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    Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Posted:  3 hours, 54 minutes ago

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The TruckingTruth Meet Up Thread

Shoulda taken a pic when we had lunch down here that day...

Rick

Posted:  8 hours, 42 minutes ago

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Don't Watch Stuff On Your Phone While Driving

Big rig gets in accident while driver watching porn

This guy is going to PRISON and will never drive again.

Rick

Posted:  14 hours, 21 minutes ago

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Scheduled Maintenance

To be clear, the message definitely says DEF filter. My truck just hit 250,000 miles. Doesn't look like I need any other maintenance until Sept. Luckily I'll be near a terminal for this one. I know some drivers like to avoid terminals but, I think I'd rather wait at the terminal than at the nearby International place (Five Star in Allentown, PA)... I've spent a day there and the lounge wasn't great. The Peterbilt places I've been to had really nice waiting areas. International might have some nice places and Peterbilt might have some ratty ones. I haven't been to all of them.

A DEF Filter is a pretty simple fix. It's just an inline filter for the DEF Fluid system. It's neither very costly nor time consuming. If it's coming up as a SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE, rather than a CHECK ENGINE CODE - then you can do it at your leisure.

They're a common enough item, that you might even find truck stops that you have contracts with, able to swap it out for you.

Rick

Posted:  14 hours, 24 minutes ago

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Advice Please

Thank you. I just wanted advice from people who have been doing this and know the industry. Will it be a problem if I get my CDL in August but dont start driving for a company until October. My surgery recovery will be all of September.

It depends on when you FINISH CDL School (graduate). Most companies want to see you within 30-60 days of graduation (90 at the most).

But again - it's typically better to deal with any outstanding medical issues NOW - than to take time off in the middle of your first year.

Typically - tonsils don't come out in ADULTS, unless they NEED TO. If you get frequent tonsillitis and throat infections, the docs may want to take them just to reduce the frequency.

So PULL THEM NOW - but check with the companies you're interested in, to verify how long after graduation that you can delay your orientation without issues...

Rick

Posted:  14 hours, 34 minutes ago

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Trucking not for me.

After reading every advise here, I think trucking will not be for me, only reason being sleep pattern. I have mild narcolepsy. When I have the urge to sleep, I can't help it. Other than that no other issue.

Narcolepsy can be an (obviously) serious issue for a truck driver.

According to FMCSA - you would be MEDICALLY DISQUALIFIED from driving anyways.

The guidelines recommend disqualifying a CMV driver with a diagnosis of Narcolepsy, regardless of treatment because of the likelihood of excessive daytime somnolence.

Even on meds (many of which are medically disqualifying in and of themselves), it is recommended that diagnosed narcolepsy sufferers not be medically certified to drive.

Even narcolepsy wasn't an auto-disqual - the weird varying hours you would have to keep, would further aggravate the issue and it would likely become even more dangerous for you to drive.

Yeah - I'm thinking this may not be the profession for you. Sorry about your condition - best of luck...

Rick

Posted:  1 day, 11 hours ago

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Scheduled Maintenance

Rick:

Is this right?

DPF vs. DEF

Yup...

Rick

Posted:  1 day, 12 hours ago

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Scheduled Maintenance

Im actually shocked that prime does anything with def filters. They are EXTREMELY expensive, so expensive in fact that most people take out there old one and clean and bake them.

How many miles do you have? I thought they got the def filters in the new trucks where you don't have to do maintenance on them anymore until a lot later.

A large outfit like prime - likely has their own in house DPF (not DEF) filter oven. And probably have a pile of them that they've cleaned and are ready to swap out.

Now - the DEF system (Diesel Exhaust Fluid), likely has a filter that takes garbage out of the fluid - and THAT filter likely has to be replaced periodically (like fuel filters).

Rick

Posted:  1 day, 14 hours ago

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Swift hair follicle test

I 100% agree with this.

It’s not about being clean for 3 months; it’s about staying clean well beyond that if truck driving is the career you want. A lifestyle adjustment, that for some might be significant.

To be blunt; I don’t want to be driving next to a truck with an operator who blew a joint hours before.

No tolerance.

Or one that spends their 10, sitting in a truckstop swilling beers. One has to realize that substance abuse includes alcohol - and just because it's legal - doesn't mean that drivers aren't impaired, even hours after their last one. Save it for the first 24 of your 34 - or home time. If you can't wait for the appropriate time to imbibe - then you're as bad as the dopers. There's a difference between "self control" & "addiction" - most folks don't see it, until they're over the line already.

Rick

Posted:  1 day, 14 hours ago

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One year in the books

Good deal Bro. Congrats and best wishes for your continued success...

