Profile For Tman

Tman's Info

  • Location:
    Upper Uwchlan, PA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    5 years ago

Tman's Bio

Getting into the Trucking career late in my life. Will be starting school in Dec. 2014 at Sage in Lebanon, PA. With completion the middle of Jan. 2015. I am very impressed with Sage so far. I went to a Job fair in Harrisburg in late October and came away more impressed with Sage. A couple of companies who were hiring at job fair said that they would only hire driver with 1-year of experience. When I mentioned I was going to Sage they both said that they would hire students right out of Sage. I've always liked driving. I spent most of my life in Minnesota (so I know winter) and moved NW of Philly 4-years ago. I have driven the MN to PA route so many times over 15 years that it has become a blur. I've done the 1,200 mile track many times in one day, slept many times in rest stops and occasionally motels (though I sleep better in my car than a motel). I've driven my motorcycle on many long trips to between PA and MN and Florida and MN. When I am not working I ride my motorcycle when ever I can. My goal is to start out with a Regional route, if I can get lucky. I've got a 10-year old daughter so I want to try and be around here as much as I can and I know that may be hard to do the first year or two.

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Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Per diem..worth it in today's trucking world?

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One thing to consider if your company pays you per diem how much are they charging you to administrate your per diem?

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Never honestly understood why, when the driver is DOING THE COMPANY A FAVOR by taking per diem - that the company CHARGES THEM FOR IT.

The COMPANY is the one that makes out here - by not having the contribute their 7.5% share (in the form of ss/med taxes). Why they would charge the driver for that privilege is really questionable.

Personally - for the few extra $$'s would net by taking per diem - I'd much rather get the $$ back at the end oath letting the IRS hold my money for me).

Rick

I think the company want you to believe you are making more money then you actually are on your paychecks. They hope most drivers will not delve too deep in how much they actually make per check. And most of us like to see more dollars on each check. I would think that they might get a better tax break paying it out to drivers then if drivers declared their full per diem each year.

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Per diem..worth it in today's trucking world?

One thing to consider if your company pays you per diem how much are they charging you to administrate your per diem?

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Arrrrgh!

Sambo, what is considered a late appointment? We have 30-minutes after ETA before it affects our on-time performance.

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Just got my CDL last week from Sage Technical Service, trying to choose a company....

Hi Truckers

I just got my CDL last week from Sage Technical Service from out of Lexington SC . I have a choice to make before 8/22/2016 between Senn Freight Line, Flatbed Company, or Super Service LLC Dry Van . Senn starts off with 36cpm,Super Service starts off with 32cpm. Senn runs all 48,and I can get home almost every weekend. Super Service runs only East of the Mississippi, and I will be home 2 days every 12 days. Here is the issue, I hear a lot about the mountains, and I'm kind of nervous about the mountains. Plus Senn wants me to leave the truck on yard when I come back in from off the road and drive my own vehicle 1 HR 30 away. Super Service, I can take my truck home . Plus Super Service I can get a $3,000 sign on bonus. Senn don't have a sign on bonus. Please give me some good advice, I would truly appreciate it.

From reading your post kind of feels like you are favoring Super Service. Nothing wrong with that either.

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Training in Winter Weather

Just slow down, give more room in front, early morning ice roads watchout for, no engine brake or cruise control in wet, snowy or icy conditions. Light steady braking and strap a snow shovel on the back of the truck. Also carry tools for frozen brakes...good mallet hammer and metal rod or pry bar

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Endorsements

Just good to get them all out of the way if you have the time to study. I took all my written tests together...general, hazmat, tanker, doubles-triples. I did not take passenger/ bus more for sanity reasons. It just opens up more possibilities for your career without having to go back to DMV.

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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What is the hardest place you have ever maneuvered a truck through?

I got to agree on Brooklyn, NY. Pick a street... Flatbush Ave, Atlantic Ave, Grand Army Plaza, etc. Everyone double parks, pulls out in front of or races around you, buses try to take you out. They must play some game there where they get points for stopping trucks in the middle of the road. This is one city you don't use the city horn, just the air horn.

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Fourth Time is a Charm

Congrats! First time or fourth time it doesn't matter it is the same issued CDL License.

Good luck with Crete/Schaffer!!!

