in the least. It's an old nickname I picked up when I had crazy long hair and beard and it stuck. 😂

Junkyard Dog's Comment
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Welcome.

I have been lucky enough to avoid Boston. I hate Massachusetts because parking is such an issue, but I do have a few shippers and consignees so far in Mass.

I do not like night driving though, the lights blind me. Someone said it’s becsuse as you get older your eyes get dried out and it makes the lights elsewhere brighter.

Few weeks back I bought a pair of night glasses I would call them sunglasses but there for night time at a Flying J. They're just like sunglasses with a yellow tint and it first they kind of freak you out but they're great. They reduce the glare from headlights and enhance things. Just a thought if you want to try these. One thing I love about night driving is very little traffic especially if you have to go through the big cities.

Consignee:

The customer the freight is being delivered to. Also referred to as "the receiver". The shipper is the customer that is shipping the goods, the consignee is the customer receiving the goods.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Donna M.'s Comment
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I thought about buying a pair of those glasses. I had my regular glasses renewed at Christmas cause I was having problems at night. But it didn’t help a bit. The lights coming toward me and in my side mirrors just about blinds me.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Pete E Pothole's Comment
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You can get prescription glasses polarized but it's not cheap. My prescription sunglasses are what I seem to be wearing most of the time and they are polarized.

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