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Log: February 1, 2016

Absolutely unbelievable that it’s been so long since my last “log” entry.

Honestly, I can’t believe it!

In a couple of months it will have been nearly a YEAR since my last log post… and that time has fled past as if it were a few drops of water.

I think I’m going to have to accept that a daily journal online is unreasonable.

Why?

Because, sometimes we simply don’t have a reliable internet connect to post one! And even if we did, I cannot realistically do more LOL.

I’ll get this posted today – at the end of our current home-time – and see how it goes from here.

We spent this week getting things done that one doesn’t necessarily want to do… but must do.

Our DOT physicals needed to get done. We had to go to the DMV and there were many things to do here at the Joplin terminal… including laundry!

We got all of that done plus… went over to our property in Oklahoma to play in the dirt for a day and half! hehe

It was fun trying to get some sleep in the back of the Chevy… ok, not so much. But next time we’ll be able to take the Big Rig with the nice comfy bed, a place to cook good food and a chair.

We just got the address approved with our new Fleet Manager Andrew – so it’s a go for next time!

Ok, I’m pooped and it’s time to crawl in the bunk. Until next time!

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Andrea



Andrea Steward

Andrea Steward

Before driving professionally for Con-Way Truckload, Andrea was (and still is) a professional photographer/musician/singer/artist/writer and serial entrepreneur. She has written and produced 5 albums (available on CD Baby). Now... she's driving in a husband/wife truck driving team and LOVIN' IT with passion. "Life in America depends on truckers... my Grandaddy did it for 45 years, it might be in my blood!" - Andrea
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Before driving professionally for Con-Way Truckload, Andrea was (and still is) a professional photographer/musician/singer/artist/writer and serial entrepreneur. She has written and produced 5 albums (available on CD Baby). Now... she's driving in a husband/wife truck driving team and LOVIN' IT with passion. "Life in America depends on truckers... my Grandaddy did it for 45 years, it might be in my blood!" - Andrea
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7 Comments on Log: February 1, 2016

  1. Hi Andrea and Jai, love your vlogs and website. I am in my mid_fifties, recently laid off from my Insurance company job. My kids are grown, wife is supportive. Is it too late for me to get a CDL? Thanks!

    • Hey Matt. Sorry to hear about you getting laid off. But it just may be a major blessing in disguise. When I got laid off I thought it was the end of the world. But that is exactly what lead me to driving a big truck. Life is now the best it has ever been for me. I was 57 when I got my Class A CDL. What I have since discovered is that where my age became a huge liability in the electrical world, it is considered a huge asset in the trucking industry. So, no, you’re not too old. You’re in the best possible place you can be for a transition to driving a big truck. I’m sure you have lots of questions so feel free to contact us anytime day or night. One of us is always up and would love to help anyway we can. (Jai)

    • Matt J. – I just had to chime in in agreement with Jai. I JUST finished my CDL school and will be turning in 50 next month. I questioned the same things as you prior to making the big decision. EVERY company and drivers I talked with, strongly encouraged me to go for it. The trucking industry wants more mature drivers for several reasons but the main ones are: 1) more reliable 2) more general driving experience and 3) more life experience overall. As the common job world starts weeding us out for younger, high geared employees…the trucking industry WANTS us and our common sense skills. I have one company, that I turned down, who still hits me up weekly to come on board. I chose the same company that Jai and Andrea chose due those same reasons that the industry wants mature drivers. Jai and Andrea are great people and are wonderful at helping others coming into the industry, regardless of what company you choose. Good luck, research it and go with your gut. There is a lot of truth in the old “one door closes, another one opens” saying.

  2. Great,thank you so much. One of the things I am stressing a bit over is the unknown. In your opinion,what kinds of qualities make for a great driver? Do you have to be a mechanical expert? Last, if I were to sign on with a Corporate Carrier what is a realistic expectation regarding income? I may have more, thank you! If it matters, I live in Connecticut.

    • Hi Matt,

      We ALL stress a bit over the unknown. But Life has a way of not caring about that, doesn’t it! LOL I found out (probably the hard way) that stress costs too much. You gotta go with your gut. Your gut usually knows.

      You do not have to be a mechanical expert. Far from it. With a Corporate Company, there are people paid to handle the mechanics. Your job is to drive that puppy safely.

      Realistic expectation on income? According to the solo drivers I have talked to personally, willing to share their real income, it’s roughly around $55,000 to $62,000 per year. It really depends on work ethic and your own drive. Some drivers do more. But that’s a good estimate of the average. For teams, it’s around $112,000 per year.

      We love Connecticut. Were just up there this past week! Thankfully, went south before the heavy winter weather hit. Hope you’re doing ok up there 🙂

      Ask more question! We love’em.

      – Jai

  3. I work for Averitt Express and I love to watch your guys videos it gives me something to look forward to at the end of my day when I am trying to wind down thanks for what you guys do

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