Profile For Joe H.

Joe H.'s Info

  • Location:
    Harrisonville, MO

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

  • Social Link:
    Joe H. On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 4 months ago

Joe H.'s Bio

Fleet Manager for Bela Flor Nurseries.

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Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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How do you know whether it's time to change companies or suck it up?

So what is the issue. We might be able to help

There is no one specific issue. Generally, I'm happy. There are a bunch of little things and a number of recurring issues that pop up every few months and I get tired of having the same conversation over and over again. It's like trying to stop the dog from eating the neighbor's chickens. (And I don't want to do to my TM what I did to to the dog to make it stop. )

I've been presented with a couple of opportunities and one is really intriguing.

I wasn't really looking to get into my situation. I mostly wanted to hear from others what it would take to get them to switch companies and go back to the bottom of the totem pole.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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How do you know whether it's time to change companies or suck it up?

whether it's time to change companies or suck it up?

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Introducing "The Road Home": TruckingTruth's New Podcast!

Hey Brett, thanks for the podcast. I just listened to it and it was exactly the pep talk I needed after the last couple weeks.

THANKS!

Posted:  3 years, 5 months ago

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Does Knight Transportation use automatic transmissions?

I work for Knight and G-Town is right. You'll most likely get assigned to whichever truck is available at the time in whichever terminal you'll be dispatched from. You can request one or the other and your options will be take what's available or sit - unpaid - until what you want is available.

Most of the new trucks will have the automated gear box. There are still quite a few manuals in the fleet, however.

Hi folks, I know this thread is a few months old,but I figured I would ask this question because I go to knight orientation on June 20th. My question is can I choose to get a manual instead of an automatic? I have nothing against automatics. I even drove one at schneider fresh outta school(thst was a little over a year ago) I only ask because while I like automatics I don't want to "handicap" myself. Any info would be much appreciated. Thank you for your time.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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CDL training at Roehl. Live in Phoenix, but do not want to drive flatbed. Options?

Have you checked out Knight Transportation.

They have dry, refer and port divisions out of Phoenix and a training program based in Phoenix.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Before going to a Company-Sponsored CDL program..

Also, check with the school you are planning to attend. They'll let you know what you need. Good luck!

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Racy Work History - Please Help

I haven't been in this industry very long but I can tell you I've met some other drivers with a much more, shall we say, colorful work history than what you described.

As long as it's legal, any prospective employer would be more concerned with HOW you did your job, not so much WHAT your job was.

Were you a good employee? Were you on time? Were you productive? Those are some questions that are important. I bet you'll be fine and after you've been driving for a while you'll wonder what you were worried about.

Good luck!

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Nervous Rookie Driver

Good Evening Everyone,

I am about 3 weeks from graduation and already have a job with Schneider National pending passing my test,felt having a job lined up before finishing would be a great motivation but now as I get closer and closer I am more nervous then ever I want this bad and failing isn't a option for me ( very hard on my self if you can tell ) What I am the most nervous about is the OTR going to stops with messed up docks and wondering if i can put this truck in the hole not like I can go back to the hub at the end of the day and ask for a co-workers opinion, I know Schneider does extensive training but that is my biggest fear being new in the Tractor Trailer field.

I am here to network with other truckers and learn as much as possible from each and everyone of you, I value everyone's helps and cant wait to speak with my new pals in the trucker field. Thanks for listening

Chris

I've been driving for just a few months and for me the testing out was the most stressful because you're only allowed a limited number of pull ups and G.O.A.L.s. But it gets easier once you're out and about. Don't be shy, either. Ask for help if you think you need it.

When I'm backing I try to remember these three things my range instructor drilled into my head.

1. Take your time

2. Don't let other people drive your truck (in other words, don't be influenced by other drivers waiting for you to get out of their way, inpatient 4-wheelers or those crazy yard dogs. This also applies for when your DM sends you to a shipper to pick up a load that doesn't exist or was picked up the day before by another driver)

3. It doesn't have to be pretty...just get it in there.

Good luck!

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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I have a serious problem I need help with.

Maybe this isn't a new issue, but I sure could use some help if others have the same issue.

I am driving a 2013 ProStar International. I have talked to different shops in the company and can't get a good answer.

In really cold weather (below 15 degrees) if there is a freezing rain, the right side of my window, right in my view, freezes over and won't melt.

Depending on how bad the freezing rain is, sometimes I have to stop every 3 or 4 miles to let it melt off.

Once I am stopped, it clears up in a few seconds. But the second I start down the road again, I start getting my windshield frozen over.

I have tried putting a fan in the window to help move the air. I have opened my window. The passenger's window. Turned the heat up till I am cooking in my cab. I have turned the heat down till it is just warm.

I have put those things on my wipers to hold them tighter to the windshield. They help with wind, but don't do a thing with freezing rain.

I have used the cold weather washer fluid and it clears it up as long as I keep squirting the liquid on it. But as soon as I stop, it freezes over again.

And that brings me to another issue. The over-spray from my side goes right onto my mirror. It isn't long before my mirror is so covered, I can't see out of it. Is there anything that anyone knows of, that can be put on the mirror or the truck door to keep the over-spray off the mirror?

If anyone has any answers, I would deeply appreciate them.

