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Posted:  3 hours, 13 minutes ago

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Prime’d and ready to go

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Posted:  21 hours, 24 minutes ago

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Local food service as a rookie

I posted this in a different thread, however a couple weeks ago we received a message from our safety director. At the time we were at i believe 70 days or so injury free. The record is 91 days injury free i believe. Im not sure if we're still going or if we had an injury. My terminal has been around atleast 35 years, but im not sure when they started tracking safety record. That just goes to show you how prevalent injuries are in this line of work. We also were told there were several incidents in parking lots hitting parked cars. There was also an incident where a driver was following GPS in Kansas City (we service all Church's Chicken in this region) and ended up in a residential neighborhood. His journey resulted in knocking over a power pole as well as sending 3 live wires onto the ground.

Posted:  21 hours, 26 minutes ago

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Local food service as a rookie

Not a whole lot has been happening worth posting. My days have been the same as usual. Earlier this week i had a close call. I was travelling on a 1 way street and had a green light so i continued on. Well the problem with that is traffic getting off of I-235 (goes through downtown des Moines, runs approx. 15 miles from where I-35 and I-80 meet/split). They have a stop light as well which was obviously red. Well as ya know making a left turn on red is legal from a one way to a one way. There was a car that did not stop at the stop light and made a left almost directly on the side of me. There were 3 lanes, i was in the middle. The only way i avoided this accident was by being aware of what was happening on all sides if my vehicle. I had been keeping an eye on my right side mirror (always leave yourself an out) and because there was nobody even close in that lane i moved over. Im not lying when i say she was within a foot of hitting my truck. I havent posted about it until now because ive been thinking about this potential incident and what i could have done differently. Looking back at it i should've slowed down and possibly moved over 1 more lane to the right when i seen how fast she was coming despite having a red light. This is an example of how quickly things can change. I was on a city street doing 35 mph, limited traffic and a great day out. This is why it's stressed so much to be completely focused on driving when you're behind the wheel. I hardly ever have the radio on when im in town. I use a Bluetooth headset to listen to tunes while im unloading. When im out on the open highway is another story though. I actually tripped the drive cam (road conditions) and probably gave someone a good laugh. I was totally into "Hotel California". I mean really, i dont give a crap if that song was released 23 years before i was born, you cant disrespect a song like that by not getting in to it!

Today (thursday) started out rough. A fill in driver took off with my route. He was scheduled for 330am, i was scheduled for 430am. For some reason he took mine despite having our names on the clipboards. Oh well, jokes on him my day ended up being easier! I started an hour late from the time that load was dispatched, however i finished an hour ahead (would've been 2 hours ahead had i started at time it was dispatched for) i had 17 stops, 14k weight and 650 cases. I had 15 of my stops off at my 8th hour. I had a bit of a drive to my final stop (45 minutes each way), after all my paperwork was done I'd put in 12 hours. The other driver was still out despite starting an hour before me as he had 18 stops, 18k weight and 750 cases. I knew where all but 2 of my stops were, in which i did google maps to get an overhead view prior to arriving to get a feel for the layout. What i dislike most about the route i ran is delivering to the Federal Building downtown. Its very tight getting in and even in a single axle tractor with a 28' trailer you need to turn from the 3rd lane (of 4 on this 1 way street) in order to make it in. I was thankful that i was there at 715 this morning instead of 830am like i was when i was training. Its a hassle delivering because my trailer is taking up 2 lanes as security walks around my truck with their mirrors and asks me the usual questions (guns, knives, bombs). Somebody meets me outside while i unload and then i am required to go inside with them while they send every case through the X Ray machine. Thankfully it was only 35 cases today so it only added a few minutes. They had a big roll off dumpster sitting just right that it would've been difficult making it into the dock so i decided to not even attempt it due to how tight it was. I wasnt exactly in the mood to hit the federal agents vehicles. With a place like that, even if i was having a crap day i cant let it show. Security is extremely strict there (rightfully so) and I'd probably be watched more carefully. Best to just let any negative energy go before going to a place like that.

The weathers been crazy lately. Last week was in the 90s most of the week, this week its in 70s but pretty rainy. The rain is a nuisance but the groceries arent going to deliver themselves. I choose not to wear a rain jacket because then i end up getting too warm. One of the fill in drivers last week refused to deliver for over an hour because he claimed lightning was in the area. Well it was in the distance, atleast 15 miles away. He said he felt unsafe so nobody could say anything about it. The only time i wont deliver is if lightning is striking close by. In that case I'd sit in the truck and wait it out, and inform my supervisor whats going on. It hasnt happened yet but im sure it eventually will. Even though we are given a huge workload safety still comes first. PFG would rather us not complete the job than end up being hurt, or killed because of unsafe working conditions or hazards. I can guarantee any reputable companies are the same way. Continued....

