My Sons Trucking Experiences!!!!

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Carl A.'s Comment
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Howdy ya all. Hope every one is having a wonderfull safeth filled day. Well as some of you may know,I was studying to get my CDL back and get off of disability and get back on the road in due time. My hopes were to return to May trucking and do what I was born to do besides fishing lol. Well short story even shorter my back wont allow me to perform the duties needed to be a successfull freight re-locator. I got off all those nasty pain pills and I did what I needed to do as far as exercises and etc,well now its time for back surgery #3 or live with it. Anyways eough about me. My son who I got to join this site is into his 3rd month of driving over the road for a small company out of Vernal UT. He has drove for them in the oil field for a year. He is doing very well for just being throwed into the world of over the road. I might not be able to drive but it makes me feel like I am when he has questions. I got him to join this site cause there some very good people on here along with Brett and the other moderators. At this time he is in Rural Hall N.C. at a Marathon fuel stop waiting for a TOW TRUCK. He said that he pulled in there to take on 300 gallons of fuel and there was little water holes from the rain and he was turning around and his driver side set of trailer duals fell out of site. According to the tow truck dispatcher they make pretty good monies at this truck stop because this is the 4th time in just this week that they have had to pull a truck out of these holes. According to my son the fuel stop will not pay for this. You would have to know my son to know that he was more worried about his load and his truck then if he has to pay the tow truck which is gonna be around $450-$500. Let me know what you guys think of this situation and how you would approach it. I reminded him that hey if everything was like a video game , things would be pretty boring. Each time we have these type or any other type experiences while over the road is a learning experience and we move on, I was trying to figure out what he could take away from this experience and the only thing I could think of was pay attention to every details of the situation so he has all info needed when reporting this to Marathon. Thanks for reading . I send a prayer out to all of my trucking GUYS AND GALS that are either pounding the pavement, waiting to be loaded or unloaded or are home with friends and family. May your trucking day be a safe and enjoyable one. Remember with all of you I wouldnt be able to sit here in my house in my chair, drinking my Mt Dew, and tyoing this on my computer. THANK YOU ALL


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.

Over The Road:

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.


Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
JJ's Comment
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Hey Carl , sorry to hear about your back, hopefully you will recover with this next surgery. My prayers are with you .

Matt M.'s Comment
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Hate those truckstops. I limped into one just north of Witchita last week at the end of a long day and almost drove into what I'm sure would have required a tow. The entire lot looked like something out of a war zone and the hole I almost went into was a bit deceptive until you are on top of it but really deep.

My very first home time with Prime I got my truck stuck in my own driveway! It had rained heavily and trying to dodge our cars I slipped a steer in the grass (live out in the country) and got stuck. Paid about what he did to get winched out by a tow truck.

I had all kinds of (mis)adventures my first few months, just chalk them up as learning experiences and keep on trucking! I doubt he ever sees any recompense from the t/s.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Whit A.'s Comment
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First off i wanna thank my dad for talking about me on here and let him know that I appreciate it a lot every since I started driving truck three years ago I always wondered what it would be like to be running side-by-side with my dad and I still have this feeling that Someday it will happen. was an experience watching out my mirrors and seeing my duels on one side disappear into somthn that looked like a regular ol puddle and seeing my trailer lean as far as it did, yeah the tow truck driver said it's nothing for him to have to show up there 5 to 6 times a week to do the same thing he's doing with my truck, it's kind of funny how the duels on one side fit in there just perfect, lol almost how the duels on one side fit in there just perfect almost like it was like it was dug out that way. But time goes on n paid what i had to, ha and bought a life jacket.


Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

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