Profile For Tim F.

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  • Location:
    Coxsackie , NY

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    6 years, 7 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:  3 weeks ago

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Local driving is so good!

Nice job Andrey. Land Air is a great outfit to get on with.

For those of you outside of the Northeast. Land Air runs the whole NE. A lot of their freight is regional then interlining with other LTL lines.

When I was with Central Transport we sent quite a bit to them both to deliver and pickup for us.

This is a great opportunity for Andrey to get going on local.

Well done!

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Should I bother going to a paid CDL school VS company sponsored training?

Jay,

The school is going to teach you enough information to pass the CDL A road test ...as is a company sponsored school.

Your further training will occur at the start of tour new job. Companies have different training programs. That’s where you learn the particulars of being a professional truck driver.

I went to Roehls CDL school. I didn’t sweat the year commitment to save me 6-7 Grand. I figure it was a great deal. Which it was.

If I were you?, I’d do company sponsored/paid and have a job waiting for me once you successfully complete the program

Good luck

Posted:  1 month ago

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Left prime

It appears that by Johns own description, he did not stick.

On to the next wannabe

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Roehl training: phase 3 (solo)

I’m going to take a shot in the dark here.

Roehl doesn’t have a great deal of activity in the NE region. They have some dedicated freight heading into the northeast and some paper that comes out of Maine.

When I ran for the Kraft fleet a few time I dead head 400 miles back to Winchester VA for my next load OR I’d pick up a brokered load.

Roehl could have seen this as an opportunity to reduce the driver count in the NE and Andrey provided the means unfortunately.

There some other trucking companies that have been advertising heavy for drivers. Pottles out of Maine. Cowan has the contract for the BJs in Uxbridge Ma. And are advertising for OTR.

Andrey...just remember...you didn’t have an accident. You had an incident in a parking lot that was deemed preventable. Most good companies will discern the difference. Also, next time you are in that situation, complete the back before stopping.

Good luck!

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Roehl's qualification day

Decided to go with Roehl. Got my DOT health card and CDL permit. Not sure if my recruiter understands past a certain point. It was only a 6th month card due to BMI. Recruiter says there is no new dot health exam or physical exam during the whole process. Safety will contact me close to the expiration to make sure I'm ready. Is that correct? anyone know or have experience with Roehl?

Larry...Roehl typically sends your to their preferred doctor for the physical. Bus this what happened here.

They use a third person association to review physicals and advise their safety department. If this is what was done then you should be all set.

As others have said, they are probably giving you the 6 months for the sleep study. I have mild sleep apnea and adjusted quickly to the machine. I now actually miss it when I skip a night of use.

Good luck. I got my license through Roehl in 2014. Great people and a great company.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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FINALLY GOING. TOOK THE STEP.

It's been a long time. I'm leaving the 15th for CFI. Everything is set. The High Road Training was excellent. I have permit and physical. Thank you Brett and all the experienced drivers for the articles.

Isn’t one of their finishers on here...lol. A guy named Big Scott..aka...CFIs biggest fan.

Good luck in your new step. I got my CDL A in 2014 and the only regret is not doing it sooner.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Bad experience or am I the problem?

Ok..new forum rule

No more Red Bull before posting

😉

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks 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 months, 3 weeks 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:  2 months, 3 weeks 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:  2 months, 3 weeks 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:  3 months 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:  3 months, 2 weeks 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:  3 months, 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:  4 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:  5 months 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:  5 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:  7 months, 1 week 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:  7 months, 1 week 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:  7 months, 3 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

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