Profile For Brett Aquila

Brett Aquila's Info

  • Location:
    Keeseville, NY

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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    Brett Aquila On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    13 years, 4 months 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:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Western Non compete contract

Brett do you work for WE? It seems like you do since you know a lot of things about how much I would be making each week.

Well, I know a lot because I've been in this industry since 1993; 15 years as a driver and 12 years mentoring new drivers with Trucking Truth. We've helped tens of thousands of drivers get their careers underway. So yes, I know how much trucking companies pay and how much drivers are making.

As far as what I will be doing is my business

Awesome.

Well, it didn't take long to figure out that your attitude is why you're having problems. I was trying to point out that you're losing a fortune sitting home so you should get back to Western and get rolling so you can get that money coming in. I asked what your plans were so we could advise you. But no worries; you won't be getting any more advice from me. Best of luck.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Western Non compete contract

I was told I had to do 240 training hours and I decided to quit

That's a very short amount of time. If you had proven to be a really solid driver they may have cut the training even shorter.

I decided to quit before I started because I got a better offer from another company

Unfortunately, right now you're sitting home losing about $1,000 or more each week. Even with the training pay being a little less, you would have averaged $1,000/week throughout the next year at least.

How much better was the other offer? I don't know, but that's out the window, unfortunately. This move has been pretty costly. I wish you would have asked our opinion before you quit Western Express.

Anyhow, what do you plan on doing?

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Western Non compete contract

You should certainly complete the contract. Why did you decide to quit before you even started?

Posted:  1 month ago

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What would you do?

I asked that we bring the topic back to trucking and my post gets deleted???

We are all members of this society and this is one of the biggest moments in American history. This affects truck drivers, potential truck drivers, and their friends and families. This is a legitimate topic to discuss on a trucking forum and it's something I personally would like to discuss. I would like to have productive conversations about how truck drivers can handle this situation and what we can do to make our society a better place for everyone.

Posted:  1 month ago

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What would you do?

Thank you for proving my point. It's your site & you can censor it as you wish. But what you call disjointed & spewing hate... I guess I hit a nerve.

No, you didn't hit a nerve and I don't know what your point was, other than to cause problems and point fingers. I couldn't understand half of what you were trying to say. It was a bunch of disjointed rhetoric that seemed to serve no purpose other than to allow you to vent your frustrations and target people who aren't the problem. You're looking to cause grief and create a divide amongst people in a time that calls for unity. You have the right to do that, but you're not going to use this platform to do it.

Posted:  1 month ago

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What would you do?

Splitter, I don't know why you spewed that disjointed message of hate, but you're in the wrong place targeting the wrong people.

We want to bring people together to make sure this stuff doesn't keep happening. Yesterday the police in Washington D.C. used batons, tear gas, and shields to violently disperse a completely peaceful crowd. No one in the crowd did anything wrong. It was all captured on camera. The thing is, 2/3 of the crowd was white.

So the message needs to be clear - the government has overreached, the police force has been too violent, and citizens of all walks of life are in the crosshairs. They're not singling out anyone. We're all affected by it.

As a society, we all need to band together as one to make changes in this country, and we need to do it peacefully. Splitter, you don't seem to understand this yet. If you ever come to this understanding and agree with our premise you'll be welcome here. If you just want to spew hate with divisive rhetoric you can do that elsewhere.

Posted:  1 month ago

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What would you do?

I think people are too obsessed about the handful of rioters and not focused enough on the larger issue at hand. I believe the violence will settle down. The key is to keep people focused on the issues and spreading the right message.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Dealing with protests

No, but they're surrounded by people, and everyone talks. We must keep spreading the right message. The overwhelming majority of the people will hear it and respond the right way.

You guys are automatically assuming that anyone who is committing any sort of violence is unreasonable and unwilling to listen. Most of them are likely very young and need better leadership with a better message.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Dealing with protests

Often times people take the actions they believe are necessary. They believe it's the only way to get what they want, to achieve their goals. But if you can show them a better way to get what they want, they'll listen.

The most important thing is to keep spreading the right message. Get the word out there that what the government has done is unacceptable and that we must band together peacefully to fix this and make sure it doesn't happen again.

