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Canaan's Comment
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No harshness taken sir, I just don't want to seem like I am wasting any of you or anyone else's time! I have noticed there's been a couple people that had been removed from the site here, and I didn't want to be bunched in the same category as them, as 'trolling' or whatever you guys would call it is seriously not my intent here. Thank you for the reply!

Canaan, I think Anne’s links are a good way to synch the Paid CDL Training Programs with some up to date diaries. (Thanks Anne) That should hopefully fill some of the gaps for you.

As far as the duration of your TT membership, please click on your profile and you’ll see why I mentioned it.

Just trying how best to help you further. Not meant to be harsh.

Get well.

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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Thanks for the reply Anne! I did not take Mr G-Towns words harshly at all honestly, I was making sure that it was realized that I'm not here to mess around or waste anyone's time. And I take his and anyone else's words and replys here with seriousness and respect, honestly if he feels like I have all the information that I should need, then I will halt on asking for other info like was the original question of mine in the post here, I have read through a bunch of his posts here and have seen that G-Town is a successful and happy in the industry, he knows more than I do and it would probably be foolish of me not to listen and take note of such replys from him, you, or any of the other experienced guys that may answer on my posts.

Also thank you for the extra sites and companies, I appreciate you answering me! Hope the weather isn't too cold over there on your side of Ohio, it's a good bit chilly for me over on my side!

Also thanks for pointing out I didn't attach my photo, I reposted it. I misunderstood how to attach it to the post lol

Also I am 28. Turning 29 here on the 1st of February.

Thanks! -Canaan

Haya, Canaan! Seriously, all questions asked are legit; you wouldn't know, otherwise. G'Town and I are paddling the same waters, ie: we operate in synch. That 'fishbowl' .. is just that. Ten years ago, Tom participated over there. Since, it's become a shz show and a wzz contest. Tom contributed a heckalot of good stuff back in the day. I've mentioned his handle over there, somewhere, but .. it's irrelevant. (Okay, it was G13Tomcat...lol...) who is no longer a participant in the melting pot. (We had matching CB handles when I was OTR with him, haha!)

Those other dot com places ARE great, for learning more about the industry. That, and what we have here, (and the few extra companies you can look into,) should work well for ya. I've given ya a month of Sundays to look into, hahahaha! Yeah, Dave Reid's diary of Pride Transport is awesome. Some of the 'older' diaries (ie: G'Towns and Old Schools') are the BOMB. Did you ever look at O/S's Word Press blog? It's in his profile, when you click on 'social media link.' Pete B. and I were huge followers. It's amazing. Ya got what ya need right here, kiddo! << told ya!

I KNEW you were in your 20's, haha! My youngest is 17. It's the piquing of curiosity, I can actually 'hear' in your posts, haha! It's not a bad thing, at all. Just don't get offended if I accidentally call you 'kiddo!' LoLOL.. I'll try not to.

The ONLY stupid questions are the ones not asked. G's even said that, too!

Wish you well, man. Keep your HEALTH on the up & up ... ! You'll get this. I sense that. You have the drive, man.

Best always!

~ Anne ~

ps: G'Town . . . you ROCK!

pps: Thanks for adding the pic !!

ppps: Have you watched Kearsey on YouTube? She just posted a vid of her trainee driving in snow, in Utah! Priceless!!!

CB Handle:

This is the nickname people use on the CB

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.

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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Thank you for the reply Anne, as always it's appreciated!

I will definitely be checking out old schools word press blog, and I do believe I have read the other things you mentioned.

Don't feel bad if you call me kiddo, as I do the same to those who are younger than me haha! No offense or anything taken here!

I'm regards to the no stupid questions part, I worked in HVAC for about a year, before relocating and going into the animal industry and becoming a dog handler (loved the dog job, best 6 years of my life) my old crew leader beat into people's heads that and I quote "there are stupid questions, and it's stupid people that ask them" so I've gotten used to taking care of what kind of questions I ask and such. The dude was a major ass but... he took extreme pride in his work and aside from the bashing of the new guys (which was me and anyone else before me that quit because he bullied them too much..) he was extremely professional.. well at least with his quality of work and to the customers. I learned alot from him. And if I ever went back to that company I would want to work under him again, once I learned to take his BS with a grain of salt and focus on what he was teaching when he actually took the time to teach it. I learned many many things. Not only about the job but also about myself. I believe I can use that experience to help me make it in this industry of trucking as he helped me develop some seriously thick skin (also being from the greater Pittsburgh area helps lol)

I have been a follower of kearsey on YouTube since I joined here, she's a wealth of information and I have even guided others towards her channel as well!

