Profile For Rob T.

Rob T.'s Info

  • Location:
    IA

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    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    4 years, 10 months 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, 26 minutes ago

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Linehaul pay stub

Nice! When it comes to linehaul and you have an assigned run, does you paycheck fluctuate at all? The consistency would be nice but personally I think I'd get bored driving the same route every day and knowing I cant do anything to earn more. When you guys get shutdown for the day by the company or you choose to not run due to weather do they pay you anything or are you required/given choice to use vacation/personal time? I know it may be a different at different companies but curious how Old Dominion handles it.

Posted:  20 hours, 54 minutes ago

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Had my first incident, got a ticket.

Are you able to share your status now or going forward while this is pending a resolution?

I'll update it once it's all resolved. That way if charges are dropped I can provide details of why, if the charges stick I can explain what evidence they used to determine i was at fault and what my punishment will be.

Thankfully the 60 day suspension wouldn't take effect until I am CONVICTED of the offense so i am able to continue driving. Currently, it's as if the ticket never happened and its business as usual as far as my driving record and license status go. I'm a driver that's home daily and the court date happens to fall on my regular scheduled day off. So IF I am found guilty I wont need to worry about being 1000 miles from home with a suspended CDL like an OTR driver would in this situation.

Posted:  21 hours, 8 minutes ago

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Sobering Winter Weather

Stay safe out there! The weather must be following you, I'd noticed you were in Iowa the other day and took our snow/ice with you. Thank you for that. Who needs a forecast, all we need is Kearseys trip planning smile.gifrofl-3.gif

I'm glad you got shutdown safely. The worst thing is when you feel you need to shutdown but there simply is no place to safely pull off at. With our storm the other day it took me 2 and a half hours to go 77 miles. It was all 2 lane highway with absolutely no where to stop.

Posted:  21 hours, 15 minutes ago

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Had my first incident, got a ticket.

Thank you everyone for participating in this discussion, it's a great learning experience for everyone. It's a reminder of how quickly things can change. 1 minute everything is ok and the next you're concerned about your CDL being suspended due to a citation that you may or may not agree with based on one of the many split second decisions we make on a daily basis. Marc, there are numerous offenses related to RR crossings that will disqualify a driver for 60 days for the first offense. What's most surprising is the one I'm charged with is treated with the same severity as the others. I've spoken to a local attorney briefly and will be meeting with them in the next couple days to go over everything. He did advise me though to not discuss it publicly just in case they want to make an example out of me. With that being said, I wont be discussing the matter any further until its resolved. At that point I will gladly share everything that's happened. It really sucks that I'm going through this but I feel that by using this forum as a platform to educate others of what can happen if charged with a serious offense such as this the ramifications it can have if you're found guilty. My safety manager doesnt seem too worried about it with the facts I provided him and told me to let him know if I need anything.

Posted:  23 hours, 7 minutes ago

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Had my first incident, got a ticket.

Hey Brett, I sent you an email regarding this post earlier I was curious if you had a chance to read it.

Thanks.

Posted:  1 day, 8 hours ago

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Had my first incident, got a ticket.

If you take the approach that the officer made some technical error, you're missing out on the opportunity to defend yourself as a person of high integrity who made a small mistake and did little harm. You are instead going on the offensive and attacking the integrity of the officer.

Again, I'm not a lawyer, but I understand people pretty well. I know what type of outcome would be fair and just, and that outcome is based on the type of person you are and the role you play in our society.

thank you for looking at it from a different way, it completely makes sense to do it that way. I did end up looking at the citation was for sec : 321.343(1)

0599385001573563209.jpg so I definitely was cited for failure to stop as a passenger vehicle or hazmat. Perhaps that's what she was referring to when she said it would all work out for my honesty. Who knows, I plan on jumping on the computer and getting a couple different free consults to get a feel for them before I hire someone. I do not want to question the officers integrity as she was extremely nice and understanding but at the same time need to protect my license. I guess I'm just scrambled at the moment trying to see what the best course of action is before meeting with an attorney so I have had time to think about it. Law enforcement have a hard enough job, they dont need someone trying to bad mouth them or say they're inept at their job when they risk their lives to keep all of us safe daily.

