Gal, I'm going to answer your questions with a question or two before I go into any furthur detail- -no reply is necessary here- -just food for thought for you- -here goes- -
Are you absolutely sure OTR trucking is what you want to do? Are you absolutely sure OTR trucking is what you can do right now?
I ask those 2 questions because in some of your recent posts you seem almost "nervous" about the whole concept of "being out there OTR (ex. being in the truck with someone *trainer* or *co-driver*).Yet you also seem sceptical about doing it on your own. I also ask because you mention responsibilities on the home front that you can't "just walk away from" (ex. "a home to take care of").If you hit the road with these things "eating away at you" your concentration is already broken before you hit the boulevard gal.
Some of the other concerns you mention- -well - -those are things that get better with practice! Backing, logs,shifting,driving in snow etc. are all things you have to DO to get right.
(and will tell you this- - some drivers just wing it! They may look like they "got it down pat" but that's just pride talkin'! LOL)
Fear and nervousness at and about the unknown are normal. It's confidence though that you can and will learn what you need to to overcome and conquer your fear that makes for a good driver out there gal.
Having said all that here goes with my suggestion for you- - -
IF you can answer my 2 questions with these answers- -Hell YES I WANT to drive OTR!! - -AND- - Hell YES I CAN do this NOW!! - - then- -
Do your homework on the major carriers that offer extensive training programs. Put your applications in with the 4 major ones that seem like they will suit your needs over the next 1-3 years.Here's 4 that are known to offer a pretty extensive and complete training program- - Schneider,CR England,Swift and Werner. Accept the company to start your OTR training with that offers what YOU need! For example- -an extensive "little or no trucking knowledge" training program,pay rate, benefits, hometime! Stick with that company (if you can - -barring any major fallout with them) for a period of no less than 1 year but 3 years is better for your career.
The point I'm trying to make here gal is this- -It takes confidence in yourself to pilot a rig and do it well and safely- -some folks just need a little more training and direction than others to reach that goal.
Dig deep maineiac! You've got it in there you just need to find it! ();-)