Profile For Mike L.

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  • Location:
    Reseda, CA

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    7 years, 8 months ago

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Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Walmart's New Truck looks AMAZING!

The only reason they can afford that is because they don't pay their employees a living salary. So they took all that money they're saving by not taking care of their employees and making them broke and they put it into a new vehicle. My hate for Walmart is strong.

Sums up my first thought perfectly.

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Choosing my first company is difficult

Very wrong. Your companies terminal location has no effect on them getting you home on time.

Ok then instead i'll say it will be difficult to go home unless the company lets you take the truck home. If there is no other place to park the trailer, you'll have to have room for that too. It just depends on the company.

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Choosing my first company is difficult

I'd say do your homework on what training company has the fastest training to get you on the road while paying you enough during training. When I went through Central Refrigerated (now Swift) they did licenses in 2 weeks and 4 weeks on the road instruction at $250 a week. Not much money I know but that's a bit of the sacrifice that needs to be made. I wish I had more info on other schools but I can only give my own experience.

The more you learn about the various companies the better off you are. Don't forget to look for a company that has a terminal near you or it might be difficult getting home.

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Dispatcher training

So i've been driving for a little over a year now and I've seen a few companies. I can say that trucking doesn't seem to agree with me so I'm thinking about going into dispatch. I have great computer skills that I don't get to use as a truck driver and I'm getting tired of living in a truck. My current company gets me home on weekends which is really nice but I want to start a family and even that won't be enough.

I live in San Fernando Valley (about 20miles NW of Los Angeles) and I'm finding it difficult just getting an interview at a dispatch job. Does anyone have suggestions for training or how to go about this better? Do I need schooling first? If so, where can I go for that?

Thank you much,

Mike

Posted:  5 years, 12 months ago

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Shifting questions....

I was taught you don't fully depress the clutch after 1st (or into reverse) but you still press down on it slightly for an electrical switch. I'm not a mechanic (can you tell?) but a quick double clutch isn't nearly as bad as it sounds. Adding what John S. said to my knowledge reinforces it. I don't float much unless the road is icy and I don't want to risk a torque jump but that would be poor shifting anyway. Float or don't, it doesn't really matter but a "real" up or down shift is just pressing down on the clutch a little bit anyway. When the truck is off you can almost hear/feel the spring stop just before you hit clutch "wall" and have to really press down hard.

Now traffic in a major city? That's a different story haha.

Posted:  5 years, 12 months ago

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A moment of silence for those killed in Indiana today.

I can't understand close driver either. Last winter I was driving through North Dakota and there where 6 semis driving about 20feet behind each other in one of the biggest, dumbest convos on an ice road I've ever seen. The snow was so packed on that interstate it was shiny. It really taught me to stay away from dangerous drivers.

Posted:  6 years ago

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Thank you trucking truth!

I've said thank you before in helping me get the courage to get into school, get my license and recently get my endorsements. This time I'd like to give a general thank you for helping me get my life in order and on a good career path.

If it wasn't for this site and the good people here I wouldn't be where I am now. I asked my lady to marry me on Christmas because now I have a career and I'm looking forward to driving in my future (but in all honesty I'm looking for more local work instead of OTR). None the less, thank you for being here and helping myself and other students/drivers!

It's not just the lessons, knowledge and wisdom that I appreciate but also the drive to help other people in this industry.

p.s. asking her Dad for the blessing was waaaay harder. Amiright guys?

Posted:  6 years ago

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Taking selfies...

Sexy man poses should be illegal. Like LL Cool J....you will never see that dude in front of any sort of camera without his famous "look how sexy I am" smirk.

Clint Eastwood - now that dude knows how to look at a camera. He has that famous combination of two looks at once: "Are you an idiot?" and "I'd like to punch you in the face"

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given his stature.. I doubt he has ever needed to take a selfie. There's some old legend that requires 10-15' clearance between him and the lens or the film burst into flames or the camerman turn to stone.

Posted:  6 years ago

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So many Swifties

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I'll go on a limb here and say most people aren't very thorough with their online researching. If prime is the topic of the month then students will end up being swayed that way. I went with central because they had the least complaints online haha.

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I went with Central because they had the shortest training program. I didnt want to spend anymore than 4 weeks with a trainer. shocked.png

My "first" trainer was pretty much a total ******. I could go into a long rant about it involving trying to bang former students and forced lack of sleep but that speaks for itself. My second trainer was awesome! Apparently that guy got a lot of complaints about yelling at students but we had a great time on the road.

