Getting A Trucking Job While Having Type 1 Diabetes.

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Rip40's Comment
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Hey B,

Congrats on the CDL!!

My 2ยข, you'll be just fine. If you are as attentive with your diet as you say, that shouldn't be a problem. I did OTR team driving and although there wasn't a lot of down time, didn't have any issue (other than my own self motivation) in regards to exercise.

You're gonna do GREAT!

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.

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.

B the rookie CDL holder.'s Comment
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Rip40,

I haven't had McDonald's in 6 or 7 years. I maybe eat fast food once a month. Even then I'll get a sandwich and a salad instead of fries. My last career I was always in a vehicle and could have eaten terrible, but did not. I always brought my own food. Anyway, I'm not nervous about my diet. I am just paranoid a trucking company will not give me a chance. But I have had my CDL last than a week so i have to give it a little time. I am looking into an LTL company where I work 10-12 hours a day and drive around 300 miles a day. Thanks for the kind words.

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.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

B the rookie CDL holder.'s Comment
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Update: I applied for two class A trucking jobs. I was offered a position by both companies. I chose the LTL company and start Monday. So, it can be done. Thanks, everyone. Have a good day!

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Update: I applied for two class A trucking jobs. I was offered a position by both companies. I chose the LTL company and start Monday. So, it can be done. Thanks, everyone. Have a good day!

Congrats!!!

(SEE?!?!?) << LoL !!

Hope you'll keep us in the LOOP!

~ Anne ~

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LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Davy A.'s Comment
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It's doable. Check out getting a CGM Like the Dexcon6. My brother is type 1 although he will occasionally appear to produce insulin. He has a habit of going low, especially with high heat and exercise.

I have reactive hypoglycemia, so I can't do much sugar either and have to have a steady trickle of long lasting carbs all day. I usually eat every two hours. If not I'll end up down below 40.

B the rookie CDL holder.'s Comment
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Davy,

I have a freestyle libre and it works wonders for me.

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