Profile For Lilysmomma

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    WI

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    Experienced Driver

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    4 years, 4 months ago

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Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Safety (really, how dangerous is this?)

Yeah........... right!

What he ^^^ said.

(Here is where a simple thumbs up feature would be cool)

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Safety (really, how dangerous is this?)

I am ONLY stating my experience.. Did I tell anyone to NOT go to a major company? I don't see that in my post at all.. I am just saying what I have had in the past.. Only trying to give this guy a better option in which I truly believe a smaller company may be a better fit for him. I am not saying the big companies are bad at all, did I?? Geeeez, gimme a break....

Lilysmomma, you're way overreaching by telling everyone to avoid working for the largest, most successful companies in the nation because you weren't thrilled with your short experience there as a brand new driver. Please stop equating your experiences in your extremely short time out there with the size of the company. There's far more to it than that.

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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This Is How We Roll!

I think you have me confused with someone else...

I work for a small Farm operation, Baenen Dairy. There are 5 trucks and 5 drivers. They treat me like gold. I do long haul driving and really enjoy it. When I get back to the farm, they say, Welcome home! I couldn't ask for a better company to work for. I did work for De Boer before that and they are all about the salaried people.. Drivers are just a number there. The dispatchers are always crabby and think you should know everything without being taught.. My best move was to get out of there! I only live 20 miles from where my truck is parked so It is convenient for me and I know where I am going days before I leave so I know what to plan for. I would never work for a big operation ever again!

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I'm very confused. Six minutes before this post, you posted that you were with Prime as a trainee?

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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This Is How We Roll!

I work for a small Farm operation, Baenen Dairy. There are 5 trucks and 5 drivers. They treat me like gold. I do long haul driving and really enjoy it. When I get back to the farm, they say, Welcome home! I couldn't ask for a better company to work for. I did work for De Boer before that and they are all about the salaried people.. Drivers are just a number there. The dispatchers are always crabby and think you should know everything without being taught.. My best move was to get out of there! I only live 20 miles from where my truck is parked so It is convenient for me and I know where I am going days before I leave so I know what to plan for. I would never work for a big operation ever again!

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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This Is How We Roll!

I 59 going down to Houston isn't bad once you get used to it. The first time I drove it, I vowed to never go that way again... But, I did and now it seems the more I do it the better it is.. It is going to be the 1 69 Corridor eventually and I see improvements especially on the southern end and northern end.. The in between needs some work yet.

I'm with Prime in PSD training, and today was a very bad day for me. Drove 450 miles, a hefty chunk of it on US 59 from I30 to Houston. Lots of stop and go, along with me struggling with lane control at times. Then on the short drive off the interstate to the receiver, I curbed the trailer and blew a tandem. Luckily it was a double so we were able to drive to a TA to get it replaced. After all of this I was ready to quit. We've been running hard for over a week and I was tired and grumpy and thinking that this is probably it.

As the tire was being replaced, my trainer started talking about going back and testing out on Friday. He told me I'm ready, just have some rough edges to knock off with shifting and mirrors. Said lots of people curb trailers and it's not the end of the world, just learn from it.

This is just the latest example of how I've been treated, by everyone, at Prime. They understand that this is all new, and they all want me to succeed. I've never been treated like a number, or like "just another newbie." Because if I succeed, they all do too.

This site has been the same for me. It has been a refuge after long days in orientation and learning this new way of life. Thank you, O.S. And thanks to all of you here!

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Dress Code...

I am certainly not telling anyone what to wear, I am just saying dress appropriately and represent your company. The shippers and receivers do judge us when we come in for our load info. If you can wear a skort, more power to ya! I do show my legs too but not to attract any man out there, just to be cool in the hot climate. I also have seen men who have their bellies hanging out and cracks showing and I just look the other way and chuckle... I guess to each his own! I know I will never dress like that in my lifetime....

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Dress Code...

I have YET to see any Lot Lizards, especially ones at the fuel island at a Love's fueling up her truck.. I won't say which company she was driving for but it was a BIG one... I just cannot imagine someone driving a truck with high heels, unless maybe she has an auto shift... LOL!

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Dress Code...

Well at lease a pair of jeans and shirt and proper shoes for driving! Who in the heck can drive a truck in flip flops???!! I sure wouldn't take that chance! Safety is our Number 1 priority out there, we have a lot to lose if we have an accident, which means our very valuable CDL, and worse yet someone's life including ours...

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Safety (really, how dangerous is this?)