As I have said, my company shops have been no help.

Keep it safe out here, the life you save might be your own.

Joe S (The Blue Angel)

I learned this from a driver from Canada. When it's really cold and raining/freezing rain leave your sun visors down when you have your defroster on. It helps trap the warm air and keep it close to the windshield keeping it warmer so stuff doesn't freeze.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Any opinions on Knight Transportation

Hey, JoeH., I have a question for you. Did you start out with your CDL, did you go through the driver training? Were you experienced? Did you have to drive with a trainer?

I had no experience driving tractor/trailers. Many years ago I had a Class B CDL - back then it was just called a chauffeur's license - and I drove the short bus. I'm in the Squire program. Two weeks on the range learning the basics, then a road test and a few written tests, then 4 weeks OTR with a trainer, then another road test and another written test. Now I'm on my 30,000 mile 'probation' period which I should wrap up in the next few weeks if all goes well.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Any opinions on Knight Transportation

I'm currently with Knight, started with them in September.

Are there better companies out there? Possibly (probably).

Are there worse companies out there. Definitely.

So far I'm mostly happy with them and how I've been treated, the miles/loads they give me and right now I see myself being with them for quite a while.

One thing I've noticed about this industry (and I'm making a very broad generalization here) is that truck drivers are the biggest bunch of whiney babies I've ever encountered. And I used to work for the government. Our government. In Washington, DC.

Most of the drivers I've talked to who speak positively about the company where they are working are those who have been with the company for a long time. Those who badmouthed it are the guys who seem to switch companies often...and they usually have something to say about every company they work for.

Don't mean to hi-jack this thread...I'm just saying that to let you know to be sure to get both sides of a story before you make up your mind about one company over another.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Your Favorite Truck Stops

Gordy's Truck Stop, US 97, LA Pine, OR. AMAZING food, and never had trouble finding parking no matter what time of day or what the weather's doing.

Have to agree with you about Gordy's. Good food, nice people, friendly drivers and plenty of parking. Was there a few weeks back and look who was taking a break in the driver's lounge....

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Questions

Some places just think they are above the law.....

I was interviewed for a diesel mechanic job in Fontana, Cali (no company names) lol 1st interview I "caught" when he mentioned hours 60-70 per week, 6 days. And NO O/T paid?? (hmmm ok I think to self...)

Called in for 2nd interview, the next week. Well the foreman proceeds to describe the job functions etc.

On the 1st interview I "caught" when he mentioned hours 60-70 per week, 6 days. And NO O/T paid?? ok I think to self... Company headquartered out of Tennesee.

So I ask him "ok you mentioned no O/T?? How do you get away with that?? lol He says "Oh I'm just saying what the company says. (now I really don't even want this job)

So, knowing California's labor laws I say well "In Calif the law says anything over 8 hours a day or 40 per week, IS O/T no matter where corporate is located, so no thanks. have a nice day"

Overtime laws are federally mandated in the Fair Labor Standards Act. Typically, mechanics, when hired by a motor carrier, are exempt from the standard 8 hour day/40 hour work week when determining OT.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Serious Question

Whew! It's not just me. I remembered to check this thread this evening about 3 seconds after I got done cussing after hitting my head on the overhead storage thingie while getting in my rig.

Thanks!

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Serious Question

I've always considered myself to be of at least average intelligence with the ability to work things through with little to no assistance. But I'm having trouble with on aspect of trucking.

I've been impressed with the lack of judgement and open-mindedness on this forum when it comes the newbs so I thought I'd take a chance and put this out there for some feedback and maybe some advice.

How long will it take before I stop banging my head on things (the underside of the trailer, the ceiling of my rig, etc.)??

Posted:  5 years ago

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If I need help on the road......

Perhaps a TT decal for our trucks...?

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Almost on the road

Last week I wrapped up my training with Knight. Yesterday I tested and passed the skills and road test so now I have my CDL.

They said it will be a couple days before they can hook me up with a trainer so I can start on the road. A couple days of down time won't bother me, though since I just moved into a new apartment.

Training wasn't nearly as difficult as I imagined it would be. And the test turned out to be a breeze, too.

See you soon out on the road. =)

Posted:  5 years, 2 months ago

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Starting with Squire

Which location are you attending? And is it the whole squire program now that their not going to provide the hotel room?

I'll be in Phoenix. Not sure if it's the whole program. The recruiter I talked to just said they weren't offering that anymore due to the costs.

Posted:  5 years, 2 months ago

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Starting with Squire

I've been lurking around the forums for a while now and have been really impressed and thankful for all the information provided here. It's been a huge help.

I received word from the recruiter at Knight that I'll be starting with the Squire program on the 15th. Looking forward to getting things rolling since I've been wanting to get into to trucking for quite a long time.

One thing that may throw a minor monkey wrench into the works is that they are no longer offering lodging to their students during training. The recruiter said he'd try to see if he could get me grandfathered in since I had applied before they made the decision. I'll be there, either way. It will be nice, though, if they provide the hotel for the first week or so. It also makes me wonder what other incentives they're going to taking off the table. I'll have to wait and see, I guess.

For now I'm excited to have a firm date and to move on to a different adventure.

Oh, and Brett, Knight does both the urine and hair follicle drug test.

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