Profile For Davy A.

Davy A.'s Info

  • Location:
    Aurora, CO

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

  • Social Link:
    Davy A. On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 3 months ago

Davy A.'s Bio

Old guy. Road race motorcycles, musician, freelance writer, general smart a$$, Happy at Knight Transportation

richard.cranium666@gmail.com

Page 1 of 169

Go To Page:    
Next Page

Posted:  3 days, 3 hours ago

View Topic:

Looking to rent time on a proper simulator in Northern California

I actually found ATS to be better than the sim that was at our school. The graphics were far better.

Posted:  3 days, 5 hours ago

View Topic:

Inward Facing Cameras & AI

Mine was as well, you had 1.5 seconds to show braking. Obviously it's been changed. I've seen the software for the interface on the camera. The sensitivity, duration, etc are not static and can be changed on the fly.

Posted:  3 days, 12 hours ago

View Topic:

Inward Facing Cameras & AI

As said, at Knight we have outward facing. Our "bonus" structure is 2 com for safety, 1 for fuel, 4 for productivity and if you get all 3, a 2 cpm kicker.

It's arranged so that most drivers will fail fuel or safety, costing the driver 3 cpm on miles for the month.

The standards for the "offenses" are varied and basically an interpretation of a recorded event. The scoring is very vague and ambiguous.

There is no path to appeal the charges and the ai in the camera Is frequently wrong. I have my own outward facing cam and it is more accurate.

In addition to the insurance savings, although we're self insured, by denying drivers 3 cpm on miles, the company makes 660k to 1.2 million per month off 2000 to 3000 drivers by fleecing them out of wages in this manner.

My experience is that I won all 4 bonuses for 13 months in a row, I deleveloped a spreadsheet that calculates mpgs real time based on their confusing methods. It allows any driver to game the system and achieve the mpg threshold even with idling in most conditions.

I published the spreadsheet on our work social media to help our other drivers accomplish the stated goal, of course they don't want us to attain the goal, just get close but fail. Immediately after publishing, my smartdrive score went from an average of 4 for 13 months to 25. Multiple dings something daily. There is a direct link between beating the house and punitive action using the camera and smartdrive.

In effect, the corporation knows that it's almost impossible to systemically combat the system if it's vague and ambiguous. I've been recording data though and will be able to find the parameters of what leads to an event, then modify vehicle input to match the parameters, in effect negating the event being recorded.

My experience with the use of the camera is obviously negative based on my company's nefarious behavior with the system.

Posted:  4 days, 5 hours ago

View Topic:

Diary Of The Exploration And Bivouac At Georgial Pacific Of Kansas City

Yeah, that's what 10 hours of detention and too much coffee can produce.

They gave you way too much free time, but funny!!!

Posted:  4 days, 6 hours ago

View Topic:

Power only pros and cons

Coming from the construction industry it baffles me as to why, in this industry, one can't start a business as a labor only subcontractor. In other words, simply a subcontract driver.

As a framing subcontractor, working on large municipal projects, we used the general contractors equipment, it's not like we had link belt cranes and sky lifts sitting around. All we were contracted was for labor only. We had to maintain our own insurance, workman's comp, gl, freight and commercial auto insurance but thats what business does.

Notwithstanding, if your concern is simply being forced to run nights, there's only 2 guys at my terminal that run after dark, me being one of them. Most of the terminal will only run days. Most truckers are solar powered. I personally hate working days, complete night owl, but to each their own. I end up with a lot of loads they can't or won't run. The company doesn't bat an eye about it. Just means you may not get as much work as others who are more versatile.

Posted:  4 days, 22 hours ago

View Topic:

Diary Of The Exploration And Bivouac At Georgial Pacific Of Kansas City

Arrived early to secure the landing zone at the habitat. Found an elusive Northern American spotted yard dog. He barked his horn furiously to warn away any possible threats to the sleeping flock of dock workers inside the fortified area. After close inspection of the tiny cave entrance known as the dock, he chased me outside to make camp and wait indefinitely for the tiny dock to be available.

Day 37. After searching the nearby barren landscape surrounding the dock workers lair, found an abandonded parking spot and made camp. Have established mail service and remodeled the camp. Have basic utilities set up but hopes of turning the encampment into a full fledged village seem slim due lack of sewer permits.

Day 51. Have grown the encampment to include 30 or so trucks. Several have made the decision to retire as this may be their final resting spot. The Northern spotted Yard dog has retreated to area behind the dock after strageically placing trailers in an effort to block any of the nomadic trucks from entering. He looks wary and tired. In an effort to confuse him, several of the trucking horde have adorned ceremonial safety vests and inquired about the status of the dock. It seems futile at this point.

Day 64. Supplies are dwindling. The exploration may have to come to a premature end. Have eaten all stock supplies and have renamed the local path into the dockworkers lair as Donner Party Drive. Several of the nomadic truckers in the encampment have gone into hibernation, some have developed a plan to arrange a hunting party in hopes of catching the elusive spotted yard dog, however it seems doubtful. going into hibernation in preparation for tear down of the encampment in the morning to be followed by retreat in order to resupply. Have classified this area as hostile and not suitable to visit in the future.

