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    GA

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    5 years, 9 months ago

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Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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CVSA 2013

I have gone through two other years of the "dreaded roadcheck" and every year, it was just business as usual. It is just hyped up by the media or maybe it is just because I basically just stay in the southeastern states. Who knows, but as long as you are doing everything like I hope you are doing it on your normal days you will not have a problem.

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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A few questions I'm curious about that I couldn't find in other post.

Hello, Chris Here are my answers to your questions numbered the way you had them in your post. 1. sorry, but I can't help you as far as the Fed-Ex program, because I don't know anything about that. 2. From what I understand, if you apply for one of the training programs and they invite you to orientation, as long as you don't lie about something on your application and pass all tests and physicals. 3. The best way to find out about the sickle cell anemia is to find a doctor that gives DOT physicals and ask them about it. 4. If your physician does DOT physicals, you can have him do one just to be sure you are good to go, but I know the companies that have their own training programs have their doctor do another physical. 5. As long as you let your dispatcher know, I am pretty sure you can take hometime where ever you want to, but you can always ask the recruiter and they will let you know. 6. Trucks will come equipped with the bare minimum in most cases, so just storage space and a bed/beds depending on if it is a condo truck or a mid-roof. Some companies will install or let you have inverters installed in the truck up to a certain limit on the wattage. Some will have APU's to help with climate control and keeping the batteries charged when you are sitting for periods of time. Some companies do have built-in refrigerators, but I do not believe many do.

Hope those answers helped you some. Hopefully some people with some more experience with the company sponsored will come by to help you more.

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Qualcomm and Critical Events

I have gone over 2 hours on my 14 before at my old company because I was in Arkansas on I-40 where they have a 20 to 30 mile stretch that they are doing construction in. They have Jersey barriers creating only one lane each direction and someone had an accident in the middle of that, so to clear it, a tow truck had to back up to get to the wreck. I never heard a word about it, I just put in a note for safe haven and went to the first possible place to park.

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Schneider National

Hamrhed12, I drove for them for almost two years. As far as the phone interview, it is basically the recruiter going over your application with you and then patching you through to Medical so they can ask you some general questions for insurance purposes. It is not a big deal at all.

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Really enjoying my new company.

Sorry, Starcar, I have been busy lately the way that I have been running since I started with them. I will try to check in more. LOL

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Really enjoying my new company.

Big M Transport out of Blue Mountain, MS

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Really enjoying my new company.

Just figured I would post an update on my new company since I have been with them for a month now. They are very driver focused and they have been keeping me running as much as I want to. I even went home on March 27th and was supposed to go back out on March 29th to deliver the load that I had in my trailer. On the morning of the 28th, I had a kidney stone attack me and made me have to go to the emergency room. It did not pass until last Thursday and the company was very understanding and told me that they would only send someone after the truck if they absolutely had to. They told me to call them when I could come back out and they would reschedule my delivery. Since I have come back out last Friday morning, I have had my dog with me too since they have a free pet policy. I love having my dog with me for company. It is also nice to have the APU that they have on all of their trucks, I have used it for a couple of warm nights and it will freeze you out if you set it on 65. The big push bumper was tested the day I went home last time because while I was getting dressed in the morning, I felt the truck get rocked not once, but twice. As soon as I was decent, I opened the curtain a little bit and watched a US Express owner operator trying to back out of a parking spot that he should have backed into to start with and he was trying to back into an empty spot beside me so he could swing out. He was still trying to get out even after hitting me. I stopped him, got him to park, and called the local police out to do a private property accident report. Thanks to my push bumper, all that was damaged was some dents on the bumper and it broke one of the clips that held the bumper up. Luckily, I was only 15 miles from the terminal, so I just drove it straight back to the terminal and they replaced the clip. If I did not have the push bumper, I would have to have been towed and needed the hood replaced. Oh well, just figured I would give everyone an update. Sorry it has been a while.

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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Instructions for sharing photos from Photobucket

That worked great, Brett. Thank you for the help.

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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Leaving my first company

Here are some pictures of my truck that I was able to post after Brett put up a link with instructions on how to post pictures from photobucket. Thank you, Brett.red big M truckred big M truck big rigred big M truck big rig

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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Leaving my first company

Just an update, since finishing orientation Wednesday afternoon, I had a load to leave out Thursday morning and as of tonight, I have completed about 2100 miles on the odometer since I left the terminal. Headed on my third delivery in the morning in Cincinnati, OH. I got assigned a 2012 Mack Pinnacle with 187,000 miles on it. I am enjoying it here so far, and the best part is I have an APU and a company installed refrigerator so I can actually keep food and drinks cold. I also have a company installed 2500 watt inverter under my bunk so I could probably find a small microwave to bring when I go home if I wanted to. This company is very safety-oriented, every time you leave the yard or come in the yard, you are supposed to take the truck and trailer into the shop and they will do a level 1 inspection on it while it is in there before you leave the bay. They also have very high standards for the drivers, which is a good thing in my opinion. Some examples of that are that if you have an accident that is obviously your fault, you are responsible for paying the deductible for the insurance. Also, if you are convicted of one speeding ticket for 15 mph or more over the speed limit, you are automatically terminated. If you have one ticket for less than 15 mph over, you are put on probation and your truck is turned down 3 mph from 68 to 65, the second ticket, your truck is turned down another 3 mph and the third ticket is automatic termination. I think I found a good landing spot to stay for a long time after leaving Schneider.

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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Leaving my first company

Most trucks that do not have APU's have a Webasto or Espar heater, which are just two brands of diesel fired heaters that have a small pump to pull up fuel out of the tank and then ignite a small amount with a fan blowing behind it to get it into the cab. They work well for heat, but they also use a good amount of battery power which in conjunction with my CPAP, kills the batteries early and I could not idle the truck to restore battery power, which was my problem.

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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Leaving my first company

Well, I left my first company of almost two years last Monday because of their ambient temperature sensors not allowing my truck to idle between 20 and 30 degrees causing my CPAP not to last properly during the night was not safe for me or anyone else on the road. They were not willing to provide a solution or remove the sensor, so I parted ways on good terms after working out a two week notice after I already had another carrier that hired me. I am getting on a bus tomorrow morning to go to Tupelo, MS and start orientation with my new company Tuesday. They are a smaller carrier that only has around 400 trucks and I believe from talking with some of their other drivers that I will be much happier with my quality of life in the truck even though I will be taking a slight pay cut. I will be sharing how it goes along.

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