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Posted:  5 years, 2 months ago

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Nuvigil, Provigil instead of adderall for OTR?

I feel like I just sat through a science lecture lol

Posted:  5 years, 2 months ago

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Nuvigil, Provigil instead of adderall for OTR?

Adderall is not exactly an amphetamine. It's a dextro-amphetamine and although only one molecule difference - it is in fact different. A driver who is on dextro-amphetamine can still pass the DOT physical as long as the drug is prescribed as it is a Class II controlled substance.

I'm just curious: why did you go off of ADHD medication? ...If you don't mind my asking ...

-mountain girl

I have been on adderall, vyvanse or ritalin since elementary school.. I stopped taking them for the first time in my life this year for two reasons.. 1) B/c for awhile now I have wanted to see how clear I could be off the meds, in a way I wanted to understand how I functioned normally without a stimulant.. Hence now looking at alternatives.. 2) I have been under the impression that most trucking companies have MAJOR issues with people whom have adderall prescriptions.. I have been told both ways, that I can pass a DOT and it wouldn't be an issue and I have been told it would be a major issue.. So now I am trying to get out of the grey area in that regard and still address the issue at hand.. does that make sence?

Posted:  5 years, 2 months ago

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Nuvigil, Provigil instead of adderall for OTR?

I am looking into alternatives for my ADHD I have been off amphetamines for 6 months now and I struggle paying attention, I sleep to much etc.. I am looking into alternatives for these issues.. I want to live the safest and healthiest way when I get out on the road and I am curious if anyone who is in the trucking industry knows about or has experience with Nuvigil or Provigil...

Posted:  5 years, 2 months ago

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Best states to live in for trucking

Not really. It's more like there are a few places that have very limited opportunities compared with others:

1) Florida - very little freight comes out of Florida relatively speaking so a lot of companies won't run down there. Otherwise they wind up sitting for days trying to get a load out of there or spending a fortune on fuel to drive empty to Georgia or Alabama for a load.

2) The extreme Northeast like CT, MA, ME, NH, and VT. Not too many companies include the extreme Northeast in their major freight lanes so it's difficult to get people home up there.

3) The Upper Midwest and Upper Rocky Mountain Region - SD, ND, WY, MT. Again, very little activity up there relatively speaking so it's difficult to get people home.

4) The Carolinas on the East side of I-95 - NC, SC - just another areas that's a little less dense in the freight department. Some companies don't consider that part of their major freight lanes.

Pretty much anywhere outside of those areas are great for trucking. Those areas still have plenty of opportunities, just not as many as the more centralized regions of the country. You'll notice I didn't include the West Coast. The population is rather dense in OR, WA, and CA and there's plenty of freight that moves in and out of those states so they are not limited in their opportunities.

Appreciate the insight as always Mr Aquila

Posted:  5 years, 2 months ago

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Tracy Morgan -- Sues Walmart Over Crash ... You Overwork Your Drivers

Wal Mart did not tell this driver to drive the truck. He made a conscious decision to get behind the wheel instead of letting his company know he was to tired to drive. I hope he gets the full amount of time allowed by law. Only way to keep stupid off the street is to lock it up.

Unfortunately Wal Mart will settle out of court most likely to avoid bad publicity. And it's not about money. Tracy Morgan does not need the money.

Thing is Wal Mart will have to pay the price because an adult could not admit he was to tired to drive.

Do companies hold it against drivers when they refuse to drive?

Posted:  5 years, 2 months ago

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Best states to live in for trucking

Is there a general area that is best to put down roots if you plan on being in the trucking industry for a living?

Posted:  5 years, 2 months ago

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Got my CDL A permit today, I have a question..

I was told my permit was only good for 180 days which ok.. and then I was told I can only get my cdl A permit twice in my lifetime? is that true or was the clerk misinformed?

Posted:  5 years, 2 months ago

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I need tips on...!!!

Haha appreciate it Daniel, hows the new truck? (that was your new cherry balck one i saw this week right?)

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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I need tips on...!!!