Posted:  22 hours, 30 minutes ago

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New Trucking Company

Big Scott...if I’m correct it was US Express and he was dismissed for the accident. I’m pretty sure this is the same Simon.

Looking at his bio he was let go from the 2nd company he worked for in his 4 months of driving. It appears me started at us Xpress, and let go from western express. Simon N, what was the nature of the accident that caused you to be let go. Seems odd you'd be let go for a single accident your rookie year, many of the large companies expect it to happen your 1st year. It also says you loved it at US, so why'd you leave after such a short time? I feel like your not being completely honest. Its hard to offer the help you're seeking if we don't have all the information.

Posted:  1 day, 22 hours ago

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CRST - Training Adventures in Cedar Rapids

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LOL Jeremy, is that swearing coming from you or the guy who owns that tricked out peterbilt say'n that guy better not touch my house on wheels?

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C'mon army, he doesnt work for Swift! no reason to get worried. I'm only kidding.....

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#^*+%+*

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I was just joking around, i did not mean any disrespect. Honestly i haven't seen anything remotely close to the stuff people criticize their drivers for.

Anyways.... Jeremy, seems like you're doing very well. Keep up the good work man! Hopefully you were able to get some extra rest while the weather was wreaking havoc on your plans.

Posted:  1 day, 23 hours ago

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CRST - Training Adventures in Cedar Rapids

Army says :

LOL Jeremy, is that swearing coming from you or the guy who owns that tricked out peterbilt say'n that guy better not touch my house on wheels?

C'mon army, he doesnt work for Swift! no reason to get worried. I'm only kidding.....

Posted:  2 days, 1 hour ago

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Company says I didn’t take a random drug test.

Joseph, when i had transferred locations when i was with Sysco i had to take a drug test. The 5 weeks leading up to my transfer i was selected for a "random" 3 times. It amazed me because for 2 years up to that point I'd never been given a random. Sure its irritating but i know i had nothing to worry about so i went along with it. This was before i had my CDL. Honestly why would you even try to fight having to take a random if you know you were clean. Its possible he may have been abusing his power but given your history can you blame them?

Posted:  3 days, 5 hours ago

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PAM/Driver Solutions Training

6 days of experience with Roehl is already better than the 6 weeks I spent with PAM

Can you please elaborate? Thats really only covered orientation. Im guessing your negative experience with PAM wasnt necessarily the company, but more so the individuals you dealt with. Honestly can you tell us what your gripes were that made you feel that PAM did not care about their drivers? Many people read the forum even if they don't post and I'd hate for them to have the wrong idea if its something that they feel isnt as big of a deal as you do.

Posted:  3 days, 22 hours ago

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PAM/Driver Solutions Training

Wow, did not see that coming. If you dont mind me asking, why the change?

Posted:  4 days, 5 hours ago

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CFI at Crowder College

Im with G-town, no reason to take chances like that to only save a couple minutes.

Im glad you're not doing things you don't feel is right, but it makes me very happy to hear your trainer isnt pushing you to do it that way. Im enjoying this thread, keep up the great work!

Posted:  5 days, 21 hours ago

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Braking while turning

Was the clutch in?

My thoughts as well....

Posted:  5 days, 22 hours ago

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I went local, and I'm not sure if I'm happy anymore, any advice?

Chris you had to know going into it the long hours it was going to entail. Also, 42k for a physical job like that is extremely low in my opinion if your putting in the hours you say you are. If its a money issue look at foodservice (sysco, us foods, etc.) The work is more physical but you'll make more $$. In my first year with Performance Foods service/group (PFG) im on target to make close to $90k. That's working 60-65 hours a week, unloading on average close to 80,000 pounds of food per week.

Ultimately you need to decide whats more important for you and your family. Is it the money, time being home, being on the road. Perhaps looking into LTL would be a better fit for you. Getting on doing linehaul would allow you to drive a decent amount while still being home. A member here "bobcat" drives linehaul for ODFL out of Chicago and i believe he said he makes about 1200 a week, or 60k a year.

I dont know your particular situation but what works great for me and my family is not much is expected of me during the week. Im only home a couple hours before going to sleep, which i spend playing with my kids. My wife stays home with our children so on the weekends we always go out and do stuff as a family and make our time together count. Im also constantly encouraging my wife to get out of the house for a couple hours even if its just to go shopping. Unfortunately many people dont understand why you just want to sleep after working so much.

Posted:  6 days, 1 hour ago

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Hey guys. It's been a while

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Hey everyone. Glad to see this site is still going and doing well. Nice to see some of the same guys helping people out. I haven't been on in a while for lots of reasons but it's nice to be back.

So I'm still driving. I'm currently with Hannaford doing grocery delivery. Been here almost two years now. Pays well but the company is a mess. People in management positions that shouldn't be. That among many other things has me looking around. I've recently applied to FedEx. Anyone know anything about driving for them?

