Profile For Brett Aquila

Brett Aquila's Info

  • Location:
    Keeseville, NY

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

  • Social Link:
    Brett Aquila On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    14 years ago

Brett Aquila's Bio

Hey Everyone! I'm the owner and founder of TruckingTruth and a 15 year trucking veteran.

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Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Back from the TT Graveyard with the CULMINATION of my next phase of my journey:

Hey millionmiler! Congrats on the apartment! It sounds like everything is going great for ya!

Make sure you're having plenty of fun out there! Weird advice, right? I say that because I know you're working hard and you're dedicated to your company and your profession. You're serious about being the best you can be.

So the biggest risk for a guy like you is burnout. Run hard enough, but not too hard. Take time off, enjoy that apartment.

Oh....and don't get caught up in all the glitz and glamour of Des Moines!!

Awesome hearing from ya man. Your story is one of my favorite.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Got my first Nos

There's a video on YouTube showing a huge driver referral bonus. The video is dated 2019, but it's still up. Is this program no longer available?

CFI referral bonuses can mean big money

$1,250 after driver delivers the first load

$750 after 6 months

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Mental Health Disqualifiers

Hey everyone.....I just wanted to let everyone know that any comments made to this topic will be approved manually. I've gotten some reports about this one, which I hadn't been watching, but now I see this has gotten a bit out of hand.

So please, folks, let's take a step back for a moment, take a deep breath, and gather ourselves a little before responding. Try to keep the emotions under control and speak to each other with respect. No personal attacks.

These are incredible times for all of us, so I understand we're on edge right now. Let's maintain our dignity and respect for each other and continue having helpful conversations.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Obtaining CDL and moving out of NYC

If you're single with no kids, why don't you just move your license to a relatives house and live in your truck. You can take home time at airbnb's around the country and rent a car when necessary.

I love that advice. I lived in my truck for most of my 15 year career. Didn't have a home or vehicle of any sort. Most of the time I could carry everything I owned in two duffel bags. I had my license at the time in Florida because they have no state income tax. My mom lived there and I used to visit her down there so I just made that my "residence." I enjoyed no state income tax and lived on the road.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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What are my chances

Welcome, Benjamin. Really sorry to hear about the incident, but really thankful everyone is ok. It's always terrifying how quickly things can go wrong on the highway.

Yes, you will land another job, but it won't be easy. You might have to settle for a job or company that isn't high on your list, but necessary to get back in the game. There's no secret to landing a new job. It's just going to take a lot of filling out applications like crazy until someone gives you a shot, and they will.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Should I be scared of driverless technology?

Here's an article I wrote about the subject:

Self Driving Trucks Are Not Coming Anytime Soon

I happen to be a software developer and a former truck driver so I have some idea what it would take to pull off truly self-driving trucks and there is almost zero chance on Earth they'll have any noticeable impact on the industry within 15 years. That's a conservative statement. I'd be utterly shocked if it happened within 20+ years.

When states build infrastructure into the roadways to support self-driving vehicles and vehicle manufacturers integrate across-the-board technological infrastructure that allows vehicles to interact with each other, then you have the beginnings of a move toward self-driving vehicles.

When they build a truly autonomous lawnmower that can intelligently mow any yard, sight unseen, perfectly, with no pre-programming and no bumping into anything then I'll think we're within a decade of making this happen on the roadways. These "robot" vacuum cleaners and lawnmowers you see are extremely primitive and couldn't negotiate their way through a McDonald's drive-thru.

When I can get my wifi and Bluetooth to connect the first time, every time, and they both stay connected without incident, I'll think we're within 20 years of having enough software stability to pull this off.

Do not worry about self-driving trucks. They will not have an impact on the industry for decades, if ever. Like Old School said, planes are 1,000 times easier to fly autonomously than trucks would be to drive autonomously, and they've had the ability for decades, and yet there are two pilots onboard every plane. Even the unmanned drones they fly are being flown remotely by pilots.

Software is not nearly as intelligent as tech companies would like you to believe.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone!

Posted:  2 months ago

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Your Opinion Please About A Situation On The Highway

What do you do? Turn off your cruise control and slow down to let the truck slip by you? Or... Maintain your speed while thinking, "Sorry. You will not make it"?

