What's Your Favorite And Least Favorite Part Of Driving Big Rigs?

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Shane M.'s Comment
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What's your favorite and least favorite part of driving big rigs?

Banks's Comment
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Favorite part is driving them, least favorite part is everybody else on the road

Bill M.'s Comment
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I second that!

Favorite part is driving them, least favorite part is everybody else on the road

Dave T.'s Comment
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I enjoy driving them too as I have a pretty cushy job but it’s the same 20 minute ride 10-12 times a day that gets pretty boring. However, sometimes there’s excitement on the road like yesterday, somebody lost a pickup bed tool box (the kind that goes over the rails behind the cab) in the middle of the interstate and last week someone lost a king size mattress that I was narrowly able to avoid unlike the driver behind me who caught it full on because he had no where to go. The thing I hate the most is the inconsiderate 4wheelers who cut me off all day long trying to jump in front of me at the stop lights. It’s one thing being empty (I still cuss and often blow the horn… not professional, I know) but it’s when I’m loaded. Had a lady the other week literally pull in front of me at the end of a down hill off ramp. I almost hit her and pushed her into the path of an oncoming dirt dummy (dump truck), luckily I was paying attention and was slowing to a crawl and was able to stop quickly but with 8,000 gallons behind me, it continued to push.

We need to push for a law requiring a day with a truck driver as part of the drivers ed programs. Take their phones and stuff, strap them in and show them what it’s like to be cut off by people all day long. Might put some sense into their heads.

Interstate:

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

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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We need to push for a law requiring a day with a truck driver as part of the drivers ed programs. Take their phones and stuff, strap them in and show them what it’s like to be cut off by people all day long. Might put some sense into their heads.

There is actually a group in Ohio, pushing legislation for that. I helped them early on, when my kids were still in High School.. Hasn't happened, obviously.

Dang shame; should be law. Somebody needs to tell Biden, the truck driver guy. Better yet, get him to listen. He's got his transportation committee too busy playing with drones.

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~ Anne ~

BK's Comment
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My favorite part of driving is blowing the air horn.

My least favorite part is not blowing the air horn.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Ryan B.'s Comment
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Favorite:

Having autonomy in the work I do. I am left to do the job I am being paid to do without being baby-sat.

Least favorite:

Inconsiderate truck drivers. I don't expect much from the general public, when it comes to maneuvering around me as needed. Other truck drivers I do hold to a higher standard and many disappoint in the way that it is too often a "me first, me second, and me third" mentality.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Davy A.'s Comment
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Most favorite, driving off into the unknown, cares and troubles disappear behind me.

Least favorite: high winds with a light load.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Shane M.'s Comment
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These are amazing! Definitely makes me look forward to getting my CDL and being out on the (mostly) open road getting paid to drive and see the country. I know there will be ups and downs as there are in every industry, but I'm really hoping that after trying pretty much every other industry out there that this is the one that sticks and breathes some sort of life into me lol

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.
BK's Comment
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These are amazing! Definitely makes me look forward to getting my CDL and being out on the (mostly) open road getting paid to drive and see the country. I know there will be ups and downs as there are in every industry, but I'm really hoping that after trying pretty much every other industry out there that this is the one that sticks and breathes some sort of life into me lol

Seriously, that is what makes me tick. I love seeing all the beauty of God’s creation in it’s endless varieties. What I don’t like is seeing how people have messed up various parts of this beautiful country. They have paved paradise and put up a parking lot.

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.
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