What Do You Say To The Naysayers???

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G-Town's Comment
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I said nothing...

Stevo Reno's Comment
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You'll discover just how many people close to you, including family want you around so you can do what they want/need you to do for them

Exactly, Davey lol They won't have me around to keep up on all their vehicles "in-house" FREE mechanic hahaha (see if quote works this time inserted in mid slot )

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Think of all the people in history who were told their ambitions would never work. Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, the Wright brothers, Etc.

Don’t let naysayers hold you back.

Bill M.'s Comment
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Not a word...

Steve L.'s Comment
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And now for something a little different...

Kevin, I see your question and raise you a few. You've already gotten enough responses on the naysayers part, to confirm what you already knew. But, I'd like to offer the possibility that some naysayers are really advisors in disguise. I.e. maybe their questions are legitimate and they offer the opportunity to consider that which we are don't.

I'm guessing there's no Wife or kids living in the house, that you're single. The following is based on that;

1. Will any of the naysayers be expected to take care of your house? If so, you'd better have a plan B for caring for the house.

2. While the house may be a great investment, will keeping it up while you're on the road, negatively impact your ability to do your job of driving?

3. Is there a better investment than the house?

When people come into this forum, asking if they should keep an apartment or rental house, most of us encourage them to ditch the expense and headache. If you're truly OTR , you will rarely be there and it's money down the drain. While a mortgage is going toward a purchase, it should still be considered that the house will need repairs and upkeep. It's often been observed that houses not lived in, deteriorate quicker than those that are occupied.

I'm not a financial advisor and I'm not telling you to sell your house. But, please consider all options, keeping your end goals in context. If the current real estate market is hot in your area, would you be better selling, putting the profit somewhere safe and pulling it back out when you get ready to retire?

Of course, there's no guarantee you'll be successful as a driver. We've seen very tenacious people not continue. If driving is your desire, I wish you great success. I don't give in to naysayers, but just make sure that's what they really are.

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.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Dennis L's Comment
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I’ve had nothing but support from my wife and family members since I told them that I was going to pursue OTR driving at age 66.

I had retired from my prior career of 38 years at age 60. I started looking for work again at age 64. I applied to many local jobs over two years and had only two job interviews.

I am just going to flat out say it, a senior white male was not the profile potential employers were looking for where I live.

Then I decided to look into truck driving and came across TruckingTruth.com. Trucking is the one industry that does not discriminate. So long as I can pass the DOT medical and drive safely I can work.

I’m not the first truck driver in my family, so it isn’t an unknown.

One thing that I did though was to keep a running family group text thread going. I shared my experiences with them during my training with Prime Inc and educated them along the way about what is actually involved in trucking.

Turned out that they enjoyed it. Now they are actually communicating more as a family regularly than we had for years. We all feel more connected as a family.

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.

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