The short training time was also a plus for me although it was a lot of extra stress but I learned a lot from being "thrown to the sharks". However, switching trainers midway through did add an extra week to my time.

Posted:  6 years ago

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Taking selfies...

I used to think it was just a majority of teenagers doing it.. but I can see it's a trucker thing too. How weird life is sometimes.

Get that duck face or sexy man pose ready XD

Posted:  6 years ago

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Im new and I have been given 26c per mile

All these responses are on the money. Miles vary, pay varies, conditions vary, it's simply the way trucking is. Training pay (does not matter what company) is going to be on the crummy side. Once it's finished and you become your own professional, the pay will get better but it will always vary.

Heck when I started my road training with Central Ref last year I only made $250 a week and it barely got me by. Then it improved when I was on my own but it was always up and down. Sometimes it's not just the miles you ran but when you actually sent in the paper work for the load. I've had a $300 paycheck followed by a $1400 paycheck followed by a $500 paycheck. Just how it goes in logistics.

Posted:  6 years ago

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So many Swifties

I'll go on a limb here and say most people aren't very thorough with their online researching. If prime is the topic of the month then students will end up being swayed that way. I went with central because they had the least complaints online haha.

Posted:  6 years ago

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Dumb Question

Qualcomm (or other electronic log/communication device) is usually the best way because it goes on record unlike a phone call. I'd also like to add that a good smart phone is a blessing on the road. You'll get unlimited minutes/texts but also you'll get a data plan so you can get on the internet. Satellite photos of streets and locations have relieves a lot of strain when I make deliveries. Also being able to get social media on the road helps you from going crazy from loneliness.

Posted:  6 years ago

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Air brake failure

Yeah losing breaks scares me a lot as well. As Daniel said, drain your tanks regularly especially in cold weather. Doing a FULL break inspection every day is not only the law but is important to catch issues before you reach for the petal downhill. It's not just for your job, it's for your life.

After all is said and done. S... can just happen. Such is life.

Posted:  6 years ago

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It is official

So now, here is a dumb question.... why would you want to pick up 100 lbs when you could use a dolly to move same amount. Is this allowed?

I believe it's more of a stress test if you're talking about the physical you have to take. It's less about you being able to lift the weight as it is seeing how your body reacts to the strain.

That and sometimes a dolly just isn't available unless you have one stashed in your cab.

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Went in for Hazmat/Tanker and Doubles/Triples tests.....

Good advice and thank you Brett and Woody. I'm glad it's behind me and I'm looking forward to getting some real experience. Thank you once again for making the training and practice tests available online and free.

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Went in for Hazmat/Tanker and Doubles/Triples tests.....

Oddly enough they were even surprised I went through the TSA background check before I took the tests. Who would go through this kind of hassle without making sure they've been cleared first?

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Went in for Hazmat/Tanker and Doubles/Triples tests.....

...and when I got in I had to also take Class C, Class A General Knowledge, Combinations, Air Brakes and then finally the three endorsements I went in for.

You know that moment when you didn't think to study for for 50% of a test but you already paid $40 to "renew" the license you got 1 year ago that was still good for another 3 years? Yeah...

Good news is I passed them all in the first go and even got my eye wear restriction removed. They were as surprised as I was that I legally don't need glasses.

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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21 Year Old Female Wanting To Become A Driver

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Word of warning! Try to stay clear of England. I've heard nothing but bad things about that companies training as well as how they do business.

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Mike you should know better by now than to speak ill or bad about another company on this website. Its not what we do here.

For one as you stated you HEARD. So you are going by hearsay from people but you do not know if its true or not.

I was a lease op with England for 3 years and had no problems at all with them. Matter of fact i paid for my house in cash as well as two trucks.

Rumors are for those other forums. Not these one. CR England is no different than any other starter company out here.

Well I've seen their training camps of 100 students per class and seen their stats of 300% turner over rate so I'll take the flack for what I said and stand by it. To say all training companies are the same is absolutely not true but I'll just leave it at that and keep the experiences to myself.

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Hazmat and Doubles/Triple

Thank you for the advice guys and I've decided to get the endorsement. I'm a little nervous about driving doubles/triples because I don't have a feeling for how they react on the road buy that's life.

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