Resuming Driving, Hopefully

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Bruce K.'s Comment
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Hi everyone. After a long absence to care for a family responsibility I am pursuing OTR driving again. I have a good opportunity to get on with a company near Green Bay named PTI, Paper Transport Inc. My application was approved but they require that I go into their training program. Classroom and driving range for one week and then two weeks on the road with one of their on road training instructors before going out on my own again. I'm very grateful for this opportunity and especially grateful for the training I'm going to get. I know I need to knock the rust off and refresh my previous training and experience. About 2 months ago I experienced 3 blood clots. I didn't know it and neither did my recruiter, but the FMSA requires a three month waiting period with the last month of the waiting period showing stable INR results between 3 and four. The INR is regulated by a dose of blood thinner so I'm almost in range but the doctor is still fine tuning the right dosage. I passed everything else on the DOT physical especially BMI because I have lost 32 lbs. since I last drove. So I wasn't flagged for a sleep study/ sleep apnea although the company will have the final say on that. Looking forward to getting back in the mix and reading the forum.

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Hi everyone. After a long absence to care for a family responsibility I am pursuing OTR driving again. I have a good opportunity to get on with a company near Green Bay named PTI, Paper Transport Inc. My application was approved but they require that I go into their training program. Classroom and driving range for one week and then two weeks on the road with one of their on road training instructors before going out on my own again. I'm very grateful for this opportunity and especially grateful for the training I'm going to get. I know I need to knock the rust off and refresh my previous training and experience. About 2 months ago I experienced 3 blood clots. I didn't know it and neither did my recruiter, but the FMSA requires a three month waiting period with the last month of the waiting period showing stable INR results between 3 and four. The INR is regulated by a dose of blood thinner so I'm almost in range but the doctor is still fine tuning the right dosage. I passed everything else on the DOT physical especially BMI because I have lost 32 lbs. since I last drove. So I wasn't flagged for a sleep study/ sleep apnea although the company will have the final say on that. Looking forward to getting back in the mix and reading the forum.

Wow!

Great to see you back around, sir!!!

Wish you the best in your restart, for sure~!!

~ Anne ~

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Holy cow, look what the cat drug in.

I was just wondering what you where upto.

PackRat's Comment
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Bruce returns!

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Bruce K.'s Comment
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Holy cow, look what the cat drug in.

I was just wondering what you where upto.

Well, I'm back on the forum but I've got a ways to go before I get my butt in the driver's seat. It's been a long haul to get freed up to try again Looking forward to a fresh start both here and on the road.

Anybody have any comments about PTI?

PackRat's Comment
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I went through orientation with a guy from the SE that drove there for five years until he made the split for Crete. He didn't have many positive things to say regarding his time driving at PTI.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Holy cow, look what the cat drug in.

I was just wondering what you where upto.

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Well, I'm back on the forum but I've got a ways to go before I get my butt in the driver's seat. It's been a long haul to get freed up to try again Looking forward to a fresh start both here and on the road.

Anybody have any comments about PTI?

I do, 2nd hand. Tom has a buddy; guy that used to pull tanks w/ him for Ted. When the tank job went belly up six years ago, the guy just totally got out of any/all things truck. In comes Covid; laid off from LOWE'S, as a store manager.

Started BACK IN with PTI a little over a year ago, and is TOTALLY impressed; still. Their 'refresher course' is what had him from hello. I can probably get you contact info via email, if needed. John's a great guy, shoots from the heart not the hip, kinda soul.

I'm thinking it'd be a great fit & I wish you well!!

Again,

~ Anne (&Tom) ~

ps: Re, what the 'cat (truck!) drug in ....' LoL! Juxtaposition & pun fun!!! LoLoL~

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Old School's Comment
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Anybody have any comments about PTI?

-Bruce K

I went through orientation with a guy from the SE that drove there for five years until he made the split for Crete. He didn't have many positive things to say regarding his time driving at PTI.

-PackRat

I think that is both funny and suspicious. A guy works for a company for five years and then can't bring himself to speak well of the company. Something kept him there for five years! It wasn't shackles and irons! We truckers are strange actors sometimes. I think he liked it way more than he lets on to. His five years speaks volumes to me.

PackRat's Comment
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I don't know....

We were "orientation buddies", along with the other dozen from those four days. I've heard some nutty stories in the multiple orientations I've been to (knocks on wood).

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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