I will be calling my first companies within the week, as I have just passed testing for my cdl class A permit in my state.. I am looking for tips on applying with in house company training for my cdl.. What are good questions to ask for myself/ to ask to seem knowledgeable/ to ask to seem desirable.. what are things i should without doubt be aware of before making first contact.. Should I contact my favorite company first?/ should I wait to contact them after a few to get a clue haha.. etc.. thank you for your time its much needed :)

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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Safety at truck stops / in general as well

I am new to the industry as well but I asked a lot of the same questions as you. As far as carrying a firearm, that is a big issue due to crossing state lines. Definitely a no-no. Some tips I've heard regarding a way to defend yourself is to give yourself plausibility for whatever you have in the truck. Like for instance if you wanna carry a baseball bat, carry a glove and ball as well. As far as parking I would say its as simple as not leaving anything in plain sight that might even appear valuable. One guy I spoke to has a sticker on his window of "his" dog that he put up to help as a deterrent by making someone think the dog may be in the truck. Other than that, try not to park way out in the back corner of a lot by yourself. Try to park with a group of trucks. If you have to park alone maybe make it in a parking lot of a business that allows truck parking. That could mean that security cameras are monitoring the lot. I have actually been surprised that really nobody that I've talked to has had any real horror stories. I'm sure there are people on here that can chime in way better than I can tho. And welcome in!

Thank you for the tips, I will become a baseball fan for sure when driving lol.. As for the dog sticker thats smart as well.. Im sure there are many people on here with horror stories.. even small ones like mountain girls where the gas cap was loose, that could have been a major loss..

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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Safety at truck stops / in general as well

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So I have been researching about the life of a trucker and I can not find much information on safety. I am exmilitary and I am aware I tend to over think it at times, even so I am curious for some tips on the topic in regards too:

-Gun possession (keeping a gun in view or hidden in the cab), possible repercussions. -How safe are truck stops at night, how to be as safe as possible, also tips to limit losses -When parking alone, safety precautions. -Any horror stories anyone would be willing to share that I could learn from. -Any good advice on anything regarding safety in a truckers lifestyle OTR

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I've not been over the road (I'm a total newbie) but I can share what I've learned in school. I am former military as well, so I know, some of these things you will totally get. Always secure your keys before leaving your seat for any reason. Never, ever drive out of the stop without doing another pre-trip inspection. Check your gas cap, check your fifth wheel, locking pins, release handle, and be danged sure that your trailer is secured to your tractor. I've heard of stories where nasty people will release the release arm and the trailer falls away from the tractor once the driver has gone down the road. Check your trailer doors to be sure they're securely fastened shut and be sure you don't have any hitchhikers inside. Basically, do a top-notch inspection before you leave the truck stop. Never openly discuss the nature of your load or allow anyone to overhear you discussing it while you're communicating with dispatch etc. You never know who might be very interested in the contents or where you're going. Always use a padlock on your trailer doors whether its empty or full. You don't need hitchhikers, or thieves and keep 'em guessing as to whether it's full or not. If you're leaving the stop and you believe you're being followed, the chances of someone continuing to follow you decrease, the further you go. Remember, you have very large fuel tanks so you could probably drive 350 miles without having to stop whereas smaller vehicles would probably have to stop for more fuel. Just keep going till they give up but if you truly believe you're being followed, the last thing you want to do is pull over. Also check company policy on this kind of situation.

I know you're not going to like this and I know there is quite a debate going on about this but check your FMCSR and company policy on firearms. I don't think it's legal to carry. Other truckers on this forum will know the answer to this but I believe I'm correct. Whether or not you choose to make your own decision on that is none of my business and personally, I wouldn't blame anyone for wanting to protect themselves. I just don't know the true answer and there may also be different interpretations of the law but be very sure you know what those laws are. FMCSR is federal and we are under federal law as CDL drivers, so I believe those laws over-rule state and local laws.

