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Posted:  7 years, 3 months ago

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Anybody team with US express?

I start with US Xpress on Monday for orientation. I am going to be teaming with a guy I met in truck driving school. I looked at tons of companies both from the solo point of view and from the team point of view. I agree I have heard numerous negative things about team driving. Having to sleep while in a truck that is moving. (I can fall asleep anywhere.) Spending more time alone with someone you barely know, or dont know at all than you do your family. (We hit it off immediately in trucking school, team players always find a way to work through problems, plus we live six miles from each other. Home time will be much easier to deal with because of this.) I found US Express has the best pay, especially if you have Hazmat and tanker endorsements. Great equipment. Great sign on bonus. Now, let me revisit this when I am done with my training and we get assigned our truck. It could be all bs spewed. But, I kinda of doubt it. US Xpress is really focusing on finding team drivers. I will keep you posted.

Posted:  7 years, 4 months ago

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Shifting the truck....AAARRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!!

I just finished school. I had a very hard time at first down shifting. Once I started doing what some of the veterans here suggested I was able to get the hang of down shifting. Slowing your vehicle till it is in the 1000 RPM range before you attempt to take it out of gear is key for successful downshifting. Atleast for me it was. Once in neutral I would then rev it to about 1400 RPM and then drop it into the next lower gear. Some variation is needed if going up a hill or down a hill. If going up hill take it out of gear at about 1200, if going down hill take it out of gear at 800 RPM. Of course, minor differences in different trucks. I hope this helps. You will get it, just keep practicing. Good Luck!

Posted:  7 years, 4 months ago

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I passed the exam!!!!!!!!

Thanks Brett! Totally pumped and ready to roll... after vacation ;)

Posted:  7 years, 4 months ago

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I passed the exam!!!!!!!!

Well Ifinally have my CDL A. I made it on the first try, although parallel parking was tough. Now trying to wade through all the offers and figure out what to do next!

Posted:  7 years, 4 months ago

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CDL School questions.

I am currently enrolled at Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave Virginia. Virginia just adopted a new testing policy where prior to the road trip you have to parallel park to both sides (Inspector picks which side during test, but you have to be able to do both) and you also have to offset to both sides. The truck I am training in is 68 ft and 3/4" long. The space we have to fit into is 140 feet without encroaching the "curb" we a backing into. You get two pull ups and 2 out of the cab "checking" opportunities. I am doing well in all facets of the class, backing, driving, tight turns, bumping docks, getting into "tough" docks and warehouses. But everyone in the class is struggling with the parallel parking. Most of the instructors have it down, but they also have a combined 2 centuries of experience. I have searched for some info online about parallel parking a big rig and trailer but have not found any "good" info. Can anyone steer me in the right direction? I have heard some other states are already doing this. Thanks.

Posted:  7 years, 4 months ago

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I did it

Congrats! Glad to hear it!

Posted:  7 years, 6 months ago

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CDL A Temp License

Awesome I passed General Knowledge, Combos, and Air Brakes! Now onto the endorsements. School starts June 22nd!

Posted:  7 years, 7 months ago

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Knowledge test, Combos test and Air brake test for CDL A temp license. Virginia.

I know the knowledge test you can only take 3 times without having to go to some class. Are the combos and air brakes test the same or can I take them an unlimited amount of times. ( hopefully I will pass right away but I want to know going in.)

Posted:  7 years, 7 months ago

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Here's A New dash cam crash caught on roadway

Wow. Agreed the guy in the Camaro is a jerk. So is the guy in the pickup truck. Dumb just dumb.

Posted:  7 years, 7 months ago

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SWIFT in cab cameras

I found this article. Interesting read. http://www.landlinemag.com/Story.aspx?StoryID=28920#.VTxdtyF3m1k

Posted:  7 years, 7 months ago

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Cell Phones and WI-FI

Thanks for the replies!

Posted:  7 years, 7 months ago

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Cell Phones and WI-FI

Thanks!

Posted:  7 years, 7 months ago

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Cell Phones and WI-FI

Any opinion on what the best cell phone carrier to have for someone about to embark on OTR driving? Any suggestions on wi-fi so I can email family and friends when stopped? Do truck stops have wi-fi?

Posted:  7 years, 8 months ago

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Test Question

Thanks for the responses everyone. I am learning that their is some issues with the wording of the questions. Hopefully this will help me pass the test when I go in to the DMV.

Posted:  7 years, 8 months ago

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Test Question

Oops Sorry I thought I had copied the whole thing.

Which of these statements about backing a heavy vehicle is true?

a. Backing is always dangerous.

b. You should back and turn toward the driver's side whenever possible.

c. You should use a helper and communicate with hand signals.

d. All of the above are true.

Correct Answer: Backing is always dangerous. Your Answer: All of the above are true.

Posted:  7 years, 8 months ago

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Test Question

Is this a trick question? I thought "all the above" would be a correct response for this. Please advice.

a. Backing is always dangerous.

b. You should back and turn toward the driver's side whenever possible.

c. You should use a helper and communicate with hand signals.

d. All of the above are true.

Correct Answer: Backing is always dangerous. Your Answer: All of the above are true.

Posted:  8 years, 6 months ago

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Company sponsored CDL schools.

Thanks Brett, I am definitely thinking long term. I want to be as informed as possible before I pull the trigger on this. While I could go ahead and pay for school on my own, it sounds as if it may be more advantageous to go to a company sponsored school. It sounds as if I should speak to some of the schools themselves and try to make a decision. I have 3 weeks of vacation I could use to help get me through the transition period if I choose to do this. Swift has a school near me in Virginia so that could be helpful. Thanks for all the patience with my questions.

Posted:  8 years, 6 months ago

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Company sponsored CDL schools.

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What happens if a student does not pass the CDL on the first go round? Is a student paid while attending the school sponsored by a company or does the "training" pay begin after obtaining a CDL? Also at age 42 I am looking for a job I can retire with. I am in good shape I still run and workout, I do take simvastatin for elevated triglycerides. However, I am not looking for a job that requires heavy lifting all day everyday. I work for Coke and I have a job like that now. Is it reasonable to think I could find a job driving a truck with a small amount of lifting? I do not mind OTR as my kids are grown, and my wife would be willing to accompany me OTR once I have completed my training. Advice would be appreciated. Craig.

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i know prime u can take it up to three times for your cdl before u are sent home. the only thing with prime that might be a problem for u is that in the refer div u are stuck with a lightweight truck and a lightweight truck there isnt much room for two people.

Thanks for the info!

Posted:  8 years, 6 months ago

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Company sponsored CDL schools.

What happens if a student does not pass the CDL on the first go round? Is a student paid while attending the school sponsored by a company or does the "training" pay begin after obtaining a CDL? Also at age 42 I am looking for a job I can retire with. I am in good shape I still run and workout, I do take simvastatin for elevated triglycerides. However, I am not looking for a job that requires heavy lifting all day everyday. I work for Coke and I have a job like that now. Is it reasonable to think I could find a job driving a truck with a small amount of lifting? I do not mind OTR as my kids are grown, and my wife would be willing to accompany me OTR once I have completed my training. Advice would be appreciated. Craig.

Posted:  8 years, 6 months ago

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I had to share this.

Great article thanks for posting it.

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