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i have an owner op friend in custom critical who loves it. each division is completely different, so Freight, Ground and Custom Critical are all run differently and the employees must apply all over again when changing divisions. they have different bonus structures and policies.

which division were you looking at? are you looking to go company or drive for a owner op? some positions require teams..such as the White Glove Reefer side.

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I'm looking at the freight division. Company driver. They describe it as a road driver hauling doubles from terminal to terminal. Looks like thrid shift which is fine.

A member here named "auggie" obtained his CDL through them and talked about his experiences working for them but i havent seen him around for a while

Posted:  1 week ago

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Local food service as a rookie

Hans, this job definitely isnt for everyone. Many times, like you said, people underestimate the work involved so people can enjoy that juicy steak. Before i began working in the warehouse at Sysco i didnt have the slightest clue how much work was involved in getting food to the restraunt. When i worked the warehouse it wasnt uncommon to pick 2400 cases in a 8 hour shift, or 3000+ if we worked 10 hours or more. There is no reason to ever drive unsafe, but the fast pace involved in this job and the driver wanting to get home early its easier to see why many food guys arent the most considerate drivers. Most that ive met are also could be described as "grumpy". I've mentioned before that many guys are only doing this work because of the money that can be made while still being home daily. Its rare to find a food guy that says they enjoy the work. We may make some dang good money but we earn every penny of it. Typical week for me lately at my current pay rate is around 60 hours, GROSS pay of $1750.

Today (thursday) was a pleasant surprise. I had received a text last night after i left work to start at 530am instead of 430am like usual. Apparently me telling my manager last week if i was scheduled to sit for a couple hours i was gonna make a pitstop and do some fishing on the clock while waiting was all that needed to happen. I ended up being routed at the place ive had to sit at 856 and they get there at 9, so no fishing for me :( hahaha. I had a stop that ive delivered to a few times moved onto me to kill some time before i could get in to normal stops. They ordered 140 cases, in which i was given an hour to unload. I ended up finishing my last stop at 8 1/2 hours into my day. I had planned on getting entire truck unloaded before taking lunch because i was running 2 hours ahead but my 11th (of 12) stop offered to feed me lunch for getting there earlier than normal. I had gotten a chicken quesadilla with mexican rice and refried beans. YUM! I took advantage of being done early and spent some time with the kids. For the day i had 12 stops, 14k weight, 580 cases and after i made it back to the yard and did all my paperwork and post trip I'd put in about 10 hours. Not bad considering i was routed to leave my last stop at my 10th hour.

Today i also had to deal with a ton of rain. When i was in the yard before starting my day the new guy (been with us about 3 weeks) needed help getting logged into scanner and peoplenet. The guy riding with him was more clueless than he was so i was standing outside and it started pouring. Well, i was already wet no reason to quit helping. It took about 10 minutes to get him all setup. I received a phone call from the shuttle driver a few minutes ago (730pm) asking if i had new guys number to find out when he'd be back. Unfortunately i dont have the number so he has to sit around and wait which will put the 2 routes hes bringing tonight behind schedule as theyre set to start at 4am. Luckily mine wont be one of them as the other shuttle brings mine for a 330am start. When i receiced the phone call it would've put new guy into using his 16 hour rule as he started at 530am when i did. One of the other drivers also had to use his 16 today because hes so slow and inefficient. It also doesnt help that this morning he sat at a stop for over an hour because of lightning. The lightning was just cloud to cloud. I understand his reasoning but unless lightning is striking nearby ill be out there busting my tail. I was out there unloading in the pouring rain, business as usual. It was actually nice because the storms this morning kept temp in mid 60s, by the time it warmed up (86 for the high) i was already done.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Schneider, Swift or PAM?

I attended 160 driving academy at their Moline Illinois location and was very happy with my experience. If you do the 160 route of having a company sponsor your training there, pay attention to the cost if you don't make it the timeframe the contract is requiring of you. My training was paid for by my employer but other students in my class told me that when they enrolled they had the option to pay $4000 out of pocket or have a company sponsor them. All the conpanies they worked with had it so if you didnt work a year or so with them you'd have to pay the carrier a substantial amount more. USA Truck in particular was requiring a $12,000 buyout.

With the companies you listed you can't go wrong. If you look into Pam more its worth noting that they require you to team drive for your first 6 months.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Should I keep my personal car after beginning OTR?

