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    Bradenton, FL

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    3 years, 3 months ago

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Shhh, it's a secret!!!!!

Well, not really, I just never know what to put in these things.

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Posted:  7 months ago

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Driving distractions come in many forms

Saw a lady knitting while driving once. That was a new one for me.

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Werner drivers - Is this true????

They have been heading that way yes. It would probably be more accurate to say a mostly automatic fleet, but for the most part yeah.

Any truth to the rumor (Ive heard this frequently, so I thought Id ask), is Werner going to an all Automatic fleet? Few guys I know drive for them have mentioned this but I wanted to ask it here since this site usually has the most accurate info!

Posted:  7 months, 4 weeks ago

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Lease purchase

I was an owner-op with Werner when I was driving and I will also say that you shouldn't do it, especially with so little experience in the industry.

Do you get paid a lot more? Yes, but your expenses are also a lot higher. I had one week where my gross pay was 4k, but after all expenses, my net was -2500. I also had some really nice weeks too, but you never know when you're going to run into repair issues.

Posted:  8 months ago

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Amazed he got as far as he did without being stopped!

And this, boys and girls, is why you don't blindly follow your GPS. Use common sense, look at the turns, read signs, and make judgement calls and this won't happen.

I can't tell you how many times I've had my GPS tell me to make a turn that was a bad idea. Guess what, I didn't make the turn and things worked out fine!

Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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Tyson Food Orientation(Just left Western Express)

Isn't it a bit odd that just about everyone that comes in here "knowing"more than the veterans of the job has family that has been in the business for years?

Just remember, you're new to this. The people on these forums trying to give you advice have a whole lot more experience than you do. (At least most of them do). Blowing of their advice is not the best thing you can do to help yourself. But then, you didn't listen to them, so why would you listen to me?

Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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Blind spot detection sysytem

I had that on two of the trucks I drove. It's cool in theory, but annoying in practice. If you had you turn signal on and it detected anything, trees, concrete barriers, etc, it would beep. It also considered having your hazards on as the same as having your right signal on, so it would beep when backing in tight spaces and the like.

One of my trainers had a Pete that beeped if I had the right turn signal on and someone was there. The guy had the truck two years and had no idea what that beeping was.. Cause he rarely used blinkers hahahah

Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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Hurricane Irma

Well I'm now up in Pennsylvania waiting it out. Hopefully, I will still have a house to go back to when this is over!. I am more concerned about those family and friends who decided to stick it out in the area though.

Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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Any Werner flatbed trainers here?

Yeah, I can't really answer any questions about their flatbed dept as I never dealt with it.

Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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Hurricane Irma

We evacuated, which is looking more and more like a good decision. Latest forecast have Irma heading right through my area on its way to Tampa.

Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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Being Proactive

Calling the shipper like you did is always the best way. There have been times in the past I had asked dispatch if my appointment wasa hard set appointment or if they might take me early and dispatch told me it was hard set only to find out that like the place you went to, they would have loved it if I went in early.

Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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Hurricane Irma

Yeah, I live in Manatee County and am planning on bugging out with my family today.

Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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Driving on a teammates clock

When I was with my mentor some how I messed up and was using his clock. Don't remember now why or what I did, we noticed it after my shift. Had to call log people and after lectures and such they fixed it. Mentor caught all holy hell for it. Let's just say it was a big no no. Glad we got through it without getting caught.

Things like that happen sometimes with students. As long as it is accidental and you get it fixed it shouldn't have been a big deal. I had it happen with two different students. I just contacted my logs department and had it fixed.

Of course, I caught it pretty early both times and had it fixed right away.

Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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Right turns without hitting curbs

It depends on the turn. Sometimes you just have to buttonhook it, turning out to the left a little to get your trailer heading in that direction before swinging out.

Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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Any Werner flatbed trainers here?

They will generally but you a greyhound ticket, but you can get dropped off if you want. They will put you up in a hotel during orientation and while waiting for a trainer. They have a shuttle that will take you back and forth and to Wal-Mart and a few other places. Lithia is one of the terminals that has trainers coming through fairly often so you shouldn't have to wait too long.

Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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Any Werner flatbed trainers here?

I used to be a trainer for Werner, but not flatbed, picked up a large percentage of my students from Lithia Springs.

Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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Top sleeper while team driving :/

I can tell you that at Werner sleeping in the top bunk while the truck is in motion is against company policy. I can also tell you that there are quite a few trainers that make their students do so anyway and that the students usually just do it.

Now, with that said, you should take Old School's advice. There are reasons it is against policy

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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Why don't we use flares?

As far as I know they are legal in every state. I can think of a few reasons most companies prefer triangles though.

Triangles are reusable.

Triangles can be used by everyone. Regardless of load type.

Triangles don't burn out.

And that's just of the top of my head

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Time for a transition

Thanks for the well wishes. I will miss driving, but as Old School said, it's the right thing to do. I will probably maintain my cdl in case something comes up. Heck, I might even get my passenger endorsement in case my church needs someone to drive the bus.

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Last Day of School, My Uphill Take-offs Still Suck

Don't worry about it too much, it's something that requires practice. I went to school in Florida so didn't have any hills to learn on until I was in trading at my company. Keep working on it. You'll get it, just don't let it frustrate you

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Time for a transition

We wish you the best man!

I hope your wife's condition will improve.

Are you able to complete your lease? Forgive me if I'm mistaken about you leasing a truck, but I was thinking I remembered you as one of our hard working lease operators in here.

Seriously, I hope things improve for both you and your wife.

It wasn't a lease, I was buying the truck, and no I couldn't finish buying it. There may be some difficulties in my future for that, but that's not as important as being there for my wife.

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