A trip to the semi-truck


Desperate times call for desperate actions. It was a desperate act. I desperately needed to sell the work or history.

Basically, I needed the money and do something. I'm still looking for a second car & # 39; career and did not have enough options.

It was Sunday morning, and I had a bus fare, but have nowhere to go. I tried to "think outside the box" with the hope that I will be able to find the second car & # 39; career skills that some specialist in human resources has always said to me that they are "transferred", but never know any company that hires someone with experience over 20 years in other industries. I was disappointed, tired, irritable and just plain boring.

I had to do something, even if it was wrong. I've always done all the right things during his lifetime, but even a stupid person knows that you can not keep doing the same thing again and expect different results.

bad odds

Look for a job I did not get the work. The odds were against me. There are too many unemployed people who have good skills, education and experience, yet too few jobs. I thought that if I could pass on the second semi-truck, it will give me the opportunity to learn what was going on before I put time and money into getting my commercial driver's license (CDL), and in the search company is prepared to pay more 40-year-old woman to drive on them. I still must pass a medical test Department of Transportation (DOT). I was worried that the age can also be a bar & # 39; EPAM. Given so many worries, I found it difficult to determine what is most worrying.

a truck stop

So, with that in mind, I went to a local truck stop to interview some of the drivers. I have reviewed management semitrailer as a potential second car & # 39; a career, because my father as a young man was the driver of the SUV.

One day, during the summer break in high school, my father allowed me to "ride along" while riding on the spot. Then, a few years later, he taught me a simple maneuver, how to drive a tractor around a warehouse and parking prychapvats trailer, so that people from the warehouse could unload it. So I spent one Saturday afternoon.

Thus, in this Sunday, I went by bus to the nearest truck stop in Denver. I push back and watched. I watched as the truck drivers who transferred the luggage and a shower with a semi-truck through the back door, reserved for "professional drivers" going to the all day dining restaurant, laundry coins or buy a $ 12 ticket for your own soul.

I watched as the drivers run by trucks. I watched as they drove through the parking lot and returned to its great setting in the slot. Judge truck driver not by how fast it can go on the interstate, but by how smoothly it can attach to each other two trailers. I watched other drivers to watch other drivers.

Basically, I was surprised how many women drivers I saw got out of the truck. I was asked to see how they rise to the driver's seat. I spoke with several women, when they went to the back door. I asked them questions about their work and lifestyle that came with it.

Most of the women I spoke with, were drivers of off-road (OTR), which meant that they were traveling on long distances, cross-country roads and, thus, were often not at home. All of them were single; Many of them traveled with the dog to socialize. One of the women traveled with a dog and two cats in her truck. She was an independent driver with his own truck. She stated that "solo", and prefer animals to humans as companions. For many years she managed the car and could not go back to an office job with the love of money. This is almost all that they said.

As I stood and watched as truckers run by tractors, view trailers and looking for a place to park for the night, I tried to imagine what it could be a professional driver pavpagruzchyka. I hoped that my limited understanding of the fundamentals pavpagruzchykav and vehicles can give me a new understanding of the industry, where there may be a job for more than 40-year-old white woman with no children and no need to visit a home base to visit relatives or friends. It was my hope anyway.

The path to employment

I thought I could open a new path to employment. I was waiting for a new job that would allow me to work independently from the convenience of a semi-truck with a combined trailer complete with a stereo on the & # 39; omnym sound, portable 24-inch TV with satellite TV, a medium-sized refrigerator, a microwave, and, of course , sleeping in a full size. What more could a girl want? There was even a built-in Global Positioning System (GPS), which helped me to travel to the United States. One-touch 7-inch touch screen, I could find the nearest rest stop, truck stop or my final destination.

Work began to sound perfect, especially considering my current situation.

It was a job that allowed me to see the village without paying for a plane ticket or a bus ticket. It was a job where I could eat, sleep and work in one vehicle. I could travel around the country with a salary in one hand and the steering wheel in the other. I do not even have to go home to visit friends and family & # 39; w, since after so long was unemployed – to me nothing is better not to be done. I could work day and night to pack a savings account in cash.

I closed my eyes as he tried to imagine how I sit in the driver's seat, enjoying the scenery, listening to your favorite music when I was driving through the village from one state to another. I noticed some of the new models, which one person called "cabin apartment." He said that they are called cabins Kanda, because they are large and have almost the same benefits as entertainment vehicles. Some of the men told me that some of these inter & # 39; erav designed to order and, of course, really cool. I did not see the inner side. I talked to one woman-driver, who called sleeper standard size "bedroom" because she enjoyed it so much. She admitted that the "pink form" with goose pillows, goose duvet, floor carpets and curtains.

I liked the idea of ​​managing a semi-truck with lounge, decorated in pink. I started to get involved in the decoration, trying to think about the real job of managing. It's starting to work for me. I could combine your desire good home with the need to earn a salary, and I would not even have had to give up the laptop.

