Getting Into Flatbed Life in Ontario, Canada

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  1. truckingwithjack

    truckingwithjack Bobtail Member

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    Hey guys, first forum post here. I've been creeping for a while and wanted to document my journey getting into flatbed driving here in Ontario. In the past i've mainly had driving jobs, but nothing trucking related. Started out doing Amazon deliveries, worked at a car dealership, and realized trucking was the next best thing.

    Today was the first day of orientation at my company. I don't want to share the name yet, because i'm not sure of their policy regarding that, but I'll share all the other relevant details. It's a flatbed company based in Southwestern Ontario. Some of you might be able to guess it eventually.

    Anyways, I don't have any experience with trucking. No one in my family drives and I don't know any drivers. I decided to give it a shot and see how it turns out. The long term plan is to get into something local, maybe, whether or not I like being away from home for long.

    As for the orientation, most of the day was paperwork. A quick tour around the yard, got to see the showers, drivers lounge, some of the trucks, and met most of the office staff. I also met one of my driver trainers who's taking me on my first run tomorrow - we're dropping off steel and sound barriers somewhere in downtown Toronto. That should be a fun learning experience for me - I haven't driven since the training school in March. We'll see how it goes!

    Later in the week is load securement. Next week will be my first trip into the USA. Picking up steel in Virginia. The company said I'll be getting in my own truck in about 3-4 weeks depending on how i'm progressing. Other than that, I'll try to update when I have the time. Not sure how much free time I'll have, but i'll be sure to share my experience with you guys. That's all for now!
     
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  2. Flat Earth Trucker

    Flat Earth Trucker Heavy Load Member

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    Better be learning to chain up now being in Canada, eh? :D
     
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