Desperate times require desperate action. It was a desperate job. You urgently need a job or a story to sell.
Basically, you need money and something to do. I was still looking for a second job and were running out of options.
It was a Sunday morning and I had a bus permit, but I can't go anywhere. I was trying to "think outside the box" in the hope that I could find a second career with skills that the HR specialist always tells me are "portable", but I never know of any company that employs someone with more than 20 years' experience in a different industry. I felt frustrated, tired, angry, and tired.
I had to do something, even if it was a mistake. I've always been doing all the right things all my life, but even a stupid person knows that you can't keep doing the same things over and over and expect different results.
Looking for a job did not get me a job. The possibilities were against me. There are a lot of unemployed people who have good skills and education, have a lot of experience, and there are still very few jobs that cannot be posted. I thought if I could ride in the second semi-truck seat, it would give me an opportunity to know the reality of the job before I invest time and money into getting my commercial driver's license (CDL) and looking for a company willing to pay a woman over 40 years old to pay for them. I still have to pass a Ministry of Transportation (DOT) medical test as well. I am worried that age may be a barrier as well. With so much anxiety, I was finding it hard to prioritize my biggest concern.
So, with that in mind, I went to a local truck station to interview some drivers. I was thinking of driving half a truck as a possible second occupation because my father was a truck driver on the road when I was young.
Once, during the summer vacation from high school, my father let me "ride" with him while he was driving his car locally. A few years later, he taught me some simple maneuvers such as how to drive a tractor around a parking lot in a warehouse and a trailer dock so that warehouse men could empty it. This is how I spent one Saturday.
So, on this Sunday afternoon, the bus was taken to the nearest truck stop in Denver. I stood back and watched. I watched as truckers were carrying their luggage and showering them from half the truck through the tailgate "Professional Drivers" on their way to the 24-hour restaurant, the coin-operated laundry room, or to buy a $ 12 ticket. For private bathing.
I watched as drivers were renting their trucks. I saw them driving cars in the parking lot and returning the large digging platform in an opening. The truck driver is judged not by the speed with which he can drive the car on the highway, but how smoothly he supports his truck between two trucks. I watched other drivers watch other drivers.
Mostly, I was surprised by how many drivers I saw getting onto the truck. He encouraged me to see them get out of the driver's seat. I spoke to a few women as they headed towards the back door. I asked them questions about their jobs and the accompanying lifestyle.
Most of the women I spoke to were off-road drivers (OTR) which meant that they traveled long distances across the country and therefore were often not at home. All of them were single. Many of them traveled with a dog for companionship. One of the women traveled with a dog and two cats in her truck. She was an independent driver with her truck. She said she leads "solo", and prefers her animals to humans as comrades. She has been driving the car for years and will not return to the office work of love money. That's pretty much what they all said.
As I stood and watched truck drivers supply their tractors by checking their trailers and looking for a parking spot during the night, I tried to imagine what it might be like a semi-professional truck driver. I was hoping my limited understanding about the basics of the semi trucking and trucking industry would give me insight into a new industry where there might be a job available for more than 40 years, a white female, without children and not needing to go home to visit family or friends. This was my hope anyway.
The road to employment
I thought I might have discovered a new way to hire. I was expecting a new job that would allow me to work independently of amenities in a semi truck with a combined trailer fitted with surround stereo sound, a 24-inch flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a mid-size refrigerator, a microwave refrigerator, and, of course, a full size sleeper. What more would a girl want? There was even a GPS on board to help me locate my way through the United States. With one touch, on the 7 inch touch screen, I can locate the nearest stop, truck stop or final destination.
The job started to look perfect – especially given my current situation.
It was a job that would allow me to see the countryside without having to pay for a plane ticket or a Greyhound bus ticket. It was a job where I could eat, sleep and work in one vehicle. I could travel to the country, with a check in one hand and the steering wheel on the other. I wouldn't even have to go home to visit friends and family because after I had been unemployed for a long time – I had nothing better to do. I can work day and night and bundle my savings account in cash.
I closed my eyes while trying to imagine that I was sitting in the driver's seat, enjoying the scenery, while listening to my favorite music while I was traveling in the countryside from one state to another. I noticed some of the newer models that one man fired at the taxi. He said that they are called condos taxis because they are large and have nearly as many amenities as a recreational vehicle. Some men have told me that some of these interiors are specially designed and of course really good. I didn't get a single inside view though. However, she spoke to one driver, who he described as a standard size as a "bedroom suite" because she liked her very much. She admitted that she was "ready" in pink with goose down pillows, a goose down comforter, and carpet flooring and curtains to match her.
The idea to drive a pink interior semi truck was attractive to me. I started falling into the decor while trying to think about the actual function of driving. I started working for me. I could combine my desire for home comforts with the need to get a paycheck and I wouldn't even have to give up my laptop.
