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Posted:  6 days, 13 hours ago

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Any one hire after an accident

I've only been a trucker for 9 month's. All on the DG account. I worked at an Amazon sort center for 2 years before I started. For me I wanted to do manual labor and driving a semi was second.

I'm probably assuming wrong. I would imagine you work on the Dollar accounts because you enjoy unloading and learning and caring about actually driving is a second.

It does really fascinate me why people would want to do Dollar accounts, not sure why. lol.

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There has to be a mentality with people who want to do the Dollar Accounts.

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Please explain this statement to us, Larry.

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Posted:  6 days, 23 hours ago

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Any one hire after an accident

Hello new to the forum, i got my cdls in 2012 drove for 2 years and quit to raise my children after getting custody of them. then in November of 2021 got a driving job with schneider and drove with them for 4 and 1/2 months enough experience to get hired by marten where i had best driving job ever. well about three weeks ago i was backing in to a dock and my front fender rubbed against a yellow concrete pole and scratched the fender and left yellow paint on fender i did not report it and when i got my 30 day inspection that we are required to get at marten shop guy asked if it was fresh and i said yes he ask if i called it in and i said no and told me to call it in cause he had to report it so i did and after being scolded by the lady on the phone for not reporting it right away. well 2 days later i was called to the office and was terminated for a preventable accident and not reporting it and was told it was going to be on my dac I've already called 2 tucking companies and either of them will not hire me the recruter at jb hunt that i spoke to told me about this site and said i should check here for any advice so i was wondering if my driving career is over or does anyone know of a company that might give me another chance, thanks Bryan

You're required to get an inspection every 30 day's? Yikes. It's on you for not trying to buff it out and or take care of it out of pocket knowing an inspection was coming up.

It makes me chuckle how different certain accounts off the main company are. How the uppers will hide ****. Last week I witnessed a CR England guy drop his trailer coming out of the trailer shop. I took a picture and texted my boss and we laughed about it. Later he said he asked the CR manager about it. Oh the trailer shop kept it hushed and rushed to get their bobtail to crank it up for him. No big deal. LOL. Saw a useless express driver drag his tandems 800 feet. He didnt notice when he got out at the guard shack. Went another 300 feet and finally noticed.

There has to be a mentality with people who want to do the Dollar Accounts. And the things the managers will do to hide everything to keep drivers.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Only one year work history cdl training rejected everywhere

Basically I only have one year work history. Was taking care of my grandparents the last 6 years. I have applied to the usual suspects. Rejected by all. I was wondering what I can possibly do to move forward? Even if I get the funds to pay for trucking school myself the 3 year employment rule is still required no? I am just looking for advice to be honest. I have heard of people "working the docs" and getting approved for training a year later? Any advice is appreciated.

Taking care of your grandparents was your job for 6 years, so you have 7 years of work history. Worse case is you'll need someone to accept a call and explain or a letter.

A company has to make an "effort" to check the past 3 years. I had 1.6 years of verifiable work history, with the previous 2 years no proof. Roehl called my sister and that was good enough. 4 months later when I went to Schneider they didn't even care or ask.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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After 3 months, I’m quitting

7 month's for me. Started and still on the DG account. I feel your pain. I honestly don't know where I would be right now if I started on docks.

It's a serious crutch for me since I can park at most DG's for the night even if it's not my stop. I've done 0 night time truck stop backs and 2 day time backs in 75k miles/ 7 month's. lol.

I went to Roehl's GYCDL program and didn't make any progress with backing in week 2 and we both agreed to part ways. I went to a private school with 28's. Then to Schneider's academy and was able to nail the 45's pretty fast.

The thought of a night time truck stop back or tight dock gives me nightmares.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Noob trucker starting with Dollar General.

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Completed my 1 week with TE and 1 week with Mentor. And now just completed my first week solo.

Overwhelming to say the least. Had customer issues that ****ed my 14 hour clock twice my first week. I missed the Pilot J truck entrance and went on a 10 mile backroad adventure that miraculously came to an interstate. At least I didn't make the mistake of trying to turn around. My gas nozzle fell out, I can't seem to master having the gas nozzle stay in. I tried to back in the drop yard where i park up my car. Failed 3 times, to tight for the 45. and luckily someone left. that left 2 spots open.

