Profile For Rob T.

Rob T.'s Info

  • Location:
    IA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    5 years ago

Rob T.'s Bio

I obtained my CDL August 2017 and began my driving career as a local foodservice driver for Performance Food Group (PFG) out of Des Moines, Iowa. After roughly a year and a half I decided to hang up my 2 wheel dolly and take a job easier on the body. I currently deliver to grocery stores in Iowa and the 7 surrounding states

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Posted:  6 hours, 37 minutes ago

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PackRat's 2020 Daily Driving Diary

I'm loving this journey. How many miles are you averaging since switching over to CFI?

Posted:  7 hours, 29 minutes ago

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Drug tested AGAIN!

Ask some other drivers there if they have been tested as often as you have. You may not be out of the ordinary when compared to other drivers there.

I was making small talk with a couple other drivers from my company that were in the waiting room. They said something similar to what Old School posted in a different thread. They'll go a couple years without a random then get chosen a couple times in a row. One guy told me it had been like 6 years since his last one! Talk about beating the odds. It got me an extra hour on the clock atleast.

Posted:  7 hours, 47 minutes ago

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Drug tested AGAIN!

Funny thing is they won't tell you why they need to see you. Instead I'll get a phone call from my manager or VP of HR saying I need to see them before I leave. Last Wednesday I believe is when I had my yearly review. I got a call telling me to see my manager and I said "let me guess, my lucky day for a drug test" and he said no it's nothing bad just my review. It's funny that 2 of the 3 tests happened after making a mention of them. I have nothing to hide, never touched illegal substances but I always get paranoid something bizarre would happen and it comes back positive. It must be all the posts here on TT of someone "wrongly" testing positive 😝

Posted:  8 hours, 39 minutes ago

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Drug tested AGAIN!

Tomorrow is my 1 year anniversary at my current employer and I got sent for a random. My 3rd in one year, and 1 random breathalyzer when I showed up to start my day. With them increasing the % of drivers tested maybe I can get sent all 4 quarters this year!smile.gif if that happens I'm buying a powerball ticket.

Posted:  12 hours, 40 minutes ago

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Travel advisories and restrictions announced for Midwest weekend storm

An hour or two after that snow started to hit, it got really hard to push the two wheeler through it all.

I dont miss that one bit smile.gif

Stay safe out there

Posted:  15 hours, 57 minutes ago

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Travel advisories and restrictions announced for Midwest weekend storm

It's been one heck of a weekend for us. Over 90% of our loads go out between midnight and 2am but corporate forced us to wait until 6am Saturday. It screwed up my normal schedule and in turn stores are getting deliveries much later than normal and dealing with more vendors and shopper traffic. I've been pretty fortunate so far with our seniority system I've been able to take the last route that avoids the worst weather. Saturday took a 3 stop omaha run and pickup eggs. Drove 100 miles empty on dry pavement and that was bad enough. My friend (1 spot below me) got sent to Rochester MN into the blizzard. He ended up parking it in Owatonna after watching a trooper pass him w/o emergency lights on forcing an oncoming milk truck to take the ditch to possibly save the troopers life. Unfortunately with most of our routes on the weekend we're running back to the DC empty. Really bad situation when you have whiteout conditions and 50 mph wind gusts. As far as I know all of our drivers have made it through the weekend without any incidents so I'd say that's a win! I guess I'm a A-hole though for rubbing it in his face I had a super easy Saturday after sitting for 4 hours at the egg farm giving me over 14 paid hours while he white knuckled it all day and only got 10 smile.gif today I'm in southern MN and roads are still pretty icy, temps wont warm up until wednesday which is bringing more snow and rain.

Posted:  16 hours, 12 minutes ago

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Dean of Mack's CDL Training Diary

You mentioned your schools PTI is more comprehensive than the state test. Can you be more specific?

I can't speak for Deans experience but the study guide I was given at school was much more detailed with the wording than the state exam required. I was even told this by the examiner while we were doing my road test. At that particular DMV they refer to the students from that school as Rays' Robots because instructor is named Ray and he has a pass rate for trifecta of roughly 90%. Of course most of that is due to a students willingness and ability to learn and listen. I wish I'd kept the paper the study guide we were given.

Posted:  1 day, 7 hours ago

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Training at KC Logistics

How did the rest of your training go?

Posted:  1 day, 7 hours ago

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FedEx Freight Driver Apprentice

Anything fun happening?

Posted:  1 day, 19 hours ago

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Are truck drivers assigned a truck that they use every time they drive? Or do you switch and how often if so?

Welcome! Have you seen our welcome packet?

If you're an over the road driver you will be assigned a truck that is your home on the road. You will likely be in that same truck for a year or more before the company gives you a (usually) newer one. You're not required to go "home". We have a couple people that live out of their truck and when they want time off they request it somewhere they want to visit such as Las Vegas or someplace they can relax on the beach. When you hear people talking about sharing trucks (slip seat) they're usually talking about local jobs. How are you obtaining your CDL? is it a private school or Paid CDL Training Programs?

Good luck, please hang around and keep us updated on your journey.

Posted:  2 days, 5 hours ago

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The Highest Form Of Flattery

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I asked first so, I get the first ones that way when you hit it big I can cash in.

