Profile For Rob T.

Rob T.'s Info

  • Location:
    IA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    4 years, 2 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:  8 hours, 14 minutes ago

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What is the strangest thing you've seen?

When I first started driving my trainer and I were doing our pre trip (3am, very dark) when he seen what he thought was a raccoon. It appeared to do that curiosity thing that cats do, step forward and Bob its head up and down. He told me quickly get in the truck as he thought it had rabies. I turn to look and it's a damn plastic bag dancing in the wind rofl-2.gifrofl-2.gif

Posted:  11 hours, 13 minutes ago

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Help Me Find The Best Stories From Our Training Diaries

if you know of some cautionary tales, definitely put em here

off the top of my head I can recall Professor X topic 23760 and Misty/Nighthawk Topic 22352.

Maybe include something about how Danielsahn handled breaking contract with swift? He had unforeseen circumstances and handled his departure professionally and wasn't trying to find a loop hole to not make him financially responsible. He also expressed how grateful he was for the opportunity given to him, and didnt bad mouth swift when they parted ways.

Posted:  18 hours, 19 minutes ago

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Help Me Find The Best Stories From Our Training Diaries

I cant recall if Robert D (Raptor) had done a diary but he had an great story. To go from being seriously injured in a bike accident and overcome all the obstacles he faced to get back into driving is incredible. Faced with the same situation I'm sure many people would give up.

Posted:  2 days, 1 hour ago

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Testing out to go solo

Grumpy how is your body holding up?I know in training you dealt with a lot of pain .

Posted:  2 days, 9 hours ago

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Signed on with McElroy Truck Lines -- Starting School March 4th

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Way to go!

Posted:  3 days, 5 hours ago

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Why would anyone park like this?

If its overflow for stores he probably felt that was a better choice as he would be blocking the drive lane if he tried to park in spots designed for cars.......

Posted:  3 days, 7 hours ago

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Thinking of Packrat...

Still herr. They lt me finally wake up a half hour ago. Had the longest nap ever had since Sun. More to come. Thanks for all prayers from folks means a lot

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Posted:  3 days, 9 hours ago

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Move over for ALL stopped vehicles

Unfortunately yesterday on i80 in des moines a man lost his life. His vehicle was in the breakdown lane and he got out of the vehicle as a truck passed him. This driver now has to deal with knowing he killed this guy although it clearly wasn't intentional. One thing I was taught early on is the law says move over for emergency and maintenance vehicles on the shoulder. I was then told that always move over (if safe to) for ALL vehicles on the side of the road. You never know if there's anybody in that vehicle that may get out like this incident. Ive been on the side of the road broken down and its F'ing terrifying to have someone blow past you doing 70 mph. Could also be somebody dealing with a mental health crisis that is looking to end their own life. I honestly dont think I'd be able to continue driving if something like that happened to me.

Posted:  3 days, 12 hours ago

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Called a driver complaint in

how much time are you really saving by driving like that?

You really aren't. Our trucks are governed at 70 and rarely do i run against it. I prefer to run about 65 and have that 5 mph cushion should I need it to pass someone. Most trucks on the road are governed around 65 so I potentially only catch them on hills. The days I have ran against it's usually due to a 650 mile run or inclement weather that affected me earlier in the day. I've noticed at the end of the day I find myself a lot more stressed, and more exhausted. One day me and another driver were coming back from Minneapolis, roughly 230 miles. I was doing 70 and he did 65. He pulled into our yard just as I set my breaks after getting backed into my spot. In theory It makes it seem like your going to get there much faster but you gotta remember slower vehicles are going to get in the left lane to pass someone going 1 or 2 mph slower than them and that'll eat up 5 minutes if driver in the right lane doesnt ease up on the pedal.

Also, since I have learned the 8 second rule for following distance, how can you maintain that in a city?

I don't deal with traffic too often as my current job is good at scheduling us early enough so we're out of the big cities by rush hour and headed back to the yard. When I was doing food service I dealt with rush hour headed into downtown des moines every day. What I did was drive 5 to 10 mph under the speed limit. Sure people will get mad and get into your "safe zone" but they'll be out of it very quickly. When I first started driving I was afraid of being an inconvenience to other motorists but I overcame that by knowing the speed limit doesnt mean you need to do that amount, and our career and livelihood depends on us operating our vehicle in a safe, professional manner.

Posted:  4 days ago

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Screen photos

Bruce what type of phone do you have so we can better assist? With my Samsung galaxy's I've had I hold the button that takes me to the home screen and the power button at the same time.

Posted:  4 days, 6 hours ago

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Regrets

I'm sure Prime would love to have you back if you decide to go back to driving. The nice thing about trucking is there's so many options for drivers. Roehl for instance has a variety of home time options 7 on 7 off, 14 on 7 off. Etc. Downside is you're not making money sitting at home. I personally wouldn't be able to be out for a month or more at a time at this point.

Posted:  5 days, 5 hours ago

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CPAP Cleaner Question

how big is this So Clean machine?

