Profile For Colleen W.

Colleen W.'s Info

  • Location:
    District Heights, MD

  • Driving Status:
    In CDL School

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  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 2 months ago

Colleen W.'s Bio

I've been married to an electrician for 21years and until last April I owned a self-service dog wash which also sold dog and cat supplies. Before that I was an environmental law paralegal. No kids just a couple of dogs and 4 cats.

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Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Been gone awhile at trucking school now I need some advise.

I've been enrolled at the local community college's CDL class A program for 6 weeks. Next week is the last week and the week after that I'm scheduled for testing at the MVA. Tuesday my instructor called me into his office and told me that he was going to cancel my appointment with the MVA because he didn't think I would pass. He told me that he thought I would be better at driving a straight truck or bus. I agree with him. I never got over my fear of the truck and I am too dangerous in traffic. I've read posts from experienced drivers before I started school that trucking isn't for everyone and now I know what that means. Does anyone know of a site that like this one for class B or bus drivers? I really appreciate the help and advise everyone has given. Thanks.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Transgender Women In Trucking (Please don't laugh...not a joke)

I guess I am wondering why people want to complicate their already complex decisions by entering a field that is filled with men who will NEVER on earth respect them. I was born female, am female and will stay female. I am not protected class. I am not lesbian. My mature age and gender are not given any special consideration at all by 98% of the male students at trucker school. Why should you or anyone with such an issue with gender identity expect BETTER treatment than those of us born and bred female by openly proclaiming your transgender status? Seems like the only place you would want to be open about it would be on the physical exam in privacy of doctor-patient relationship. All the laws on the books aren't going to change reality of the overwhelming majority of men driving the goods in this country or any other. Just being real with you.

Angi, I don't think anyone here is asking for better treatment. I think the concerned is being treated on equal ground and not discriminated against, however if you're a woman now why tell anyone about who you were in the past. Just because I've never felt I shouldn't have been a woman doesn't mean I don't want everyone to know all of my past. All professions have narrow-minded people in them. I was a paralegal and what I heard some of the lawyers say in private meetings could have gotten them and the company I worked for sued. My question is why give a rat's ass what people think, you're a woman that's all anyone needs to know.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Oh Deer...

For anyone not familiar with them....out West they have "open ranges" in places which means there are no fences holding the cattle in. They just free range across the massive expanse of empty land. If you hit one, you bought it. They have the right away.

Guess who's having steak. It'd really bite if you were a vegan.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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50 and DOT medical

This is a real sore spot with me. This is not a DOT regulation but DOT doctors are acting like it is. I'm really tired of hearing how a sleep test can save your life if you have sleep apnea so why should this be such a big thing. The big thing is about $2000 for a test that is so open to fraud. If you are not overweight and smoke you don't have to be tested for sleep apnea but if you don't smoke and god forbid you are overweight then you have to be tested. The regulation says that a driver has no established history of respirator dysfunction. Doesn't say anything about sleep apnea. Companies can make it a requirement for employment but this should not be a qualification of a person getting a DOT medical card. I have no problem being tested when the company is paying for the sleep test but I do have a problem forking out that much money before I'm even employed and no insurance is not going to pay for it.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Training question: Female trainee with Male trainer

I would rather have a non-smoker as a trainer than a woman trainer. Not judging here, but I really have problems with smoke of all kinds.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Don't you just love the MVA

Yesterday I went to get my permit. I aced everything but the combination including tankers. (Can't take the test for HazMat or Double and Triples until you get your CDL) I'm not sure what happened but the first person you talk to at the MVA puts what tests you are taking into the computer, then you go back into a room to take the tests. When it was time for me to take combination it wasn't in the computer, so I had to go back and get another number wait until I was called, get the combination test into the computer then go back into the little room in the back and take the test. I guess this rattle me so much I ended up failing that test. So now I have to make an appointment to retest for combination. I get home because I was told I had to go online to make an appointment myself and make an appointment for 10:50 this morning. I get to the MVA at around 10:15 give or take 5 minutes and feeling pretty good that I'm early. Oh but wait I wasn't there before 10 so now I can't take the test today even though I have an appointment for 10:50. In the manual in the very front, the part nobody reads, in small print it says no tests will be given after 10 a.m. on Saturday. Can anybody tell me why would anyone make an appointment at 10:50 and then won't see you because you didn't show up 50 minutes before the appointment? Gotta love bureaucracies.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Sleep apnea test

We're told always get a second opinion before any medical procedure, why can't you get a second opinion about needing a CPAP machine? Can you go to another DOT doctor for another opinion? Seems to me insurance companies would encourage this if they have to fork out money for expensive machines.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Sleep apnea test

Believe it or not testing for sleep apnea is not a DOT requirement. When I went for my physical I was given a 3 month card stating I needed a sleep test. There is a great article about it in Land Line magazine May 2014. The rule says that:

"a driver may operate a commercial motor vehicle if the driver has no established medical history of clinical diagnosis of a respirator dysfunction likely to interfere with his/her ability to control and drive a commercial motor vehicle safely."

A respirator dysfunction can be anything from asthma to cystic fibroses. A smoker could have a respirator dysfunction. I'm not against testing for sleep apnea but I can't afford a sleep test until I start working. Besides I sleep on my side all night long. It's interesting to note that the clinic were I got my physical at is attached to a sleep lab. Didn't notice it until after.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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You know you need more coffee when...

