What advice would you give to your younger self at the start of his career?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by gone4truck, Jun 18, 2021.

  1. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2009
    1918 Anywhere, USA 90210
    Many times there is mor dock space, but some of those foodservice warehouse will test your driving skills at times! PFG in Kendallville, IN comes to mind....I think that's the name of the town
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  3. Flat Earth Trucker

    Flat Earth Trucker Road Train Member

    Nov 19, 2018
    You're going to have to be more persistent in your job search and you can't always drive a tractor trailer to any ole Burger King to get yourself a cheeseburger.
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  4. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2009
    1918 Anywhere, USA 90210
    Or else you'll be on Bonehead Truckers of the Week lol
  5. Hazmat Cat

    Hazmat Cat Medium Load Member

    Oct 18, 2019
    I didn’t read all the answers so it might have been said but condoms. And crazy #####es. Stay away from crazy #####es.
  6. Moose1958

    Moose1958 Road Train Member

    Dec 17, 2010
    The Twilight Zone
    The Master Chief and his lovely wife and I had a nice quiet dinner. We spoke about some things affecting Veterans but mostly just enjoyed each other's company. Later I showed him this thread on my iPad and your comment. He did not say you were full of it. But he said he would NEVER allow this to happen on "HIS" ship. The Skipper would get messages from Millington about it as would his ISIC. On the strike group, his ship is a part of that is not happening. He also told me his actual date of retirement is coming up soon. The Navy is about to lose a really good Master Chief too!
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  7. Cali kid

    Cali kid Road Train Member

    Feb 15, 2011
    Orange County, CA
    If I had to do it all over again I'd start at UPS working the docks right out of high school. Get that CDL and climb the ladder to them feeder positions. Although I don't mind the path I chose in trucking as I've gained a ton of experience and have made a good living at a rather young age.
    Started with a mega running OTR for a year making peanuts but man was it fun and did I get to see some country. Then went to FedEx ground for a bit over a year running teams. Money was getting better, but of course I was always working. Then got a small mom and pop local gig so I could find me a tanker gig got into that and I was hooked. We ran oils and chemicals local and regional so got alot of different experience. Then went into fuel hauling and this is when the big bucks finally started coming in, and I was the youngest they had ever hired at that location at 25. Spent a good couple years there before the company went down hill and now i run cryogenics and compressed gasses which I've grown to love even more then fuel. Going on three kids, married and a house. Oh and my wife and I have been together since I started driving so shes been through it all, from being gone for weeks at a time to home every night and a steady schedule.
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  8. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    What I posted about E-3's isn't allowed today, but was allowed when I was in. Regulations change with the times.
  9. lovesthedrive

    lovesthedrive R.I.P.

    Nov 11, 2008
    Sorrento Maine
    You should have started trucking at 21
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  10. gone4truck

    gone4truck Bobtail Member

    Jun 13, 2021
    That's how I had somewhat envisioned my trucking career before getting my CDL:

    1) Start with a mega and get some experience (but no way I'm staying one year here)
    2) Transition into more specialized roles (tanker or doubles is what I have in mind)
    3) Get good at it and find a local gig

    I'm in step #1 right now.
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  11. TripleSix

    TripleSix God of Roads

    Apr 10, 2009
    Copied in Hell
    If you wanted local, you should have started local. Just about every employer cannot find anyone who wants to work and they’re begging for help. If you can operate a rig, have a clean record and can pass a drug test, you can get the job you want.
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