Cool to hear about your new record clyde01. I too was an OTR driver and was wondering how that is working out for you. I just had a total colectomy so I am new to this in respect to driving. Are you having any problems with lifting restrictions or problems with changing appliances and such? Any advice would help, I am currently on family medical leave but will possibly look for something a little closer to home. Just wanting to get advice on possibly returning to the road.
Total Colectomy with End Ileostomy May 27th, 2008
I drive/drove for CFI, the new Con-way. I can understand on the no time for changing and shower, that seems to be a problem industry wide with the way the dispatch/notification process is. I will have to try the two piece to see if that helps. As you can see I just had the operation so it will be a little while before I have to make a decision. Thanks for the info.
I'm not Clyde but I have driven over the road for 15 years so I guess I can answer that. Most generally drivers sleep in the bunk that is behind the driving compartment on the truck. They have made some serious advancements since I started so some of the bunks are actually comfortable these days. I use to carry a small t.v., had an apartment sized fridge, a George Foreman grill, my laptop and a few other items.
A few companies have regular motels or barracks type arrangements at their yards that the drivers use but this is very rare. As far as the showers go almost all of the truck stops have showers that a driver can use. They charge around $10 or if you fuel there then they let you shower for free. Also some of the more major companies have shower and laundry facilities at the terminals that the driver can use for free.
Dale is a good guy. His home area is one place that I would like to visit in the fall sometime.
I am actually watching the IRL race in TX right now. Hope I can stay awake! My eyes are really getting heavy.
I could go into all the outrageous numbers like how much revenue a truck makes vs. how much the driver makes but it would make your head spin. I would get so disappointed when I owned my own truck and did my annual report to see that most of the money went to people who sit behind a desk and have nothing to do with the actual work and see that I was just barely getting by. That is why I sold my truck, LOL.