Finally a Solo Driver

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Kingty9183, Jul 12, 2021.

  1. Kingty9183

    Kingty9183 Light Load Member

    Jul 19, 2019
    So after a month of training I passed my safety driving and backing test on Friday an am officially a solo driver. USA Truck is running me well. This weekend I drove from West Memphis to Charlotte and should be in Plant City,FL this Thursday. I’m really getting used to this OTR life. Last week I drove 700 miles and could have kept going if my clock didn’t run out. Wondering how it would be to have my own truck now
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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Looks as if trucking and you are a good fit. Congratulations, glad it's working out so well for you.
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  4. Puppage

    Puppage Road Train Member

    Aug 2, 2012
    That’s really great to hear.
  5. Happily Retired

    Happily Retired Road Train Member

    Apr 16, 2014
    high plains colorado
    Whoa, whoa, just a sec, hold on there. I wouldn't consider a truck until AT LEAST a year in, and even then, I don't recommend it. You have a long way to go before a truck purchase, when it's all said and done, you'll make more right where you are, and let the boss have the headaches. Best of luck, and if you don't already have one, by all means get a forward facing camera, is my best advice. Videos don't lie. Don't be a stranger, if something comes up, ask away. It's why most of us old farts are here. :thumbup:
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  6. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Jan 13, 2013
    SW Arkansas
    Congratulations on finishing your training. Your training is actually never complete as you will hopefully learn something new every day. Just don't let yourself get complacent. That's when bad things happen.
    And I wouldn't be in a hurry to get your own truck until you get a year in, anyway. You need to drive through four seasons of the year and see what you outlook is then. During that year, learn the business and you will get an idea on how much it takes to run a truck.
  7. WesternPlains

    WesternPlains Road Train Member

    Sep 1, 2017
    Congratulations! Wish you the best!
  8. JoeyJunk

    JoeyJunk Road Train Member

    Dec 31, 2010
    Washington, PA
    Wow! That went by quick. I feel like it was just last week you started. Congratulations!
  9. Frank Speak

    Frank Speak Road Train Member

    May 3, 2016
    Hot Springs, AR
    Congrats man! I wouldn’t consider buying a truck for at least a year. A good way to gauge it is like this. Once, you’ve gotten on a first name basis with all wormins at the Love’s fuel desk in your lanes, then you might consider it.
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  10. Linte_Loco

    Linte_Loco Road Train Member

    Apr 24, 2011
    LA (lower Alabama)
    Good luck. Now get to work :)
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  11. Wasted Thyme

    Wasted Thyme Road Train Member

    Jan 27, 2020
    GOAT watching
    I'd actually say 3 years. Try lease first. To see how well you do running 1099 and managing your fuel and other expenses.

    Also. Please tell me that 700 was an error. I can do that in 2 days. Should be closer to 3k for a week.
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