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Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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SWIFT in cab cameras

It has been awhile since I have been on the forums. My company runs dashcams and while I was skeptical at first, it doesn't bother me now. Sure my dispatcher calls me every once in awhile when the cam is triggered and has his little talk with me to satisfy safety. You still have your privacy in SB, just have to pull window curtains and camera is covered. They have saved my company millions of dollars and caught numerous drivers with phone in hand. You just have to remember that it captures 14 secs before critical event. But the funny part is that it was not triggered in Connecticut when a Werner driver tried to make a U-turn in the parking lot and tailswing caught my truck along with another truck that also had a camera. Neither camera went off and the Werner guy hauled tail out of there. If you are doing your job as a driver and being safe, then the camera shouldn't bother you. My company probably has more safety equipment than most, and the camera is last on the list of dislikes.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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State Blacklisted

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Matthew, not sure what kind of traveling you want to do trucking, but if you dont mind staying around the mid-Atlantic and NE and dont mind driving an auto shift I can refer you to another company in the Charlotte area.

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I got accepted to prime but what is that other company just in case prime doesn't work out

Cargo Transporters. They are based out of Claremont, NC but have a terminal in Charlotte. Training is 8 weeks and they start you out at .38 cent a mile.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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State Blacklisted

Matthew, not sure what kind of traveling you want to do trucking, but if you dont mind staying around the mid-Atlantic and NE and dont mind driving an auto shift I can refer you to another company in the Charlotte area.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Newbie Vet looking for some guidance.

Hi Brent.. I see that you live in the Fayetteville area. You might want to consider N.C. Truck Driver Training School. I attended the school in Smithfield but they recently opened up one near you. The total cost is around a grand but the training is very good. Talk to as guy name Ben down there. With the cost being cheaper, you may be able to handle it out of pocket or with GI credits. The reason I say this is because then you will not be limited to applying to companies that reimburse tuition. Good luck.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Met my mentor today and he already lied to me

Wow!! You're getting off good. My trainer doesn't help me with showers at all. $13 a pop at some places. Count your blessings!

Sorry to hear that Hope..Might I ask who you are training with?

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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I will have to start looking soon for a job.

Sorry to burst your bubble... kind of. Im going to burst it than I'll inflate it with a different idea.

No company that hauls oil is going to touch you. Meaning you will not be able to haul oil right out of school. Not really the company it's insurance reasons. No insurance company is going to cover you. I would honestly be really surprised if you did find someone that will hire you to haul oil. Most insurance requires atleast 2 years.. some require 3 for oil.

I know this because i myself work in the oil fields. I was able to find a job right out of school hauling for the oil fields. However I haul sand for the fracking process. Pays a small amount less than oil but you can get a job right out of school. You may also find a job in the oil fields that hauls water. But sorry... no one is going to hire you to haul crude oil right out of school.

Well, there is a company in NC that hauls gas and diesel that hires directly from the school I attended. True that most insurance companies will not cover you without some experience, but most large companies are bonded. This eliminates the insurance problem for new drivers.

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Home time while in training

Well, with Werner, the trainer puts you up in a hotel when the trainer is on hometime, because the trainer drives the truck home. When I was training on the DG account, I was in a hotel every weekend. I switched to training over the road, trainer never went home. So, I guess it depends on what type of account you are training own.

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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My cousin got his CDL a month or so ago from a private school

Well, most companies have a list of schools that they view as acceptable training schools. If the school that he attended is not on their list, he will need to attend a school that is on their list or go to that company's school.

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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My cousin got his CDL a month or so ago from a private school

Oh forgot to mention that some companies have a refresher course available. I know Stevens does or did. Recruiter told me that someone after orientation will test you and determine if the refresher course will be enough to get you out or you may have to go through their school. Didn't go, so I can not say for sure that is the case.

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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My cousin got his CDL a month or so ago from a private school

Rest assured, no school will turn him down as long as he meets the requirements and can pay or signs a contract. He probably will be better off going to a company that has their own school and forgets the cost in exchange for a contract. With that said, I do not know of any independent schools that give you the amount of driving hours needed to just hop into a company's truck and start driving on your own; some local companies may but OTR is a different story.

