Trucking Not For Me.

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Wanderer 's Comment
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After reading every advise here, I think trucking will not be for me, only reason being sleep pattern. I have mild narcolepsy. When I have the urge to sleep, I can't help it. Other than that no other issue.

Peter M.'s Comment
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Sorry to hear that. Although, you seem intelligent enough to know right from wrong. I think you made the correct albeit tough, decision.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Honestly, It is better to not even try than to be back here in 3 months whining how horrible trucking is (we see this a lot). From the beginning you already had a list of demands, and although they may have been met some or most of the time some people who are very inflexible cannot deal with it.

2 days ago you posted you wanted to find a company, and now you say you rethought it.

Remember this post if next week you reconsider again. Cause unless you can just "go with the flow" you will hate it out here. Things change all of the time. Another poster just stated he was hired for a certain account and now he is required to drive southern california which he never expected and is nervous to do. that is trucking.

good luck in all you do

Rick S.'s Comment
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After reading every advise here, I think trucking will not be for me, only reason being sleep pattern. I have mild narcolepsy. When I have the urge to sleep, I can't help it. Other than that no other issue.

Narcolepsy can be an (obviously) serious issue for a truck driver.

According to FMCSA - you would be MEDICALLY DISQUALIFIED from driving anyways.

The guidelines recommend disqualifying a CMV driver with a diagnosis of Narcolepsy, regardless of treatment because of the likelihood of excessive daytime somnolence.

Even on meds (many of which are medically disqualifying in and of themselves), it is recommended that diagnosed narcolepsy sufferers not be medically certified to drive.

Even narcolepsy wasn't an auto-disqual - the weird varying hours you would have to keep, would further aggravate the issue and it would likely become even more dangerous for you to drive.

Yeah - I'm thinking this may not be the profession for you. Sorry about your condition - best of luck...

Rick

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

Fm:

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.
Rob D.'s Comment
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Rainy said:

Cause unless you can just "go with the flow" you will hate it out here.

I'm beginning to understand why veterans tend to succeed at trucking.

I have a saying for anyone who is considering the military:

Just remember, its mind over matter; they don't mind and you don't matter.

PackRat's Comment
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After my 32 years of service in three branches, and two different country's armed forces, I disagree with the comment of, "you don't matter".

It's ALL about the individual. The individual is indeed the single, greatest asset.

Rob D.'s Comment
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Packrat,

I agree that the individual soldier is the foundation of the unit. And each soldier working with others in the unit makes for a successful mission.

The "you don't matter" is just a sarcastic take on the chain of command: its not a democracy.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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After my 32 years of service in three branches, and two different country's armed forces, I disagree with the comment of, "you don't matter".

It's ALL about the individual. The individual is indeed the single, greatest asset.

After my 32 years of service in three branches, and two different country's armed forces, I disagree with the comment of, "you don't matter".

It's ALL about the individual. The individual is indeed the single, greatest asset.

PackRat, I think Rob D was just making a joke, no disrespect intended. But you mentioned you served in the military of two different countries. What's the story behind that? I'm curious.

Are you done with orientation yet?

Bruce K.'s Comment
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I knew someone who 'claimed' she had narcolepsy. Turned out to be a fake claim so she could get Dexedrine, an amphetamine (like legal meth). Dexedrine is an extremely damaging drug and no one who takes Dexedrine or any similar drug should drive any vehicle, let alone an 18 wheeler. I hope it's banned by all trucking companies.

Rob D.'s Comment
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PackRat, I think Rob D was just making a joke, no disrespect intended.

Bruce is correct. No disrespect to your service.

I served 2 years in the Marine Reserves and 3 years active Army. I'm sure you saw many like me who just couldn't wait to get out, but looking back in retrospect, I might have made it a career of it.

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