Profile For Old School

Old School's Info

  • Location:
    Nacogdoches, TX

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

  • Social Link:
    Old School On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    10 years, 12 months ago

Old School's Bio

No Bio Information Was Filled Out. Must be a secret.

Old School's Photo Gallery Group 1 of 37

Page 1 of 1133

Go To Page:    
Next Page

Posted:  1 day, 5 hours ago

View Topic:

How screwed am I?


That's really great news!

Make that first job work. You'll give your career a big boost by sticking with Schneider for a full year. It's not the end of the world if you don't manage that, but it will move your future applications up to the top of any recruiter's pile of candidates they want to bring on board.

Posted:  1 day, 5 hours ago

View Topic:

Does Texas require retesting when moving from out of state?

Don't forget...

We have a great HazMat training section in our High Road CDL Training Program.

I used it when I got my HazMat endorsement. I had no problems passing the test. It has an excellent algorithm built into the program that recognizes your weaknesses, and quizzes you more heavily in those areas.

It's absolutely free, but you need to log in for it to work properly.

Posted:  1 day, 5 hours ago

View Topic:

I'm officially on Furlough

Congratulations Banks!

That's great news - I'm glad to hear it!

Posted:  1 day, 23 hours ago

View Topic:

Does Texas require retesting when moving from out of state?

That would be section 14 in their state manual. It doesn't have any effect on transferring your CDL. It does affect new applications, but not transfers.

Posted:  2 days ago

View Topic:

Prioritizing - Or Risk Versus Reward

I wasn't sure how to title this post. So... here it goes.

I always seem to get in trouble while I am sitting in driver lounges at our terminals.

You may remember when...

I Almost Started A Fight At A Terminal

Or perhaps you remember when...

I Poisoned A Terminal Rat

I was waiting on some repairs to my truck in our Olive Branch, MS terminal recently when I heard a very distressed driver raising his voice with his dispatcher on the phone. He was based out of another terminal, but was picking up an MT trailer in Olive Branch. This was his problem...

He had a hard deadline to be at the shipper in Memphis, TN. He was literally twenty minutes away from the shipper and he had to be there in one hour. He found an MT, but it had a flat tire that he wanted to get repaired before going to get loaded. He took it to the shop and they informed him it would be about two hours before they could get to it. They were busy, and that is understandable. They had tried to be kind and gentle with the driver, but he wasn't having it. He insisted that he needed priority over whatever it was they were doing - he had a hard appointment to meet. The first lesson here is...

As drivers, we cannot let our ego make us think we are more important than everyone else out here trying to get things accomplished on the road. We are all doing the same job with the same stress. We have to chill and figure out how to manage our careers without putting ourselves into cardiac arrest every time something seems to be hindering us. We have to be adaptive, flexible, and creative. In a nutshell, we have to be adults who can deal with our own problems while working within the parameters of this sometimes challenging career.

He was quite animated and loud on the phone. Occasionally he gave me an almost pleading look, as if he wanted me to help him convince his DM to make a phone call on his behalf. He was convinced it would only help his cause if the DM would call the shop manager and explain how his driver was under a tremendous amount of pressure, and needed them to drop everything and fix his tire. I swear, he would get off the phone with the DM, let out a deep sigh, and then call him right back again. (Three times in a row) All he was doing was repeating himself with heavy moans and groans. He sounded like a spoiled child demanding his way. He wasn't even trying to come up with a solution. He was just making ridiculous demands.

I hate to say this, but I was not sympathetic. I have never called my DM about a flat tire. What can he do about it? Nothing. Besides, he has a lot of drivers like this one, keeping him on the phone unnecessarily. Okay, he finally got me into a conversation, and here is what I found out. His tire wasn't even flat. It just had a nail in it. He didn't like that and wanted it changed before he went over to get loaded twenty minutes away. The second lesson here is...

Learn to evaluate risk and reward. We have a ton of grey areas in trucking. We have to make our own choices and decisions everyday. Many of those decisions affect our results. Those results affect our pay. We get paid for what we accomplish. Therefore, we need to make decisions that help us be efficient.

