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Truck Driver - Keep on Truckin'!

Have you ever wanted to work at a job with lots of freedom? A job where you don't have your boss peering over your shoulder while you work. What about getting paid to travel the country? DG Sutherland has been working as a Line Haul Transport Driver (truck driver) for over 25 years.

Training & Equipment

Special licenses and training are required before ya jump on a big rig, toot your horn and haul a load. Drivers operate a vehicle that's extra long, super high up and extremely heavy - not to mention the special air brakes and weird gears. Drivers need to know what they're doing and they need to know how to be safe on the roads.

Semi-truck drivers need to get their Class I License with Airbrake Endorsement (different from a car license) before they get behind the wheel. They go through one-on-one training for about a month. If you're transporting hazardous materials, like explosive or toxic materials, you need to get your Hazardous Materials Certificate (Haz Mat.) Training includes learning about the proper loads your tractor-trailer can carry and tracking your info in your Drivers' Logbook.

The Happy Driver

The best part about DG's job is the freedom and no bosses. It's almost like a paid vacation cuz you get to travel across the country and even see the sights on your downtime.

The Unhappy Driver

The worst part is that it can be lonely cuz you're away from your family for three to six weeks at a time. The other downside is that you have to "make miles" to get paid and grab your zzzzzz's at weird times.

How's The Moola?

A driver working for a company (this means he doesn't own his own rig) who drives between 10,000 and 12,000 miles a month can make between $45 - $50,000 CDN a year ($28 - $32,000 US.)

The Scariest Ride

Once in Mississippi, DG had to make it safely out of a hurricane and to a truck stop. That was definitely a nail-biter.

How Do I Get Behind the Wheel?

You must be 21 years old in order to travel state-to-state and have two to three years of truck driving experience in a city before you can drive a semi and tractor-trailer. Then you need the specified licenses (Class I.)

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    I'm a 12 year old girl with really strict parents! I do chores( even handling BLEACH sometimes) , I take care of my little brother, I'm in top set for all my classes- even on the gifted and talented register and I've only ever had 1 detention- and that was their fault anyway bc I was late( they drive). But, I'm still NEVER allowed out with my friends! My friends are all in top sets as well, are well behaved and all we literally would do is window shopping. I mean, there are my age smoking shisha and doing #####- they should be lucky I'm not a delinquent! But my parents always say I can't hang out. Not because they're worried about my safety, they just dont want me to go out.! Even sleepovers, my parents always say no because they ' haven't met the parents" but they make NO effort to do so. I'm losing out on knowing my friends better and whilst they're all making best friends, at school I'm just the person in the background- the left out friend. It hurts and most of the time I wish I was fostered or something. How can I make them loosen up? ( don't say anything about sneaking out because I chose life)
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