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tripletdad's Comment
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Well y’all, I just passed my six month mark since officially being hired after Cdl school at Millis.

I love this job more every day. The stuff that used to worry me are small potatoes now. It’s amazing the things that just happen now without me getting nervous or worried. Just today, I took wrong turn and ended up on a side street leading to a residential neighborhood. Instead of worrying, I pulled over, looked on my phone at aerial map of my location and found an easy and safe way out of it, and made it look like it was my intention still along.

I’ve been to 20 states in the past 6 month, and one of them, I was not driving. Hospitalized with Covid pneumonia. For 1.5 of those months, I was running with my trainer, so I’ve only been on my own for maybe 3.5 months. I’m still happy they gave me a brand new kenworth with 40 miles on it, and I treat it like my own. I’m at 35,000 miles now, so 10k per month, 2500 a week, and stop home every weekend.

I’m looking at other options to learn once I finish my year here. I may end up staying. I’m happy here. I rarely hear from my dispatcher , I plan my own route and schedule, as long as I’m on time, I hear nothing. If I’m going to be late, as long as I let dispatch know, again, I hear nothing. I’m wondering though if I might like flatbed or tanker though.

I’m taking my daughter out for her spring break. She wants to go see the Gulf of Mexico. Asked my dispatcher and he says he’s gonna do setting he can to make it happen.

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.

Dispatcher:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Well y’all, I just passed my six month mark since officially being hired after Cdl school at Millis.

I love this job more every day. The stuff that used to worry me are small potatoes now. It’s amazing the things that just happen now without me getting nervous or worried. Just today, I took wrong turn and ended up on a side street leading to a residential neighborhood. Instead of worrying, I pulled over, looked on my phone at aerial map of my location and found an easy and safe way out of it, and made it look like it was my intention still along.

I’ve been to 20 states in the past 6 month, and one of them, I was not driving. Hospitalized with Covid pneumonia. For 1.5 of those months, I was running with my trainer, so I’ve only been on my own for maybe 3.5 months. I’m still happy they gave me a brand new kenworth with 40 miles on it, and I treat it like my own. I’m at 35,000 miles now, so 10k per month, 2500 a week, and stop home every weekend.

I’m looking at other options to learn once I finish my year here. I may end up staying. I’m happy here. I rarely hear from my dispatcher , I plan my own route and schedule, as long as I’m on time, I hear nothing. If I’m going to be late, as long as I let dispatch know, again, I hear nothing. I’m wondering though if I might like flatbed or tanker though.

I’m taking my daughter out for her spring break. She wants to go see the Gulf of Mexico. Asked my dispatcher and he says he’s gonna do setting he can to make it happen.

Wow, tripletdad!!!!! Hope the KIDS are well, glad YOU are too!

OMG I'm so sorry about the Covid crap. Happened to a FEW of the guys on here, dangit! Glad you bounced back!! Nice new truck, to boot!!! Bet its awesome ..... Pix someday ?!?!? :)

Re: the 'hiccup' / wrong turn ~ That's the way do do it; act like a CAT (feline) and be like "I MEANT to do that!" Hahahaha!!

I'm SO happy for you, good sir!! ENJOY the kiddo, most of all. It's phenominal. We did it for a small while; memories for sure!!

MAJOR CONGRATS!!!! MANY milestones. . . . so glad to hear !!!

~ Anne ~

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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.

Dispatcher:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
tripletdad's Comment
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Thanks! I’ll post pics of I knew how to on here. I felt like an old man trying to figure it out lol. Definitely glad to have gotten over covid.

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Well y’all, I just passed my six month mark since officially being hired after Cdl school at Millis.

I love this job more every day. The stuff that used to worry me are small potatoes now. It’s amazing the things that just happen now without me getting nervous or worried. Just today, I took wrong turn and ended up on a side street leading to a residential neighborhood. Instead of worrying, I pulled over, looked on my phone at aerial map of my location and found an easy and safe way out of it, and made it look like it was my intention still along.