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Sorry, but daycab guys are not eligible. sorry.gif

Daycab drivers are just part timers, we ain't no real trucker smile.gif

Posted:  2 days, 9 hours ago

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The Highest Form Of Flattery

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I'm kinda a celebrity now right? Who wants an autograph smile.gif

Posted:  3 days, 5 hours ago

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Hit and run rant

Banks that's what I thought as well, I'm sure ground would be able to track it by trailer numbers though if LEO knows them to find who was assigned that load. I'm actually surprised that nobody on the scene went after them or radioed for another department to wait down the highway.

The other day I had my 1 year review. The only knock I had was my incident but even that wasnt held against me other than getting a 4 instead of 5 for safety. It recorded me as having 1 hard brake back in october that nobody had previously talked to me about so we discussed it at this time. I slowed from 23 to 2 in 4 seconds gradually and for some reason marked it as hard brake. Anyways, I say that to show how detailed these systems are. He was able to see exactly where I was in satellite view so we could figure out what likely happened as I cant remember something from months ago. He plugged in what date and time it marked that event and it pulled up everything you could want to know about that even what my logs looked like (to see if fatigue is possibly a factor). Unfortunately with the news reporting "a (company) semi truck hit and ran a patrol car narrowly missing a deputy" people immediately will think it's the companies drivers and not somebody contracted to run their loads. Either way it makes that company look bad. With Ground is it usually 1 contractor that operates each terminal that then hires drivers or is it like 100 different O/O contractors?

Posted:  3 days, 6 hours ago

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CDL B to A question ( Manuel/auto transmission )

You will need to test in a manual transmission for a class A if you do not want the restriction regardless of what your class B is.

What's your plan for obtaining your class A? Private or Paid CDL Training Programs or is your employer doing hands on training?

Posted:  3 days, 12 hours ago

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Moving from Minnesota to Florida

I start with a moving truck and go south from there.

We have a member here who went from Florida to Iowa he might be able to offer advise. But asking for specific advise might yield more results.

I sure did! And before that Minneapolis area to st Petersburg Florida! Our move was pretty simple we loaded up all our stuff into our 2 cars and hit the road. Sold everything big because we felt it was cheaper to buy new down there than move our stuff but we were also 24/25 so we were still starting out. When we moved to Iowa we rented a uhaul trailer to pull behind our van due to having kids and bigger items. Total cost moving to Iowa was probably $800 including trailer rental and hotel stays for 2 nights.

What exactly is it you're wondering about Curt?

Posted:  3 days, 16 hours ago

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Hit and run rant

I dont understand how somebody can knowingly cause damage and flee the scene instead of taking responsiblity for it. The consequences will always be much worse and if I'm not mistaken you can lose your CDL for a minimum of a year. Not to mention being out of a job and likely unemployable anywhere else due to skyrocketing insurance premiums and poor judgement. On wednesday in cental iowa we had a decent amount of freezing rain. There was a major carrier truck that jackknifed and rolled over on 80/35. While police were dealing with that another truck from a major LTL carrier plowed into a sheriffs deputy vehicle AND TOOK OFF! I haven't heard more about it but I cant imagine it would be hard finding the driver by contacting that company and seeing who was in the area, as well as tractor and trailer numbers.

0759978001579272213.jpgKcci news story this particular story doesnt mention it but a previous story mentioned the truck would have significant damage to the Driver side front end. Thankfully the deputy was able to run to safety. Unfortunately with drivers doing things that cause media attention in a negative way as well as all the wrecks I've seen on I80 in iowa the last couple weeks it isnt helping to change the public's perception of truckers.

I did not include the trucking company names because honestly they dont matter. It's not the companies fault, the drivers involved are at fault.

Posted:  4 days, 11 hours ago

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Need advice about starting my trucking career

I know CRST runs a school in Jacksonville. Just be aware that CRST is ALL team. Some drivers like teaming, some don't. I dont think your location would cause too much trouble with how far north in the state you are. My suggestion is Apply For Paid CDL Training (click it for a 1 and done app) and see who offers you a spot. Then decide where you want to go.

Posted:  5 days, 7 hours ago

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Orientation with Prime.

Have you spoken to or even heard of anyone who took the sleep study and did not have to get a cpap?

my wife had an at home sleep study, then went for an in lab and was told she doesn't have it. This was something she did on her own though, she does not have a CDL and it was set up through her primary doctor.

Posted:  5 days, 7 hours ago

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I am uncomfortable taking an on-site sleep study-I already have 2 year medical card

Regardless what we may think its simple. Your employer is requiring it. You can either get it done or find a new job. Sleep apnea is a serious issue. I never knew how crappy I was sleeping until I started using a CPAP and actually got to sleep. I wish I was able to finance my machine and such through my employer. If I'm not mistaken Prime gives them at a cheaper rate than you'll find anywhere else.

Posted:  5 days, 8 hours ago

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What's the strangest "rule" you've encountered at customer?

Plan B I totally forgot about the egg farms! I pickup at an egg farm probably every other week. We have probably 15 every week. We drive through the sanitizer to get the (bottom) of the truck/trailer clean. That's recent for where we pickup, before last year they required all trucks to get a truck wash. They give us the same protective gear but we're still required to do our tandems and opening doors etc. I'm always asked something to the affect of "have you been in an area with live chickens in the last 3 weeks?" I always want to smack em upside the head and say I seen ya a couple weeks ago!

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