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  • Location:
    Huntington, TX

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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    Old School On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    11 years, 7 months ago

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Posted:  3 hours, 8 minutes ago

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Looking to rent time on a proper simulator in Northern California

Here's my two cents...

There are no simulators that will help you with this. Every truck shifts a little differently from each other. There are so many variables involved. The same truck shifts differently when loaded versus unloaded, or even going uphill or down will make a huge difference.

You have your CDL already. You seem to enjoy perfecting the little nuances. In trucking that's called experience. You don't need to waste your money on simulator training. You need a job. Go get on board and perfect your skills while being productive.

While you are working, you'll discover a whole new world of challenges you haven't even considered yet. Shifting will become muscle memory in no time at all. Things like being safe, productive, and always on time will rise up to be things you want to learn. Once again, there aren't simulators that help with those skills.

Step into the real world where there are consequences. There is nothing that teaches you so well as a system having the power to reward or punish you.

Posted:  12 hours, 1 minute ago

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Unusual situation

I had to do this same thing once. I just told them where I would be at that time and they purchased my ticket from where I requested. Just make sure you communicate the information with them in a timely manner so you can avoid any mixup.

Posted:  1 day, 6 hours ago

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Power only pros and cons

However, the reality of this industry is different.

That part I understand. I just make it a point to try avoiding the appearance of inpropriety.

I hope you find something that works for you. I'm sure you can. There are lots of opportunities out here.

I learned something from you and Kearsey today. I never knew you could be a power only driver as a company driver.

Posted:  1 day, 8 hours ago

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Power only pros and cons

Also, my company has never cared about when I sleep. They do care that I deliver on time. That means I drive at night much of the time.

The loads have always dictated my schedule. I'm assuming yours will too.

Posted:  1 day, 9 hours ago

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Power only pros and cons

Andrey, I don't understand. How can you be "power only" and not own the equipment?

If you don't own the equipment then you aren't "power only." If you are looking at this from a "company driver's perspective," then you should receive a W-2 at the end of the year. Receiving a 1099 indicates you own the power unit. Which will it be?

Posted:  2 days, 20 hours ago

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I might (hopefully!) be getting training soon!

Hang in there James. Getting approved is great, but you're still in this whole application process. The whole training period is one long interview. Let me say that again... The whole training period is one long interview.

You've got to show up with your game face on, and be ready for daily challenges. Once again, I'm not trying to scare you. I want you to knock it out of the park. I'm trying to prepare you for what's ahead of you. I'm going to repeat something I mentioned in a prior post...

Nobody is going to hold your hand out here, and there is absolutely no room for faking it in trucking.

You've got to prove you can close the deal. They are giving you that chance. Make it happen.

Posted:  4 days, 1 hour ago

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New to trucking and stressed out

Great job Nathan!

Your goal is simple. Be on time and don't hit anything.

You did a great job.

This seems really stressful at the beginning. You are going to get better with exposure. Keep up the great work! It will get better.

Posted:  4 days, 11 hours ago

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I might (hopefully!) be getting training soon!

Congratulations James!

Remember this... your training will be rushed. That's how this works. You've got to commit to being confident and picking things up quickly. You already know how this issue affected you at Millis. You are very fortunate to be given the chance to get back in the ring. You've got to prove you can handle the stress and make it happen.

That's straight talk from a guy who knows the difficulties of getting this career off to a good start. Nobody is going to hold your hand out here, and there is absolutely no room for faking it in trucking. I'm not trying to scare you. I just want you to figure out how important your attitude is in the beginning. You're the sponge. They've got what you need. You have to soak it up quickly or they feel they're wasting time and resources that can be better spent on another.

Take a few minutes and listen to this podcast. I think it may be helpful to your understanding of success at the beginning of a trucking career.

Why is CDL Training Done In Such A Rush?

Posted:  4 days, 16 hours ago

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Who can write the best caption for this photo?

At KLLM, we will work you to death!

Our generous life insurance benefits will make your family happy you became a truck driver.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Close Encounter with a Bear

Dennis, I always thought it would be cool seeing a bear on the road. In my years of driving, I've seen three bears. Unfortunately, each of them were dead from their close encounter with a fast moving vehicle. One of them lay strategically blocking two lanes of traffic. When I got up to where I could see what was holding us up, they were hooking a wrecker to the bear so they could drag him off the highway.

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