Profile For Rob T.

Rob T.'s Info

  • Location:
    IA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 3 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, 17 minutes ago

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Trucking industry concerned about state licensing agency closings

I've had some concerns about this. I'm supposed to file my DOT medical this month too.

Based on your profile you're in Illinois. If you still are you can submit it to the state by emailing a PDF of it to this email address cdlmedicalcard@ilsos.net ONLY if your CDL is out of Illinois.

I've emailed mine to the state of Iowa rather than standing in line. I always follow it up about a week after I send the email by checking the status of my license online which shows when my license as well as medical card expire.

Posted:  2 days, 5 hours ago

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Help

To prevent any confusion Demond originally posted this over in the CDL training section of the forum and Rob D suggested he repost it over here. Here is the other Thread

Posted:  2 days, 5 hours ago

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Hire with accident

Were you terminated due to this accident? Was this the only accident (including backing)? Owning your mistake will help a ton in getting a 2nd chance. Use this link to Apply For Truck Driving Jobs. Western Express is made out to be a terrible company online but they have drivers who have turned millions of safe miles for them. If they're such a bad company why would these people who could go anywhere else stick around? They may pay a little less than other carriers but once you prove yourself to be a top tier driver they will pay you more.

Posted:  2 days, 6 hours ago

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A RE introduction

Welcome back, how long have you been driving now?

Posted:  2 days, 6 hours ago

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What does a quarantine due to coronavirus mean for truckers?

I Had this story pop up when I opened my phone this morning. The Washington Post reports Grocery employees are dying! No way! You mean to tell me Walmart, a company that employs over 2 million people, should be exempt from their employees getting sick?? In the article it also says

“One of the biggest mistakes supermarkets made early on was not allowing employees to wear masks and gloves the way they wanted to,” he said. “They’re starting to become proactive now, but it’s still going to be much tougher to hire hundreds of thousands of new workers. We’re going to start seeing people say, ‘I’ll just stay unemployed instead of risking my life for a temporary job.’ "

no. You're having trouble finding people because somebody will make MORE money by sitting at home than working a near minimum wage job. The additional $600 a week that people are receiving for unemployment is the equivalent of $15 an hr for a 40 hour week. If you factor in what your base unemployment check will be it's no wonder they can't find people to work. As part time or temporary workers I highly doubt anybody is hiring them at more than $15 an hr. If people will make the same amount of money whether they go to work or not why would they? Being part time or temporary they're most likely not getting any benefits. I know several people who are bragging that they're making more money to sit on their butt at home than they did while working.

Posted:  2 days, 7 hours ago

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Can somebody help me😫

As Rob D started reposting in the General discussions section will give you more advice. There is much more activity over there. Your only option is to apply to as many jobs as possible but you have a few things going against you. You only have about 1 month of experience driving, you were terminated just after you went solo, the speeding ticket and your age. Age is a factor because most companies require you to be 23 for insurance purposes. I am also interested to hear if you informed Pam about the ticket on your application. How old is the ticket? Did you fight it or just pay it? With a CDL make sure you fight every ticket due to the way any ticket will affect your job. I received a citation that would have cost me $335 and lawyers in my area charge $600. Its more money to fight a ticket but factoring in increased insurance premiums and job prospects it's worth it. It doesn't make sense for them to train you if they can't keep you around as a driver. Every moving violation is a huge deal with a CDL and those over 15 mph are difficult to get hired with regardless if it's in a CMV or personal vehicle. Your best option is going to be apply everywhere and hope for the best. You may need to just wait a couple years until it's off your MVR. There are some companies that are more lenient in hiring such as C.R. England, Western Express and Carolina Cargo. You should check them out as well as using this link to Apply For Truck Driving Jobs. Good luck, please keep us updated.

Posted:  3 days, 7 hours ago

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I finally cracked the 3,000 mile barrier!

Awesome! Communication goes a long way. Just make sure you prove to your FM you can handle all those miles while remaining safe and on time. I'm glad to hear you're now getting the miles you want.

Posted:  3 days, 21 hours ago

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What does a quarantine due to coronavirus mean for truckers?

Are you finding enough to keep yourself busy Packrat or are you going insane?

Posted:  3 days, 21 hours ago

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What does a quarantine due to coronavirus mean for truckers?

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After the first month, it still is.

But what if the Zombies have Covid-19!?

Posted:  3 days, 21 hours ago

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For those with Prime, Inc or knowledge of company driving.

So stay as company for as long as you can seems like the option to go? If you're driving a company truck, are you allowed to put a microwave/fridge/tv etc inside or no?

Absolutely stay company. We have OTR drivers here that make 70-80,000 dollars or more a year with benefits, vacation time and 401k/retirement plans. Numbers I've seen advertised is $200,000 as a owner op or lease op. After you factor in truck payment of $1,000 or more PER WEEK, truck/cargo insurance which is going through the roof, fuel, routine maintenance and setting money aside for major repairs you're not making any more than a company driver. You're also spending a lot more on medical insurance, if you take time off you don't make any money etc. Hopefully Kearsey has time later to respond more in depth about this. She is a top tier driver at Prime with many connections. She has posted many actual settlements (revenue) from friends of hers that lease at Prime. She has a awesome youtube channel titled "Truckin Along With Kearsey". Between Trucking Truth and her YouTube channel you'll get extremely helpful advice.

