Sharing Your Trucking Experience

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Josh D.'s Comment
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Hi all,

New to the group and trucking!

Would love to chat with some of you about your experience trucking, what companies to work with, how you got insurance coverage, favorite stories, etc.

Would anyone be willing to share?

Thanks in advance!

Tim F.'s Comment
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Hi Josh,

I went to Roehl Transport and completed their “Get tour CDL” course. Worked for Roehl for 2 years or so. Good outfit. Safety conscious, which is important for a new driver.

I now work for Ruan Transport. I run on a dedicated account for Target in Amsterdam NY.

I filled out an application for health insurance. It was that easy. Any other questions, please ask.

Good luck!

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.
Josh D.'s Comment
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Hey Tim, I appreciate it!

Hi Josh,

I went to Roehl Transport and completed their “Get tour CDL” course. Worked for Roehl for 2 years or so. Good outfit. Safety conscious, which is important for a new driver.

I now work for Ruan Transport. I run on a dedicated account for Target in Amsterdam NY.

I filled out an application for health insurance. It was that easy. Any other questions, please ask.

Good luck!

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.
Jonathan T.'s Comment
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I, like a lot of others, went to Prime inc. I wanted the true OTR experience, and also wanted the option to pull different trailer types to see which direction I wanted to take my career.

Assuming its health insurance you are asking about, I am actually using Medishare. It seems to be more cost effective compared to other options. I also do not want my health insurance coverage tied to my employer.

As far as favorite stories, I’m not having anything particular come to mind. When I am in the story telling mood, my favorite ones to tell have to do with what I do in my spare time. Ive been kayaking out in the Pacific Ocean, watched the ball drop on Times Square one New Years Eve night, visited Yellowstone National Park in the middle of my driving shift, and have paid a few different visits to Mount Rushmore. So many truck drivers have spent their careers out on the road but never take the effort to make time to see and do cool things across the country. I feel like its almost a waste.

I was a mechanic prior to this career change. Reading Brett’s book and taking the leap of faith to hire on with Prime, was one of the best things I could have done with my life.

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.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Hi all,

New to the group and trucking!

Would love to chat with some of you about your experience trucking, what companies to work with, how you got insurance coverage, favorite stories, etc.

Would anyone be willing to share?

Thanks in advance!

Howdy, Josh D.; and welcome to TT !!

Hubby's been a trucker for over 20 years; I'm the wife in the wings....and hope to join the ranks myself, when the youngest ages up! My best contribution to your question? I've got lots, haha... but for now,

Start here; read Brett's FREE book, too.. below:

Best wishes !!!

~ 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.

OOS:

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.

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