Profile For Glenbob

Glenbob's Info

  • Location:
    Pensacola, FL

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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    Glenbob On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    5 months, 1 week ago

Glenbob's Bio

Retired from first career in 2009 (Navy). Retired from second adventure Spring 2021 (real estate broker). Starting next adventure January 2022. Current CDL holder with X endorsement and no OTR experience. Past experience Bus, Straight trucks, off road and farm equipment, large RV's.

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Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Why Does This Crazy Stuff Keep Happening To Me?

OS, you know what a rookie I am. You’ve heard the phrase “a nickel for ever time” well I wish I had one for every LO/OO that’s told me…… you won’t get rich working for them, mega carrier’s rip you off, to make real money you have to work for yourself blah, blah blah. Like you I’ve previously owned my own business (3 ReMax franchises and Auction Co). Frankly, I like the no stress of ownership, do my job and call it a day. I’m not a rocket scientist but can figure 100% of risk vs 3-5% additional profit over company driver. The other side of this goes along the lines of I don’t work for anyone else, I’m my on boss etc. Well guess what we all have something/someone be it customers, creditor or family driving us. Had I entered this business in my 40’s probably would have looked at OO myself, was up for the challenge then. Much like you in this case I move along, often wondering were they trying to convince me or themselves.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Swift Academy Memphis Tennessee

During Top Gun you’ll learn 1/4 turns coupled with slow approach and GOAL will prevail in most situations. I have trouble at times visualizing my pivot point for my tandems when docking at some locations. For that I carry two small orange cones about 12” tall. GOAL, set my pivot points and go from there usually make myself proud. Remember it takes 8-12’ to see reactions from 1/4 inputs. Originally, I’d become impatient and crank more steering than needed setting myself up for doing it the hard way. In my short experience there have been docks that required quicker turns due to maneuver room or lack there of you’ll become confident in your ability with practice. Once you gain confidence, learn the reaction of the equipment with given input and paired with instruction received you’ll be backing like a boss.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Interstate highway construction history.

Asked this question to a friend who lives upper NW Ohio. He said when the highway was built they excavated to get dirt to build up for ramps and overpass construction. I figured that was a reasonable as anything.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Swift Academy Memphis Tennessee

I had the pleasure of attending Top Gun school there at the Memphis academy. Stay focused on why you are there. I found the training and equipment top notch. Spent time on the same range as those learning to obtain their CDL. As someone who went to private school I can say SWIFT is light years ahead of my experience. DO NOT let the internet BS get in your head. I would have no problem working for them, currently a Knight employee. The negativity towards “mega carriers & rookies” seems to be a favored topic around the web. Remember, everyone was a rookie at some point. Unless you fall into or born into a opportunity your first job will probably be a mega carrier. Again, stay focused, learn everything you can, be proactive. This training is the foundation you will build upon. Lacking experience training is all you’ll have to start with.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Did I just lose my job

Being a rookie myself my only experience is my personal situation. I too made a bad decision on a right turn. No damage but it did require a wrecker. Biggest thing with the safety department was owning the mistake and learning from it. Sounds as if you have pretty much done that. Move forward using it as learning point. You can only offer on the restitution part. Probably a little embarrassment on his part also. From my previous career learned; nobody hurt, nothing that can’t be repaired, use it as a learning/training point and move on.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Knight Training at last.

It’s been awhile since my last update. The education continues…… Volunteered to take a load over the weekend to NW PA. Rolls of paper that were weeks past delivery date. So I was told. Arrive at shipper 2p Friday afternoon only to be told the load will not be ready until 10-10:30 Saturday morning. No, big deal call DM he acts shocked says he’ll pay extra. Finally, get load head out going up I-65 then to 71 across Ohio to Erie PA and across 86. Saturday driving sucked as most of the day was in rain of some sort. Sunday, beautiful set out to make up some lost time. 628 logged Sunday. While having lunch and checking the weather I see the winter storm headed for PA. Research several weather apps and determine if I drop and hook at 6am I should have several hours to get south of the weather front. Hatch my plan set in motion. Show up at receiver to find they are closed today for Easter. To add fuel to the fire my empty is still sitting there loaded. Takes DM a while to come up with an alternative. Needless to say I did not beat the weather. Keep in mind I’ve been strictly SE region Atlanta N to Miami SE to Corpus SW. Now I’ve experienced the 6% grades of the Allegheny Forrest. Snow slush and reduced visibility like I’ve not seen before understand a whiteout. At one point I had stopped on the shoulder planning to stay there. Snow plow comes along a says “you can’t stay here follow me”. That was the worst 3 miles I’ve driven in my life! Yes, that was the 6% grade that trucks slow to 20mph in good weather. Get this I’m behind the snow plow 6-8 mph with cars overtaking on the left going everywhere. Some successful some not. The log truck in front of the plow drug his trailer along every guardrail we came to. Twice I could feel the drives start to slide. Each time my heart dropped and butt puckered. No cowboy here, never again for me. I now sit typing this in a Lowes parking lot waiting on morning, temps have improved and roadways are fairly clear. Visibility was the biggest issue this afternoon and not wanting to be on the road after dark and things re-freeze. Hopefully, head to Ohio tomorrow for load then Adairsville GA. Nothing above I-40 in my future.