With having to actually learn to drive and back, I decided why not do 100% unload and kill yourself. I'm totally drained.

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It's been OVER a week... and you've not stopped in. ARE YOU OKAY ?!?!?! Are you under a dock plate? (STILL?!?) j/k..

I kinda bet the driving and backing were easier to overcome than the dollies & carts & rolltainers, eh?

Hope you're good!!! Stop in, please!

~ Anne ~

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Just hit 50,000 miles. More confident in bad weather.

Just got back being out for 13 days. On friday I started to lose it a little with those rt's and nets getting tangled. Had a uboat blow over and knock over a rt on the liftgate which was fun.

What are your average miles per load? Unless they are crazy long I think 4 at least. Luckily I never had to do recap

Average load is 600-700 miles. Managed to get 8 loads in 13 days including 2 400 mile runs.

I love the 4 store 600-700 mile runs. Problem is they don't hand out loads until 10-11am. I need to be leaving by 6am to be able to get 4 of those done in 5-5.5 days. Starting to drive my dbl crazy with my constant wanting of early loads. Probably should take a step back.

Currently to many drivers for loads so there is nothing available on the weekends. The account manager is great, he managed to snag a load from CR England last Sunday for me. I didn't read his text fully so I headed back to DC friday night to get a home load and didn't realize only sweeps and wal-mart runs in Illinois is all he had, so I bobtailed 300 miles home which sucked.

Posted:  3 months, 4 weeks ago

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Noob trucker starting with Dollar General.

It is definitely a crapshoot on managers and employees.

I tend to leave uboats outside until I’m done as long as I have space and they dont tip over. We are not technically supposed to put them on the floor but if I see there is no other way I will Ask the manager if that’s where they want them (depending on if they treat me nice) I will not roll a d*mn thing through the front door unless it’s a front door delivery. It is there responsibility to make us room. You will learn how to read the stores. You will have a chance to park at docks when your trailer is overweight or you get a market. Honestly that is no big deal. And dropping a trailer at the dc kind of satisfies the truck stop type backing when you think about it. What i did at first (time permitting) was not choose the easy drop areas and challenge myself with the harder spots. My trainer told me that he wasn’t going to teach me how to back he was just giving me real time practice and that one day it would just “click” and a lightbulb would go off about how the trailer will react and I think he was right on the money. You will always have your brain fart moments.(any driver here will tell you that who has taken 10 pull-ups for an easy back in a truck stop) but mostly it gets easier.

Raymuncy22@gmail.com if you ever need to reach out about anything specific.

Need to change this to "experienced" trucker with dollar general. LOL. Crazy its been almost 5 months on the account.

Saw your reply on the DG fresh post. How many loads and miles did you average a week? Man, I wish I was making 61 cents a mile. I'm at 41 cents, $85 trailer, $25 stops offs. I just got back from being out for 19 day's.

Did $1,600,$2400,$1850. Had a family function today, Could have grabbed another load last night and came close to $2400 this week. The only thing I don't like is I can only get those number s if I recap. If I did the usual 5.5 day schedule I'd probably be around $1500 a week if that.

Stuck on 3 loads a week with getting my 4th on day 6.

I'm manipulating my 14 and on duty time greatly. With the snow/Ice not willing to go crazily fast with unload. I hover around 800 pieces an hour. I guess at this point that's the only area I can look into improving to get more time.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Pulled my last DG load

Janesville, Wisconsin. Having a lot of the rural stores in the dakotas,mn,iowa and wisconsin has made the learning process a lot easier.

Larry

Do you work out of the south Boston dc?

Posted:  5 months ago

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Pulled my last DG load

Good luck on your new journey. Thanks for your help and advice.

I'm 4 months in now. I did my first recap this week. Stayed out 2 weeks. Made $2,390 last week and $1,600 this week(took off friday and saturday)

Being able to park at most DGs overnight is a huge luxury. Also not a better feeling than getting to your store delivery at 11pm and not having to start your clock until your pretrip when you leave in the morning.

I got a little to anal with my clock, I had to call safety yesterday because i got flagged with a 3 minute trailer drop/workflow. Guy was like you'd have to be running around the trailer doing your post trip. lol.

