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Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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How Many Miles Do Truck Drivers Get Per Week?

13,000/month average for solo drivers is too high when you're talking an entire fleet. Most drivers aren't willing to run those kind of miles. They're more comfortable in the 10,000 mile range.

I would say the potential would be 13,000/month but there's no chance on Earth their fleet is averaging near the maximum miles you can legally log.

I would say most over the road fleets probably average around 10,000 miles per month. That's a pretty safe figure.

I recently went though orientation with May, I remember them saying 10,000/month was the goal.

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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What is the typical food budget for truck drivers on the road?

one main thing I wanted to point out is that entertainment OF ANY KIND is not tax deductible as of last year.

oh good,I don't have to worry about deducting my entertainment now. It was difficult getting her to give me receipts for a dollar at a time anywayembarrassed.gif

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Finished first solo load

I failed my first Solo test because I was so nervous I made stupid mistakes. So I had another week of training with the local delivery guy running empty trailers to a large shipper mostly. In hindsight I am thankful that I had that extra week. It was all city driving and backing, which was what I needed work on. I didn't know how much I didn't know. If I had passed the first test I would have been out there by myself so frustrated.

I passed my second test and was dispatched a HEAVY beer load (79600lbs gross with half tank of fuel) from Colorado to Idaho. It was nerve wracking doing it myself, but I made it. I almost hit a telephone pole making a right turn leaving the consignee because I forgot to slide my tandems forward before leaving. But I saw it in the nick of time (an inch maybe)and stopped, backed up and swung wider, with the help of a guy on the street who held traffic for me. I checked the trailer and there are no marks that I ever touched the pole so it's all good.

Now I am at one of our shops to have a few maintainance items and cabinet removal for fridge. And today is my 26th wedding anniversary

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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Being a nice guy?

I'm on my trainers truck now going on third week. He scolds me when I brake cruse control to let on a merging car. He says they should find their accelerator pedal if they want in front of me. The other day, after we got loaded, a lady trucker behind me asked for help pulling her tamdem slide release lever and calculating how much to move her tandems. Since I had taken the section on Weight & Balance in the High Road CDL Training Program on this website, I was able to help figure how many holes she needed to move and watched while she backed that it went in the right hole. (although I do wonder how she soloed if she can't move tandems by herself) My trainer lectured me for 5 minutes about how I was using HIS time, and now she got to the scale ahead of us and we have to wait again, blah blah blah.

So, my question is, is that what trucking has come to today? Lookout for your own clock and screw anyone else? I told him I was not going to stop being a nice guy just because I drive a truck now.

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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New HOS rules already lost me money

Today was my first day with my trainer Got a load going from Colorado to Louisianadancing.gif Safety guy says first we need to do a software update on the qualcom to reflect the new HOS rules. That's fine, sounds simple enough. They say to come back in an hour and I think they are joking because on my PC a software patch takes minutes.

Well, an hour later they say the upgrade didn't take, maybe because the truck was idleing (because the batteries were dead and we had to jump start this morning). So we shut the truck off and they try again for an hourwtf-2.gif come back and it still didn't take, so they call somebody and they try it again... and start talking about we might have to take it to the shop and have the whole qualcom replacedsorry.gif

So, my first day on the job I just stood around the yard in the sun and didn't get paid anything, and instead of going to eat cajun food, we are going to Utah tomorrow to sit around the shop there. I call first casualty of new HOS rules.

But hey, that's trucking! I'll try not to sound so whiney in the future.

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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3 Hazmat questions

(Bonus question!) 4. What's the most dangerous material you have drove with and did everything work out all right?

I haven't started driving yet, but I know of a guy who was hauling contaminated deisel fuel from the backup generators at the nuclear plant. It was a stormy night and the tank got hit by lightning and ruptured it. The electrified radioactive deisel fuel got spewed all over him and he felt changed.

now he is known as SUPERTRUCKERrofl-1.gif

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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90 day Dot card

If this is a trucking company doctor, theres not much you can do, other than change companies.

If a clinic doctor that the company sent me to gives me a 90 day card, can I go back to my private doctor and get a 2 year card? or do I have to go back to the same clinic to clear up the diagnosis that they gave me?

The situation is, (as seen in other thread) I had a 2 year card from my regular doctor, then company paid for physical at a clinic that measured my blood pressure as being too high. So now I have a 90 day card. So do I have to go back to the clinic to show I've brought my BP down, or can I do it at my own doctor again?

Posted:  5 years, 12 months ago

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Finished orientation, waiting for trainer to call

Well, I'm employed again :) I made it through orientation Thursday and am sitting by the phone waiting for a call from my yet unknown trainer. I think I'll call the lead driver manager Monday and ask if he has any leads on when one will come though town. I'm doing all my laundry to decide what to pack and what will fit in the duffle. It's that exciting/scary time of anticipation.confused.gif

Posted:  5 years, 12 months ago

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Dot physical

In January I went to my regular doctor for DOT physical and got a 2 year medical card. Now I just got hired by a company and they surprised me with a new physical (right after buffet lunch with all the soda I wanted, 100degree motorcycle ride to the clinic, knowing my new career balanced on this) and my blood pressure was high, so I got a 90 day medical card.

Are there non prescription medicines that can lower blood pressure just a little? I think they said I was 150/95. Is morning better than afternoon for blood pressure? What can I do, short of buying expensive prescriptions for the rest of my life, to get my blood pressure down for a follow up measurement?

