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Old 12-30-2006, 04:45 PM
 
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Thinking about making a career change...dreaming about being a truck driver...
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Old 12-30-2006, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I dated a driver, said his butt hurt!!!!
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Old 12-30-2006, 04:59 PM
 
Location: A Valley in Oregon
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If you drive solo, the conversation is endless but at least you're dealing with someone near your own intelligence with many of the same interests.
Once you work all the initial bugs out (how much coffee you can drink, what to buy at the truck-stop, etc), you can start dealing with any personal road-rage problems and start mellowing out - there's always 500 miles to go and 4 hrs to get there - and someone on the other end of the company-provided phone working both sides, i.e., 1)stop and get some rest - get a home-cooked sit-down meal or 2)They've gotta have it yesterday! Really, it's just another factory-job but the scenery changes - great for us road-dogs.
For me, it was the intelligent conversation. And yes, like NEA1 says, it hurts from between your shoulder-blades down to between your ..... (cens). Eye-strain causes headaches and neck pain and traffic thru a city can just wipe you completely out!
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Old 12-30-2006, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Southeast Idaho
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It was alright for me the first year or so that I trucked with my husband. Got to see plenty more of the US than I'd been to previous, in fact the only places I've yet to see are FL, The New England area and of course, Alaska and Hawaii.

If you're over the age of 21 you can be licensed to drive OTR (over the road), most companies like to hire at 23 or older, clear driving record and going to a truck driving school gets you a huge step in the door. If you decide to go to a company's school, read the fine print! You could be drawn into a contract that holds you to them for a predetermined number of years and if you quit most make you pay the tuition ASAP.

If you can handle not being home for birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries and sometimes not even seeing "home" for weeks at a time, then it might be something you can do.

Me? I prefer knowing where I am when I wake up and it pretty much being the same place My husband has been driving for more than 30 years and still loves it.

The concept of the industry is pretty much "hurry up & wait"

If you have any other questions feel free to fire me a PM.
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Old 01-01-2007, 10:53 PM
 
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Default Thank you

Thank you for all of the replies so far...please keep them coming!
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Old 01-02-2007, 07:24 PM
 
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If you are thinking of being a tractor trailer driver the only way to go in my opnion is LTL (less than truckload).Companies such as Ups,Abf,Conway,Yellow etc.They earn anywhere between $60,000 and $130,000 a year.Some you need experince some they will send you to school.I promise you this is some of the better jobs in America.The pay and benefits can't be beat.For further info go to www.truckingboards.com. Good luck.
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Old 01-06-2007, 11:38 AM
 
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Thank you.
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Old 01-06-2007, 02:47 PM
 
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Thank you.
Have you registered as a user on truckingboards yet?
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Old 01-07-2007, 03:35 PM
 
Location: The Big D
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What questions do you have about it? Do you want OTR (over the road) or local? My dad was/is a truck driver and we employee truck drivers. My dad was on OTR driver for freight. Our company is local and just for our products. OTR drivers are gone holidays, weekends, birthdays, anniversary, birth of kids/grandkids, etc. Strange hours to sleep and eat, etc. You have to keep your nose clean though to work for a reputable company. Drug tests are common and random. Now in the state of Texas if you get a ticket and have a CDL you can not take defensive driving. It does not matter if the ticket was on your own time or company. Pay can be good depending on who you work for. My dad drives a truck w/ the x-ray equipment now to different hospitals, one of those mobile units. He is retired part time so he can do this part time and still be home. He did work for a company that does all of the media setup equipment for sports games that Mark Cuban is a financial backer of. I know they have had a hard time finding good drivers. This one keeps you away from home for a week or so. I know we have had a heck of a time finding drivers in the last year. Still need 2 right now.
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Old 01-07-2007, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Southeast Idaho
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What questions do you have about it? Do you want OTR (over the road) or local? My dad was/is a truck driver and we employee truck drivers. My dad was on OTR driver for freight. Our company is local and just for our products. OTR drivers are gone holidays, weekends, birthdays, anniversary, birth of kids/grandkids, etc. Strange hours to sleep and eat, etc. You have to keep your nose clean though to work for a reputable company. Drug tests are common and random. Now in the state of Texas if you get a ticket and have a CDL you can not take defensive driving. It does not matter if the ticket was on your own time or company. Pay can be good depending on who you work for. My dad drives a truck w/ the x-ray equipment now to different hospitals, one of those mobile units. He is retired part time so he can do this part time and still be home. He did work for a company that does all of the media setup equipment for sports games that Mark Cuban is a financial backer of. I know they have had a hard time finding good drivers. This one keeps you away from home for a week or so. I know we have had a heck of a time finding drivers in the last year. Still need 2 right now.

Was wondering when you were going to chime in You must be busy with it being the start of the year and being low on drivers.
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