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Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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The Blue-Collar Jobs of Serial Killers

I just finished watching that A&E documentary, The Killing Season, where they refer to the Highway Initiative database. Anyway, I rolled my eyes so hard at the episode on long-haul serial killers. There’s a part where the female documentary maker was interviewing a trucker and asked “what would happen to be me if I were out here alone?” And the guy says “You could be murdered, you could be gang-raped, it’s crazy out here.” He also said she was “dressed for sex” when wearing a full-coverage dress. They also claimed they hitchhiked with lots of truckers. Yeah, because drivers are going to risk their jobs to pick up random filmmakers that their insurance doesn’t cover.

I call BS and think the whole thing was staged. All the time I’ve been on the road with my husband, it’s boring. Nothing salacious has ever happened. I walk around alone at night, in shorts and tank tops etc and don’t get even a whistle. I don’t deny there’s shady stuff happening along the interstates, but who’s out there blowing the whistle on it? Truck drivers!

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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Cheating trucker

I had several concerns about my husband going into trucking, such as temperment fit, stress level for both of us, but I never worried much about cheating. Whatever fleeting thoughts I had about that were quickly squashed when I joined this board. By and large, the men here are a classy, upstanding and family-oriented bunch who just want a better life for their families. And the only cheating that gets talked about pertains to the logbook. Stick around here and maybe think about finding some better guy friends because it sounds like your current ones are making you paranoid about a good guy.

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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Cheating trucker

Lisa, I've spent time with my husband on the road, and between the isolation, the long hours and the physical fatigue, temptation isn't exactly falling into their laps. On the other hand, someone who is looking to cheat will find opportunity no matter how long the hours or isolating the job. But that applies for people who work office jobs and come home every night as well. Drivers can cheat in trucks, but office workers can cheat at their affair partner's place, hotels, cars, the office itself after hours. It comes down to a person's character. Do you think your fiancée has good character? It sounds like you may not.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Fuel Tax - Who Is Responsible?

The reason my husband went with them is because he was fired from Werner and was getting nowhere with the other big carriers. Before he decided to go with them, he really was torn because they are sketchy, for that matter he was thinking of getting out of trucking altogether but my job grant had not been renewed, expensive COBRA and he decided it was more important to take any job than wait for the right one.

We knew about the lack of health benefits going in but not the other stuff.

So yeah. Moral of the story, don't get fired and be in the position where you have to take shi**y and dangerous jobs.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Fuel Tax - Who Is Responsible?

The company is saying they paid the tax and there was just a clerical error. The sketchy part - the exact same thing happened to a different driver in a different state. So the company is clear but both MI and KY DOTs messed up? Riiiiight that's real believeable. 🙄😒

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Fuel Tax - Who Is Responsible?

I just figured out they also classify as employees as 1099. Sounds like they might be doing this to inaccurately classify him as an independent contractor? They pay for his fuel, tolls and he gets paid weekly.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Fuel Tax - Who Is Responsible?

He's a company driver.

And Rick, everything you said was basically what I figured. I just wanted confirmation since my total experience in trucking has been my one month on the road with him and reading this board. Wish he would read this board too.

I already found a lawyer specializing in trucking issues and will call him ASAP.

Also, looking at all the paperwork today, the company is registered under both {Company Name} Express and {Company Name} Transport. Two different addresses, one a carrier and one a contractor. Is that sketchy?

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Fuel Tax - Who Is Responsible?

So I've been with my husband OTR with the mom and pop company that offered him a job after the Werner firing thing. It's not going great. He actually doesn't have issues with his skills but he doesn't seem to have the best temperament for truck driving, plus the company is a bit lax about safety and regulations - which brings us to the latest drama...

