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Truck driving

Posted By: My friend did it on 2005-08-11
In Reply to: Big rig info wanted - MT for 30+ yrs but still "young"

My friend and her husband drove as a "team" before he passed away.  She said it isn't as easy as it looks-- especially if you are a woman.  She said she had to back the trailers into the loading docks and all the "macho men" would just stand there and stare at her-- apparently they are too "manly" to have their jobs taken by women.  Anyway, she said the driving part was fun, but the company monitors you every second via some kind of tracking device and it isn't like I thought-- that you could stop in various parts of the country, etc.  There is a lot of technical stuff you have to know about the truck, maintenance, etc., as well.  She said she wouldn't do it again.

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Sorry but truck driving is going south also
Also had hubby as truck driver, as well as done team driving --the rates there are going down as many are coming over the borders and able to drive for less.  So that profession has dropped 50% as well or at least held its own over the past ten years which is not a progression at all.  Even owner-operators are seeing a decline.  So it is hitting everywhere. 
It would be interstate driving, he and I driving as partners so we can
drive hard. The company we are talking with will give us the sleeper truck. I am envisioning MT while he is driving. Obviously, not full-time, though. I just hate to lose my grip with the contract I have - gravy work.

How would I get the internet access? Satelite will be available across country? Can't put any permanent receivers on the truck.

I remind you, this is not MY midlife crisis. I'm trying to work things out to accommodate him.
truck type
Don't have direct experience but my husband trucks and am familiar with the concepts. This is an intriguing scenario so hope you don't mind if I speculate a bit.

A few questions for you. By partnership, do you mean you intend to drive, as in split equal driving hours with him? What kinds of distances are involved...state/regional or interstate? You talking lap top type on internet based platform or what (i.e., method of report transmission)?

Certainly, RV is not the same as OTR. I think your main issue would be internet access while in motion. You want to type PT or drive PT or what?
The ice cream truck
The Mister Softee ice cream truck came every evening. You could hear his bell dinging wayyyy before he got to our street. On special occasions (i.e., daddy's payday) we were allowed to go a sundae or milkshake or rootbeer float. I read in the paper just the other day that the man who started Mister Softee recently died.
We saw an ice cream truck the other day (sm)
and my daughter was so excited. But I told her I doubt it if it would come up where we live because there is too much of a spread between houses. We saw it going through a housing development. Which makes sense, but was a disappointment for my daughter (and me!!!!). I remember playing outside and hearing the music way in the distance. I would run to get dimes from my Mom or Dad. That is a VERY pleasant memory. Thanks to OP for starting this topic.
We have an ice cream truck come through
our neighborhood every day. They have all the good stuff from the good ol' days!
Did you just fall off the turnip truck?
Of course it's a scam. Grow up.
Leased a truck for four years. At the
end of that time, purchased the truck because we had put so many miles on it, and they financed for another FIVE years to keep the payments about the same. Won't try that again!!!!!!!!!!!!
I call it Mack Truck Flu.
Feels like  you've been run over with a Mack truck! Glad U are feeling almost within normal limits.
good job! watch out for the truck

being in your name because whatever he does will come back on you so if he crashes and hurts someone, they can come after you.  my x took all the keys so I had another set made and they didn't work so I reported it stolen and let the cops get it from him. (the car was only in my name)  plus it adds to your paper trail that you're going to need to keep yourself protected. 

don't you feel better all ready!

Back the turnip truck up!
You are working full-time with demands of 1,200 lines a day and only making $16,000.00 a year.  You'd better find another job.  What part of the Earth do you live?  My goodness, clerks make more than that.  You may want to try becoming a file clerk as you'd probably make more and it certainly would be less stressful!  Take care!
My husband used to drive a truck and

back in 1970s, he made $1 a mile and above. He got out when the rates went down, when the government starting forcing truckers to drive only so many miles a day, and when the companies wanted you to drive over and above the so-called allowable mileage and if you got caught, YOU paid, not the company. Then there was the cross-country in 3 days deal....then, 'Hm-m-m, he could do it in 3 days, let's push a little harder to see if he can cut his time down more."

Bet you're hubby never makes $1 a mile or above now, especially with the high fuel costs and maintenance of the truck unless he is Haz-Mat or in a specialized field.

Oh, BTW, they are bringing back the railroads because "it's too expensive to truck the goods anymore."  It's the old "dange" if you do, and "dange" if you don't type of deal.

Oh, wait! Could this be just like transcription?

Yeah, must have fallen off the turnip truck.

After paying on my truck and house for a year I can
refinance and get an interest rate that is close to someone who has never filed bankruptcy before.  So, the high interest rate won't be there forever and at least I will have assets rather than renting or not having a car at all.  So, bankruptcy in my case was the best option.
I'd think it would be long-haul truck driver or
long haul truck driver, depending on account specs and whether or not they use hyphens.
Congrats and while you are at it, report your truck stolen by him.
I have the truck! Forgot that important tidbit!
The police asked him to relinquish it. Ta Da !!!
The Good Humor ice cream truck! They still
sell some of the products in the store, but it is nowhere near as good.  The vanilla ice cream bars covered with toasted almonds!  The half and half popsicles with flavors like rasberry and lime that were SO fruity!  The Good Humor man in his white outfit!  Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!  It was great!
good luck to you!! Do something about that truck..you are responsible for any damages unless you
it taken without permission (different than stolen).
Camaros..three 1994, 1998, and 1999 and a truck,
Chevy truck 2005
My hubby drives a long distance truck
thank goodness! He says the trucking business in dire need of truckers. Bet we donít see folks punching those in.
It's a bus, not a truck load of nuclear waste. It's a blue collar job,
Used to own a Suburban, loved that truck. Have ridden in Ford trucks and SUVs

It's like when you are driving.
You are so used to it that it's just automatic.
Thank you ALL so much!! This has been driving me...

