Profile For scorchednuts

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  • Location:
    Hyrum, UT

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 5 months ago

scorchednuts's Bio

I'm a 40 year old who decided to ditch the office life for good and hit the open road.

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Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Best 2nd company suggestions

Errol, I'm in no way set on leaving Knight, they treat me reasonably well, put me in a brand new Freightliner after only 4 months in. I'm just curious as to what opportunities might be out there now that I have some experience under my belt. I'm not a job-hopper. I was with the same manufacturing company for 17 years before I became a trucker. I'm just not willing to do the same job for less money for the sake of "loyalty".

BK, I've actually done a bit of several things in my short career. Started out in ports, then due to low volume there ran dry van for several months, and then about 4 months ago switched to reefer, all under the Knight umbrella. I'm down to do whatever, I just want to make more money. I've got a little brat to put through college starting in the fall. I've noticed a couple companies that advertise minimum weekly pay. For example Marten claims 1,400 weekly minimum. This other outfit, K&B Transportation, claims 1,750 weekly minimum.

Old School, thanks for the congrats. I look forward to hearing your advice.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Best 2nd company suggestions

Hello all,

I've recently completed my first year OTR. What a ride. Clean record, no accidents or moving violations. I did get a ticket from Oregon DOT for not carrying enough chain sets at the beginning of winter.

I wonder if you ladies and gents have any recommendations on where to go with my young career. It's my understanding that companies requiring drivers with experience typically pay more. I don't really have any big issues with Knight trans, but the name of the game is making money right?

Preferably companies that work out west, as I am a Utah guy.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Inward Facing Cameras & AI

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My experience with the use of the camera is obviously negative based on my company's nefarious behavior with the system."

My smart drive score used to be always off the charts and then one day some dude at the Tulare terminal said "You just need to tap on the brakes anytime someone gets over in front of you. It's been 0 ever since.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Inward Facing Cameras & AI

Knight trucks have a forward-facing camera, not sure if it's AI-powered, but it probably is. We have a running "smart-drive score" a numeric value based on following distance, hard braking, etc. that affects whether or not we receive a monthly safety bonus.

No inward cameras yet. The day they stick a camera in my face I'm out.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Don't touch another driver's equipment

Messages drawn in dirt are very simple to remove. Wash it!! No damage will occur.

No! I already have enough to worry about in this crazy job. I gotta go dirty up one of my towels? I instructed the artist to clean it off to avoid further problems, which he did, with the sleeve of his nice jacket.

Don't touch my equipment unless you're in the sleeper bunk. 😏

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Don't touch another driver's equipment

I stand by what I said. I'm trying to represent myself as a professional on the road, not to mention representing my company. I don't want to show up at the receiver with that childish crap. I don't deserve to become the target of a complaint, or worse, road rage because of some other jerk's graffiti. Don't touch my stuff, plain and simple. Write whatever the hell you want on your own trailer.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Don't touch another driver's equipment

I'm at a truck stop in Burns, OR. I happened to be looking at the tandems when I caught another driver writing "FJB" on my trailer doors. First off, don't touch my trailer, especially back there near my load seal. I'm not a huge Joe Biden fan, but I don't want to drive around the country with YOUR stupid political take on my equipment. Don't touch my stuff. He was lucky to not end up with my fist in his mouth.

Posted:  6 months ago

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Not enough chains citation - Oregon

A few weeks back I was rolling through the weigh station on I-84 between Ontario and Baker City, OR. It was a beautiful blue sky day, and there were no chain laws in effect, although I guess that is irrelevant. I was pulled aside into the inspection area and asked by the officer to show her my chains. I went ahead and showed her the 4 sets I currently had, which I thought was the acceptable minimum (covering 1 drive axle, 1 trailer axle).

Apparently I was mistaken. Oregon requires a minimum of 6 sets, and she also informed me that Washington state, which I was headed for, requires 8 sets. I received a citation for $165 and was instructed to pick up more chains ASAP.

I'm just throwing it out there as a warning, some good information to relay. You should probably make sure you have 8 sets of chains on your rig.

What do you guys think about bringing it up with my carrier and trying to get reimbursed? Things like speeding, parking, etc., those are behavior violations. Is it not the responsibility of my employer to ensure that their trucks have the legally required safety equipment for the states they will travel in? Wondering if it would be worth the hassle, or if I should just eat it and move on with my life.

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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What's your shortest work day?

Just last week I woke up at the Flying J in Patterson, CA, drove within sight distance to the Kohl's DC, about a mile, did a drop and hook for a preloaded, and went back to the Flying J because the consignee was in Modesto, 30 miles away, and couldn't deliver until next morning. Don't worry, I got layover. Total workday was about 45 minutes.

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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How was your 2023?

It's interesting to hear how great everyone is doing in these "troubling times". Just goes to show how a media narrative can take hold and obscure reality. This was my first (half) year in trucking. Went solo in May and made $40k, so probably woulda been on pace for about 75-80. And that's with a "starter company". Can't wait to hit my year experience and get a higher paying job. Loving the lifestyle. Been from Bellingham, WA to Miami, FL to San Diego, CA. Cheers to you all.

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