Calling All Female Flatbed Drivers Or Any Flatbed Drivers!

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Alexus L.'s Comment
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So I decided to go with western express and they only have flatbed running out of Texas. I’m nervous but excited at the same time! Any advice is much appreciated. I’m nervous about strapping down thousands of pounds of weight and driving a flatbed in general but I know it can be done!

Chief Brody's Comment
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Prime has a Texas regional account that many drivers like. Strapping and chaining won't be as much of a challenge as tarping.

I'm sure that you'll have some challenges, but others have done it and so can you.

My TNT trainer told me a story about how he saw a one-armed flatbedder securing a load and it gave him some perspective on the challenge of the job.

Good luck and share your stories. I don't always comment but I read quite a bit.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

Old School's Comment
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Alexus, there's no reason you can't be an excellent flatbed driver. We nave had a few female flatbedders here in our forum before. I remember once meeting a girl with Western Express who couldn't have weighed more than 95 pounds. There she was with the rest of us flatbed drivers - she was getting it done and taking care of her business. I have a lot of respect for all drivers, but maybe just a little more regard for the flatbedders. This is not a gender thing. It is all about attitude and persistence. If you have the right attitude and are capable of hanging tough when others get whiny, then you can certainly do this.

I hope you will keep us posted. We love hearing all the success stories that get shared in here. We also enjoy the chance to help you when you need it. If things aren't going well, or you just need to vent, let us know about it. I'm sure there are some of us here who have been through what is troubling you. We will help you when we can, and we will encourage you when we can. We always love to hear from our members. You never know how your comments may be helpful or educational to someone else who just happens to be reading in here.

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Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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So I decided to go with western express and they only have flatbed running out of Texas. I’m nervous but excited at the same time! Any advice is much appreciated. I’m nervous about strapping down thousands of pounds of weight and driving a flatbed in general but I know it can be done!

Howdy again, Alexus, and CONGRATS!!

This 'lil gal' started out flatbed, too!!!!

Half Pint

ps: @Half Pint ... if you see this, chime in, girl !

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