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Posted:  1 month ago

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Self-Driving Trucks Will Carry Mail in U.S. for the First Time

Had another Tesla driver decapitate himself earlier this year with autopilot when he drove underneath a semi trailer. Just released the findings of the investigation the other day.

I had a forward collision critical event from my on-guard tripping on a 16 foot overpass last night. I don't think we are near ready, but there's too much money at stake so they gonna keep trying.

Carry on my headless son You'll be in pieces when you're done Lay your severed head to rest Autodrive no more...

Posted:  1 month ago

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Jury Duty

I'm just poking, I don't blame you at all (or the op if he can get out of it).

Posted:  1 month ago

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CB saves the day

Good deal, over the years I've had a couple of useful cb conversations.

We didn't bother installing a cb in our newest truck, and I haven't really missed it. My blood pressure is probably better for it lol.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Jury Duty

If you want to shirk your civic responsibility, you can try Old School's method.

Else, let Prime know the date and they will get you home. My wife and I have both gotten jury duty (she got selected to serve as well) and Prime got us home both times. I ran a load when she got selected, luckily it was only a couple of days. The defendants wife threatened to kill the jurors, was quite exciting lol.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Brakes question

Moisture, grime, rust, and what not can build up in the drums and then sitting for awhile can make them stick a bit.

I've always been able to fix that with reversing then driving though, never had to bust out the hammer.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Flatbed company for student driver?

Prime Inc does cdl training and has a flatbed division you can go straight into, although it's a pretty far cry from "smaller company." We have something like 8,000 drivers. Most of those are in the reefer division though.

One caveat with Prime Inc is they require you to pay for your flatbedding equipment (chains, straps, tarps, etc), which is two to three grand if I remember correctly. These come out in weekly payments of like $50 a week. You are paid $700+ weekly while in training, after you have obtained your cdl (usually a week of orientation, a couple of weeks as a student driver, then six to ten weeks of team driving with a trainer where you begin getting paid).

There's a driver here Turtle that had a very successful first year in Primes flatbed division.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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4 months solo. I have questions?

If you receive an inspection along with the warning you will get csa points. If you received an inspection it would have been a paper you had to send to your carrier.

My wife got csa points for a headlight being out (during the day no less), and she received a warning and an inspection.

I have no idea about the accident. I wouldn't worry about it too much, these are pretty typical things for a first year driver from what I've seen.

As long as you aren't jumping ship after 3-4 months I don't think they will affect you much. Just don't hit anything else, and keep on top of those pretrip and posttrip inspections (and I like to do a quick walk around when I stop midtrip as well, to check tires and lights mostly).

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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SLOW DOWN in adverse conditions

My wife and I have pretty much always ran unless the road was closed, but we did shut down on i80 once when we saw about 300 vehicles in the ditch between Des Moines and La Salle, IL. We saw a handful of wrecks as they occurred, and while I could control the truck at the speeds I wanted to go it was just too dangerous with all the knuckleheads around us.

It will pretty much keep happening, folks are willing to put their life on the line to save 5 seconds.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Well, I'm stuck.

Sounds like a rough day. When the road re-opens you should stop by Punxsutawney and go groundhog hunting.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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How is That a Truck Route?

US-62 in Arkansas is gnarly.

I had a Tyson load that picked up in Dardanelle and they wanted me to pick up one more pallet in Broken Bow, OK before heading to Cali. I swore I would never take AR-27 and AR-28 again. Nothing but loggers and burnt out houses there. There was one mountain curve so banked I thought the truck and trailer were gonna go tumbling down the mountain.

That was with a few months experience, I'd kinda like to do it again with an empty trailer to see if it really was that bad. Lots of 15mph curves for sure.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Questions about Prime

Wouldn't worry too much about the school thing, they might want some kind of verification that you were doing that. My wife had a large period where she was unemployed and Prime just asked for a reference to verify (I thought that was funny myself).

I wouldn't worry too much about the lightweight vs condo thing until you get up to Springfield and look at some of them. It's easy enough to get into a condo, and lightweights aren't too bad.

