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Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Some Truck Stops Are Just Fun

Another reason I miss my little time OTR.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Personal Dash Cams

Thanks you guys. I’m reading all the reviews and stuff too I’ll let you know what I get.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Milk Hauling

Been a couple months now. All ima say is... Southern California drivers... stay away from milk if you want to follow the rules. Hahaha eye eye eye eye eye. Anyways I made a deal with my boss and he’s pretty nice about it. 3 loads a day is the ideal pay at $90 a load but it takes anywhere from 16-23 hours to get all three in. Most of the time is waiting at the plant...

So I’m running 2 loads a day because I gotta be home by 5 so my wife can leave for school and there is no one to take care of the kids (get them cleaned up and dressed and fed and one to school)

Plus 2 loads runs me at 10-12 hours on average...

I started at 1900 Right now I’m unloading it’s 0400 Still have about 15 minutes left here then 1.5 hours back to the yard and paperwork...

That’s a legal day...

But most Milk Haulers are running 3 loads and a lot of them are “domed out”.

We’re looking at loads about 88,000 gross and 18 hour days on average.

But ima stay because my boss and I have an agreement and at least I’m trying to stay within the limits.

If I can offer advice to future milk haulers... is an awesome experience that Inwould not trade for anything... so come on down. And remember it’s your license so keep it safe. One can get mad at you for trying to do the right thing. Just go about it the right way and you can make it. I’ll be here for a couple years. He pay is not at all amazing but the experience and hospitality makes up for it.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Leave Tomorrow

Hey Chuck, good luck!

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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How long did they last in trucking?

I’ve been here since 2014/2015 and happy about it.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Personal Dash Cams

I looked it up and found several “5 Best Cameras”...

But I’m not sure I trust all those reports...

So... I’ve been lucky... but I think it’s time to get a camera just in case one of these 4 wheelers catches me on a bad day.

Any suggestions for a good dash cam. I run mostly nights and in traffic.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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I need advice

I have a friend he moved to northern Washington. He loves it! He says it’s cheap.

Outskirts of Phoenix should by all means be able to get a local driving job in Phoenix or OTR

Stay away from California. A lot of people are leaving and going to Texas.

I would go to Philadelphia if I was able to pick a place...

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Walking for exercise

Hi Chris,

At the plant I deliver to once in the bay it takes 29 minutes after being hooked up to pump...

I have a little route inside the plant I just walk like I’m headed somewhere.

Everyone wants to walk or get cardio but very few actually do... they just say they should or are going to... So don’t be embarrassed everyone watching knows your doing the right thing.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Good job bubba!

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Rules and Regulations

It’s not really “new” regulations.

It’s old regulations being monitored in a new way.

“The New Way” is forcing drivers to stay honest.

It’s forcing some companies to re-think and prioritize in a way that, again, keeps them honest.

You may want to get involved with the auditors in your state and have them audit (in real life) some major and little tranportstion companies (without trying to find someone guilty) in an effort to understand what corners have been cut and why. What can we do to eliminate the need to cut that corner and to have everyone understand what changes will occur again all without reprocussions for breaking the law...

I doubt you’ll find a whole lot on paper... I mean that’s where the complaint are rising... because now it’s electronic and it’s visible when a person edits there log...

If you really want to know the rules.

Please take a look at the high road training program you will learn all the rules and regulations better than most truckers...

Then come back

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Without a leg to lean on

Somebody hasn’t been drinking their V8.

I’m sure you’ve been checking everything so... I’m assuming it’s not a broken spring.

We have a couple roads here that really lean you right it’s very uncomfortable. I feel your pain.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Elds are causing issues (another one of those articles)

Mom said no cookies. Mom walks in, there are no cookies left. Crumbs. She knows the crumbs are cookie crumbs and they are on my shirt... but she can’t really prove it was me that ate them and it’s just speculation really... she thinks she saw crumbs from cookies but it coulda been anything I’ll be ok I’m not in trouble...

The next day...

Mom said no cookies. They sure look good. BUZZ BUZZ what the heck mom put a buzzer on the lid to warn me. :( I can get one close it and the buzzer will turn off and by the time she gets here there’s no proof it was me :) I’m not in trouble...

The next day...

Why did you put a camera there! That’s is not right! That takes away my freedom to break your rules without being caught red handed! That is not fair! Not fair at all. Totally unfair I’d rather have my birthday taken away and never see another Christmas. I don’t ever have to go to the park again just please I’m begging you take the camera and buzzer away.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Elds are causing issues (another one of those articles)

We are supposed to work to live not live to work.

But wait a second.

It’s really looking like a majority of them are spending money they don’t need to be spending due to lack of research.

There problem really sits on the fact that on paper logs for the last 40 years they’ve been running illegal and running the prices down to near free...

Now they have to run legal but can’t make money bbfollowing the rules.

I hope they go the right route.


It’s their own aftermath. They should have seen it coming.

Hard work should have never entailed running 72 Hours non-stop and fudging log books. It should have been in customer service and reliability, learning new ways to be efficient due diligence perseverance.

Never should it have been called hard work when all you did was try to fix the lies behind the paper keeping two books and just lieing lieing lieing and starting to believe their own lies.

Now they lied so much they ruined the industry. Sorry this really bothers me though.

Where I’m running right now they want you to run 23 hour days (local) go home shower and run another 23 hours. I’m not joking. I tell em their crazy. They say that’s the only way to make a living in this line of work. (Wages haven’t changed since early 1990s) So instead of saying hey we need more money and explaining why... they try to find ways to make life even harder and harder...

And Now the EDL is going to be the tell all and hopefully it will open a new opportunity here and there for the little guys once the rates start to go up.

