Profile For Allison M.

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  • Location:
    PA

  • Driving Status:
    Preparing For School

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    4 years, 7 months ago

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Looking for pre-hires now.......

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Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Starting School 1/3/17

Start sending out applications now. You could easily have several pre-hire letters in you pocket before your training begins. That will be one less thing to distract you during training and help boost your confidence (we all need some of that from time to time). Plus, it will allow you to have a firm start date (and place!). You will also be able to minimize the time between graduation and orientation (if that's important to you).

I'm a big fan of getting most of the hard work out of the way early in the game. It allows you to coast to the finish line (which appeals to my inherently lazy instincts) while everyone else is huffing and puffing under the heavy load.

Give it a try, you won't regret it.

Working on that now... Trouble for me is I'm not 21 so i have to find local companies that will take me on. Calling one back Monday to schedule a visit/interview next week that's a small excavation company (and pretty much exactly what i want, so any pointers in the dump truck/heavy equipment area would help) and I've spoken to several grain companies but they all said to call back closer to actually having my cdl because they might not have a position available. Understandable, as it's winter.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Starting School 1/3/17

Sound like you have it all covered. When you take your test you have the option to skip questions that you might not be sure of, the test will end when you have the min number of correct answers. Good luck

Cool, didnt know that!

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Starting School 1/3/17

Im starting school with my local community college in a few weeks What can i do to prepare for my permit test? Getting my learners permit prior to the start of school. I'm doing the High Road program (which is INCREDIBLY HELPFUL!!) I've also read the cdl manual cover to cover several times. Is there anything else i should be doing, or am i just stressing?? I go for my physical on friday, and will be going to the DOT in the next two weeks to get everything settled for my permit.

Posted:  3 years ago

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Finally... pre-hires

You can post on Craigslist that you're looking for work, can't you?

Posted:  3 years ago

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Finally... pre-hires

I've been all over Craigslist too. Not recently, i was on about a month or so ago so some might have opened up. I actually did check in with a grain company about a year ago when I made the decision to get my CDL when I was under 21 and they said they had someone who was 19. So I've been meaning to give them a call. Not too sure where to look for more grain/ag companies other than sit by the highway and write down all the local yokels I see going by (which I have been doing more than I care to admit). But yes there are a lot of agricultural opportunities in my area.

And I'm planning on leaving for Texas in the next year unless I miraculously find a brilliant company, so I'll settle with pretty much anything that gets me some sort of driving record.

Posted:  3 years ago

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Driving trctor trailer after driving dump trucks

Look into refresher courses or specialized training at a community college or private driving school. They might offer a training class so you can get some experience with tractor trailers. Maybe a day course? You have all the road experience - judgment, stopping distance, attention, safety, etc. just not the equipment experience.

Posted:  3 years ago

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Finally... pre-hires

Ok so I'm 18 (yes, I know exactly what I'm getting into and dead set on obtaining my cdl as soon as possible) and am going to be registering for CDL school at my local community college soon. A close friend of mine teaches there & she recommended I get pre-hires as soon as possible even though I'm not going to school until January (and I'm super excited!!!). I totally agree, but it's incredibly hard to sort through all the major carriers on job listing sites. Most of the stuff I see is all OTR and obviously that's not an option right now. It's so discouraging, I don't even want to bother searching anymore because all that comes up is interstate jobs. I know there's plenty of companies that may take a chance with me, but how do I find them? Is there a keyword I'm missing or another trucking-specific job search website I can get onto that will weed out OTR and just give local jobs? Or should I jump onto quicktransportsolutions or the phone book and start making some calls?

Looking for anything - construction or tanker would be wonderful as I'll have my tanker/doubles&triples endorsements and the opportunity to train with tri-axles, tankers, and doubles.

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Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Pre-trip inspection study guide

Thanks guys! Thought it was an acronym for something, just didn't want it to be a regulation or something really important thank-you.gif

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Pre-trip inspection study guide

Quick question about the pdf/printable pre-trip study guide... When talking about alternator wires, starter wires, battery wires, and electrical lines, there's a "(BBCCFTC)" referenced, always in parenthesis. Am I really missing something, is this somehow a typo, what is this?

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Deuce and a Half

Thank you! Yeah the thing has a higher center of gravity anyway with the smoker and stuff on top. And yep figured out the steering pretty quick! Have to make a near-90-degree turn right off the bat, so I'm thinking backing even just 3 feet would make the starting turn a lot better so I can get myself moving. Plus I'll be getting used to handling it at low speeds and as I build more strength I imagine it will turn "easier" am I correct?

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Deuce and a Half

I neither confirm nor deny that I may probably be acquainted with said franchise

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Deuce and a Half

Although it doesn't require a CDL, I got my first "trucking" job today! Get to drive an ex-military deuce and a half with a custom smoker for my job at a restaurant. I'm pretty excited about it! My manager told me to get in & we'll see how I handle it. He was pleased and said I did much better than most of the guys he's put in it that also work at the place. I'll be getting a few lessons in it by either him or the other driver and then I'll be catering or advertising and driving it around. Maybe both. It has no power steering/braking but is automatic transmission. I had a blast and am totally ecstatic right now! Any tips/tricks/advice for this? I'm a 17yo female, getting my CDL in the fall when I'm 18 (yes, I've put tons of thought into this). Already drive a truck & horse trailer now so I know about wide turns, stopping distance, space, lane usage, and mirrors mirrors mirrors. Anything else?