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Knight Training at last.

Sorry for the slack in posting. I’ve been out a couple of weeks nursing a shoulder. Then we had some family life stuff crop up. Dr gave the all clear last Friday the 25th. Hit the road today a 3 stop journey. I’ve had to switch over to dry van. Enjoyed the flatbed just not physically able at this point in life. Everyone take care and I’ll try and improve on posting.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Knight Training at last.

Completed my first load yesterday 11:30ish logged 618 on the odometer before shutting down for the evening. Needless to say I didn’t have any trouble going to sleep. Bad part was an hour and half from sleeping in my own bed. Head back to Delhi for a load to South FL that changed 3 times. Now I’m doing a reset in beautiful Delhi. Lol. Long story but short version shipper is short handed.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Knight Training at last.

I’ve been busy since getting off the truck with the trainer. Monday was spent at the terminal largely waiting and more waiting. Finally had road test and two backing evolutions which were uneventful. One between cones one between trailers. Finally truck assignment. Let me say up front I did not expect a new truck. However, neither did I expect the first two on the list. Ended up with a late 18/19 Volvo 347k. After my first 1k since assigned I’ve come to the conclusion we both have a little age and wear. But overall I’m happy with it. For you Knight guys 522803. On the funny side first scale house stop. Guy ask what a you hauling, me aluminum green light comes on as I roll away I hit the window button and nothing happens. It’s only 46 degrees outside and 65 mph doesn’t get any warmer. Find a safe place to pull over and for what seemed like 30 minutes I pull up on it nothing. I sit and ponder what next it’s 1am. I walk around the truck taking in the fresh cool air. Debate myself about what I can block the hole with. Climb back into the cab slam the door and the damn window slowly very slowly creeps up. So far today it’s worked every time. A little over 500 miles today ready to call it a day. Will try and post tomorrow’s adventures when I stop for the day.

Anne, those shoulder surgeries are a bear sometimes. My Dr has been reminding me I’m not getting any younger. Something about taking longer to heal. Lol. Take it easy they are brutal if have to redo. My neighbor fell on his about 3wks after surgery. I saw what he had to go through.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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So I'm going to become a truck driver...(looking for critique)

FWIW, I went the private school route using my VA benefits. However, knowing what I’ve learned in the hiring process if I had it to do over I’d go the MC sponsored program. You may find this hard to believe, private schools are not created equal. Two companies that I really wanted to work for did not recognize the school. Some are just CDL mills teaching nothing but what is required to obtain your license. Basically, the 3 maneuvers required to pass the state exam.

I realize you are only parroting the online garbage regarding Swift. Let me say you would be fortunate to be hired by them. I had the opportunity to attend their Top Gun class in Memphis, during that time I was able to see the training program. It is detailed training utilizing class room, range, actual cut away training aids, low student to instructor ratios coupled with quality equipment.

Not to harp on you as others have said your “want’s” are lofty for a newbie. I’ve gone this road myself over the last couple months. For a better understanding read the links you were provided here. Remember most of the negative online stuff is written by disgruntled folks. Question you have to ask yourself is “do I want to accept advice from winners or ………….” In the mean time work on making yourself marketable clean up what you can and most of all be honest on your applications.

Good luck with your endeavors.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Swift upgrade test

Congratulations, I get to take mine Monday. Stay safe and best wishes for your travels.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Knight Training at last.

Had a great 2wks with my trainer. Logged right at 4,400 miles behind the wheel in 8 days. Set to take test at the terminal on Monday. Hopefully, truck assignment at the same time. Still a little concerned about tarping loads. Not from a doing it point but the physical aspect of lifting above shoulder high. I’ve had a bad right should for a number of years related to my military service. I can handle shoulder high just not above. Worst comes to worst I guess there is always dry van. Any way I’ll cross that bridge if it becomes a issue.

Posted:  3 months ago

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What to do about the driver shortage?

I found the FMCSA report of 75+k CDL holders who tested positive or alcohol incidence in 2020/2021 staggering. Coupled with the average age of professional drivers could factor into a perceived shortage.

