Profile For Chiefmac

Chiefmac's Info

  • Location:
    Powder Springs, GA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    9 years, 8 months ago

Chiefmac's Bio

My name is Eric McDaniel and I live in Powder Springs, GA. I retired from the fire department in 2011 after 33 years. Being a firefighter was my dream from a very young age and I am blessed to have made a successful career and achieve the rank of Deputy Chief before hanging up my helmet. Growing up in southeastern Pennsylvania, the only other thing I wanted to be was a trucker. Two of my uncles were truckers and the fathers of most of my friends were truckers and most of those friends went on to do the same...now it's my turn. I studied at Chattahoochee Technical College in Acworth, GA and drove OTR with Crete Carrier for a bit. I'm now employed by Innovative Driver Services and mostly drive local and southeast. I also drive for Atlanta CV Drum & Bugle Corps and the McEachern High School Band. All great gigs for a retired guy.

Stay safe.....

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Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Noticed my air tank hanging

I'm sure the "letter of the law" tells the DOT to give you a shutdown and tickets; however, if you notice any of the hundreds of POS trucks passing you on a daily basis you'll see that there is a lot of leeway and gray areas.

If I was said DOT officer, I'd commend you on doing as good a job on securing it as you have instead of just rolling on like so many others.

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Boredom on the Road

Audio books. Great way to learn something new or just be entertained.

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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How do OTR drivers manage to stay in good health?

On the subject of health, check out Kevin Rutherford's website Letstruck.com and his show on XM Radio's Road Dog Channel.

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Sleeping on ramps

I agree that you should not plan to stop; however, the real world sometimes dictates differently, such as, you are falling asleep (to me, way more dangerous than parking on a ramp) and aren't near a suitable rest area or truck stop. At least do it as safely as possible by using the get on ramp instead of the get off ramp due to slower speed of passing vehicles. Parking as far to the side as safety allows, watch for embankments or holes. Leave your marker lights on, turn your headlights off. If you still feel uncertain then trust your gut and find another spot. Don't park on the shoulder of travel lanes unless you are broke down. You create a hazard for yourself and others.

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Tips, Tricks, And Techniques For Rookie Drivers

Sidewalk Chalk and Dry Erase Markers...steal some from your kids.

Chalk- Great for marking holes on your tandem rails and the ground so you can gauge how far to roll. Nice thing about this is the marks are easily removed to avoid confusion the next time you slide. I always mark my starting point with a > and my target with an X. Also good for marking tire problems temporarily (get a good tire marker or paint pen for a more permanent mark), leaving notes for dock workers, marking locations for freight on the inside of your trailer or customer names for split loads, and other things your imagination can dream up.

Dry Erase Marker- great for leaving a wipe off note on your window, or windshield. Sometimes I'll put exit numbers or route numbers on the upper left side of my windshield for quick reference, or reminders that I'm chocked, or something like that.

Posted:  7 years, 3 months ago

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Bright Green Dock Lights At Night

I adjust the mirrors very low so that the tandems are in the upper portion instead of the lower portion of the mirror. Raise or lower seat if needed to make an angle where you can see lines on the ground but you can't see dock lights unless you crouch or stretch to an unusual position. This technique minimizes those bright lights actually reflecting from mirrors to eyeballs.

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Posted:  7 years, 4 months ago

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Bright Green Dock Lights At Night

I find sometimes a police car on the side of the road at night will seem to have ridiculously bright lights that make it hard to see past it.

I agree, they seem to be more of a hazard when they are that bright.

Posted:  7 years, 4 months ago

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Bright Green Dock Lights At Night

Well, as we all get older, our sensitivity to light may change. Some docks have super green LEDs and no other ambient light making a huge contrast. Now throw in some precipitation and it can really change the game. The amber glasses or in some cases clipons sound like they may work. Any other "helpful" tips?

Posted:  7 years, 4 months ago

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Bright Green Dock Lights At Night

What are some ideas for handling the blinding green dock lights when backing at night?

Posted:  7 years, 9 months ago

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An observation...

I was with Crete through my training, now I drive for a couple of private groups. It doesn't much matter what company is represented as the fact that you will not get more accurate info from a wide range of professionals anywhere else.

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