They ask to change the law instead of more money to do the right thing...

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Prepass vs Scale Sign

The whole purpose of the prepass is to bypass the scale to save time

When you get the green light or the cool calm beep that’s the color of money cha Ching keep going brother.

If it’s the red light and the sound like you got the answer wrong on the game show time to get in line.

If you get nothing at all get in line.

Green Light cool beep keep going Red Light failure beep pull in No light no beep pull in (unless scales are closed)

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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CB radios

Allll of that. And nobody mentioned a possible bad Mic.

Microphones go bad.

The best radio and best tune but bad mic is bad for the heart. just sayin. Running sand and gravel we were always on the radio 25 tons 25 tons hey man where you going mind your business yada yada... lot a dudes running galaxies... i had an old school cobra 25 from the early 90s tuned right with a good mic and single antenna and never got stepped on. never talked to puerto rico but never got stepped on.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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What type of transmission does your company use? Making a master list.

SWIFT: 9 Speed, 10 Speed, Automatic. WCSG: 10 Speed, Automatic VERMEER: 10 Speed, 13 Speed, 15 Speed, 18 Speed

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Flatbed companies that hire felons

Be 100% Honest when telling them what happened.

During orientation at swift there was a couple guys that had records.

One was 100% honest and was still on parole. Had to do paperwork with his p.o. and swift to make sure he was good to go. and he was hired on I remember him passing and ready to start a good life. I talked to him a couple weeks after going Solo he was still running.

The other guy. He wasnt so honest. He was arrested for shop lifting. And after the first day of orientation. He was no longer with us. He went to the school he got to even practice in the trucks and yada yada but then when we hit the orientation and the girls were running our records... He shook our hands and left.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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The Smith System


So the outfit I used to work for had a problem with the little fender benders and side swipes... That adds up after a while.

A family friend of the CEO was a trainer for ARCO (Hauling Gas) They used the Smith System. If you ever pull into one of those yards you will see signs all over the place: Get the Big Picture, Make Sure they See You... Those come from the Smith System.

Well after John came on, they reduced the little things by 90% and even reduced fuel costs by a measurable amount. (I don’t know all of the numbers)

A coupke times a year John would ride along with every driver, Observe their habits and suggest where they may be able to improve for the putpose of safety.

We utilized the Smith System. It was annoying to most guys. (Having soneone else in your truck and telling you to, slow down, check your mirrors, back off a little,) But at the end of the day. No matter how much they complained. I know they learned something. And on the days they worked (Too long) they are really tired and just want tonget home. Losing patience they then think of the days with John and it really does help. It really doesnt give you a little comfort. And It may also help you stay awake for that last 50 miles.

Most of it would be common since, but its the little things like most accidents happen within () seconds after the red light changes. So take a second. Or after () seconds your peripheral visions changes... Those things stick with you when your in your personal car or when your tired.

I think most companies use something similar to the Smith System. But for those that dont know about it I just wanted to share a link. Maybe you want to be a mentor? Maybe you want to just be a diamond driver... Maybe you just want to be safe.

So the basic keys to the System are really just what we would think as what should be normal right? and they all go hand in hand and overlap.

1. Aim high in steering. Looking ahead of you will also let you see whats close. When we are little we crawl so we look at the ground. We learn to walk and we learn to look a little further. We learn to run and ride a bike, We end up going faster. But we stop looking further ahead. Aiming high in steering is very good for your emotions.

2. Get the BIG picture. If you have a truck in front of you its hard to see whats in front of that truck. If your hammer down. Its dangerous if you cant see in front of that truck. What about behind you. Are there cars that are racing and swerving in and out changing lanes and doing high speeds? Is there a danger ahead or behind? Checking your mirrors and scanning in all directions will help you not be suprised...

3. Keep your eyes moving. Take a look around, what do you see? now stare at one thing for a minute. Maybe a personalized licence plate. you lose your peripheral vision once you try to focus on one thing.

4. Leave yourself an out. I see it all the time when your in the slow lane (not aiming high) and a car is coming on, and theres someone to your left, your hammer down and you cant speed up you cant get over so you let off but now that car coming on gets nervous and they brake you already downshifted and cant speed up even if you tried you wont outrun that car now. But if you were not hammer down to begin with maybe you could have sped up a little in the beginning to get out of the way. If there is someone passing you on the left or ridig with you. slow down and let them get ahead. then pick it back up. Aim high, when coming up to the on ramps and off ramps. look down that way to see what your future mah hold. Not pressing it all the way to the floor gives you room to speed up...

5. Make sure they see you. Truck stops parking lots... thats a good place for eye contact. But on the road try to stay out of their blind spots. Use your signal, use your lights. Dont assume others are as alert as they should be. Your indicating you will merge. But they are speeding up. Are you sure the see your intentions?

those are the basic things but there is so much to it. Statistics are awesome and amazing. I learned alot from it and wanted to pass it on to all of you.

If you have time... check it out.

For those of you that are not decided on the conpany that your going to recieve trsining from... Learning to be safe now will help you keep your career and be that Driver on the wall with his picture showing 1,000,000 miles with no collisions...

Stay safe :)

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Driving Record

5 years ago My license (Not CDL) was suspended for 2 years. In 2014 I got my license back 6 months later Swift Brought me on board.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Starting with Swift

I liked my time at Central Refrigerated (Swift) I have no complaints. You have a good oppurtunity with a good company. You will get good miles and you will have a descent paycheck.

Try to save a couple dollars to make up for the check following your home time.

Your DM is a good person believe in them. They really do want good things for you. Don't be picky and a complainer.

Good Luck and congratulations on getting rid of the habit.

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