Profile For Mikey

Mikey's Info

  • Location:
    Phenix city, AL

  • Driving Status:
    Company Driver In Training

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 10 months ago

Mikey's Bio

My name is Michael most folks call me mike or mikey. I started working as a freightliner mechanic right out of high school from 1999-2008 when I moved from jackson mississippi to Phenix city alabama. I am currently working on getting my way to spring Missouri to start psd with prime.

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Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Wrong/missing turns

Thanks guys. I can See me doing a ton of pre-planning and probably getting the additional gps as I should be able mount it to my left and closer to my direct line of sight.. dancing-dog.gifdancing-dog.gifdancing-dog.gif

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Wrong/missing turns

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I am struggling real hard with this one missing some exits and not seeing turns. My instructor just uses the QC navigation system (which I am seeing it can be out of date), and I feel like I am going in blind to a shipper or a receiver. My questions are. Would it be better to use an after market set up? And would taking my time to really nail down a route help me? Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated. .

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I use the GPS as part of the Navago system on the Qualcomm as well . . . it works 90% of the time OK but it WILL mess you up sometimes . . . the best way is to do the Macro 19 "I need directions to location _____" and put in the CODE for the location that comes with the load assignment . . . let me back up a bit . . . this is my Prime experience talking and it may not (most likely does not) apply to any other company . . . in any case, after getting the "local" instructions, I step thorough the GPS instructions and compare the two sources of info . . . this doesn't always point out any discrepancies, but it helps . . . I don't have a separate GPS system but I do occasionally use Google Maps as a third source . . . if you've never been some place before you are still going in somewhat "blind" but - like everything in this business - you get better at it as you do it more and more . . . our (Prime's) dispatch text message always includes a contact number so if all else fails, call the shipping dept and ask for help locating the shipper/receiver . . . don't worry, everything seems hard until you've done it a few times and then it flows a lot better . . .

Jopa

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Thanks Jopa I also feel once I get through this stage things will come alot easier as my instructor has me on edge alot. Don't get me wrong I appreciate him teaching me but I fear him yelling at me. All is well it is almost over after this short run here I will be about 2 hours shy of my needed 75 and get tested off next week. Also your directions should and will work good for me as I am a psd with prime atm.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Wrong/missing turns

Does he also use the local directions macro or just the QC GPS?

Sometimes but few and far between it seems.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Wrong/missing turns

I am struggling real hard with this one missing some exits and not seeing turns. My instructor just uses the QC navigation system (which I am seeing it can be out of date), and I feel like I am going in blind to a shipper or a receiver. My questions are. Would it be better to use an after market set up? And would taking my time to really nail down a route help me? Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated. .

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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When training stalls

Wow Brian that's a bummer but I hear that terminal is better then sprimo... hopefully can get on the road again soonish. We spent about 8 hours yesterday with some tire repairs and a wheel seel on the right steer.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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The coolest thing I have done as a PSD.

Last night I experinced the coolest section of highway I have ever seen. I drove through the gorge. We got a load out of Charleston SC headed to KY on I 40. Would have liked to have seen it during the day but it was still awesome.

This part is for those who do not know what the gorge is. The gorge is a 25 mile section of I 40 between NC and TN. It is 2 lane with a truck restriction of only right lane travel. It has a safe speed of 55 mph max so about 45 50 for trucks it is very curvy as it crosses the pigeon river numerous time.

Just thought I would share it with you guys.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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1st load

Alright man. Glad to see you on the road. Been pretty amazing trip for me as well. Going into pa and then across. Keep it up. One thing I try to say to myself at least once everyday. I can do this. I will do this I am doing this.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Prime On Monday, Jan 19th

Congrats and good luck. I don't think it can be preached enough the High Road Training Program will get you there. I took most of it and passed all 4 test prime required of me in one try. Be ready to hurry up at wait your class maybe smaller then mine so it may be a little easier on you but it is worth it to be patient with everyone they are working hard and fast to get you done.

Again congrats and good luck

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Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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List of things to pack if you are going to Prime

Yeah I hear you on that first and last time I hope I every have to take the bus...

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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List of things to pack if you are going to Prime

Nice info there Terry C. I may have to stop by since no ebola on my busses lol.... dunno if I will get there in time though will see.

I also met a guy here as well Brian. Been fun chatting with him.

In time to get the single room that is...

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Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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List of things to pack if you are going to Prime

Nice info there Terry C. I may have to stop by since no ebola on my busses lol.... dunno if I will get there in time though will see.

I also met a guy here as well Brian. Been fun chatting with him.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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List of things to pack if you are going to Prime

Anyone else burning data on their bus rides... if so how goes you trips thus far??

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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List of things to pack if you are going to Prime

I will second that wow on over 200 students. It is going to be a mad house for sure.

I too have a few things to get a few things and have Google Earthed the inn. Walmart is about 4 or so blocks south. Should pass is on the way from the bus station.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Truck Driving institute of Tupelo

Just a thought here what about hinds cc. KLLM has a thing with them where it is free. Dunno if you had another company in mind or not but imo KLLM is a solid company just from my dealings with them through Empire.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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List of things to pack if you are going to Prime

Please keep the updates coming. Take plenty of food with you on the grey dog...the only places they stop you'll be paying $2 for a can of pop and $8 for a sandwich. How long was it between the time you were first contacted by recruiter and the time you got your bus ticket? I'm still waiting on some documentation to arrive. Thanks.

Thanks for the advice on the dog. I have never tanken a trip on a bus. As far as how long was a little different for me. I applied end of October and got accepted early November but due to the holidays I am just now getting in for the coming week. Grace was amazing on that front. One thin I can tell you is keep in contact with your recuiter emails phone calls etc. Let them know you are serious about your choice. Be persistent and keep in mind that it is their job is to get you in there so they are trying.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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List of things to pack if you are going to Prime

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I will also be there afternoon of the 4th. It will be jeans and polos for me that's about as close to a dress/collared shirt I have. Also for those who will be there if you guys want to get together for dinner on the 4th would be awesome. Like some one said we are in this together figure can help each other out.

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Your on for dinner if we can find each other. Happy New Year, safe travels and see you on sunday.

Awesome, see there and safe travels as well.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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List of things to pack if you are going to Prime

I will also be there afternoon of the 4th. It will be jeans and polos for me that's about as close to a dress/collared shirt I have. Also for those who will be there if you guys want to get together for dinner on the 4th would be awesome. Like some one said we are in this together figure can help each other out.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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How Soon Is Too Soon To Talk To A Recruiter?

I would think that now would be a good time to get that ball rolling so to speak. I don't think it would hurt to talk a recuiter now since it is pretty much their job to get you in a seat, and they can give you more advice since you do plan on relocating yourself. It may even help plan the coming months for your move as well. Besides it can't hurt anything just by talking with them.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Prefer to drive a truck locally for oil field. Is school the only way?

Hi Kent R. My thoughts are this, and maybe they can help you. Would 1 year of otr be completely out of the question? The reason I ask is that we'll it's free through most company sponsored schools. However if you are not willing to go that route. I would say put in a little leg work by contacting your local schools and see what types of tuition assistance they have or know of. Contact the companies that you are looking to drive for and see if they have any type of tuition reimbursements or grants. I know this type of funding is there you just have to find it.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Jerks at truck stops

I agree with the lot here. One of the first things my mother taught me when I was first learning to drive a car. Never let anyone dictate how you drive. Words I have lived by when I am driving to this day some 18 years later. I know I will probably get to exprince this first hand fairly soon. So i am looking forward to this smile.gifembarrassed.gif

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