My First 45 Days As A Truck Driver

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Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Really good stuff Grumpy.

I should have proofread better. My phone keeps changing words into gibberish. I even reset the user dictionary but it doesn’t help.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I also forgot to mention my first load took me through Chicago at rush hour. I was still suffering from sciatica ( and still do a little) do my left leg goes numb and my foot feels like it is being electrocuted.

I was in a 20 mile backup, and had to shift about a billion times. After a few hundred shifts, I decided I had to try floating gears , because all that clutching was killing me. The end result was that floating the gears gave me real insight as to how the tranny worked and worked wonders for my shifting. I rarely use the clutch now, and almost never miss a gear or have trouble shifting.

Floating Gears:

An expression used to describe someone who is shifting gears without using the clutch at all. Drivers are taught to "Double Clutch" or press and release the clutch twice for each gear shift. If you're floating gears it means you're simply shifting without using the clutch at all.

Errol V.'s Comment
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This is a good read. Similar to my diary I wrote out 5 years ago. All these problems!!!

Funny thing is, after a while there are not really so many problems anymore. Good luck, Grumpy!

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Congrats sir!

Anytime you survive rush hour in my neck of the woods is a good day.

Viking's Comment
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Congrats on surviving all that mess and without hitting anything! Looking forward to the next 45 days? smile.gif

Tractor Man's Comment
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Really good stuff Grumpy.

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I should have proofread better. My phone keeps changing words into gibberish. I even reset the user dictionary but it doesn’t help.

Go to your settings and turn off auto correct. Also.........no one is better at typing gibberish than Rainy!

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Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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This is a good read. Similar to my diary I wrote out 5 years ago. All these problems!!!

Funny thing is, after a while there are not really so many problems anymore. Good luck, Grumpy!

Thanks Errol.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Really good stuff Grumpy.

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I should have proofread better. My phone keeps changing words into gibberish. I even reset the user dictionary but it doesn’t help.

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Go to your settings and turn off auto correct. Also.........no one is better at typing gibberish than Rainy!

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Thanks Bobcat and Viking. And yes, I wonder what the next 45 will bring?

I usually like autocorrect. The gibberish is a new development. It takes actual words and turns them into odd gibberish that don’t even resemble any word.

Junkyard Dog's Comment
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Grumpy it seems so long ago now, I started driving one night just south of Newburgh New York and made it to the Petro on the Indiana Ohio line with three minutes to spare. I think I drove 670 miles that day. It was on the weekend and traffic was light. That was the closest I ever got to not violating my clock. But I have gone over twice because of accidents.

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.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I’m glad I’m hourly tonight.

I’ve been getting unloaded since 4 pm. Went on Dutt at 3 pm.

There is one guy unloading about 10 trucks.

Unfortunately if he doesn’t finish me soon, I won’t have enough hours to get me far enough to make my appointment tomorrow.

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