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Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Clothing what to wear

Skirts will be fine most everywhere. I would recommend denim or another realtively durable fabric that you don't mind getting dirty. There are a few customers that will require you to wear pants, so bring at least one pair.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Me and My Big Mouth! (How to start a fight at a terminal)

LOL at not being able to do a 1600 mile run in four days.

Posted:  2 years, 12 months ago

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Hey Ladies

I had been concerned of potentially being in a similarly inappropriate/unsafe situation with a potential trainer and a friend assured me that I'd be fitted with a female trainer. Is this not really the case with a female trainees, or do the trainees need to specifically request?

You will not be forced to go with a male trainer. You will be allowed to specify at some point during orientation whether you would like a female trainer or don't care either way. Depending on the company and current wait list situation, you may have to wait longer for a female mentor.

Posted:  2 years, 12 months ago

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New to this... ADVICE PLEASE

I'm no stepford wife, but when does the fighting start? Three months in a truck environment now and we still laugh our a**es off! But then, in two years we've never argued either. confused.gif

I guess you're the exception that proves the rule. I know many couples who team and all of them argue occasionally, myself and fiancé included. If you don't fight, that's great! It'll be that much easier for you both. God knows it's not any fun arguing on the truck, anyway--it's impossible to slam a curtain! rofl-2.gif

Posted:  2 years, 12 months ago

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Big Carrier Employment Coming From Non-Carrier School

Little side question for you C. S. A couple weeks ago I saw a truck that had an image that I think looked similar to your avatar. Do you happen to be rolling around in a truck with that image on it, and happen to have been in the in the I-196/US-31 area earlier this month?

No, I wish! That would be awesome, I would totally rock the rainbow unicorn. My fiancé would probably not be too pleased, though. I can picture it now: "I'll drive that when hell freezes over."

I changed my avatar to the girliest thing I could think of because my initials don't give much clue to my gender. As it is I drive a boring old grey KW with a big blue "expedited team" logo on the side. I'll be on the lookout for that truck though, maybe whoever owns it will want to trade. A woman can dream!

Posted:  2 years, 12 months ago

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Chuckdriver looking for a co-driver

What is a chuckdriver? Is that a driver who hauls ground chuck? Or woodchucks? Perhaps a driver named Chuck?

In all seriousness though, is there a reason you can't team with your husband? If you have children to take care of or a career you're already highly invested in that's understandable; I only ask because many people don't consider it.

As for finding a codriver, keep trying Craigslist and add pictures to your ads to make them more enticing (even public domain stock photos are fine). Make sure your ad is well written and spaced out (not one big block paragraph). Other than that, perhaps try posting paper ads in truck stops in your hometown. A staffing agency will probably be able to help you but they'll want to be paid for their services and there's usually no guarantee they'll find someone.

Posted:  2 years, 12 months ago

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Big Carrier Employment Coming From Non-Carrier School

Companies generally require a certain amount of training (usually around 160 hours) for insurance reasons. Beyond that, private vs. company school shouldn't matter. I went to a private school and have worked for two major carriers, both of which run their own schools. It shouldn't be a problem.

Posted:  3 years ago

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New to this... ADVICE PLEASE

Sorry for the late reply, this must have escaped my notice.

So you said you and you're fiance are team drivers. I've heard alot of **** about how teaming sucks because the truck is always moving and you have to alternate sleep and stuff

Not going to lie to you, teaming is difficult at times. It is a hard life to adjust to. However, it is also an amazing, rewarding, fantastically unique career that will be unlike anything you've ever done. I literally get paid to listen to books and music and see the country; all while hanging out with my best friend.

We tend not to alternate sleep. I drive nights and he drives days; this is what works for us and what we like. Of course, due to time zones, appointment times, and random delays, we don't always stay on schedule but we try. We don't enjoy switching back and forth although this does work for some teams.

I hope I'm not getting to personal when I ask this if I am you can just tell me it's nonna my business, but how's sex work for yall... if you say yall don't have any well this may not be for me cause if I don't get at least once a week i'll be cranky and mean.

There is no reason you can't have sex every day while teaming, if you make that a priority. Once a week should be more than easy to accomplish. There are JIT loads that won't allow you time, but you can make time on your 30 minute break if you're both open to that. During the first several weeks to months of driving your sex life might suffer slightly because you will both simply be so tired and overwhelmed by the stresses of the job. After that, things should return to whatever they are normally for you.

because being with each other but never seeing each other and never having sex sounds like it wouldn't be a very happy life, I could only imagine there's arguing and fighting involved if sex is non existant lol

Unless you are a Stepford wife I can guarantee you will argue at some point on the truck. It is a fact of life for teams who are romantic partners. Expect it and prepare for it, because it will happen. The great thing is, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. I am closer to my fiance now then I ever was before we started teaming.

