Finally Change My Status To Experienced Driver

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Junkyard Dog's Comment
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So I've been driving solo for almost 14 months. And many on here say if you have a year in you are now an experienced driver. I always want to think that but I would come across those situations when I thought what the hell? But I always got it done. I delivered in Columbus Ohio today my second time there. First time it was a total disaster. This time I knew it was tight so I set my tandoms all the way up... and nailed it. I actually got here last night and checked with security to see where I could park. Even getting out to where I could Park was very tight. I was right. Had I continued I would have ran over a rock... Those big rocks you guys know what I'm talking about. And it was totally dark . Got back to the lot where I could park and it was Pitch Black. There were several trucks there already so I had to find my way to park without blocking them in The whole thing seemed like it took forever but I didn't hit anything. That's why I changed my status. Just like Donna and her prime jacket. We achieved it... But we know it can be taken away with one mistake.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
RealDiehl's Comment
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What you describe sounds like a personal rite of passage. You got through it unscathed. Sounds to me like as good a reason as any to update your status. Now you can hang out in terminals and talk in a really loud voice like you know it ALL. Just joking of course.

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Terminal:

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.

Old School's Comment
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Now you can hang out in terminals and talk in a really loud voice like you know it ALL.

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That was classic!

Terminal:

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.

Dave S (formerly known as's Comment
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I'd say there is a turning point where doing something you did six months ago is now easy. You look back and say, "why was that back so hard the first time."

Rob T.'s Comment
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Great job getting it done safely.

We achieved it... But we know it can be taken away with one mistake.

Very well put Junkyard.

G-Town's Comment
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Congratulations JYD!

Turtle's Comment
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Well deserved JYD!

PackRat's Comment
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JYD, you have beat the odds, and the majority of those attempting this career path. Well deserved congratulations to you!

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HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Junkyard Dog's Comment
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Now you can hang out in terminals and talk in a really loud voice like you know it ALL.

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That was classic!

Trust me I will never be one of those guys. I'm not one of those guys that join in bashing something a Swift driver did. I know I can do one stupid thing and be in the same boat. When I hear drivers making fun of someone because of what they did I do think to myself I've almost done that and I also think you probably have too....

Terminal:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Keith A.'s Comment
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Well done Junkyard, well done!

I'm almost two years in and it barely feels like I can keep my act together week to week, I don't know when I'd consider myself experienced.

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