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Posted:  2 hours, 3 minutes ago

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New driver. Incident on first load. Now fired.

Schneider was actually a company I was considering, but I'm a slow learner when it comes to truck driving, so I should probably steer clear.

Posted:  8 hours, 30 minutes ago

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Paper Transport Inc: Hair Follicle Test (a few questions)

Thanks Turtle,

I actually googled and found it myself. I even posted it before you shared but all my posts have to be approved so they don't show up in a timely manner. Anyway, that still means you can have it when you're off duty, but no company is going to let you drink either way, so it's a moot point.

Also, I wasn't trying to imply that drinking alcohol doesn't matter. I was just saying that a lot of us in states that have legalized marijuana use don't see it using it as anymore of a big deal than drinking alcohol. Using alcohol in the wrong manner is still a very big deal, just as pot should be.

Posted:  8 hours, 30 minutes ago

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Paper Transport Inc: Hair Follicle Test (a few questions)

https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/49/392.5

Nevermind, found the proof myself.

Posted:  9 hours, 13 minutes ago

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Paper Transport Inc: Hair Follicle Test (a few questions)

Having any alcohol, even in a sealed container, is a violation of federal law.

I was not aware of this. Do you happen to have proof?

Posted:  15 hours, 59 minutes ago

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I T-called A Load To Myself

Old School,

Forgive my ignorance, but what does T-call mean exactly?

Also, I'm still interested in your book if you ever manage to finish it now that you're on the road again.

Posted:  16 hours ago

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Paper Transport Inc: Hair Follicle Test (a few questions)

Steve,

I thought most companies didn't allow alcohol in their trucks - I may not like it, but I've already accepted that. It does make some sense in some ways. That said, I'm not aware of any companies doing hair follicle tests for alcohol. If I was, I'd be calling them out for being dumb too. Someone that tried pot in a legal state, months before they even thought of becoming a truck driver, is not any more dangerous on the road because of it. Yet, for some perverse reason, it may matter more than a poor driving record to these companies. I tried pot around 8 months ago, and my driving record is clean as can be. I haven't gotten a single ticket in the 20 years I've been driving. To think something so frivolous can have such a dramatic impact on my ability to get hired. It's inane. ): Heck, Elon Musk tried pot on video.

Posted:  1 day, 1 hour ago

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Paper Transport Inc: Hair Follicle Test (a few questions)

Kerry,

To people in states that have legalized smoking pot, it's no different than drinking alcohol to us. We don't think of it as a big deal that some company is going to get on our case for it because we smoked it months ago. I think it's really dumb, infact, and I don't even like weed. Definitely don't smoke it and then drive, but to use it responsibly? Sure, why not?

Also, nice pun.

Posted:  2 days, 14 hours ago

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Company said I failed a hair test but I didn’t

Jim,

Why did you do your own hair follicle test to start with? It seems to me that you were smoking pot, and you wanted to see if it showed up in your hair.

Posted:  2 days, 16 hours ago

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Why do drivers stay OTR over LTL?

So why does LTL tend to pay so much better when it even requires less sacrifice? It seems backwards to me. Also, I live in California between Sacramento and San Joaquin county. What companies might I want to look for after I complete truck driving school if I want to do linehaul at night for good money?

Thanks.

Posted:  3 days, 14 hours ago

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Atlas/GPS Consensus

I was just looking at the specs on the Garmin OTR line of GPSes. The things Garmin claims it can do are amazing. Like, you can put in your truck/load specs, and it will plan a route that fits those specs. https://www.garmin.com/en-US/p/684273/pn/010-02313-00

I sound like a Garmin commercial, lol.

Posted:  3 days, 15 hours ago

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Atlas/GPS Consensus

So Kearsey says we should get an Atlas and learn how to use it... that she didn't even get a GPS until 2 years into driving. I just assumed most truck drivers were using some sort of GPS navigation. Is that assumption incorrect... are you all navigating primarily with an Atlas? She says a GPS will even take you down routes with low bridges. Is GPS navigation really that bad?

I'm not calling Kearsey a liar. I'm just trying to establish if this is the opinion of all the good drivers here.

Posted:  3 days, 19 hours ago

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Argument with trainer. Need help!

Kearsey,

So you don't use GPS at all? I've never used an atlas in my life. Sometimes my phone's GPS loses tracking, and tells me bogus stuff, but other than that, it seems to work fine? (I'm not a trucker yet. I'm a wannabe, so it's just driving in my car.)

Posted:  3 days, 23 hours ago

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My Awful experience with Schneider National as rookie.

Jesse,

I actually tried to defend you early on in this thread, but my post got deleted. Now I don't even want to defend you because you're not making much sense. Anyway, not many around these parts will sympathize with you. I have found that every company I worked for but one was all talk about safety. In action they weren't at all. The one that wasn't all talk didn't even try to pretend safety was important to them. There might be some truth to what you're saying, or maybe not. I can't tell. You should cool off either way.

Posted:  4 days, 3 hours ago

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Paper Transport Inc: Hair Follicle Test (a few questions)

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It's also known for plenty of false negatives, which Jamie should be hoping for.

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Not Jamie, he's an experienced driver. You mean Don C. who is just starting.

Laura

You're right. I apologize, Jamie.

Posted:  4 days, 8 hours ago

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Paper Transport Inc: Hair Follicle Test (a few questions)

I find the hair follicle testing frustrating. It punishes people that have cleaned themselves up, quit using drugs, and are trying to become employed. I smoked pot 8 months ago, and I didn't even like it. Now I have to wait a year to get tested. Further, hair follicle testing is known to have false positives, which means people are getting screwed over that were clean to start with. It's also known for plenty of false negatives, which Jamie should be hoping for.

Posted:  6 days, 15 hours ago

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Offered nice cushy local no touch with Knight...but I don't want it.

James,

I don't even have my CDL yet so I highly doubt they'll give me that route. :) Further, I've heard that knight won't hire people that have over a year of being unemployed in the past 3 years, so they wouldn't hire me anyway.

Perhaps it's something I will shoot for in the future. (I'm in California, by the way.)

Posted:  6 days, 20 hours ago

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Offered nice cushy local no touch with Knight...but I don't want it.

My good man, i am doing a 5 day work week with knight, 5 days a week, daily round trip reno to modesto, that means i get to destroy donner pass 2 times daily, 300 a day, flat rate

I would love that route. How did you get it?

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Do some truck drivers really only make $10/hr?

I stumbled on this article a few minutes ago. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/nov/22/indentured-servitude-low-pay-and-grueling-conditions-fueling-us-truck-driver-shortage

“If you can work construction and get paid $20 an hour and be home every night, why would you drive a truck and get paid $10 an hour to not be home for weeks?”

Do some truck drivers really only make $10/hr?

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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What Dashcam should I get?

I thought trucking companies installed dash cams themselves? That's not the case?

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