Posted:  1 day, 8 hours ago

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TMC transportation training diary. Training is a mixed bag. Curious on TMC drivers and vets opinions

I have not because one complaint I’m 100% sure will make it’s way to my trainer.

if it's true then you have no reason to worry. Its you're training, you need to own it.

I was more curious on how I can proceed with him so I can stop getting chewed out. Everyday I assume this dude will send me home because I don’t do stuff the exact way he wants it.

unfortunately training is a very stressful time for both the trainee and trainer. I'm not familiar with their program but I doubt he has the authority to make the decision to send you home. He may tell the office he feels you're not a good fit but I doubt they'd base their decision on him. There are bad trainers at every company and the way the company fixes that is by trainees informing them what really happens in that truck.

And I firmly believe no trainer should sleep in the back while a trainee is driving, but he wants to know he can be in the sleeper while I drive and not worry.

you already have a CDL so you know enough how to handle the rig. If you're just driving straight theres really no reason for them to need to be next to you. Once you get on local roads and shipper/receivers that's a different story, they need to be up front with you. If you feel your trainer is failing you you really need to address it. Our member Victor is re-entering the industry after a previous attempt. He was dis satisfied with his training but didnt address it. He got out there on his own and lacked the confidence and didnt GOAL which resulted in him being terminated. Many of our members had terrible training experiences but they handled things professionally and informed the company of the issues going on. In most cases they were given additional training to help ensure they were indeed ready. If you've already addressed your concerns with the trainer in a calm, professional manner and nothing has changed maybe reach out to somebody in the office.

Posted:  1 day, 8 hours ago

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Americold Caves

Thanks for the pics Big T! Do you currently have a trainee with you? If so that would be a great experience as I hear many people talk about how tight most caves are. I'm not familiar with Carthage is it difficult to find the dock you needed once inside? Do they give you directions or a map before entering? Then again, with the new breed of drivers relying strictly on GPS they may not know HOW to read a map of the cave system

Posted:  1 day, 9 hours ago

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Had my first incident, got a ticket.

A big issue is the deputies statement, next time don’t call us just the railroad. That statement speaks volumes to me, as it should to a judge. Also your driving record should tell the judge all they need to know, your a safe proffessional driver. This has all the ingredients for a dismissal in the interest of justice in my opinion.

thanks PJ, wouldn't saying what the deputy said be he said she said though unless she says it in court? I'd obviously let the attorney know but not sure if it can be used in court. I'm confident I can at a minimum get it knocked down to a non suspension offense, if not dismissed altogether due to no accident report or damage claim from UP. I made sure to snap that picture of the damage to illustrate its not like I plowed through the gate that was already down. My biggest concern is being used as an example if the prosecution is really cracking down on commercial vehicles as Rob D was told, especially since there have been 4 accidents in the last 2 months that resulted in innocent people being killed due to a commercial drivers mistakes. 3 of those were rear end accidents caused by dump trucks. Much different situations but unfortunately the few bad apples out there give us professional drivers a bad reputation.

Posted:  1 day, 9 hours ago

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Damn deers...

Dang jamie! I've had a few close calls with them but never made contact. I do seem to hit a lot of raccoons though. Glad it wasnt worse. Amber says

So it ran out and hit that very front corner or you just barely couldn't avoid hitting it?
Hope it comes up as not preventable!

The best course of action is to hit the deer or any animal in the roadway. If you swerve you risk rolling the truck or running another vehicle off the road that's on the side of you. If you brake often times it causes more damage so just continue at current speed and hope it gets out of the way, unfortunately. It doesnt affect your driving record but its still best to inform your company even if there appears to be no damage. Don't veer for deer.

Posted:  1 day, 18 hours ago

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Had my first incident, got a ticket.