Rick

Posted:  2 days, 15 hours ago

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Swift hair follicle test

I stand corrected. Exceptions do exist. I also know someone personally who tried shaving everything. Did not get hired.

Well - if you show up as smooth as a newborn - and your drivers license photo shows you with a full head of hair, they might think something was up. WHEN (because it's not really a question of IF) hair testing becomes a DOT Acceptable Method of testing, showing up with no hair to test (similar with showing up unable to produce enough urine for a test) will go down as a REFUSAL TO TEST.

But we still stand by the standard answer - if it's even REMOTELY QUESTIONABLE that you are going to fail ANY DRUG SCREEN - DON'T GO IN FOR ONE until you are SURE YOU CAN PASS.

We had the guy recently - with the crackhead wife, claiming he failed with a coke dirty from saliva transfer. While REMOTELY POSSIBLE as an avenue of exposure, and he would be the one in a million that can claim an unjustified failure - pretty much everyone else that rolls through here KNOWS WHY THEY FAILED.

Rick

Posted:  3 days, 11 hours ago

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Doing The Happy Dance.. My sweetie is doing better

Congrats...

Glad he's doing better...

Rick

Posted:  3 days, 12 hours ago

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How is the freight??

Industry reports a slowdown in "durable goods". People don't stop eating, so food - and obviously reefer is going to stay fairly consistent.

Also - it's not that things are "slow" per se' - it's just that freight/rates were SO GOOD LAST YEAR, that them being "average now" in comparison to previous years, makes things look worse than they actually are.

In times like these - "good performers" are going to be rewarded for their consistency, and problem children are going to sit.

Rick

Posted:  3 days, 14 hours ago

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CR England Hybrid Electric Trucks

I agree rick is that added weight from the motor and batteries added to the diesel engine weight effective to save enough money in fuel to make it worth carrying less freight

Tesla is talking about a Class 8 truck. And a company called Nikola (since the Tesla name is already taken) has been trying to bring one to market for a few years, they were even taking deposits at one point - wonder of anyone got a REFUND since they were supposed to be 12 months out, and still haven't brought one to market. Originally they were gas turbine, now they're talking hydrogen cell.

They're coming - but I think we'll see Semi-Autonomous proliferating in the marketplace, before we see electrics. Bad enough to find a parking spot - imagine trying to find a charge station? These batteries are not lightweights, and have incidents of explosion (in the case of lithium, used to save weight).

Rick

Posted:  3 days, 16 hours ago

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CR England Hybrid Electric Trucks

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I don't know if electric has the torque to make that work with larger vehicles.

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If that were true, then train locomotives would NOT be Diesel-Electric.

Right?

And the electric motors in cars - are some of the torque-iest out there.

I just wonder how much the batteries weigh, and how much that decreases total hauling capacity.

Rick

Posted:  4 days, 10 hours ago

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Using The Throttle While Letting Out On The Clutch

It's an old habit that comes from driving a car with a stick. You can "ease out" the clutch on a car without giving it gas - but it doesn't quite work correctly that way.

Going into a truck - I "thought" it was going to be easy, being I had driven a stick my whole life. One lap around the track - and I was asking myself "WTF was I thinking?"

Class 8 Trucks have enough "ooomph" in torque and HP, to get the rig moving without fuel. "Feathering" the clutch usually results in a jerky launch, rapid wear on the clutch, and having to get out of your launch gear almost as soon as you get the clutch full released.

Took me a minute to get used to - I started floating gears almost immediately - and FAILED my first road test: because I had forgotten how to double-clutch.

Rick

Posted:  4 days, 11 hours ago

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How Many Times Do You ACTUALLY UNLOAD YOURSELF?

As I was saying - you see a lot of companies advertising "No Touch Freight".

For the most part - the majors (Swift/Prime/etc.) are hauling "long term contracted freight", to/from places that do their own loading/unloading. With the exception of dedicated runs to retailers that don't have docks/forklifts/etc - most drivers won't see the inside of their trailers unless they're sweeping them out.

Given my physique - I can drag a pallet jack with the best of them - but I ain't unloading pallets worth of product by hand. I'm certified in light, heavy (16K) forklift, and container handlers (the ones you see at the port putting containers in stacks and loading them onto trailers) but I doubt any consigness is going to let me run theirs.

And I don't think $25 (or even $50) is going to get me to shuck 48K worth of product out of a box.

And it appears (for the most part) - folks on the board working for majors, don't have to handle freight.

That's what I was trying to find out. Is NOT TOUCH FREIGHT actually HANDS OFF - and how often folks actually have to fingerprint a load.

