Ride-a-longs

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BK's Comment
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Most solo OTR drivers enjoy the occasional rider, if company policy allows it. What is your favorite ride-a-long experience?

My first will be next week. My 18 year old grandson will be going with me for a week. This is something I have wanted to do ever since I obtained my CDL in 2018. A real dream come true for me, to have him in the truck for a week. He starts college this fall, so I may never have another opportunity.

What are your thoughts about ride-a-longs?

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.

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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Most solo OTR drivers enjoy the occasional rider, if company policy allows it. What is your favorite ride-a-long experience?

My first will be next week. My 18 year old grandson will be going with me for a week. This is something I have wanted to do ever since I obtained my CDL in 2018. A real dream come true for me, to have him in the truck for a week. He starts college this fall, so I may never have another opportunity.

What are your thoughts about ride-a-longs?

How exciting, BK! You better share photos, now that we know you can. :)

Well y'all already KNOW my 'ride along' experiences, LoL!!

I'd love for G'Town and Old School and Turtle to share a brief post of theirs, in summary, too!!!! And any others I'm forgetting, too.

Thanks~!!

~ 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.

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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Sorry I didn’t reply sooner.

I’ve had about a dozen ride-alongs in my trucking career.

Most notably 3 members of our forum; Delco Dave, Banks and Greybeard. The point of those were educational because all three of these gentlemen were considering a trucking career.

The others were friends and family. My advice BK is to remain vigilant to ensure your riders safety. That’s your responsibility so you must watch out for your passenger. Each person I’ve hosted on my truck were given instruction on entering and exiting the truck safely, seat belt usage and dock safety. I also addressed everyone’s tendency to lean forward during a tight turn or backing maneuver… blocking the curbside mirror. Keep track of your Grandson when he is outside the truck. You’re the Captain of your ship…

Have some fun… I always did!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Tammy A.'s Comment
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Can you have a permanent rider?

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Most solo OTR drivers enjoy the occasional rider, if company policy allows it. What is your favorite ride-a-long experience?

My first will be next week. My 18 year old grandson will be going with me for a week. This is something I have wanted to do ever since I obtained my CDL in 2018. A real dream come true for me, to have him in the truck for a week. He starts college this fall, so I may never have another opportunity.

What are your thoughts about ride-a-longs?

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How exciting, BK! You better share photos, now that we know you can. :)

Well y'all already KNOW my 'ride along' experiences, LoL!!

I'd love for G'Town and Old School and Turtle to share a brief post of theirs, in summary, too!!!! And any others I'm forgetting, too.

Thanks~!!

~ 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.

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.

RealDiehl's Comment
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Can you have a permanent rider?

Depends on the company...

I've heard of many that do allow it. In fact, most probably allow it. Our own Turtle's wife joined him while he was driving over the road. Some companies have a minimum age requirement. That's definitely something you'll want to find out from a recruiter during the hiring process.

Over The Road:

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.

RealDiehl's Comment
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Two Summers ago when Covid ruined my friend's vacation plans overseas, he used the time he had scheduled off to join me on the road for about 10 days.

It was a fun experience. I enjoyed the company immensely. It also allowed my friend to gain a greater appreciation for what being a driver is really all about.

BK's Comment
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Can you have a permanent rider?

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Most solo OTR drivers enjoy the occasional rider, if company policy allows it. What is your favorite ride-a-long experience?

My first will be next week. My 18 year old grandson will be going with me for a week. This is something I have wanted to do ever since I obtained my CDL in 2018. A real dream come true for me, to have him in the truck for a week. He starts college this fall, so I may never have another opportunity.

What are your thoughts about ride-a-longs?

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How exciting, BK! You better share photos, now that we know you can. :)

Well y'all already KNOW my 'ride along' experiences, LoL!!

I'd love for G'Town and Old School and Turtle to share a brief post of theirs, in summary, too!!!! And any others I'm forgetting, too.

Thanks~!!

~ Anne ~

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Tammy, the company would allow it if the person met their requirements. But it wouldn’t be for me. I need a considerable amount of solitude or I’ll end up in the psych ward again.

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.

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.

BK's Comment
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Sorry I didn’t reply sooner.

I’ve had about a dozen ride-alongs in my trucking career.

Most notably 3 members of our forum; Delco Dave, Banks and Greybeard. The point of those were educational because all three of these gentlemen were considering a trucking career.

The others were friends and family. My advice BK is to remain vigilant to ensure your riders safety. That’s your responsibility so you must watch out for your passenger. Each person I’ve hosted on my truck were given instruction on entering and exiting the truck safely, seat belt usage and dock safety. I also addressed everyone’s tendency to lean forward during a tight turn or backing maneuver… blocking the curbside mirror. Keep track of your Grandson when he is outside the truck. You’re the Captain of your ship…

Have some fun… I always did!

Sound wisdom, G. I will watch him like a hawk.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Stevo Reno's Comment
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Should be a fun thing BK for both of you. Now don't go and forget him at some truck stop hahaha, even IF he drives ya nuts within a couple days hahaha........ Joking of course, Gramps

BK's Comment
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Should be a fun thing BK for both of you. Now don't go and forget him at some truck stop hahaha, even IF he drives ya nuts within a couple days hahaha........ Joking of course, Gramps

Haha. The real danger is that I drive him nuts and he jumps in the driver’s seat while I’m in the restroom and leaves ME behind. So I made him promise not to do that. I hope I can trust him.

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