Please find a small operation in which who will take you on. Find someonw who will train you at least three weeks and an employer who doesn't push you all the time and give you the proper amount of time to get from one place to another.. I know, a lot of people are bored when they have an extra day to get there... Well, I will tell you right now.. when I was with a big company, I won't name them.. they pushed me to my limits.. Yes, I learned how to drive but the hard way... I didn't have any accidents, Thank God but I was always trying to catch up and did.. and the more I did, the more they wanted from me. I found myself towards the end of my employment there, being less careful to get to where I needed to go.. A car pulled in front of me while I wasn't paying attention and it was toward the start of my 34 hour re set and I had my wake up call! Yes, I am one of those who only go the speed limits on the highways and stay in the right lanes, but have the time to get places and I get paid just as well as not more than a big company. Check it out and find one who will take a chance on you and let you drive for them. Because you have a clean driving record for many years means nothing anymore.. Driving a truck is a whole new baby verses driving a car... Good luck and relax and enjoy the ride.. I know I LOVE being a truck driver!!

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Pet friendly

If you don't mind putting up a security deposit for your pet which is usually around 500.00 so any damages done by the dog will be at least somewhat covered. A lot of truck drivers have ruined it for us by bring big dogs with them and leaving them while they are in the truck stop restaurant eating and the dog has anxiety and totally trashes the inside of the cab.. I bring my little dog with me and he goes into his kennel while I am not in the cab with him, not that I don't trust him, I just want to make sure he is safely in his kennel and secure. I am also looking into some kind of a restraint in which I can put him in, if the unthinkable were to happen like a sudden braking or an accident.. Want to make sure our pets are as safe as they can be...

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Dress Code...

I am just horrified to see how some of the trucker ladies dress! Some wear high heels, dresses,,, no, I am not kidding!!!! Short skirts, no bras, flip flops... Makes me sick to see these ladies prancing around at the fuel islands with this kind of attire... There should be a dress code for drivers who represent these companies.. I am sure they are asking for real trouble when they dress this way and if they cannot do their job, they don't belong doing it in the first place... I have gotten into some really sticky situations in which I never asked anyone for help, just made it work.. This is just drawing attention to yourself and into some real danger.... Just my opinion.....

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Just another low bridge strike after following GPS

So then, Why doesn't the city put up a better sign? There has to be something wrong there when two a month are hitting it...

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Clothing what to wear

Now that is a cute story!!

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

Wow! A Math teacher! Wow, that is awesome! With 25 years of working swing shifts in two Paper mills, I took a buyout and got an early retirement. I went out to become a farrier and Blacksmith, got sick of bad clients and really bad horses, so I then went to driving School bus, no money there and really bratty kids so I decided to become a trucker! I also am an artist who teaches classes on weekends in the winter months.. so now I am truly enjoying what I so love and found my final career!

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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How to get those miles

Wow! That is one great DM!! That is what I truly believe, treat them right and if they don't treat you right in return, it would then be time to find a new company who will treat you right and respect the fact that you are not a complainer! There should be more drivers like you, who just do their job and take the good with the bad and deal with it.... Keep on truckin' and safe travels!

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Dash cam

Your employer may be willing to purchase one for you, so it doesn't hurt to ask! If not, I would highly recommend buying the best one you can afford.. You get what you pay for. A dash cam will save your butt and prove your innocence! Don't put off getting one and check a few websites or truck stops to find the best deal.. I found that sometimes truck stops have things even more cheaply, believe it or not. Here is a video to check out, pretty darned good one at that! http://www.livetrucking.com/this-frustrated-truck-driver-uses-this-dash-cam-video-to-prove-he-had-the-right-of-way/

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Cheating trucker

I am reading this post late, but if you are still seeing him.. I would agree with all the ladies on here, dump him quickly! Once a cheater, always a cheater!

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Iim 50 i dont look 50 i want to drive do any companys provide child care during training

If you need childcare while you are in training, what are going to do when you are out on the road for days at a time? I think you need to re think this if you have small children and don't have someone who can watch your kids and be there all the time...

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Concerned about physical requirements.

Why on earth would anyone consider being a Flatbedder if you cannot handle it? Is it the extra money or what?! As far as I see, the money isn't worth getting hurt over! If you are lifting something so heavy that you cannot handle it, you don't belong doing it at all... No one is going to help you with it, and if it is windy and cold, you are going to struggle even more... Go with a Van and make it a bit easier on yourself.. Just my two cents!

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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New Driver from Pittsburgh!

Hi Trish, This is a really big change in our lives to become a truck driver! Welcome aboard! I would suggest going into this with all you have! It is tough to get through, I know it was for me, learning all these things and there is plenty to learn and we never stop learning. As far as going on a long road trip, first you have to get through your schooling, go on the road with a trainer, and then after all that will be assigned your own truck. There are companies who allow pets, but if you ask me, I highly advise against bring your cat, especially two of them. If they are not used to being in a small confined space, they won't like it and unless they are brought up that way they will never really get used to it, and there is a risk of them escaping from your truck and you will lose them somewhere.. But, that is my opinion.. I would only bring a dog along who I raised as a puppy starting out in the truck.. Not all pets are good for trucking. Some are more laid back and would probably do better than others. So, that being said, Is just my opinion..

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