Clothes For The Road.....

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Wine Taster's Comment
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Well, as I sit here and think about starting a new career, I wonder what clothing would be best for a trucker. This is what I have come up with. I think I am going to get 7 pairs of dikies work shorts or something alone that line. It is hard for me to get away from the uniform mentality. So, I was thinking 7 shirts from the company store with the logo on it. Then I was thinking I would get a really nice set on insulted coveralls for the winter and a light set of coveralls for the summer. Underwear, socks, etc. So tell me if the thought process is correct. When I get in out of the truck I put on the coveralls and get to work. The shorts and shirts take less space and will be comfortable for driving.

Then next part of the equation would be footware. I don't want to drive in big heavy boots. What is a good driving shoe? My thought process on this was to buy some easy to slip on firefighting boots. I have worn those for years fighting fire and the new leather ones are quite comfortable. They are waterproof and warm and easy to get on and off. They have steel toes and offer great protection for my feet. The down side is they are bulky.

So, guys and gals, please guide use new guys and gals on what to wear. I want to look professional. I want to be safe. I want to be comfortable. Thanks for the help!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Starcar's Comment
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You may find that having nothing but shorts is a bad idea...you'll need some plain jeans...so 5 shorts, 3 jeans...and a few long sleeve shirts to go with the short sleeve ones. Few, if any shippers or receivers require steeled toe shoes, so that isn't an issue. you have to remember that you will be driving longer hours than any other element....and even tho your fire fighting shoes are comfy for what you used them for a good comfy pair of tennies would serve as well. You have to remember that circulation is a big issue for truckers, and it is also an ignored issue, until you get a clot in your leg...and thats if you live thru it. A note about wallets....NEVER drive with your wallet in a back pocket. It really messes with your back. put it in a front pocket, or in an overhead cubby.... You will need head covering. If you will be flatbedding, you will need a hard hat, and you might as well get a net high visiability vest. they are cooler in the summer. Gloves...you can use the cheap rubber dipped ones for fueling. buy a pack so you will always have an extra pair. They are cheap, so you don't feel bad about tossing them when they get stinky. Regular leather gloves for loading and working on the truck, as long as you won't be into the fuel. Diesel ruins good leather gloves real fast, and the diesel seeps thru the leather and gets on your skin...bad deal. Cover all are nice, but we have found that the insulated bibs, and a matching jacket work best....if its cold enough for the bibs, but you need to be able to move around, a lighter coat works best. The same for the summer...light weight bibs, and a jacket, if you need it.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Wine Taster's Comment
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I did not explain the boot thing well. I figure the firefighter boots because I can slip them on easy getting out of the truck and back off getting in. Then whatever shoe I want to drive in would be waiting in the cab. I guess I was thinking in a in the truck clothing and out of the truck clothing thing. It is kind of a big deal thing for me to look professional. I have been in uniforms for over 20 years and looking good while you do your job has been drilled into me.

It seems to me that if I got pulled over by a DMV guy or police or I had to talk to someone at a receiver, etc; the first impression of appearance may help me in my travels. Add in a great smile and politeness, well you get my point.

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.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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For God sakes don't ware sweat pants outside of your truck. Talk about unprofessional. And keep the flip flops either in the truck or in the shower but they do not belong on your feet while fueling up your truck. Actually flip flops should only be used to shower.

Basic common sense when choose what to wear is best. Think I am going to start taking pictures of people as they get out of their truck. Trust me when I say there are some things that should never see the light of day outside of a truck.....flip flops and sweats being only a few things.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Wine Taster's Comment
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For God sakes don't ware sweat pants outside of your truck. Talk about unprofessional. And keep the flip flops either in the truck or in the shower but they do not belong on your feet while fueling up your truck. Actually flip flops should only be used to shower.

Basic common sense when choose what to wear is best. Think I am going to start taking pictures of people as they get out of their truck. Trust me when I say there are some things that should never see the light of day outside of a truck.....flip flops and sweats being only a few things.

Well, i guess you should be happy they were not getting out with just a thong on!rofl-3.gif

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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For God sakes don't ware sweat pants outside of your truck. Talk about unprofessional. And keep the flip flops either in the truck or in the shower but they do not belong on your feet while fueling up your truck. Actually flip flops should only be used to shower.

Basic common sense when choose what to wear is best. Think I am going to start taking pictures of people as they get out of their truck. Trust me when I say there are some things that should never see the light of day outside of a truck.....flip flops and sweats being only a few things.

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Well, i guess you should be happy they were not getting out with just a thong on!rofl-3.gif

350 lbs of not bathing in 3 weeks and nearly naked in a thong? Thanks for that image in my mind....now everyone gets to see what I saw in my mind.....mawahahaha!!!225629_fat_guy_in_car.jpg

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Starcar's Comment
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Guyjax is gonna start a "PEOPLE OF TRUCKING " !!! just like the Poeple of WalMart....I love it... I think the only time that you should be in sweats outside your truck is if they are taking you out on a gurney..

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Guyjax is gonna start a "PEOPLE OF TRUCKING " !!! just like the Poeple of WalMart....

No kidding I was just thinking about that the other day. I saw one of those "People of Walmart" photos and thought "Heck, truckers have these people beat! We should do the same thing for truckers!!!"

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Roadkill (aka:Guy DeCou)'s Comment
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When I was on the road with my buddy in November, we had a game we played called, "Don't be THAT GUY"...where we would see someone really bad and he would say, "When you start driving, DON'T BE THAT GUY"...shocked.png

R. Picante's Comment
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I just have about 7 jeans 2 pair of shorts and about 25 shirts. 10 long n 15 short. I keep pair of boots and tennis shoes and I drive with flip flops on. My feet get hot n sweat so I must keep the air flowing. But I put on shows each and every time I get out the truck. Even to use the restroom. I only use my overalls (thick pair for cold days n thin for warm days) when I'm using chains since u can get dirty real fast. I also have sweat pants n shirt for the walk from the shower back to my truck. And I never get in my bunk with cloths on. I use pjs when I want to relax on my bunk and sleep. I do laundy every 3weeka so I wear my jeans twice or 3 times depends how dirty I get. And the gloves yea good to have extra and a pair just for gas. I use thinner rubber glove inside of a thicker work glove.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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