Profile For Jared McClure

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  • Location:
    Mesa, AZ

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Team Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 10 months ago

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Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Hey swifties

What's up with your yard in Mira loma ca. That place is packed tighter then a sardines can...

Its always like that, especially on the weekends.. Rarely able to find a place to park.. But thats because all of the truck stops in the area want to charge for parking.. so every Swiftie will go to the terminal instead.

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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How do I keep clean while on the road?

I thought you were just supposed to wear sweat pants and not shower for two or three whole weeks at a time..... embarrassed.gif

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Optimized Idle

I hate being parked at a truck stop next to a truck with optimized idle.

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Old Dominion

My uncle has a dedicated account to California with them and he wants me to come and team with him. Should I make the move from Maverick to Old Dominion? I've heard they make great money

Best sign evar. leaving-california.jpg

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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You might be a trucker if......

Your idea of a balanced meal is a burger on each knee.

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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CPAP Battery Backup

Please tell me more about this 12v cord I am on one and not sure on the inverter policy where I am heading.

I got mine from "The CPAP Shop". http://www.thecpapshop.com/

It only works for most Resperonics models, not all of them. I can't be sure if they'll have one that will work for your machine, make sure you read that it does before you order anything. If not, you'll have to get an inverter installed in your truck (the company should do it for you) so that you'll have a place to plug your CPAP machine in.

Swift does install an inverter for me if I ask them to, but sometimes when I'm assigned a new truck I don't want to wait around for the few hours that it takes the shop to do that so I went a bought the 12 volt cord so I don't have to worry about it.

I'll probably eventually buy a backup battery too though, in case I ever want to go camping. :)

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Can I get some info on team driving?

Like logs and what to do and not do? Does logs have to match up etc?

No idea about logs... use electronic...

What to do? Drive as many miles as you can.

What not to do? Don't kill your co driver.

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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CPAP Battery Backup

Just wanted to see what you all are doing for a battery backup for your CPAP. I'm looking for an affordable, reliable option.

Don't have a battery backup for mine.... Just the inverter in the truck that I plug it in to... Actually I now have a 12-volt cord for the CPAP I can use.

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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I hate when you're sitting in a dock with your windows down and a fly comes in.

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Better than when you're at a dock with your fly down and a brisk wind blows in. I take it back. I actually enjoy that.

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that is so funny and true! The sad part is this actually happen to me already cause i slept at the consignee woke up and put my pants on and forgot to zip them up and it was 50 degrees outside what a way to wake up.

Good to know I'm not the only one that has forgotten to zip up my fly when taking a nap at the consignee.....

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Taking my 1st load to California

Watch for drunk drivers. Don't get hit by two of them on the same night.

Posted:  3 years, 5 months ago

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Owner operator

Broad question. How does being an owner operator work?

By you spending more money than you make and going bankrupt.

Posted:  3 years, 5 months ago

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Truck simulator at Swift school??

Its really not all that difficult. With my class (I went to their phoenix academy) they taught a bit of shifting while driving around the academy while switching from parallel parking to offshift parking... then during the road training portion of the program they spent an entire day out on a little used highway teaching you how to shift up and down.

They did not have a simulator.

Posted:  3 years, 5 months ago

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Double hit and run collisions

I like to take the opposite point of view.. you have had all this bad luck its bound to turn around soon. Go buy yourself a lottery ticket!

Love the profile pic.. ASU!!!!!

Unfortunately, the lottery ticket idea didn't work out... I had actually bought a ticket at the Petro truck stop in Ontario earlier that same day.

Now I'm just stuck in a motel waiting around for the Swift head honchos to get back from the weekend (driver manager can't seem to get a hold of anyone) to decide what to do next with the situation. Truck is just sitting in a drop yard at the moment, a small yard that doesn't even have a proper shop much less a body repair shop.

GO DEVILS!

Posted:  3 years, 5 months ago

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Double hit and run collisions

Well, I had a pretty interesting.. And rather insane night last night.

I was getting ready to go pick up a load from the Walmart Distribution center in Irwindale, California. Everything was going fine and I was happy I'd finally be getting back to Phoenix (where I live). On the I-210 W I suddenly felt an impact on my truck, obviously someone had hit it. I pulled over to the side of the road, started to get out to check on the other driver (the one that stayed) when I notice that they had hit my right on the fuel tank.

