Trucking Life 2.0 - Living It, Loving It!

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Old School's Comment
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I got started back at Knight on Monday the 15th. They got me a rent car for Sunday, and a hotel room for that same night. They scheduled a physical with their chosen physician Monday morning at 0800. We did the drug testing in Texas before I left for their Gulfport, MS terminal. Once I was cleared to go they assigned me a truck and said "Get after it!" We didn't even do a drive test or anything. They loaded me up with some free Tee-shirts and other trinkets and assigned me a load. I didn't actually get started until Tuesday morning due to waiting on the truck getting detailed and a minor repair issue on the empty flatbed trailer I grabbed at the terminal.

I finished my first week yesterday. By 0800 Tuesday morning I had turned in 3,120 miles of delivered freight. It was a solid week and it felt really great being back in the saddle. We ran four loads. The first load was from Gulfport, MS to Delhi, LA for 239 miles. The second was from Delhi, LA with three stops - Lakeland, FL - Tampa, FL - Palmetto, FL for 825 miles. Then it's back to Delhi for 776 miles. The fourth run was from Delhi to Sidney, OH, then Wooster OH, Farrell, PA, and Riverdale, NJ for 1,380 miles. While finishing up the last leg of that trip I got a pre-plan for a 1,925 mile load that gets me back to Delhi.

I feel like a kid in a candy store! My week went off flawlessly and it feels great to be out here chasing that black ribbon again. I apologize for my not being as active in the forum, it's just that I felt like someone had thrown me a lifeline, and I was focused on making sure I didn't lose my grip on it. I wish each of you continued success and I hope to be a small part of it as I can.

I'm sure some of you are wondering about whether I will go home for Thanksgiving. The answer is negative. I was planning on it, but my wife came down with Covid and she swore to me that she would have the locks changed on the house if I tried to come home. That woman is stubborn! So I will be on the road until she allows me to come home. smile.gif


A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.


When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Trucking Guy's Comment
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Great Dude! I hope you get more loads and trips and earn more for your family! Keep up!

Brett Aquila's Comment
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That's fantastic, man! Really, really great news! I have to admit it didn't seem likely you'd get back out there from what you've told us, but no successful person ever got where they wanted to be without fierce determination!

How many people will wake up feeling like they're in heaven today because they're a truck driver? We know at least one!



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.
Kandyman's Comment
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"May your hands always be busy, May your feet always be swift. May you have a strong foundation when the winds of changed shift. May your heart always be joyful, may your song always be sung. May you stay forever young." --Bob Dylan

Kandyman's Comment
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Its winds of changes shift. Sorry my phone is cursed. embarrassed.gif

PackRat's Comment
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Being taken off the road truly makes one appreciate it tremendously when you get behind the wheel again. I was an old rookie for the first couple weeks.

I cannot be happier for you, Old School!

Pete B.'s Comment
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Oh man, it’s so good to hear that! Way to persevere and see it through! 3100+ mi your first week back… of course you jumped into the deep end of the pool! ;) Congratulations on making it back and safe travels!

Pete B.'s Comment
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… and sorry to hear about your wife, I hope it doesn’t turn into anything serious.

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TwoSides's Comment
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Congrats Old School!!!dancing-banana.gif dancing-banana.gif dancing-banana.gif

Glad you are back on the road. 3,120 miles is amazing. Are you doing OTR or is that regional? So your back with flatbed! I started with Knight on the 18th. Doing training with a driver. I'm in Tallulah Louisiana headed to Wilmer TX to Procter and Gamble. I applied for flatbed but they have me training in dry van. Pulling 43k pounds. Its heavy...

Hope to see you out there on the road one day. Would really like to meet you. Good luck and stay safe!


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.


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.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
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