MCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8734 posts, RR: 12 Posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3861 times:
Hello and good evening to all;
I have made a decision to go OTR truck driving this summer as my situation dictates. All my life I have based my decisions on my needs; however; my dad is the one who suggested it and hes right. Well after being in college for two years attending part-time, I have decided its time to hit the open road. I have families in New York, Missouri, Massachusetts, and California, so choosing a company will not be hard as my family has given me permission to use their address. While I do have pet and family here.
I will take home time in either my hometown of Melbourne or Corning NY. I am excited and am anxious for this semester to start and end. My dad has arranged to take my cat till I can go out on the road with him and my family has agreed to get me my necessities until I can get situated on my own. If in the end something local opens; cool, if not than I am happy either way.
NorthstarBoy From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1968 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3677 times:
Do you have all the necessary training and licences?
Even if you don't i'd say chase your dream. get your licences and training, and get out there and see America while you're still young. we have a beautful country, what better way to see than pushing 80,000 pounds down the road?
"East bound and down, loaded up and truckin, we gonna do what they say can't be done, we got a long way to go and a short time to get there, sit on down and watch ole Bandit run," or is that Hunter?
I'd rather be one of the worst and Dumbest than the best and brightest....life's so much more stress free that way
AGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3520 times:
MCO you should contact Southern Pride or Air Industries trucking companies. They haul Jet engines all over the country . I beleive that Southern Pride is exclusively Civ and Military Jet engine transport ops.
Johns624 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 1117 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3294 times:
Quoting AGM100 (Reply 4): MCO you should contact Southern Pride or Air Industries trucking companies. They haul Jet engines all over the country . I beleive that Southern Pride is exclusively Civ and Military Jet engine transport ops
They appear to be an all-owner-operator operation. I doubt if they hire rookies.
WESTERN737800 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 695 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3169 times:
Chase your dreams. I still need to figure out what I'm gonna do when I grow up. I've always had a facination with trucking, although I dont have the liscenses. I may get into it in a couple years. Good luck.
AGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 16
Reply 9, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2999 times:
MCO you the military has excellent truck driving and heavy equipment operation training. And to add , you get to finish your education paid for by Uncle Sam. Why dont you check into the National Guard in your state. ?
You dig the hole .. I fill the hole . 100% employment !
MCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8734 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2942 times:
Quoting AGM100 (Reply 9): MCO you the military has excellent truck driving and heavy equipment operation training. And to add , you get to finish your education paid for by Uncle Sam. Why dont you check into the National Guard in your state. ?
I'm in eligible. Its personal as to why i am in eligible.
Try Schneider, J.B. Hunt and Swift. They may not have the best OTR reputation, but all are large operations with programs for entry level drivers, and I think Schneider even has their own training facility just south of Milwaukee. Once licenced and hired, you can look forward to at least a year of team running, so expect some long nights, and some much more intense training, like mountain driving (you can never go down a hill too slow, but you'll only make it half way down too fast), winter driving, icy two lane roads, some in the mountains, different types of freight, dry, flat, temperature controlled, floor loaded, palletized, and maybe some hanging meat, light loads, heavy loads, over weight loads, freight not matching paperwork, cross border shipping documents, logbooks, vehicle inspections, some seriously heavy traffic conditions (Eastern Seaboard) and any combination of the above. And regardless of what anyone tells you, when driving, YOU are in command of the truck. If you feel conditions, or fatigue are beyond your limits, stop and rest. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING they can load in that trailer is more important than safety. A late load is easier to explain than a late driver. Another good trait to have is patience. You can, and will spend endless hours waiting to get dispatched, loaded and unloaded. Even some pin to pin runs will involve waiting. And paperwork... You'll do endless hours of paperwork. Trucking is 33% paperwork, 33% bullshit, 33% driving and 1% assorted variables. If you can handle the paperwork and bullshit, you're golden. But once you get the bullshit sorted out, it's a wonderful lifestyle. Making $65,000+ to be a tourist? You gotta love it. In 15 years I've seen all 48 lower states, and 9 of 10 Canadian provinces.
Basically, the first 2 or 3 years will be a brutally steep learning curve, but it will flatten out, and get easier as you gain experience.
You can expect 10-11 days out at a time, with some downtime along the way. Use that time constructively, like cleaning the glass and the truck in general, and laundry. One other hint... Do NOT let your paperwork pile up. Do it as you go along, otherwise you'll get home burnt out, only to find 10 days worth of paperwork to do. Keep it up to date nightly, and you'll save an hour or two at the trip's end.
Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
TZ757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2908 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (6 years 11 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2537 times:
Ever think about being a railroad engineer? You can still haul freight (a hell of a lot of it), see the country like nobody else could, avoid traffic, go fast, and haul freight more efficiently. Unless you want to do short-haul trucking, which is fine too. Get to see a whole lot as well.
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (6 years 11 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2422 times:
True story, and a kind of a funny one.
We had a captain who was forced to retire at 60 (this was years ago, before the regs changed). He decided to get qualified to drive big rigs, and, in fact, did so. I reckon that he still wanted to be in "command" of something, and view the country from "see-level" instead of all those years operating at FL350. Not unreasonable at all.
About 6 months or so into the truck driving gig, he slid his rig into a deep snowbank on the interstate near East Gopher Guts, North Dakota, and quickly concluded "Screw this!" and promptly went on to fly rubber dog poop out of Hong Kong, or do something else back in the aviation field...