One Year In The Books

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Old School's Comment
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A big Congratulations from me!

Junkyard Dog, I don't know if you realize what a big deal this is or not. In my opinion it's a major accomplishment, and a major step toward a successful trucking career. Not many people who attempt this career make it through their first year, and many quit after accomplishing that one year mark. We see it all the time. Trucking companies wish they didn't see it all the time, but unfortunately they do. Most people give up long before they ever get to where they can begin to enjoy success at this. It truly is an extraordinary job that requires extraordinary people.

You did good! dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gif

Gladhand's Comment
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Awesome to hear. Been driving for 3 years now and still don't feel fully confident about backing. Just make sure to goal, as long as the truck hits the dock and you deliver, you will be paid. It isn't a competition.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Junkyard K9, YOU ROCK! So happy to hear about the one year milestone. (Actually I'm jealous! lol) I always enjoy your posts and comments, keep 'em coming!

Rob T.'s Comment
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Are you happy with your choice to have began your career with Butler? Any plans on changing?

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Tractor Man's Comment
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Fantastic! You are among the very few that accomplish 1 year. Not sure of the stats, but I would hazard a guess at well below 10%.


One banana for each month!

Marc Lee's Comment
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I made it one year solo. It went amazingly fast. Got to see so much of the country and we have a very beautiful country. Learn to drive in the mountains, in bad weather and learned when to shut it down. I wouldn't call myself an ace at backing yet but I do have my days when I surprise myself. I want to thank the mods on here and everyone that gave me advice either directly or by reading other threads. Thanks again everybody


PJ's Comment
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Congrats on this important milestone of your career!!!!. It is a biggy for sure. Backing is one of those things that are just summed up as “some backs are better than others”.. dancing-banana.gif


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Junkyard Dog's Comment
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Thanks a lot guys, I appreciate it. It's been really fun and challenging I kind of have the mindset to live by myself for weeks at a time. I'm not a loner by any means, but I don't have a problem being by myself for long stretches. I made my truck into a small apartment a very comfy one. And yes Rob T, very happy with my choice to begin with Butler. I've mentioned on here how when I walk into the terminal everybody knows your name, I find that amazing. Really great culture, I have a good relationship with my dispatchers, I even have load planners call me to ask if I can help them out? And I always do and they take care of me. My trainer was amazing we got along great and I called him a lot those first few months, because there's no way you can be prepared for everything you come up against in those five or six weeks with a trainer. In fact he called me yesterday to remind me today was my anniversary. He told me people at the terminal talk highly of me. That's really nice to know.


A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Dave S (formerly known as's Comment
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What an awesome accomplishment!


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