My Husband Is Just Getting Started In Trucking And I Want To Go OTR With Him.

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Elizabeth C.'s Comment
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Hi, I am new to this site and have found so much information on here. My husband is new to Trucking and is in the job hunting phase now that he has passed his CDL A and gotten all of the endorsements. Our plan is once he is done with training, for me to join him and go OTR with him. There's just one problem. I am a little bit disabled since my spinal fusion a year and a half ago has failed. I need to know what to expect as far as how comfortable the bed is, the seats, if they are ok for people who have chronic back pain. We have no more kids at home and we are the type of couple that can be around each other 24/7 and not argue/fight. I am going into this eyes wide open and would like as much input from the other women who go OTR with their husbands, as I can get. Thank you so much!

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.

Valky's Comment
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Hi Elizabeth,

As far as the comfort level I'm guessing that will depend on the truck itself so I can't really comment on that aspect. You have to consider that even for someone with a relatively healthy spine sitting in a fixed location for many hours is going to get very uncomfortable. Take advantage of the rest stops to stretch and walk, etc to loosen up.

Otherwise, it really depends on your nature. I went out with my husband OTR when he was first assigned his truck. We were out for 2 months and I went from New Jersey to Ohio, then Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California and Nevada. We actually decided to stop in Nevada and get married since we were already together for 14 years. Why waste that opportunity? I saw beautiful sunsets, sunrises and all kinds of weather.

On the downside, I got to see him get lost, have to wait for hours past his delivery time to get a door. Get to a place early and have to wait for HOURS to get unloaded. I saw him perfecting his backing skills in the Flying J nuthouses when theres practically nowhere to park. All the ups and downs that go along with being a newbie driver. But I'm glad I was with him for that. Gave him some comfort and a sounding board when he needed to vent.

I also learned a little bit of navigation skills. He handed me a huge ass map and told me I need to go from A to B, find the way to get there. He showed me to make sure I was choosing truck safe roads, etc. I was terrified I was going to kill us, but by the end of the first week I planned all the trips and even stopped ducking my head every time we had to go under an overpass lmao.

It was a great adventure to be sure, there is good and not-so-good, but if you have the personality for it and you and your husband can get along in stressful situations without ripping each others faces off you will have a wonderful time!husband and wife team truck drivers selfiehusband and wife team truck drivers selfiebeautiful trucking scenery pictures out westbeautiful trucking scenery pictures out west

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

December Hopeful's Comment
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I just wanted to say that I find that reply very uplifting. I also like the original posted questions. I love seeing men and women truly in love with their spouses. It kinda gives me hope for my own future in that personal realm. I walk with Jesus Christ, and would like to walk beside a man who will love and protect me like I have never known truly before. Thanks for that glimmer. Peace and Joy to you all in the Christmas season.

's Comment
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Now, VALKY, get your cdl and share driving and make twice the money.

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

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