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Should I or Shouldn't I become a truck driver

Not bashing anyone for going to roadmaster or any of the other company schools, but that is a lot of dough and some require you to sign a commitment for a year or so. Lots of companies have a listing of accredited schools that they will take students from. I went to a community college and received my CDL and have not seen a company yet that did not recognize it's training. I paid just under a grand cash for my training and with other training schools the cost was around 4-6 grand. The schools are there just to get your CDL and teach you the basics. Plus, if you go to a community college, you can get a student loan or financial aid to help you pay for it. I would much rather be on the hook for a grand versus the other just to find out that trucking was not for me or I could not pass a portion of the requirements(double-clutching,backing,etc)

The real training is with the company you go to and while most offer tuition reimbursement, they will only pay a portion per month inorder to keep you there longer. For instance, say you went to Roadmaster and spent $6,000(I know it sounds good having a CDL in 14 days), Werner,for instance, only pays $100 a month toward the loan. Your payment is close to $200 a month, so you will be paying back half the loan and you will have to stay there 30 months for them to pay their half.

Now to the OTR part, I can only speak on behalf of Werner. I would train OTR to get my 275 hours in, about 4-6 weeks. Then, I would switch to a dedicated account after training to be at home. They have an account that is zone dedicated and your home every other weekend or truly dedicated home every night or every weekend.

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Should I or Shouldn't I become a truck driver

Well, I take it your son will be graduating sometime in May; that is roughly 7 months away. Lots of LTL and dedicated runs are in the NE, so I am not seeing where you will be OTR for a year unless that is what you want to do. With school and training, I see at most 4 months tops before you are on your own. Also, if you are doing anything other than OTR, I do not see where it will be a problem to attend your son's graduation, because you are home every weekend or every other weekend. Just make it known to your FM that you need to be home the day before graduation, just to be on the safe side. Good luck.

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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

Walmart blames Tracy Morgan for not wearing seatbelt

The legal battle between Tracy Morgan and Walmart over a calamitous collision with a Walmart truck earlier this year is not going to be resolved amicably or soon, judging from latest legal maneuvers.

Walmart is blaming Morgan for his own injuries in the crash, claiming he was not wearing a seatbelt in the New Jersey Turnpike collision in June that killed one man and left the 30 Rock comedian/actor and others badly injured.

Morgan and others hurt in the crash are suing Walmart in federal court, accusing the corporate giant of negligence for allegedly allowing the truck driver to drive hundreds of miles while fatigued.

The collision is still under investigation by the Department of Transportation and Walmart isn't answering that charge until it's finished. The driver of the Walmart truck has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide and assault by auto.

But in court papers on Monday the company asserted, among other defenses, that Morgan's injuries "were caused, in whole or in part, by plaintiffs' failure to properly wear an appropriate available seatbelt restraint device," according toThe Hollywood Reporter and TMZ.

Therefore, the company says, the plaintiffs aren't entitled to damages because they "failed to mitigate their losses."

Morgan was a passenger in a limo bus involved in the six-car pile-up on June 7. He and three others were critically injured, and one fellow passenger, comedian James McNair, 62, was killed.

Morgan spent days in intensive care and weeks in rehab and still is not completely recovered. His lawyers say it may be months before he can fully walk again.

Dont know anyone personally that wears a seatbelt in the back of the limo. This reference is baseless for 2 points.1) If Wal-Mart hadnt struck said limo(at 20 mph above speed limit) seatbelts wouldn't have been an issue. 2nd) It is a passenger vehicle which like buses do not require individuals to wear them, only the driver. This stepping back from wal-mart from at first stating that would accept full liability and now trying to throw some of the blame on to the victims would make me ask for even more because of mental anquish. You know it is not like they are going to bankrupt Wally world.

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Fairytale ?

I understand it takes time and everything but i can think of a couple of scenarios off the top of my head. say a new driver has a late load because he or she was uncomfortable about driving in a certain weather condition or the loss of a close family member just curious are ya fired or how does that normally work

Well that would fall into your FM lap and he might not like it if it was in his eyes a doable drop on time. One might not get you on his bad side, but another would get you permabonded on the bad list. You will see less loads, less miles, and lots more sitting and waiting on a load. Screw ur wife but romance your FM.

