Profile For TopNotchTre

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  • Location:
    NWI, IN

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 9 months ago

TopNotchTre's Bio

Father of two wonderful children and husband to by all means my better half. Just started CDL school that is being paid for by Schneider. Current objective is to obtain my CDL and drive for about 12-24 months and then get a local gig in or around Seattle, Wa. Have a question... Well send me a message and I'll get back to when I can. Thanks!

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Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Move out of state and transfer CDL then original state suspends license for insurance lapse but current state still valid. Can I drive ?

Nope, you have just lucked out in those other jobs that those states did not "communicate" properly. I have been through this ordeal a few times myself, and have taken advantage of it. The fact is... You license is suspended, period. I know that is not the news you want to hear. Your next step is resolving the issue in Florida. Trying to work around the issue is only doing so by working on borrowed time. Also lying to your employer that would hire you not knowing that it is suspended in another state which only goes to compromise personal integrity. But having a license suspended in one state should suspend it in all states. On occasions though you may slip through a loop hole. Just give them a call. I'm sure you can work out a solution bud.

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Schneider offers hope to a felons future

You will have to make sure you sign into you google account on your phone and that you have you location settings set to track you.... but here is the address...

https://maps.google.com/locationhistory/

hope that helps bud..

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Schneider offers hope to a felons future

Hey everyone! Just wanted to give an update on my employment with Schneider. I have been with them for a little over 90 days and by myself on the road for over 60. I have had a great experience with them thus far and would say that to anyone considering them to definitely do just that. My class started with 7 people and only 2 of us made it through and are still employed there. The other guy that stuck it through, well i'm not sure that he would say the same things I would about the company. But with that being said, not every company is right for every person. I think he has/is having trouble because he complains a lot. I don't think I have complained at all.... lol at least not to my dang boss. How ppl expect to get ahead in life talking trash/ giving a hard time to the people to make there job possible i'll never know. I only say that because my rookie butt has no place to do so. I can't count how many times I thought if I did things my way it would save me time while driving.... Yeah I have to humble myself regularly. Anyways, I got my first raise within 30 days and transfer to my permanent DBL about the same time. They say this period can take up to 90 days so I am moving right along. Whenever I am in my home O.C. I make sure to stop by all the cubicles where the dispatchers sit to say hi to my boss and the others. Must of paid off because they needed 10 people from our O.C. to help assist with a Walmart Pop-up fleet. I basically only have to do one load a day and I come back home everyday as well with the weekends off.(My normal gig is 11 days on and 3 days home) They pay me a daily rate of about $200 so it was golden for me. But everything they have told me from the gate has been true and honored. The OPs Manager told me don't expect to get rich and that when you first start off it takes a little while to get the money flowing. Things where slow at first but as soon as I got my permanent boss, she changed something in the system and ever since I usually get more miles then I can do a day and they never keep me waiting somewhere to get a load. Definitely considering going with one of the LTL companies in my area next year, but still not sure yet. I would love to stay over the road because i truly enjoy it. But with the little ones at home, I'll have to wait until later in life if I where to consider it. But to anyone out there thinking of Schneider as the right choice for them.... This guy has no complaints. My only advise would be make sure you communicate with your leaders, don't be afraid to ask questions, don't b**ch about crappy loads if you haven't earned the right to do so, stay positive and keep a smile on your face. NO ONE SMILES OUT THERE! You would be surprised on how far a dang smile and a friendly attitude will go with your leaders, shippers and receivers. Even if your stuck somewhere for 6 hours, your not going to change that fact by being a**hole. Good luck out there and stay safe!!!

GOOGLE DATA FOR MY LAST 30 DAYS OTR

Schneider truck driver Google screenshot of last 60 days on the road

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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You might be a trucker if......

You might be a trucker if your left arm looks native american and your right resembles Casper the friendly ghost.

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Looking for honest answers.

Thats with going Out 11 days and home for 3.

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Looking for honest answers.

Ive only been on the road a2 months and i am making about 3200 a month after taxes..

Posted:  3 years, 5 months ago

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Drug screening: Urine or hair test

I smoked on and off for a week when my buddy from Seattle sent me some in the mail. But I'm not a reg smoker so I wasn't worried. I knew it wouldn't show up in urine BC it had been a couple weeks. As far as hair goes, it takes a normal smoker smoking often to show up. Weed has a hard time bonding to your hair to even show up that way. BTW I went through 2 cycles of hair and urine test to get hired on with my company. Buuut, take this at your own risk I did enough research that I felt confident moving forward without screwing myself. Again,I hadn't smoked in ages before hand and still don't.