I feel very strongly that predictability is critical in preventing accidents. I will normally continue doing whatever I'm already doing. I won't make any changes unless it's necessary. That way people know what to expect from me.

In this scenario, it's clear what you intend to do. You've moved into the left lane and you're about to pass another vehicle. I would keep doing exactly what you're doing and let others decide what they'll do in response to you. Maybe they'll try to make a crazy move, maybe not, but at least they will know what you're about to do.

If you change tactics in the middle of a move and suddenly decide to back off the throttle or switch lanes, it will make everyone around you uncertain about what you'll do next. You made a move, then in the middle of it you changed your mind, now God only knows what you'll do next. How can anyone around you decide what they should do in response to you?

Multi-vehicle accidents happen when one vehicle does something another doesn't expect, like running a red light. If you knew someone was about to run the red light, you would avoid the collision. If you don't know they're about to run a red light, it may be too late by the time you notice it.

By default, try to be consistent and predictable. Just do your own thing and let others decide what they want to do in response.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Trucking Truth On A New Server

Possibly it only happens depending on the timing of when someone else posts or previews?

It should never happen, no matter what. I'm still somewhat baffled by it. I have some theories, but I'm not sure. Let me know if you see anything like that again.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Trucking Truth On A New Server

That was 2.2mb and went right throughdancing-dog.gif

Nice!

I'll update the process after the holidays to make it much faster. But right now it seems to be working well. Avatars are working now also.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Trucking Truth On A New Server

BRETT NOW NOMINATED FOR EMPEROR!

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We're getting closer. Most things are working well.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Trucking Truth On A New Server

Ok, we had a problem updating avatars, also, and that is now working properly. My God, before long everything will be working!

Now, if I could just have a red 'tag' that says 'cheerleader' (or reader?!?)

Yeah, that will be sorted out soon, also.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Trucking Truth On A New Server

Ok we're getting somewhere now!

Posted:  2 months ago

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Trucking Truth On A New Server

I simply hit that button again (which of course still said "Sending" at the time, rather than "Submit"), and it uploaded and posted right away as usual.

Was that with a photo, or was that with a regular reply? It sounds like the first request didn't get through. When you hit the button again, it went through the second time.

Posted:  2 months ago

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My GOD! It worked!

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Posted:  2 months ago

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Trucking Truth On A New Server

Ok, I made a major change, but I'm not sure if that will fix it or not. Give it another shot.

Don't wait for more than about two minutes. If it doesn't go in that amount of time, it likely won't.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Trucking Truth On A New Server

Wow, Anne, I've finally found the error you're getting. I don't know why it's happening, but I'm onto it.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Trucking Truth On A New Server

I wish the forum threads stacked the other way.. I read a post and the advice/response and then I come back later to see additional responses from more opinions are here and have to scroll thru the responses to get to the most recent. some subjects get a good number and I kinda have to figure out if I read that one already or not. If the latest response showed up first, Id simply watch the the post time to see when I was last on and scroll down to that one to get filled in

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Hey Brian,

I've included a screenshot to help out.

The first conversation is gray and says "jump to last page" on the bottom left which means I've read that conversation already and nothing new was posted since the last viewing.

The next two conversations have a light blue bar on the left, are brighter, and have "jump to new replies" listed under the title. That means there are new responses to that conversation. If you click on "jump to new replies" it will take you straight to the replies you have not read yet.

Hope that helps!

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Trucking Truth On A New Server

Ok, it seems the photo uploads are working, but sometimes taking a very long time. That last photo I uploaded said "...sending" for probably close to 2 minutes. Sometimes it happens quickly, sometimes not, depending on network speeds and other factors. I can tell you, two minutes seems like an eternity. I had given it up for dead long before it finally succeeded.

There is a way for me to make this process faster, but it may have to wait until after the holidays. We'll see. There are a few other things I must look into first because they involve the stability of the system. But I will fix this process so that it's much faster.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Trucking Truth On A New Server

This is a 1.5 Megabyte photo I uploaded from chrome on iPhone. So I’m not sure what the problem is yet.

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