Looking To Start Long Haul, Ice Trucking(possibly Alaska?)

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Bart B.'s Comment
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Hi guys(and gals) Can't wait to finish school so I can start the long haul....looking forward to those Northern Lights. Anyway, my question is, how difficult is it to do the cold weather driving straight out of the school? Anyone have any experience in this?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Daniel B.'s Comment
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Going to Alaska straight out of school is suicide. I don't mean to be blunt sir, but your inexperience will kill you on those roads.

As far as I know, Carlisle requires a few years experience so even if you wanted to I'm not sure they would hire you.

I highly recommend you first go OTR for at least 3 years before considering driving the ice roads.

I have respect for you for wanting to do it, but if I were you I would take smaller steps.

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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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bart B.'s Comment
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Going to Alaska straight out of school is suicide. I don't mean to be blunt sir, but your inexperience will kill you on those roads.

As far as I know, Carlisle requires a few years experience so even if you wanted to I'm not sure they would hire you.

I highly recommend you first go OTR for at least 3 years before considering driving the ice roads.

I have respect for you for wanting to do it, but if I were you I would take smaller steps.

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Well thank you sir, for the trucking truth! Lol.....bearing in mind that is what I eventually want to do, what do you recommend?

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jessica A-M's Comment
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I highly recommend you first go OTR for at least 3 years before considering driving the ice roads.

That's what he recommended.

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.

Bart B.'s Comment
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I highly recommend you first go OTR for at least 3 years before considering driving the ice roads.

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That's what he recommended.

indeed. I'm such a newbie lol.......guess I thought there was more to the process.

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.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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They do a lot of flatbed over there, I would recommend you start off with a flatbed company. Also getting some tanker experience will be a big plus.

Hunt Transportation does flatbed heavy haul and after you get some experience I recommend you go there before going to Alaska.

That's my recommendation if IRT is your endgame. But like I said before, take it one step at a time.

You need to get some experience first and be certain that trucking really is your calling. Going through school isn't enough time in the industry to decide if this is for you.

So for now, forget about going to Alaska and first prove you are a safe, skilled, and reliable driver.

Check out our Truck Driver's Career Guide. Getting through our High Road Training Program is critical to getting yourself prepared. Want to know how my life is really like on the road while also getting great tips? Read my Trucking with Daniel B,

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.
Bart B.'s Comment
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They do a lot of flatbed over there, I would recommend you start off with a flatbed company. Also getting some tanker experience will be a big plus.

Hunt Transportation does flatbed heavy haul and after you get some experience I recommend you go there before going to Alaska.

That's my recommendation if IRT is your endgame. But like I said before, take it one step at a time.

You need to get some experience first and be certain that trucking really is your calling. Going through school isn't enough time in the industry to decide if this is for you.

So for now, forget about going to Alaska and first prove you are a safe, skilled, and reliable driver.

Check out our Truck Driver's Career Guide. Getting through our High Road Training Program is critical to getting yourself prepared. Want to know how my life is really like on the road while also getting great tips? Read my Trucking with Daniel B,

Well sir,that's one detailed, informative and downright intimidating post. I see what you mean by getting experienced first.

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.
Daniel B.'s Comment
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They do a lot of flatbed over there, I would recommend you start off with a flatbed company. Also getting some tanker experience will be a big plus.

Hunt Transportation does flatbed heavy haul and after you get some experience I recommend you go there before going to Alaska.

That's my recommendation if IRT is your endgame. But like I said before, take it one step at a time.

You need to get some experience first and be certain that trucking really is your calling. Going through school isn't enough time in the industry to decide if this is for you.

So for now, forget about going to Alaska and first prove you are a safe, skilled, and reliable driver.

Check out our Truck Driver's Career Guide. Getting through our High Road Training Program is critical to getting yourself prepared. Want to know how my life is really like on the road while also getting great tips? Read my Trucking with Daniel B,

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Well sir,that's one detailed, informative and downright intimidating post. I see what you mean by getting experienced first.

That's the only type of posts I make!

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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.
Klaus P.'s Comment
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As others have said you have to gain experience before driving on the Alaska roads. Have you driven long haul before or are you just starting. I understand that long haul is the first choice for youngsters but short haul career also has it's merits. Have you ever considered short hauls? You should not select one just by seeing the monetary benefits or for the fun of it, there are other things to be considered. Do go through this article, this is really informative and helpful, http://www.truckloancenter.com/blog/truck-truck-driver-news/local-long-haul-career-choose/

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.

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