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    Pinson, AL

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    4 years, 12 months ago

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Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Truck blown over in Amarillo

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Truck blown over in Amarillo

Truck blown over

Apparently there were sustained winds around 65 mph with gusts up to 80. In my opinion, the biggest thing for new drivers to take away from this, is how quick it happened. Don't think that you'll be fine and if it starts to blow the truck over you'll be able to just slow down and stop before it happens. Gusts like this will take your truck out of your control before you can even process what's happening.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Only in California

I know exactly where you are lol. I stopped in there last year cause I was craving that ****eys barbecue and took the exact same picture

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Flatbed securement question

I would personally put a choke strap on each of the odd shaped bundles. I've seen that metal banding come loose or break more times than not. Other than that, my straps would look a lot like yours. I'm an over-secure guy for sure lol

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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New tax law changes hit truck drivers hard

I brought home more money per week this year, and got back a larger refund.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Metal coil frustration.

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Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Metal coil frustration.

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Looking on the fmcsa regulations the word "direct" is not used.

Brett, I think that needs to be changed on the high road because it is in conflict with the definition of a direct tie-down.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Metal coil frustration.

Coil securement

This should give you everything you need to know about coils.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Metal coil frustration.

Hey Turtle, in the case of "X" chains on a shotgun coil, they are indirect. In order for them to cross, they would have to each be connected to opposite sides of the trailer. If they didn't cross, they would be horseshoe, which would be direct because both ends would be connected to the same side of the trailer.

I do agree that the wording, if correct on that question, is trying to fool you because the chains couldn't possibly be parallel and still be indirect.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Metal coil frustration.

I agree that you should do the high road training, but I haul a lot of steel coils (have one right now as a matter of fact) so I'll help with the questions asked.

First off, the definition of direct tie-down VS indirect tie-down is important.

A direct tie-down is when your chain is connected from the side of the trailer, directly to the coil. A direct tie-down only counts for 50% of its wll, when calculating your aggregate (see q1 below) wll.

An indirect tie-down is when your chain is connected to one side of the trailer, goes through or over the coil, and is connected to the opposite side of the trailer. This counts as 100% of its wll when calculating the aggregate wll.

So answering your questions:

1) The answer would be "B" because the sum of the wll of all of your tie-downs, known as your aggregate working load limit, must equal 50% of the total weight of the item you're securing. So the coil weighs 30,000 lbs, with 3 tie-downs each one would have to be a minimum of 5,000 lbs wll to equal 15,000 lbs of aggragate wll.

2) This would be the same answer as question 1, assuming using 3 tie-downs.

3) Your chains are a G70 rating.

4) A coil with eye lengthwise, commonly known as "shotgun" must have a minimum of 2 indirect tie-downs forming an "X" through the eye of the coil. (Note: that applies to shotgun loaded coils only. Coils loaded with the eye to the side should not have x-crossed chains)

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Swift Hiring Radius and hometime?

For dry van and reefer swift doesn't have any hiring area limitations. Literally as long as you're within the continental US borders they will hire you lol. Distance from a terminal has no affect. And you will be able to take the truck home with you.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Happy times at TA

I absolutely hate that TA. It's one that I will actively avoid when at all possible. Always people playing the "make-a-spot" game at 15:00

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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I can never see any reason under the sun why trucks should ever be overweight.

In my career so far, I pulled reefers and dry vans for a total of 1 year and 3 months, before switching to flatbed. That was 158 loads according to our website. In that time, I had to get reworked by a shipper twice, and I can tell you exactly where those places were. On one other load, I had to keep my fuel below 1/2 tank for the duration, in order to avoid being overweight. This caused me to stop a grand total of 1 extra time for fuel.

Being loaded overweight by shippers is not a common occurrence.

I'm not trying to pile on here, but I'm trying to give you advice. You seem to latch on to the smallest inconveniences or errors, and then think that those are the norm for this industry. But that's not the case. You are constantly referencing your military background, and comparing the trucking industry to that and trucks to airplanes. I think that is one of your biggest downfalls right now. You need to focus on learning the industry rather than comparing the industry. That doesn't mean you won't be transferring your knowledge to help you in this industry, but you can't try to directly compare these things.

Focus on learning the industry before you start trying to fix the industry.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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How many times roughly do you have to stop and chain up your truck annually?

I've never had to chain up and I didn't even know that service existed. That seems like a complete waste of money to me.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Working during the holidays?

I this morning and was given a 4 hour deadhead to the house. I'll be taking the whole week off and back at it Monday morning, new years eve. My hometime usually consists of me getting home on Friday afternoon, and ready to roll out on Monday morning, so asking for a few extra days off was no problem.

Swift makes it a priority to get drivers home for Christmas, if they want it. So as long as you request it with enough notice, they'll do what has to be done to get you home, even if that means you deadhead a couple hundred miles to get there.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Where Do I Store My Atlas

I have a seat back organizer like Michael said, but mine is on the back of my driver's seat. The large pocket on the bottom holds my atlas perfectly and I can quickly reach around and grab it if I've stopped and need to reference it quickly.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Just because you work for a mega doesn't mean you're "only a number"

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I honestly never expected anyone from the company to tell me happy birthday. I'm one of 20,000+ drivers. That's an average over over 50 birthdays per day lol. But it was really nice to get this message. This was from the flatbed operations manager at my terminal. The man who is literally in charge of every single flatbed driver based out of that terminal.

Everyone thinks that just because you work for one of the mega carriers, you're not treated as a person. In my experience, that couldn't be farther from the truth. Just last week, I called Ed with a question about a load. I called his personal cell phone number, spoke to him about the load, got a detailed answer to my question, and exchanged pleasantries for a few minutes before hanging up. Not once during that call did I have to give him my truck number, or driver code. He just knew who I was.

Don't let all of the crap about being "just a number" get to you. It's just that, crap. The people in charge know who the good workers are, and who the bad workers are. Do your job to the best of your ability, and your name will stand out. Not just your employee number.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Trucks with fridge

Yes the dorm style and I never got a mattress for the top bunk because I don't have a need for it. I haven't had any ventilation issues whatsoever. It's completely open all the way around the fridge, with two straps over the top holding it down to the bunk. Works like a charm

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Trucks with fridge

Yeah I haven't heard that about the 2019 trucks coming with fridges, but I also haven't been inside any of them. I know that none of the other trucks come with them. But all trucks should have inverters installed now, and if you get on one of the remaining older trucks that doesn't have one, the shop will install one for you.

I bought the 1.7 cu foot refrigerator from Walmart and it has plenty of room for me. Don't expect the freezer to keep anything truly frozen, but the refrigerator works great and is not loud. A lot of drivers strap them into the passenger seat, but I have mine strapped on the top bunk on the passenger side.

Posted:  3 months, 4 weeks ago

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Trucks with fridge

If you have a large inverter installed thar is connected directly to the batteries, then the fridge will not turn off. Also, in my truck, the 12v outlets are always on, unless the main power switch is shut off. They stay on even when the ignition switch is off.

My truck will last 3-4 days with the fridge running and the main power switch off.

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