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Posted:  16 hours, 35 minutes ago

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Accident at fuel Island

OP is with CRST - all teams, all the time. After initial training, you're usually put with a more experienced driver to team with.

So starting out, the other driver is considered "lead driver". But if you're behind the wheel - you're responsible.

There's no reason to "rush" in a congested truck stop. The only thing you can't control, is the ACTIONS OF OTHERS.

Rick

Posted:  16 hours, 40 minutes ago

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LOW FREIGHT---IS THIS TRUE?

Florida can be a tough spot to get out of. I got stuck down there a couple of years ago with 900 miles in five days. I have not been back there to the Sunshine State since.

Which is why companies don't hire S of I-4 (and usually I-10). Not enough freight to get drivers home (and I speak of Prime, Swift, etc.).

There's not a whole lot coming out of SoFla, and what is, the rates SUCK because shippers know everyone just wants to GTFO of here. Most O/O's I know, will only take a load down this way, if the rate is good enough to DH up past Orlando, and back into the lanes.

Rick

Posted:  1 day, 1 hour ago

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Trooper sideswipes truck driver, cites him anyway (dashcam!)

Might be a push - both had some fault in this. Obviously, since the driver can't write the LEO a citation - he's the one who got "got".

From the little I saw in the video - I would have assumed the LEO had moved to the right to pull over the little red car. Truck had 2 lanes to the left of the cop.

Probably should have slowed down - had the cop been in front of him, he would have. He didn't appear to be moving any faster then surrounding traffic.

Still the LEO also has to have the "due diligence" to not run into other vehicles while he's executing his "blocker move" - no one out there should "assume anything".

This is actually the first time I've heard of a cop swerving across all lanes of traffic as a "calming move". When LEO's (typically) want to "pace out" traffic, they do it with multiple cars straddling the lane dividers.

Nonetheless - I won't argue with Rainy (I value my internal organs), trucker should have slowed down - but neither will I lay this 100% at his feet either.

I think the LEO was angry at HIS MISTAKE, and it's easier to write the other guy a ticket (since he can), than own his part in the accident.

Also think that, based on the dashcam video - that his company feels the same, since they're backing him and he still has a job. Getting in a wreck with a LEO and being cited, would otherwise be the kiss of death for ANY OF US.

Rick

Posted:  1 day, 11 hours ago

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Trooper sideswipes truck driver, cites him anyway (dashcam!)

Highly unusual and probably illegal move on the count of the trooper.

Swerved across 2 lanes. Was in a merge lane, which means until the trooper was actually in the highway lanes of travel, the driver had no duty to stay back 500 feet. Trooper was NOT PAYING ATTENTION and ran right into the truck.

Trooper should be cited for careless driving. How do you "miss" a full sized rig?

Rick

Posted:  1 day, 12 hours ago

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LOW FREIGHT---IS THIS TRUE?

I would think that people doing reefer (FOOD) like the Prime Reefer folks are continuing to run, because EVERYONE NEEDS TO EAT - regardless of tariffs.

A friend that hauls steel out of my local port (dumping chinese stuff in from the caribbean) saw a slowdown right when the tariffs hit - but is running his butt off now (re-bar).

Markets always shift when it comes to commodities. Construction STARTS were way up in the last year, but not so much right at the moment - and it depends on where you are.

Here in SoFla, they're building their booties off - but the steel and other materials comes in from a local port, and the concrete and other materials are manufactured locally - so the amount of freight coming in long-haul is likely down.

Rick

Posted:  1 day, 19 hours ago

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The Freedom of Trucking: Blessing or Curse? - new article by G-Town

Good article G-Man.

Making the transition from a work environment where your working hours are managed by others, to one where you are given a task and latitude to get it done under your own time management can be a difficult adjustment.

And as Gary illustrates, close attention to every detail can help see where you're falling short.

Rick

Posted:  1 day, 22 hours ago

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Eye Candy

Grump, quite the rig. I wonder what limitations that would put on various backing situations? And with a mega tractor like that, would he have to pull a 48' trailer instead of a 53'?

Buddy of mine that hauls for Mercer (flatbed) bought one of those recently. He's a full-time in the truck. FB is for the most part - 48' trailers.

Most of the guys that invest in these ($250K and up) and running oversized/specialized hauling - and these permitted loads mean they (usucally) can't run at night - so they spend a lot of downtime in middle-of-nowhere-ville. Since they're already oversized, the tractor wheelbase and weight doesn't really matter at that point. The longer wheelbase makes backing a little cumbersome - but I guess the payoff in "luxury accommodations" makes up for it.

Rick

Posted:  1 day, 22 hours ago

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Shifting patterns while approaching a Stop Light. PLEASE HELP!

One of the things to also keep in mind - is HOW STALE is the red light? One of the things they teach in Smith System, is to LOOK AHEAD.