Posted:  5 days, 2 hours ago

View Topic:

Diary of the exploration and bivouac at Georgial Pacific of Kansas City.

Arrived early to secure the landing zone at the habitat. Found an elusive Northern American spotted yard dog. He barked his horn furiously to warn away any possible threats to the sleeping flock of dock workers inside the fortified area. After close inspection of the tiny cave entrance known as the dock, he chased me outside to make camp and wait indefinitely for the tiny dock to be available.

Day 37. After searching the nearby barren landscape surrounding the dock workers lair, found an abandonded parking spot and made camp. Have established mail service and remodeled the camp. Have basic utilities set up but hopes of turning the encampment into a full fledged village seem slim due lack of sewer permits.

Day 51. Have grown the encampment to include 30 or so trucks. Several have made the decision to retire as this may be their final resting spot. The Northern spotted Yard dog has retreated to area behind the dock after strageically placing trailers in an effort to block any of the nomadic trucks from entering. He looks wary and tired. In an effort to confuse him, several of the trucking horde have adorned ceremonial safety vests and inquired about the status of the dock. It seems futile at this point.

Day 64. Supplies are dwindling. The exploration may have to come to a premature end. Have eaten all stock supplies and have renamed the local path into the dockworkers lair as Donner Party Drive. Several of the nomadic truckers in the encampment have gone into hibernation, some have developed a plan to arrange a hunting party in hopes of catching the elusive spotted yard dog, however it seems doubtful. going into hibernation in preparation for tear down of the encampment in the morning to be followed by retreat in order to resupply. Have classified this area as hostile and not suitable to visit in the future.

Posted:  6 days, 2 hours ago

View Topic:

Are random drug tests paid since it’s considered on duty time?

You're in for a much bigger surprise. If the employers in other industries practiced the level of malfeasance that trucking does, there would be a sea of litigation.

Here are some of the highlights of our industry:

Drivers don't have to be paid overtime per federal law.

Drivers have limited strike capabilities in some areas.

Drivers are often paid less units than they actually drive. As the company bids loads by the mile and bases it off the shortest distance as determined by the household goods moving system. We're paid on average, for 10 percent less miles than we drive. This profit, or loss reduction goes to the company out of the drivers pocket.

Drivers are not compensated for 15 minute pre trip inspections, 15 minute post trip inspections, 15 minute on duty increments of fueling yet federal law compells us to perform these tasks every shift and log on duty. This adds up to a half hour to 45 minutes per day.

Drivers give 2 hours of waiting time at a shipper to the company simply because the company can't charge the customer that. Meaning the driver shares the risk but not the profit. More than half of drivers fail to recieve detention pay when delayed.

It's not uncommon for drivers to make far less than minimum wage when detention and additional labor performed without compensation is performed on many loads.

Many companies still have forced dispatch, meaning the driver can be terminated and or recieve putative action I'd they refuse to take the load.

There are many more. This industry requires a well honed business sense and warrior mentality to negotiate pay out of the items. It's definitely not your grandfather's hourly job. In theory, the cpm should include these items, but it doesn't in reality. Given how bad the industry is right now, companies are getting more and more aggressive in reducing costs of drivers anyway they can, meaning it will continue to get even more bleak for drivers.

Posted:  1 week ago

View Topic:

New to trucking and stressed out

It gets less stressful. The biggest help is having systems in place, repeated processes that work so you eliminate uncertainty.

Recon, Intel, execute.

Doing proper recon and Intel gathering BEFORE You start your trip is what makes it less stressful.

1. Once route, hos and shutdown times and places are established, then procede to shipper and recievers phase.

2. Using satellite image and streetview and reviews determine entrance, staging/check-in parking, docking/backing syle, what's the safest, easiest back for the dock or drop? Check streetview for signs that say truck entrance. Zoom to see if there is one way traffic at the site.

3. Check the final mile route into and out for truck friendly, alternative routes and alternative parking. Memorize the street names so you can see the street signs and know it. Use street view to check danger areas.

4. Gather Intel from Google reviews, quite often will have photos and where the truck entrance and shipping office is. Check with other drivers and on here. Find a working number for the shipper/reciever and call for directions. If it's a difficult spot or you can't visualize your drop, ask the yard dog how most drivers do it.

5. Visualize your drop/dock, get an accurate mental photo based on the above steps of how you'll back, what it will look like when crowded, what dangers are there and alternative paths. Many DCs are one way traffic inside. Smaller businesses have a plethora of obstacles. Stores have a nightmare of cars,karens and difficult access.

6. Goal. Take your time and relax.

Wash lather rinse repeat. I just did local for a few days, I hadn't been to any of the stores. This was the exact process I used. It's the same one I used when I started. It just takes me a lot less time to do do now.

Here's some of the stores and the yard. See if you can use the process to determine how to get in and out. All were a double drop and hook except one. One of them is a blindside to straight back conversion. The yard is blindside for half the day.

0879177001715643875.jpg

0769541001715643910.jpg

0832425001715643959.jpg

0450759001715644001.jpg

0973493001715644033.jpg

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

View Topic:

How's this tire look?

One word...Fugly.

Page 1 of 169

Go To Page:    
Next Page

Why Join Trucking Truth?

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training