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Posted:  5 days, 5 hours ago

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Wash those hands frequently

Plus the fact that at least 90 percent of Truck Drivers are complete #$@&*! SLOBS!

Stopped at the Pilot in Kearney MO this morning, seen a guy come out of a stall, cupped hands together in the sink and drank from it. Then he left. *PUKE*!!!!!

Posted:  5 days, 7 hours ago

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Truck comparison

With my current company we have daycab FL, internationals, KW, but a majority are volvos. The volvos are by far my favorite to drive. Turn radius is much better than other brands we have. Internationals seem a lot more cramped and not sealed very well. I'm sure the rubber seals on windows are wearing away but in the 4 internationals I've driven of ours all had the same problem. Gets noisy going down the highway from the wind and gets chilly quickly. KW is nice but the mirrors seemed so small. FL mirrors are a little small as well, and I'm not too big on the shifter being a little knob on the steering wheel. Either way I'll drive whatever is assigned to me as I'm not the one paying for it.

Posted:  5 days, 8 hours ago

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CPAP Cleaner Question

Based on rainys wonderful reviews on a different thread I ended up buying the So Clean and am extremely happy. Its definitely doing its job, granted I've only had it about 3 weeks. When I wake up I place the entire assembly into the So Clean and I have it scheduled to run at 10am. I believe it runs for 7 minutes then you're supposed to keep it in there for 2 hours. When I get home about 2ish I take it out of the machine as it does have an odor but by the time I go to bed around 630pm the smell is very faint. The cold I couldn't seem to get rid of is now gone.

Posted:  5 days, 23 hours ago

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Called a driver complaint in

I do wish every vehicle on the road had a number we could call...

I'd love that. Too often people think their invincible, especially in a truck, and itd be nice for them to be held accountable all the time not just when there's an accident. I've been noticing it quite a bit lately on I35 headed north to MN drivers watching videos on a phone mounted next to drivers door. I understand it's a boring drive especially at 1am but things can happen real quick out there. Unfortunately I'm sure the calls those stickers generate are 99-1 people wanting to complain about someone's driving. Most people are too busy to offer any compliment. In my year and a half or so of driving I've only ever received one call to my knowledge. It was my first week out of CDL school and my trainer explained the situation and I indeed did everything correctly. I admit there's probably been times where I've done something that someone has cussed about, but it hasn't been to the point of being called in.

Posted:  6 days ago

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Called a driver complaint in

Unless the left lane was closed to trucks he could have moved over to pass.

Exactly. I'm not aware of any highways in iowa that wont allow trucks in left lane. There were some cars in that lane but he had enough space he could've gotten over without cutting anyone off. It was the first time I've ever seen something that ridiculous that I've felt the need to call it in.

Posted:  6 days, 1 hour ago

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"Todd" would be proud....

I was at Chariton yesterday :-)

Chariton didn't have any extra drivers available yesterday so 4 of our guys volunteered to run down there to pickup 4 trailers of bottled water and run it out to Lincoln NE where they were staging it among other products donating to flood relief. I was already out there running my route so I wouldn't have had hours left. I haven't been to the yard in Cherokee or Chariton yet. I'm sure I will eventually as we run Cherokee's GM out towards Cedar rapids and east and they run our stuff that goes in western MN such as Marshall. Cheaper for them to do it that way than have drivers laid over and push back the following days deliveries.

Posted:  6 days, 4 hours ago

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Called a driver complaint in

On my way home from work in my personal vehicle I dealt with quite an aggressive driver. Normally I'm understanding to truck drivers, but when I'm doing 67 in a 65 and I look in my mirror and all i can see is your grill? That's BS.

I was on I80/I35 north of des moines and in center lane. Traffic wasn't too heavy and I was passing a different truck on right who also had other cars in front of him. This guy behind me had to have been within a foot of my back bumper. I ended up speeding up quite a bit just to get away from him then he laid on the horn as he passed me. Thankfully he had the "hows my driving" sticker on the trailer. I kept my distance but called it in. Most times truck drivers are looked at in a negative light by the public and crap like this doesnt help. There is absolutely no room for that kind of behavior. I don't expect anything to happen to him besides being talked to but atleast its documented so if it's a complaint they get numerous times they can deal with him accordingly.

Posted:  6 days, 5 hours ago

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"Todd" would be proud....

A couple months back a member that went by the fake name of "Todd Holmes" had stated how trucking companies need to get their truck and trailer colors to match. Today it just so happened mine did and I had some time to snag this pic. It sure made me want a cheeseburger! 0046812001552846409.jpg I read up on the companies social media policy and it primarily covered not using their name, which is why I crossed it out. A majority of our trailers are black with some sort of food on them although we do pull some that are all white with employees "helpful smiles" pictured. We also have some that are a tribute to our military and the major professional sports teams in the region as they're a sponsor to most of them.

Company is very sensitive to how they're viewed by the public and encourage us to even wash our truck and trailer 3 out of the 4 days we work at the onsite automated truck wash.

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