Big Friday Announcements - New Article From Kearsey, Old School Is Honored By His Company, And 3 New Moderators!

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey folks,

This is an exciting day today for us at Trucking Truth! We have three great announcements.

Announcement #1: We have an amazing new article by Kearsey

Trucking Is A Lifestyle: Some Tips For Surving Life On The Road

I give you my word that if you miss out on any of Kearsey's advice your career will suffer! Do not endure the suffering. Read her article, and in fact read all of her articles here on Trucking Truth and follow her YouTube Channel

Truckin' Along With Kearsey: A Positive Voice In Trucking

Kearsey is amazing in a trillion ways! It's a real blessing that she's willing to help people be successful in life and in trucking!

Announcement #2: Old School Honored By Knight Transportation

Old School is another legend around here. His work ethic is unmatched, his advice is priceless, and I could not be more thankful for the time he devotes to helping new drivers understand what it takes to be successful out there on the road.

Old School has been pulling a flatbed for Knight Transportation for five years and has consistently been one of their top performers, or the top performer in the fleet.

Knight recently honored Old School in a post on their company's facebook page:

Announcement #3: Three New Moderators!

It's been quite a while since we promoted anyone to Moderator status, and now we're appointing three new moderators at one time! These guys have been here at Trucking Truth for years and have helped so many people it's incredible. Between them they have a wide range of experience in this industry, including OTR company drivers, owner operators, and local food service delivery.

PJ

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Retired police officer from Ca. Relocated to Ga. I was looking for a second career that will give me some new experiences in life. I have 4 amazing daughters and 7 grandkids. A lot of my friends were truck drivers and loved the job, except being away from the family. I figured I would give it a shot and see what happens. I have learned alot about myself, the industry and life in general. I love my new career. My email is pat.jerrold@gmail.com

PackRat

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I was a rookie O/O. Medically off the road February to July 2019 for a heart transplant.

Hired by CFI as a company driver out of the Taylor, MI terminal November 2019.

Try not to job hop the way I have done! The grass is not always greener, and no company is ever going to be completely perfect. Think on big decisions for at least a week before making your choice.

Rob T.

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I obtained my CDL August 2017 and began my driving career as a local foodservice driver for Performance Food Group (PFG) out of Des Moines, Iowa. After roughly a year and a half I decided to hang up my 2 wheel dolly and take a job easier on the body. I currently deliver to grocery stores in Iowa and the 7 surrounding states

Now how's that for a big Friday???? A big congrats to all five of these people for their incredible accomplishments in trucking and a HUGE thanks from me personally for all you've done to help people here at Trucking Truth. You folks are simply incredible and it's such a blessing for all of us to have you around.

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.

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.

OTR:

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.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Very cool.

Congrats to Dale/Old School.

Congrats to the new mods Been awhile since people have been "kicked upstairs"...

Good stuff there Brett...

Rick

Rob T.'s Comment
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Great article Kearsey, that is another must read for anyone interested in entering the industry. Far too often we see people come in here and think driving a big vehicle will be the only challenge they face. They dont take into consideration the lifestyle changes they will go through.

Old School congrats on getting recognized for the hard work you put in. With how many miles you're able to consistently turn, manage your clock to get loads delivered on time that others say is impossible, and taking the northeast loads that other drivers run away from it's amazing you have time to do anything other than sleep. We've all known you're superman for quite a while, it's nice the company singled you out to thank you for your hard work.

Brett thank you for the promotion!

Delco Dave's Comment
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A big CONGRATULATIONS to all and thank you for donating your time and knowledge to help all of us soon to be and rookie truckers. I will be headed to training soon way more prepared then I ever could of imagined because of Trucking Truth and all its members

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Rob D.'s Comment
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Great article Kearsey. As someone who is about to jump in, it gives me a positive perspective.

Congrats Old School on the recognition. Obviously, you deserve it and it doesn't surprise me.

Congrats to the new moderators. I have had the pleasure of meeting two of the three, including Packrat twice and spending some quality time with him.

IMO, all good choices.

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.

Spaceman Spiff's Comment
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That's a big Friday indeed. Awesome to see you 3 getting promoted to moderator status, well deserved indeed.

Will get Kearseys article read ASAP today.

I honestly started reading Knights article and was like, who is Dale M., Before it dawned on me. They could have put him down as Old School and I wouldn't have blinked twice. But no surprise to well earned recognition!

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.

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.

Turtle's Comment
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Congratulations to all. Well deserved. Your commitment to helping others while also leading by example is inspiring. Good stuff!

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Congratulations.

Do I have to salute now?

PJ's Comment
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Hey ya’ll,

Kearsey or Rainy as alot of us know her is an incredible human being and we all have learned a ton from her. She is truely one in a few million.

Old School congrats sir!!! You are in the same boat with Rainy. It’s nice that Knight recognizes what they have in you.

Brett you have totally shocked me with this promotion. Thank you for your confidence in me, Packrat and Rob.

PackRat's Comment
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Thanks much for the upgrade, Brett! Not sure what it means, though?

Great article by Rainy. As usual, a must read post.

Old School's recognition by Knight comes as no surprise to me.

Bobcat--No salute, but you should holler, "At ease!" and come to parade rest whenever I walk by, or enter the compartment.

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