Still Rollin' After 3+ Years

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Lucky13's Comment
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Hey everybody! Been thinking about checking back in after being away for awhile. Glad to see so many drivers and soon-to-be drivers using the forum. I think this is still the best place to get the straight up info if you're considering a career in trucking. Even after I had been driving a bit, the study questions here helped me pass my hazmat endorsement test. I've been driving for about 3 and a half years now. At the present, I drive local intermodal in Chicago for a small, family owned company and it's been going pretty good. I'm glad to say that I still love the trucking lifestyle. Yes, the hours are still long, the job is still hard, but not nearly as hard as it was starting out. I'm home every night, and the pay sure ain't bad. I have to say I'm a lucky man to have a wonderful wife, a happy home, get to sleep in my own bed at night and never be far from a hot shower. Sometimes, though, when I'm driving in tight Chicago traffic, the old romance of the road comes calling. When that happens, I just want to just put the truck on I-90 and keep going until I get to South Dakota. Maybe someday I will get to do that again. Until then I'm still happy to get up when it's still dark and put the big truck out on the highway. I love the sound of that big motor running, the tires whining, and seeing those white lines go ticking by. Thanks to everyone at TT who keep it a great place to come back to. I'll try and come back more often. I enjoy helping new drivers out. In the last couple of months I have been asked to train our new drivers for intermodal work. Some training days are a rewarding experience☺ Some other days, not so much.😨For those who have never driven intermodal, it's a whole world apart from van freight. First, you have to find the dang railyard, and that can be a feat in itself. I'll try to write some about that. I'll close by wishing all the drivers and students a happy and SAFE holiday season. Keep on truckin'!


Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations


Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
David's Comment
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Good to hear from you Lucky.. you had just started before I went to orientation at swift back in 2012.. glad things are working out for ya.

David's Comment
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Ment to add, I went local after my first yr, and came back out Orr as the road was calling and I felt I should answer.. lol!

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