I’ve been to 20 states in the past 6 month, and one of them, I was not driving. Hospitalized with Covid pneumonia. For 1.5 of those months, I was running with my trainer, so I’ve only been on my own for maybe 3.5 months. I’m still happy they gave me a brand new kenworth with 40 miles on it, and I treat it like my own. I’m at 35,000 miles now, so 10k per month, 2500 a week, and stop home every weekend.

I’m looking at other options to learn once I finish my year here. I may end up staying. I’m happy here. I rarely hear from my dispatcher , I plan my own route and schedule, as long as I’m on time, I hear nothing. If I’m going to be late, as long as I let dispatch know, again, I hear nothing. I’m wondering though if I might like flatbed or tanker though.

I’m taking my daughter out for her spring break. She wants to go see the Gulf of Mexico. Asked my dispatcher and he says he’s gonna do setting he can to make it happen.

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Wow, tripletdad!!!!! Hope the KIDS are well, glad YOU are too!

OMG I'm so sorry about the Covid crap. Happened to a FEW of the guys on here, dangit! Glad you bounced back!! Nice new truck, to boot!!! Bet its awesome ..... Pix someday ?!?!? :)

Re: the 'hiccup' / wrong turn ~ That's the way do do it; act like a CAT (feline) and be like "I MEANT to do that!" Hahahaha!!

I'm SO happy for you, good sir!! ENJOY the kiddo, most of all. It's phenominal. We did it for a small while; memories for sure!!

MAJOR CONGRATS!!!! MANY milestones. . . . so glad to hear !!!

~ Anne ~

dancing-dog.gif good-luck.gif dancing-dog.gif

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.

Dispatcher:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Thanks! I’ll post pics of I knew how to on here. I felt like an old man trying to figure it out lol. Definitely glad to have gotten over covid.

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Well y’all, I just passed my six month mark since officially being hired after Cdl school at Millis.

I love this job more every day. The stuff that used to worry me are small potatoes now. It’s amazing the things that just happen now without me getting nervous or worried. Just today, I took wrong turn and ended up on a side street leading to a residential neighborhood. Instead of worrying, I pulled over, looked on my phone at aerial map of my location and found an easy and safe way out of it, and made it look like it was my intention still along.

I’ve been to 20 states in the past 6 month, and one of them, I was not driving. Hospitalized with Covid pneumonia. For 1.5 of those months, I was running with my trainer, so I’ve only been on my own for maybe 3.5 months. I’m still happy they gave me a brand new kenworth with 40 miles on it, and I treat it like my own. I’m at 35,000 miles now, so 10k per month, 2500 a week, and stop home every weekend.

I’m looking at other options to learn once I finish my year here. I may end up staying. I’m happy here. I rarely hear from my dispatcher , I plan my own route and schedule, as long as I’m on time, I hear nothing. If I’m going to be late, as long as I let dispatch know, again, I hear nothing. I’m wondering though if I might like flatbed or tanker though.

I’m taking my daughter out for her spring break. She wants to go see the Gulf of Mexico. Asked my dispatcher and he says he’s gonna do setting he can to make it happen.

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Wow, tripletdad!!!!! Hope the KIDS are well, glad YOU are too!

OMG I'm so sorry about the Covid crap. Happened to a FEW of the guys on here, dangit! Glad you bounced back!! Nice new truck, to boot!!! Bet its awesome ..... Pix someday ?!?!? :)

Re: the 'hiccup' / wrong turn ~ That's the way do do it; act like a CAT (feline) and be like "I MEANT to do that!" Hahahaha!!

I'm SO happy for you, good sir!! ENJOY the kiddo, most of all. It's phenominal. We did it for a small while; memories for sure!!

MAJOR CONGRATS!!!! MANY milestones. . . . so glad to hear !!!

~ Anne ~

dancing-dog.gif good-luck.gif dancing-dog.gif

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SUPER GLAD you are healthy, for sure!!!

At the BOTTOM RIGHT of this link, is a Vimeo from Brett, how to post pix... and much else!!! Just when you have time, to take on another 'learning curve,' sir~!! Hug those kiddos as you can!!

Photo posting bottom right!

You're younger than US, haha!!

~ Anne ~

KUDOS!!!!!

