Profile For J-Fresh

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    8 years ago

J-Fresh's Bio

Been driving LTL freight here on Vancouver Island for 4 months now, working nights since completing driving academy. Took me a couple weeks but found a company willing to take a chance on a green driver. I feel very fortunate as there are so many jobs here but so few and far between that are willing to hire a guy fresh out of school.

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Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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Truck Driver Shortage

Nope its not, Driver pay is still very low!

I found doing my market research before attending driving academy that pay in this industry is kind of like house hunting but the scale works totally opposite. Pay is extremely high in regions where nobody wants to live and temperatures reach sub zero in the winter.

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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Checking brakelights alone

I cut a pc of wooden doweling that is just the right length to hold the hand brake fully applied when tucked up under the lip of the dash. Works quite well, however it depends on the location of your brake handle. It's used daily when pretripping each trailer during the night. I usually haul 2-3 trailers per night hauling LTL and linehaul.

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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9% Grade

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Throw your 4way flashers on and select the correct gear to hold u at a safe speed with full jake for the way down only using your foot valve if your rpm's get too high or additional speed control is needed (u shouldn't need your foot valve if correct gear is selected), and 4 ways with the correct gear selected for the climb up. If you're rocking an auto transmission then speed control can be a little more difficult so make sure you pre select it to manual shifting if that option is available to avoid overheating your brakes.

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Some states, it's illegal to run your 4 way unless your on the side of the road (like CA), now a CHP probably won't pull you over for it, but they could..

From experience, I'd take the hill up in whatever gear pulls but doesn't bog the end, (probably around 7h gear if it's a 10 speed maybe 6th). Going down, depending on the engine (Cummins, Detroit, maxforce or maxfail as I call em) and the Jake, I'd take it in 5th or 6th.

I've actually delt with a 9% loaded at 78k lbs pretty heavy, I was in a 2013 Volvo with a D13 volvo engine, pulled great, Jake worked great to, took the hill down in 7 around 25mph. Rpms stayed around 13-1400. Never touched brakes.

That's how were taught do it North of the border ;) It's illegal to warn other drivers that you're doing 1/4 their speed? I would expect more from California!

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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What do you do about Trailer issues?

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Believe it or not, a first aid kit is not a requirement on a truck. Bring your own, if you want one.

-mountain girl

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Yea what she said. First aide is up to you. I have a first aide kit any medic would be proud of sans the pain medication.

Here in British Columbia, Canada, checking for a first aid kit is a requirement as part of our Class1 pretrip inspection from ICBC (Insurance Corporation of British Columbia). (It's referred to as "safety equipment" along with road flares and fire extinguisher) That's pretty wild that they don't require you to have one in the USA.

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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9% Grade

Throw your 4way flashers on and select the correct gear to hold u at a safe speed with full jake for the way down only using your foot valve if your rpm's get too high or additional speed control is needed (u shouldn't need your foot valve if correct gear is selected), and 4 ways with the correct gear selected for the climb up. If you're rocking an auto transmission then speed control can be a little more difficult so make sure you pre select it to manual shifting if that option is available to avoid overheating your brakes.

Posted:  8 years ago

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Staying awake while driving

Working nights doing LTL here on Vancouver Island most of my shifts are 10-13 hrs. My favourite thing to do when I start feeling what I call "the wall" at around 3-4am on a long boring strip of hwy is crank both windows for 1-2 mins and the jolt of fresh cold air smartens me up right quick.

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