Posted:  5 years, 12 months ago

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Tools for the truck?

Vice grips for holding the slide pin release handle on tandem or fifth wheel . wire cutters for trailer door seals. long hook for pulling fifth wheel locking Jaw release. good flashlight for checking fifth wheel locking jaws are closed. broom or leaf blower for cleaning out trailer between loads.

Posted:  6 years ago

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7th day of CDL school

Finished first day of orientation with May Trucking Co. Wooo hooo!dancing-banana.gif I passed the driving/backing test. It wasn't pretty backing, but I got it in the hole eventually and didn't knock over any cones. Official hire date isn't until Thursday, but there shouldn't be anything in my way now. I'll be pulling Reefer to 48 states.

Posted:  6 years ago

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Werner training - looking for opinions

Since you started out with a description of the trainer and the truck interior instead of beginning with the safety condition, it seems to me that it is your priority concern, and the tires are just an excuse. You only have to be with the trainer a limited amount of time, so humble yourself and make the best of the situation. As a thankyou for your training, you can clean out the trash. This may sound demeaning, but if you are the one bothered by it then you are the one to do something about it. You can't do anything about your trainers cleanliness, but set the example of making sure you have time to get your shower. While waiting around for you, the trainer might just take one too (but don't suggest it). I know it's easy for me to say, I haven't been out with a trainer yet. But hopefully by saying it I will be able to remember and follow my own advice when my time comes.

Posted:  6 years ago

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Tuition Reimbursement

I just graduated from a private driving school, United States Truck Driving School in Wheatridge, Colorado. I was looking at going to work for JBS carriers out of Greeley CO. But found out they don't do reimbursement, but instead pay the private school directly for your training then you go work for them. So, it sounds like the compromise you are looking for, a private school with no money up front. The Private school is three weeks, so if you could find a way to lodge and eat then you'd be set.

Posted:  6 years ago

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How many hours of OTR training do you get from a school ?

Hi Jackie H. The school I just graduated from documented that I got 52 hours of driving practice time. It was actually less than that because of waiting for my turn with other students and rounding up to the hour. That is to give you the basic principles of handling a tractor trailer enough to pass the state license test. If you don't pass the first time, the school should let you come back the next week and practice more and retake the test. Our school did the State test themselves (have to have an instructor who is certified examiner). Then you take your paperwork to DMV and get your learners permit converted to a CDL-A, with endorsements if you have them.

After you have your CDL a company will send you out on the road making deliveries with a trainer. Different companies have different lengths of time with the trainer. Some vary between 4 to 8 weeks, some are until your trainer says you are ready, some are however long it takes to get a certain number of hours actually driving. Then you usually come back and take another test for the company before you are assigned your own truck.

That is what I have learned so far, I hope it helps you.

Posted:  6 years ago

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Sneaky dispatcher...

What's a "center pivot"????

When you fly over the plains states, you look out the window and see the farmland is circles instead of squares. That is center pivot irrigation. It's like a huge self propeled sprinkler that rolls around.

I heard a story about a pilot that came on the intercom and told the passengers that those circles were made by the farmer putting a stake in the field and tying a long rope to the team of plow horses. As they walked, the rope wrapped around the stake and they circled in to the center. Bogus!

Born in Kansas

Posted:  6 years ago

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7th day of CDL school

Yay! I passed my driving exam and graduated with 95.6% GPA. Currently sitting at DMV for my CDL

Posted:  6 years ago

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Dealing With A Tornado

if there is no shelter get in a ditch.

This is right. Ditch or depression below the average ground level. Flat, so the wind can't get underneath you, face down with your hands covering the back of your head and neck to protect from debries. Away from the truck so it doesn't fall over onto you.

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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7th day of CDL school

Today on my 10th day, we went driving in the mountains, I-70 west of Denver. I've got to learn this well. Since Denver will my my home terminal, I will be doing alot of this.

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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7th day of CDL school

Last week Monday, I started private CDL school at U.S. Truck Driving School in Wheatridge, CO. The first 4 days was book work and written tests on which I had a cumulative 98.3% score (thanks to High Road Training Program). The 5th and 6th days we learned pretrip inspection and drove around the yard practicing shifting in the low range. Today, beginning my second week of Truck driving school, the instructor drove us to Aurora CO, where we drove around in an industrial park with lots of right and left turns and rail road crossings. This is our third day in the truck and our first day out of the yard. We practiced up and down shifting and not hitting the curb on corners. At the end of my first turn driving, the instructor had me drive to Wendy's for lunch. In the afternoon, we practiced more in the industrial park then did a straight line backing. I did it perfectly and didn't get crooked or hit the curb. Then another student drove us out of the insdustrial park and on many city roads back towards the school. The instructor had him pull over and give me a turn, he told me to "pull ahead and take a left up there where the I-70 on ramp sign is." (this is at 5:00pm)shocked.png I drove the semi truck at 55mph on I-70 from I-225 to Wadsworth Blvd exit. Then back to the school where I BACKED the trailer between two other trucks, (with instructor coaching) and dropped the trailer (put down the landing gear and unhooked from the fifth wheel) and went and parked the tractor. We then went in to do our log books and evaluations. The instructor said I was the star of the class. dancing.gif :D

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Starting orientation with May Trucking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A May recruiter came to my school and talked to me today (and brought brownies). They sound really good. I will be interested to hear how it goes with you. Are you western 11 or 48?

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