Profile For clawJAMMER

clawJAMMER's Info

  • Location:
    Onondaga, MI

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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    7 years, 2 months ago

clawJAMMER's Bio

2 million-mile safe driver over 18 yrs starting in 1984 (with a 14 yr hiatus in the middle) After coming back on the road out of necessity in 2010 after a 14 yr hiatus due to losing my business in the recession, I stuck it out for 6 years and realized the industry was NOTHING like it used to be and it wasn't a place I wanted to be working in any longer. The constant micro-managing, the poorly trained drivers, the lack of respect and courtesy from fellow 'professional' drivers (and I use that word loosely) and the motoring public in general made me realize I was no longer cut out to work in this industry.

Throughout my 18+ years as a professional driver (and I use that word proudly in this instance) I've hauled everything from million-dollar loads with security, concert tours, haz-mat, refrigerated, dry box, hopper bottom, flatbed, conestoga trailer hauling 100,000lb loads of steel, tour bus in the music business, and probably other's I've forgotten. Never hauled over-sized though.

All 48 states except Hawaii and Alaska including Ontario and Quebec Canada in practically every major city, in all weather conditions, mountain passes, construction zones, back roads legally, )and illegally, to bypass the scales from NY to LA w/an over-weight load).

Frequently traveled into downtown Manhattan NY to the recording studios to pick up gear for a tour, Long Island, etc. Anything east of I-81 is no longer in my Road Atlas (and yes, I'm old school map reader, I don't even own a GPS).

In my younger days on the road my motto was "sleep is for the weak." Now that I've aged and developed some wisdom, my new motto is "sleep is my friend."

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Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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NO HIGH BEAMS!

I have NO problem with someone quickly flashing me their high beams once I've passed them. Day or night.

Now if they leave them on for an extended period after I've passed them, yeah, that can be annoying. But a quick flash, no problem.

At least they show some courtesy unlike a majority of the drivers out here nowadays.

Many of them drive with their HIGH BEAMS ON and refuse to dim them.

And add on those lame after-market bumper lights that aren't adjusted properly and it's like a train light at night.

And they don't care either whether you can see or not. As long as they can see that's all that matters to them.

And there's way too many of them drivers out there like that. Inconsiderate.

I quit driving at night as much as I can cause I just to annoyed with all the inconsiderate fools driving with their halogen high beams on and those halogen after market bumper lights that are out of adjustment cause the fool plowed into some snowbank last winter and never bothered to readjust them.

And if/when I do dim MY lights after someone has passed me, it doesn't make any difference because MAYBE 2 or 3 out of 10 of them even have the courtesy to flash me their 'thank you' trailer lights back, and MAYBE 4-5 out of 10 actually use their turn signal, so I pretty much just quit dimming my lights or quickly flashing them anymore once they've passed.

After 2 million miles and the sad state of 'professional' drivers out here anymore, the better days are long gone out here so I don't even bother with the lights anymore.

But I will say if another driver dims his lights or quickly flashes his high beams after I've passed them I will always extend the courtesy and acknowledge them by thanking them with my trailer lights.

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Crossing to and from Canada

Here's my 2 cents Kenneth G. about running Canada...

Beautiful rig by the way in your avatar if that's what you're rolling in.

I ran Canada for 4 yrs. Ontario & Quebec both. I crossed the border 4-5-6 times a week. Depending on what you're hauling back & forth will determine how often you'll get delayed at the border coming or going. Or both.

Some of the responses above already have mentioned a few good ideas but here's my suggestions from my personal experience:

1. If you can cross through Sarnia instead of Windsor definitely go that route. It's only 7 miles further through Sarnia and A LOT less hassle coming and going. Windsor is a customs training facility and it's not uncommon to get held up frequently at the border crossing through Windsor back into the U.S. Sometimes for hours! Seriously, avoid Windsor.

2. Yes, it is much more difficult getting back into the U.S than it is crossing into Canada. Whether your a U.S. citizen or not makes no difference to US Customs & they'll treat you like you have grenades strapped to your chest every time you cross in Windsor (and why I recommend Sarnia) no matter what time of day or night you cross EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED.

3. NEVER cross the border coming back into the U.S. if you have less than 2 hours left on your clock or you're asking for trouble. See above ^

4. The D.O.T. often cruises the U.S. customs parking lots and near by pulling trucks over. If you cross often enough eventually they'll get your number.

5. Crossing through Sarnia is much more relaxed than Windsor is. Windsor being a training location for new customs agents you're bound to run into some newbie at 3am who wants to run you through the ringer just because he can. Most of those pinheads at customs were probably bullied in high school and now they can carry a weapon and are on a power trip. Some of the seasoned guys are ok but many of them are flat out pricks and will treat you like you stole their girlfriend from them at the prom & left them alone to walk home.

6. Eventually you will get sent to customs inspection & xray. It's a numbers game & I know from a Customs official I got to know cause I crossed so often that at certain times they'll pull in a certain number of trucks, say for the next hour every 7th truck they'll send to xray & every 10th truck they'll send to inspection. Once the line diminishes they'll do it again & change up the sequence. Expect a couple hours wait - at least. See #3 above.

7. If you have any kind of criminal record in your past - anything - they'll know about it at the border when you pull up to the booth. I don't care if you did something in high school that got the cops involved (my minor incident in 1984 that I was never arrested for but was fined for would frequently come up at the booths by the newbie customs officials.). Back child support, anything they'll know on the screen they're looking at & they'll ask you to see if your honest and if you play dumb or act like you have no idea what they're talking about what you did 38 years ago on Oct 17th (like I did. I'm lucky to remember what I ate for dinner a week ago much less WTF I did on a certain date 38 yrs ago) they'll make a note in the computer, send you off to inspection or xray and the next several times you cross your sphincter will tighten when you pull up to the booth. Especially if it's the same agent.

8. I've sat for 5 hours on the Ambassador Bridge crossing back into the U.S. swaying back & forth because they locked down the border because some cementheaded driver crossing into the U.S. thought he could smuggle in some contraband (either drugs or weapons or both) & they'll just close down the border, all the booths, & you'll sit there in line & watch your clock tick away & nothing you can do about it. 5 hours was the most, many times I've been stuck in line for several hours at a standstill. See #1 above.

9. Do NOT get out of your truck while in line at US Customs. I once got out of my rig to shut off my reefer unit before I got up to the booth so the agent could hear me & I could hear him. Big mistake. I got the royal treatment & bent over right there at the booth. Sirens went off, customs agents in cars with their lights flashing like a Criminal Minds episode came roaring up. A K9 dog was brought out, they asked me why I got out of my truck. I told them to shut off my reefer unit so I could hear the agent at the booth. They screamed at me up & down to NEVER get out of my rig while I'm in line cause they didn't know if I was planting a bomb or what. Seriously? They tore my truck apart right there at the booth. Nobody in line behind me moved for 25 min while they opened up my trailer, climbed inside, rifled through the cab & through all my belongings, ran a dog around my truck. All the while they make you stand there at the back of your trailer & just watch. And don't put your hands in your pockets either. I learned that the hard way too. Then the a**h***s sent me to xray where I waited another 90 min in line. When you cross the border at Windsor, it's like your in basic training & the high and mighty agents are like drill instructors. And they'll treat you that way. So if you're in line waiting to cross, don't get out of your truck. If you have to whizz, do it before you get to the border cause you just never know if you'll get hung up or not. Or if the guy in front of you in line will get hung up.

10. Canada customs are cordial. U.S. customs isn't.

Good luck

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