A light that's been red for awhile, is going to turn green soon - so be ready to just keep moving. Conversely - a light that's been green for awhile, is likely to turn red - so be prepared to stop.

Gear choice is subjective. If you are slowing in 5th, but the gear is still engaged - you should be able to just continue in that gear. At NO POINT should you be "coasting" with the clutch in. Unless you're shifting, the truck should always be in gear, with the clutch out. Coasting is a BIG NO-NO, one of the reasons being - the scenario you are describing. If you're coasting, you may not be in the "proper gear" to proceed - which means FINDING the right gear. During a road test, this can be problematic. In real life - you're figure out quickly if you're not going fast enough to be in the gear you're still in without lugging. Clutch in - blip the throttle and catch the next gear down as the revs fall.

Rick

Posted:  1 day, 23 hours ago

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Going to CDL School soon and nervous about backing a trailer!

Natural to have a fear of new things.

It gets easier than it looks.

I drove a 48' bus with an 8' trailer - and THAT was a PITA, because of the "pivot point" being all the way back - the slightest move of the steering wheel, got the trailer all out of shape. One night after a gig, I went down a street that ended in a "T", that I couldn't make the turn. Lined with cars on both sides - it took me the better part of an hour & 1/2, to get back down the 200 yards of street.

One of the most important things to remember - small movements = small corrections & the trailer will not start to correct for a few feet of movement. The most common mistake is to not wait for the trailer to start to move, and move the steering wheel EVEN MORE (over-correcting). Once you get caught in that jam - the ONLY THING YOU CAN DO IT PULL UP to straighten your mistake out.

EVERYONE goes through this - even the "naturals". The only way to get EXPERIENCE - is to GO GET EXPERIENCE.

Rick

Posted:  1 day, 23 hours ago

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11000 lbs one piece

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I’m not doing a load like that again, I’d refuse it if I found it like that at customer

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Risk management is one of the most critical disciplines you must have to stay alive and stay in the game long term. About a dozen experienced drivers all said they wouldn't have hauled that load in the first place, and yet you did it anyhow. Now you're saying you would never do it again.

My question: If you knew it was dangerous, which you did, then why did you do it in the first place?

He apparently questioned the load, but didn't know how potentially dangerous it could have been. Another resolution would have been sending the pics to his DM/Safety before he moved it, and telling them he didn't know whether or not it was safely secured.

Now he does...

Rick

Posted:  1 day, 23 hours ago

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11000 lbs one piece

Mr. Curmudgeon,

Great story. One question...

I thought containers being made of steel these sorts of things could work (if legal weights). I thought the biggest issue with MikD's load was their placing it in an aluminum trailer.

What am I missing?

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The inability to properly secure the load. Most FB's are aluminum - that's not the issue. The issue is, that it doesn't matter how many straps you secure this with - to e-track on aluminum struts on aluminum walls. If this thing wants to GO OVER, it's GOING OVER. And going through the wall, while ripping the other one out.

At least on a FB, you're securing it to a rail (or winched straps), that were designed for these types of bulk.

Glad Mik made it safely. Had he dumped this on a roadway, onto a car (or something else), we'd likely be sending him BAIL MONEY (or commissary money in jail).

Rick

Posted:  1 day, 23 hours ago

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Throwback Thursday - Photos From Back In The Day

Marc, NICE AFRO!!!!!!!!

0482768001558709189.jpg Boot Camp Graduation Photo - '79

0750979001558709214.jpg I''l show you an Afro - '92 - Otiel Burbridge (ARU, Allman Brothers, Dead & Company).

Rick

Posted:  1 day, 23 hours ago

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My understanding of the split sleeper berth rule

After reading this thread all the way through, my head is spinning. I think Einstein would have trouble understanding this stuff.

The alternative is just to forget about the split sleeper rule and extend your life by driving without all the stress. I know the split sleeper stuff is useful for some, but for old men who are just trying to enjoy the journey, my advice is to just simplify things in the HOS world.

LOL - the easiest way to use the split - is when you get hung up somewhere for an extended load/unload. Most folks go SB (or at least off duty), once they get where they're going and get checked in (or hit the door). If you're stuck there for 6 hours, take the additional 2 to freeze your 14 hour clock. The most USEFUL PART of a split, is using the 8 to freeze your 14.

By the same token, if you're stuck somewhere for 8, then it's just as easy to hang the extra 2, and get a full 10 hours in. But in either case, you DO want to grab some ACTUAL SLEEP, or risk being too tired to drive ANYWAY. Would certainly suck, to have all this time left on your clock, with somewhere to be, and have to pull in anyways because you didn't get some rest and are seeing double.

