Profile For Rick Dees

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    AL

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    4 years, 9 months ago

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Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Best companies for teams?

Yes they are strictly a team operation

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Best companies for teams?

I have been driving almost 2 years now so still realtively new but talked to some team drivers since I have been out. Check out Quest..I have talked to a few of their drivers and all were very happy with them.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Is Community College Training a bad idea?

Most of the time community college is less expensive and you are not a slave to a certain company that requires you to stay with them for a certain amount of time..it's what I did and I would say it's the better way to go..good luck!

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Automated driverless trucks?

You have nothing to worry about..someone said above a decade or two..I think it will be a lot longer than that. The most I could see in the next 20 years might be some kind of auto pilot feature maybe on long straight roads across country like Int 80... An automated truck across Wyoming in January??.no way! Navigating Chicago, Atlanta?? Nope.

I would say of you were born in the year 2100 you might have something to worry about..it's all good for now and beyond.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Truck Stops vs. Rest Areas

It depends..if you can park at a shipper or receiver that is always best because you can save your clock. I like rest areas the best but they are not always the most convenient. Ohio has some awesome travel plazas. Often when you get in the eastern half of the US if you don't find a parking place by 6pm you are going to start to have a tough time.. if the big name truck stops are full always look for the mom and pop ones..usually there is parking there..sometimes you have to get creative .

Don't forget walmart..a lot of those have parking areas. You will find out west it's a lot easier to find parking..wide open spaces and big lots. I dread going back down south, especially Florida..very tough finding parking there..and getting outta there..that's another story. Good Luck!

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Article:Throwaway Truckers

Yea sometimes I feel like this but I will take this job any day over an office job now that my kids are grown.

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/05/22/us/trucking-jobs.html

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Do you fear autonomous trucking technology?

Nothing to see here..move along. Can you see autonomous trucks going through Wyoming in the winter? ..the winds the temps, the ice, the snow..it's not happening anytime soon. Trucking companies are hiring like gangbusters! It's all good for now. 100 years down the road.. who knows. The transportation industry as we know it will have to drastically change and it's probably not like we think it will.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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What is your day to day attire when trucking?

To be a real super trucker you have to wear a sleeveless wife beater t shirt, jeans, sunglasses have a pony tail and a scuzzy beard.

Really since most of my runs are 3-5 days long..shorts, jeans, or windbreaker pants, the shirt, tennis shoes or crocs when I am driving. Depends on the weather of course.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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No Second Amendment for truckers?

Lot's of 2nd Amendment related changes coming from the Trump administration. They are in the process of trying to implement some kind of; If you deny my carry rights on the job you are liable for my safety. Reciprocal carry rights everywhere. And more to come. Trying to roll back years of creeping legislation that was designed to slowly take away our rights.

Thats sounds like a great plan..about time!

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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No Second Amendment for truckers?

Https://www.google.com/amp/wreg.com/2017/02/10/truck-driver-injured-when-shots-are-fired-at-memphis-home-depot/amp/

This happened not long ago..The driver in this situation would have been better just calling the police..his life was not being threatened at the time.

If you do decide to carry and ignore company policy..use common sense.. its ultimately a decision between your life or your job..what's more important ?

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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No Second Amendment for truckers?

Ray sounds like you already answered your own question..you have a permit in your state and you keep a low profile..use common sense..you will be fine.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Lease drivers?

You guys baffle me.

James says that lease drivers barely make enough to cover their truck payments... yet he's interested...?

Rick owned a business for 5 years and sounds like it wasn't as good as he had hoped. So he sold it and "barely made it out alive". Yet the subject of owning another more risky business and less rewardful business is on his mind?

(Facepalm)

Uhh the business I owned was a franchise..nothing to do with trucking..It was an experience and I learned a lot..there were certainly tax incentives. After looking at all of these comments yall are talking me out of it. I am caught between just putting in another year or so and moving on to a higher paying company job. My big issue is going home when I want. Hey at least this issue of leasing is being discussed here..it's going on so much now.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Lease drivers?

The only thing that makes me consider it is "The walk away lease" . I owned a buisiness for 5 years so sort of know the risks..luckily we sold it and made it out alive. I have talked with a few lease drivers who are pleased...but who knows, people say anything.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Lease drivers?

I really don't understand why leasing is not discussed here..thinking of it myself down the line. If it's a walk away lease what do you have to lose? Look into KLLM or maybe Riverside Transport..I haven't done it but have talked to some who have and are doing ok.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Next challenge...new jersey

Be vewy vewy careful. I just left there. Go slow use you GPS as an aid but watch with your EYES..watch for and read the SIGNS..for low clearances etc. My GPS tried to send me under a low bridge so don't count on it. Roads through town are narrow and be aware of piled up SNOWBANKS..they were everywhere. Go slow and watch and you will be fine. Also park8bg is minimal..get in and out if you can. I had to pay for parking downtown.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Driver-less trucks and the future of trucking

I could maybe see an autopilot type feature in future years on straightaway highways like Int 80. Can you imagine driverless trucks on 80 in Wyoming in the winter with ice and 60mph winds??Going over Donners pass, Cabbage patch in Oregon, driving in downtown New Jersey??? This isn't happening in our lifetime..maybe way way off in the future.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Story: How trucking went from one of the best jobs in America to the worst

I don't completely agree with this story but it makes some interesting points

How Trucking Went From One of the Best Jobs in America to One of the Worst

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Tough lesson learned, and SO embarrassed

It was pounded into our heads at school to get out and make sure the locking jaws are locked behind the king pin when hooking up to the trailer. Being in a hurry is our biggest enemy and it's worth a few extra minutes to get out and check.

There are so many distractions when transitioning. Glad it turned out well for you.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Lazy truckers at truckstop

My dog picks where we park which is the best grassy area usually in the back. I try to walk with him as much as I can after sitting all day..the laziness and sloppiness of some..not all..truckers is truly astounding to me. Many areas at truck stops should be deemed a hazmat zone.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Does driving for work diminish your enjoyment of driving for fun

Not at all..it's the days where you get short runs, dealing with shippers and receivers, scaling the load etc. that get frustrating sometimes. The long runs that last a few days are great..you will enjoy the ride just as much if not more, especially out west with less traffic hassles.

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