I agree. If you don't want to bust your ass and don't have the patience to deal with lazy managers and workers with disaster stores/back delivery areas this job isnt for you.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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First snow storm

Just got into Flying J in Fargo, ND. Unloaded in Bismarck ND 40 mph wind gusts,blowing snow. Left at 2:30 pm with pretty much an empty trailer. Just some empty roll containers and cardboard. I was doing 65mph for a good hour then it went to crap, I stayed at 40mph, increased to 45mph at times. Started getting dark and the semi and pickup truck I was following doing 37mph I fell behind.

Saw 10 semi s in the ditch in an hour.

I was doing 35mph and all of the sudden I start to lose it, I'm guessing the only reason I saved it was my slow speed. I'm so rattled right now.

I delt with 50mph+ wind gusts in the Dakota's a few weeks ago, but throw in snow and ice, yikes.

Posted:  6 months ago

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Breaking a contract

Been reading all these trainer bashing posts and chuckle. I had a total a hole training engineer and thank god it was for only 5 days. He drove a total of zero miles, which i actually loved driving 500+ miles a day. Refused to help or give any pointers with backing, and it made his day watching me be nervous on the Pennsylvania back roads. Just a total jerk loving making the miles and 100 bucks a day with a student. He did allow me to smoke in his truck however he wrote I liked to drive with one hand. lol.

I'm guessing its a safety thing and the trainer is not comfortable. If you cant swallow your pride and handle a week or two with a jerk trainer, good luck making it on your own as a new driver.

Posted:  7 months ago

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First Load went terribly wrong! Please Help!

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A couple of things. First, if I don’t set the brakes and open the door, my horn sounds until I set the brake. I’ve had 3 trucks and they all had this safety feature. But not yours???????????

Also, I see Western Express trucks a lot. They always look to be newer units, both tractor and trailer.

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None of the trucks I've driven do that as well. I've gotten away quite lucky. I used to push in my trailer brakes and check and make sure the rear tank and lines weren't leaking. I did that at a DC, I wasn't in gear, but the wheels were not chalked and the tractor brake wasn't set. It rolled gently backwards about two feet and came to stop at the parking stop as I jumped back in the cab and pulled brakes.

All that went through my head was that could have killed me or anyone else behind the trailer as it stopped within an inch of the trailer behind it.

I slow down, take my time and always always make sure my brakes are set.

This topic hit home with me tonight. I'm a very careful driver, super careful on right turns in small towns. Take my time with store backs. However I'm only 2 months into this.

My horn has gone off 5 times in 2 months. I thank God my truck has this feature. You take your time with backing in a crowded store, but you have people waiting for you, you tend to try and want to go faster. It actually makes me feel bad to think when I would have noticed my parking brakes weren't set without the you didn't set your brakes dumbass horn warning.

Posted:  8 months ago

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45 degree alley dock HELP

I passed all my tests at Schneider, but failed the 45 degree alley dock. I have to re-take the test on Monday. Can anyone help me with some advice about this? All my setups are fine but I'm having trouble when I start backing in determining when to end the straight back and to start chasing the trailer. My instructor teaches differently than I originally learned and I'm not allowed to depart from his exact method, if that makes any sense. If I fail a second time, I will be sent packing.

They have stricter standards with "experienced drivers" than rookies at Schneider? No one has mentioned the great savior called "pull-up". My Schneider instructor was like take a million pull ups if needed. I suck at backing, I try to be a tad late on the 45 since it makes it easier to correct it with pull ups. It sounds like your instructor is a **** with wanting you to do it his way.

I had to do 1 day training for their DG account. They have you prefill out the backing eval form saying you passed before even taking it. I did the 45 by myself but had to be coached on the 45 blindside and 90. No big deal at all. lol.

Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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Noob trucker starting with Dollar General.

How did this week go Larry? Any better?

Really dreaded heading in for my second week. I took your great advice and I had Improved unload times. Was a pretty good week. It was a dead week at the DC so I only did 2 long loads. My second was 500 miles from the DC, got to the store around 1 am. First 8 RT's had no toppers so it was fast. Problem was it was a super tight back room. I left 9 RT's outside and jammed the Uboats in the remaining space and asked employees to move them to the isles. In restrospect I should have done that myself since the manager came out the back announcing I'm closing this door, bring everything to the front door.

I jammed the front isle of the store and blocked the managers office. I came in and saw an employee smirking and taking pictures. 4 totally useless employees that didnt do crap.

