What Made You Decide To Become A Driver?

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G-Town's Comment
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G-town was picking up the “scent of Todd”...explains my inquiry to George...

So George,... tell us a little about yourself...

Why are you here?

What can we do for you?

You can always smell the Fox before you see them.

andhe78's Comment
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I’m not entirely sure this guy isn’t just Brett stirring up some action on his site. 😁

Bullitt_VW's Comment
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And why my post was about golf.

His posts have nothing to do with the content itself or questions being asked. Its the attention he seeks.

G-town was picking up the “scent of Todd”...explains my inquiry to George...

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So George,... tell us a little about yourself...

Why are you here?

What can we do for you?

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You can always smell the Fox before you see them.

Old School's Comment
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For me it was because I got tired of my life. I was a couch potato trolling forums, and eating several family sized bags of Cheetos each day. I was obese, and obviously out of shape. The only sense of pride I had left was my fuzzy memories of my time in the military. Over time my memories grew into wonderful stories of driving big machines down the cobbled streets of wonderful little villages in Europe.

I somehow fancied myself a commercial driver as my memories blossomed into stories of bravery and grandeur. And then I decided to make it a reality. I moved to a new state where nobody knew me. I determined to start a fresh new pursuit of my passion. But I hit a road block. You see, I have always hated the sound of my middle name. Out of scorn for the man who gave it to me, I have always used another more to my liking. But the red-neck clerks at the DMV insisted on shaming me by printing my detestable name on my driver's license.

I had to wait a long time to save up the thirty dollars required to change my name. It's crazy because I can normally change my name four or five times a day on these trucking forums - free of charge! The rate for changing my name seems exorbitant.

Any way I'm a driver now - at least some people think I'm a driver. Some days I have to fight tooth and nail for a load, but that's just because my training was insufficient. Mostly I just like to talk about my memories of being a driver - you know back when I could do two or three push-ups and got to ride shotgun in those big machines we had over in Europe. I'm a driver in my mind, but it's very satisfying at times.

Dm:

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
midnight fox's Comment
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You can always smell the Fox before you see them.

This is exactly why I decided to become a trucker... finally somewhere I'll fit right in.

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Rob T.'s Comment
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That was great Old School!

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Bullitt said: "For me its the sound when the club head hits the golf ball and goes PING. I love that sound. Especially in the morning when the 1st group tees off a few hundred yards off my back deck while sipping a freshly brewed coffee!"

Bullitt, a little subtle humor there. Driving a golf ball is a lot like driving a truck. Lot's of practice required to be good at it. Unfortunately, golf is not a sport most truck drivers have the time to indulge in, given the long hours. When I was driving, I loved it when I went by a golf course and someone was just starting their backswing. Couldn't resist pulling the air horn if I could. ( Disclaimer: only if I was alone on the road)

Auggie69's Comment
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What is the single most important reason that compelled you to take up driving? shocked.png

What made you do it? dancing-dog.gif

PS - Some people are called by God to become Catholic priests, supposedly. Who or what inspired you to want to command these big steel beasts?

Because the Chinese took over American IT

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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My whole family was involved in trucking, my dad has been in LTL for 30 years, his father drove a dump truck for 30+ years and my mother's father worked for International trucks for 50 years.

Plus driving is basically the only thing I am any good at, just wish I would have done it sooner.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
Banks's Comment
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My whole family was involved in trucking, my dad has been in LTL for 30 years, his father drove a dump truck for 30+ years and my mother's father worked for International trucks for 50 years.

Plus driving is basically the only thing I am any good at, just wish I would have done it sooner.

You and me both... When I think about all the time I wasted elsewhere, it makes my stomach hurt.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
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