My Trucking Journey From The Beginning

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Kerry L.'s Comment
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Here I am in the last week of training. Everything was good since I switched to the Dollar General account. I have really good trainer. He lets me do my thing, if I make mistake he lets me realize it first and after he would tell me I made a mistake. Everything is good. The bad thing is I am in South Boston VA right now and there is basically nothing to do after work. It is really boring right now. I thought to rent a car to go some place but because there is basically nothing, cheapest rental cars are starting from $100 daily. I don't want to spend that much money.

I am still debating about moving Florida or Texas but I decided to stay at the current account at least 6 months and see if I like Pennsylvania better 😁

If you ever start thinking of moving again, Dallas, TX and Houston, TX are both excellent locations for trucking, for local, linehaul , intermodal , regional , dedicated, and even OTR work. I live in the Dallas area and jobs in every type of trucking that exists, hauling every type of freight possible can be found here. So, if you ever want to relocate, anywhere in the Dallas area is a great place to be for your trucking career. In fact, you could relocate without having to switch to another company. Werner has plenty of work here in Dallas/Fort Worth. There is a Dollar General account here, plus opportunities for OTR and regional, if you wanted to try something different. Just thought I'd share with you the outlook of a trucking career in Texas.

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.

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.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

Kerry L.'s Comment
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Bora Bora, sign up for an audio books subscription or something like Netflix’s.

Bora bored, not good

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ROFLMAO!!

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Here I am in the last week of training. Everything was good since I switched to the Dollar General account. I have really good trainer. He lets me do my thing, if I make mistake he lets me realize it first and after he would tell me I made a mistake. Everything is good. The bad thing is I am in South Boston VA right now and there is basically nothing to do after work. It is really boring right now. I thought to rent a car to go some place but because there is basically nothing, cheapest rental cars are starting from $100 daily. I don't want to spend that much money.

I am still debating about moving Florida or Texas but I decided to stay at the current account at least 6 months and see if I like Pennsylvania better 😁

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Good for you hanging in, Bora. Yep, the starting part is the toughest part. Glad you got the $ accounts squared away, yet even the 'new' one you are on 'WILL' probably be difficult. It's only for a short while....HANG IN!!! Rooting for ya, u know!

Bora Bora ... still reminds me of 'Dora' ... and now, the 'Wooly Bully' song plays in my head, with the new lyrics singing.. Bora Bora .. instead, haha!

I hail (sorda) from Florida.. born in NY and partially raised there. Lanes for freight are AWFUL in FL; much better in TX. Think of the ports . . . and many are backlogged (and will be for some time...) and are paying really well; still WILL be in 6 months to a year.

I looked up S. Boston, VA . . . oh, WOW! Looks like 'our' little village; Shauck Ohio ... haha! Go see! Yep, no Uber or Lyft here, either..haha!

Anyway, as Bruce K. said . . . audio books! Podcasts! Have you listened to Brett's treasure trove of these?!?!?

Link to follow ( I hope! )

Brett's (and other!) Podcasts, for new & aspiring drivers~

Hang in, man.

Best wishes, always.

~ Anne ~

Texas will always be a pretty good place for trucking, if nothing else because of location. DFW is the 5th largest metropolitan area in the US, so by virtue of that, there will always be tons of freight being moved into, out of, and through the area. Houston is the 4th largest metropolitan area, so with the 4th and 5th largest metropolitan areas within 6 hours of each other here, and in addition the 2nd busiest port in the US by volume, trucking is HUGE in Texas. I say that as someone who was born and raised in Southern California, so I don't have the "everything is bigger in Texas" mentality.

Andrey's Comment
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I say that as someone who was born and raised in Southern California, so I don't have the "everything is bigger in Texas" mentality.

It is hardly about mentality. I was born and raised in Russia, but for me there is absolutely no doubt that everything is bigger in Texas. Another thing that I learned is that Sooners and Aggies both suck.

Kerry L.'s Comment
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I say that as someone who was born and raised in Southern California, so I don't have the "everything is bigger in Texas" mentality.

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It is hardly about mentality. I was born and raised in Russia, but for me there is absolutely no doubt that everything is bigger in Texas. Another thing that I learned is that Sooners and Aggies both suck.

Hmm, interesting point.

Bora K.'s Comment
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Bora Bora, sign up for an audio books subscription or something like Netflix’s.

Bora bored, not good

Haha yeah you are right Bora Bored, not good lol. I subscribed for bunch of audio books. I like to listen tech and startup stuff so i am listening them.

Bora K.'s Comment
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Bora Bora, sign up for an audio books subscription or something like Netflix’s.

