Profile For Keys man

Keys man's Info

  • Location:
    Baxley, GA

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    4 years, 5 months ago

Keys man's Bio

55 years young. Enjoy hunting, fishing, and shooting. Restore boats and cars for pleasure and to make some dollars. Lead Pressman for a 4/color printing firm. Been with same company and woman for ten years and neither has run me off yet. One twenty one year old son living at home. Experience years ago with driving fire trucks for volunteer fire dept and have driven quite a few 24' straight trucks before cdl was required. No more advancement at present job and no insurance and looking forward getting into a new career.

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Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Best driving schedule to maximize miles

I run Atlanta Chattanooga Nashville a lot and one tip that works well is to time your transits through big cities late at night if possible or at least in off traffic times. I will stop short sometimes just so I can hit Atlanta at 1:00. The best way to get miles and not burn up your hours is to be running not sitting in stop and go traffic.

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Truck Fleets with automatics transmissions

Most all Dot Foods trucks are Volvo automatics

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Hazmat Endorsement Reward VS Risks

We haul mainly groceries but are required to have hazmat. I delivered a load this week that included 60 cases of comet cleanser (1200 lbs) that had to be placarded. I got every endorsement with my license including twic and a passport because even if the job does not require it those extra endorsements may get you the job over someone with just the bare minimum.

Posted:  3 years, 5 months ago

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Tips and worst cities?

For me Miami is one of the worst. Drivers are just crazy. I run the Nashville Chattanooga Atlanta corridor at least twice a week and the key there is just to try to avoid rush hours but there's always someone whose done a stupid. I thought I was lucky a couple of weeks ago and got through all three no problem but below Atlanta someone lost it running a hundred and killed themself and managed to block all lanes of 75 south at 4:45 in the am. You gotta love it.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Maps or GPS?

I use trip planner by rand with an atlas to lay out the route I want all the way to the customer and then import that into my rand 530. That way my GPS gives me the exact route I want to take

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Schneider national .intermodal

Top notch? I seen an old schneider cabover hauling out of ga ports authority Friday. It had seen a few miles.

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Schneider decision

I even saw a schneider cabover pulling a container out of the ga ports friday.

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Prime ,Roehl , Schnieder ? Dont want to be jerked around.

You should look into the tech school programs in ga. I attended altamaha tech n baxley and it only costs 1500 for a 6.5 week 220 hour course. this included all the costs including dmv and medical and drug test fees. A state grant (available to anyone regardless of income) covered 1000 so I was only out of pocket 500. Then about a month after I graduated the state sent me another check for 500. 6.5 weeks of my time and having to front 500 for a shiny new cdl. thats a no-brainer! This will keep you from being tied to an employment contract or being in debt for school. Just make sure the program is listed as an approved school in the companies your looking at. Good luck!

Posted:  4 years ago

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So screwed on the drug test

Got results from tests. schneider retest of same sample positive(no surprise it was the collection where the problem was) two other tests taken ten days after initial test 1) 5 panel + extended opiates hair (same as Schneider's) negative. 2) twelve panel urine test negative(different lab). Schneider put company policy violation review required before rehiring on DAC on same day I left. The only problem is every company asks if u ever failed drug test. Say yes and u don't get hired. Say no and if hired they can fire u for lying on app. For new grads the problem is just about every job from companies not using DAC require at least six months experience for insurance purposes. After much hunting I got a job driving a log truck with help from a friend. Long hours but home every day and making probably more money than I could over the road (810.00 gross first full week)still have retained lawyer to fight it but since schneider would have to admit they were wrong I don't hold high expectations. My advice on new grads especially is to make sure your going to pass these tests even if it means paying for your own ahead of time and to ask questions about the collection procedure if it looks sketchy.(my first test collection was by trainee that didn't sterilize scissors and had to redo packaging after she messed the first one up.) If there are any doubts DO NOT take these tests until u KNOW you will pass them. Thank u all Keysman

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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So screwed on the drug test

The first thing I do when I get home (if I ever get off this greyhound) is go for a ten panel follicle screen from a different company than original. It will be ten days since original test but that is as good as I can do.with those results in hand I should hopefully have some ammunition to work with to go to a lawyer and ideally just get schneider to not post info. Chances are probably slim to none but this is too important to not fight it.Dave could you message me those company names? Thank u all

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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So screwed on the drug test

Thank you for your kind words Brett. It means a lot right now. Your response was what I have come to expect from this forum; why this is the resource it is;and why I hold a high respect for all the contributors here. I harbor no ill will towards schneider; they are doing what they have to do in this situation. Hopefully this will resolve itself and I can join your ranks.

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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So screwed on the drug test

Schneider is going to retest if there is enough material for a retest. It was the first time doing this for the girl that collected the sample but there was a more experienced woman in there with her. I think what hurts the most is getting placed in the category of people trying to sneak by on the drug tests. I have always been on the straight and narrow and have taken tons of drug tests in my life because as a printer my company was certified as a drug free workplace. They always tested me and 2 others for random tests because they knew we would test negative and therefore meet the governments requirements for testing. I never tested positive for anything even alcohol.

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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So screwed on the drug test

Yea the last time I smoked pot or did any thing else was 1978. I've always made sure im not anywhere near when she smokes and plenty of time had lapsed when I reenterred the room. I dont even smoke or drink. This has just wrecked my world. I guess that never shaving my underarms the hair was just super long and maybe contained a longer term exposure. I will look into contesting this but that may be a waste of time. It justs hurts that i busted my butt working 40-48 hours a week at my regular job and going to tech school full time to accomplish this and it's gone in a moment. I do appreciate this forum for all the good advice and help i received to get this far. at 55 this is just a hard blow.

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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So screwed on the drug test

Headed back home from schneider bulk orientation today for hair follicle fail for pot. The only problem is I don't do drugs ever. My girlfriend smokes pot to help with pain management but we don't sleep in same room and I get the hell away when i get a whiff of it. My problem is going forward I've went from being a great candidate with about 15 prehires to being a pariah.new grad with doubles haz tanker twice. Do I have any options? Passed regular drug test but had long hair under arms they used for test because I wasn't worried about passing it. Is there any hope?

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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Had a great day today thanks to this forum!

I really want to say thanks to all the great people that make this forum what it is. Due to all the info gathered here, I passed my tests today and am headed to the dmv tomorrow for my shiny new cdl A license with all endorsements ( they were closed today dang it). Headed to schneider 5/5/15 to go yank some tanks. I look forward to starting a new career and with the advise gathered here this transition will be much easier. Thanks again!!

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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Any decent jobs near Savannah for a new CDL holder?

Schneider has a home weekly tanker position out of savannah open now.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Tomorrow is it! CDL Test Day!

Best of luck! Mine is Monday so I know how you feel. Just take a deep breath relax and get er done!

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Dot Foods first interview

One of my friends works for them and has nothing but good to say about them. hard to get on with them but good equipment and benefits. they have a no bs 50000 guarantee first year. He made 53200. Its hard work to unload truck but have better docks than say dollar general accounts(mainly grocery stores)and you have usually two or three stock clerks to help unload you. I have an interview with them 4/21 hope

this helps

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Roehl Transport - On The Job Training

Roehl is on my short list too but from what I understand you have to sign a contract even if you already have a cdl. If you leave before 6 months you will have to pay 3150 for training. I can under stand this if you go through their school but for someone with a cdl already this seems a bit extreme. I hope this is not the case. I have a call in to my recruiter about this but have not gotten a reply yet. Will update when I find out.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Prime Orientation 13 April

Starting on the 28th in MO (if I pass my DMV road test on 20th) hope to see ya'll up there

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