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Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Trucking slowdown, hopefully just a market correction

I would say from a company driver perspective you have little or nothing to worry about, especially if you go to work for one of the major carriers. Trucking always has fairly large fluctuations in demand and pricing but there's no such thing as a time that a company driver at a major company can't make a solid living.

Even in late 2008 and into 2009 when the economy hit a brick wall most trucking companies were hiring just the same. We had tons of drivers coming through the website that got their career underway during that time and they were able to turn the miles and make good money in spite of economic conditions.

Now if someone is working for a company with five trucks then I have no idea how this will play out. Small companies obviously don't have the financial backing and flexibility that the large companies have to absorb losses and scale back their fleet sizes. So things can be more volatile for smaller companies.

Thanks Brett, helps me feel a whole lot better... I know very little of this business yet and know it has its ups and downs but I guess no matter what happens the goods have got to move.

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Trucking slowdown, hopefully just a market correction

Now that I am retiring and getting my CDL this happens, hopefully a recession is not on the horizon.

Trucking Companies Scale Back Fleet Purchases on Tepid Demand

Swift Transportation to Halt Fleet Growth on Weak Demand, Pricing

Global Trade In Freefall

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Favorite YouTube trucker

Indiana Jack, The Right Brotha, Trucker Josh

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Not so convenient parking at night

If you want good pepper spray get a a brand that a lot of LEO agencies use such as Freeze Plus P. Pepper sprays are rated by their heat rating on the Scoville heat scale (Goes up to 2 million) and many of the ones you buy at Wal Mart etc are only rated around 50-100,000. Freeze Plus P is as hot as you can get at 2 million on the scale and you can buy it for about 20 bucks on Amazon. Buy the one that delivers in a stream and not a spray, its more effective.

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Swift

Thanks yall for the advice, I think I will be going with Swift...looks like January 2016. Looking forward to it, if there are delays in training thats fine, got a pension that will be coming in upon retirement soon.

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Swift

At this point, I keep changing my mind, how long do you have to go OTR as a rookie before you can get some type of dedicated account with this company. The reason I am asking is because Swifts has a Wal Mart DC about 10 miles from my house that they service. I would enjoy OTR for a while but would like to eventually get something more regional or dedicated. Does anyone know about the new Swift Training School in Memphis..any insights? I see a lot of Swift bashing on other sites but I have a friend thats been with them almost a year and seems to be ok happy there. Thanks.

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Starting new career with Millis Transfer.

Well I called them yesterday and they said they are not hiring from my area..dont understand that because they have ads on craigslist here..they are not hiring south of Birmingham.

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Starting new career with Millis Transfer.

How is it going at Millis? I am considering them as well. Do you get the physical before you get there and another one when you arrive at training? What do I need to have for training besides the physical??..a Drivers permit..anything else? I live in Alabama and assume I would also attend the Cartersville location. I would not mind doing national for a while but would eventually like to be SE regional.

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Starting new career with Millis Transfer.

Mark mc Looks like a sign from above you should stick with your decision to leave. Hope Millis goes well, thought about them but I hear they have driver facing cams and am not crazy about that. I turned in my notice at a long career this year and changed my mind two days later and decided to stay, now wishing I had not. I am within days of turning it in again and like you am about ready to pull the trigger on something I started to do 25 years ago before the career. Good luck!!

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Documentary

This is an excellent documentary. I did it for a while and did lose some weight, like any "diet" its not real easy to stick with but it does work. What the documentary does not show you is it does take some time to juice..the preparation, cleanup etc. is a bit time consuming. Seems like it might be a little difficult to do on the road but I guess it could be done. It also gets a little expensive. I usually stick with the mean green juice which I think is quite tasty, celery, ginger, lemons, kale, sometimes spinach mixed in, green apples, and sometimes cucumber.

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Part time?

Maybe consider Roehl Transport who has a 7 on 7 off program as does Knight and Transport America.

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Roehl Transport - On The Job Training

Did someone from Roehl tell you this because I did not see any of this information in their website as of yet. I had my choices narrowed down to Knight or Roehl but it looks like Roehl will be the best fit for me, good luck to you.

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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Retired or ex-cops becoming truck drivers

Brian, on one hand I will miss not having it for safety when I go out of town but on the other hand I wont have to worry about it falling into the wrong hands, getting stolen etc. If it was allowed driving a truck I would rather have one than not.

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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Retired or ex-cops becoming truck drivers

About to hit my 25 years and going to retire from policing also. Spent most of those 25 years in patrol. The desk policing just wasnt for me, liked the street too much.Headed to cdl school this summer. It has taken me a long time to decide whether to go now and which route to go..either paying for it myself or going to a company sponsored school..decided to go the community college route. Like a lot of you have said, the stress in police work nowadays is really taking a toll. There are a lot of things that I will miss, especially some of the people I work with.. its been quite a challenge. As stated earlier, I will not miss the 20lb gun belt, vest, and all the other crazy life and death stuff. I got into police work to help people and make some kind of a difference for the better.. which I think I did in some small kind of way.

Good luck and best wishes to all of you.

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

Thank you Robert B .Good luck to you as well! Going to start on this high road training program soon, glad I found this site.

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

Thats right Robert b, always loved his show, dont hear much of him anymore

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

I am still a 25 year police officer and getting ready to retire. Before this job I attended three different colleges with different degrees, could not make up my freaking mind what i wanted to do when I grew up. After it was all said and done i decided on criminal justice but only got 3 years of college and no degree..well crap. Before the police job I was a radio disc jockey at several different radio stations and really enjoyed it. the downside was low minimum wage pay...never once got a raise while working in radio but it was one if not the funnest jobs I ever had. I originally planned on going back to radio after the police career but the job outlook for it has since died. Radio has experienced major layoffs and consolidations..its not a all what it used to be. I delivered pizzas in college and made good money doing it. back in those days you could actually afford to pay your own tuition, as well as for your beater on wheels and gas and a dive to live in. My police career is coming to an end. I could stay longer but the politics have just about gotten the best of me and I have burned myself out.especially with what is going on in our world today, all the animosity towards us is unbelievable. have been a street cop most of my years. I love driving and went on a few over the road semi trips with a relative and loved it. am going to a community college driving school this summer. Have several top picks including Averitt, Roehl, Knight,Ozark and maybe even swift because they have a wal mart dc near here as does Averitt. I am trying to decide if i need to take my dot physical before i retire from my job just to make sure i pass it, i have no real health problems other than moderately high bp which i take med for.

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