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Stevo Reno's Comment
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Congrats Kerry, on both, new bride, and soon the new baby.

PJ's Comment
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Daniel you’ll never be old, lol. Seems a lifetime ago we met at the Petro in North Little Rock. Lots of changes for us both for sure.

BK's Comment
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This is all great and interesting info about our driving community here. Some of it is really sad, but mostly upbeat.

Bird-One's Comment
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Hey Bruce off topic but can you post a picture of your truck? Always thought Schneider had interesting color schemes.

BK's Comment
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Hey Bruce off topic but can you post a picture of your truck? Always thought Schneider had interesting color schemes.

I could try to post a photo if I figured out how I need to work on that

My tractor is just grey but my trailer is orange. I always get these Halloween trailers. Lol

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Hey Bruce off topic but can you post a picture of your truck? Always thought Schneider had interesting color schemes.

I bet he will, if you post 'your story' to sweeten the pot, haha!!!

~ Anne ~

ps: Here's MY truck! ~ (for NOW!!)


Kandyman's Comment
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I have been a chef off/on for 30 years. 2003 I burned out, was accepted to trucking school. However it was 2005 before I went to school. Future Truckers of America in Asheboro, Nc Trained and drive for Stevens Transport. Had no real issues w them. Exception was orientation was basically "hip gangsta wanna-bes" (Tool song) I became ill on the road and left Stevens. After a couple months I started driving for Cooke Trucking. Teams out of Mt. Airy. Drove total of a year. I was on hometime and old friend of mine offered me a chef position. 2006. Havent driven since. Met my wife 2008. 2010 married. 2018-present has been brutal. Divorce is on horizon among other things. Not working. Etc I sit around researching the logistics, supply chains, trucking companies etc If I survive my next few battles I hope to put my research to work. For the greater good.

Kerry L.'s Comment
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Congrats Kerry, on both, new bride, and soon the new baby.

Thank you very much.

Kerry L.'s Comment
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I started thinking about the idea of being a truck driver while in prison back in 2009. Once off of parole in March of 2020, I made moves to get my CDL. I was able to take advantage of WIOA grant (qualifying for two reasons: convicted felon and disabled military veteran).

I had an accident in my personal vehicle the first week of CDL school, which tanked all of the opportunities I had been looking at going into school. There was only one company willing to give me a chance: TransAm. I allowed an unfortunate miscommunication derail that job opportunity and ended leaving right before I went out on the road on my own. Well, that ultimately proved to be a blessing because had that job panned out, I probably would not have met my wife.

Fast forward a little over a year and I am newly married to a beautiful woman with a child on the way. I am the owner of my own business in the southern African country of Zambia. I plan to drive trucks for at least 3 to 5 years, then move myself, my wife, and my kid (possibly plural in the future) to Zambia where I will enjoy a very early retirement.

I am currently on vacation/honeymoon in Zambia and returning to the US tomorrow. I am excited to start calling trucking companies to follow up on all the applications that I have submitted. I already have a handful of companies expressing pretty strong interest. I am excited to see where this career may take me.

I have learned a great deal from quite a few different experienced drivers here. The drivers who are in their first year that post on here are the ones who motivate me and inspire me. Drivers like Old School, PackRat, Turtle, and others help me to keep things in proper perspective.

Well, that's just a bit about me.


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.


WIOA - Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (aka WIA)

Formerly known as the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), the WIOA was established in 1998 to prepare youth, adults and dislocated workers for entry and reentry into the workforce. WIOA training funds are designed to serve laid-off individuals, older youth and adults who are in need of training to enter or reenter the labor market. A lot of truck drivers get funding for their CDL training through WIOA.


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.

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