Profile For Snowman

Snowman's Info

  • Location:
    Savannah, GA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    7 years, 5 months ago

Snowman's Bio

I am a relative "newbie" with 6 months driving with USX.

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Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Good bye, y'all

Sad to say I've had a bad turn of events that has put an end to my trucking career.

About 1 month ago now I was involved in a serious crash. I missed the low warning sign and hit a railroad bridge. This according to the mechanic wrote off my trailer and did about $30,000 damage to the tractor.

I had other small accidents previously that put me on probation.

I wish you all the best in all of your endevours. Sometimes certain things just aren't meant to be in this life. I have no hard feelings or regrets. It was an interesting career, however short lived.

Thank you Brett for this wonderful site, and for all your help !

Conrad.

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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Just wondering. am I the youngest one here?

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I'm 22, drove regional Otr for 9 months, now I'm working for a union LTL company as a City Driver, home every single night and Mon through Fri work week.

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Greg. I need to hook up with that exact thing! I might have a shot driving a "B" truck hauling propane cylinders around. I am ready to do whatever it takes to get off OTR. I live near savannah, GA

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Hey Snowman..how you like USX?? Lot's of back and forth on them all over the place..some people say good, other say bad..how does a current driver like yourself feel about them?

Roadkill: USX as a whole has been pretty decent. They have however disappointed with quite a few short runs, and long delays between loads. Their hometime policy is the usual, 1 day per week out. They generally get you home when promised.

However, the recruiter originally promised me a position close to home, and home nights and weekends. That never happened! I am still bitter about being thrown on the road doing OTR for the past year.

Therefore I've personally decided to pursue other interests as you can see above.

Posted:  6 years, 4 months ago

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Just wondering. am I the youngest one here?

I'm 22, drove regional Otr for 9 months, now I'm working for a union LTL company as a City Driver, home every single night and Mon through Fri work week.

Greg. I need to hook up with that exact thing! I might have a shot driving a "B" truck hauling propane cylinders around. I am ready to do whatever it takes to get off OTR. I live near savannah, GA

Posted:  6 years, 4 months ago

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Just wondering. am I the youngest one here?

I'm only 50, have 3 grandchildren, and started driving last spring!

Posted:  6 years, 4 months ago

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Brake Checks at Truck Stops

I was at a scale house awhile back. As Brett said, they told me EXACTLY how they wanted the brakes tested. They didn't question my ability to do the bleed down buzzer and pop out valve tests. I sort of remembered from my school, but way to nervous to recall the order of events at a scale house!

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Hire Right Results

So the results come in the mail. Not at all what I expected.

The part where I attended school is blank. My fines from scales, being overweight, bridge law, etc. are not there. Neither is my accidents. Hitting the pole, or grinding into the wall. Police were even called to first.

Includes was two companies I applied to including USX that I work for. Also mentions my drivers lic is up to date, with no violations.

What the heck ! Do I need to include stuff not on this report? Is this pretty well the be all, end all report an employee sees? Please advise , Snowman

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Any Tanker companies hire straight out of school?

Brett: what are companies that you know of that have a tanker division hauling food grade products? I've toyed around with the idea of driving a tanker (and I have all the endorsements), but am somewhat concerned hauling hazardous chemicals. BTW, I've only got about 9 mos experience OTR at this point.

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Accident and DOT

Thanks Guyjax. Just filled out a request for the DAC.

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Its offical!!

Excellent ! Enjoy the experience. Concentrate on the backing (the most challenging for most people)

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Accident and DOT

I got into 2 minor accidents when I started trucking. 1 of them I took a corner too short, and pulled down a sign with my trailer. The police showed up and took down details for that one. The other I scraped against a wall and damaged the steps up to the cab, and the plastic fairing. No police were involved in that one.

In my case, I need to know what's in the DAC report. How do I obtain a copy ? I'm trying to get a local job. Will these incidents hurt my chances?

Any help, as always is appreciated !

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Accident and DOT

Is it DOT reportable only if the police are involved to file a report?

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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OTR Driving & Maintaining a Relationship

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I was gone for 3.5 months school/OTR training, then went straight to another company as an "experienced" driver into a dedicated home daily job as they considered my time in school and training 3 months experience which was the prerequisite.

I don't get paid as much but I am home with my son every day... almost. There are situations where you might not make it home but in the last 6 months I have only not made it home twice.

Your reply immediately caught my interest! I've been on the road for about 6 months incl. training. I would like to know what company you work for. I need to be home more often and your job sounds perfect ! I am located in Savannah, GA.

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