Profile For Calkansan

Calkansan's Info

  • Location:
    Chico, CA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    9 years, 8 months ago

Calkansan's Bio

I decided it was time for a new adventure.

I was born and raised in Kansas but now live in California.

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Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Just passed my CDL, time to get out of California Bayarea 👍

Congratulations. If you can move closer to the I5 corridor, you will have your pick of companies. It is a major freight corridor between Seattle and LA. Good luck

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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A Trucker's Wife is Baffled HELP

Old school beat me by 3 minutes. Lolrofl-3.gif

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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A Trucker's Wife is Baffled HELP

Average driver should be turning 2500 to 3000 miles a week. At .52 cpm= $1250 to $1500+ a week gross. Take home pay will depend on your tax bracket. Find out how many miles he is driving every day/week. When you are dispatched on a load with a lot of time on it, as a driver you need to be proactive. Talk to DM to drop in yard, switch with another driver low on hours, or move appointment time. If forced to sit on load, then ask for detention pay. Hopefully gtown, rainy, old school or big Scott will chime in soon.

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Hello, I need help finding cdl Training. [request from a very obnoxious dude]

I find it interesting that he spoke with her at 8am and was informed to deliver the purse by 5 pm. You were 1 hour away with 9 hours to deliver it. You missed the appointment. 1 part of trucking is delivering on time. Your decision to not deliver the purse on time resulted in the negative consequences.

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Will I make more than I do now

1st year 46k 2nd year 52k I became a master of the clock. Lol

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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May Trucking Company pay options: CPM (0.35 for me as a rookie) vs. $105 daily minimum with 90 day extra pay based on miles.

Steve L , thanks. I pulled reefer. I dreaded spring because of the nursery loads. We would pu legal plants (lol) in OR with 3 drops in NJ. Usually you pu loaded trailer but hand unload at the drops. Each drop would take 6+ hours to unload over 2 or 3 days. Milage between was less than 100. Can't move times around because nursery had extra workers hired for that delivery time. And when finished with load, needed to get reefer washed out for next load. Great miles to get there, but then 2-3 days with less than 100 miles total. Don't get me started on grocery warehouses. 2 words, King Soopers. You could do a 34 in their dock. Lol. They all need to go to Costco DC for lessons. Anyway, I had no stress to get unloaded faster because I was getting paid weather I drove or sat. Also, you can switch to cpm anytime. If you don't like it, they will allow you to switch back to guarantee pay. You are allowed to switch back once. No back and forth all the time. The people in payroll get upset with the extra work. And why would you anger the people who process your paycheck? Lol

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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May Trucking Company pay options: CPM (0.35 for me as a rookie) vs. $105 daily minimum with 90 day extra pay based on miles.

I'm on the flip side of the coin. When I started at May, I needed a safety net. As a rookie, it seemed to take me longer to figure things out. No matter what happened, I was getting $735.00 a week. As I learned to manage my clock, knowledge of shippers and receivers, and trip planning, I could have switched to cpm to get paid sooner. I didn't. I liked getting a bonus every 90 days for the extra miles. I was happy to have that guarantee when I80 was shut down in Wyoming during winter. When I left May, my weekly pay was $910.00. They even paid me the miles for that quarter I didn't complete. I was considered a top driver for May. They were very fair with me. If I wanted to go back otr, they would be my first call. There are no gimmicks except 1. They want you to accept and run every load assigned legally and safely. In other words, you can't sit on your a** collecting pay and refusing loads. Let me know if there are any more questions.

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Chico, California Paid CDL A Training companies with the best home time and shortest contract

Matthew The good news is that you live 20 miles east of the I5. The I5 corridor is a huge freight corridor from Seattle to San Diego with LA, the bay, and Portland in between. With that in mind, national companies like Swift, Schneider, and Knight with schools would be your starting point. You would be western regional. Hopefully you could swing by the house for your 10 hour break once or twice a week. Once you have that magical first year done, the sky is the limit. Driving jobs are hard to find in the area without any experience. Check Sierra Nevada brewery, walmart dc in red bluff, legend transportation in Yuba City come to mind. Also walnut and almond harvest are coming soon could be another possibility. Propane companies suburban, triflame, amerigas, reliance, k gas. Possibility of hauling fuel. Go south on midway past skyway and turn right on hagen lane. There is a huge fuel loading plant for N CA. Alot of these possibilities require experience. Don't take my word, do your research. How do I know this? I live 12 miles east of Chico up the skyway. I went to private school in redding. I drove for May for 2 1/2 years OTR. I now drive locally for a propane company. I don't know how to do the starter links. Hopefully Brett, old school, errol, g-town, or anybody can add them. Trucking can be a great career with a good starting foundation. This website is a start to that career. If you have any other questions, fire away. Somebody will be able to answer.

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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High Road - HOS

I hope this helps and doesn't confuse. I used this explanation when I trained. 4 clocks-70, 14, 11, 8. Can you drive the truck after 8 hours on duty? No, unless you take a 30 minute break. Can you drive the truck over 11 hours? No, until you have a 10+ hour break. Can you drive the truck after 14 hours on duty? No, until you have a 10+ hour break. Can you drive the truck after 70 hours of on duty in the last 8 days? No, until you "recapture" hours you worked 9 days ago. HOS is designed to prevent you from driving after a specific time frame. I hope this helps. It will make more sense when you are doing it.

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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Does May allow trucks to go home?

I drove for May for 2 years. I pulled reefer in the 48. I parked my truck at the yolo yard on hometime. It is very rare that May will let you drive the tractor home. If you have been employed by them for a few years and your DM is ok with it, then anything is possible. In my situation, I live 2 hours from yolo. I asked my DM for permission. I had to show proof I had a secure place to park. I also was told that any damages to the truck at my location were my responsibility. Truck parts are expensive. After some thinking, I didn't want the responsibility of the truck on hometime. It was easier for me to park at yolo. Once parked and logged out, truck was their responsibility until I returned. I loved working for May. I had a great DM, great truck, and lots of miles. When I got my CDL, I planned to get that coveted 1st year under my belt. I enjoyed it so much, I stayed over 2 years. I hope this helps.

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