How A Strong Woman Deals With Offensive Behavior From Men - New Article By Rainy

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Bre The Newbie 's Comment
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What would i do without this Forum lol. I dont post much but i do read and believe it or not alot of you guys have "trained me" with just the advice and tips you give other members.

As a female rookie driver, today was my first day out solo. After tandems getting stuck and not sliding, running late because of comdata card issues and not being able to pay the lumper fees quickly, and being pulled into the scale for an inspection. Im glad day 1 is over.

Thank you for the article. Like others have said you are a good writer. I appreciate all the advice you guys give.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

PackRat's Comment
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What would i do without this Forum lol. I dont post much but i do read and believe it or not alot of you guys have "trained me" with just the advice and tips you give other members.

As a female rookie driver, today was my first day out solo. After tandems getting stuck and not sliding, running late because of comdata card issues and not being able to pay the lumper fees quickly, and being pulled into the scale for an inspection. Im glad day 1 is over.

Thank you for the article. Like others have said you are a good writer. I appreciate all the advice you guys give.

Oh my! That sounds like quite the day you had. Baptism By Fire for sure, but you survived, so good for you!

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Jacqueline H.'s Comment
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We have another fantastic article from Rainy that everyone is going to love. It's called:

How A Strong Woman Deals With Offensive Behavior From Men

This article is filled with fantastic stories and truly exemplifies why I'm such a huge Rainy fan. She really handles life's difficulties the old school way. She's tough as nails and doesn't take any baloney from anyone. It's such a welcome relief to know that there are still people out there who won't choose to be meek and play the victim at every opportunity.

It's no secret that I can't stand this new "poor me" world we're living in today where everyone is constantly complaining that they're being abused, repressed, discriminated against, or offended by every little thing. I was raised in a world where you didn't go crying to your mom or seek professional counseling or start a shaming campaign on social media because someone said they didn't like your shoes.

Remeber "Sticks and Stones?" Rainy and I do.

This article is a hilarious look at how Rainy handles obnoxious men on the road. I think the folks here will appreciate her old school approach to things. Rainy reminds me of a cat - they seem so pleasant and cute until you aggravate them, and then quicker than you can sneeze you have a gash across your nose.

I love that approach. I wish more people would handle their business with a little toughness and character like Rainy does. I really respect her for that.

You're really going to enjoy this article. It's full of hilarious stories and sage advice:

How A Strong Woman Deals With Offensive Behavior From Men

I just read Rainy's article and it took me back to a hilarious incident that happened 17 years ago after I got my CDL and was driving for CRST. I only drove for them for a short time and have not driven truck since because of a bad experience with that company (not anything sexual or gender related in any way) that left me too gun-shy to think of returning to truck driving until recent dire economic circumstances left me with no option but to give truck driving a second try. My bad experience with CRST 17 years ago is a different topic for a different post thread so I won't get into that here.

So, back to the funny moment that Rainy's article took me back in time to.

My assigned co-driver and I were out on our first team run, fresh out of the trainer trucks. I was waiting in a bottleneck trying to get out of a truck stop parking lot when another driver for another company saw me and yelled over the CB "Hey Miss CRST! Show me your tits!"

I grabbed a Sharpie marker and the large white lightweight piece of cardboard that my co-driver and I were using as a sun block for our truck's windshield, and I wrote "Your tits" on the cardboard in big bold bright red letters and held it up against the window for that driver to see. My co-driver never laughed so hard in his life. He never expected that. Neither did the driver who made that request over the CB.

Personally, I thought it was funny and I still laugh about it when I look back on it. I have a very wicked sense of humor - and a rapier wit to match.

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.

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.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Jacque said: "My assigned co-driver and I were out on our first team run, fresh out of the trainer trucks. I was waiting in a bottleneck trying to get out of a truck stop parking lot when another driver for another company saw me and yelled over the CB "Hey Miss CRST! Show me your tits!""

I'm always disappointed (but never surprised) by how crude some men can be. Neanderthals like that guy are, hopefully, the minority. I would never ask any woman to do that, but if they volunteered I might take a look-see. Lol.

You female drivers out there: Do you find that type of behavior to be common? Or would you say the majority of male drivers act respectfully towards you??????

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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You female drivers out there: Do you find that type of behavior to be common? Or would you say the majority of male drivers act respectfully towards you??????

MOST guys are respectful and helpful. Sometimes playfully flirty but not offensive. This is true in all.parts of the country whether OTR or not.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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