Global Positioning System
I also did not expect any problems learning how to use the GPS system on board. The onboard email system should not present any major problems either. Half of my problems were solved. I just had to learn how to drive a semi truck, and of course I get a license to do so. I thought about transporting about 80,000 pounds of cargo in an aluminum trailer during rain, hail, sun, and snow. I can drive during the day and write at night. I thought this might be the best solution. I can solve two problems with one post. I can earn a salary per day and use my computer at night to calculate my writing career. The secret is in the decor.
In addition to decorating my trailer and heat car in soft, soothing colors, I could paint my name on the side and look great. Most tractors can be identified by writing to the driver's door that identifies the owner or operator of each vehicle. The name of many drivers will be printed on the driver's door. Other drivers draw a favorite expression or text that usually complements the custom paint job. All vehicles are required to obtain custom numbers; however, these are provided by DOT. DOT seems to insist. These numbers are always printed in black. I think this is an organization or something. But, well, black goes with everything. Never collide. Moreover, it will make the big and black tires clearer and provide a more "grounded" look to the vehicle.
The newly designed aerodynamic Shovel Cover and the Shovel Ceiling are really cool. Sales representatives will tell you that they are helping to flow air on the tractor and trailer, thus, it reduces wind drag and improves the mileage of fuel. I think they did because it looks cool and offers more head space inside the cab.
More height allows the truck driver to physically park inside the cab. Further height also provides a wonderful open feeling anywhere that pleaded with me and my outdoors. The extra space also allows the truck driver to easily open and close the refrigerator door while watching a satellite TV on its 24-inch flat-screen TV and a built-in DVD player.
Most truck drivers have reported that they love the remote control that allows them to switch TV stations while sitting asleep. This allows them to stay in their seats, and therefore, they do not have to stand or move to change the channel or insert a new disc.
The fridge is usually located next to the bedroom, and is also comfortable. This allows the driver to open the fridge for a drink or snack without getting up. Only a man would think of a truck taxi engineer this way. Men live in their trucks the same way they do at home; food in one hand and tele-TV on the other.
Automatic Power Unit (APU)
Most truck drivers also considered the automatic power unit (APU) a common feature. It is responsible for making all these devices and amenities easily operate in semi truck. APU provides power for fridge, microwave, lights and other electrical things that make living in a truck more enjoyable. All APU truck drivers wanted. APU makes luxury happen.
The dashboard inside the truck is cool, too. She has a scale for everything. The interior of these trucks is similar to the interior of the plane. They have enough metrics to monitor just about everything on a truck or trailer. They have gauges for monitoring fuel levels, oil levels, multiple pressure, and even the trailer's gross weight.
State patrol inspectors are also fond of weight measuring devices. They particularly like the weighers that they can monitor while sitting inside the “hut” at the port of entry. Country patrols can now monitor the weight of the front and rear axle of a truck "on the move" while crossing the entry port. Even the port of entry is automated these days. The Highway Administration put scales below the highway sections, allowing the state patrol to check the weight of the shipment while the truck travels half of the weight station. Truck drivers no longer have to stop at each entry port when entering a new condition; instead, they can only drive while monitoring the country’s weight patrol on the computer screen. If the payload weight is very heavy, according to federal regulations, the state patrol still has to enter its cars, operate the siren, and chase the truck driver to give him a ticket. Some things have not changed. Truck drivers watch the state patrol while the state patrol monitors truck drivers.
Commercial Driving License (CDL)
While riding in a truck, I learned a lot about the trucking industry. I learned so much that I decided to get my CDL license so that I could also transport goods across the country. It is a difficult task, but it has the primary benefit of not having a coach inside the cab. It's like having a coach inside the cab like a driver in the back seat who wants to tell you how to drive. This is the benefit that encourages many truck drivers to become truck drivers. They get control of the truck and their ways, and if they pay on time, they get paid for driving. They can also choose which radio station to listen to while traveling to the countryside. When choosing a passenger truck driver with it, it is important to choose someone who has the same taste in music. This is very important.
It recorded 10 miles
I rode with one truck driver for more than two months, and according to his record, we recorded more than 10,000 miles in his truck. I think I crossed the United States five times during these two months. I enjoyed it.
I enjoyed it so much that I decided to apply for a job as a truck driver. However, after talking to several recruits and truck driving schools, I learned that there was not much demand for women; but they were ready to give me a chance. I applied to work for a well-known car transport company employing inexperienced drivers. She borrowed money from a friend, took the Greyhound bus to another state, and after a failed attempt, she got a semi-auto driver's permit. Unfortunately, the school was not what I expected. After two days, I left school and took a bus home and started looking for jobs in my field. I also went back to writing and decided to do what I planned all along – to write a short story about my experience traveling across the country in a half-truck for two.