I believe I covered some basics. You will learn more in school and once you go over the road with a trainer. Even during training a couple of weeks ago, an instructor and I stopped for fuel and a short break. Before we left the truck stop, we walked around the tractor trailer, did our tire-thumps, checked the fifth wheel, trailer doors and I swear we checked the gas caps. Sure enough, a few miles down the road, we were stopped at a traffic light and a pedestrian at the light told my instructor that the gas cap on his side was loose. Actually, he thought the guy was a former student too because he called my instructor by name (odd coincidence) but the cap was loose and I know they both were tight because I personally put them on and tightened them when we refueled before that break.

Great information thank you for your time.. I am now looking into FMCSR as well, appreciate that tip

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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On the road fitness

Thanks for the link, very informative and motivating

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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Safety at truck stops / in general as well

So I have been researching about the life of a trucker and I can not find much information on safety. I am exmilitary and I am aware I tend to over think it at times, even so I am curious for some tips on the topic in regards too:

  • Gun possession (keeping a gun in view or hidden in the cab) possible repercussions.
  • How safe are truck stops at night
  • How to be as safe as possible
  • Tips to limit losses
  • When parking alone, safety precautions.
  • Any horror stories anyone would be willing to share that I could learn from
  • Any good advice on anything regarding safety in a truckers lifestyle OTR

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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Computers, internet and trucking (Video games)

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This is a picture of my Tablet that I use as my GPS, it works great and I have other options I can do with it if wanted.

Is it illegal to have that up front?

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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Computers, internet and trucking (Video games)

Been out of the long haul side for almost a year, but this was my set up in my cab..

I mainly only played when I was on a reset or stuck at a terminal/shipper/reciever... The setup worked pretty good, also had a laptop with HDMI out and was able to watch tv shows and movies that I'd get while at home...

It is possible. Some of the truck stops had good wifi in the buildings, out side was hit n miss.

when you hung your tv over the bed did you get a glare on the screen at times from the window on the other side? How big is that screen?

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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Computers, internet and trucking (Video games)

How much data do ya'll use on your smartphone when you teather it for internet hotspot? Hope to be in company orientation in June and starting to think about internet life on the road.... Thanks!

depends on what your using it for

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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Computers, internet and trucking (Video games)

Soft modded original xbox with tons of NES,SNES,Sega, roms.Still play tecmo super bowl 2k14 and RBI baseball 2k14.

My origanl xbox was modded as well! I had put a massive HD in it too for emulators, I found almost every game out there for emulators haha good times

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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Computers, internet and trucking (Video games)

I'm a gamer as well.

Except instead of a tv/xbox I have a laptop, I find it much more comfortable.

I got a pretty good Sony Vaio laptop, love those!

Here are my games:

Skyrim

Oblivion

Age of Empires II, III (with all xpacs)

Age of Mythology

GTA III

GTA San Andreas

GTA Vice City

^ For those moments when 4-wheelers bother the hell out of you all day long, nothing better then going on GTA and smashing them to pieces with a big vehicle!

Fallout: New Vegas

So pretty much a gamer for every mood. Want to temporarily live another life- RPG.. Want to strategize and have to use your brain - AoE.. Feeling violent- GTA.. Want pure fun and maybe gamble.. New Vegas..

Though I hardly ever play its always nice to have them there. Just hard to find the time, but now since I'm a free man again I can get back into them!

The laptop is pretty easy to manage spacewise. Plus it does a whole lot more than an xbox. For internet, I connect my Iphone to my laptop and use Hotspot from my phone.

Hope this helps with your thoughts.

/dance

Skyrim and Oblivion are great games, bethesda studios is one of my favorites.. Ihopped on that seris with morrowind... Age of empires is an ok game, good series all n all.. GTA is one of the best series of all time.. Fall out was really good too, I liked the story line of an apocalypse and trying to survive..

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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Computers, internet and trucking (Video games)

I didnt know what a Tuner Card was until you just mentioned it and i looked it up on wiki.. How much would you say it was worth to you? like is it worth the price.. also do they all allow you to record? and how is the signal quality? does it only catch digital?

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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Computers, internet and trucking (Video games)

Also there is a bigger portable gaming system with a 19" screen but its double the price

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