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Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Roll Call for Texas Drivers!?!?!?

My boss works out of our Denton facility. Does that count? Oh and I had a layover flight in Dallas coming back from Hawaii years ago. smile.gif

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Are any of the truck driving sims on the market for PC very realistic?

Bill, of the two you mentioned I would definitely go with ATS (American Truck Simulator). With their upgrade in the scaling department it has helped with one of their short comings of time. It is more realistic now but still not a one to one with real life. As mentioned you can get a number of mods as well as gaming equipment to help with your experience.

They have a very good sister to this program which is ETS2 (European Truck Simulator 2). The one big downfall of this one for drivers here in the US is that all their trucks are cab overs. Other than that it is very good and you can drive across much of Europe with plenty of tunnels and switchback roads over the mountains. You can also get screwed up pretty good sometimes driving in England on the wrong side of the road and have the choice of your controls being right or left side.

Either way, for me the two biggest short comings for realism is that there is no bumper to bumper slow rush hour traffic or accident causing traffic (unless it is you), and with the reduced scaling there are a number of corners that are sharper than you would have in real life on the interstates. The problem is you still go around those just as fast if you want to keep up with traffic as if they were much less sharp. I also don't like the fact that you can't get out and walk around your truck for GOAL or inspection or hook up of the trailer. It is nice now that you can miss the kingpin and you have to wait a moment for the landing gear crank to activate which are steps in the right direction.

With that said, I personally love both of these simulators and have seen one set up on You Tube of a guy who had everything including retarder switch and gauges. It must have cost a bundle.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Stuck

If you're dealing with just one set of drives spinning and you are desperate, you can use a blanket as well wadded up a little bit. If you find yourself on just black ice on a smooth surface then spread the blanket out. You may very well ruin your blanket but it can make a big difference. If you are out in the country and no one will care, you could use small branches from trees. Evergreens would be best with all the needles still on.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Tom Tom Demo folks

I know a guy who is a computer programmer at Tom Tom in Lebanon NH, or at least the last that I knew he was still there. I don't know if they work on the one used by commercial trucking or just typical 4 wheelers but I would be happy to try and pass on any questions or concerns etc. to him. He may or may not be able to get it to the right people.

You could send anything to a personal email for me: stewart2770@gmail.com

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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DOT Whisper Test

Keep in mind a key word in the test, "Forced" whisper. This is not a typical whisper where you are trying to not let others nearby hear what you are saying to someone. This is a whisper that is intended to project over distance or other noises. I had it for not only the DOT physical but also for each one for my Private Pilot physicals. So far each of those has been the question, "Can you hear me"? Even if you can't make out specifically what the words are, you could always answer with "I can hear you", which in either case might be acceptable.

Good luck and I'm sure your husband never has a problem hearing you right? rofl-3.gif

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Remember these trucks?

You could run over to Europe and see all the cab overs you want. I'm sure they have improved the ride over what we had here but there's still no way to improve it like sitting between the wheels instead of right over them. In spite of them being cab overs, there are some pretty sweet rides in Europe too.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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White coat syndrome and blood pressure

Igor, one more thing you can try to help is before you leave for your appointment, take 10 to 15 minutes to just do slow deep breathing and just be quite. Listen to music or whatever helps you to feel as relaxed as possible. As soon as you arrive at your appointment, do more deep slow breathing and just relaxing.

I know it's not easy because most people are going to naturally be more anxious before getting their BP since it is a pass or fail issue and the failing is what so many are worried about. One of the things that happens when we are in that situation is our breathing gets more rapid and more shallow. That can lead to less oxygen in our blood stream when we actually need more because of the nervousness and the body naturally ups the BP to compensate. If we breath deeper then more oxygen gets into our blood stream and there is less of a need for the heart to pump harder to get enough of it into all the areas that need it.

I wish you well and God Bless you too!

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Four Killed After Semi Crashes Into College Softball Team's Bus

I realize this is an old thread but I have just come across it and there is something else in this that most people miss. It's not your fault because it is pretty typical of most people including myself some days.

It was mentioned in this to pray for the families and those that this tragedy affected. While technically covered by the statement they still are usually left out of the equation, and they are the "First Responders".

Having been a volunteer firefighter for about 13 years, a part time police officer for 12 and an EMT for 8, I have seen, along with all those with me, a number of tragedies. Sometimes they are the ones that hear the last breaths, words and painful groans of the dying people while trying their best to change the outcome. They are the ones that have to deal with the horrible visual sites. They are the ones that often have to deal with the what if's, when a person dies. What if they had done something a little differently, what if they had taken that extra chance, what if they had... maybe they would still be alive.