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Staffing Agency CDL Jobs?

I'm going to (hopefully) be working with a staffing agency until September or October when I get my CDL. Right now I'm going to be getting a non-CDL job but the agency also has trucking jobs. I'm going to interview with them in the next week or so and I'll be asking how that works specifically with this agency, but does anyone know in general how a regular run of the mill temp agency goes about CDL jobs? Would they be construction and such, or??? And how would they work with insurance and all that fun legal stuff? Would it be worth it for me to stay with that agency as a new CDL holder, or would it be better to stick with a single local company to start out with (I will be 18 therefore intrastate only, and I have given it 2 years of thought, and I am most definitely getting it)? I realize there are a lot of things that can only be answered by the agency I'm working with, but any insight would be much appreciated smile.gif

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Van Lines...

I've noticed that van lines (Mayflower, United, Atlas, etc.) always seem to have really nice trucks. Is there a reason why this is? Is it for company looks, or??? I love them!

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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My trainer is exhibiting some really bizarre behavior at a dysfunctional company.

Even though it's lowkey, still make sure you're doing your best with shifting and general truck treatment. Don't let yourself get into any bad habits and be very careful with the things you do. Sounds like they could tank any day now, be prepared and have a backup plan. If you went through schooling with them, I'd consider looking at other companies once you're without a trainer and paid back any obligations regarding training (contract, etc... Though it doesn't sound like they'd be a place that would enforce that).

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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How can i start if i am not a US citizen. And dont know how to move.

I'm pretty sure you have to be over here for one year before you can drive, if I remember correctly. Would you be able to drive truck over in Russia? Is there a problem with that (sorry, I don't know much about the trucking scene over there or what it might be like)?

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Questions for job shadow

Well I believe you have to be 21 to get a CDL, so you may be waiting a little longer. Others may correct me on that but that's my understanding.

Have you considered getting a job as a UPS package handler in the meantime? I know UPS CDL drivers are one of the most coveted positions out there, but they usually only promote from within, and most of those drivers started as part-time package handlers. You would be in a great position to do that until you're 21 then apply to move up...

18 in PA for intrastate, can't touch freight from other states.

Considered it but I have a few things wrong with me physically that I wouldn't be able to do that as a constant job unfortunately. Have a chronic illness and though I can lift and move heavy stuff my body wouldn't hold up to it for more than a week of constant work of that nature :/

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Questions for job shadow

So are you in CDL school now? Are you planning on getting into the driving career field? What is the job that you'll be getting soon? Is it trucking related?

Sorry for peppering you with questions!

No it's fine! I'm actually still 17 and in high school but I'm hoping to get my CDL as soon as I can. Now it might be another year or 2 or 3 till I'm actually able to get it, I'm just looking for a regular part-time job now and I'll be getting a full-time job and possibly second job as soon as I graduate in June. I've wanted my CDL for quite some time now and I just love trucks, driving, trucking. Can't wait to get out there even if I have to move upstate a bit for a construction/dump job. Right now I'm taking in as much as I can while I still have the time :)

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Questions for job shadow

So my school requires me to do job shadows... Decided to interview one of my friends who is a CDL instructor and I may be able to shadow her sister for a day, who drives dump truck. I've started a list of questions that I think are pretty good and cover the basics (what's a typical day like, easiest/hardest, how you're seen as a female in the industry, favorite piece of advice received, etc.) but I'm wondering if there's anything really good that I might have missed/didn't think of or anything blatantly obvious that's overlooked. Also, over the next few weeks I'll be trying to get in touch with some CDL schools in my area while I still have time (I'll be getting a job soon and won't have ANY down time with school and work) so I'm doing it now just because. Anyway, I have an extensive list of questions (student:instructor:truck ratio, time spent driving in yard/on road, job placement, pass/fail rate, etc.) and I'm open to more suggestions there too.

Anyway, thanks in advance and thanks Brett for this site, I love it! It's already helped me so much!

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Lower age for truck drivers?

Is there any way I can follow this more? As a few of you may know, I will be 18 next year and am still looking to get my CDL as soon as possible. Right now I'm just trying to find a regular job to pay for it, so I might not be going to school for another year or 2 or so. However, I'd still like to stay on top of this - if an opportunity would open up for me to get it, I'd like to know if I can go interstate. There's one thing about the bill that I'm unsure about and that's the proposed pilot program for drivers under 21. I haven't been able to find information on it or see if it's still being proposed.

About the bill itself... I'd like to see it regulated. If they're allowing under-21s to drive, they should be monitored or not allowed to run OTR until they've proven themselves safe. Stick to shorter regional loads for a few months. Heck, if there is a chance for me to get interstate clearance before I'm 21, I'd like to stay with a company close to home that runs through bordering states, NOT OTR, even though that's ultimately my goal. I do not consider myself an "idiot" at this age and yes I know so many people my age who are idiots. There's a stereotype here, it's just hard to weed through the stereotypical candidates to find a few that actually care enough to be safe drivers and put in the effort.

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