Rick

Posted:  5 days, 9 hours ago

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How Many Times Do You ACTUALLY UNLOAD YOURSELF?

Interesting question that you don't see asked or posted about. Many companies advertise "No Touch Freight" - and with the exception of some dedicated accounts (Dollar General comes to mind, where drivers have to shove entire loads off) most folks bump a dock and get themselves unloaded.

How many folks here have had to drag pallets or hand unload a box - and how often does this end up happening in reality?

Rick

Posted:  5 days, 14 hours ago

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Lease operator

For every "perceived advantage" of leasing, there are ACTUAL EXAMPLES of the disadvantaged.

We've gone through this debate DOZENS OF TIMES, with people who are INSISTENT THAT THEY KNOW BETTER - or will somehow "beat the odds" that are stacked firmly against the leasee. It's sad when folks won't listen to reason and logic - and those threads tend to get really testy. Sadder still - these folks will never have the stones to come back and say "hey - you guys were right" - or in the case of the (incredibly rare) "success stories" - come back and tell us how they managed to be successful.

The fact will always remain - for the amount of responsibility, versus the increased risk of failure - the lack of SUBSTANTIAL BENEFIT IN COMPENSATION, the increased TAX LIABILITY and lack of insurance and other benefits - it's a lose/lose proposition.

We've had members here (DanielB comes to mind), that didn't end up losing their butts doing it - lived to tell about it, and described how it worked for him.

As someone who's owned his own business for decades, I ran the numbers and did a risk/benefit analysis - and it just doesn't add up in any fashion that would make me comfortable considering it.

Rick

Posted:  5 days, 15 hours ago

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Trainer's behavior

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I'm at the terminal. Made my written statement. All factual. Didn't report anything about the way the mentor drove (65+ mph in California, using cell phone while driving, etc.) I'm just waiting for the report to filter through to the driver development team, so they can assign me a new mentor.

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If that guy is doing it “the wrong way” by speeding, texting, etc. you need to report it. You think he will just suddenly stop his bad habits one day? NO! He’s going to pass them on to the next student, so break the cycle of bad behavior by him! If he were doing what he’s supposed to be doing, he would have nothing to worry about. See? You did NOT disclose all the facts, did you?

Suppose he runs over a minivan full of pre-school kids because he was speeding and you had the chance to report him and didn’t? How would you feel?

I'm kinda "on the fence" about this - or at least the methodology of how to resolve this amicably.

On one hand - it might give the appearance of "having sour grapes" (or using the further accusations of infractions to bolster your case for getting off the truck). OTOH - as Packrat illustrates clearly, aside from being a lousy trainer - he is violating some basic safety rules.

I'm not sure about putting guilt/responsibility on YOU, if he has a bad outcome down the road though. And at some point you're going to get sucked into company politics. As in - does the guy have "friends in high places" that can make your life miserable? Like, is your future trainer assignment friends with the guy and will set you up for failure for "ratting his buddy out"?

I do agree though - issues like speeding and cell phone use (is he on a headset? or is phone use prohibited in your company even with a headset?), present a danger to the public, and can bring hassles down on the company.

Yes - your reasons for requesting a new trainer were valid and comprehensive in and of themselves, so there was no reason to "guild the lily" as it were.

If he's truly committing this stuff - it's probably best to let someone know. Either pull your DDM aside (hey, I didn't want it to seem like "sour grapes", but aside from all my training issues I observed this behavior") or take a stroll into safety and say the same. The excessive speed should be verifiable, the phone stuff not so much (unless they're using driver facing cameras).

I try to look at all the angles in situations like this. I already don't like the guy - because he's a pee-poor trainer and he did ONE OF OUR MEMBERS a disservice. Your report has to come off as genuine concern - not paybacks or resentment.

Rick

Posted:  6 days, 13 hours ago

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Trainer's behavior

Thank you Big T. I appreciate your advice.

I'm meeting with a Driver Development staff member in the morning. Get everything sorted out.

Funny thing. As soon as I told my former mentor I had a "family emergency", he immediately called someone and asked for another student ASAP. So, obviously, he'll do this again.

And it's IMPORTANT that you disclose your issues IN DETAIL to Driver Development. Not in a mean or retaliatory way - but in a concise and unemotional way.

If this is the guys common practice - he is doing THE TRAINEE AND THE COMPANY a dis-service, and either he straightens his act out and ACTUALLY TRAINS - or he gets removed as a trainer (which if he is leasing and not making it WITHOUT A TRAINEE - means he is likely not long for the company either).

Rick

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