Seeking some basic information about being a trucker...
Hello, I've been doing some research on trucking as a prospective career. I'm thankful for the amount of information on this site. I just have a few specific questions about tech issues and general stuff...Maybe this could serve as additional material for the site owner!
As far as cell phone reception goes, for Long Haul/OTR, is a 3g or a 4g phone a better option?
Is either reliable for GPS apps on the phone? Is a standalone GPS system reliable for remote stretches of land?
At truck stops, during the early evening hours( 6-8pm) is there good phone reception at those places?
At truck stops, during the early even hours (6-8pm) how severe is the noise level of the trucks/environment? Would the noise from other trucks and other people be audible to anyone listening on the other line as you make cell phone calls?
Also, is there any way to reduce the noise while in the truck's cabin which you could recommend?
For internet at truck stops, what is the best option for high speed internet while in the cabin of the truck?
What are the dimensions of the average bed in a truck cabin? Are they more soft, or firm?
I have heard heat, and idling for AC are issues. How do you beat the heat? Is anti-idling heavily enforced?
As far as weapons in the truck go, such as knives or firearms, are these checked for often by authorities or personnel at truck stops, checkpoints, during traffic stops, or any other times? What are the best means of self defense for truckers?
These questions are the ones I can't seem to find much info about. I really appreciate any helpful advice and tips anyone on here can give me!