Posted:  3 years ago

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Tire issues and OH MY GOSH I'M GONNA PULL MY HAIR OUT!

Hey guys, thanks for all the replies. I have been reading them, but I've been GO GO GO the last few days. I made a booboo and over slept by 4 HOURS the day I was having tire issues. By the time the tire issue was taken care of, I only had 4 hours left on my 10 and the load had to be picked up by 2:55am, so I passed out and didn't wake up till 630am... oops. I guess I needed the sleep, I was up since 7am that day anyway, and with them working on my truck, I couldn't sleep. I told them I wouldn't get enough sleep, but they said "well, just sleep till 2am and then run the load as far as you can" yup nope, slept till 630 then they made me relay it. haha Oh well, I told them I wouldn't be able to. OF the 6 loads I have had since I started, 4 of them have been relayed, only 1 of them was my fault. So I drove for 6.5 hours straight yesterday to make up time, which I did, now I'm gonna arrive a day early. lol, but it's supposed to be a first come first serve. ugh. Getting back on track!

I am notorious for turning alarms off in my sleep. My advice is to get a screaming meanie alarm and put it in a place where you have to get out of bed to turn it off. Or download one of those alarm apps that make you do math or a puzzle before it turns off.

Posted:  3 years ago

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Looking To Drive In The U.S.

Forwarding Air and Melton truck lines who were responding to my applications requesting me to call them to start my interview process

Are they aware you are not already a permanent lawful resident or citizen? I ask because as far as I am aware, employers in the trucking industry cannot sponsor green cards for drivers. The reason is that in order to sponsor a worker from abroad, the employer must prove that the job opening in question cannot be filled by a worker from the United States. Maybe something has changed recently.

Posted:  3 years ago

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Looking To Drive In The U.S.

Hello Prosper! It's going to be a difficult task to become a truck driver in the U.S., but it can be done. First look into whether you qualify for a green card to become a lawful permanent resident. Look at this resource to determine if you are eligible: DHS Green Card Eligibility.

If you are not eligible to apply for a green card through family or refugee status, you'll have to try to get a green card through the diversity immigrant visa program, usually known as the "green card lottery". Learn more about this program here: Diversity Visa.

Once you obtain a green card, you can lawfully immigrate to the U.S. and begin working. However, many states (and almost all trucking companies) will require you to hold a regular Class C driver's license for one year before you can apply for a CDL. Unfortunately, your Zimbabwe license will not be valid here. You can try to find employment at a warehouse or other trucking-related business until you can get your CDL.

Posted:  3 years ago

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Violated my Hours of Service yesterday

I appreciate the replies. Old School, maybe I didn't get the intention of it, but reading through that truth in trucking book that is posted here on this site, chapter 10, the section on DOT alluded me to thinking that that was the norm in the trucking industry. Basically that by running over, it's better for everyone. As was quoted "everyone wins when you cheat your log book". That may not be the exact wording, but it was the general idea.

Basically, reading through that chapter is part of what got me curious about this, and concerned, which is why I had to ask.

Been a while since I've read Brett's book, but as I recall that chapter is specifically referring to paper logs, which are much easier to "cheat" than e-logs. Brett has also stated numerous times that he didn't fudge his logs in order to run a ridiculous number of hours every week as some drivers did/do, but rather to make things more convenient for him and get the rest he needed.

Is fudging logs common in the industry? I'd say yes, overwhelmingly. But not in the way you might think. Technically, all time spent at a shipper/receiver is supposed to be logged as on-duty time unless you are completely relieved of duty (and most of the time you aren't). For a typical driver, actually following this rule would eat up your 70 in a record amount of time. I usually spend about 15-30 min. on duty at a customer, regardless of how long I'm there.

I've spent over 24 hours at a shipper before waiting for a live load, and was not allowed to leave. According to the FMCSA that 24 hours should have been logged as on-duty, which is beyond ridiculous. Any driver who claims they would have logged it as on-duty is either incredibly naive or a liar. I make money when I'm making miles, and not any other time. I'm not going to waste my clock not being paid.

For the record, I use e-logs and have never had an HOS violation. I don't relish the idea of sweating through every weigh station for a week straight because I drove five minutes over. Then again, I'm team so I have the luxury of just having my fiance take over when I'm out of hours. I can understand that solo drivers might be forced to drive over once in a while.