Bora bored, not good

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ROFLMAO!!

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Here I am in the last week of training. Everything was good since I switched to the Dollar General account. I have really good trainer. He lets me do my thing, if I make mistake he lets me realize it first and after he would tell me I made a mistake. Everything is good. The bad thing is I am in South Boston VA right now and there is basically nothing to do after work. It is really boring right now. I thought to rent a car to go some place but because there is basically nothing, cheapest rental cars are starting from $100 daily. I don't want to spend that much money.

I am still debating about moving Florida or Texas but I decided to stay at the current account at least 6 months and see if I like Pennsylvania better 😁

double-quotes-end.png

Good for you hanging in, Bora. Yep, the starting part is the toughest part. Glad you got the $ accounts squared away, yet even the 'new' one you are on 'WILL' probably be difficult. It's only for a short while....HANG IN!!! Rooting for ya, u know!

Bora Bora ... still reminds me of 'Dora' ... and now, the 'Wooly Bully' song plays in my head, with the new lyrics singing.. Bora Bora .. instead, haha!

I hail (sorda) from Florida.. born in NY and partially raised there. Lanes for freight are AWFUL in FL; much better in TX. Think of the ports . . . and many are backlogged (and will be for some time...) and are paying really well; still WILL be in 6 months to a year.

I looked up S. Boston, VA . . . oh, WOW! Looks like 'our' little village; Shauck Ohio ... haha! Go see! Yep, no Uber or Lyft here, either..haha!

Anyway, as Bruce K. said . . . audio books! Podcasts! Have you listened to Brett's treasure trove of these?!?!?

Link to follow ( I hope! )

Brett's (and other!) Podcasts, for new & aspiring drivers~

Hang in, man.

Best wishes, always.

~ Anne ~

This is the song that I always remember when people say Bora Bora

https://youtu.be/h7cR9qsprCE

Thank you for all the support. I don't have many friends here in USA so that forum really helped me a lot. Actually trucking community is generally so helpful.

South Boston is really for retirement lol

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Bora Bora, sign up for an audio books subscription or something like Netflix’s.

Bora bored, not good

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Haha yeah you are right Bora Bored, not good lol. I subscribed for bunch of audio books. I like to listen tech and startup stuff so i am listening them.

Bora;

Some MORE really good trucking podcasts, for free:

Trucker Podcasts & MORE!

Check it out, Sir Tempest (as in the Adriatic Sea Breeze....lol...) !!!

I'm waiting for MORE of your 'learning' experiences, good sir!

~ Anne ~

Bora K.'s Comment
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Here I am in the last week of training. Everything was good since I switched to the Dollar General account. I have really good trainer. He lets me do my thing, if I make mistake he lets me realize it first and after he would tell me I made a mistake. Everything is good. The bad thing is I am in South Boston VA right now and there is basically nothing to do after work. It is really boring right now. I thought to rent a car to go some place but because there is basically nothing, cheapest rental cars are starting from $100 daily. I don't want to spend that much money.

I am still debating about moving Florida or Texas but I decided to stay at the current account at least 6 months and see if I like Pennsylvania better 😁

double-quotes-end.png

If you ever start thinking of moving again, Dallas, TX and Houston, TX are both excellent locations for trucking, for local, linehaul , intermodal , regional , dedicated, and even OTR work. I live in the Dallas area and jobs in every type of trucking that exists, hauling every type of freight possible can be found here. So, if you ever want to relocate, anywhere in the Dallas area is a great place to be for your trucking career. In fact, you could relocate without having to switch to another company. Werner has plenty of work here in Dallas/Fort Worth. There is a Dollar General account here, plus opportunities for OTR and regional, if you wanted to try something different. Just thought I'd share with you the outlook of a trucking career in Texas.

Thank you for the recommendations. I am still debating between both of them but like you and most of the people mentioned Texas seems better choice.

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.

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.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

Bora K.'s Comment
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Hello ,

This will be my last week finally! I have been in really beautiful places in West Virginia. I did my longest drives last two days. 300 miles in one drive! I am really proud of my self because when I first started I always felt sleepy after 2 hours. But even with 6 hours drive, I didn't feel sleepy. That's really good achievement for me!!. Below you can see some pictures from West Virginia

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Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Gorgeous, Bora!

I'm a 'state away' ... on 77 !!!

Be safe, and congrats.

Chewing gum and life saver wintergreens (single wraps) are essentials to MY guy... in case of the drowsies. Stay away from those damn coffee shots and those 2" tall energy things. The crash... can cause just that.

Wish you well, still following~

YAY!!

~ Anne ~

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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