This driver was insistent that everyone drop what they are doing to serve his needs. That is very inefficient. First off, each of them is trying to do his job efficiently. Constant interruptions by a demanding driver breaks up their efficiency. The driver trying to force everyone to change to his plan is very inefficient for the driver too. If he doesn't realize by now that this approach doesn't work, he still has a lot to learn about how to succeed in this career.

I tried to explain to him what I would do in this situation. I would take the trailer and go get loaded. I've driven fully loaded trailers with nails in the tires before. I've done it a lot of times. I have pulled a lot of nails out of tires only to find they weren't even causing any air to leak out. I still remember finding a screw in a tire that I decided to back out with a nut driver. As I backed the screw out, I began to hear the familiar hiss of air leaking. I just screwed it back in, made my delivery, and then contacted "break down." They told me where to go to get the tire fixed. It was all very efficient, and I was not stranded somewhere stressing myself out.

His tire was holding pressure. He admitted that to me. Still, he seemed to have a need for the drama he was creating with the shop people and his DM. It is all so silly, but it made him feel important. I see a lot of us truck drivers behaving this way. It is so counter productive, but many of us will even brag about this type of behavior. Why are we like that?

We need to be problem solvers. This situation could have been easily resolved. Go get loaded and bring the trailer back to the terminal. The customer was twenty minutes away. I was bewildered as I returned to my truck. I couldn't help this driver see a simple solution. I get so frustrated witnessing cringe worthy episodes like this. Unfortunately they are all too common in this career.

Take charge of your careers my friends - prioritize safety and productivity.

Posted:  3 days, 2 hours ago

View Topic:

What Does Everyone Think of Millis Transfer?

Kevin, I've been in here helping newcomers for a long time. Trucking is a unique career. You'll never figure out if you're going to enjoy it, or do well at it, by straddling the fence. You've been straddling the fence so long it's starting to make you uncomfortable.

Stop worrying about which companies are good or bad. It's a total waste of time. Grab the bull by the horns and ride it. The name on the truck has zero to do with your ability to make this work. If you want to be a truck driver you've got to start driving a truck. "Just do it" is more than a slogan. It's a commitment to not being so hesitant at the gate. Abandon your doubts and fears. Come charging out at this career with a passion to win.

That's what it takes. Have you got it in you?

Posted:  3 days, 4 hours ago

View Topic:

Coffee making

Just following this conversation reminded me of the time I took my ten hour break at a truck stop in Virginia. I walked into their restaurant and sat down at a table. Before I even got settled into the booth, a rather large and toothless waitress plants a steaming hot cup of coffee on the table. "Here's your coffee, Love," she says.

I quickly told her, "No thanks, I don't drink coffee." Her response was reflex quick... "Well, you ain't no REAL truck driver then!"

I do know a lot about making coffee. I can't help but learn about it. I'm married to a coffee snob. She agrees... the "pour over" is her go to method.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

View Topic:

How long will my DAC be impactful? A year, two years?

Chase, here's a former discussion we had on this subject...

How Long Does Information Stay On My DAC?

There's no good news for you. That does not mean you can't get hired somewhere. What you need to do is apply everywhere you can. Once you get a chance, make it count. Don't hit anything and stick with it for one full year or more.

Opportunities don't always just open up before us. Most of the time we make our own opportunities or build our own barriers. You are going to have to figure out how to redeem this situation and make something happen. You won't make any progress by sitting around waiting.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

View Topic:

CDL-B with 10 years exp recent CDL-A learners, is there a shorter class option?

Thanks Banks!

Jeffrey, the rules have changed since BK got his license. Banks got it right. Entry level drivers have to follow the new ELDT rules.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

View Topic:

Work History

Hello Sherryl, and welcome to Trucking Truth!

We are glad to see this information was helpful in your situation. One additional thing those letters need to include is the contact information for the person writing it. Part of that regulation requires the information be "verifiable." Having that contact information included meets that requirement.

Feel free to reach out to us with any other questions you may have regarding a new career in trucking. There are many helpful folks here who would be happy to assist you.

Page 1 of 1133

Go To Page:    
Next Page

Why Join Trucking Truth?

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training