Posted:  3 years ago

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Fair pay?

If that's for all the miles for the truck and you're driving team and driving 6000 a week, that doesn't seem bad at all. That's like $40K for the year. (I have no idea if the 6000 mile figure is accurate, someone mentioned it above).

That's definitely not an average for a rookie team. I just mentioned it because it's right around the top end of the miles most new teams would get in a week. My point was that even a "heavy" week like that would still gross half of what a lot of other team drivers make.

As Brett said, it's probably only for a few months. Still, I would have looked for a company with a better pay package. A few cpm may not make much of a difference, but 10? That's a difference of $10,000 over six months. What's done is done, though.

Posted:  3 years ago

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Having a problem

What you're describing honestly sounds like road hypnosis. Try not to become so "locked in" on the road. That is to say, it's good to be alert and aware of what's happening on the road, but there is such a thing as concentrating too hard, and it can actually hinder your awareness. Try to relax a bit, and give your eyes a chance to rest occasionally by looking at your gauges, the radio, or gps. You can also plan very small breaks (<5 minutes) every few hours and take a quick walk around the truck.

Posted:  3 years ago

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Fair pay?

Legal? Certainly. Fair? That's debatable, although I personally wouldn't be happy with that pay rate. I'm assuming at that rate you're team, which means you get paid for all miles. Even then, that's not even $800 gross on a 6k week. I make twice that, and while I'm experienced there are many companies that pay rookie teams much more than 13 cpm.

I don't know any companies that buy out contracts. If you're locked into the contract because of your schooling you may just have to suffer through it until you are released from any obligation. Many companies that have such contracts will prevent you from being employed elsewhere if you don't satisfy the agreement. Stick it out, then get a job elsewhere. And let it be a valuable lesson, always read a contract thoroughly.

Posted:  3 years ago

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New to this... ADVICE PLEASE

Thanks, that is very helpful, not a lot of people on here are there? I was expecting more than one reply (not that yours wasn't helpful, because it was, i just like hearing multiple opinions lol)

There aren't too many female drivers who actively post on this forum. Myself, Sue D., Rainy, RedGator, and ChickieMonster come to mind but that's about it. Unfortunately there just aren't a ton of women in this industry.

Posted:  3 years ago

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New to this... ADVICE PLEASE

Like how's "that time of the month work in a big rig?"

I get horrendous cramps the first day or so, all I can say is Aleve/Tylenol and a good audiobook to take your mind off things. Carry ziplock bags to dispose of tampon/pad when you're not near a restroom (husband's driving and you're passing through Nowhere, New Mexico).

best places to shower

Pilot/Flying J tend to have the best showers in my opinion, Love's are hit and miss and TA/Petro tend to be dated. Where you shower will really depend on who you fuel at the most, which varies by company and region.

do any of yall run teams with your significant other?

I drive team with my fiancé (soon to be husband). It's great, the best job either of us has ever had and has put us in a position where we will be buying our first house in cash next year at the ripe old age of 25. Team driving takes a lot of effort and sacrifice, but it is incredibly rewarding (both fiscally and emotionally) when you do it right.

Posted:  3 years ago

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Lazy truckers?

My trainer wouldn't go out west because mountain miles are slower. You get worse miles per gallon and the mountains are a lot more dangerous then mostly flat land in the se where he stays. I agree with him. Faster miles means more loads and better fuel consumption on flat ground. I stay se regional

I disagree. Let's say you get a load headed from Chicago to Sacramento, so you'll run I-80 the whole way. That's a little over 2k miles and is a pretty nice run. Donner is the worst pass you'll encounter and is 99 miles long. Even if you average 25 mph on Donner (a sandbag estimate in my opinion), that's only four hours. There are a few other small passes, notably coming into Salt Lake and the hilly areas of Wyoming, but honestly it is not going to affect your speed to the point that it cuts into your weekly mileage at all.

Then again, I'm biased as I have family in California, Oregon and Montana so I like going out west. Me when I get a load to Portland or Sacramento: dancing-dog.gif

Posted:  3 years ago

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CB Installation

I should have read ironmike's post more thoroughly as I just echoed what he said.

Posted:  3 years ago

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CB Installation

Thanks ironmike. The cb had the posts you're referring to, but was missing the three pin power plug. Found a three pin that connects to the 12V outlet on t he console. it works, but we have a wire hanging down from the cb to t he console now.

Your CB should have come with one, if it didn't you can buy one at any truck stop. No trucks that I no of come with a power cord as they come standard with the radio itself.

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