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Christina R.'s Comment
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Hi, how is it with self protection, can you carry a stun gun or mace.

Mz. Snapper's Comment
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Wow...no answers?? This is a true concern and needs answers for us ladies.

Jolie R.'s Comment
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You cannot carry a gun with you as most places you will be will have signs posted that no firearms are allowed. Someone on here recommended carrying wasp spray rather than mace as you can shoot it a farther distance. If you put a topic in the search bar it will pull up previous threads regarding safety. It is hard for current drivers to get on here every day as they are driving and when they have home time want to spend it with their families. The general discussion board seems to have more traffic. Best of luck to you!

Starcar's Comment
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Sorry I'm slow...I do have a life...and alot of the ladies here are drivers and don't get online all the time. But...to answer your question: No firearms are allowed per FEDERAL LAW....and if that ever changes, trucking companies won't allow them because of the liability issue. That being said...you can carry a stun gun ( do you want someone that close?), pepper spray, ( a little better), a walking stick ( my personal favorite), a tire thumper, or even a can of 20 foot wasp spray....BUT its more about how you carry yourself....Walk like you own the truck stop, don't go in dark areas, NEVER let anyone talk you into going into areas that are not readily seen by others....and never get into a truck you don't know the driver...

Cleft_Asunder's Comment
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Sorry I'm slow...I do have a life...and alot of the ladies here are drivers and don't get online all the time. But...to answer your question: No firearms are allowed per FEDERAL LAW....and if that ever changes, trucking companies won't allow them because of the liability issue. That being said...you can carry a stun gun ( do you want someone that close?), pepper spray, ( a little better), a walking stick ( my personal favorite), a tire thumper, or even a can of 20 foot wasp spray....BUT its more about how you carry yourself....Walk like you own the truck stop, don't go in dark areas, NEVER let anyone talk you into going into areas that are not readily seen by others....and never get into a truck you don't know the driver...

This is what came up when I did some research.

The Department of Transportation’s official response to CDL’s carrying concealed is clear enough. “Carrying concealed weapons is a matter of state law. Your question can best be answered by the appropriate state government.”

There are two ways to see that. It is either crystal clear that they don’t care, or they’re passing the proverbial buck. Either way, it’s not their concern.

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.
Starcar's Comment
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Robert, you failed to address the fact that EVERY trucking company forbids carrying a firearm. And there is no way around that. If you get caught, it goes on your DAC , and it will finish you in trucking....and thats the best part...and DOT that catches you with anything that is not on their list of "approved "firearms, will probably toss your can in the Can....

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.

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.

Christina R.'s Comment
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Thanks guys for the information.

ColeTrucker's Comment
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Hi, how is it with self protection, can you carry a stun gun or mace.

Hi there!

On of my instructors told me to always carry one of those large mag flashlights wherever I go. He said to get a holster for it or whatever thing that will let me reach for it quickly. Make that potential knucklehead wonder, "Why in the hell is she carrying that flashlight on her hip"?

When you swing.... swing like you are in the world series. After you knock him/her out....shut your mouth, walk over the body and keep it moving.

I've been practicing my swing, jam into _____ and working out at least 4 times a week. smile.gif

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Mikki 's Comment
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Cole!!! Hahaha absolutely, mag light all the way. When you swing.... swing like you are in the world series. After you knock him/her out....shut your mouth, walk over the body and keep it moving. ( Luv it! ) that part I hadn't thought about!

Mikki 's Comment
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Seriously I think it is a real concern. Another idea I read somewhere and really like, who knows if it's feasible. Shower,shampoo and shine at one place, (every nucklehead sees your female). Then move on down the road for the night and do not get back out of the truck. May sound paranoid to some but we all know many many creeps in the world!

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