Putting Trucking On Hold For Now

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Joel D.'s Comment
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Had a chat with the family tonight and we both agree when she is done with schooling herself to become a LVN by September next year, I can then go ahead and take truck driving school then. I will admit I’m alittle disappointed rn because I was all geared up to take the plunge now, but it is what it is. I haven’t given up that someday I will be a truck driver and make a successful start at it. I have thought about many careers I could go into but truck driving just seemed to click the more I looked and read into it for me. I personally believe I can do it. I have a good attitude a willingness to work hard and get things done. I might not be a people person but I can get along with people well, especially when it comes to work. I like to think I am professional and take pride in what I do. Anyway thought I would let you guys know, if it’s ok with you ALL I would like to stay on here, even though rn I’m not going to be a trucker just yet.

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.

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.
Moe's Comment
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Hey man, we have never met. But I was in the same boat as you not long ago. It took me over two years to get my butt into the CDL that I am about to graduate from. You are 100 percent correct and wise I might add to include your wife and family in this decision making process regarding your trucking career. It shows that you are thinking about your impact on them and not just out for yourself.

Most professionals that I know (not just drivers but any industry really), would respect your decision.

I am not married but I had to work out alot of things to get into CDL class finally this past August. Health issues, finances etc. I was working in a job that I hated for over 8 years before then. Now on Tuesday I have my state CDL exam. It was a two year journey for me.

I wish you luck man, hopefully I'll see you out there one day!

Had a chat with the family tonight and we both agree when she is done with schooling herself to become a LVN by September next year, I can then go ahead and take truck driving school then. I will admit I’m alittle disappointed rn because I was all geared up to take the plunge now, but it is what it is. I haven’t given up that someday I will be a truck driver and make a successful start at it. I have thought about many careers I could go into but truck driving just seemed to click the more I looked and read into it for me. I personally believe I can do it. I have a good attitude a willingness to work hard and get things done. I might not be a people person but I can get along with people well, especially when it comes to work. I like to think I am professional and take pride in what I do. Anyway thought I would let you guys know, if it’s ok with you ALL I would like to stay on here, even though rn I’m not going to be a trucker just yet.

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.

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.

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.
Joel D.'s Comment
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You are 100 percent correct and wise I might add to include your wife and family in this decision making process regarding your trucking

Thank you Moses. This especially has been the hardest part of my decision making process sofar. At the end of the day, if I don’t have my family’s support fully in this I needn’t bother applying. Hope you ace your exams and get hired! Who are you thinking of going with?

Parrothead66's Comment
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Man you might find that quite a few drivers are married to nurses. My wife is a RN. She’s actually gotten into the teaching side of it over the last couple years.

Old School's Comment
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Joel, that sounds like a wise decision. Trucking isn't easy to break into. Doing it while raising a family just multiplies the issues. There's no shame in stepping back.

The two of you realize there's going to be issues, and you're making a plan - that's a solid approach. Trucking isn't going anywhere. It will be here looking for drivers whenever you get ready.

Of course you can stay in here if you like. One of our long time members, "Big Scott," was in here with us for years before he ever became a driver. You can learn a lot by just being a part of the conversations.

PackRat's Comment
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Good idea to wait for now and not have the added stress while you attempt your schooling, training, and first year of OJT.

Peter M.'s Comment
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Family first, always. You made the correct decision IMHO.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Joel, sounds like a decision that brings peace. Great job!

I apologize for not realizing your Wife is currently a student. I believe that makes a huge difference.

Your life journey is going to be great! Your young, have a family and lots to look forward to. Keep your eye on the prize (which is Joy, not a job) and enjoy your ride!

Joel D.'s Comment
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Yeah family does come first. Always.

40 Days's Comment
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That sounds like a familiar boat. My wife is a nurse stable job and they are extremely busy. Probably good to let her finish school that is truly a career. I waited 5 years to take the plunge still followed this forum. Still in training hit a few bumps but be honest and explain current situations and the wise folks here always have 5 star advise. Best of luck.

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