Hoping all the truckers here have a great and safe weekend. Can't believe the holiday is almost here. Anyone home for it?
I just started trucking to help pay off some of my loans. I like it more than I thought I would, but recently my girl asked me to stop. She says I don't spend enough time with her anymore. She said to pick my job or her, that's messed up! I like making money, I NEED it! I feel like I am screwed either way here, but should I keep the girl or the job?
I am a woman and drive a truck for a living, but I hate it when people look at me after I say what I do and tell me…..but you’re so small!!! I mean, what does that matter!? Or worse when I am standin next to my truck and people ask me where my man is. HA! I don’t have time for one.
I am a single mom and after taking care of my kid I went back to work. I had never driven a truck before in my life and thought why not the money is good and if I hated it I’d quit. Here I am 3 years later even when they said I couldn't. No one in this world should ever tell you that you can’t do somethin.
Any other female truckers out there? Please say hello!!
I had a MD state trooper tell me at 2am last Wednesday that it was illegal for my child to be in the sleeper. I told him that was NOT true at all! I work as a team and my co-driver was sleeping. You have to have one if your kid is under a certain age, usually 5 but depends on the company. He tried to lecture me about being a good mother and I ALMOST lost it right there. My son is VERY well cared for, safe and loved. He ran my license then comes back and tells me to have a good one. No ticket, so I guess he knew he was wrong.
Saw this post on Facebook or somewhere and saved it because it's SO true and sharing it with this group.
1- Cover your ass. Take pictures, get it in writing, scale everything, get a dashcam and run it all the time.
2- NEVER trust a dispatcher.
3- Never enter any place you don't know how to get out of. Throw the brake, set the 4 ways and walk yourself in. always make sure you can get out.
4-. Don't screw over the next guy. Leave the truck clean, get out of the fuel island, fix the incorrect directions/address, don't leave trash, etc.
5- Get out and look/don't hit anything.
6- We are all truckers and in this together. Help a brother/sister out. Let them merge, explain how to get places, help them back, etc.
7- Thou Shalt Not Lease.
8- Never do favors for dispatch. (also never do anything for free. need that empty moved, no problem, how much you paying?)
9- Trip plan everything. Even short little runs. How are you getting in, where are you going, when will you be done? When do you need to leave by, where's your parking? What's your secondary parking?
10- Protect your license like it's gold. If you don't think it's safe to drive, don't. Ain't nobody going to die cuz your semi truck load of Huggies is 5 hours late.
Anyone else agree with any of these? My favorite is the second one for sure.
I notice more and more states are shutting down lots more rest stops to cut costs, which forces us to park in empty parking lots or on the side of interstates to get some sleep. Where do you all park your truck? Do you guys think this will ever get any better?! I am annoyed!
How does everyone here deal with being away from your families? My husband is gone so much out on long hauls that I feel like our kids are growing up without him. I know he is out there making money for us, but it's fricken HARD being a truck driver's wife. Most of the time I feel like a single parent.
My truck broke down last week and the supervisor shows up and tells me it’s MY fault because I did not do a good enough pre-trip. What happened was my other idiot supervisor strapped down a tire onto the catwalk and the strap broke, wrapped around my driveline and then tore up all my airlines. I told her it wasn’t me that did that. She then FLIPS out on me gets in my face and says that she doesn't need my attitude WHAT?!!!. The whole time I tried to get her to calm down but she wouldn’t. Guess I made her look bad. I told my boss about it and basically he said that I might be fired because I screamed at her and refused to listen. I did NOT scream. What the hell am I going to do now? Can he actually fire me over something that was not my fault??! Help!!!!
A lot of places are trying out self driving trucks saying it will make trucking freight safer and cheaper. Anybody who has driven a truck knows that it’s NOT that easy. What happens if a steer tire blows out?! Or if the weather is crap? Computers can’t fix everything. I honestly never liked the idea of self-driving anything. I feel like I am in the Twilight Zone. Anyone else?
I'm 22 years old and finishing college next year but I am thinking about taking a year off to help start paying these loans before I get buried! I've talked over my options with a couple of my old bosses, both used to drive. They said that I could do a training program with a large carrier like Swift, get my CDL, ride out my contract, and then use what I earn to pay tuition and loans. I don’t think it sounds like a bad idea and I def want to go back to finish school. I have come too far to drop out now. I can see the country and trucking would beat flipping burgers, wouldn't it? What do you all think I should do?