Starting With Wilson- My Adventure Diary

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Sparky's Comment
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I left California on Saturday and got to Montana Monday morning. I was in a 10 hour layover in Las Vegas where I just sat and watched crime shows on the tv for 10 hours. Switched between 5 buses but in the end I finally arrived here. When I got to my hotel I brushed my teeth and notified my recruiter that I was ready to be picked up. There are about 6 of us here so that's good. Not crowded at all.

Wilson picked us up and dropped us off at the physical place to get drug tested and to get our physical done. After that they got us lunch at a little nice Mexican place. We then went to the facility where we just signed papers, went over orientation and onboarding and learned more in depth about the contract. The one thing I'm not fond of is for home time we can only have a max of 5 days, but other than that I really enjoyed everything.

Tomorrow we will be taking the permit test, where we have 2 attempts to pass it and if we don't they send us home. I feel very confident about passing it so I'm not too worried about that. Once that's done we are going to do more paperwork then drive around the yard dead head so we can get familiar with the manual and the truck overall.

But as of now I'm going to take a long nap. I got maybe a total of 3 hours of sleep from all the bus switching and layover in the stations. I want to be well rested for tomorrow and see what tomorrow brings. I'll update it with a lot more once we do more.

Turtle's Comment
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Awesome Sparky, best of luck to you!

The one thing I'm not fond of is for home time we can only have a max of 5 days,

Don't get too hung up on that. In time, if you prove yourself to be a safe, reliable, and productive top tier driver, you may find that the "official" policy of 5 days off max will be overlooked for you. The best drivers get the best perks. Make it happen.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Sparky, good luck with your permit test. I hope you studied the material here for your test.

Also, 5 days of home time is A LOT for an OTR driver. Most get only two or 3 days every two weeks, and many want to stay out longer. Why do you need that much home time? Are you talking about 5 days per month?


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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