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FERDINAND & INDIANAPOLIS, IN
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This is a dedicated position with an average yearly gross of $52,000
This is a dedicated position with an average yearly gross of $52,000
Well, the other day, I had stopped by the Pilot Truck Stop to get fuel. As a courtesy to other truck drivers, if we want to go inside for a bathroom break or to pick up something from the store after fueling, we usually pull forward to let others use the pumps.
It was cold that evening and I love drinking hot tea. So I had gone inside to get me a cup of tea. As I came out, a driver was walking towards the store.
When he saw that I was a J.B Hunt driver and walking towards my truck, he seemed to be excited and relieved.
“Are you the one driving that truck?” He asked as he pointed towards my truck.
I thought he was the driver behind me and was excited because he wanted me to move so he can get on his way. But I was wrong. He was a J.B Hunt driver and was excited because he thought I might be of help to him.
He had just locked his truck keys in the truck and was hoping my truck key could be able to open the door to his truck.
Unfortunately, he was a regional driver and was driving a sleeper truck. I, being a local driver, I drive a day cab. Although some of our trucks share keys, this wasn’t the case in this instance.
To make matters worse, he had also locked his phone inside the truck. So he had no form of communication.
So, it was a cold night, he had no jacket on, and had locked his phone inside too.
Thankfully, we were able to find a spare key that worked so he didn’t have to call and wait for road service to come.
But that reminded me of the times my wife had also locked herself out of the car a couple of times.
What if it happens again? I wondered.
Do we always have to wait for a problem to occur to find a solution?
Locking yourself out of your own car or truck can be very frustrating. The way to avoid the frustration is by preparing a solution ahead of time.
Was there a solution or solutions we can come up with for such a situation? I asked myself.
So, I did some research and found that there are solutions available. And these solutions are very inexpensive compared to the headache you face when you lock yourself out of your own car or truck.
As it’s been said, Prevention is better than cure.
When I was doing my research, I found a lot of solutions related to keys. Not just car/truck keys. So, I decided to compile everything key related here for anyone who may be looking for solutions to hide, replace or carry any type of key.
Pick one or a combination of solutions that you think will help you better prepare for the unexpected. These solutions will help you avoid the frustration of locking your keys in the car, truck, home or office or even just losing them.
Let’s start off with this video of clever ways you can hide a key. The video is for hiding house keys. So if you’re just interested in car or truck keys, continue reading on.
So, the first thing you need to think about is to get yourself something that will let you hide a spare key in a safe place on your car or truck. Or a safe place when it comes to your home or office.
There are several “hide a key” products on Amazon but you have to take time to read the reviews because most of them don’t seem to be that good.
Here are some solutions that I have found to have the best customer reviews.
In my opinion, if you want to hide a key on your car, one of these two products should be your first consideration. I encourage you to head over here to see more pictures and read the reviews on these. I think they’re great!
Optimus Twin Magnet GPS Tracker Case – Waterproof – Neodymium MagnetsMonster Magnetics MiniMag 2 Waterproof Magnetic Stash Box – All-Weather Hide A Key, Locker Box, Magnet-Mount Geocaching Container, Under-Car GPS Tracker Holder – Easily Hide Your Stuff Anywhere!
As you can see, these work well for house keys.
Vanitek Hide-a-Spare-Key Fake Rock – Looks & Feels like Real Stone – Safe for Outdoor Garden or Yard, GeocachingOutdoor Essentials Faux Rock, Tan, KeyEvergreen Garden Medium Portly Frog Painted Polystone Outdoor Statue and Key Holder – 6”W x 5”D x 6”H
These are what you can use for your car or truck
Master Lock Key Box, Portable Magnetic Key Case, 2 in. Wide, 207DKidde AccessPoint 001859 Stor-A-Key Locking Magnetic Key Case, GraySoft Hide-A-Key Spare Key Holder with Self-Adhesive Car House Locker – Stick to Anything (3pc)
These are also meant for houses but I think if you are creative, you can use them for your car or truck since they’re small.
Hide A Key Cash Hider Sprinkler Head, Key Holder Outdoor / Garden / Yard hiding Vault Case. Waterproof, Corrosion and Impact resistantStalwart Sprinkler Head Hide-a-KeyBest Hide A Key Spiked Sprinkler Head Hider By HomeChamps Discreet Durable Indestructible Key & Cash Outside Hiding Vault Holder Easy to Install
These are good for the office but can also be used for homes.