When you pass by these accidents on the road or read about them in your newspaper or watch the report on TV, please remember those officers, firemen, and EMT's as well as the family and friends. Some of these men and women are traumatized for life and leave their jobs. Some deal with PTSD and some become abusive and or suicidal.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Control your future

I'm not jumping on either side of this topic as I could support and find fault with both. I would echo one point mentioned already which is that for some time to come, even as these autonomous trucks come on the market, there will be the need for a real driver to be present. I can't imagine that it will be any time soon that they will be finding their way around a building to locate that right dock and avoid or take another route because of obstructions or construction that won't permit normal access.

That being said I would very much support advanced technology such as the radar to help when driving into a fog bank or blowing snow white outs that could alert you to the vehicle that slammed on it's brakes and stopped in the middle of the road in front of you or the accident that just occured because it happened to someone else. Similar to that, technology that when you have been in an accident that your vehicle broadcasts a signal to oncoming traffic and with the radar in the oncoming vehicles, starts taking defensive action if you aren't. I am especially thinking of that video post I saw on T.T. of the snow storm and multi truck pile up that a lady was recording from the opposite interstate lane. That just about made me sick to my stomach watching and listening to those trucks slamming together.

One more piece of technology I wouldn't mind seeing is a back up camera for trailers. Whether hard wired in to new trailers or a portable one you could slap on the back at each stop and via blu tooth or similar, you could see on your phone or dash screen what is happening back there.

My two cents.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Introducing "The Road Home": TruckingTruth's New Podcast!

Very nice job Brett! It's also nice to have a voice to go with the face and you've got a good one for these pod casts. And now we also know you can play piano and who knows what else is up your talented sleeve! dancing.gif For some of us dreamers I think it will also help keep us grounded a little better and not go into this riding the highs just to get slapped in the face with some of the other realities.

God Bless all of you who have made a go of this career and thank you for your service!

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Security Guard VS HoS

Based on the laws now in effect that have been posted here it seems the question is now a moot point. However there is good information still to gain that can and should easily transfer to other situations you have or may very well run into.

Like Rick Dees, I have past experience having been a part time Police Officer for about 18 years and I would say that if this scenario did not have the new law backing you up, then I would not wait for the security guard to "call the police", but you should make the call yourself using the guard's phone if possible. Let the guard know that you want to comply with his request but you need an officer to do that. Get an officer to come sort out the issue. Depending on the officer, the details of the story and how YOU and the guard conduct yourselves can make a world of difference. He may end up telling the guard there is nothing he can do to make you move but if you are being hot headed and not patiently making it clear that you want to comply but also do not want to break the law, then he might tell you that you have to be towed. He/she should not make you drive, but if you offer to drive to the nearest safe location with his escort or blessing and he/she agrees then go for it. Make sure that you log everything and everyone's information and titles etc., and ask for the police report number if you really want to cover everything.

Again as Rick mentioned some of these issues could get thrown out of court if arrests or citations were made, but unfortunately it does not help you or your stress level in the moment even if you do think any action against you will take that course.

My point here in all this is, Don't be afraid to call the police, (unless of course you know you are in violation of who knows what). But really, call them. If you are proactive in calling instead of them getting called against you, the outcome can be the difference of night and day. First off it puts the officer in the mind set that he/she is coming to help YOU, and not that YOU are the bad guy that he/she is going to be looking at suspiciously and wondering just how guilty you are. It also tells them that you are trying to do what is right and sometimes even if it ends up you did something wrong, like wrong way on a one way street, (just trying to make up something here but I think you get the idea) they are more likely to give you some slack.

It's the old adage of catching more flies with honey than, how does that go? embarrassed.gif

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Private school teachers.

Brad, I think you will find a lot of people on here watch YouTube. There is at least one on YouTube, Dale Clay, who is a Maverick driver and I'm sure there could be more.

I think Rainy D. is right and I know Old School would agree to get started in dry van or reefer and get some experience under your belt before moving over to flatbed. The very fact that you ask the question might tell you that you don't yet have enough information or the absolute drive to make it work no matter what. Trucking is more than difficult enough without adding the extra issues of flat bedding.

Does that mean people can't and don't make it starting right out of the gate with flat beds? NO but it could and probably has meant for some that they became so discouraged with trucking that they left it altogether when they might have had a different outcome had they gone the two step process.

Either way good luck to you and may every mile be an adventure and safe.good-luck.gif

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Retired Driver/Instructor

Hello Amy, Glad to see you still have an interest in trucking and helping others. What part of NH are you in? You don't need to be too specific, just something like South eastern part or west central.

