Profile For The Pelican

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  • Location:
    Shreveport , LA

  • Driving Status:
    Preparing For School

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The Pelican's Bio

Louisiana born and raised means I stay hot most of my days.

I'm Pelican. From Louisiana, obviously. I live near Shreveport. Just signed papers with a trucking school here.

Mom was a car hauler for 1.5 years. Had other family members who did it all their life. My great grandfather spent his entire career hauling cars as a teamster.

As a youngster I got to ride in a cabover semi, sparking an interest in the field. As a kid I'd have books full of scenic truck pictures, would look at them in awe.

I'm 28 now. Life stuff sort of knocked me off course but I'm ready to finalize a dream I've had since I was 6.

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Posted:  6 days, 20 hours ago

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Making a list of companies that train new truck drivers

What do you like most about CFI? Do they hire out of Louisiana?

We are now owned by Heartland Express, they own us, Millis and Smith. One family with 3 training options. While I love CFI, I know these others are treated well. CFI for OTR, Millis is mostly regional and Heartland seems to have a mix.

Figure out what are your top 3 most important wants. Then try to find a company that satisfies at least two of your most important needs.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Hair follicle testing

Most likely for insurance reasons, I'd bet.

A trucker crashes a truck that's one thing, insurance wise.

A trucker crashes a truck and it turns out they were using drugs totally changes the outcome.

Then why would a company, even ask? If it’s not DOT required?

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Hi! I'm a DOT Certified Drug Screening Technician and Instructor.

Currently, the DOT does not recognize hair follicle testing for their tests. At this time, there is no such thing as a DOT hair follicle test.

A failed or refused hair follicle test will not be sent to the FMCSA clearinghouse, only DOT Urine and Breath Alcohol will go to the clearinghouse. As such, I do not think it could affect your license.

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Can someone provide up to date info as of 2022 If you fail The test, is it reported to DOT? Are they DOT required? Can your license be taken away?

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Posted:  1 week ago

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Starting a company

There was a guy that posted his annual insurance premium on his truck...it was $38,000!!!

That's more than what I make at my current job! A lot more.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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High Road: Understanding GCWR and GVWR

"Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds. Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds."

I think I understand this but, at the risk of coming off dumb, can you help put this in plain English?

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Hair follicle testing

Hi! I'm a DOT Certified Drug Screening Technician and Instructor.

Currently, the DOT does not recognize hair follicle testing for their tests. At this time, there is no such thing as a DOT hair follicle test.

A failed or refused hair follicle test will not be sent to the FMCSA clearinghouse, only DOT Urine and Breath Alcohol will go to the clearinghouse. As such, I do not think it could affect your license.

Can someone provide up to date info as of 2022 If you fail The test, is it reported to DOT? Are they DOT required? Can your license be taken away?

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Why is it more important to tell your company if you are married than if you received a ticket?

Ok now I don't feel so dumb for posting this because now I can read a helpful article from it that I might not have seen. Thank you!

There's a solid reason why the questions are worded trickily at times. The actual state CDL tests are done this way also. Truck drivers must pay really good attention to signs while driving. WE DON'T BLINDLY FOLLOW THE GPS. You can get yourself in some real trouble out here by not paying close attention to signs.

Don't You Dare Miss That Sign

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Why is it more important to tell your company if you are married than if you received a ticket?

Oh ...I just realized it said EXCEPT

Oh my goodness

Case closed mystery solved

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Why is it more important to tell your company if you are married than if you received a ticket?

This really got me. I thought it would be the other way around. Any thoughts?

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Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Trucking With a dog

Gotcha. I'll start looking into it.

Pelican… why, as an unpaid Moderator of the Trucking Truth Forum would I suggest doing something like studying the High Road CDL Training Program if excessive ambiguity existed within each State and school?

We are all about Best Practices here… especially at the stage you are in. We have decades of top performing and safe operation just within the half dozen moderators…with zero experience, what basis do you have for questioning our guidance and advice?

As an example you asked about dogs and leasing. No where in the CDL tests are either of those two topics addressed. However things like pre-trip, air brakes and safe operation are. I suggest redirecting your focus on what matters…

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Trucking With a dog

I was thinking about doing the high road training but I was concerned that I would do it and then I would start studying at school and the two might not make sense together. So I was just going to study what the school program was. But if you think it will be beneficial then I'll get into it.

You should be using the extra time to study, study the here and now. Pelican we have seen many, many examples of people in your same position, looking so far down the road they lose sight if taking care of immediate business…

Study! Read! Absorb!

There are hundreds of articles in the blog section of Trucking Truth cross referenced several ways…click on the menu bars in upper left corner of this page and you’ll see a drop down list of services including the blog. Read the diaries section… so much information here beyond the banter of the forum.

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I like to plan ahead 😆

I start school October 17. They had to push it back because the September class got completely booked up.

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Step 94.

Got your CDL yet?

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Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Trucking With a dog

I like to plan ahead 😆

I start school October 17. They had to push it back because the September class got completely booked up.

