Profile For Phil M.

Phil M.'s Info

  • Location:
    Eagle River, AL

  • Driving Status:
    Considering A Career

  • Social Link:

  • Joined Us:
    8 years, 3 months ago

Phil M.'s Bio

I live in Eagle River, Alaska which is 15 miles north of Anchorage. Semi-retired. Spent most of my career in Automotive dealership management. My life long dream was to Drive OTR for a living but life had other plans for me. Now it's my time to try and get my CDL and drive.

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Posted:  8 years, 1 month ago

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Pulled the trigger today I guess

Good on you're adventure.

After being off the road for 35 years I guess I'm going back. It is something for me to go to "driver school" because I was on the road when these schools were just coming into vogue and had some "pre-conceptions" to over come. I've seen some "training school" drivers I'd swear could only drive a 10 speed RoadRanger because they couldn't count to 13 to shift a 13 speed Ranger.

But from what I've seen on here the "quality" seems far better than drivers were before. If these practice tests are anywhere near accurate I can see why they have to be better. Some of these things can be real butt kickers.

Anyway as the plan sets now I'll do the 4 week Delta Tech training starting the end of January and then 3 weeks of Schneider training. Pretty cool to end up running solo that soon. Drawback is running the "dirty side" but don't want to run teams again.

Thanks for the practice tests Brett.

Posted:  8 years, 1 month ago

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Is" You Tube" good for Trucking?

Hey Phil, One thing that I have noticed with the YouTubers is that many are opting for leasing and automatic transmissions. As a newb, neither of those interest me. Other than that, you're right about Allie Knight being one of the new positive & interesting truckers. It also seems that a lot of Canadian truckers are making videos. Just lonely or money savvy? LOL

I have noticed the the leasing idea to. I am also considering trucking and find some of the videos helpful to make that decision to go or no go. I really like watching Allie she has a positive look at trucking. Good luck if you're thinking of getting into trucking.

Posted:  8 years, 1 month ago

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Is" You Tube" good for Trucking?

Brett, Just a big sorry for not including "Trucking Truth"for the progress of women in the trucking world. I thought it but the fingers didn't move that you're web site helps people each day I am sure. I have learned a lot from this site.

With I Heart radio and Women in Trucking joining together for the best Women trucking video this year I think and believe the future for more women in trucking is good. One person I have been watching is Allie Knight runs for USA is really a positive for trucking in general. I started this post is to see if people are using You Tube for the instructional value or just entertainment.

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Maybe men don't get the negative reactions as ferociously as we women do when we tell our family & friends that we want to get our CDL to drive a semi. YouTube has video of some rather normal, fun & interesting people that disprove the myths of only creepy truckers who are on drugs, womanizers, racist, or are barely running legal. It's a skilled job for a traveling mindset that either love it or hate it. Imho it is definitely helping the industry's image.

One added benefit to all those truckers with YouTube Channels is that they're making extra money by getting lots of viewers and subscribers/faithful followers.

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Posted:  8 years, 1 month ago

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Is" You Tube" good for Trucking?

With I Heart radio and Women in Trucking joining together for the best Women trucking video this year I think and believe the future for more women in trucking is good. One person I have been watching is Allie Knight runs for USA is really a positive for trucking in general. I started this post is to see if people are using You Tube for the instructional value or just entertainment.

Maybe men don't get the negative reactions as ferociously as we women do when we tell our family & friends that we want to get our CDL to drive a semi. YouTube has video of some rather normal, fun & interesting people that disprove the myths of only creepy truckers who are on drugs, womanizers, racist, or are barely running legal. It's a skilled job for a traveling mindset that either love it or hate it. Imho it is definitely helping the industry's image.

One added benefit to all those truckers with YouTube Channels is that they're making extra money by getting lots of viewers and subscribers/faithful followers.

Posted:  8 years, 1 month ago

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Is" You Tube" good for Trucking?

Just curious if Youtube helps promote trucking.

Posted:  8 years, 2 months ago

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Trainer Theft??

Someday you will meet him on the road and then you can ask him why he is a thief hopefully in a dark alley. It will eventually catch up to him Keep working hard and you will do great. Good Luck on you're adventure.

So I posted this in my post about getting off the truck, but decided to start a new post, to get peoples input....

While I'm sitting here in the hotel I decided to do some CBT's (computer based training) and grabbed my laptop, decided to switch to my tablet, since it is touch screen, and easier to use.......BUT it is gone, tablet was in main area of bag, charger in a zippered area, both are gone. I never took them out of my bag while on the truck, and funny how my trainer packed all my stuff into my bags while I was driving us to the terminal in Phoenix.

So what do I do....nothing I guess, how can I prove it......sucks......

Posted:  8 years, 3 months ago

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Too Old to Start?

Western states would be my choice.

You're not nearly too old. Now, if you were about to hit triple digits like Old School is then you are probably too old. But, if you can pass the DOT physical then you're good to go!

Knight is a great company and they hire from pretty much anywhere. So wherever you move they'll be knocking on your door! What states do you have in mind?

Posted:  8 years, 3 months ago

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Too Old to Start?

Many questions I have on becoming a OTR driver. 1). Is 57 years old to old.? 2). My location Alaska has no company's offering driver CDL training. How do I figure out where to move. 3). Interested in working for Knight Transport after a lot of research. I am sure the answer is just make it happen but input is nice sometimes.

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