I'm 6'4 and 200 lbs and had no trouble in the freightliner lightweight, and my wife traveled with me for a few months in that truck. If you take out the passenger seat you can bolt a fridge to the floor in it's place, lots of guys strap a microwave to the top of it as well. You can bolt a tv to the window frame of the sleeper, I'm guessing 32 inch or smaller would fit.

Also, the lightweight pays $100 - $150 more per week, that's easily an extra five grand a year. I team with the wife now so we run a condo, but if I went back solo I would go back to a lightweight truck.

Finally, I believe Prime has some of the best training in the business, but it is largely dependant on who you get as a trainer. Its very much a hands on style of training, so its really the two of you in a truck getting it done. They have set up some kind of match-making for trainers and students, but I haven't trained since that went into place so I'm not sure how effective it is.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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First time to ever see a steer tire blowout

Steer tires are definitely the worst to lose, thankfully I haven't ever had one in a truck yet. Always good to know what to do so you don't make a poor decision at a critical time.

Basically you want to hit the accelerator until you get the truck under control. Here's an old video discussing it:

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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First Time To Seattle

If you want scary try to park at the Loves in Tacoma!

There's some pretty spots up there, I always liked running over to Wenatchee to load apples in the winter.

It can get kind of hairy in a blizzard though. They usually take pretty good care of 90, but when Snoqualmie gets 10 feet of snow in a week not a lot can be done.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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2 Year On Time Delivery Award

Grats! My wife will be dissapointed, she was hoping the girls rings would be different (more girly lol). She should get hers next time we go to Springfield.

Keep up the great job!

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Route from Seattle to New Orleans to avoid snow and mountains

Running team we have run primarily coast to coast runs, and many times in winter we see i80 is shut down in Wyoming or is going to be and have run i76 down to Denver and ran across i70.

It certainly has the potential to get bad there but it can be perfectly clear even in the winter.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Route from Seattle to New Orleans to avoid snow and mountains

You could also run i5 down to Portland and then run i84 across and down to SLC, if you don't want to run i90 over to i82 in Washington. That will add 100 miles. Not quite as bad as running down to Cali and i84 looks pretty good across Oregon right now, even through the blue mountains (Pendleton OR to Baker City OR).

Once you are at Salt Lake City follow my advice above.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Route from Seattle to New Orleans to avoid snow and mountains

That's pretty much impossible. There's mountains in every direction from Seattle.

If you are willing to go across Snoqualmie which looks to have chain law up, I would highly advise going to Salt Lake City, UT...and then scoping out conditions from there.

If Wyoming isn't too bad cross i80 and head down i25 from Cheyenne, head East on i70, then take 287 down to Amarillo. This is the shortest route I believe, at a cursory glance.

If Wyoming is gonna be closed down or what have you, you can cut down i15 from Salt Lake City and take us-6 down to i70 East, then us191 south through Moab, to us491 down through cortez and into New Mexico down to i40. I have done this in winter, though those areas can get bad weather too. This will also add some mileage, but not too egregious (better than sitting in Wyoming for days).

Cutting down to i70 and crossing through the Rockies to Denver is also an option.

Trying to head south to Cali is gonna add around 400 miles. But basically jump on i5 all the way down, then i210 around Los Angeles to i10 East. Definitely some mountains going through Oregon that way, too.

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Share A Cool Moment From Your Day

Gladhand, I really like driving the western states for the views too (though there have been some great ones in the east as well).

Here's one I took at the rest area before the Nevada State line in Utah. The salt flats are really beautiful after a rain.

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The bandit was from last week, but this one is from last November. I will try to post current things going forward, I doubt anyone wants me dumping three years of trucking photos lol.

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Share A Cool Moment From Your Day

Treasure Island, FL. There's some seriously talented sand sculptors, thought y'all might appreciate this one.

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Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Prime Inc. Deadheading

Our record deadhead at Prime was Seattle, WA to Bakersfield, CA. That's over 1,000 miles, I believe it was a blueberry load going to Boston. Great load all around, super light for fuel bonus and big miles.

Solo I got sent up to Easton, ME from somewhere in Pennsylvania. I think it was something like a 600 mile deadhead.

Unloading in Denver can get you some pretty good deadheads too, by far the most common being Dodge City, KS. It's close to 400 miles.

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