The ONLY WAY to get your full 11/14 back - is to take a FULL 10. You can run rolling recaps and splits until you run your 70 down to the point where you just don't have enough usable drive time the next day (at midnight), that it's just easier to take a reset, and get a full 70 back.

Some companies don't even allow splits, because drivers just can't wrap their heads around figuring out how their time is going to work, when they're trip planning.

Rick

Posted:  3 days ago

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My 10 Year TT Anniversary...

I guess 9 years 12 months = 10 years?

Aside from Brett - think I'm the oldest "still active member" on the board (despite a vacation here and there).

Background: I went to CDL school at a local County VoTech 10 years ago. Lack out hires out of the region, and personal stuff - kept me from hitting the road. Every time I think I can make the break and get out there, something gets in my way (health, business, personal), so here I sit. Aside from living somewhere that getting a hire with a decent starter company is near impossible (no thanks, CRST, not interested in teams).

I still have a PTX endorsed Class A, TWIC Card, etc.. I've done a little driving since then (mostly equipment moves for friends - hauling stuff up to central FL for auctions, etc.).

Still keep up on DOT/FMCSA regs, I'm a consummate (obsessive) researcher (hence the nickname: Rickipedia). Talk to a few board members on a fairly regular basis.

Maybe one day - I'll find myself out there - but I'm still HERE, ten years later...

Rick

Posted:  3 days ago

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CFI Training

Hey Scott,

Are they paying .35 a mile PLUS per diem, or just a straight .35 for solo drivers?

Seems kinda low.

Rick

Posted:  3 days, 2 hours ago

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7 years experience forgotten?

There are actually very few (if ANY) that will hire with no RECENT experience (like in the last 3 years).

So the real answer (as others have given), is that you're going to have to suck it up, to get back in.

Does it matter how much (or little) your "trainer" has? Maybe they can benefit from some of your wisdom & experience?

You might be able to find a smaller company that will overlook your time OFF the road - but what it really comes down to is WHO THEY CAN INSURE - and lack of recent DOCUMENTED EXPERIENCE is going to sink that ship.

Rick

Posted:  3 days, 23 hours ago

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Smoking/vaping while traveling

Are we talking about vaping THC, or just vaping?

I'm sure truckers that smoke tobacco (or vape), doing it while in motion. There's no laws (to my knowledge) against it.

I'm almost 5 months off cigs, chew the gum like a fiend. Obviously quitting is going to be a good thing health-wise, and they're finding out that vaping is not all that much healthier than just smoking.

Trying to figure out what the question is here (since it is your first post), and how it relates to TRUCKING...

Rick

Posted:  3 days, 23 hours ago

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I couldn’t make this up if I tried!

One other thing is all trucks in canada are required to be goverened. If you get caught in violation up there it gets expensive.

Does that apply to BC? I know Quebec and Ontario require them - I didn't find anything that said they were mandatory in BC also (nor do I think they are).

He's going to want to route to do as little Canada driving as possible anyways (I assume), come across 90, to 5 and cross at Blaine WA.

Here's some information from a washington state driving school - on Canadian Crossings https://pacificnwpds.com/what-us-truckers-need-to-know-about-driving-in-canada/ - link would go into the link box.

Since he's going in August - there's a ton of lead time here, to make sure the ducks are properly lined up.

Rick

Posted:  3 days, 23 hours ago

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11000 lbs one piece

You need to secure your loads better. If I had any doubts of securement, I'd rather leave it there than take risks. Remember, once you accept the load, that's your baby.

If they put something in the middle of the trailer with no bracing, you can use one strap on the left side looped around the freight, then another strap on the right side looped around around the freight to counter each other.

I ain't no flatbedder - but there's NO WAY those straps are rated for even remotely the weight they're securing there. Nor are the walls or tie-down points on the walls rated for nearly the weight that's (attempting) to be secured. OK - the straps (if they 2") might be 3,300 apiece, but those walls and the E-Track are gonna rip right out. A securement is only as good as what it's SECURED TO.

That thing goes over, and it's going to destroy the trailer.

I know it's light (as far as GVW goes).

Is this a regular consignee? This almost looks like a "gas money gig", grabbed off a load board, just to get you back into freight lanes.

Weren't you stuck in a "dead zone" earlier in the week?

Rick

Posted:  4 days, 1 hour ago

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11000 lbs one piece

Man in my opinion that load should be illegal. That's a flatbed load all day long.

Be extra careful on turns because that load will be top heavy and those straps are doing nothing to hold it upright.

Also, if you're in mt Vernon going to Huntsville, you're not going through Chattanooga.

Right?

If that thing goes over, it's going right through the wall of that box - and - hopefully, not into a van full of kids coming from the soccer game.

While you'd hope 11K lbs would keep it upright - nah, the base is too small.

I'm actually SAYING A PRAYER FOR YOU - for your safe arrival. Just looking at that scares me.

Rick

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