And lastly, thanks again for letting me know that pic didn't attach!

And G-Town, if you read this one, thanks for identifying it! As I was going thru that thread, by the end of it I was expecting to see everything identified by you! Not only are those trucks awesome to see but it's also super cool to be able to know what they are and look up other ones of the same make!

Appreciate you guys! -Canaan

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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It's me, again.....

Hope you had a prosperous 'study/reading' day!!!

Sure was a good day FOR IT .. here in Ohio, haha!

Best wishes, kiddo. I'm not far; email is in my profile!

:) Anne :)

Canaan's Comment
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I did! Last night and today so far have been super bad days for me, so I had all the time for reading. And sounds good, maybe one of these days I will toss you an email, thanks again for all the help and information!

It's me, again.....

Hope you had a prosperous 'study/reading' day!!!

Sure was a good day FOR IT .. here in Ohio, haha!

Best wishes, kiddo. I'm not far; email is in my profile!

:) Anne :)

Wile E.'s Comment
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Canaan,

If you read my bio, you'll see I drove a LONG time ago, and I'm thinking about getting back into it as I grow into my later years (I'm an old fart!) I've got a health issue, too (vision issue), and I've got to give my wife time to get on board with what I want to do. I've been home at night since we got married, even in our early days when I drove, it was day runs.

As for your original question about Truckers Report...I've been on that site doing some reading myself. In a nutshell, though my experience over there has been good thus far, I find this site to be much more informative, with more people willing to help, and FAR less negativity! If you're researching companies, be prepared for a LOT of negativity there, but also consider even thought there seems to be a lot of negatives, if you look at the number of negative posts and the time frame they're posted, relative to the number of trucks many of the companies run, the negative stuff is actually a small percentage, and most of the comments are just a gripe, with no real substance as to why they're disgruntled. "Stay away from XYZ! They're horrible," ... that sort of thing.

What I'm trying to say is this (my take): the job of driving a truck is what you make of it. You can succeed, or you can fail. You can blame dispatch, or whoever, or you can look in a mirror and make that person the best driver you can. Are there companies that might be a better fit? Maybe. Are there situations beyond your control? Certainly. You look at what they offer, talk to them, make the best choice you can, and then bust your butt to learn and make yourself the driver they can count on.

I hate change. Even though I'm not happy where I work now, I at least know how to negotiate the day to day challenges. That sort of "comfort" is the enemy of change for me. I tend to analyze things nearly to death, and can get caught in what's sometimes referred to as "paralysis by analysis," so I do understand the deep dive into research.

Like my wife, I need time to adjust to the potential change, too.

I'll write more later, but that's probably enough junk from me for now.

G-Town's Comment
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Wile E wrote:

What I'm trying to say is this (my take): the job of driving a truck is what you make of it. You can succeed, or you can fail. You can blame dispatch, or whoever, or you can look in a mirror and make that person the best driver you can. Are there companies that might be a better fit? Maybe. Are there situations beyond your control? Certainly. You look at what they offer, talk to them, make the best choice you can, and then bust your butt to learn and make yourself the driver they can count on.

*like !!!

This is how it is folks. Well said Wile!

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Canaan... Don't over analyze. We have seen plenty of people here for ver the years who make spreadsheets and talk to recruiters for months to years. Then guess what... The company they finally decided upon rejects them.. or something happens where they go there and find it impossible to stay... Whether they hated the company or they had a family issue that required a company closer to home.

Don comes to mind... Spreadsheets .. CFI... Then a couple months later needed to be closer to his sick mother.

That turns to wasted energy. Apply everywhere. See who will accept you. Then decided

There are enough of us where who have years at our companies and many various companies to give you good info.

So breathe and relax.

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Canaan's Comment
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Thank you all for the replies and knowledge shared!

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Thank you all for the replies and knowledge shared!

You're more'n welcome, from me ... always! Did you get your reading done? Hahaha!

How ARE things going for ya, Canaan? How was the snow out your way? We got about 5" here... much of it, drifted. Spent the weekend 'in' thank goodness; Tom being off & all. I got 'sweep' duty . . . lol !

Hope all is well your way; it's been a minute!

~ Anne ~

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