Considering A Huge Move

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Richard F.'s Comment
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Hi. So I’m 2 weeks away from a year on the job and I’ve kick A$$$ (in my opinion lol) but I’m in Ontario which is basically flat land. I have an opportunity to go live with my cousin in British Columbia driving her husband’s dump truck with a trailer hauling an excavator to job sites. I have limited experience driving in hills let alone mountains. Any advice? I’m a quick learner and adapt well. It’s just stepping into the unknown but if I’m going to do it I need to get the lay of the land well before the snow falls

Turtle's Comment
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Everyone is a rookie until they try something for the first time.

If you have the confidence and patience to learn safely, there's no reason you can't do it. I say if it's something you want to do, go for it! Just start slow and keep it slow until you get the feel for it.

Richard F.'s Comment
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That’s my plan👍 I love driving a semi but if driving a dump truck for a few months to get my foot in the door to a driving job where I want to be I’ll do my best. Both my grandpa’s were BC logging drivers in the 80’s so I’d like to live up to that at least! From the stories I heard they were tough SOB’s lol

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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That’s my plan👍 I love driving a semi but if driving a dump truck for a few months to get my foot in the door to a driving job where I want to be I’ll do my best. Both my grandpa’s were BC logging drivers in the 80’s so I’d like to live up to that at least! From the stories I heard they were tough SOB’s lol

Read G'Town's progressive threads, diaries!

Sounds somewhat similar.

Best to you!

~ Anne ~

Richard F.'s Comment
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Thanks anne ya I’ve read a lot of gtowns post and he seems to know what it takes👍

Dave T.'s Comment
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One of the best (and worst at the time) experiences I’ve had was back when I was in driving school. Our teacher put us into some pretty hairy situations and made us figure it out. One of our first trips out on the road, we had a loaded trailer to head across the mountains to the next big city over which was only about a half hour drive across both mountains. We got half way up the first one and he told the guy driving to pull over. We were on the uphill shoulder of a busy interstate first thing in the morning with a loaded trailer… as “student drivers”. He said, ok switch drivers so another guy jumped in and after a few attempts we got rolling really slow again. Scared the crap outa that guy. We got over and into that town and it was my turn and he had me in the old part of town where trucks shouldn’t be with a conventional tractor and a 48’ loaded box.

Take your time, be safe and anything is possible! Those winding and twisting mountain roads can be tough so be sure to watch your off track with that trailer on the back. The engine brake will become your best friend as will the lower gears. I don’t know about up there but where I’ve driven in the past, a lot of roads will have mandatory brake checks where you have to pull over at the top of the mountain and make sure everything is alright before you head down.

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Richard F.'s Comment
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One of the best (and worst at the time) experiences I’ve had was back when I was in driving school. Our teacher put us into some pretty hairy situations and made us figure it out. One of our first trips out on the road, we had a loaded trailer to head across the mountains to the next big city over which was only about a half hour drive across both mountains. We got half way up the first one and he told the guy driving to pull over. We were on the uphill shoulder of a busy interstate first thing in the morning with a loaded trailer… as “student drivers”. He said, ok switch drivers so another guy jumped in and after a few attempts we got rolling really slow again. Scared the crap outa that guy. We got over and into that town and it was my turn and he had me in the old part of town where trucks shouldn’t be with a conventional tractor and a 48’ loaded box.

Take your time, be safe and anything is possible! Those winding and twisting mountain roads can be tough so be sure to watch your off track with that trailer on the back. The engine brake will become your best friend as will the lower gears. I don’t know about up there but where I’ve driven in the past, a lot of roads will have mandatory brake checks where you have to pull over at the top of the mountain and make sure everything is alright before you head down.

Thanks for the advice and I will keep it in mind 👍. Also Toronto is flat as heck so I’ll need to learn how to Chain up tires. I’m not doubting I can do it I just want to be sure I know what I’m doing and doing it right lol. I don’t want to news unless it’s for winning the lottery 🤑

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Richard F.'s Comment
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Update: well I’m going for it. Flights booked for august 8th and i told my work the 5th is my last day👍

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Update: well I’m going for it. Flights booked for august 8th and i told my work the 5th is my last day👍

You KNOW I'll be following!

Wishing you all the best; sounds exciting!!

~ Anne ~

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