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Old 09-09-2005, 10:45 PM   #11
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rerember there are ALOT of hours involved and as SSE14U24ME said the weather might not be the kindest. my dad did drives to bufflao and he faced relly cold temps in a small truck cab.
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Well Im 23 years old, I still dont know what I want to do with my life.

It doesnt matter to me what type I become I just need to make more then I am now.

I am interested in doing it cross country just to travel a lot.

When you go cross country how many hours straight did you drive for?

How did you get into it? I have 3 days off after monday and I really do want to start asking around.
When driving cross-country the hours you drive in a day depends on how tight a delivery schedule your freight has. I averaged 8.5 to 10 hours a day. But the hours of service (H.O.*.) regulations have changed. Driving an average work days' worth of hours takes you from Conn. to Calif. in 4 days. If you have to push it you can (legally) make the trip in 3 days but I always preferred a looser delivery schedule so I could stop and see tings along the way. I got started when a trucking company (CRST) did a recruiting seminar in my area. They're located in Cedar Rapids, IA. There are many companies out there that will train you for free as long as you sign a contract to work for them for at least one year. Schnieder, JB Hunt and CRST are just a few of them.
Sorry I didn't reply sooner but I've been on vacation. Good luck and post a reply to let me know how you make out.
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Also another place to look around too is staffing firms, they tie in with the driving schools and such that will get you your commercial license, the training, and a job out of the school most cases.

I've driven truck here and there.....Just don't do day cab....unless you like getting stuck in the same route all the time.
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Sounds like something I should try. I made 757 miles in 11.5 hrs on my trip down south last spring. I only stopped once and that was for gas.
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I think speeding is a big no no with trucking. (You averaged over 65)
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I think speeding is a big no no with trucking. (You averaged over 65)
not all of the speed limits are 65, there are even places with 75. if he was doing 70 the whole way, he would have had a 30+ min fuel stop, which makes sense to me.
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He was speeding trust me.....LOL

Anyways.....A lot of company'* govern their trucks at 65-70 MPH to cut back on speeding. In IL and vehicle of 4 Tons GVW or with trailers aren't allowed to go over 55 MPH.
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Also another place to look around too is staffing firms, they tie in with the driving schools and such that will get you your commercial license, the training, and a job out of the school most cases.
The only problem with staffing firms is you have to put the money for training/school out of pocket, or they'll make you some kind of payment plan option. Most reputable training schools are fairly expensive.

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Anyways.....A lot of company'* govern their trucks at 65-70 MPH to cut back on speeding. In IL and vehicle of 4 Tons GVW or with trailers aren't allowed to go over 55 MPH.
Company'* govern their trucks to save money on insurance premiums and fuel costs. and as far as those communist states that have split speed limits (IL., OH., & IN.) F*** EM. You might have to sit for a longer break time to allow your log book to catch up to reality but... everything is legal until you get caught.
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i drove truck for a while when I was younger. I hired on with Schneider out of Green Bay, WI. Very good program. Good company. Drove OTR. Free training and CDL license. That'* the way I would go if I were you. Find a big company that will walk you through the whole training and licensing stuff. Schneider, JB Hunt, Swift etc.
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How about CR England? Heard of them?
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