Profile For Tim F.

Tim F.'s Info

  • Location:
    Coxsackie , NY

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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    6 years, 5 months ago

Tim F.'s Bio

Hometown is about 30 miles south of Albany NY. 50 year old who searched for and found a new career in trucking. Divorced and have one son.

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Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Should I keep my CDL?

The only thing you really need to do is take a medical exam every year or two. So , yes, I’d keep it.

You may find something comes your way in the near future. These are money makers and you should do anything you can to keep it as a class A CDL license.

Good luck Zach! Keep the license current.

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Any Federal Law for Right on Red?

I’ve noticed there are a few right hand turn lanes that are marked separately with yield signs. In other words, if you were go straight through the light it’s a red light with stop signs. However, if you are turning right, there is a yield sign. Usually it is a fully committed turning lane, with an island separating it from other lanes....if this makes sense.

I believe in this case it is legal to go ahead and “yield” into traffic.

Otherwise, I agree with others. If it’s a red light,!with a stop sign...there is no yielding...only stopping when making a right hand turn.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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I really really really hate team driving

Self induced drama. Pretty sure any co-driver you get won’t be good enough.

There’s always something to complain about in trucking. The successful drivers learn to focus on the big picture and let the little stuff roll.

If I were you I’d focus more on yourself, than judging others.

Good luck

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Vaccine Eligibility for Truckers

I looked into this also. While we are listed as “essential” workers under the transportation category, we are not considered “high exposure” transportation workers. Therefor...we (you) wait.

NYS now says I qualify for the vaccine on 2/15/21 based in my age and two co-morbidities. They also say that there won’t be enough vaccine available to give everyone for a couple months.

Keep trucking Eugene!!

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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CDL School (Should I bother?)

Wait. If you won the case on the four charges, why are you on probation? Did your attorney make a deal?

My guess is that’s the deal breaker right there. No company will touch you until the probation is complete. Also, companies will go on a case by base basis. Assault and battery on a police officer is not a good reflection on yourself.

I would apply to

Apply For Paid CDL Training

And see what you get back

Do not spend money to get your cdl...it’s likely you are not eligible for hire to a lot of companies

Good luck

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Need Advice on Companies, and CDL Training

If I were you, I would be looking at changing careers, too. I read your bio, and see you're in the mining industry. This new administration is most likely to put that part of the economy to bed very soon.

I’m afraid the new administration is going to put a lot of industry to bed, not just mining.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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3 Choices

I ran Delaware all the time for Roehl. We covered a Kraft plant down in Dover...as well as a logistics warehouse down in Hurlock, MD

I went through Roehls CDL school in October 2014. Went from school right in their Kraft Dedicated account out of Winchester Va.

All three would be great companies with which to start your career. A lot depends on what you are looking for to start your career.

One of the things Roehl offered was attractive hometime. On the dedicated account I was home weekly for my reset. If I needed extra days, I would stay out a weekend and earn the day.

Good luck moving forward.

Tim

Posted:  2 months ago

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2020 closes with probably one of the most bizarre truck crash lawsuits ever

He who represents himself has a fool for a client...lol.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Past Employment and Getting on with a Paid CDL Company

I was in the same situation as you way back in 2014. Unemployed for 1–1/2 years and applied to Prime. They rejected me too. I signed on with Roehl and have been driving since.

Use the following link here to fill out applications to various companies who will provide A CDL school in exchange for working for a predetermined timeframe...usually a year. In Roehl’s case it was mileage based 120k....which took about a year.

Here’s the link:Paid CDL Training ProgramsApply For Paid CDL Training

I’d apply to every company and see what happens. Pay no attention to internet reviews. I’m sure someone will approve him.

You can give Roehl a call, although right now they do not show hiring for their school out if NOLA.

Good Luck and don’t give up!

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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U.S Xpress Walmart Dedicated 7+ months experience driving.

I used to love going to that DC. I’d pickup a backhaul out of Cascades in Scranton then motor down. Love that country and the truckstop at Zions Crossroads.

I’ve been missing the road to be honest. Thinking in another year or so...maybe I’ll head back OTR...we’ll see what life brings.

I’d agree with Anne though. I’d stay in the Walmart dedicated. Only because hauling a tank of flammable product really doesn’t appeal to me.

Good luck

Posted:  5 months ago

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8 Hour Rule Change

I was delayed at one of our stores yesterday. I was “on duty” for about 45 minutes.

