New Job Is Exhausting

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Grinch's Comment
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Hay Matt, New flatbedder that just went solo last month, and I’m only a couple of years younger, yup beginning of training I was exhausted each day. I did nothing but lumber loads the first two weeks. My body found muscles I hadn’t used in a while. Breakfast was bengay and Motrin.. as with anything as you do it more it gets easier physically. Stick with it the juice is worth the squeeze

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.

Matthew P.'s Comment
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Grinch. Huge thanks for the reply. I was on the fence about quitting but I'll hang in there a little while longer. I really do love the work. It is fun and satisfying. Just being older though........man it really takes it out of you.

Hay Matt, New flatbedder that just went solo last month, and I’m only a couple of years younger, yup beginning of training I was exhausted each day. I did nothing but lumber loads the first two weeks. My body found muscles I hadn’t used in a while. Breakfast was bengay and Motrin.. as with anything as you do it more it gets easier physically. Stick with it the juice is worth the squeeze

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Matthew, Old School started his flatbed career at Western Express roughly the same age as you are... here is his first thread:

Old Schools First Post

I think you’ll find it helpful.

Matthew P.'s Comment
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Gtown. Thanks. I will read the thread in full.

This hasn't been an easy transition. I am pretty resilient. Lets see just how much in the coming months. Thank God winter is almost over. Gives me a chance to get a foundation before the real fun starts again. :-)

Mountain Matt's Comment
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I'm one of those folks that sleeps like a baby even on a C 130. Just wish I didn't feel like I was in a paint shaker trying to rest. :-).

One suggestion I would make about this is bring/buy a couple of extra pillows to put along your torso. Wedging pillows under/around me helped with some of the bouncing/bumps while trying to sleep while my trainer was driving. Now that I'm solo, I just use those extra pillows to prop myself up in my bed while reading, watching TV, etc.

And, as you know, one step at a time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Matthew P.'s Comment
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Training is over. Getting a truck and trailer tomorrow. Off to the races.

Chief Brody's Comment
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Good luck. I hope your disposition improves.

Matthew P.'s Comment
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And it was a blast. Did a road test today. That went fine. I go to do a straight line back at the end of everything and all of the sudden I am all over the place. Terrible but I still passed everything. Off to another terminal with a few other guys for.oir trucks. Busy work. Inventory all the gear, road test the truck, get with the FM etc. This week shouldn't be too bad. They're not expecting a lot right off the bat. Feels like it took forever to get here. Big challenge with the life change. Sure have met a lot of cool people though. Looking forward to getting this next few weeks out of the way settling down a little and hitting a groove

Training is over. Getting a truck and trailer tomorrow. Off to the races.

Terminal:

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.

Fm:

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.
Matthew P.'s Comment
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One last thing. G Town. Finally read Old School's first post. Appreciated your recommendation. Already stretching and doing core work. Was keeping up with the things I learned in PT for an injury I have to keep working on. Was planning on adding in Yoga. For sure will now.

Matthew P.'s Comment
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Please clarify

Good luck. I hope your disposition improves.

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