Step 94.

Got your CDL yet?

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Trucking With a dog

What type of dog do you have? :)

Pelican, we are not slaves. Nobody is beating us and forcing us to stay in our trucks for 11 hours straight. I generally stop somewhere at least every two hours for a little break. Stretch my legs. Take a little walk, go to the bathroom. I don't sniff the base of every tree or pile of dog poo I see, but my dog does.

It's simple. You take a break and you give the hound a break too. My dog's favorite thing to do is find chicken bones that truckers have thrown out their windows. You'd think those things are one hundred dollar dog treats!

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Trucking With a dog

I have a huge soft spot for dogs. I just love everything about them. I've heard that some truckers have dogs with them.

Does anyone here do that?

I'm curious about how you take care of their physical needs. 11 hours driving without a food, bathroom, or water break seems daunting to me.

How do you make sure they stay hydrated? And what about exercise?

Just curious how you manage it and what challenges you've encountered.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Making a list of companies that train new truck drivers

Thanks everyone for the comments. Some of these I had heard of, many are totally new to me. Super helpful. Keep em coming!

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Making a list of companies that train new truck drivers

So far I have (in no particular order)

Swift Schneider JB Hunt Wilson Prime TMC KLLM Werner Knight

Who have I left our?

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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The biggest issue I have with the truck driving profession (makes me sick)

The fact that Yellow Transportation has an orange logo.

This whole industry is founded on LIES

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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I spoke with an Owner-Operator Yesterday

While I prepare for CDL school, which begins in October, I've been doing a side gig. Well, I was already doing this but this helps with tuition anyways so it's a win-win. I'm a high school athletics official. I referee games and stuff. I'm real new to it.

Was talking to one of the others about my plan to become a commercial driver and he said it was a great idea. Good money, he said. He told me he was OTR for 12 years then got signed onto a dedicated account where he went to Dallas from Houston every day. Said he always got home in time for dinner. Did that for 8 years.

He said now he's bought himself a daycab truck and only takes loads within a three hour radius. For example, he'll take a load up to Little Rock and get back to Shreveport in about 8 hours. He said he takes weekends off.

I found his career trajectory really interesting. Seems like you can, eventually, be a truck driver and have a semi-normal lifestyle.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Wilson Logistics training for a new driver

Tim, what amenities does your truck have?

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Surgical medications and drug screen

Yeah no doubt. I felt bad for the poor guy he was actually a City bus driver here. Wasn't even a trucker. But they are DOT too.

Was hurting, took an old Norco, got randomly picked for drug screen, failed due to his prescription no longer being valid.

Had to spend $1000+ and come in for frequent observed drug tests. Just a friendly heads up.

Part of the reason I'm pursuing trucking is all the truckers I've dealt with.

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DOT Certified Drug Screwing Technician & Instructor here:

You cannot fail a drug test as a result of a properly taken, valid prescription.

As an example, something I see a lot now are people coming back positive for amphetamines because they take Adderall. Once they prove to the doctor they have a valid prescription for Adderall, they pass the drug test.

This would also apply to medicine given for surgical reasons.

One side note for everyone here: Beware of taking prescriptions past their expiration date. We had a guy get put in the clearinghouse because he had a tooth pain and took a norco that was prescribed to him months ago. One day later he got pulled for a random drug screen. Our MRO was legally bound to rule him positive for opioids because a prescription taken past it's date of expiry can be considered a positive.

So if you, like many many folks, have older prescriptions that are controlled substances, be very careful y'all! You can fail because of that. And SAP programs ain't cheap and they ain't fun.

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WOW, good to know. I need to REMEMBER that about you, haha! NAWH, Screwing WAS the right term; Freudian slip or not, LoL~!!!! ^^^ In a GOOD way, I promise.^^^ Tom just got a nice bonus last month; passed everything!

That reminds me; probably should toss those perc's .. he only took two out of 12 .. or so. DANG, thanks on that.

Thanks, and good luck forward, man!

~ Anne ~

ps: Tom is SO 'squeaky clean' .. it's almost nauseating, haha!

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Surgical medications and drug screen

Screening*

DOT Certified Drug Screwing Technician & Instructor here:

You cannot fail a drug test as a result of a properly taken, valid prescription.

As an example, something I see a lot now are people coming back positive for amphetamines because they take Adderall. Once they prove to the doctor they have a valid prescription for Adderall, they pass the drug test.

This would also apply to medicine given for surgical reasons.

One side note for everyone here: Beware of taking prescriptions past their expiration date. We had a guy get put in the clearinghouse because he had a tooth pain and took a norco that was prescribed to him months ago. One day later he got pulled for a random drug screen. Our MRO was legally bound to rule him positive for opioids because a prescription taken past it's date of expiry can be considered a positive.

So if you, like many many folks, have older prescriptions that are controlled substances, be very careful y'all! You can fail because of that. And SAP programs ain't cheap and they ain't fun.

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