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Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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I quit the pot, and I want to drive trucks.

Move to Colorado. Although I bet even those that transport pot can't qualify to do so if they've been smoking.

Even then if a job has a zero tolerance policy on drugs, not limited to marijuana, it will still apply just the same as any other state would. You do a drop or hair test with alcohol in your system you will not get hired, so it is not just potheads who have a hard time with drug testing. Heck eat too many poppy seeds on burger buns can actually give you a false positive for opioids, and certain meds contain large amounts of steroids like a Z-Pak so best not get sick and be on that either.

Yes the war on drugs is a joke but at the same time would you want a bus driver stoned driving kids on a bus? Well without some limits that would be more common because even a class B driver takes a DOT physical that requires a drug test. Also ever stand next to alcoholic? If you have you sometimes can tell because you can get a contact drunk from the smell coming off of them, and yes I know that is not true but some drink some skunk brand stuff.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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DOT pyhsical bomb out today

Basically he had a transient ischemic attack (TIA) which are often labeled as "mini-strokes". A CVA, or Cerebrovascular accident, is a sudden death of some brain cells due to a lack of oxygen when the blood flow to the brain is impaired by blockage or rupture of an artery to the brain (IE an actual stroke).

I believe, though I am not positive, that if you have had too many TIA's/CVA's you may have to wait until you show a long enough time without having a repeat attack, more of a safety concern for not only you but other motorist that you will be sharing the road with. It could also be the medication that they have you on as well that might be the hold up, but without the full story on it it is hard to determine what the 5 year thing is offhand.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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SWIFT TRAINING NOT SO SWIFT

Yes. So if you see a Swift truck on your street, bring your children inside.
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I had one dangerously close to me a few days ago, it was in the other lane heading the opposite way. I have never felt such fear in all my life, I mean what was that driver thinking?? rofl-2.gif

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Good news, found a truck stop lounge not watching Law and Order

Let me know when Killer Clowns from outer space comes on. I need to watch that one again. Oh wait, I think it's on Netflix,,,,, wooohooooo!!!!

You know I had the DVD of that movie but my ex's mom stole it from me, I am still kind miffed about that.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Good news, found a truck stop lounge not watching Law and Order

What you don't like Sharknado?

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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SWIFT TRAINING NOT SO SWIFT

I am sure I will get flack but accidents happen in all companies, however the more trucks you have the more likelihood it will be more noticeable.

Prime trucking accident crash Prime truck rolled over on its side being towed upright

Knight trucking accident crash red Knight truck with a smashed cab

Werner trucking accident crash blue Werner Enterprises truck smashed into the side of another trailer on icy slippery snowy roads

Schneider trucking accident crash orange Schneider truck gets trailer stuck under low bridge

CRST trucking accident crash tan CRST truck rolled over

FedEx trucking accident FedEx truck rolled over on the road

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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SWIFT TRAINING NOT SO SWIFT

I would take those with a grain of salt, they do not give good reasons as to why it took so long or what the issue was. It could be that the person was not able to be trained causing them to think it was Swifts fault, then they will go to Youtube/websites to show people that it is the companys fault.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Gaming and internet help on the road

If you have unlimited internet on your phone and it is Android phone you could always tether it to your computer, although this will void the phones warranty. I would go into depth on how to do this however I am not sure if this is "legal" (phone contract more than legal as breaking the law) or not. Also I do not want to show anyone how to do this in case it damages their phone, and I do not want to be held liable if it does hurt your phone. Mobile internet seemingly is very pricey from what I have researched and Wifi at most truck stops is not very secure so it is a lose lose situation, there are not too many "cheaper" solutions out there to be honest.

As far as gaming being addictive that is a grey area honestly, and personally I do not believe in that theory much myself. I use to play a lot of different games but now I just play a few, and even then it isn't that often anymore. It is no more addictive than tv watching in fact some games have better written stories than those you find in big budget TV programs.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Disappointed...

It is not about how much time you waited so that you are clean for the one drug test, but rather will you remain clean while you are operating an 80,000 lbs vehicle? Honestly I would say stay clean a full year and try again, because the road you will have to be clean or face a lot of legal problems (Note the post by The Persian Conversion). And it is not that I "don't get it" I grew up in a house full of alcoholics and friends who had battles with addictions, everyone makes mistakes and bad choices but you can overcome them if you are willing to change. Saying you quit for about a month and change after 30 years smoking pot does not say if you intend to stay off it while you are on the road, that is why they disqualified you it is a safety hazard to have intoxicated drivers on the road. Wait six months to a year (drug free) and try at a different school, if you cannot stay clean I would reconsider a trucking job.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Disappointed...

I stopped smoking pot months ago but then again I've been smoking weed like people smoking cigarettes. Doctor said its gonna take a year for my system to get clean. But I don't mind being tested often. I have nothing to hide and even told the school before hand...

Even in extreme use cases the chemical that a urine test finds should be out of the system in about 70 days, worst case 90 days but after that it won't read as high. However if you flooded your system with water it could look like you were trying to cover something up, and this will also cause you to fail the test as well since it would be seen as a tampered result. I have to agree with Old School on this one though something is not adding up with the story, not judging or anything just see half of the information makes me kind of sceptical.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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3 most sure things in life..