I went to DMACC Driving School Rob, right around the corner from where that happened I know exactly where that happened. Hope things work out for you brother

Thank you, atleast DMACC looks to have a paved yard, the school I went to was gravel that we had to put more spray paint down on the lines when it rained. So I'm having trouble sleeping despite being tired and came across violations and their cost for violating for the state of Iowa. At the top of this page it shows violations regarding RR crossings

0136568001573525364.jpg It makes me think even more that the citation i was issued relates to hazmat and passenger vehicles. The ticket cost is the same but I think CMV disobey traffic control, or CMV fail to stop would be more fitting for this circumstance. If I'm interpreting it correctly it really surprises me that it's not a bigger ticket for hazmat loads.

Posted:  1 day, 19 hours ago

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TMC transportation training diary. Training is a mixed bag. Curious on TMC drivers and vets opinions

Unfortunately there are many trainers out there who shouldn't be. We only have a couple members that drive for TMC but they're not really active so we cant give company specific information. However, have you addressed your concerns with anybody in the office? TMC is really counting on you to be a safe, productive driver for them. I'm not sure if they would assign you a new trainer or not but its beneficial for you AND them to get the best training possible. It's better to get it resolved ASAP.

Posted:  1 day, 19 hours ago

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You and the equipment... Don't be that guy!

But that mechanic typically makes it clear he is unhappy I am taking time away from his 8 hour break.

rofl-1.gif last week I noticed the coolant was below the minimum line for the truck I was taking for the day. Drove it over to our shop onsite and 3 mechanics were standing around BSing and seemed quite displeased I asked for coolant. They have the big 55 gallon drum of it and I had no problem refilling it they just needed to pump it as its stored in a restricted area. Cheaper for the company doing it that way than buying a jug on the road and waiting to be reimbursed. I have nothing but a ton of respect for mechanics, it looks like hard work most of the time and everyone loves to complain that they take too long.

Posted:  1 day, 19 hours ago

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REALLY Heading to Veriah (Spelled Veriha) Sunday for Training Monday. Training Plan Update...

Marc if that's something you're interested in getting into eventually we had a member, Rolling Thunder, I believe that did it. I'd seen some kind of trucking documentary on Netflix a while back that talked to drivers doing Brad Paisleys tour maybe 10 years ago. It Looked far too stressful. These guys would enjoy the show then get loaded up and drive through the night. Being late was not an option and they must arrive in a certain order otherwise everything gets screwed up as they loaded the trailers the exact same way every time so setup was most efficient. Also if I'm not mistaken Rolling Thunder had said he'd need to stay out the entire tour, sometimes 3 months or more.

Posted:  1 day, 19 hours ago

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Had my first incident, got a ticket.

The wife and I were discussing this situation and she pointed out a couple things I didnt even think of. Truck is listed as being brown, but all of ours are black. I've heard something like that occasionally gets a ticket thrown out. What really has me wondering if itll be thrown out is that its "failure to stop RR crossing certain cargo pass vehicles" which leads me to believe that it was marked as if I was operating a bus which is required to stop at all crossings......which I obviously wasn't. We dont haul hazmat either so we aren't obligated to stop at all crossings. It had accurate make model etc. Of my truck though. Who knows, I'll find out more tomorrow hopefully after discussing it with a lawyer.

Posted:  1 day, 23 hours ago

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Had my first incident, got a ticket.

Hey Rob, keep us posted on this. What a bummer! This thing sounds more complicated than I thought it would be.

On a side note, I'm at the Casey's truck stop in Pella. I know it's a bit of a drive in winter weather for you, but I'd be happy to take you and your family out for dinner if you weren't already committed.