There will be waves of civil rights activism, business reform, and political reform for years to come. Most people still don't know or haven't accepted the truth about this virus, but they will. Many still don't realize the truth was censored by the media and by social media. Heck, it's probably been since Vietnam that the government has done something this egregious. People didn't see it coming. Most of us have never lived through anything like this.

So don't give up so easily because a few misguided people are taking the wrong approach. What we need in order to move forward from here is real leadership and a clear message. I've noticed on Facebook there are a lot of people pointing fingers at each other, creating issues where there wasn't one, or bringing up things from the past that are no longer relevant.

In order to move forward, we need to understand what's happening today and form a plan for tomorrow, one we can all buy into.

I'll be speaking a lot on this topic in the coming months and years. We want to teach people what it takes to be great truck drivers, but we also want to help people be the best citizens they can be, improve the image of truck drivers, and live fulfilling lives. We have an awesome group of people here with so much to teach and contribute. I have ideas for ways we can expand our message and grow our tribe. I'll be talking about it quite a bit.

Right now the most important thing is to spread the right message and guide people in the right direction. We must keep people from turning on each other. We must move forward boldly, but peacefully. Of course, there are some people out there who don't know any better or they are so frustrated they don't care they're doing the wrong thing. They're the ones who need our message the most.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Dealing with protests

Keep in mind is that their anger is aimed at the police, not at truck drivers. This is a racist issue to some extent for sure, but it's also an anti-government and abuse of power issue for all of us. I became a truck driver right after the L.A. Riots. I'm acutely aware of what happened to Reginald Denny.

If you look at the crowds in the streets today, most of the time there are far more white people than there are black people. If this was simply black vs white you wouldn't see that. This must be about the citizens uniting - all citizens.

I want to keep reminding people that at the core this isn't about black vs white, men vs women, gay vs straight, or Christian vs Muslim. This is about the abuse of power by the government and the enforcement agencies against our entire society. Anytime you have the opportunity, remind people that we all had our rights taken away. We all had our jobs and businesses and freedoms taken away. We were all lied to.

We must not turn on each other if we want to make a change in this country. We must unite as one. We can change things, and we can do it without violence. I hope each of you will spread this message.

The more people we can unite, the more powerful the movement.

Posted:  1 month ago

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What would you do?

Liahos, though I don't disagree with what you're saying, I think it's more or less a bunch of technicalities that muddy the water. The point I'm trying to make is very simple - the people in charge have abused their power. They have ignored the Constitution, overreached with their power, and stomped on our rights and freedoms. We need to let them know it won't be tolerated.

I don't care who is in charge, as long as they understand that we must be allowed to make our own decisions. It is not their place to issue orders that lock us in our homes, shut down our businesses, and prevent us from visiting our own mothers.

There's a very good reason that lawmaking is a complex process. If you let a small group of people decide unilaterally that they can pass any law they please at any time for "the good of the people" without the people's consent, you have a dictatorship which inevitably leads to authoritarianism and tyranny, as we've seen.

Fortunately, we've also seen that in the Western World that sort of abuse of power will lead to an explosion of activism. I'm confident the violence will stop soon enough, but I'm very confident that there will continue to be waves of civil rights activism for years to come, leading to sweeping changes to our government and big businesses in the coming years.

I'm incredibly thankful that the people responded the way they have and filled the streets all over the world. Even with the government and big business controlling the entire message, including big media and censoring social media platforms, you can only hold people down for so long before they erupt.

Tons of people predicted this would happen. I'm thankful it did. We need to make sure the people running the show know where the boundary is. They tested it hard and the powder keg blew. This will be a lesson for the ages.

Posted:  1 month ago

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What would you do?

I think you guys are falling into the trap the government is hoping you'll fall into. They want us to argue amongst ourselves so we don't rally together and fight the tyranny we face. Here is what I put this morning on my Facebook page:

The People United Against Tyranny

Please take a step back and understand the big picture. Then, let's continue this fight together.

Today's protests aren't just about racism. It's far more than that.

Today's protests are about the tyranny people have faced from governments all over the world, including ours.

