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Old 10-30-2007, 03:40 PM   #1
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Whos a class a (semi) truck driver?

Is this something worth going to school for? All i know is i wouldnt want to do otr due to a big family. I dont really know any people that drive to ask. Something local or maybe tri state. Thanks

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Skeeter should be along soon, to answer questions. He's been driving for more than 15 years.

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Old 10-30-2007, 08:50 PM   #3
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I took a layoff when I was 44 and learned to drive a truck. I ended up driving for a gas hauling company and 2 race car teams. I also drove for a local farm chemical company for 1 week.

The things I learned:

1. There is always a truck to drive somewhere.

2. It is a tough way to earn a living.

3. Very few people have any respect for truck drivers. You are viewed as a necessary evil rather than a professional who is responsible for delivery of every item the average household uses or contains. That attitude bothers me.

Did I mention it is a tough way to earn a living.

Most of the over the road companies only want to give you 1 day of home time for every 6 or 7 on the road. If you have family, it puts a real strain on the relationships.....and if you don't have a family, it makes meeting new young ladies kind of tough.

After driving for a while, I would not advise anyone to start without a lot of research and soul searching. You really need to look inward and decide what you want out of life. A local driving job would be OK, but long haul............?

I know there are a lot of people that make a family work with a long haul job, but I think they are special people and are the exception to the rule.
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Any moron can make $40,000 plus a year if they want to work for it.
Depending on how close you live to I5 you could work for just about any of the western carriers, most spend a great deal of time just running up and own 5.
Over the road for a family man sucks with a mighty force! anything local is difficult to get without experience because over the road sucks with a mighty force and any over the road driver with more than a room temp IQ wants local work.

Any questions, feel free to ask. I've been doing it for 20 years.
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Old 10-30-2007, 10:39 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info.
Did you like the same spot everyday on that short bus?
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If you have family, it puts a real strain on the relationships
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Over the road for a family man sucks with a mighty force!
As the wife of a truck driver, I can tell you, they're right!
I'm a pretty independent woman but when Skeeter was driving otr, it was really hard on both of us and the kids. I was, basically, a single parent and Skeeter would come home to visit once or twice a month, missing a lot of our kids' early milestones. That's a hard way to raise kids or keep a marriage happy. Like Hutch said, some people can do it but they're few and far between.
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Thanks for the info.
Did you lick the same spot everyday on that short bus?
Nope, I had to move from seat to seat so I could get fresh windows to lick
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I guess I should add, that after 3 years of on and off driving, I went back to a days job. Like I said, I drove for a couple of race car teams, one of which was a Champ Car team in the CART Series. That is open wheel racing at the top. I rubbed shoulder with various stars and famous people, but the bottom line for me was I didn't get home enough. During one two month period, I was only home for 2 days.

I admire those who can make it work as it takes two special people.....the one on the road and the one at home!
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Old 10-31-2007, 12:00 AM   #9
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Well maybe i should just go find a day job then! It was a thought,thanks alot i like everyones post!
I better hurry, before the jeep gets sold and everything else!
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ive been studying up on this too. i have absolutely no strings here at home, so i would be fine over the road. ive been reading up on truck driving forums, and been reading a lot of different trucking company sites and trucking school sites. ive just been trying to get as much info about it as i can. im prepared to work my butt off, and to not be home very often. i figure it will be a geat way to earn a living while seeing the country side at the same time.

ive been thinking ill probably drive over the road for a couple years, to get some experience in, then ill try to find a local job where i can be home every night, then ill think about settling down with a family...itll be a little while until i get to the school, bc i have some things i want to take care of first, but im pretty anxious about getting started
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Well maybe i should just go find a day job then! It was a thought,thanks alot i like everyones post!
I better hurry, before the jeep gets sold and everything else!
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well I have done both, it was fun seeing the country driving the truck, nice place we have here! I seen a lot of country as a Marine and a Soldier, also a great experience. where I worked, they wanted us to stay driving for around 3 weeks, then we could come home for 2 days tops. Depending on you home life, sometimes was a good thing! As far as driving it's a no brainer, the large companies have GPS and help with the P/U and deliveries. Since you are away ALL the time it's a good way to save $$. Getting "designated" routes with the big companies are a premium, as it seems most drivers want to be close to home. And as far as local driving in your area, heck, I think Micky D's pays more, I tried them all. I did really enjoy OTR mainly because of the sights you get to see and the people you meet. I had to stop due to my Grandfathers health, I needed to check on him at least 1 day a week, no designated or local routes, so I moved on.

As for the military, I had a blast, (literally) it was tough also however a lasting experience, and you can drive a truck there too!
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Well maybe i should just go find a day job then! It was a thought,thanks alot i like everyones post!
I better hurry, before the jeep gets sold and everything else!
Don't give up on the idea too quick. you live in a great place for trucking. Like I said, you could start off with one of the western carriers and just run the I5 corridor, you'd be home at least once, possibly twice a week. Once you learn to "adjust" your logbook properly you could plan to run out of hours in LA once a week and not count bit as "home time"
Do that for a year or so and then get on with a local company. The LA area is much easier to get a local job than most of the rest of the country because there's so much industry there.
If you check with some of the larger meat in the seat companies, they often have their own trucking schools, or offer tuition reimbursement.
Like I said in PM, trucking is a fantastic skill to have because you will never be unable to find a job.
There are also other aspects of trucking you can move into. Dispatching, hostling, sales, maintenance and so on.
Whatever you decide, good luck.
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Don't give up on the idea too quick. you live in a great place for trucking. Like I said, you could start off with one of the western carriers and just run the I5 corridor, you'd be home at least once, possibly twice a week. Once you learn to "adjust" your logbook properly you could plan to run out of hours in LA once a week and not count bit as "home time"
Do that for a year or so and then get on with a local company. The LA area is much easier to get a local job than most of the rest of the country because there's so much industry there.
If you check with some of the larger meat in the seat companies, they often have their own trucking schools, or offer tuition reimbursement.
Like I said in PM, trucking is a fantastic skill to have because you will never be unable to find a job.
There are also other aspects of trucking you can move into. Dispatching, hostling, sales, maintenance and so on.
Whatever you decide, good luck.
Ya with the family i cant do otr so i need to rethink this over. 1-2 days at home wont work out.
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ive been studying up on this too. i have absolutely no strings here at home, so i would be fine over the road. ive been reading up on truck driving forums, and been reading a lot of different trucking company sites and trucking school sites. ive just been trying to get as much info about it as i can. im prepared to work my butt off, and to not be home very often. i figure it will be a geat way to earn a living while seeing the country side at the same time.

ive been thinking ill probably drive over the road for a couple years, to get some experience in, then ill try to find a local job where i can be home every night, then ill think about settling down with a family...itll be a little while until i get to the school, bc i have some things i want to take care of first, but im pretty anxious about getting started
Man if i were in your shoes i would do otr like your saying,i should have done that years ago :-( While i could.

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