So I had diesel spilling out everywhere and needed to contain the leak immediately, so I pulled the mattress out from inside of the truck and used it to absorb much of the diesel. Fire department showed up fairly quick and started shoveling dirt around the area to contain the spill. They had to call a Haz Mat team to come and clean it all up.

Nobody was hurt and luckily for me and the other driver a witness to what happened stopped and told me that an SUV apparently pushed their sedan right into me. After that, the SUV took off as fast as they could go. The other driver's car was completely totaled but at least he and his wife were able to walk away from it without major injuries.

After about 4 hours they finally got everything cleaned up and a tow truck showed up to haul me back to the yard since I couldn't safely drive anymore with a ruptured fuel tank.

About 2 miles from the yard, as the tow truck driver is about to get on the off ramp for his exit... wham!

Another vehicle hits the truck again. In the same exact spot. The truck, which had minimal damage from the first impact, was much more damaged by this second collision. Diesel spilled out onto the highway, again, but there wasn't much left in the tank and they didn't even need to call a haz mat team again.

That other vehicle was again completely totaled and must have hit us going about 90 mph. And here is the real doozy: They were drunk drivers and the second they could, they got out of the vehicle and ran off on foot. Don't think the police ever even found them. Another witness stopped and gave a report to the police though, luckily for me.

I have to wonder what the odds are of being involved in two hit and run incidents within hours of each other. The tow truck was able to finish towing me to the yard and now I'm sitting in a motel writing this after getting some sleep.

At least nobody was hurt in either of the wrecks, although that second drunk driver was very lucky not to have been killed in the incident, their car was so smashed up.

I did not get a citation for either incident, luckily, though two not at fault accidents on my record in a single night... wtf-2.gif

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Bad Planning or is it Just Me?

Eckoh, I'm getting there. Last week me DM confirmed my home call is for March 10 (Fri). I put on an empty call from central NC, looking for a trip home to Memphis. I got a load sent to me that went from SC (fair 'nuff) to Valdosta, GA (no way). Delivered on March 11. Yeah, I macro 9 turned it down.

My next load was a SC pick up March 11, delivered in Memphis Match 12, MONDAY. Where'd my weekend trip home go?

rant on

Swift calls home stops "Your Most Important Stop". This is the second home stop they've messed up in a row. Important to me, yes. But shipments are more important to them.

rant off. Thank you. wtf-2.gif

Its possible they didn't have a load to get you there on time and did the best they could with what they had..

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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I'm NOT crazy?

Sleeping on the top bunk while the truck is moving is a no no. It's dangerous for starts. I have a Sleep Dogg mattress. Best money I ever spent. 10 inches of memory foam. It's a bit more expensive than most mattresses but worth every penny.

I've been finding sleeping on that rock they call a mattress to be a real challenge so far... Really considering buying one of the sleep dogg mattresses, but 580 bucks seems very expensive..

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Wifi at the truck stops

You're better off just finding a Denny's or McDonalds that has free wifi, as their speeds tend to be better than the truck stop wifi. And from what I've noticed, even the Denny's and McDonalds in the truck stops typically offer free wifi.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Bad Planning or is it Just Me?

You should have turned down the load, using a "macro 9", and just let them know your new pta and the reason you're turning down the load. Its possible that whichever of the Swift planners put you on it didn't even realize you were wanting to take home time, but as Swift is not forced dispatch, there is no reason for you not to have turned the load down to take your home time.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Swift to increase pay again.

Nice... I should be finished up training just a couple weeks before that pay increase hits.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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I-75 backed up after semi's U-turn

I wonder if there's more to this than the driver is telling anyone? Like why did you so desperately need to make a U-turn right here and now? What was he really up to? He's either handling ordinary circumstances like a lunatic or dealing with extraordinary circumstances and keeping it to himself. Either way he needs a timeout far away from trucking, and possibly society for a while. Maybe go on vacation. Hit a beach somewhere and gather his thoughts a little. Geez!

Maybe he was actually forced off the road, or something, rather than attempting to make a U-turn there.

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