Posted:  3 years, 5 months ago

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25 yr old with 2 felonies

Having felonies and getting a truck job is not out of bounds, I know this BC I am living proof. However, being on paper and getting a gig.. Well, I've not heard of it ever working out.I wish you and your fam the best. Please update if you find anything that works out.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Health insurance

Schneider has good insurance but for me and my wife for medical, dental , vision its $120 a week. Bs if you ask me lol.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Make a Rookie feel better?

Depends on the truck. Example. My ten speed likes gears 2-5 between 1000-1300rpms and gears 6-10 right on 1300. That's to put it in. Higher gears I'll shift out around 1500. And when I slide it in @13, its like cutting a piece of cake. She just slides right in lol

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Make a Rookie feel better?

Thanks oldschool, that helped. I may be the talk of the bunch with my wide turns, but I'll be damned if my trailer ends up in the ditch or hits something. I'll just keep taking it slow until I figure how to identify my turns better. When in doubt, swing it out lol.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Make a Rookie feel better?

Thanks Jeff, yeah its more so gears 3-5 on an in/de cline with me weighing 78k. You have to be quick. Its all about speed and rpms but the weight seems to through a cure into things. I haven't yet mastered my lower gears. I mean I can double clutch, float, through all my gears. But sometimes if I lose a lower gear, I'll check my speed, put my rps where they need to be and... Nothing but good ol' grindage lol

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Make a Rookie feel better?

Rough day, 3rd load since finishing up training with Schneider. Running south last night and north today on US 25 E from Kentucky ➡ Tennessee and back again. I don't think there is a straight patch of land on that road lol. Up n down, swing to your right, swing to your left(repeat). Carrying 40k, it was sure tough. I swear they put stop lights intentionally on an incline -_-. I don't know how many gears I missed and had to recover. But I made it through safe and legal. About the only thing amazing about it was the scenery, because my driving sucked!! What a beautiful stretch of land. Things have to get easier right? I can't be the only one out there. I definitely enjoy the job, must of prepared for a year. Let me tell ya, no amount of reading can prepare you for this journey.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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PASSED MY EXAM!

Congrats!!

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Background and driving record

I was hired by Schneider and I can only tell you what I know from that experience. They used HireRight, my MVR's(3 different states) came back as soon as they put the request in. My background check came in the next business day. I looked at the emails from HireRight just a second ago and it advised that average turn-around-time for court records is 2days as far as it goes for criminal. If it is taking longer then this, there can many factors or reasons including the recruiter taking there sweet time! So I wouldn't worry much about it and if your starting to get concerned, just reach out to the recruiter to check up! GL, hope all goes well!!!

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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3 Time Looser, CDL, Can't get chance. Any ideas?

I had a buddy get hired right off of parole with Transam... Another get Hired with May Trucking and his felony conviction was 3 years ago... Keep your head up and keep on trying! GL!

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Can I still get my cdl and find a job

Hey Donald, no one on the internet can give you a for sure YES YOU CAN GET A JOB WITH YOUR BACKGROUND. If any person in a forum told you so, welp they don't know what they are talking about. The only reason I say this is because every company is different, and they consider all cases on a case-by-case scenario. I would normally say that with it being so recent, you going to have a tough break unless you wait another 2-5 years. However, companies are hiring like crazy all over the place. The only thing you need to do is reach out to them and talk to the recruiters. As long as you are completely upfront with all your information and do not hold back any information, they can usually tell you if they can work with you or not. I will tell you that you will not have the "pick-of-the-litter" when it comes the companies, but get some experience in, and you will see some doors open up. Now get some numbers and make some calls bud. GL!!!

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Swift Pays Minimum Wage During Training With Trainer

Yup, they gave us the same information at our school as well. I know it sounds crazy, but you will make out with between 4-500 a week during training. I know that doesn't sound like a whole lot, but it's not the worst either. GL!

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Why not provide a secure site for our applications?

Looking good for me :)

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Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Not new but good info

:)

I'm glad you didn't take it the wrong way. In all actuality I support the whole pro-pot movement and legalization. I don't have any problems with weed or anyone that does it. But I have to be damn honest with myself and others that would think they can live that lifestyle and drive one of these trucks. I put weed down many years ago because it just didn't fit in with my life anymore. But that's not to say other's can't make it work for their life, just stay WAY away from trucking or any other jobs that not only puts yourself but others lives in jeopardy based off decisions your stoned a## would have to make in a matter seconds.

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