Profile For Raz

Raz's Info

  • Location:
    Independence, MO

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 1 month ago

Raz's Bio

After a satisfying career in the Automobile Aftermarket I retired early in 2012. Now with all my "honey does" being complete I am bored and looking for something new.

Now driving for Werner enterprise

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Posted:  3 years, 5 months ago

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Sitting

From your comments I gathered that you are pulling an orange trailer..correct ?

If not, some of my comments my apply

You most likely are elidgeable for layover pay of $65 per day

If you at e a day late getting in for home time they will allow you an additional nite at home. Simply adjust you NAT accordingly.

You may have noticed that freight has been slower than normal, especially around the weekends. Planners are taking the heat for the lack of loads but my understanding is that the industry has slowed

Double booking can and does happen more than we know. Especially when DBLs are scrambling to cover a missed pickup. Or when the shipper screws up an orders twice for the same load.

Take it in stride and communicate with note/weekend DBLs about your status. Don't take it personal

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Considering Moving On

Suggest you look into y r c

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Newbie just starting, could use advice in general.

Don't worry about it Take it one step at a time Plan your route before you start and check for truck routes and low clearance in your rand McNally truckers map book Don't worry about that guy riding your back bumper, drive the truck in a manor that is comfortable to you Watch your right side all the time, as that is most likely to be the trouble spot When backing, G O A L

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Is freight slowing down ?

I am still a "JAFRO", but my understanding is that we are now entering the busy season. We should be going full blast.

But, last few weeks I have had trouble getting loads on Friday thru Sunday. My leader claims freight has slowed and they are having issues keeping all of us moving. I see no reason for his statements to be bullsh#t as we haves good relationship and my performance has been excellent

So my question to you is "are you seeing a trend with your company that suggests freight is slowing down ?

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Relocated to Kansas City, any info on local?

Y r c Old dominion Hogan Dot food in st joe

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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My experience with trucking so far...

I'm right there with you. Been solo less than a month. Stressed out and worried about every thing.

Finally told myself that I must only think about the next move. One step at a time. Drive the truck. Get there when I can and screw the schedule, as they have more time than they are showing you. Don't think about the backing until you are looking at the hole. Got a company drop yard ? Go there and practice backing. Much less stress when you are alone. Relax and do it one step at a time.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Snowbound

Keep it coming guys. Much more interesting to hear how you are doing out there. Here in St. Louis things are quiet and I have not heard the news about the storm. Do you expect more snow ! Or is the worst behind you ?

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Snowbound

Bravo old school, your the man. Would never have thought about the purple sh#t, but I will remember that one. I hear mixed about kitty liter, what's your take on that ?

Test of you, tell the folks at home what ur doing to kill the time. How hard to find a place to **** down.

Tell these newbies what it's really like out there ?

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Snowbound

Let's start a thread about this storm. Where you are, how bad it is and your take on the situation.

I am in St. Louis and it's a beautiful day so I have no clue what you guys are up against.

I think that would be interesting for students and pros alike.

Anchorman where are you ?

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Struggling

I would like to know what type of school you are attending ? Also, suggest you be more specific about the areas you are having problems.

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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A challenge, maybe?

Sometimes a step or two backwards is needed before moving forward again

You know what you have to do . Just do it and be thankful for your family's support.

Good luck

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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A challenge, maybe?

Excuse me , but you are saying you have no $$ for diapers and he refused to help. ?

Do you have food for yourself and child ?

If not I am certain that some if my fellow TT followers would feel as I do and send you a few bucks .

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Tax deductible ?

I have been told that the tuition I paid for cdl school is deductible of federal tax return .

Can you confirm or deny this information.

Thanks

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Taking a shower on the road

Bravo Dutch Well stated

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Newbie: 3 weeks training vs 9 weeks?

I suggest you look at it this way; All private cdl schools will get you enough training/ schooling to pass your state cdl exam. What they will not teach you is the real world of truck driving . For that you will be trained thru the truck company you sign on with. A short period of classroom /yard skills and then on the road with a trainer who will show you what you really need to know. While I believe the longer spent with the trainer the better , some folks pick it up quicker than others. You can listen to talk about snow, traffic, and backing into tight spots, but you are better off learning this stuff with a good trainer over as much time as possible.

And by all means use the high road training course to help you pass your cdl exams

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Taking a shower on the road

Ooohps Not shorts But showers

Another factor that I had not planned on is that in the training phase (for me 250 drive hours) where your trainer earns extra. $$ for miles you drive his motivation is to team drive and keep the wheels turning. Many times I will wake up in a rest area, get dressed and brush me teeth and wash my face in the rest room. Then pre trip and get rolling .

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Taking a shower on the road

Shorts run $10 to $15 Most major truck stops have rewards programs /cards that will give you enough credits to shower with each fill up . However you will not be able to fill up every day and sometimes you will have to use another brand truck stop. Add this to the problem of over crowded trucks stops where you may be able to buy fuel but will not find room to park your rig . Now if you can find local work you maybe home every nite , but the down side of that is. $$ and the fact that most local jobs require labor as well as driving .

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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So, what exactly should I bring with me? (non-driver)

Ask others to chime in on this. My experience so far is you only make $$ when the wheels are turning. And the trips are planned for you with very tight delivery times. So far for me at Werner, a shower is a luxury I only see once or twice a week. It's not picnic out here

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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So, what exactly should I bring with me? (non-driver)

Lots and lots of music. Baby wipes cuz you won't get a shower every day. Healthy snacks so you won't gain weight. Warm pjs cuz it's cold in the truck, and warm clothes cuz it's colder outside. Couple good books Have fun with it !

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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So first time down cabbage patch

Soooo glad to hear your ok From my experience with high performance car tires I find the whole super single thing to be crazy. Tires with a wide footprint are dangerous in in snow ice or water. Werner tried um on a few and canceled um due to the same reason, plus the availability issue in rural areas. Personally I would not work for a company that used them

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