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.

Dispatcher:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Congrats! The marks of a good trucker....hazards on pull the brakes and tell others to go around you while you decide a safe route to get out. I pulled my brakes in downtown atlanta when I realized my customer who gave me directions must not get big rigs much.

Those around you dont know if the truck just died. Good for u

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Gabriel 's Comment
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I'm still trying to figure out why my picture won't upload to change my avatar photo lol 🙃

Thanks! I’ll post pics of I knew how to on here. I felt like an old man trying to figure it out lol. Definitely glad to have gotten over covid.

double-quotes-start.png

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Well y’all, I just passed my six month mark since officially being hired after Cdl school at Millis.

I love this job more every day. The stuff that used to worry me are small potatoes now. It’s amazing the things that just happen now without me getting nervous or worried. Just today, I took wrong turn and ended up on a side street leading to a residential neighborhood. Instead of worrying, I pulled over, looked on my phone at aerial map of my location and found an easy and safe way out of it, and made it look like it was my intention still along.

I’ve been to 20 states in the past 6 month, and one of them, I was not driving. Hospitalized with Covid pneumonia. For 1.5 of those months, I was running with my trainer, so I’ve only been on my own for maybe 3.5 months. I’m still happy they gave me a brand new kenworth with 40 miles on it, and I treat it like my own. I’m at 35,000 miles now, so 10k per month, 2500 a week, and stop home every weekend.

I’m looking at other options to learn once I finish my year here. I may end up staying. I’m happy here. I rarely hear from my dispatcher , I plan my own route and schedule, as long as I’m on time, I hear nothing. If I’m going to be late, as long as I let dispatch know, again, I hear nothing. I’m wondering though if I might like flatbed or tanker though.

I’m taking my daughter out for her spring break. She wants to go see the Gulf of Mexico. Asked my dispatcher and he says he’s gonna do setting he can to make it happen.

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Wow, tripletdad!!!!! Hope the KIDS are well, glad YOU are too!

OMG I'm so sorry about the Covid crap. Happened to a FEW of the guys on here, dangit! Glad you bounced back!! Nice new truck, to boot!!! Bet its awesome ..... Pix someday ?!?!? :)

Re: the 'hiccup' / wrong turn ~ That's the way do do it; act like a CAT (feline) and be like "I MEANT to do that!" Hahahaha!!

I'm SO happy for you, good sir!! ENJOY the kiddo, most of all. It's phenominal. We did it for a small while; memories for sure!!

MAJOR CONGRATS!!!! MANY milestones. . . . so glad to hear !!!

~ Anne ~

dancing-dog.gif good-luck.gif dancing-dog.gif

double-quotes-end.png

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.

Dispatcher:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
DoctorWho_214's Comment
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Thanks for sharing your experience! I'm closing in on 6 months of driving myself and I look back on the things that worried me (alley dock parking, chaining, etc.) and I find that you get used to it and it doesn't keep me up at night anymore 😂 Safe travels and keep on trucking!

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Haya, tripletdad! How are the kiddos? How are YOU?!?!?

Pics nonwithstanding; <<< I sent you the 'how to!' LoL..... ANY UPDATES ON THE CAREER ?!?!? (It sure helps the new people that come to the forum, and 'follow' someone, per se ... to find a 'follow through;' as you know!!!)

Hope all is well, fellow Buckeye!

~ Anne ~

ps: Took ya 5 plus years to achieve this GOAL!!! (AND not the G.O.A.L. kind; but okay, that also!)

G-Town's Comment
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Of everything you posted on this thread, this paragraph truly resonates for me:

I love this job more every day. The stuff that used to worry me are small potatoes now. It’s amazing the things that just happen now without me getting nervous or worried. Just today, I took wrong turn and ended up on a side street leading to a residential neighborhood. Instead of worrying, I pulled over, looked on my phone at aerial map of my location and found an easy and safe way out of it, and made it look like it was my intention still along.

Every student and new driver should save this in their notes and refer to it frequently. 100% true! Give it the time necessary to gain experiencing and seasoning and the stress level comes down as the confidence goes up.

Great post TripleT!

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