Global positioning system

I do not foresee any problems with the study of the use of on-board global positioning system (GPS). Also on-board electronic system should not be sur & # 39; oznyh problems. Half my problem was solved. I just had to learn how to manage a semi-truck and, of course, get a license for it. The idea of ​​carrying around 80 000 pounds of cargo in an aluminum trailer in the rain, hail, sleet and snow rarely comes to mind. I might go by day and writing at night. I thought that this could be the perfect solution. I could solve two problems the same work. I could earn a salary during the day and use their computer at night to make his writing car & # 39; career. The secret to decorating.

black tires

In addition to connecting to decorate my car-trailer tractor in soft, soothing colors, I could write my name on the sidelines and look really cool. Most tractors can be identified by writing on the driver's door, which stands for the owner or operator of each vehicle. Many drivers will be printed on the driver's door. Other drivers draw favorite expressions or scripts are usually complemented by the paint job. All vehicles must have special rooms; however, they are available DOT. It seems that the Ministry of Transportation (DOT) insists on this. These numbers are always printed in black. I suppose this is the norm there. But, all right, black goes with everything. It is never in conflict. In addition, it will make the big, black bus more visible and give the vehicle more "grounded" look.

Scoop with hood

The newly created, aerodynamic "cap" and "scoop roof" is also great. Vendors will tell you that they help increase the air through the tractor and trailer, and, consequently, reduce the delay in the wind and improve fuel mileage. I think they just did it because it looks cool and gives more headroom in the cabin.

More padgalosnaga space allows the truck actually stand in the cockpit. More room and provides a pleasant feeling any open space; that appealed to me and my sense of the outdoors. The additional space also allows the truck more easily open and close the refrigerator door, while he watching satellite TV on their new, 24-inch flat-screen TVs with built-in a DVD-player.

Remote control

Most truck drivers reported that they particularly like the remote, which allows them to change the TV station, sitting on a bunk. This allows them to remain seated and, thus, do not have to stand or move in order to change the channel, or insert a new disk.

Refrigerator is usually located next to the berth, which is also convenient. This allows the driver to open the fridge to get a drink or snack, not rising. Only a man can think of as to drive the cab of the truck. Men live in trucks like living at home; food in one hand and a TV remote control in the other.

An automated power unit (APU)

Most truck drivers are also considered automatic power unit (APU) popular features. He is responsible for ensuring that all of these devices and the convenience of working as easily in a semi-truck. APU provides power a refrigerator, microwave, lamps and other objects of electric type that make life more enjoyable in the truck. All truckers like APU. APU makes luxury.


Pryladnaya panel inside a semi-truck and cool. He has the entire sensor. The inner part of the truck resembles the inside of the aircraft. They have enough sensors to control almost everything on the truck or trailer. They have sensors for checking the fuel level, oil level, the pressure in the reservoir, and even gross weight of the cargo in the trailer.

weight weight

State patrol inspectors also like weight sensors. They are especially fond of the weight sensors that they can control, sitting inside a "house" at the entrance. State Patrol is now able to monitor the weight of the front and back here poluvoza "while driving" as it passes through the entry. Even this day, the introduction of automated port. Highway Management has set the scales for interstate areas, which allowed the state patrol to check the weight of the load, if the semi-truck driving past Carriage Station. no longer need to truck drivers to stop at every port of entry when entering a new state; Instead, they can just drive until the state patrol monitors the weight on the computer screen. If the weight of the goods is too high, according to federal rules, state patrol can still get into your car, turn on the siren and chase the truck driver to give him a ticket. Some things have not changed. Summer residents are watching the state patrol and the state patrol watching truckers.

Commercial driver's license (CDL)

While riding in a semi-truck, I learned a lot of vehicles. I learned so much that he decided to get a CDL license, so I can also transport cargo across the country. It's hard work, but the main advantage – is not to have a chief in the cockpit. Have a boss in the cockpit similar to the presence of the driver in the back seat, who wants to tell me how to ride. This is an advantage, contributing to many truck drivers to become truck drivers. They get a truck management, their routes, and if they deliver on time, they get money for travel. They can also choose which they prefer to listen to the radio when they drive through the village. It is important that when choosing a summer resident to travel, to select a person with the same taste in music. This is very important.

We entered the 10 km

I was traveling with another truck driver for more than two months, and, according to his journal, we snuck over 10,000 miles in his pavpagruzchyku. I think I crossed the United States five times in the last two months. I liked it.

I enjoyed it so much that I decided to apply for a job as a truck driver. However, after talking with several military enlistment offices and driving schools, I learned that there is no demand for women. but they were willing to give me a chance. I applied for a job on the car carrier, which, as is known, is hiring inexperienced drivers. I borrowed money from a friend, sat on the bus with Greyhound in another state, and after a failed attempt to get permission to pavkaram management. Unfortunately, the school was not as I expected. Two days later, I gave up and sat on the bus home, and began to look for work in his car & # 39; EASURES. I also went back to the writings and decided to do what I planned at all times – to write a short story about their experiences traveling cross-country in pavtaravoz.