Profile For David F.

David F.'s Info

  • Location:
    Maricopa, AZ

  • Driving Status:
    Company Driver In Training

  • Social Link:
    David F. On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    2 months, 2 weeks ago

David F.'s Bio

Originally received my CDL back in 1989, in CA. I graduated from the Federal Truck Driving School in San Diego at the ripe old age of 19. Too young to get my HazMat or drive out of state. I drove for a couple of SoCal companies for a while and found something else shiny and sparkly to grab my attention. Not being able to drive out of state dimmed my excitement.

Fast forward to 2003. I'm living in Phoenix now with a wife and two little boys (2 & 4). I looked at driving again, did some research and went with Schneider. At that time, they were offering schooling. I signed up, headed out to Fontana for training and then began driving a 1999 orange Freightliner Century in the Western Region (mainly CA, OR, & WA). I spent 7 months in the region and then transferred to a dedicated local account. After a while at that, I was offered the position of Yard Dog at the Reckitt Benckiser warehouse in Tolleson, AZ. The OTR time was hard because I missed so much of my kids growing up, and I wasn't there to support my wife. After getting on the RB account, I was home every night. A while later I changed companies and went to work hauling petroleum in tankers. Mainly local work, home every night. After a few more years, I transitioned into dispatch and became the lead Night Dispatcher. 6 years of that beat me almost to death (high stress and screwed up sleep schedules w/two boys in middle & high school.) I let my CDL lapse in 2016, and in 2019 I reached the breaking point. I walked away from that job and went to work in the fraud department of a major bank.

Now I'm ready to go back to driving (no dispatching!) again. I now have my CDL and I'm looking forward to hauling fuel again!

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Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Overweight and punished

Thank you...my dispatch told me yesterday i wouldn't get in trouble...now he is turning it on me saying because of my attitude..i have to sit..and wait for them to send someone to get the load....no layover pay...i have done nothing wrong...

You will never win an argument with your dispatcher, and it's not worth the effort. Just document the incident and address it with them at a later time, when things calm down. When you do address it, make sure you include how you were made to feel by the actions of the dispatcher.

Who knows, maybe the driver sent to pick it up will refuse it because it's overweight.

Not only are you risking a ticket if you pull the load, if you get into an accident while overweight, and they can prove you knew about it, you are in a world of problems.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Overweight and punished

If a dispatcher is forcing me to run, or to turn in my truck and quit...my next call would be to the safety department. But, that's just me.

Oops. I missed the word "overweight" after "forcing me to run." wtf.gif shocked.png

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Overweight and punished

...my dispatch didn't like my concern and said he could just have me turn in my truck...i am so saddened to be treated like this..i am a great employee...

If a dispatcher is forcing me to run, or to turn in my truck and quit...my next call would be to the safety department. But, that's just me.

Make sure you document all conversations you have with anyone about this. Based on what you're saying, it sounds like your dispatcher may need to have a "Come to Jesus" meeting with Safety...unless the whole company could care less.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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TWIC

What if I don’t remember an offense or date to list on the background check?

If it's a reportable offense, you might find it in a detailed DL report, or you can reach out to the court and see if they have a record of it (depends on the type of incident/offense).

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Thinking about Prime Inc.

I shouldn't base my decision on this one video as I really don't know the entire story. However, it does seem very fishy for someone wanting to switch jobs. So, is this guy telling the truth that Prime fires people for no reason?

All it takes is one she said/he said argument, or a "joke" that was inappropriate and you're out the door. When I was a dispatcher, we used to hear why drivers were let go, and then we would hear the version that the driver told his co-workers. Rarely did they match up.

If you are not 100% professional, you are leaving yourself up to being blindsided by things. Sometimes, even when you are in the right and did not do anything wrong, the preponderance of evidence might be in the other person's favor. The company is usually going to take the "better safe than sorry" position when it comes to situations like this.

So, do not make your decision based on one video with one side of the story. There is always a second story, and sometimes a third or fourth. The truth is somewhere in the middle, usually.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Does being a school grad increase chances of being hired?

Not ALL companies are this 'strict.' (Yet, they deserve to be!) A YEAR of driving will BARELY a driver, make ya! What's ONE and done, if you choose, with ANY said company ?!?!?

Interesting letter. That reminds me of the show biz phrase, "you'll never work in this town again." Is there any sort of buy-out provision in the contract?

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Someone Called The Police On Us

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Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Which Lane is the Proper Lane to Turn Into ?

In Arizona, it is the law to turn into the inside/left lane. Left lane to left lane.

ARS 28-751.2.

