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  • Location:
    Omaha, NE

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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    1 year, 8 months ago

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Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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Safe wind speed

That is good information on that chart. Thanks for posting!

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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Safe wind speed

Thanks for that! Had two empties yesterday and wind was gusting to 21, and it wasn't bad. Getting up into the 30's with empties depending on the wind direction would be quite the ride! Wednesday around here they are talking 65mph gusts. That might shut some things down.

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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Safe wind speed

Great chart! Never seen that before. I imagine with doubles the numbers change a bit or err on the lower side of things.

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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First snow, frozen rain, sleet and blowing snow all in one

Thanks! It is good to hear that from seasoned drivers that it is ok to make that decision. That part of me inside feels like I need to do it to help the company and be the best that I can... but the realistic part of me says its not worth it. Thanks for the validation.

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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New Old Re-Intro

Great point! I dont know what I dont know! hahaha.. There seems to be a good LTL community growing and it would be nice to have more reliable information on the site. I know that I am pretty new here, but I would sure appreciate the advice and insight from the Vets! I hope to be able to contribute and find some good information along the way as well. Thanks!

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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First snow, frozen rain, sleet and blowing snow all in one

Good decision! I know the feeling being a new driver, you want the experience but then again erring on the side of caution goes a long way. I am pretty new with the wiggle wagons and have only been driving them for a month now. I had that experience this morning at 2am. 40mph winds and blowing snow, my regular route was canceled and they wanted me to take another load to IL. Never been to that terminal and the current conditions were about the same. I decided not to go. Dispatch said no worries they understand. I felt bad inside for not going, but at the same time I would much rather be safe than wising that I was in someplace safe on the middle of nowhere!

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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There are some good channels on youtube where LTL guys seem to go. Not allot of good tutorials as much though.

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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That would be great as well! Thank you!

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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Much easier to use the hook on the tractor!

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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What an experience!

Good timing! Some of our trucks carry chains but in Nebraska we don't have any chain requirements, so I'm not sure if I'll get to experience the joy of chains

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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Thanks! Yeah the short distance that I tried was enough to know that the dolley wanted to do its own thing. Didn't want to get close to breaking anything so that was all I needed to learn for that moment.

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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I agree G-Town, it's different but it is likeable! Just paying allot of attention not getting into a spot that you can't back out, I mean pull out of. I got clever and tried to back the dolley while connected to the lead, just saying I'm glad it was 2am and nobody was around. I've seen it done, but I'm far from that point! Hahaha

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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I am out of Omaha,Ne. Yes they are quite "fun"! Nice that the roads were dry. Don't want to think about the snow... yet.

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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What an experience!

Single axle day cabs are quite the interesting unit! I do like the rear visibility and the turning. I haven't had one out in midwest weather with a set, but good to know that you had a good first trip!

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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New Old Re-Intro

Hello Again, I first introduced myself about 9mos ago. Since then finished CDL school and started work with TMC. Great place to learn flatbed for a newbie. It didn't quite go as planned and ended up back in my old trade of HVAC. I quickly realized why I got my CDL in the first place. After kicking around furnaces all day I took the chance and applied to Old Dominion. I was very fortunate to receive an opportunity to work for them!

I just completed my first month and a half running line haul extra board. I have been able to have a steady route to cover and with the exception of a couple weather related cancellations at my drop point have had wonderfully consistent miles. I have nothing but great things to say about the company and the terminal for taking a chance on me, and getting me the training I needed to pull doubles. (still a work in progress to get my process down, but coming along). Especially pulling two empties up I29 yesterday in the wind... :) I just found a comfortable space to roll and the two cooperated pretty well.

Anyway, I have seen many double drivers on here and have read prior posts from them. Great information and look forward to learning all that I can with this new opportunity. OTR was always an option, but I am glad that I took the chance on seeking out LTL work. Look forward to getting back on the forum!

Ryan

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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New Driver Intro

Thanks for the replies! That is great to hear about TMC and how well he is liking them! They are known for running an organized and disciplined operation.

I also agree that if you are going to do flatbed right out of school, going to one of the companies mentioned above gives you the best tools for success.

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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New Driver Intro

Thanks for the replies! TMC is my first choice, home weekly appeals best for the family. I have heard more than once to stay away from the Dollar accounts. I think that getting quality flat bed training is key. Good skill to have and know we'll.

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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New Driver Intro

Hello,

Great information on this site! I finished my first week of CDL school and got my permit with all endorsements. I have several pre-hire letters (Werner, TMC, Schneider etc). There are also quite a few local companies here in the Omaha area that will take recently graduated drivers as well. After reading through all of the information I am thinking that the first year is your most important year in trucking. I have been an HVAC Tech for the past 10 years so my first thought was flatbed because that is the kind of work that I am used to. But after reading I am starting to think that going Dry Van Regional for the first year would probably be the best way to get this career going in the right direction. (I dont want to be back in HVAC this summer!). Werner has the Dollar accounts here along with some Bi-Weekly OTR routes. I keep hearing the words Minimize Your Risk. My hobby for many years has been flying, and I remember when I got my pilots license the examiner said this is your license to learn.. I think that the CDL can be taken the very same way. Keep the first year clean and see where the road leads. Anyway just wanted to jump on the boards and introduce myself and thank everyone for the information presented on this site.

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