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Posted:  2 months ago

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CFI wrecked my trailer. They don’t want to pay

It all depends on the amount you are claiming for lost income, loaner equipment rental, etc. You'd have to sue them in civil court. Judge Judy ring a bell?

A kid hit my car but he only had 10K in coverage. Just barely enough to cover the body work. I tried to get depreciation value for the damage but was told I'd have to sue the owner directly. Obviously, that would've been just a major waste of time.

Good luck!

Posted:  3 months ago

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Brakes just caught on fire and burned trailer.

Any updates Rad? Did you still end up getting hired by Central Transport?

I sure hope not! My cousin worked out of that Brooklyn terminal + quit for all the reasons Banks posted earlier. Wish him lotsa luck either way.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Finally, an update.

I still haven't quite gotten used to the only real input from the company being when I need to be somewhere and the rest being up to me. From my previous jobs micro managing it feels like you're doing something wrong stopping early when you have enough time to still get the load there early.

This really stuck out to me for 2 reasons. Finding the balance between running your clock to get that load in + get to the next load sooner, which is more money in your pocket, of course. But also being mindful of not running out your clock to the point of needing a 34. It's a matter of preference I guess but I rather run on recaps than to sit for 34's. That said, sometimes the load dictates how you run but it's always better to run smarter instead of harder. Good luck + stay safe.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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CFI Reviews?

Hi Melissa Welcome...

Don't know about Prime but they use Freightliner trucks, CFI has almost all Kenworth trucks. The Freightliner is wider inside and makes a nice living area.

Steppenwolf

Prime uses Freightliner, Peterbilt, International with some Volvo sprinkled in.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Endorsement

While I admire your drive to get your endorsements - getting your hazmat certification is a little different from the other tests. You MUST be cleared by the TSA first. Most states will let you apply online:

https://universalenroll.dhs.gov/workflows?servicecode=111168&service=pre-enroll

If you're not lucky enough to live in one of the online application states you need to go to your local TSA center:

https://universalenroll.dhs.gov/locator?serviceCode=111168&service=pre-enroll

Make an appointment then show up, show them your ID, give them your fingerprints and after a week or two they will send you and your state's DMV a letter saying it's o.k. for you to take the test. No TSA clearance means no hazmat.

In Florida, I took the endorsement test first. Once I passed, they did the TSA process at the tax collector's office [where FL DMV is located]. They even allowed me to retake my doubles/triples test immediately after failing it the 1st time.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Any Hispanic/Latino OTR truck drivers out here?

I left nyc with the same fears + apprehension. Have I encountered racism? Absolutely. Have I lost sleep over it? Not one bit. You'll find the vast majority of the encounters you have out here will be amazing. Most folks are kind, considerate + friendly.

At the shippers + receivers? You just remain polite, patient & professional. You can only control yourself. Focus on being safe, on time + positive. It's a lot less stressful that way.

Posted:  7 months ago

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Considering ODFL as my first employer

You couldn't pay me enough to drive any rig in NYC. Don't know if you drive a 4 wheeler there Mancin but here's a few reason why you should not drive PD there.

Parking at customers is impossible so most of the time you'll be double parking. This means endless tickets with an occasional tow thrown in. Sure you don't pay them but do you really want to deal with parking cops?

If you're lucky enough to find a customer with a dock, good luck swinging that trailer around the traffic, parked vehicles, pedestrians, etc.

All the red light cameras, speeding cameras, bus lane cameras, police hiding everywhere to write tickets. What about those DOT checkpoints along heavy truck routes?

If I still haven't convinced you to to stay away from PD? What about traffic, pedestrians, restricted routes? Jump at Linehaul! Get lots of experience handling the truck & trailer. Sure you won't back much but you'll still progress and get lots of seat time to hone your skills.

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