Personal Challenges That Needed Overcome For Trucking

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Canaan's Comment
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Hey everyone, I am under heavy consideration to get my cdl and be a trucker, but I have some health problems (that have yet to be diagnosed, it's a on going process currently.)

I was wondering if anyone was willing to share any personal challenges they had to overcome (and how they achieved doing so) in order to make it as a trucker.

No pressure for anyone to share, I know that some personal challenges are best left unspoken.

Thanks! -Canaan

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.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Hey everyone, I am under heavy consideration to get my cdl and be a trucker, but I have some health problems (that have yet to be diagnosed, it's a on going process currently.)

I was wondering if anyone was willing to share any personal challenges they had to overcome (and how they achieved doing so) in order to make it as a trucker.

No pressure for anyone to share, I know that some personal challenges are best left unspoken.

Thanks! -Canaan

A few that come to mind: Old School, (Vision and ongoing) .. Marc Lee, (Diabetic with insulin dependency) .. man, there's SO MANY!

Look up those two, for starters. Marc didn't further his career but sure could have, with 4 opportunities carried out.

Also, there's a feature on here.. 'search by tags' .. Look at SPE, DOT , DOT exemptions, and the like.

If you would SHARE your medical malady with us... I'm sure one of us (me?! EVEN?) COULD direct you correctly...or 'closely!'

(Ask some of the guys; it's kinda "what I do" around here, haha!)

I hope we CAN help you, Canaan ... the more you share, the more we CAN ... LoL.. pun? kinda!

~ Anne ~

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Canaan's Comment
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Hey everyone, I am under heavy consideration to get my cdl and be a trucker, but I have some health problems (that have yet to be diagnosed, it's a on going process currently.)

I was wondering if anyone was willing to share any personal challenges they had to overcome (and how they achieved doing so) in order to make it as a trucker.

No pressure for anyone to share, I know that some personal challenges are best left unspoken.

Thanks! -Canaan

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A few that come to mind: Old School, (Vision and ongoing) .. Marc Lee, (Diabetic with insulin dependency) .. man, there's SO MANY!

Look up those two, for starters. Marc didn't further his career but sure could have, with 4 opportunities carried out.

Also, there's a feature on here.. 'search by tags' .. Look at SPE, DOT , DOT exemptions, and the like.

If you would SHARE your medical malady with us... I'm sure one of us (me?! EVEN?) COULD direct you correctly...or 'closely!'

(Ask some of the guys; it's kinda "what I do" around here, haha!)

I hope we CAN help you, Canaan ... the more you share, the more we CAN ... LoL.. pun? kinda!

~ Anne ~

Thanks for the reply Anne, as I stated. I don't have much to go on yet. The Dr's don't quite know what's wrong haha, it's a work in progress I suppose you could say.

I was just curious to know if anyone else had circumstances and if they effected driving and such.

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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Got into trucking after retirement age with all the various maladies that come with old age. That was my biggest challenge

Canaan's Comment
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Got into trucking after retirement age with all the various maladies that come with old age. That was my biggest challenge

Thanks for the reply! If I may ask. How have you overcome your challenge?

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Got into trucking after retirement age with all the various maladies that come with old age. That was my biggest challenge

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Thanks for the reply! If I may ask. How have you overcome your challenge?

I have overcome my problems by taking ibuprofen like it’s candy. Lol Also, I’ve gotten great advice here about a healthy diet for a driver and other ways to stay in shape to keep driving.

Andrey's Comment
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There are no universal solutions, but trucking offers a lot of flexibility. For example, I don't like not to sleep at night, and my dispatch knows it, so I don't have to drive nights.

Canaan's Comment
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Got into trucking after retirement age with all the various maladies that come with old age. That was my biggest challenge

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Thanks for the reply! If I may ask. How have you overcome your challenge?

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I have overcome my problems by taking ibuprofen like it’s candy. Lol Also, I’ve gotten great advice here about a healthy diet for a driver and other ways to stay in shape to keep driving.

Ahh yes, I will definitely need to improve diet and exercise once in the truck, once I am closer to the time I want to start applying and such I'll be doing my research on how to stay healthy in the truck. Thanks for the reply!

Canaan's Comment
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There are no universal solutions, but trucking offers a lot of flexibility. For example, I don't like not to sleep at night, and my dispatch knows it, so I don't have to drive nights.

So it's just communicating then? That simple if there's a problem?

Andrey's Comment
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Yes, communication is a crucial part. Unless you drive in a team or with a trainer, you are the boss - you make decisions literally about everything. Of course, there is a dispatcher , but you will hardly ever see him, only communicate :-)

Dispatcher:

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.
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