This lockdown was unconstitutional and unjust. They stomped on the Constitution by taking away our rights and our freedoms. They've devastated our economy. They've censored our information. They've treated us like little children who are incapable of making decisions for ourselves or controlling our own fate.

Each and every one of us deserves the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness on our own terms. We must make our own choices.

Our Government must be reminded that they operate with our permission on our terms, not the other way around.

Do not let the government or the media divide us. This is not black vs white, man vs woman, gay vs straight, or Christian vs Muslim. This is THE PEOPLE unified as one against tyranny.

They told us "We're all in this together" - Damn right we are. We, THE PEOPLE, are all in this together. We must never again let our Government choke us out. Now we all know what it feels like when we can't breathe.

Never again will we allow our government to box us up like rats.

Let's keep it peaceful, but be loud and be bold. We must be heard. Let's stay united. Let's make sure this never happens again.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Truck drivers and the coronavirus

Also 100,000 dead is not "the death rate." That's total dead, and the data isn't very accurate because they are blaming all kinds of deaths on this virus.

The death rate is wildly exaggerated. Wildly. In fact, I would personally say criminally exaggerated.

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) came out with ‘Guidelines for Certifying Covid-19 Deaths’ that clearly states the following:

In cases where a definite diagnosis of COVID-19 cannot be made, but it is suspected or likely (e.g. the circumstances are compelling within a reasonable degree of certainty), it is acceptable to report COVID-19 on a death certificate as “probable” or “presumed”

Why did the CDC release guidelines that will certify questionable Covid-19 deaths in the first place? One answer to that question is that First and foremost, The CDC and the pharmaceutical industry (Big Pharma) want to scare the public about the seriousness of the outbreak, which it is serious especially for the elderly and those with serious health issues. But they also want the public to believe that a future vaccine that is already in development is needed to combat the Coronavirus. For Big Pharma, an elevated death toll with inflated numbers will allow the state to vaccinate the public because of the fear factor. The bigger the number, the more people will want the Covid-19 vaccine so that they themselves won’t end up being part of that statistic. The CDC is pro-Big Pharma and pro-vaccine. As more data is released down the road, unsettling truths about the death toll will be revealed and hopefully, people will wake up from the mass hysteria.

Never in history has the CDC issued guidance that says you should consider something to be the cause of death in spite of comorbidity, pre-existing conditions, or an utter lack of proof. In other words, if someone shows up that is 86 years old with congestive heart failure, kidney failure, and cough they should just call it Coronavirus, which is exactly what they have done. They've also done this in Spain, France, Italy, and the UK.

It's extremely hard to find the truth out there because Google, Facebook, and Twitter are all actively censoring our news. They have even censored opinions from medical doctors who haven't agreed with the government consensus.

The truth is out there and it's plain to see if you're looking for it.

Here is the best rundown I've heard on the topic from the Tony Robbins podcast, which includes interviews from the following people:

  • Dr. Michael Levitt, PhD, Nobel Prize – Chemistry; Professor of Structural Biology, Stanford University
  • Dr. Eran Bendavid, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, Stanford University
  • Dr. Michael Roizen, M.D., Chief Wellness Officer Emeritus, Cleveland Clinic
  • Dr. Alan Preston, Sc.D, Former Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Texas A&M University
  • Senator Scott Jensen, M.D., Family Physician; Senator (R-Minnesota)
  • Dr. Dan Erickson, M.D., Co-Owner, Accelerated Urgent Care
  • Dr. Artin Massihi, M.D., Co-Owner, Accelerated Urgent Care

It's a long podcast - almost 2 1/2 hours - but it's worth every second. It will put your mind at ease and help people understand the truth about what's really going on here.

COVID-19 FACTS FROM THE FRONTLINE

A PANEL OF DOCTORS, M.D.S, AND A NOBEL PRIZE WINNER UNMASK THE SCIENCE YOU AREN’T HEARING ON TV

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Local exp to regional

Wow, talk about hitting a nerve, right? It's funny when you probe at someone a little bit to find the real issue. When you find it, they tend to explode like they've been electrocuted!

Question: How are you feeling?

Answer: Fine

Question: How is your relationship?

Answer: Fine

Question: Have you been exercising?

Answer: **** you, you ******* piece of ****! Shove it up your **** ******* ***!