You can put a microwave, fridge and TV in the truck but aren't supposed to drill holes in the truck to mount it. I'm not sure if the maintenance shop will do it for you or not. Hopefully someone can chime in about how they use it without overloading the electrical system. By using a fridge and microwave alone that will help you save a ton of money rather than eating the unhealthy overpriced food you'll find at truck stops.

Rob hopefully it doesn't get pushed back but I'm guessing it will. I know how much planning you've put into this transition and it keeps getting bumped back. The brightside is more time at home with the wife. Please keep us updated if they go through with it.

Posted:  4 days ago

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For those with Prime, Inc or knowledge of company driving.

You're never required to take time off. When you do want some time off just send your dispatcher a message informing them where you want to take it. Weekend in Vegas? Daytona 500? Mardi gras in New Orleans? I'm sure your dispatcher will love that you're not expecting to get home frequently.

We highly discourage leasing or owning a truck. We have a few members here that do it. Believe it or not usually make LESS money than company drivers after expenses are taken.

Please stick around and keep us updated on how training goes.

Posted:  5 days, 22 hours ago

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5 preventables

How much experience do you have? What company let you go?

What type of accidents? Backing, rear end collision and rollovers will all be treated differently. Most importantly is what did you learn from your mistakes? That is what is going to make or break you. Your best bet is to apply everywhere and take any opportunity you're given. We have another member here who had several accidents and was given a chance by Western Express.

Posted:  6 days, 1 hour ago

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Is it a good time to start trucking right now, with the whole corona thing happening?

Welcome to the forum. Take a look at these links to get a better idea of what you're getting into, especially Brett's book. The high road training program is a must for anybody studying for their permit.

I don't see a problem with getting the ball rolling right now. However you're likely going to have trouble getting into the DMV to take your permit test. We have a few members that are ready to go but due to the coronavirus they either can't get into their local testing center or the company they're going to isnt doing orientation currently. This will pass. Once you're out there demonstrate that you're a safe professional driver and you won't need to worry about not getting enough miles. It won't matter if the economy is booming or it's terrible. As Old School pointed out these companies are willing to do what it takes to keep their top tier drivers moving and making top dollar. When you're ready use this link to Apply For Paid CDL Training . It will send 1 application to several companies that offer paid training. Personally I would apply to every company that offers it (even ones not included in that app) and then evaluate each offer to see what would suit you best.

Good luck, please keep us updated.

Posted:  6 days, 4 hours ago

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Prime Flatbed; Springfield, Missouri; Spring 2020

I too look forward to following your journey.

Posted:  6 days, 4 hours ago

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Off to ROEHL I go!!!

Heck yeah keep up the great work!

Posted:  6 days, 4 hours ago

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Civil Discourse

I wouldn't worry about it too much. We all come from different walks of life, raised differently and view different things more strongly. It's no different than talking to a group of people in person. Somebody will misinterpret what you're saying or twist it to fit what they want to believe. It may or may not make them happy. It isn't your job to hold back on what you think or feel because it may offend someone, same goes for the person involved in the other thread.

Also I wouldn't worry about the diver driver comment. He randomly pops in and out so I doubt him not commenting lately has anything to do with your comment.

I love that we have a variety of personality types and people with different life experiences here. I enjoy seeing how people's past affects their ability to overcome challenges they face in this industry. Will they run at the first sign of trouble or find a way to overcome it.

Posted:  6 days, 4 hours ago

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So I’ve been really struggling with the decision and I think I’ve finally talked myself into it

If you're wanting to be home more frequently have you looked at Roehl? They do multiple types of freight and have many different options for hometime. They do 7 on 7 off, 14 on 7 off etc. I'm not familiar with any type of dedicated accounts they do but if you're looking for more of a part time driving opportunity that may work for you. I'm sure you can change that up after some time. I don't know how that would affect tuition reimbursement or fulfilling a contract if you went through paid training. With Roehl you could try flatbed and if you decide it's not for you it's not too difficult to transition to pulling a dry van or reefer. I'm not saying avoid Schneider by any means. We've had members here do quite well there. I just wanted to point out that Roehl may be a better fit if you're looking at working more of a part time schedule.

Posted:  6 days, 5 hours ago

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So I’ve been really struggling with the decision and I think I’ve finally talked myself into it

I can't recall if you mentioned it in a previous post but why don't you want to go through a Paid CDL Training Programs? You don't need to be young to do flatbed. I've seen just about every demographic doing flatbed work whether it's young, old, fat, muscular it really makes no difference. At first I'm sure you will be sore like any job but you develop a way to work smart not harder. We've had people from just about every walk of life come through the forum and become a driver. Take a look at this link to see what others posted their profession was Before being a truck driver

Posted:  6 days, 6 hours ago

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Mountain Grades

I don't deal with mountain passes but the advice I've always seen posted is go down the hill in 1 gear lower than what you climbed it in. For instance you reached the top in 8th gear. Go down in 7th.

Posted:  6 days, 6 hours ago

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What does a quarantine due to coronavirus mean for truckers?

Supermarket chain Hyvee now has a commercial essentially calling their employees HEROES. It shows first responders, nurses and doctors all helping people then it switches over to Hyvee warehouse employees, drivers and store personnel doing their job. I'm not one to look down on somebody for having a certain job but to call somebody stocking shelves a hero comes across as disrespectful to those who are actually risking their life everyday in my opinion. Doing your job while risking catching a case of the sniffles isn't. https://youtu.be/uG70TXTGMZE

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