I'd suggest not getting rid of the car until you atleast have 1 year of experience. I'd hate for you to get rid of the car and then reality sets in about the long hours, crazy sleep schedule, and being away all the time. The turnover rate, especially for new drivers is ridiculously high. Don't want you to get rid of the car right away then end up being out a vehicle if you decide it isn't for you.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Local food service as a rookie

Today (wednesday) is irritating. I started my day at 330am with 18 stops, 15k weight. I wasn't really pushing myself hard but managed to stay on schedule for the most part. Being efficient by organizing future stops while searching for my current stop will help minimize wasted time. I'm currently typing this update while I wait to get into a customer. I arrived here at 115pm and can't get in until 330pm. I contacted the salesperson so she could contact the customer to come in, instead she gave me a number to call. I called and the customer got upset with me so whatever, I'm stuck sitting for 2 hours. I'm paid hourly so it isn't hurting my pocket but it's still frustrating. Thankfully I have only 1 other stop for 20 cases or so. I could skip this stop and knock out the other one but I'm already here and the other stop is pretty close to the yard. I'm actually waiting at the place i talked about being a new stop and it being real tight from the street view of Google maps. This is how my truck is sitting

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To get positioned I had pulled straight in and got close (but not too close due to tail swing) and turned sharp to the left. I had to then back up and go forward, wiggling my way around 3 different times to get the front end facing the street. I then waited for a break in traffic to pull onto street and then back the trailer just outside their door as they have concrete I'd have to "jump". Had i not pulled onto street and positioned it like this my back end would have been near the railing and Cause me to walk farther. I felt doing it this way was my best option based on traffic in the area. Doing this required me to be cautious of the tail swing when trying to get out to straighten up, be careful not to snap my air lines, and keep an eye on how close my trailer was to the cab of the truck to avoid damage. The most difficult about this was how the blue rail actually goes diagonal, and also the awning above their door.

I've been doing alot of thinking lately and I feel that I'm going to end up doing something else after my 1 year is up. I've found myself having a bad attitude towards my job and I don't like being that way. I've addressed my concerns about some things but nothings changed. Many of the things i addressed in my discission with my manager and VP of operations have changed back to the way they were. My biggest problem with the way things are done here is constantly being routed somewhere before they open, or being routed there during lunch when that customer isn't ok with it. On our manifest it shows us what time we're scheduled to arrive and depart, as well as when the customer "time window" is (their hours for delivery). What's the point of listing it if they don't pay attention to that when routing. I don't mind sitting around getting paid to play on my phone, but what ends up happening is it makes me look bad when a customer calls asking when they are getting their delivery and the salesman pulls it up and says "your scheduled for 10am" but I end up rolling in at 1pm because I had to wait due to poor routing. I take pride in my job and hate that other people not doing their job right is causing me to look bad. don't mind this work, I'm just getting fed up with certain people in management. I am going to continue doing my job to the best of my ability while I'm employed here, and in the meantime work on getting my hazmat, tanker, doubles/triples to open up more doors.

I'm not trying to be overly dramatic or a diva. I am just trying to show some struggles of things you may not think about normally. All the other food guys in town are amazed that I'm frequently scheduled to sit somewhere as much as I do, as they don't have to deal with it. With Sysco they tell customers like this that make us wait that this is the time we have a driver in the area, either be there, give us a key or we won't deliver to you . One thing about PFG in my market, especially being a domicile yard, is that the sales team has been told never tell a customer no. Sure it causes a headache for us but the customers are happy and we end up getting more business. We don't have the luxury that Sysco does of being a huge company that people are willing to spend more $$ for the same product just for the name. I've got just a hair over 2 months remaining before I could make any move without having to pay $4000 for my school. I wouldn't want to make a move right now anyways due to not having that 1 year of experience quite yet. It's been difficult to not focus on why I'm upset while I'm driving but I know if I'm not completely focused on driving safely an accident is more likely to happen.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Here's what I'm up to now

Does Health insurance start after 90 days or are they one of those companies that offer it day 1?

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Work history

Thank you for your advice, should i go to a private school at 21 and try to get some prehire letters or should i wait till i reach 23?

When you're about to turn 21 I would check out "company sponsored training". You'll go through school on their dime (as long as you commit to usually 1 year) and you'll have a job waiting for you as long as you pass the schooling and don't hide anything on the application. The other upside is it's much cheaper. The school my employer put me through at no cost to me was $4,000 , where Roadmaster in Tampa FL was almost $9,000 when I'd checked them out. It isn't going to make a difference in the long run whether you do private school or company sponsored training so why pay for it? Many people think that they're a "free agent" if they go private school because of the driver shortage. In reality it's a myth. The industry has a shortage of top tier drivers. You will most likely end up working for one of the mega carriers for atleast your first year anyway .

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Work history

Somebody will definitely hire you. The biggest thing is they want to see you were doing something productive whether it be work or school. However, some companies may pass due of limited work history, but more so your age. Yes you may be legally allowed to drive interstate but many companies require 23 for insurance purposes. When the time comes if you go the private school route be sure to get plenty of prehires.

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