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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New driver less trucks- will it be a real job killer?

This week Qualcomm Navigator has frozen twice and once was about a mile off tracking my progress

On-Guard this week locked up brakes going through an underpass.and locked up brakes on a car in front of me one lane over in the right.

Pretty much typical week for these great truck driving tools. I wouldn't waste my time reading about automated trucks taking away any jobs in the near future.

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Phone apps

Some good apps. I use Trucker Path Others Rest Stops......click on a state, click on the road you want, click on your direction and get all rest stops with some info. Just a little quicker then Trucker Path sometimes. Cat scale, Pilot, Loves, etc. Your Bank if they have an App can be helpful on the road

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Best way through Cincinnati 71 south to 75

I would go with either Samuel or Miracleofmagick advice. Lot of construction going through the heart of Cincinnati the last year+

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Please explain per diem

I would talk to an accountant or tax preparer. Everyone's situation can be a little different. Schneider makes new drivers take the per diem in each check for I believe 3 or 6 months, they charge like 1 1/2 to 2 cents for doing that. I opted out at the end of last year, but my tax preparer doesn't think I will benefit that much or at all by going that route. I guess I will see come April.

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Is there a specific company I can look at for a dedicated route?

I know Schneider has a dedicated account, International Paper that is based in Kenton, OH and they do a few runs to Florida. I just ran a load from Kenton to Orlando and Miami last week. I am not sure if they are hiring in Florida, but am pretty sure they are hiring out of Ohio.

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Is there a specific company I can look at for a dedicated route?

Check the major carriers. Schneider hires for a few Dedicated accounts for new drivers. It will depend on where you live and if they are hiring in that area. I would guess same for other carriers that hire for dedicated.

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Quick rand mcnally 730tnd ?

There are a couple ways around to change it.

1. You can use detour feature. Click on step-by-step driving instructions and click on road you don't want to take, highlight and press "Detour" and it will re-route you. This may not get you on the route you want though.

2. You can use the multi-stop trip to setup your route, basically have to input in each new route point

both the ones above are through your GPS, last suggestion below is using online planning tool. or

3. Use the TripMaker® online planning tool to plan a trip with multiple via points and download those to the TND™ as a multi-stop trip. (Note: TripMaker® does not provide truck-specific routing. Your device will calculate a route, based on the vehicle and route settings, at the start of the multi-stop trip.) Access TripMaker® on the Rand McNally Dock™ or go to: randmcnally.com/tripmaker

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Becoming a trainer how much experience do you need

Thanks Brett, I didn't know that information was available here.

My company has been trying to get me to train for a while now. I love teaching/training people, I did it in the restaurant business for years. I am just not sure if I want to do it with drivers, the information should help me make my decision.

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Starting driver's log

FMCSA 395.1 Section (e) (i) (ii) Explains Short haul

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Perfectly planned trip THWARTED by a FLAT TIRE !

FMCSA 393.75: Tires.

(a) No motor vehicle shall be operated on any tire that—

(1) Has body ply or belt material exposed through the tread or sidewall,

(2) Has any tread or sidewall separation,

(3) Is flat or has an audible leak, or

(4) Has a cut to the extent that the ply or belt material is exposed.

(b) Any tire on the front wheels of a bus, truck, or truck tractor shall have a tread groove pattern depth of at least 4/32 of an inch when measured at any point on a major tread groove. The measurements shall not be made where tie bars, humps, or fillets are located.

(c) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section, tires shall have a tread groove pattern depth of at least 2/32 of an inch when measured in a major tread groove. The measurement shall not be made where tie bars, humps or fillets are located.

(d) No bus shall be operated with regrooved, recapped or retreaded tires on the front wheels.

(e) A regrooved tire with a load-carrying capacity equal to or greater than 2,232 kg (4,920 pounds) shall not be used on the front wheels of any truck or truck tractor.

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Just met my first ******bag trucker.....

I would have practiced my backing by pulling in next to him. Really get him to s**t by putting him on your blind side.

You do know a tire thumper is not only used on tires.

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Which electric cooler?

I had the Coleman 40 qt it lasted about 6-weeks. Picked up a 24-qt Koolatron from Pilot with my points. Not as big as Coleman, but it keeps things ice cold and has lasted over a year and is still working.

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