Kingsley Guard-a-key Black Realtor’s LockboxKidde AccessPoint 001170 KeySafe Original Slimline Push Button Combination Permanent Key Lock Box, 2-Key, Titanium GrayMaster Lock Lock Box, Preset Combination Portable Key Safe with 6 in. Cable Lanyard, 5408D
Now that you have seen the solutions for hiding your spare key, let’s look at solutions for helping to prevent you from losing keys.
These would work well for hanging your keys as soon as you enter your house so that you just don’t place them anywhere randomly.
I love these because if you misplace your keys, you can track them using your phone. You can also use these for other items other than keys too.
These are for those of you that may need to replace your keys or remotes
2 Replacement Keyless Entry Remote Control Key Fob Clicker Transmitter 3 Button – BlackKeylessOption Keyless Entry Remote Control Car Key Fob Replacement for LHJ011 (Pack of 2)Discount Keyless Replacement Key Fob Car Remote and Uncut Transponder Key Compatible with 15913415, 25839476, ID 46 (2 Pack)
So, there you have it, my friends. Use one or a combination of these tools to help you avoid the frustration of locking yourself out of your own car, truck, home or office.
If you are looking into driving a truck as a career and are wondering what you need to become a truck driver, then you are in the right place. I’m going to share with you 5 basic things you need to consider if you are even going to be considered a candidate for the career.
Let me start off by saying that becoming a truck driver is not hard. There may be a few challenges some people have to overcome but, compared to other career choices, becoming a truck driver is easy.
Here are the 5 basic things you need to help you clear the first step of starting your trucking career.
Even though you can become a truck driver before you are 21yrs old, you will find it very difficult to find a company that will hire you. If you find one, it will most likely be like farm work, oil field work etc and you will not be allowed to drive across state lines.
As of this writing, to become an interstate truck driver (meaning you drive across different states), you need to be at least 21 years old. There is a bill in Congress where they are talking about lowering that age requirement to 18 years. Maybe things will change in the future.
As a truck driver, you will be moving thousands, sometimes millions worth of merchandise. Trucking companies want to know that they are hiring someone they can trust with that kind of freight.
Your criminal record is one of the ways to help them identify the kind of person they are hiring.
If you have a criminal record, it may be hard for you to become a truck driver but, it doesn’t mean they won’t consider you. Depending on the type of crime and how long ago the crime was committed, some trucking companies will give you a chance.
What you may need in this case are strong references and a good work history to help improve your chances of being considered.
This one shouldn’t surprise you because trucking companies are in the business of moving freight and the autonomous trucks being talked about haven’t yet taken over the truck driver jobs.
Just because you can drive doesn’t mean you can get a trucking job. The trucking industry wants or should I even say needs safe drivers.
They want to move that freight safely and on time. That’s where truck drivers have to shine. When it comes to driving, we (truck drivers) are mostly judged by two factors.
1. Are we safe drivers?
2. Are we reliable drivers?
Too many accidents, speeding tickets, and moving violations make it hard for you to get a trucking job. This is because it tells the trucking companies that you are a reckless driver and you may be hard to insure you.
If you have an accident or a moving violation on your record, trucking companies will still hire you. But, that will depend on the company and how long the violation was.
So, make sure your driving record is good or isn’t too bad.
Your work history helps to show the company what kind of person you are as an employee.
Do you keep jumping around from one company to another, or are you one that is stable? Having a good work history will help to separate you from the crowd and also speed up your application.
Also, keep in mind that most trucking companies don’t want to see a lapse in employment. If you do have a lapse, you will have to account for it.
Trucking companies want to know that you are healthy enough to be driving a truck.
Believe it or not, there are many drivers that have failed to make it through orientation because of their health. the big issue that takes drivers out is high blood pressure.
Before being hired on with a trucking company, you will need to go through a medical and physical exam. And you will need to do that exam every 2 years or every year if you have a health issue that needs to be kept under control.
When I got into trucking I did not have a specific goal of what I wanted to achieve as a truck driver. I guess I just assumed that there was a way of “climbing the career ladder.”
I don’t want you to waste your life like I did. Time in trucking flies. I don’t want you to look back one morning and realize ten years have passed and you haven’t climbed any ladder.
If you don’t set a goal of what you want to accomplish in trucking. You may have nothing to show for the years you spend driving trucks.
So, if you choose to become a truck driver, think hard about what you want to make of your trucking career. Write it down and make a workable plan towards it.
If you chose to become a truck driver, this bonus step alone will put you in the 20% of truck drivers that have a great trucking career.
Until next time,