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Posted:  3 years, 5 months ago

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You A'int No Real Truck Driving Man!

My mother in law drinks coffee 24/7/365. I always thought it odd to see her drinking coffee in the middle of summer. To each their own though...

I'm 42 and I MIGHT have drank 10 cups my entire life OS. It's just not for me. Don't take too much comfort in that statement though, as my kids all think I'm quit the odd bird.

I did once try a cup of Pilots bold blend. Was getting a little tired and still had about 200 miles to go. Thought a little pick me up to get home would be perfect. After about half the cup I think that I could have ran the rest of the way home.

I agree that coffee smells wonderful...

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Single most important trait of a successful truck driver.....

All you new and potential drivers, remember, it is not a race. Once you lose your patience, you also lose some factor of safety.

Exact description of what happened to me when I hit that truck with my tail swing. Got mad about a poor set up, and rushed right into that poor defenseless Silverado.

Patience is not only a virtue, but a must..

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Tips and worst cities?

Places besides NYC metro that I hate going thru or to

Nashville....the worst traffic by far for a medium sized city. I've almost never made it through Nashville without some big slowdown, even at 1 am. Plus I just hate looking the place while I'm stuck there going 3 mph. That god awful Titans stadium . How ugly is that thing.

Who ever laid out 65/40/24 in Nashville should be beaten with a rubber hose for 30 seconds daily.

Briley parkway (155) is a decent way around that hot mess.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Oregon DOT Shenanigans

When I was getting my overweight tickets just outside of Memphis TN they closed the scales while me and a flat bed were getting a level 2 inspection. Drivers kept coming through the scales while the sign said closed, so the officer announced that the next driver that came through was getting a level 1. Sure enough here comes an orange truck and around back he goes with us.

I was there for over an hour while they ticketed me and the scales were closed the whole time. Still saw 50+ drivers come through there. It was strange to say the least. It actually made those officers mad that drivers came through while the sign said closed.

Overweight triggered a level 2. Which I failed because I was overweight. confused.gif

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Hardest Part of Being Out Here

I always seem to look at it as they are more than likely miserable people who don't appreciate the little rays of sunshine that shine on them every day. Let them be miserable and know that you tried.

Thanks from one driver to another. I still do appreciate an all clear and flash a thank you EVERY time.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Backing up

Concentrate on your setups. Once you can get that the same every time it gets MUCH easier. Most common mistake I do and see is setting up too far away from your spot. Which doesn't leave you enough room to swing your truck back inline with your trailer.

Don't worry about the people watching you, they're just a distraction. GOAL, take YOUR time.

While fueling, watched a guy get hemmed up Tuesday. Two drivers were trying to help him get into the spot all the while some rectal hole behind them is laying on his air horn. Point being, there are both kinds of drivers in the lots.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Red light? What red light???

He knows it's there. Look how far over he stays so it won't hit the cars parked on the street.

Good one anchorman. I needed to see that after a rough morning.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Swift Says They Have Too Many Trucks And It’s Hurting Their Profits

I would think that a good portion of the turnover is related to the large number of driving opportunities available to drivers too.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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CAT Scales , just a reminder...

Anchorman,

I'm going to go with number four on your list. Yep, that should cover most of them.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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2nd day of orientation not going well.

It may not seem like it to a lot of trainees but that instruction that you miss could save your life or an innocent motorists. This job is 99% paying attention to what is going on around you. I could see how an instructor would get tired of people goofing off when the stakes are so high.

Good luck and stay awake....

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Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Sigh, Not Every Trucker is a Gentleman or Lady.

Hear me out now...Part of me wanted you to rear end him. Sans anyone getting hurt it would have been great. At least you have a video of this jerks aggressive driving whereas the next driver won't and the poor guy/gal will take the blame for following to close.

I just don't get risking property and lives for a minute or two difference in time.

I am a big believer in karma and this rectal cavity will get his. Just hope its not after he injures another motorists.

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Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Tanker Driver Dies Swerving To Avoid Hurting Motorists

One of the first things I noticed driving is that most cars have zero respect for drivers space.

It's hard to fault drivers for following to close when every time you slow to allow proper following distance ANOTHER car cuts you off.

I know we should keep slowing and reestablish that distance between us and them. It just gets really old really quick is all I am saying.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Dealing with divorce

Try to remember that every person is an individual that makes and has to live with their own choices in life. Don't beat yourself up over a choice she/he made that you cannot control.

The saying that time heals all wounds may very well be the truest of them all. This is coming 17 years, a second wife, three daughters and four grandsons after my own very heartbreaking divorce.

Hang in there. It DOES get better. Best of luck to you.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Mr Aldean is gonna be ticked

The background looks a little bit country. The truck looks like a whole lotta rock and roll.

That is one lucky driver.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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OTR Trucking Survey

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–41-50 35.71%

–51-60 39.29%

Looks like there's more of you old turds than there are of us old farts...

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What's the difference? Old is old..

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One is solid and one is gaseous.

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Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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OTR Trucking Survey

–41-50 35.71%

–51-60 39.29%

Looks like there's more of you old turds than there are of us old farts...

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Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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How to address truckers over the CB?

You: "Hey you, dummy"

Him: "Who me?"

You: "Yeah you!"

Then proceed...

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So your that guy calling me out 5-7 times a day...

How come you keep changing your voice and accent? Although I have to admit when you talk like a woman that's cool.smile.gif

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Floor mat?? Need advice

I used a couple old beach towels under mine. It will help it get cooler a lot quicker.

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Wisconsin drivers...

Did my two weeks of training up there and you are correct. They were very nice people.

Notice how big the shoulders on the highways were? Beautiful country up there as well.

Only got to go back a couple of times since. You made me realize how much I missed it.

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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On the road again

Congrats to you Ernie. Good luck with the new job.

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