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Jul 26, 2016

I want to be an OTR OO

There are a LOT of details involved with my question, so please bear with me. I have been a successful taxi driver in southern California for about 10-15

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Jul 26, 2016

Oil consumption and power

So I'm in a 2015 international with179k miles and we are burning a little over a gallon a week is that normal? Also we just notice a loss of power with

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Jul 26, 2016

Starting search for CDL scchool

Hi all - As I mentioned in a previous thread, I'm beginning a two-pronged career - both writing and driving. As I start my foray into writing, I'm also

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Jul 26, 2016

Insurance for a fleet of trucks

Does anyone have recommendations for an insurance company that isn't totally outrageous in pricing. I understand a lot depends upon your drivers and

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Jul 26, 2016

How do you get along with your spouse as a team driver

When my husband and I team he got on my nerves. he was so negative and very controlling. I was so stressed out, I didn't have any energy. I was always

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Jul 26, 2016

Trucking can have such bad days!!

I previously posted about trying to get a job to help with the finances while my husband is getting in the experience he needs in order to go with another

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Jul 22, 2016

Is it a good idea for a mother of a 2 year old to become a trucker?

I'm a mother of a two year old and I will like to know is it a good idea for a mother of a two year old to go into trucking? I will also like to know

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Jul 22, 2016

Cost of fine for talking on phone in Memphis, Tn

Whats the cost of the ticket for talking on a cell phone in Memphis, Tn?

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Jul 22, 2016

Wife and Husband delivering goods across America - OTR long haul

Where do I begin? First of all, what an honor to drive across our beautiful Nation, delivering goods to America, with my husband (I think he is the best

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Jul 21, 2016

Ticket for talking on cell phone

Got a ticket in Memphis for talking on cell phone. Anyone know how much its gonna cost? I had nothing on my driving record...

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Jul 21, 2016

Aspiring Writer - Topics Include Driving and Life OTR

Hi all, I'm excited to be embarking on a new career in the trucking industry as well as the driving industry. I'm a recent college grad who has been lucky

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Jul 20, 2016

Tired of getting ripped off at truck stops

Driving a huge truck is no easy job. We are away from home for days and weeks at a time. And we have to put up with traffic and rude inspection officers

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Jul 20, 2016

Trucking Companies - Trucker Job Descriptions

Hey, I am just curious and doing some research about carpal tunnel and truckers...when you are hired on at a company like Old Dominion or Schneider National,

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Jul 16, 2016

Should I disclose expunged charges (not conviction, no plea) to Prime Inc?

Five years ago I was charged with small marijuana possession, paraphernalia, and receiving stolen property. The stolen property was a street sign i had

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Jul 15, 2016

He Doesn't Call

My husband is in training and even when he has a significant amount of free time at certain points, he doesn't call me or seem to want to talk. Sure,

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Jul 15, 2016

Dealing with my OTR truck driver husband

My husband has been driving a truck for 4 months now. He's home every other weekend. He's home a total of 5 days a month. Its been difficult at times,

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Jul 14, 2016

can you drive haz mat fuel truck with disability card

driver has disability placard and wants to drive a haz mat truck hauling fuel. is that legal?

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Jul 14, 2016

Younger Female Trucker Shares Her Story

Hello my name is Jané i am 29yo and when i started trucking i just turned 28yo a month prior. I was looking for jobs all over in Florida and kept coming

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Jul 13, 2016

App for owner operator - NextTrucking

I am an owner/operator, so I am able to find my own jobs through Next Trucking! It's a new technology in the trucking industry, and I really think it is

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Jul 13, 2016

Can a new employer make me take another medical exam?

If i've taken a medical exam within the last 6 months and my exam is good for 12-24 months can a new employer force me to take a new medical exam?

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Jul 13, 2016

Can I go off duty after blowing a trailer tire?

I blew a trailer tire. Can I go to off duty on my log book?

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Jul 13, 2016

Four years experience as trucker's wife - it still gets hard at times

The truckers wife of four years now . It is very hard at times. We have a 21 year old girl and a 9 year old girl and a 7 year old son who has disabilities.

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Jul 13, 2016

Understanding Your Trucker

What is a relationship? Understanding the difference between the way a man and a woman thinks might help you in understanding your trucker.

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Jul 13, 2016

A Truckers Life

Trucker life is a slightly different adventure every day. These videos and pictures my account of a day will help to you experience trucking life over the road.

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Jul 13, 2016

Can a trucker deduct down time on taxes

Can a over the road truck diver deduct down time driving and empty load to go and pick up anothe4r load.

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Jul 13, 2016

Truckers Jamboree 2016 Walcott Iowa 80 Truckstop

Once again it's time for the IOWA 80 Truckerstop Jamboree. Starts today and lasts until Sunday Eve. The will have all kinds of vendors and plenty of

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Jul 13, 2016

Anyone gets a cdl

Cross Missouri state line I-70 WB with Illinois in my rear view. Pull me into the scale and get a green arrow for the scale lane. There's a truck already

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Jul 12, 2016

Drug Screen refusal and Hazmat

Two years ago during a dark period in my life, I refused a dot drug screening. Will that affect my ability to get a hazmat endorsement?

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Jul 12, 2016

Model Trucking Company in Chattanooga TN

I keep telling you that these great higher paying trucking companies which treat drivers good are out there.

(Despite the rhetoric of all trucking companies are the same...)

But I also tell you in order to get a job there, you need to have a great driving record and attitude for success.

Case in point. Shah Trucking out in Chattanooga TN started with 1 truck and trailer and in 2 years will have 10 tractors and 12 trailers.

How did he grow like that? He has the attitude and work ethic that I talk about here on Life as a trucker for trucking success.

Guru Shah took pride in his job performance, followed through on promises and did what was expected of him by customers. (Probably going the extra mile at times)

When he started hiring drivers and adding trucks, he used careful selection of experienced drivers with a like mindset and positive attitude.

Because Guru either genuinely cares about people as much as growing a business and not just making a dollar, he treats his drivers like human beings.

Therefor drivers are loyal and happy. He doesn't have to worry about turn high turnover common in the industry.

So I bring you this story not only to let you know about a company that you might want to check into...

But also to reinforce the idea that with the right attitude and mindset which I describe here...What is a good truck driver

You can make trucking what you want it to be as a driver or trucking company. Just a few days ago I talked about trucking industry losing jobs.

Trucking companies with management having the right attitude, would be sought after by shippers and receivers and they would have loyal drivers.

The trucking companies with the worse management and business practices will be the ones losing freight.

Keep your record good and keep your eyes open for trucking companies that care about how they serve their customers and drivers.

Message to Trucking companies: Place value on the coaching, hiring the right drivers, treating them fairly and delivering what is promised to shippers and receivers. (But also make shippers and receivers pay, when they take advantage of you, the truck and drivers and pass it on to drivers.)

It's money out there. You need the right attitude to access it you guys.

Happy Trucking!Hervy

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Jul 11, 2016

Pre-employment excercises for Schneider

I was at Schneider orientation and failed one part of the pre employment exercises. I'm trying to locate those exercises so I can work on getting my heart

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