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Turtle's Comment
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Just know you will miss some birthdays and holidays. Will you be able to handle not being home to help your wife in a hard situation? Car breaks down? Kids or wife are sick? Old School has mentioned his neighbor is willing to help his wife take care of things around the house if she needs the help. Do you have reliable support to help your wife if she gets overwhelmed whether it's family, friends or neighbors?

KJ, pay close attention to what Rob T said above. Get yourself into as best of a financial position as possible before embarking on this journey.

Your wife will need the security of knowing things will be handled while you're away. And you will need to be able to devote your complete attention to learning this new career without distractions.

Don't rush yourself into failure.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Kj B.'s Comment
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Agreed. Me and wife already talked about this. Family first.

Kj B.'s Comment
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Got about a few days shy of a month were im ready to go try out prime inc, recruiter called me today yo check up on me told her I'm still looking forward to it got alittle more time to get things settled. Had to pay 975.00 to have flywheel fixed in truck, ( if I had the space and tools would of done it myself lol

Quick question, my biggest fear about trucking is getting stopped by a low bridge and have to call to get help backing out. Is there a way to avoid low clearance bridges?

Papa Pig's Comment
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Kjb. Im A rookie and still figuring things out but, avoid low bridges by planning your route using a truckers atlas and not trusting your gps. Plan plan plan, then plan some more. You may be running low on time, behind, etc but need to know how to get where you are going in the safest/most efficient route possible. I have made the mistake of getting in a rush and going down a road I probably shouldn’t have been on. When a mistake does happen, don’t panic. You will be fine

Kj B.'s Comment
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Kjb. Im A rookie and still figuring things out but, avoid low bridges by planning your route using a truckers atlas and not trusting your gps. Plan plan plan, then plan some more. You may be running low on time, behind, etc but need to know how to get where you are going in the safest/most efficient route possible. I have made the mistake of getting in a rush and going down a road I probably shouldn’t have been on. When a mistake does happen, don’t panic. You will be fine

Thank you, prolly after some time you will learn the roads and what to take.

PackRat's Comment
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Most companies are going to give you the route that you should take from the shipper to the final destination. Once you have this, compare this with the maps in a TRUCKERS atlas.

Your trainer should go over this with you extensively during your rookie period out on the road.

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.

Kj B.'s Comment
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Yeah hope my trainer like questions im going to ask alot, not the kind of questions that would make it sound like I'm not learning anything, the ones to make me the best I can be.

Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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KJ... low clearance is just about always 100% preventable. Stay focused when driving, take attentive notice of all the yellow cautionary signs. If something happens and you do end up facing a 13'4" underpass, stop as far from it as you can, move to the side, put on your flashers, and call the local police.

We had one 12'6 underpass, twice in 28 yrs I got to help a driver back away. Trust me, they'd much rather block traffic to let u safely back and reroute, than to have you wedged and lanes blocked for a couple hours.

Enjoy the new gig!!!

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.

Kj B.'s Comment
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Ty guys.

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