Yesterday, after a difficult pickup in inner-city Detroit (involving backing across four lanes of traffic into the alley) he missed the turnoff at Pilot where he was planning to weigh and immediately hit a weigh station. He did get an overweight ticket, but the really bad thing - the fuel tax (IMTA or something) had not been paid and had been revoked before he even started at the company. They are charging him for it and the charge is a MISDEMEANOR. Another driver at the company got charged with the exact same thing, just in a different state. Paying taxes should be the company's responsibility, right? I can see the argument that he should've been more viligant about checking into that, but ultimately he's the company driver and not owner operator. A misdemeanor for this is a really big deal. I'm not even that worried about his trucking future at this point, because it's been nothing but drama, but plenty of non-trucking jobs ask about misdemeanors. Oh and hubby got a form from the inspector saying IMTA or whatever had been revoked right before he started. The company owner tried to tell him "revoked" means "renewed."

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Husband might get fired

BTW, I am sorry if my tone sounds upset. I really appreciate this board and the honesty and "tough-love." I'm just confused and disappointed that trucking has not been the answer to our financial and insurance issues. It seemed so promising last spring when he was finishing up school and starting with Werner...

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Husband might get fired

He got pulled over for it, so I think police intervention is the issue. But I wasnt there.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Husband might get fired

I have seen the DAC report and it's the three incidents 1) running the yellow light, 2) hitting the curb and 3) hitting the wing of the cab while backing. It's not good, but nothing was DOT reportable, no injuries or vehicles that were badly damaged and had to be towed. I've seen other people post similar situations here - hitting curbs, swiping poles and of course backing. I'm not sure what happened to those people, but this doesn't seem uncommon.

I have talked to him about this extensively, asking him to be honest with himself about what happened at Werner, to be sincerely humble with future employers. But I'm not a driver, before he became a driver I never knew one, and I'm not sure how all this stuff works which is why I ask here. Really I'm a freaked out spouse who needs insurance and feels like we're in too deep ($$$, time, energy already spent, sacrifices already made) to quit now.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Husband might get fired

Rick, what you said makes sense and that's my best guess as to what's going on. Just doesn't seem common thing on this board - people stress about the DOT, CSA and DAC but not future employers pulling past employers safety reports. Maybe it's more likely a company would be that in a borderline case like my husband's.

Only question is how would Werner know something that husband doesn't? Maybe something like a motorist called the number on the back of the truck and said "I just saw your driver do/almost do x?" That's my guess.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Husband might get fired

The interview did not go well. Schneider surprised him with an incident on Werner's report that was NOT on the DAC report that he had no idea about. So that was one incident above what they tolerate and they said call us when you have six months incident free. He was prepared to explain all the DAC stuff but was blindsided by this. Btw, I found the stuff on disputing a DAC report, thanks!

He called Werner to ask for a copy of his employee report and got the run around. I hadn't even heard of the employee report, I thought it was the DAC he had to be worried about.

He's going with the company that doesn't offer benefits just because we have bills to pay. Can't find anything online about them though, except we did verify they're a real company. The good news is they'll let him bring me along from Day 1. We had been planning on going together since my job grant wasn't renewed. I want to go in fall to see the colors. Then he'll continue applying for jobs with benefits from the road.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Husband might get fired

Husband has an interview with Schneider today. Hoping this will go well.

Also found out his DAC report lists one accident as "damaged equipment/property" when there wasn't any damages. This was when he went over the curb turning around at the receiver back in June. The only reason he reported it was the receiver saw him do it and he wanted Werner to hear from him. Then he found out going over the curb was an automatic accident. He's in touch with a lawyer to see if he can get it changed but should I ask Werner too?

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Husband might get fired

Husband is home with me...he also got positive responses from Western Express (I got that tip from this board so thanks!) and Roehl. Tomorrow he is hitting up the smaller local companies that ask you to apply in person.

Regarding his attitude...it's hard to tell. Everything I've witnessed (like when he would arrive at the shipper or truck stop and I could overhear him on Bluetooth) showed him to be courteous and professional. And he seemed to always get his loads on time. But he also had an overinflated idea of how much he was going to make as a rookie and he complained all the time to me, even coming up with conspiracy theories (the dispatchers give the best miles to their friends!)