Left turns. The driver of a vehicle intending to turn left shall approach the turn in the extreme left-hand lane lawfully available to traffic moving in the direction of travel of the vehicle. If practicable the driver shall make the left turn from the left of the center of the intersection and shall make the turn to the left lane immediately available for the driver's direction of traffic.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Roehl OTR Training

...The one thing I will definitely not be missing in a hotel at night is a reefer, parked right next to our truck :-)

That reminds me of the time my A/C compressor went out on July 4th. The truck went into the shop and I went into a motel next to the shop. The all night fireworks in the motel parking lot made sure I didn't get much sleep that night. I would take the next door reefer over that experience any day of the week and twice on Sunday. But, obnoxious noise is still obnoxious noise.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Schneider Orientation 😅

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Congratulations! I had a great experience with me TE. The trip planning class is very long days, very detailed, but very long!

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As a map geek, the trip planning training with SNI was a blast. I loved the detail and information provided.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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I never should have given up my CDL back in 2016. Ugh.

That was my initial thought as well. I figured I would need to do the school route just like the first time around. I'll see what happens and go with my gut instinct. If I have to do school and commit to a year contract, so be it. If that happens, I'll be spending lots more time going through the Diaries and posts to see who is the best to go with.

I'll post either way, however it goes.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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I never should have given up my CDL back in 2016. Ugh.

Is your company going to hire you with a new CDL and no training certificate, then have you pulling HazMat tanker loads?

I had 10yrs of driving experience, including 7 in gasoline tankers. When I moved into Dispatch, I let my CDL lapse. I then left that company and went to work in a call center (yuck). Not for me. One of my old drivers is a lead driver at the new company and they are willing to hire me. I just need to get my CDL back and go through their orientation/training/road testing. And some intensive practice before the CDL Road Test.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Game: describe your first solo load experience

I picked up my tractor in the Fontana OC on 03/10/2003. I had to wait 2 days before I received my first dispatch (truck inspection/cleaning, meet my STL, etc.). My first dispatch was to pick up a trailer in Riverside, CA, drop it in Fullerton, CA (I think at Kimberly Clark), pick up a loaded trailer there and then make two deliveries in Tucson, AZ.

I had to go back and look at my notes, but it seems that the main road out of Riverside to the freeway was closed due to emergency road repairs, and they routed me into the Ontario Airport! I was able to get turned around and went the other way to I-10. That was the only excitement on that run.

And now I'm working on getting my CDL again...just so I can go through my "first dispatch" all over again!

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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I never should have given up my CDL back in 2016. Ugh.

AZ seems to be going out of it's way to make it frustratingly hard to get my CDL again. The company I'd go to work for hauls HazMat tankers. Well, AZ won't let permit holders drive tankers (must be empty) that have hauled HazMat unless they've been purged. There goes the plan of having a company truck for the Drive Test. Hmmm. confused.gif

Unless the company happens to have a purged tanker sitting in the yard, I'm pretty much out of luck on that option.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Journey with Wilson Logistics - Springfield, MO

...and when it’s my turn to drive for 11 hours, nothing has ever presented itself I’ve been unable to handle.

Oh no. You better knock on a lot of wood to offset those prophetic words.

It's nice to read that you are learning. Keep practicing your backing. Go to a sporting goods store and buy a set of soccer cones. They're red and stand about 10" tall. When you have downtime, see if you can set up adocking cone pattern and practice. The cones nest and don't take much space.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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How much of the country do you actually get to see?

I started out with schneider running there western region, I am strictly regional and have gone no further east than Denver,Co in the last 7 months. I never had any desire to see the country though so it has worked out great for me.

I drove for Schneider when I first started OTR. 11 western states turned out to mean AZ, CA, OR, &WA 90% of the time with the occasional NV. It became tiresome for me.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

When I was 19, I attended Federal Truck Driving School in San Diego. I graduated, passed my CA CDL and became licensed to drive in-state. I wasn't old enough to get my HazMat, even though I passed the endorsement test when I initially got my CDL Permit. I drove locally in SoCal for 5 months and then gave up and went on to other things. Fast forward to 2003. I am married and have two little boys (3 & 1!). Now living in AZ, I could not find a job that would pay that wasn't temping or clerical. I started looking online (such as it was back then). I contacted CR England, but never heard back. I contacted Schneider and within 3 weeks they had me set up to travel to Fontana and start a 2 week driving school at USTDS. After graduation I drove for Schneider through December of 2005. I then switched companies and started hauling petroleum products locally in AZ, mostly delivering gasoline to convenience stores and such. After about 6-7 years, I transitioned into dispatch, working nights. While in dispatch, I let my CDL expire and lapse. In 2019 I reached a breaking point and had to get off night shift. I left the industry and went to work in the debit card fraud division of a large bank.

Now I'm looking at getting back into driving locally. I need to get my DOT Physical and then get my CDL permit again and I can go to work with a local tank carrier to update my training and get my CDL back. I'm in that process now. In hindsight, I should not have let my CDL lapse.

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