I Survived One Year Of Trucking

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Yuuyo Y.'s Comment
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Hey, I haven't been on here in awhile, but I recently hit one year at my company and was reminded I used to read this place before I got my CDL. I work for Sysco foods and it has been uh, difficult to say the least. Not just because it's up north in snowland where the company won't shut down for -20 degrees with 10 inches of snow on the same day. Gotta get that food delivered.


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.
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Old School's Comment
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Hey Yuuyo, that's awesome! That's a major accomplishment no matter how you look at it. You did it at a food service - that's amazing! That's a tough job for a new driver.

Congratulations, and it's great to hear from you!


Junkyard Dog's Comment
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I knew you had a rough start with Schneider. And I asked on here if anyone had heard from you. So proud of you that you stuck this out. Congratulations. So many times people post on here for months at a time and all of a sudden they disappear. You rock. Keep in touch.


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.

Yuuyo Y.'s Comment
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Sysco don't give you much time to do anything else, so I'd forgotten about this place. I don't know what the opinion here is, but local food delivery is probably an entirely different experience/job almost than OTR.

My biggest annoyance today was pulling things uphill while trying not to slip on ice, and having a liftgate that broke and wouldn't extend outward about halfway through the day. I had to drop the ramp onto the ground and then raise the liftgate all the way up to get it back in the holster.


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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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My biggest annoyance today was pulling things uphill while trying not to slip on ice

Are you familiar with microspikes? Check these out:

microspikes for traction on ice.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Are you familiar with microspikes? Check these out:

microspikes for traction on ice.

I dont recall if that's the brand I've used but they work great. When I was doing food service we weren't allowed to use them because we had a guy somehow get them stuck on the ramp as he came down and ended up missing a couple weeks with an injury. Instead they gave us a bag of salt to throw down. I would show up to a stop and throw salt then climb into trailer and build a couple stacks so the ice melt could work. Of course if it was too cold the salt didnt work all you can do is hold on and hope for the best. Having a loaded 2 wheeler come back on you is NOT a fun experience

Yuuyo Y.'s Comment
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On wednsday when we got 8 inches of snow overnight, it was about 08:00 and of course no one had bothered to shovel their parking lots or delivery areas (and some still don't even salt that weeks later, (probably because they get some sadistic kicks from watching us struggle)). I fell backwards on my ass pulling it up the curb to the door and all my boxes got snow on them. Fun times.

Do those shoes work on concrete?


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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Rubber Duck's Comment
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Congratulations. Non drivers and even drivers who haven't done food delivery can't possibly imagine how difficult food delivery could be. Same way I couldn't know what it's like to stand on the moon or storm the beaches of Normandy. Hats off to you and all who drive routes and bust your butt like no other.

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