I am aware of the school you mentioned in Concord. There is also a school in Rockingham VT, which is just a few miles north west of North Walpole NH. There are also two more in NH that I have come across which are part of the Vocational Technical school system. One is in Berlin and the other in Laconia.

You are right about this site being a good site, and I think you said "real". There is a lot of insight, experience, humor, eye opening, in your face, supportive, humbling, encouraging and just down right family kind of atmosphere and information here. One thing I especially like is the intolerance of people bashing any trucking companies.

I wish you well and if I had a truck, you could come teach me. good-luck.gif

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Loving trucking

Brett check out the Cathedral ledges in North Conway NH.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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This Old Truck

Sweet!thank-you.gif

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Grrrr blood pressure

Patrick, as Brett mentioned there are some things mentioned on the site to help with BP. Nancy had some good advise too but I would add more time to that based on a talk from a Dr. I just listened too about blood pressure and cholesterol. Not that the two are related just that he spoke about both. His greatest recommendation is to relax and do deep breathing for 15 minutes. He said that will be good for the whole day and reduce your blood pressure as much as two medications.

I know we aren't going to change the view of the medical field in America over night or DOT but this same Doc. pointed out the irony of BP numbers as Germany has at least 85 different treatments to help increase (yes increase) blood pressure as they believe it is essential to supporting good health. 140 over whatever is on the low side for them.

The thing he keeps pointing out is that our blood pressures fluctuate all day long based on the need of the body at any given moment. It is a self regulating thing. An athlete or weight lifter after doing a heavy workout can have a BP of 400 over 200-300 and even though that is what his body needs at that moment.

Finally he suggests, besides the deep breathing exercise, to drink more water, stop eating foods cooked with oils, especially polyunsaturated ones, and eat more raw foods and stop eating man made and processed foods. He believes that it is these oils that cause the blood to stick and clump in our arteries and it is not cholesterol which is a whole other story. Basically if it is a yellow oil in a plastic bottle on the supermarket shelf leave it there or burn it in your bio diesel engine, that's about all it's good for. That last one was mine.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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CDL Class B

The possibilities are certainly varied as to what types of class B driving there is out there. Finding part time will be the tougher part. Some of the best part time might require you to get hazmat and tanker endorsements as well, like fuel and propane delivery. There are dump trucks to be driven as well, even in Chicago. Fish markets, landscapers, furniture stores and moving and storage. The list goes on and on.

Maybe taking notes of each company you see represented by Class B trucks when you are out on the streets is a good place to start. That way too, you can get a sense of whether they take care of their equipment or not and maybe give you an idea of who to stay away from and who you might like to work for, assuming they have some part time needs.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Backing Practiceâ„¢ 20

Paul don't forget there are a lot of us "Lurkers" who don't drive truck but are either working on it or just have the dream from childhood to do so. Most of these folks would probably like to hear from real truck drivers what they would do and not show how little we know by trying to answer. Not to mention that sometimes we just don't have time to get to this every day. shocked.png

But please all of you keep posting these.

Personally I think you should just drop it at the empty door and take your empty and let them figure out that they need to pull product from a different dock. smile.gif

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Cdl knowledge blessing and a curse lol

First off, what do you mean by "Maxi"?

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Heartburn Remedy for Truck Drivers

Part of the problem with commercialized medicine is that drug manufacturers make more money if they only treat symptoms, rather than fixing problems. What I do not understand is why Whitehouse vinegar (or any other major vinegar manufacturer) hasn't started marketing ACV as an over the counter pro-acid for food-related heartburn relief.

G-Town hit this one pretty well but I would also like to for you to stop and think /realize that this issue is so very much bigger than antacids and heartburn. It is one of this biggest and most horrific things driving the entire cancer industry and vaccination industry. While I'm sure G-Town and probably some others on here could add pages to this post regarding this stuff I will bite my tongue for once and leave you with just a couple items to look up and buy: Buy this book on Amazon, "Outsmart Your Cancer". It will give you some more insight on some of what has been stated here about testing, approval, resistance etc.. There are many "alternative" treatments you can make or buy over the internet or in your health food store that have cured cancer with zero side effects. And when I say cured I mean just what you think, not the new definition from the cancer industry who changed it with regards to cancer so that now it means "alive 5 years after diagnosis". You can die a couple weeks later but you made the 5 year mark so you get counted as cured.

Two more things. On Youtube look up and watch Dr. John Bergman and look up and watch some of the "Forbidden Cures" documentary like videos.

Thank you Farmerbob1 for bringing this topic to TT. You just might have helped save someones career because of health concerns or possibly someone's life. As they say someplace warmer than NH, "Good on ya mate".

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