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Stevens, Knight, Stevens, Knight

Something else to consider will be cost of insurance. Most are reasonable if you do not have any dependents. Single plans that companies offer range anywhere from 16 to 80 per week deduction. If you take the family plan, cheapest I know of is 108 per week and high as 154 per week. Then you you have other considerations like vacation and other insurance(life,short-term disability, etc) that you may want to inquire about. But from my personal experience talking to student drivers from Knight and Stevens, hands down Stevens had the worst reputation. Most were students that left Stevens because of poor training and no hometime.

But it sounds like you have done your homework and wish you the best. Always go with your gut instinct and know that training will not be a bed of roses but at the same time it shouldn't be a bed of thorns.

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Cargo Transporters

Ok after 27 applications and many rejections, I may have found a taker for me after my termination ordeal. Has anyone drove for Cargo Transporters. Training pay is not great .17 mile for all miles for 8 weeks. Then starting out at .38 after completing training and going solo. Just wished I didn't have to go through another 8 weeks of training after going through 10 weeks with the other company. Oh well, atleast I have got a bite..

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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TruckCoin, the Bitcoin of Truckers- Where to buy

Think of it as facebook gold...If facebook went under, where would you spend it. The American dollar is no longer backed by gold or silver, just the gov's promise that it is good. The dollar will fall as the world currency and then that copper will be worth a whole lot more. Hold on to ya metals because that and bartering will be the means to eat when it collapses.

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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What are the best Companies to Drive for??? - student driver out of Tampa Fl

With Werner, you get 1 day off for every 6 days out if over the road. They have a 3M account that gets you home evry other weekend but I believe you are to far south for that. You should be able to get on with a reefer company with all that citrus down there. Regional runs will get you home every weekend for your reset. Usually you will get home Friday evenings and then pull back out Sunday nights.

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Rookies, what would you do?

Curious...how much distance is gained sliding the fifth wheel forward one hole? I realize in this scenario it would probably put the steers overweight but still would like to know.

I'm sticking with you either find a way to get the load redistributed or you hope for the best. You're illegal running in the 13th hole or over by 40lbs so pick your poison or refuse to move it. Very interested in knowing the answer.

Definitely think this should become a regular/weekly feature on here. Great idea Daniel B.

Sliding the fifth wheel one notch will shift 500 lbs I believe. It will not change the distance from kingpin to trailer tandems, since the kingpin is fixed-mounted to the trailer. Sliding the trailer tandems is around 250 lbs, per hole I believe.

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Question on applying to company and explaining termination

Well it seems that my situation was not made clear. So I will try and break it down a bit since everyone thinks I am hot headed. 1st the complaint. At no time before the owner barging in to my room had I spoken to anyone other than the day I checked in with my trainer and showed my identification. Only left the room once to walk across the street to subway and the store for some smokes. He just barges in on Sunday around 1pm telling me I needed to leave. All he had to do was check the paperwork and see that I was there to Monday and none of that would have happened. You all seem to think that I was causing a commotion or outside loitering around. Not the case. But where I come from, ya knock before entering regardless where you are at. 2nd - My 2nd trainer(dedicated account) and I had 9 commendations from store managers on the great job we did delivering the freight. I have copies of 5 of those but I am not sure if it was on my record for safety to see. 3rd- I placed out early at 217 hours out of 275 hours with no incidents or infractions what so ever. 4th- my last 10 days training, we did 9450 miles of which I did 4920 with 4 Jit loads and my trainer(OTR) received a bonus because of it.

With that said, I know now that having my mom's antibiotics was a definite don't do. I did not try and play it off as far as the prescription drugs. I just wanted a UA because I was accused of doing illegal drugs. The first safety guy informed me that this would be my one and only warning but then the higher up terminated me. If I had any inclination that I would be fired, I would have quit. Better yet, I would have took a LOA during training and forfeited the $500 bonus even though I really needed the money. Now, I have no job and no hopeful prospects at driving anything articulate. Looks like I will be a garbage man. But Werner was a decent company for the most part.

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