Right Off Into That Deep End

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Daniel W.'s Comment
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Well folks, pushed the button on the applications for Knight and Swift this morning, and dropped a line into my local private school as well. Been looking at trucking for a couple years now, and those looks have been getting more and more serious over the last 6-8 months now. And I'm ready now to make the leap. Wife has given me the greenlight to (once I'm in a program otherwise) quit my job of 13 years and be technically unemployed for the first time since half my life ago at 17.

So, I've worked in a grocery store since I was 21. I've been in every department you can think of, and I've run multiple departments. And dudes, that grind sucks. I was first exposed to the trucking world by way of having been the overnight/backup receiver for the last 10 years or so. I know the paperwork, how the scheduling works, all of that fun stuff. And I'm a curious man. So I built a rapport with our drivers and have had many opportunities to see that side of logistics. And the chance to see the opportunities that lie within the industry in exchange for hard work.

I'm going into this knowing its going to be a huge adjustment. It isn't going to be easy. Its gonna suck. I've got a wife and small child who I love to see daily. But this isn't a short term job outlook. In my eyes a year or so of being not home every day (I'm hoping to slot into a home weekly regional if/when it becomes possible) is a small price to pay for the opportunity to have a job that even in training will far outstrip my current income potential. I know there are gonna be days I want to leave that truck on the side of the road and walk away from it all, days that are gonna test everything I got. But i also have the outlook of just push on through, be safe, and learn the first time so the second time doesn't drive me up a wall.

And finally, just want to say thanks to you folks for having all this information on here, both in the articles and in the forums. Sites like this help a ton with being able to walk into a situation not completely blind.

See y'all out there!

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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Welcome to trucking truth Daniel W. It sounds like you have really prepared yourself. Our Welcome Mom, Anne should be along before too long to give you a bunch of links to go through, including the one and done link to send out many applications. I'm not very good at attaching the links and I really need to get rolling...still have 2046 miles to do by Tuesday morning.

Laura

Daniel B.'s Comment
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LTL companies are hiring new drivers and training from within. I would go that route since you have a small child

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
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Well folks, pushed the button on the applications for Knight and Swift this morning, and dropped a line into my local private school as well. Been looking at trucking for a couple years now, and those looks have been getting more and more serious over the last 6-8 months now. And I'm ready now to make the leap. Wife has given me the greenlight to (once I'm in a program otherwise) quit my job of 13 years and be technically unemployed for the first time since half my life ago at 17.

So, I've worked in a grocery store since I was 21. I've been in every department you can think of, and I've run multiple departments. And dudes, that grind sucks. I was first exposed to the trucking world by way of having been the overnight/backup receiver for the last 10 years or so. I know the paperwork, how the scheduling works, all of that fun stuff. And I'm a curious man. So I built a rapport with our drivers and have had many opportunities to see that side of logistics. And the chance to see the opportunities that lie within the industry in exchange for hard work.

I'm going into this knowing its going to be a huge adjustment. It isn't going to be easy. Its gonna suck. I've got a wife and small child who I love to see daily. But this isn't a short term job outlook. In my eyes a year or so of being not home every day (I'm hoping to slot into a home weekly regional if/when it becomes possible) is a small price to pay for the opportunity to have a job that even in training will far outstrip my current income potential. I know there are gonna be days I want to leave that truck on the side of the road and walk away from it all, days that are gonna test everything I got. But i also have the outlook of just push on through, be safe, and learn the first time so the second time doesn't drive me up a wall.

And finally, just want to say thanks to you folks for having all this information on here, both in the articles and in the forums. Sites like this help a ton with being able to walk into a situation not completely blind.

See y'all out there!

Hi, Daniel W; and welcome to Trucking Truth!! Nice introduction, seems like you have a great perspective on trucking.

(Thanks for the plug, Laura! LoL!) Daniel B. has a great point. You should read some of Banks' Fedex threads:

FXF Driver Apprentice / Banks' Diary.

Here's more, our 'Starter Pack:'

And if you're not 'limited' to those two OTR companies you mentioned; I'd recommend this: Apply For Paid CDL Training.

Brett's book, and the High Road Training Program, linked above, are must reads.

When you are ready, Daniel B's Pretrip is the BEST!

I hope you stop back in here often, and ask away if you have questions!

Best wishes;

~ Anne ~

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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