As newbie I’m 62 and know I don’t have many years to go but being willing to work goes along way. Out of my orientation class in January I’m the only one that completed the hiring process. Since that date the terminal has retrieved four trucks from drivers. Two trainees quit during the OTR training. I haven’t been around long enough to have history of the industry. However, as a business owner myself I know the challenges of hiring and retaining the current generation of workers. After 12 yrs of trying to get others to work. I sold out to my partners. The hiring pool of workers with good work ethic is shallow. competition for there service is sought across all industries. A quick google search will provide interesting articles concerning retention in the trucking industry.

Posted:  3 months ago

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First year solo. Knight Flatbed

Don’t beat yourself up. I watched a million miler reset his set up four times for a wide spot at the terminal last week. I haven’t tried the angled spots yet. When your tired and beating yourself up know YOU have made a difference for me. Take care of yourself, stay safe. Everyone says one day it will click. My TopGun instructor drilled us to “drive the tandems” as every setup will be different. His saying was get the tandems straight in the hole then follow them in. I still need practice myself but once that clicked it’s sure helped. I understand that our terminals are planned get simulator’s in the future. If you have the opportunity to utilize one I highly recommend giving it a try.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Knight Training at last.

Who is your trainer?

Jeremy he’s been great. We’ve made a 3 stop SE run and just returned from 3 stop SW run all wagon. Jason is trying to set up a tarp run next week. I’ve been driving daily to the point of using all but 15-20 of clock. The 600+ mile day was a little hard on my old body but know I’m capable if needed.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Considering joining the trucking world

If you should decide on SWIFT ask your recruiter about attending their Top Gun school. As a newbie myself I had the privilege to attend 2 weeks ago. It does wonders for your confidence. Again having just gone through the search process myself. All major players are going to be fairly inline as far as new trainees go. You may see things online that give the impression of great pay, benefits, bonuses etc.. keep in mind not everything is as advertised. General based upon OTR experience and regional demands. Example I live in NW FL limited opportunities for a rookie. If lived 40 miles away in Mobile AL opportunities with 4 more companies become available. (Roehl, Schneider, Werner, PTL) all said out of there recruiting area due to lanes and home time routing. In the end followed the advice found here on the TT site. Went with a company that meet 90% of what I was looking for. Wages and benefits on par for a newbie. Had a few hiccups in the onboarding that all worked out for the best. A week on the road with my trainer and I know the right decision was made in my case. Bottom line don’t make decisions based on online company reviews. Do your own inquiry. (I visited terminals, spoke with drive managers, shop workers and viewed equipment myself, vice depending solely on recruiters spill). Make the best of which ever you choose.

Good luck with you endeavors.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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I have a terrible driving record, drug user and criminal record …………,

Bruce, as a newbie here myself I’ve already become amused with some of these. Although new to the trucking industry having 40+years of employment / management requiring drug test, personal behavior parameters and overall all clean records. I can say I’ve seen this mindset more often than you would believe. Concept of personal responsibility, actions and consequences are an after thought for a large part of our population. My humble opinion.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Food at truck stops

I have to confess even prior to the big truck I’m a fan of Love’s counter of fresh fruit, salads and the grilled chicken. My complaint is consistency across locations. The newer locations seem to be better setup with healthy options. I can’t seem to fuel without out a chicken sandwich:).

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Knight Training at last.

We should have bought lottery tickets! Left shipper after strapping headed to Tx. Clock down to last hour and looking for a parking spot. Several we had pre-planned did not work out 28 minutes left we pull into a Love’s it’s PACKED, drive, lot next door, 3x at the scales figure nothing to lose as I snake through fuel area jam head to circle the back. Low and behold about 6 sports along the side and there it was beautiful empty spot. Eased up expecting a 4 wheeler jammed in it. No, the good Lord was blessing us it was empty! Easy pull-up straight line into it 16 mins remaining. Right at 580 mile drive for me and a pickup needless today my old body is tired today. Two drops remaining and head home for the weekend.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Knight Training at last.

Been on the road for three days now with my trainer. He’s a great guy! The hours are long. Takes a little getting used to Used all but 34mis of my 11. Backing is coming to me. First run 3 stops S. Fl, last delivery was ugly location to get out of. Blind side back with limited nose swing. Conestoga this trip, headed back to shipper for run West with another Connie. Trainer has requested Tarps for next week for my experience (not his :) ). Looks like weekend in hotel while he takes 36. Will update our next’s trip at the hotel, my drive clock ⏰ almost refreshed time to take the wheel to Delhi.

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