I'd Like To Become A Driver, But Having Trouble Finding What I Need...

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James M.'s Comment
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Hi PackRat. Thanks for the vote of confidence...lol. I think I'll be ok. I mean, if the classroom time is 8 hours and I drive a little over 2 hours up and a little over 2 hours back, I think I could handle it. Although it was a while ago, I use to work in a chemical plant slinging around 50 lb. bags the whole shift and I live an hour away. Plenty of times I'd drive in, work a double and drive back. As a matter of fact the last week I worked there I worked 12 hours the 1st day of the week and then 6 doubles in a row.

You're thinking of commuting between Eden and Fayetteville each day? Good luck staying awake.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Davy A.'s Comment
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Yes, I regularly stay in my truck at our terminals. I'm currently doing laundry in our terminal in Fontana CA. Another perk of going with a large carrier is the resources like terminals and repair facilities. Times I've had where due to service, I couldn't stay in the truck, they provided me ubers and a hotel as well. Many times.

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.

BK's Comment
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James, let me assure you that no one is laughing at you or your questions. We all started from scratch, just like you are. So fire away with your questions, there are no dumb questions when you are starting out.

There can be a difference between a mailing address and your official, legal permanent address. You can’t use a P.O. Box as your permanent address, for instance. The one I use provides me with a real location which is the office building of the business. They allow me to use their physical address as my official address along with a PMB number. (Personal Mail Box) This is the address that is on my driver’s license and is completely legal in the state of SD. Plus it doesn’t matter if I never set foot in SD again, it still works as my permanent address. Costs me about $350 per year for this service.

Many drivers leave their personal vehicles in the driver’s parking lot that most terminals have. If they park their truck at the terminal , their car is right their for them to go wherever they need to.

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.

Navypoppop's Comment
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BK is right. When I retired and my wife and I began full time rving we found Good Sams Mail Service. They offer 3 choices for permanent legal residence in Florida, Texas and South Dakota. We chose Florida as we winter there and we have a legal address for DL, vehicle registration and voter registration.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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