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Huzul, all you can really do is apply like crazy and see who will give you an opportunity:

Apply For Truck Driving Jobs

You can use our application or you can scroll down and enter your zip code to do a full search.

Your DAC is far from the only way large carriers will search your records. They will dig things up you wouldn't believe. So be honest. Just tell it like it is and see who gives you a shot.

This will be a tough time to change jobs. Some people are running real hard while others are struggling to get miles or have been furloughed.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Here's A Funny Story

That's hysterical! Kids are awesome when they're imitating adults. Super funny.

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Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Greetings!!

What do you mean it was hacked?

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Friday Short Haul - Reusing morgue reefers, ATRI research priorities, FMCSA HOS declaration

Do hospitals use Reefer trailers to store dead bodies every flu season?

Yes. Sue, one of our moderators, was a nurse and she said it's common for morgues to be over-capacity. It's not a sign of anything special.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Best (?) LTL Carrier for Linehaul

FWIW, reading more about the work, union definitely sounds the way to go to me and with respect, I think you guys are nuts for not wanting to be union. "At-will" employment is for the birds.

I've always been a big fan of unions myself, but one great thing about trucking is that it's performance-based. Those who perform the best make the most money and get the lion's share of the work. Those who don't perform wind up with less.

It's like the sport's world. The best players get the most playing time and make the most money. The rest sit the bench most of the time and make far less.

It's very hard to find truly fantastic drivers. If you do an awesome job you'll make great money and be treated well.

There's always plenty of work for the best performers.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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My Wife Paid Me A Compliment - I Think

The best always do! It's funny how it's almost hard to remember why you struggled with something in the beginning once you become good at it. It's like, what was so hard about that?

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Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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More miles if I stay out longer?

but to get back to getting there trust and all that, I don’t think they I exists, I’m just a damn truck number rite, everything is qualcom , **** this communication you speak of doesn’t really make any sense to me, I’m a social person, I would love to actually talk and get to know people I work with, not in trucking I guess

Jakester, first of all keep your cool. Don't get yourself riled up and start making wild assumptions.

When someone is new it's always frustrating. People who are highly successful will give new folks advice, and when they can't seem to make it happen right away they decide it must not be possible or someone must be lying to them. Don't make that mistake. You'll create misery for yourself and cost yourself a lot of money.

Old School has plenty of years as a top tier driver. He consistently gets top miles and makes top pay every single year. The information he's giving you is gold. He told you that having a great attitude and communication are keys to success and you start cussing and saying it doesn't make any sense. If you follow the advice of anyone who has been highly successful in life they will not tell you to start cussing and denying the advice of the people who have been there.

One of our moderators, Trucking With Kearsey (formerly known as Rainy) has fantastic relationships with the people she works with at Prime. She is very well-known there because she has always been a top performer and goes out of her way to get to know everyone. She makes that a priority in her life. Make it a priority in your life to get to know the people you work with and you'll find a way to make it happen.

The other type of communication that's critical is with regard to your availability. Keep dispatch updated continuously with everything that's going on. The more accurately you can give them information about when you'll be available for your next load, the better. Being on time or early for every single appointment goes hand in hand with communication. If they know that giving you an assignment is like money in the bank because you're always on time or early, they'll be far more comfortable planning ahead. Planning ahead, or pre-plans, are the key to turning big miles without staying out long. If they can keep you rolling, which they can and they will if they trust you, you'll turn big miles and get home more often.

I worked a regional fleet with U.S. Express and I was home every weekend for an average of about 36 - 48 hours. I would get home either Friday or Saturday, and leave out Sunday or Monday. I averaged 3,000 miles per week. They knew I was as reliable as any human being can be. If you give me an assignment, you can take that check to the bank. So they always had me pre-planned on loads, oftentimes several loads in advance.

It was not uncommon to get my entire week's plan on Monday morning all the way through Friday. Most of my loads were overnight, some were two-day loads. So I would get 3 or 4 loads per week, and sometimes they would stack em up at the start of the week for me. I can promise you less than 5% of OTR drivers get that sort of treatment. You have to be rock-solid, as dependable as the sunrise for a while before that will happen though. At least a few months of perfect on-time or early appointment times.

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