This didn't happen to me but my CDL teacher told a story about delivery cars to CarMax. The CarMax that he deliver to was on a hill above a major road, another driver was parked next to him and as they were going into the office the other driver just took off running. When my teacher saw what was going on he ran after the first guy. The truck had rolled down the hill and across a 4 lane road and into the a fence. My teacher said he knew the guy had set his breaks because he saw him do it. A couple of customers from a coffee shop nearby said wow you should have seen that homeless man jump out of that truck when it started down the hill. The guy had set his breaks but forgot to lock his door.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Women dont you miss ur man

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Most truckers wives are so busy keeping the home fires burning, the house in repair, the kids healthy and happy...that they quickly figure out one thing...When their trucker comes home, you give them a day to decompress....sleep....eat...whatever, while you wash his clothes, pack his gear, restock his food. You learn to treat his home time like a honey moon...NEVER make plans without asking him....NEVER invite people over without asking him. And NEVER NEVER NEVER have a honey do list waiting for him. Remember...The Only Thing Tougher Than a Trucker........IS A TRUCKERS WIFE.

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Reading this made me laugh out loud! Shouldn't we always act like our time together is a honeymoon?! Is it the opposite when the women are the trucker? Is my man going to learn to cook a meal for me and wash my laundry if I end up getting into trucking? Fat chance!

My husband already does the cooking, however he's not touching my laundry. Last time he did that he washed my new jeans with one of my white sweaters.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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What happens if your blood pressure is too high

They may give you a temp. medical card. I have diabetes and the DOT doctor wants a current glucose test and I'm also overweight so I have to get tested for sleep apnea. The DOT doctor issued me a 3 month medical card so I can get these tests done and still get my permit so I can start classes.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Trip Plan my load for me!

I know this area pretty good, I grew up in Cody, WY went to BYU in Provo, UT and dated a guy from Rexburg, ID. I would take I15 South to US 26E just north of Idaho Falls, grab I80 at Rock Springs going East then at Cheyenne take I 25 to Henderson. Total miles 686. This is pretty mountainous so it maybe tight getting it on time especially this time of year. Not unusual to have snow in the passes. I wouldn't want to go over the Hoback when it was dark so I may wait. I've been this route before but I was in a pickup not a semi and I wasn't getting paid per mile nor did I have to worry about 11 or 14 hour clocks. You can also take I15 to US30 and pick up I80 just west of Rock Springs you avoid Hoback but it'll add about 25 miles to your trip. I still working through Logbooks.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Video: If Trucks Stopped...

Great video, I too think it should ran on network TV. Last night on the news there was a segment on banning all communication devises including hands free from commercial vehicles because a trucker was on his hands free phone while crossing railroad tracks and was hit by a train in Baltimore last year. Funny thing the fact that shrubs blocked drivers view of the tracks was quickly mentioned as a side note.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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My own truck!!!!

You can always pee in his truck, that might turn things around. Sorry that's my sick sense of humor kicking in.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Safety???

Pay attention to your surroundings and let anyone who may be watching you know that you are aware of your surroundings. Walk with confidence and a big stick. You need something to wrack your tires anyways. Above all trust your instincts. If you don't feel right about a situation then get out. Also if you cook in your truck and have a portable potty then you don't need to get out of your truck as much. Also a portable potty is nice in the middle of January in the middle of the night in the middle of North Dakota. I wasn't in a truck but I've been on I90 wishing I didn't have to leave my camper during a cold streak at 2a.m.

Posted:  4 years, 12 months ago

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Married and getting CDL to join hubby.

Welcome to trucking. What breed are your pups? I was in the pet industry for 9 years.

Posted:  4 years, 12 months ago

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Driving with pet

Love that pit bull smile. I've done some pit bull rescue and grass roots politicking for the pit bulls. In the county I live pit bulls are illegal been trying to change that for years. Once you fall in love with a pit no other breed will do.

Posted:  4 years, 12 months ago

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Driving with pet

I have wondered what is the best way to restrain your dog while driving? Obviously, they can't have free roaming privileges as you're moving down the road. Crate? Seat belt? Some sort of tether on the bunk?

Crates are the best way. In my shop I sold seat belts until I did some research about them. Most seat belt restraints for dogs don't work, it's safer to crate them. Tethering is the worst way because if you're in an accident then the tether can become a noose.

Posted:  4 years, 12 months ago

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Unions in the trucking industry!!

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Have you ever wondered why the CPI, GDP and employment numbers run counter to your personal and business experiences? The problem lies in biased and often-manipulated government reporting.

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So the entire website is dedicated to digging up the truth in all of the Government's economic statistics. For instance, look at the chart that shows what the unemployment statistics would be based upon different ways of collecting and analyzing data:

Unemployment Statistics Based Upon Different Reporting Criteria.

Anyone who's ever taken a basic Statistics class knows that data can be manipulated. The unemployment rate is a tool for politicians and is not a true picture of what is going on in the real world. The unemployment rate doesn't tell you of those who no longer qualify for unemployment benefits but are either still unemployed or under employed.

Posted:  4 years, 12 months ago

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Old Geezer looking to re-energize

I'm with your Larry about being attracted to the companies with automatic transmission especially in city traffic but not all companies have automatic so better to learn on a manual, it just leaves you with more options.

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