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Old 12-22-2012, 05:15 PM  
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Do we have any OTR drivers here?

I'm looking into getting my CDL.

There is a CDL training school just a few miles from me.

I've been a CNC Machinist for years and I'm sick of the lack of job security.

I'm 42 and I need something with solid job security.

I think R8ers drives for FedEx, right?
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Old 08-02-2013, 10:03 AM   #166
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Passed through Chicago this morning.

No one there knows what a turn signal is.
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Old 08-02-2013, 10:33 AM   #167
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Congrats man! Always nerve racking going after anything new. I know if you find the right company and get hours, you can make some really good money in that business.

Best of luck.

Well so far I haven't had any luck at all. All the companies around here want experienced drivers of at least a year. My permit expired because I couldn't find anyone to help me get trained on the job for a CDL.


Then just this week a job opening is available, driving cement mixer, but I got to go get my permit and take them stupid test again. I hate the ****ing DMV it is hell on earth.
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Old 08-06-2013, 02:27 PM   #168
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Old 08-06-2013, 02:54 PM   #169
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Well so far I haven't had any luck at all. All the companies around here want experienced drivers of at least a year. My permit expired because I couldn't find anyone to help me get trained on the job for a CDL.


Then just this week a job opening is available, driving cement mixer, but I got to go get my permit and take them stupid test again. I hate the ****ing DMV it is hell on earth.
Concrete company here will pay for your CDL. Out here truck drivers are ****ing gold.
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Old 05-24-2015, 09:57 PM   #170
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Soooo wanted to bump this to ask a ???...anyone ever done team driving? Good to look into or no?

My brother in law is trying to talk me into it...I've thought about getting into driving and I heard the $ is better in team driving but there's a lot of cons too.
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Old 05-24-2015, 10:02 PM   #171
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Old 05-24-2015, 10:08 PM   #172
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Concrete company here will pay for your CDL. Out here truck drivers are ****ing gold.
I remember your dad asking if I have ever driven an 18 wheeler. I was like uh no. He said here's the keys it has a brand new transmission in it. Don't strip the gears and take that load of corn to the elevator.

Ah the memories.
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Old 05-24-2015, 10:11 PM   #173
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I drive.

Did some team status during training......I did not enjoy it personally. Truck runs essentially 24/7. I suppose it wouldn't be bad if it were done with a relative or spouse etc. not a lot of room in the truck for two folks 24/7 . Plus sleeping while the other drives sucks ass. Terrible sleep bouncing around all night long etc.

The money is better obviously as you have two log books to run, then split the money etc. but really not "more" money to make it worth it. IMO.
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Old 05-24-2015, 10:25 PM   #174
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I drive.

Did some team status during training......I did not enjoy it personally. Truck runs essentially 24/7. I suppose it wouldn't be bad if it were done with a relative or spouse etc. not a lot of room in the truck for two folks 24/7 . Plus sleeping while the other drives sucks ass. Terrible sleep bouncing around all night long etc.

The money is better obviously as you have two log books to run, then split the money etc. but really not "more" money to make it worth it. IMO.
Right, kinda what I was thinking....gotta be honest too, the thought of driving a huge truck is seriously intimidating to me too. Always been curious about it though...
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Old 05-24-2015, 11:34 PM   #175
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Right, kinda what I was thinking....gotta be honest too, the thought of driving a huge truck is seriously intimidating to me too. Always been curious about it though...
It isn't bad. As long as you respect it at all times. If my dumbass can do it you are golden.
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Old 05-24-2015, 11:35 PM   #176
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I remember your dad asking if I have ever driven an 18 wheeler. I was like uh no. He said here's the keys it has a brand new transmission in it. Don't strip the gears and take that load of corn to the elevator.

Ah the memories.
It's a miracle anyone was left alive in the county.
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Old 05-24-2015, 11:38 PM   #177
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Right, kinda what I was thinking....gotta be honest too, the thought of driving a huge truck is seriously intimidating to me too. Always been curious about it though...
Once you're comfortable behind the wheel it's no different than driving your car. Seriously. The thing that changes is that you become hyper aware of all the dumb****s driving around you.
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Old 05-25-2015, 12:48 AM   #178
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I am not sleeping in a truck when it's sitting still and damn sure not with someone I barely know driving.
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Old 05-25-2015, 06:01 AM   #179
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A person with no college degree, or even HS diploma, can earn 50-60-70k a year as a day driver or 100+k a year OTR.

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I drive.

Did some team status during training......I did not enjoy it personally. Truck runs essentially 24/7. I suppose it wouldn't be bad if it were done with a relative or spouse etc. not a lot of room in the truck for two folks 24/7 . Plus sleeping while the other drives sucks ass. Terrible sleep bouncing around all night long etc.

The money is better obviously as you have two log books to run, then split the money etc. but really not "more" money to make it worth it. IMO.
How are you liking your experience so far, where all have you been?

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Old 05-25-2015, 06:34 AM   #180
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I am not sleeping in a truck when it's sitting still and damn sure not with someone I barely know driving.
Yeah, training sucks when you gotta sleep in a tractor with someone you hardly know. That didn't last very long, though. My training with Trans Am lasted only 9 days. I was with the Werner trainer for 9 days, as well before I had to ditch that cockbag. That was right before Trans Am.

I'm done with commercial driving for the foreseeable future.
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