To me it is death, taxes, and pulling the muscle in your knee at a very bad time. It is almost like I am not meant to have knees that work properly, or the fact that moles are the devil.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Looking for a Prime instructor for PSD

PS... I would be all over getting you if it wasn't for the cigs :/. Maybe this is a sign to quit smoking haha

See I could deal with the smoking thing since I am a former smoker, and most smokers are pretty good about keeping the windows down while driving. But I am an anomaly LOL

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Tanker Division of Prime

Yeah Dave I went to the place and was told no by the owner himself that they do not hire any drivers without 2 years experience. From what I gathered talking to some of their drivers it has to do with some issues they had back a few years ago, although I do not know what exactly happened. I do have another place I have to call in the morning that does local only flatbed and they are willing to train to help get you a CDL, and they only run instate so it will be good practice of backing skills since I will be in and out of places.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Tanker Division of Prime

If you come to prime with no cdl and go thru the PSD program I can assure you that you'll do the PSD with a reefer. At least you will REALLY WANT TO. Prime won't let PSD's drive loaded tanks so you can only drive them empty. That means taking 2-3x's longer to get your 75 required hours of driving time to test. Then you can do TNT with a tanker trainer. Not very many of those so you may wait awhile to get one. Also prime doesn't have alot of tank loads coming thru Springfield so if you come here and get your cdl thru the PSD program, you'll likely either : ride with another driver to meet your tnt trainer. Or they may bus you to them. I talked to one tanker driver that prime rented him a car to drive to Georgia to meet up with his TNT trainer.

So it sounds like going flatbed or reefer might be a better alternative then. Yeah right now I do not have my CDL other than my class b permit that I could upgrade to an a, however I dunno how much that would help honestly. Thanks Terry I guess that I will consider the other ones rather than doing tanker, I would rather be out there than waiting around or playing the shuffle game.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Is Prime short of instructors

Whether you should get your permit or not is sometimes state specific. Ask your recruiter. Mine recommended getting my permit before I come and I'm from Oregon. They will make you redo the physical so, getting a physical now is really just for your own peace of mind. The transfer fee isn't as expensive as the permit itself. You'll transfer it to the state you train in.

See in MI, from what I was told when I got my class B permit, I had to have the physical in order to get my training permit, it is an odd system in this state so I guess it might be different everywhere. I am almost considering upgrading my permit to an A class with tanker and airbrakes as it might help in the long run, but I dunno if it will help or not. If I can just upgrade my permit once I get to Prime that would be half the battle right there, and I am sure it would be much cheaper as well (maybe). It should only cost me out of pocket here $30 to upgrade everything to get to that point, but I am not sure how much it will cost to get the hazmat cert and background check for that as well.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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PAM vs Prime?

The first 10,000 really isn't 10k. It is 75 driving hours. I just finished that part. I didn't get to 10k. By the time I got back to test out I was well over 100 hours driving. We got allot of long runs in the beginning which didn't give me much backing practice. The last week we got put on a dedicated wall-mart account which got me allot of backing. Don't know why they tell you 10k miles when only 75 hours is mentioned after orientation.

I believe they say around 10k miles as that is about 75-100 hours worth of driving give or take, most likely it is whatever comes first the hours or miles. A lot has to do with how your trainer feels you are doing on the skills, this would be a good guess since if you are doing poorly the train will request that you do more than the 10K to help you learn. All this is speculation of course and I could have it completely wrong, just making an educated guess as to how most places I have contacted have done things.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Tanker Division of Prime

I knew they did food grade tanks exclusively but just didn't mention it when I made the post, late night plus being tired made my thought process a bit scattered. Although I am not entirely sure why that should be should be overly important, unless it is limited loads? There is a local company, called Carry Transit, that is a local tanker company however they want minimum 2 years experience before they will even consider you, to me that is hurting them as there are trucks just sitting in the yard but that is their rule I guess. My thinking is that if there are a lot of folks going to Prime for just flatbed or refer and they are waiting for trainers that maybe going into tanker might be the better route to go and switching if I feel the need to get more miles, if that is even a problem at all for that division and of course provided I can switch after a certain time. Just mulling over thoughts in my head right now and seeing what sounds like the better option. Thanks for the insight!

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Tanker Division of Prime

I am wondering if the tanker division the Prime runs still only do the Northeast or has it expanded to more areas? I guess for me "based" in Michigan I would be considered Northeast so that wouldn't be a problem, however I would love to have some long hauls as well then be limited to just the same areas all the time. I cannot say I have seen Prime in my area but since I am in the middle of nowhere it does not surprise me either. I only put it down as a choice because I wasn't 100% sure what I wanted to pull yet, so I guess that makes it easier to change my mind now than later.. maybe not.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

Man you guys all had real jobs and stuff.

I was working at Papa John's pizza for five years, and the only reason I am driving a truck now is because I got fired from that job. Talk about an income shock, I am now making over three times what I made delivering pizza all those years.

I is strange to say that my last job, in all honestly, did not pay all that well considering the length of time I was there, and doing the college thing has kind of demoralized me a bit since to me it was a waste of time now. Oh well time to move on to bigger and better things!

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

Until recently I was going to college for medical billing/insurance claims but got burned really hard by the school to where I couldn't finish, lets just say I was getting the run around while others, girls in the same field, were getting passed along without issues. Before that I worked 7 years in an eye glass laboratory owned by Ziess Optical, but driving four hours round trip plus working 8 hours was really kicking the crap out of me. Also with that job during the holiday we would typically work 7 days a week (exceptions of Christmas and New Years Day) 10 hour shifts. As far as before that I held the odd job here and there in the small town I grew up in doing mostly retail and food industry stuff, but I took the time to learn things on my own outside of work to keep me mostly entertained (AKA kept my nose clean). I had a dream long ago of owning my own video store but netflix came along and ruined that idea.... stupid netflix.

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