Pleasantly surprised when I hopped back in the tractor and saw my time had reset and I wouldn’t have to stop on my way back.

That’s going to be a nice feature of the new rules.

Posted:  5 months ago

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NC CDL permit need help testing before expires

I’m not sure what your plan is after you get your license. Part of the learning is the 160 hour class time. Schools give You a certificate upon graduation. If you don’t have that, most companies won’t be able to hire you.

Also, as a new driver with no connection to a school, companies will not be able to hire you for insurance reason.

Good luck going forward.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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School VS Paid Training Tough Decision

I got my license through Roehl in October 2014. I recall it being about a year to pay back the debt. My first full year at Roehl I made 50g (Jan-Dec 2015). Started at .35 cpm but the program quickly elevated you to .40 cpm.

The good thing about Roehl is you never hear complaints about the lack of seat time. Usually it’s 2-3 drivers to a truck.

The other good thing about company trained is that the company has an investment in the driver. As you learn and make mistakes (and you will) they tend to be more forgiving.

I’d save the money. Company paid training is the best way to go.

Good luck

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Am I too old to get my CDL

Baron,

You are not too old.

I wouldn’t waste your money in CDL school though. I think you get more bang for your buck by going company paid and doing 1 year OTR. Don’t forget..some companies have regional available after you establish yourself. Swift comes to mind.

Just my two cents!

Good Luck!

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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Tis the week o safety

I noticed a NYS Trooper pulling over trucks on I-88 which runs from Binghamton to Albany. Single trooper. He must have been doing random level three inspections.

Posted:  6 months, 4 weeks ago

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Suggestions for Newer Business

John,

This site is geared towards new drivers and those looking to get their CDLs.

May want to ask OOIDA that question. They may be able to help you with a question for owners and owner operator.

There are a couple in here that run their own businessNeither multiple trucks. They may chime in with an answer. Nt here also someone who is familiar with the insurance industry as it pertains to big trucks...but his name eludes me right now.

Good luck on your expansion.

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Roehl, Tmc, or Prime for first job

I thought I’d add a little info here concerning The Roehl Pet Policy. I’m still involved in a Facebook group with Roehl drivers.

Due to some abuse from drivers pet, Roehl has suspended their pet policy until further notice.

There will be no new pet permits issued AND if you are transferring to a new truck you will not be allowed to transfer the pet permit.

This is as a result of several drivers leaving the trucks in horrible condition as a result of pet “accidents”.

I believe they also put their passenger policy in hold until the COVID pandemic is resolved.

Good luck with your search.

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Ruan Publix Dedicated

I work for Ruan on a dedicated Target account.

If you tell me what specifically you would like to know, maybe I could help.

The Publix operation probably operates and pays differently than my Target operation.

What I will say is that my local managers here in Amsterdam NY are great. I’m coming up on my two year anniversary in a couple weeks.

Old School May be correct in the equipment, but I run Ruan tractors pulling either Target or Xtra lease trailers.

IMO health benefits are decent and reasonable. They contribute to 401k after a year. They offered me a 5k sign on bonus and paid it quarterly for a year. That may or may not be available to you. Free pair of work boots every two years.

What else is there?

Let me know.

Tim

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Totally New

Ruan won’t touch him without the experience. Roehl is a good suggestion, although not sure if they’ll hire out if California. Swift is another good suggestion.

Sounds like Mark is trying to get around the 1year OTR. The last driver I saw hired right out of school spent three weeks doing figure 8’s in the yard and “banging”....not bumping ...the docks.

Not sure when he says his buddy owns a company, but then says he’ll train him if he gets hired.

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Info on Schneider Target Dedicated Account

Hey Devin

I think you be better off back in OTR to fine tune the backing and maneuvering the trailer. The target store vary in what types of dock doors you back into. Most of them are within a foot or less of yellow poles, guardrails.

I certainly have fine tuned my backing in the two years I’ve been running with Ruan. I still take my time and GOAL when I’m at the store.

I prefer driving a daycab at the stores. You must like will be in a sleeper which will add to the difficulty.

I too started with Roehl. Fine outfit. I was in the Kraft Dedicated account. I left,!went back and then finally found this position with Ruan.

Like others have said...I would return to Roehl, complete the commitment and then see what you want to do.

Schneider will still be there in a year if two ( target switched to three year contracts last year)

Good luck.

Tim

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