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What Does It Take To Be A Trucker?
I'm counting down my final days of being a drill rig tech. Things have gotten really slow @ my place of work & me, along with some other techs, are getting laid off. Being a drill rig tech, I've travelled all around the US, usually by plane & getting a rental car to drive to where ever the rig I had to commission or service was. I did, however, drove the company's F-550 with a Maintainer service body & crane to NY, NJ, & even a sweet trip down to Orlando, FL & back. I know an F-550 is nothing close to a Peterbilt or Freightliner, but I love life on the open road with big trucks & being a truck cross-country truck driver has been a dream I've had since I was 10. The thing is, I haven't gotten the pleasure of driving a big rig. I've been around them all my life, & rode around in a few, but never actually got behind the wheel & experienced what it's like to be a real trucker. My wife offered to send me to NETTS, here in New England, but I wanted to learn the pros & cons of being a trucker before I jump into anything just yet. I know I won't be home much, which I'm used to anyway from my soon-to-be former job. & I know about measuring height, weight limits, braking, lot lizards(NO! I avoid them!), & what happens if you DON'T stop @ weigh stations. I try to get advice from local truck drivers here in New England. But I've learned much more from truckers in the south & midwest. What does it take? I need some real advice. Should I? Shouldn't I? What's a REAL trucker's take?
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