I definitely will keep this updated, it's a great learning experience for everybody. We often talk about how having a CDL requires these split second decisions and the legal problems that making the wrong one can cause. Its rather stressful being unsure of what the future holds in regards to it if I cant get it dropped or reduced but time will tell. My employer is standing behind me and agree the ticket should be thrown out given the evidence. I'm off tomorrow so I'll be making some calls. No reason to lie about what really happened, the truth always eventually finds it's way out and it defeats the whole purpose of sharing it regardless of how embarrassing it is. First ticket/incident I've ever had including personal vehicle and it has major ramifications. I really appreciate the offer but I'm ready to fall asleep! Started at midnight and just now finishing up (315). Only 275 miles but it was terrible this morning! I80 by the weigh station just east of town had 6 trucks in the ditch, 3 of them were on their sides.

Posted:  2 days, 2 hours ago

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Had my first incident, got a ticket.

I will be getting ahold of an attorney tomorrow, didnt want to worry about missing a call while driving in snow and ice today. I've been doing some reading waiting at backhauls on ways of getting it reduced at a minimum. Some stuff I've read mentioned sending a letter to the officer and try to get them to change their mind by basically kissing their "butt" and thank them for how much you appreciate their professionalism that helped keep you calm during an otherwise stressful situation, due to them being able to make that ticket disappear. I've also seen calling the prosecutors office and trying to discuss the case and see if they'll offer to lower it to a lesser charge without going to court. What are your guys thoughts on these? Based on my interactions with the Deputy I'll be fighting it, but trying to use this as a way of helping others who (hopefully don't) receive a similar citation to what I did. I'd even be happy to have it downgraded to nearly any charge that doesnt suspend my license.

Posted:  2 days, 6 hours ago

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Had my first incident, got a ticket.

Talked to our safety guy over the phone today, he said to definitely fight it as that citation also suspends CDL for 60 days for your first offense. I'll have to reach out to some traffic attorneys later to help fight it, or atleast get it knocked to something less severe. I know I did the right thing as far as reporting it but man this sucks. Worst case scenario is the ticket sticks and I have to work in the warehouse for 60 days until I can renew my license. The safety guy seemed confident I can at a minimum get it knocked down, but said the fact there was no accident report, railroad isnt filing a damage claim (Deputy didnt take pictures) , and she didnt witness it that the ticket should be dismissed. Time will tell, court date listed is 12/10 at 9am.

Posted:  2 days, 14 hours ago

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Had my first incident, got a ticket.

This is one of those where you get “punished” for doing the right thing: stopping and calling the locals and your company. Good on you, Rob. Hopefully you’ll get a dismissal or reduction from the court.

the deputy had told me "next time" don't call them just call the railroad so I can avoid the ticket. There ain't gonna be a next time!

This is EXACTLY what sets apart the professional drivers here and this place from most of the rest of the web.
Thanks for swallowing your pride and sharing, Rob. That's a great example of how to handle an incident.

Thanks guys, it's much better to deal with it immediately than take off and hope nobody calls you in and be worried about it. The consequences will also be less. The deputy was thankful for my honesty and professionalism when dealing with them. Getting upset with her wouldn't resolve anything, in fact it would probably make things much worse. There's no reason for me to hide anything, I made a judgement call that was the wrong one in this circumstance. There are numerous trucks that travel this route daily and don't seem to have issues. I shared this to help demonstrate how we must always be ready for the unexpected, and be forced to make split second decisions. I'm thankful it didnt do more damage but to me any damage is unacceptable.

Posted:  2 days, 21 hours ago

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Had my first incident, got a ticket.

Just don't let it get you down, I'm really hard on myself when I do something dumb and it can snow ball into a bigger problem.

Absolutely, nothing I can do about it now but learn from it. While waiting for the deputy to show up I kept questioning myself if I made the right decision. It's just surprising that the opposing stop arm is what caught me. Gotta stay focused on the task at hand, especially with a little snow in the forecast tomorrow.

Where was this? Specifically the jurisdiction that wrote the ticket.

Polk County Iowa sheriff's office, in Des Moines ironically pretty much in front of TMC's school. I'm hoping that she doesnt show up as it seemed she was hinting at, so I can avoid the point and save $$$, but I still take responsibility for it.

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