The Helms Bakery Truck! It sold candy & Pixie-Sticks, too! Yumm! (n/m)
Must be nice! 58 and only for driving? sm

I've been wearing regular glasses for nearsightedness since 3rd grade.  Of course vanity put me into contacts many years ago and suddenly, about 3 years ago,  I began wishing for longer arms when trying to read something like the side of a Childrens' Tylenol bottle while I was wearing contacts.  I told the eye doctor they were making the print smaller and smaller.

It went downhill so fast from there that I either have to wear my regular glasses to see the computer screen or put on the magnifying dollar store glasses over my contacts. Yes I know, time for bifocals, but who can afford them? 

Dictating and driving
Can you hear me now?? I have a physician who dictates while he drives,and by the way, his dictation goes in and out so unable to get really what he is saying.
How about while driving home - sm
I used to have one who dictated while driving in his car, I could almost see him with the file on the passenger seat flipping through it while trying to drive and dictate at the same time.  I could hear the traffic and his signal light going on and off.  I am glad I moved to a different doctor before I got to hear something like him having an accident...  Do they even know that there is a person on the other end of the dictation??? 
Thank you so much, it was driving me crazy
This MD is driving me crazy!
Have you guys ever typed for a doctor who instead of saying period at the end of a sentence, he instead says "full stop".  I am about sick of hearing him say that.  I have never heard of that.  Where do these dictators get this crap from?  Please let me hurry and finish typing for this man before I have my hair pulled out!!!
MD driving me crazy

How about the ones who dictate discharge summaries and they don't have their thoughts together before they sit down to dictate and they are flipping through the patient's chart pausing, eating, and carrying on a conversation with another resident in the same room with them.  The dictation ends up being 20 minutes long but you get 400 lines out of it.  Drives me nuts!!!

Driving directions...
Why am I not surprised?
OH YEAH I love the whole CD while I am driving!!
Help. Can anyone tell me what the song is on the commercial on tv where the guy is driving across

the US to San Francisco for a cell phone commercial and he pulls up in front of his girlfriends house in SF and calls her on the cell phone and she comes to the door and there he sits in his car. It is the cell phone commercial for the cell phone with the bars on it. This is driving me nuts. I cannot remember the name of that oldie song.


Oh, yes, I hate driving on the freeways
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You think there are no responsibilities involved in driving a bus? sm
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not suggesting we quit driving, just think.....sm
I just think if we grew more corn, turned corn into fuel, we'd drive that way and NOT POLLUTE either.......*S*
my kids are driving me crazy...
cant wait til school starts again...
Driving a van was actually considered "cool"
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Driving to Children's Hospital with my mom - sm
who was visiting at the time, and going to my then 3-y/o's speech therapy. Also had my other daughter with us, then 18-months-old. We heard on the radio that a plane had hit one of the Twin Towers, at the time we thought it was like a Cessna or something like that, found out quite differently when we got to the hospital and watched it all unfold on the TV in the waiting room.
This is trivial but driving me insane

I saw Matt Lauer named his new son Thijs.  Does anyone know how this is pronounced?  I can only think of "thigs" (rhymes with figs) and that just seems too weird to name anyone.


I will be shortly - school bus driving - sm
$60 a day for about 3 hours of work, about the same I make for MT. I will be very PT at first as I am only a substitute once I finish my training (10 hours of driving with students is all I have left to do). But eventually I will have my own route, then I will probably cut back to about 300 lines a day, or about $600 a month. Don't want to over do it.
my shortand is driving me nuts
It's running so slowly behind what I am typing that I am really messing up and have not even added that many items to it yet. I need it for a job I have that you cannot use autocorrect, which I love, but have to use shorthand.  Is there something I can adjust so it does not lag so far behind
This doctor is driving me crazy... sm

I hear a lot of crazy crap in the background, we all do but this is the first time that I have had a doctor listening to Christmas music - in August.  She has it up so loud that I can barely hear her and every now and then, while she is flipping pages trying to get her sh*t together, she will sing along. 

Now I love Christmas and Christmas music but this is a bit early even for me.  She is driving me batty. 

I have to vent! ASR is driving me up the wall!
When I was started on ASR, I was told it was strictly "voluntary" and that if I did it, I would get a "mixture" of ASR reports and straight MT.  Well, not the case.  Now everyone has to learn ASR and every report I get is ASR-- even the most horrible of horrible dictators.  I keep fixing the same mistakes over and over and ASR has "learned" nothing from the corrections.  I still think it is all a ploy to put ALL the dictators on it, no matter how bad they are, just so we will make the same per line as the Indians.  My last shift, I had exactly ONE very short report that was not on ASR and all the rest were.  Just as soon as I can find another job, I am out of MT altogether.  They have totally ruined what used to be a good profession with all their "progress".  Well, they can have it! 
Supplies and driving to and from, time printing - no less than .12 cpl.
Why is it that court reports are so well respected and their pay never an issue?

I feel like I am stealing when I ask to be compensated for my knowledge, experience and reliability. It is basically the same work, one is in legal field and one in medical field. What is up with that????

Grandson driving his little jeep. Cute! nm


How much is gas where you live and have you changed your driving patterns?...sm

Gas is $2.99 here and going up 15 centstomorrow as the state is putting the gas tax back into place that they lifted temporarily after Katrina. 

I've been trying to cut down  the driving I do as much as possible.  I'm sure glad I work from home!   I was planning to go to Florida to visit relatives in October but am delaying that until the prices come down.  I'm not interested in paying $100 in gas to make that trip! 

Why does not driving equate to staying home? (nm)