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    Reno, NV

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Things Are Bad, Running Out of Time

Sorry my mistake! That's what I get for "speed reading."

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Things Are Bad, Running Out of Time

Eugene,

Like yourself, the hardest part of my CDL exam was the backing procedures. And like yourself, I tested for Wilson Logistics as well, up in Missoula, however. Leading up to the exam, I must have watched so many Youtube videos on backing and picked the trainers' brain on how to do it properly. But like andrey mentioned before, situations are different. But the principles are the same. The biggest tip I've gotten while backing was to go slow and don't look at the steering wheel when backing up. Doesn't matter if you may be holding people up at the truck stop, more often than not, drivers can and will relate to when they were in your shoes (at the cost of being free entertainment!!)

I was having the hardest time with backing, especially the alley dock. When we had time, my trainer and I pulled into an open lot to practice backing alley dock. He gave me all the encouragement and all the step by step, book by book instruction to do it. I still couldn't get. Then he got an idea. From the parking spot, he poured water on the driver's side rear tandem trailer tire. Then he told me to pull out regularly as if leaving the spot. Then as I got into a 90 degree angle from the spot, he told me to stop and follow the tire tracks I had made back into the stall. Slowly and steadily, I was able to make it. Long story short, sometimes books and videos are beneficial but you gotta keep doing it and find different ways to learn.

Good luck with the exam!

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Turning in 2 weeks notice driving OTR?

You're absoulutely right! I plan to put in my 2 weeks notice after being able to narrow my options down. The company I work for has local jobs in the Pacific NW area but I live in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area. The company has treated me well and if they did have anything in my area, I would definitely stay!

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Turning in 2 weeks notice driving OTR?

Before I get started, I want to say I am enjoying my time as an OTR driver. That being said, I always knew it was a way for me to get a year worth of experience so that I would be able to find a trucking job that I would be home daily and be closer with my family. To the ones that went down this road, how do you go with the process? How do you submit your 2 week notice? Thank you for your input!

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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6 months in..

Thanks for sharing your experience! I'm closing in on 6 months of driving myself and I look back on the things that worried me (alley dock parking, chaining, etc.) and I find that you get used to it and it doesn't keep me up at night anymore ūüėā Safe travels and keep on trucking!

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Serious question on OTR trainers ....

Hoping I'm not repeating what everyone has said on here but I had a pretty awesome trainer. Like one of the posts mentioned earlier, I still keep in touch with my trainer a few times out of the week or whenever I have a question on something that didn't really come up in training. There are some good trainers out there, don't get intimidated by what's posted on youtube and stuff. Good luck with your trainer, though!

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Wilson logistics CDL Training

I got my Class A CDL back in November with Wilson and they are a great company to start off with. I'm sure by this time you are with your trainer and getting some road miles before you head back to Missoula to take your exam. If I remember correctly they want you to get up to 30K-40K (Can't remember the exact amount?miles before then. Then you'll do your solo week by yourself. Usually what truck you do your solo in will be your truck. Keep me posted!

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Working on local O/O w/ own authority. Worth it?

I definitely understand that it won't be easy and that there would be a lot of risks involved. And you're not being pessimistic at all to me, just being real in what to expect. For now, just staying as a company driver until I gain experience and save enough capital.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Best way to get a restriction lifted?

Quick question. I got my class A CDL a few months back and tested in an auto transmission. I know, I know... Everyone I knew gave me flack and said I should have tested in a manual so I wouldn't have a restriction on my CDL but didn't have a choice at the time. But any suggestions on what I can do now to get it lifted off my CDL? Can it be done in a matter of days (during home time) or does it take a while? Thanks!

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

5 years as a school bus driver. Loved the job really, just couldn't make enough to make ends meet.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Questions for Wilson Logistics Drivers!

Hello! I had been doing research on Wilson Logistics trucking company for the past couple months, hoping to attend their CDL training program soon. Anyway, If you currently (or have previously) been a driver for Wilson logistics, mind answering a few questions?

1 - Do drivers get to take their truck home once a solo driver, or do you have to leave it at terminal? 2 - For anyone working the Western 10 Regional, I read that you work anywhere from 7-10 days at a time. When home time comes along, how long are you off? One day? Two? 3 - Within the first year of contract with them, was/is there any chance to get any requested time off? I understand being a rookie - I'd be at bottom of the totem pole, but still - a chance? 4 - What was/is your all around experience working with them?

Thank you all! smile.gif

I'm not sure if you were able to get your answers in the other parts of the forum but if not, let me answer it here. Coming from a current Wilson driver (fellow rookie too)

1. You are able to take your truck home, either if you have space in your driveway or at a nearby truck stop. 2. You get 1 day off for every week you are on the road, 5 days off max no matter how long you're on the road. I do the max each time 5 weeks on, 5 days off. 3. Just let your fleet manager know at least a week ahead of time to be routed towards your home area. They will contact you when you've done your last load before headed home. Just contact them when you'll be ready to receive a new load. Usually, your fleet manager will tell you that they sent you a load assignment and it will be waiting for you when you get back in your truck. 4. I have no complaints with them and so far they have done right by me. Did everything they said they would as far as requested time off goes.

Sorry if you were able to get your answers already. But there you go!

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Working on local O/O w/ own authority. Worth it?

Thank you guys I really appreciate the input. You're absolutely right I am a rookie trucker and with only a few months under my belt. I've always wanted to be a trucker since I was younger but never had the option to, and when the opportunity presented itself to at least get my foot in the door, I took it. Currently I'm driving for a company which supplied my training for me and am finishing my year contract with.

While on the road, I would be listening to podcasts and radio programs that encouraged getting your own truck and starting up your own business. As I dug deeper, I realized all of the options that open if you were an O/O as well as the money you had to put down in the beginning. It's good to know my goal is doable though.

My advise would be to work for a LTL company collect $25-30 a hour with paid vacation and insurance. It won't make your goal of being a O/O but it will save you a ton of money.

That's the plan for sure. One of the companies I'm interested in is ArcBest and they offer having a dedicated run for a power-only solo. Sounds like the perfect run for me because I'll know where I'm going every day and their terminal is 30-45 minutes away from home. But some of the requirements were to supply my own insurance and my own authority.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Working on local O/O w/ own authority. Worth it?

Hello all,

Just need some advice on this topic. Does it make sense to get my authority and own tractor (day cab) and haul for a local company? I have been reading up on carriers that are looking for power-only drivers and wanted to know if this was an option. I know are a few carriers in the Reno/Sparks area but I have to do more research and see if any of them allows this. My goal is to be home daily and to be owner-operator. Can this be done with what I have in mind? Taking all the advice I can get. Thanks!

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