I sincerely hope this experience has humbled him and made him realize that, like in basically any industry there is, you don't get everything handed to you on a silver platter your first months on the job. Thing is, I warned him at the beginning to be skeptical of the promises the recruiters make and he didn't believe me. 🙄

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Husband might get fired

The bad news is he did get fired. 😳 All the stuff listed was minor but there was just too many incidents in a short period of time. He also wasn't very hsppy with the miles so I can't wonder if some of that seeped out in his dealings with the DM and FM.

The good news is he's already been offered a new job and has lots of other apps out there. The new job doesn't offer benefits but as long as he's working we can pay for COBRA until he gets a job with benefits.

Werner is putting him on a bus tonight so soon he can rest and we can spend some time together and hammer out the next steps.

Thanks all.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Husband might get fired

Rick, that is exactly why O/O doesn't make sense. He think it's more $$$ and more flexibility. I think it's less.

His incidents are a non-issue as far as me being upset with him. Heck, I hate backing my personal vehicle into tight spaces so I'm not one to talk. But no way would I go for him playing fast and loose with my healthcare and our financial stability.

But you gave me hope that he might not be fired. I told him to throw himself on his sword - offer to take any extra safety/training courses they might recommend.

This job is stressful.....

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Husband might get fired

My husband has been working with Werner for about six months. He's had a few minor incidents such as a red light ticket (really running a yellow) during training that his lawyer got off one report but not the other and also curb hitting thing - no damage to the truck.

Well he recently temporarily took over a dedicated account. He was nervous about backing into tight spaces and I guess rightfully so. When doing the alley back, he jackknifed I guess. There was some damage to the space between the tractor and trailer. It was still drivable. He guesstimated the damage to be around $400.

Now you may remember a year ago I didn't want him to go into trucking at all because of the time away. But I am dealing with Stage IV breast cancer. It's well-controlled but it's a lifelong thing so obviously my medical expenses are astronomically high. Which is why I ultimately changed my mind about him going into trucking. Our old marketplace plan was eating at our savings and trucker health insurance is good.

And I was really, really happy with Werner health insurance. And now it might just disappear. I am terrified. If he gets fired I don't know if he's done in the industry. And of course if he does get a new job, he thinks he should become an O/O so he couldn't get fired again, which makes no sense. (I don't hold the incidents against him because those all seem like run of the mill rookie mistakes - it's not like he rear ended a vehicle while playing on his phone or some other act of negligence. But thinking O/O would solve his problems - just NO.)

He meets with safety in a few hours. I'm scared. I just want to maintain my health insurance.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Internet in truck

Hello, been awhile since I've been on here. After some hiccups in getting his CDL, my husband is about to reach his six month anniversary of driving OTR with Werner. And since my grant-funded position wasn't renewed, I'm going to take some time off and go with him. We both love traveling together so we're looking forward to it.

While I'm with him, I want to teach English online to supplement his income and also so I don't have a resume gap. My question is that possible to do in a truck? Meaning could we get wifi in the truck where I could get online with a laptop? And would the connection be strong enough that I could do video sessions with kids in China?

My husband uses data on his phone now but the other problem is he keeps going over his useage and then we have to pay extra. So getting a wifi hotspot in the truck would help alleviate that.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Update and more questions, about tickets

Hello,

I was on here awhile ago when my husband was in the process of researching trucking and starting trucking school. The first school, at a technical college, didn't work out (not his fault, the instructor was crazy, confirmed by the director of the tech college who was building a case to fire her) but he picked up at a private school and things went swimmingly. Got his CDL A two month ago and is currently in training with Werner.

He got a ticket today for running a red light and going 0-9 miles over the speed limit. The light turned yellow as he approached the intersection and he didn't have time to stop, then it turned red when he was in the intersection. Werner is keeping him on. He got 2 points on his CDL. His trainer is very upset with him. Husband is shaken and is concerned about how this will affect his CDL, his job prospects both inside and outside Werner and whether he can or should try to fight this in any way.

His driving record otherwise is spotless (although he has only been driving in the US for about 18 months). His CDL is from FL.

Thanks in advance.

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