|Type of driver||Dedicated Driver|
|With Schneider||4 years|
|Can't live without||XM radio—old-time radio, news, music, Forensic Files on CNN|
Growing up in a Navy family, Schneider Dedicated driver Dalanie moved every four years. It’s no surprise she learned to love the promise of the open road and the sense of freedom she experienced as she embarked upon each new journey. That’s why Dalanie chose a career where she didn’t have to wait years for her next adventure: She finds a new one each and every day as a professional truck driver.
A self-described workaholic, Dalanie is also a dedicated wife, mother of three kids and grandmother to six grandkids. Her fascination with the trucking industry began when she was just a kid herself, watching her mom drive a cement truck. As an adult, Dalanie worked as a dispatcher for a couple of trucking companies for nearly a decade, further cementing her love for trucking.
For the past 14 years, Dalanie has been operating behind the wheel, satisfying the wanderlust she cultivated during her youth as well as following in her mother’s footsteps as a truck driver. One of Dalanie’s favorite pastimes is simply getting together with the whole family, who all live near by. Finding balance between the call of the open road and the love of family is no easy feat, but Dalanie has succeeded with flying colors.
“As a Schneider Dedicated driver, there’s a new adventure every day, but I’m still home nearly every night,” Dalanie said. “I don’t have to choose, which means I can feel a sense of completion and accomplishment in all areas of my life.”
Over the years, Dalanie has accrued plenty of miles, but more importantly, she’s picked up the tricks of the trade. In 2015, she began the next chapter in her life, becoming a training engineer for new Schneider drivers. Dalanie is one of just three women who trains new hires for the company, but she’s not one to brag.
“Anyone can learn to control a truck,” Dalanie said. “It’s keeping your mind open to learning something new every day that takes practice.”
Dalanie enjoys passing her knowledge on to new recruits while continuing to have exploits of her own.
While Dalanie lives for every-day excitement, she doesn’t skimp on safety.
“The biggest challenge of being a truck driver is the motoring public,” Dalanie said.
“Everyone’s in a hurry to get somewhere, but not us. Most regular drivers don’t know how semis work and why it’s important that we always drive cautiously. But you can’t get wrapped up in all that. At the end of the day, all you can do is smile because you know you’ve done your job, and you’ve done it safely.”
Dalanie has no desire to ever stop motoring across the country. Now that she’s passing her trucking wisdom on to the next generation of drivers, she’s confident that the roads will remain safe and full of wonder.
Dalanie dreams of retiring one day, buying a motor home and traveling across the United States. Her travels have already brought her all over the country, but there’s still more out there, and Dalanie is determined to see it all.
In the meantime, Dalanie is delighted with her career as a Dedicated driver, where she’s found the perfect balance of excitement and stability.
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