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More and more women are starting to drive trucks, but there are still quite a few that are just along for the ride. If you're going to be out there for the long haul, instead of just a few days, you may want to be prepared. Organize the area that will be "yours" on the truck. You'll probably get one closet with a cubbyhole on top That's all I got anyway!


One thing that I wasn't quite prepared for when I decided to become a truck driver is the sleeping patterns. I knew fatigue was a big issue in truck driving, but now I truly understand why. The long driving hours are only part of the issue.

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But the main issue is the lack of any normal "bed time" for an OTRtruck driver. There is a common saying in the trucking industry, and that is; "drive when you have to, sleep when you can. And in fact, there really is no pattern. The situation is a bit complex, but if you want to maintain high miles every week, you need to make yourself available at the right times. Due to the government's hours of service regulations on truck drivers, we must plan ahead, sometimes days in advance, what we will be doing each hour of each day.

If we make our delivery at 6 a. So, the trick is to drive a certain cycle, while trying to remain within the legal barriers of the regulations, so that you have full hours available in the mornings. But unfortunately, as soon as you get into a specific cycle, things change. The last couple weeks have been all over the board for me as far as loading and unloading times at our customers.

It was 3 a. Not only that, but I've had quite a few lo with multiple stops. This only complicates the issue, because you must be sure to have hours available to make it through all of your deliveries and stay within the legal guidelines. On the surface, it doesn't seem too difficult. But in reality, it is.

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The planning is one thing, but forcing your body to stay awake or fall sleep at different times everyday is another thing. I'm hopingthat as I gain more experience, I'llget a little better at my tripplanning, and can set up more of a routine. I can tell you for certain though, the most widely used drug out here in the trucking industry is caffeine.

Walk into any truck stop and go to the front counter. You'll be sure to see several displays of energy drinks, energyshots and even caffeine pills. And my beverage of choice these days is Mountain Dew. I have to either watch the customer load or unload the product, listen for my truck to be called on the CB, or watch the ever so exciting blinking red light at the dock and wait until it turns green.

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Many customers do have a "wake up" service, but I haven't had the luxury of going to those customers the last couple weeks. Once they are finally done, it's time to try and find a parking spot. Late at night, this can be a seemingly impossible task.

Truck stops and rest areas are jam packed by nightfall, and it can easily take a couple hours to find somewhere to shut down. While waiting at the customer to be loaded or unloaded, most drivers log that time in the sleeper berth. Basically, as soon as they show the sleeper berth in their logbookthey are on their "break. But as stated before, shippers and receivers can often take 4 hours or more to finish loading or unloading. So that 10 hour break normally reserved for sleeping, quickly turns into 6 hours.

Add on another hour to find a parking spot, another 30 minutes to grab a shower, and maybe if there's time, another 30 minutes to grab a meal. Where did that 10 hour break go?

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Four hours of sleep is sometimes all you get. Obviously, what I just described isn't exactly what the Department of Transportation had in mind when they added the "sleeper berth" column to our log books.

Drivers can be their own worst enemies on this front by being "creative" with their log books. Any driver can certainly take nearly as much time as they want to sleep. But this, in turn, in a very unhappy dispatcherand a very thin wallet come payday. It's one of those damned if you do, damned if you don't situations. I don't want to spark a debate about whether drivers should log legally or get creative. And my advice is to always drive and loglegally. In the real world, most drivers cut into their sleep time, even though they are still working.

This is probably the only industry where employees will lie to say they aren't working, even though they reallyare. For those who are about to enter the industry, be prepared to sleep at any time of any day or night, and drive the same way. It could be midnight tonight, and noon three days from now.

You might get 4 hours of sleep tomorrow, then 14 hours in a few days. There is absolutely no cycle, no rhythm, and no schedule for when you sleep. Drive when you have to, sleep when you can.

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On the flip side, when I am able to get a full night's rest, it's always the best sleep I've ever had. It's in the afternoon as I write this, and today, that is my bed time. And wouldn't ya know it, I get to sleep for a full 10 hours today! A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times.

The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or conee.

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time. The portion of the tractor behind the seats which acts as the "living space" for the driver. It generally contains a bed or bunk bedscabinets, lights, temperature control knobs, and 12 volt plugs for power.

I thought I'd share a few of my initial impressions of my early truck driving career, having experienced it for 6 months now.

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It's been incredible! Sometimes trucking trips go very smoothly, and others are incredibly challenging. This is the reality of truck driving. Are you up for the challenge? After tarping a load on a rainy day in a muddy mess of a parking lot I began to question whether or not becoming a truck driving was a mistake. After a lot of close calls and important lessons learned, I'm starting to get the feel for driving truck and learning to relax and roll with things. I've been on the road with my trainer and there's been a lot of ups and downs.

We're learning a ton everyday, but it's not easy for me or my family. People wonder what life is like on the road for truckers. Well, you certainly have your good and bad days, and here's what a bad day is like CDL training will test you in so many ways, and it will go far beyond your ability to drive a truck. It will also test your patience and perseverance. Home time is precious to an over the road driver and their family, and it's painful when it gets cut short by an unexpected call from the company.

So how does a new driver survive their hectic, stressful, tiring, demanding, and incredibly challenging first 6 months on the job?

Here's my advice Many folks come into truck driving believing they should be treated like gold without having to prove themselves first. That's simply not how it works. Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today.

There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:. TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila that's me! After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker.

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