5 Years Went By Fast!!!

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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Since people are posting their anniversaries.. I realized I hit 5 years of both Trucking Truth & Prime recently. Wow what an adventure. When I looked back through my posts where you see my struggle with training and backing.. Then my accomplishments over that horrible first few months and backing... Then some of my students commenting about how I helped them once I started training. And finally at 2 years I felt confident in the backing. Yes... It was really really hard for me.

This week my recent student watched in awe as I backed into a tight spot at a very crowded customer. I wasn't even nervous. I didn't realize I wasn't nervous until she said it. She also asked if my FM left me alone cause I am training or if that was normal. She is totally shocked I don't hear from dispatch unless I bother them about something first. Every response I get is "ok...10/4. Be safe" she seriously expected to be hounded and micromanaged as a company driver. After listening to some of the lease ops then seeing how I am treated by dispatch, she decided to go company. I am practically my own boss without the problems

I thought back to the many people who helped me on my journey including those on this forum.... And some who I have helped.

Not one day goes by when I regret my decision to leave my guaranteed union government job and enter the crazy world of trucking.

I thank all of you who had patience giving me advice and encouraging me....especially since I am a woman and many people want to wrongfully believe truckers are sexist.

I thank those of you who trusted me to ask for guidance and my experienced opinions with your career choices.

The respect you and all of the trucking community has given me is not overlooked by me.

Thank you to Brett, Old School, Errol, G Town and many others who listened to me vent and even laughed when I told off some people who needed a Jersey Girl to give them some attitude. Thank you to Diver Driver, PackRat, Big Scott and others who have laughed with me on the phone day after day. I also greatly appreciate Brett giving me a platform to write articles to further help new drivers.

Gratitude is essential in life. And mine is plentiful.

Fm:

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.

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Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Steve L.'s Comment
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Congratulations! It’s always good to see your posts. The Jersey Girl attitude is entertaining. 😎

But seriously, thanks for your perspective. It helps many more of us than you may know.

Keep on trucking!

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Wow, 5 years. Congratulations. You have come a long way.

Pete B.'s Comment
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Your positive influence has been deep and far-ranging; you’re a real credit to this lifestyle, for at least as long as I’ve been a part of it and known you and undoubtedly longer. It was a suggestion or recommendation of yours that I picked up on and have used every single day since. And that is these:

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And you were right about where to find them; sometimes it has been embarrassing scouring the shelves of incontinence aides looking for these, but they’re always there. And I never knew they existed before I learned about them from you. And now I use them daily. Thank you! Stay safe, hope to meet you one day. -Pete

PackRat's Comment
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Happy Anniversary to you, and Happy Birthday to your mom.

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Stevo Reno's Comment
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Congrats on that awesome 5 year milestone !!!

I remember when you first came here lol and have enjoyed and also learned things from you and many others here as well......

And may you continue in your successful journey many more years

J.D.E.Z. R.'s Comment
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What a beautiful and inspiring post.

You definitely are setting a fine example on how to pay it forward...Ya helped me last month when I was struggling with the shifter at a private CDL school. Bit that bullet, got through it, and am on to the next big step... Partly thanx to your crafted combo of wise encouragement and tough-love. You're a trucker's national treasure here. --E.Z.

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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That's fantastic! Wow, five years. What a ride, eh? Trucking is crazy.

It has been a blast watching you develop over the years, and it is truly an honor to have you here helping drivers make their way in this industry.

One thing that always stood out to me was your take on women's issues. I love that you don't play the victim, and you never encourage anyone to play the victim. You take control of life in an empowering way and you let nothing hold you back. I'm a huge fan.

Congrats on your big 5 year anniversary!

Philip G.'s Comment
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Hi congrats for 5 year, I am new here just joined , looking from good thoughts and wishes.

PJ's Comment
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Congrats Rainy!!! That is awesome, you are an inspiration to alot of us for sure!!

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