Wondering if I should pursue trucking

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Lisa9, Oct 18, 2020.

  1. Lisa9

    Lisa9 Light Load Member

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    Right?! Well, at least I'm not the only one who feels/felt that way, and that in time, the trucks start to feel smaller. It might be nice to have such a clear view of everything, right? I drive a Frontier and like being up higher than when I used to drive a sedan.

    Oh, and I hope I didn't offend you yesterday when I suggested that the female driver in your fleet (who I now know is Jenn) show you how she backs up the truck.
     
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  3. Lisa9

    Lisa9 Light Load Member

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    Oh, wow. I didn't know going to the terminals would be like that. OTR appeals to me for getting out and being on my own (more or less).

    Lol avoid the inner city rest stops...got it. Probably a good idea. Does anyone ever try to bother you or steal the truck/cargo?

    Native New Yorker here. Moved out-of-state before I had to drive in winter weather tho. Definitely don't have your extensive experience with it, so that should be interesting for me.

    Driving at night is a great idea! I suppose it depends on the delivery schedule, but do most companies support driving at night?

    Ty again for your comments. Very interesting and helpful!
     
  4. TomC71

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    Many of them forget that they were once beginners. Lisa9 go for it. Talk to companies directly and not recruiter services. If you can get your CDL from a school because that gives you more options. Also, check out Women In Trucking.
     
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    Thanks so much, TomC71!! I think I will give it a real shot this time. Thanks for the advice! It means a lot to be cheered on by you all.
     
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    JolliRoger Road Train Member

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    Slow Mack, the times have passed you and me by. LOL
     
  7. TravR1

    TravR1 Road Train Member

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    Yes, people will try to steal your cargo from time to time. It has not happened to me, but it has happened to others on my fleet. The drivers on my fleet often park inside crowded city areas a lot.

    Most locks can be easily clipped with a bull cutter. Or if not that, the lock is usually easily picked. Just check youtube if you don't believe it for tutorials about how to pick most cheap locks you buy at truck stops.

    Even then, those sealers attached to trailers that we lock closed can be clipped with bull cutters even if we using an expensive lock.

    If you are parking in a city area and concerned about the safety of your cargo, the best defense is to park against a building or fence. And usually parking against a building is a violation of some fire code. So park against a fence or some concrete wall, or a post of some kind that makes it impossible to open your doors, because the locks you buy will only save your cargo cargo from the random passerby, not anyone that knows a few things about circumventing security locks.

    Most people can break into a locked trailer fairly quickly if they know just a few things.
     
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    Ugh! Well, that sucks. What some people will resort to...at least trucks can be parked against something solid. Thanks for filling me in on this stuff, TravR1!
     
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    TravR1 Road Train Member

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    It happens from time to time, it has and always will. If you see it happening to your trailer, just remain your truck and call local law enforcement for assistance. Insurance can cover any losses, but they cannot replace you. So stay in your truck.

    Its not that bad though. Just use common sense and care for yourself.

    You are probably better off trying to park at truck stops in rural areas. There are a lot of them. If you do need to park in a city area, try to park in a well lite area in the front of buildings, if possible. Close your outer curtains.
     
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    Copy that. Safety is a concern for me, so I'm sure I'll be on alert lol. I'll make sure to stay calm and heed your advice. Sucks that people will try to steal tho.

    Rural truck stops it is! I've seen on here that those are preferred over parking in the cities.

    Close the curtains...got it. Another great tip! Thank you!
     
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    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

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    All this stuff about parking in cities and against a fence or something.
    You are in a big rig and you can not just choose to park somewhere anywhere.

    Plan your trips correctly and you will always have a safe place to park.
    Refuse loads that would put you in an unsafe condition.
     
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