My last stop was a super nice manager. Unloading uboats and gave me a large gatorade. I guess it s a crapshoot of who you deal with.

I start my week tomorrow dropping off my empty and picking up a relay at a Flying J.

I'm loving rest stops and staying at DG's. However it s doing nothing to help my backing in the traditional backing to docks and truck stops. Probably screw around at the DC with backing if I have time this week.

Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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Noob trucker starting with Dollar General.

What made you take on Dollar General right out of school?

Laura

I worked at an Amazon sort center in inbound for 2 years, and I've been watching hussle.motivate on youtube for a year. I blame him. lol The numbers on the job site were impressive. Of course now I realize its all recruitment BS.

It gets easier. Try to park at your store the night before and that will help with the clock . If you need any advice just ask

My biggest problem are those fricken toppers. My last stop was a 1500 piece. I used 5 uboats along with 2 RT's on the liftgate. However I had both sides full of toppers. I ended up using 10 empty's for the toppers. I tend to be hyper focused on wanting to get the RT's off asap. What s the best method for toppers?

I also have been only pushing. I notice Hussle will push the RT's wide base first and then pull them off the liftgate. I'm pretty fast so that may be splitting hairs with time saving?

I'm at 600 pieces an hour. Which surprises me I'm that slow. If I can get a method for those toppers I would be set.

Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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I’m going with Schneider now I’m nervous

I went to the Green Bay training Academy a month ago. Great instructors. Great people. They gave us pre-trip/tiv/in cab air check pamphlets and Coupling/Uncoupling pamphlets that could be used during the test.

You need 15 points or less to pass the road test and are allowed 2 curb jobs. lol.

As long as you can read and don't hit anything besides a couple curbs it s a piece of cake.

Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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Noob trucker starting with Dollar General.

Completed my 1 week with TE and 1 week with Mentor. And now just completed my first week solo.

Overwhelming to say the least. Had customer issues that ****ed my 14 hour clock twice my first week. I missed the Pilot J truck entrance and went on a 10 mile backroad adventure that miraculously came to an interstate. At least I didn't make the mistake of trying to turn around. My gas nozzle fell out, I can't seem to master having the gas nozzle stay in. I tried to back in the drop yard where i park up my car. Failed 3 times, to tight for the 45. and luckily someone left. that left 2 spots open.

With having to actually learn to drive and back, I decided why not do 100% unload and kill yourself. I'm totally drained.

Posted:  9 months ago

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Dollar Accounts???

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If you want the skinny on working a "Dollar" Account as a Rookie Driver check out Papa Pigs posting on the Dollar General account that he works for Warner Enterprises. He has worked hard on that account and has had allot of success with it. Papa Pigs Rookie Zainy solo adventures

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And he came straight out of the Army upon retiring, so he was in pretty good physical shape starting out. That's always a major plus when it comes to unloading those trailers at each DG store.

Just finished my 1 week with training engineer and now heading to a DG account. If I don't get the 12-9 with the 45 I'm a mess. Did 2 backs starting 200 feet away and couldn't find it. Oversteering is a major problem when I dont have a perfect set up. Do I give this a go or nip it in the bud to try and get on another account?

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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How do you put a photo up

Why can't you just type the dates and brief summary for each offense? With all the time you have spent on this you could have written a novel by now. lol.

Posted:  10 months ago

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Finally completed the easy part.

I see a lot of trucks for all those companies out here, but that doesn't mean anything about the company nor the training. Two I would avoid are Trans Am and Stevens.

Swift is the largest truckload carrier in the nation. Prime has many members on here that should chime in.

Two things: we HIGHLY discourage leasing. Don't Do It! The other thing is why are you leaning towards a dedicated account?

I want the familiarity/routine starting out. I'm sure I'm overthinking it and I could be wrong. I guess being OTR could be better for a newbie. more driving and fewer stops.

Posted:  10 months, 1 week ago

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Finally completed the easy part.

You've told of one named company: Schneider. If you tell us other named companies, we can offer a lot more guidance to you. " They charge $3500" isn't enough to go on.

Hirschbach- 4 day orientation. OTR with a trainer for 6 weeks. Dedicated Cargill account. $3,500 which is completely forgiven in 36 weeks with the company.

Prime Stevens TransAm Roehl Swift

I'm leaning dedicated.

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