Profile For Scott M

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    Bourbon, MO

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    5 years, 5 months ago

Scott M's Bio

Started out as an Industrial Education teacher, then to make decent money- worked in Aerospace as a manufacturing specialist in Defense, and then Commercial. Fly Boeing!! As a Veteran activated for Desert Storm 21Jan1991- can’t forget that day- as an Army Reservist didn’t think I’d ever get activated.

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Posted:  21 hours, 24 minutes ago

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Friend Not Liking Paid Training/Question

Automatic vs Manual

A trainer told me: (O/O, 16 years experience, 16 years driving a manual, 6 perfect years which is 6 diamonds received from the company he presently contracted from); He quickly made the decision on the next truck he was going to buy: “I’m getting an automatic”, my students will grind, grind, grind and destroy a manual, with an automatic they won’t”. His present truck had 400k+ miles, he consistently drove at 54 mph, truck ran perfect, the drivers seat was shredded from the large student driver he had, and he showed me 3 recent pay stubs- total $11,700.

Posted:  3 days, 14 hours ago

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Looking for someone who's willing to do a "Ride Along" with me!

Liability. That’s the #1 reason a driver would not want you on their truck. Also company policy doesn’t allow it. This site, Brett’s website has tremendous articles that would help you. You need to do some digging. I’d agree that until you actually are in a truck, you don’t know what it’s really like. Some people hate it, some love it. Good luck.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Papa Pigs Zainy Rookie Solo Adventures

I’ll echo what packrat wrote- “LIKE it”. Brilliant- no more 140 miles of free driving- and $100 to boot!!

COMMUNICATION IS IMPORTANT ! One thing I was getting a little frustrated with was my loads home. The closest stores that deliver to my house from my distribution center have me driving out of route 70 miles each way. That’s are 140 miles of free driving. No biggy but it adds up. I finally asked about this and they said “why didn’t you say something before? We can poach a sweep load from the other dc to get you paid for getting home” so with mileage and the stop pay it’s at least an extra 100 bucks that I get just for going home at the end of my Friday load. My dispatch team works hard and I don’t envy their job. But they were more than willing to help me out and keep me happy when I brought up a concern. They aren’t mind readers. If ya got a concern or need something , ask about it instead of letting it fester and becoming bitter.

BE KNOWN FOR YOUR WORK ETHIC A lot of our delivery area was affected by the hurricanes this week so for once there wasn’t enough freight to go around. When I would rush in to get my paperwork I would hear other guys complaining about not having a load. One guy asked me how long I have been there and seemed a little ****ed off when I told him . Insinuating that loads should be given to drivers with more longevity. I asked him how many loads he typically runs a week and he said 3-4. When I told him that I do 5 consistently and would do 6 if my 70 didn’t get in the way he scoffed and mumbled that he wasn’t gonna burn himself out for the company. Point is, When loads are scarce it pays off the be the guy who will run, who doesn’t complain about taking low mileage loads every now and again.

Everything isn’t always sunshine and roses but thats life. Having fun so far and keep on trying to get better. Be safe out there drivers ! If you made it this far down, thanks for taking part in my journey!

Posted:  1 month ago

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Looking To Get My CDL And Change Careers At 51.

Rob T- Thank you for The posting of the portion of the Ohio CDL- wasn’t aware of the out-of-service rule for “< .04% of alcohol”. Excellent!

Here is what I found in the Ohio CDL manual although it's in line with what I've read for other states. I'm pretty sure it's the same nationwide.0387921001598417264.jpg your previous DUI do not count towards this. They only count AFTER you have your CDL.

Having previous DUI and felonies will limit what companies will take you on but somebody will hire you. We highly recommend you Apply For Paid CDL Training. They will run all your background stuff before you even show up to orientation. Upon acceptance all you need to do is pass schooling and you'll have a job. Take a look at these companies that Hire with DUI, and those that Hire with felonies. Your record is old enough that it shouldn't cause too much issue for most companies, however some are a lot more strict than others. Great job getting things turned around. There are people out there on the road that have done much worse.

Posted:  1 month ago

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More indictments in New Orleans area accident insurance scams

Several participants in a truck-accident insurance scheme that made the New Orleans area notorious for the scam have pleaded guilty – including the man that has been dubbed in news reports as the ringleader of the group.

More indictments in New Orleans area accident insurance scams

Wow this article is fantastic- Several examples how 4 wheelers will set-you-up.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Papa Pigs Zainy Rookie Solo Adventures

Can’t tell for sure because I can’t tell exactly where the curb is- but looks like nose is sticking out on street about a foot. I would think this is a safety issue- might get hit. I wouldn’t want to be held liable for this. Wondering what you’re thinking? Maybe take a stand- only doing this delivery with a 48’ or less? Also really enjoy your writings- very interesting. I couldn’t do it- all the unloading.

Gonna be sleeping with my nose almost in traffic tonight.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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I've Been Sick This Week

Brett Aquila- I’ve read that you climb mountains, hike. Do you do iron mans, triathlons?

Posted:  2 months ago

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Second chance carrier for teams.

I just finished my contract ,but plan to stay there for now ,at least. Just once again, I need to find me another co-driver Last guy was a raging looney, he left the job/company whewwww! Our last week, we ran 6800 miles, even after a few times parked for 8+ hours ! even 26 hours waiting on a relay to get us home.

Steve Reno I’d like to co-drive with you, but I see you’re in CA- I’m in Missouri. I assume will not work. Am I correct?

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Do anyone know a app like trucker path for gym

Kearsey- I tried Organic farming- sheep, chickens, eggs. I decided to shut it down. I enjoyed trucking and plan on getting back into it. This site is tremendously helpful. When I get started with a company, I’ll post. I see you’re a trainer, read your posts that you’re making fantastic money- that’s great and good for you! I’ve read a lot of your posts, and written article- neat; and watched your you-tube.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Do anyone know a app like trucker path for gym

Don’t know of an app. On google map, I just typed in “workout gym, zip code”. Worked fine.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Progression as a rookie

At Prime if I have a lot of time on a load, I can drop it at yard and get another load. During Feb & March, the average load for teams was 4500 miles due to covid starting. I was running 5000 to 5500 because I was dropping at yards and getting my next load.

Thanks Kearsey. That’s great. I didn’t know that.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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I'll Be Live On Road Dog Trucking Radio This Thursday

Brett- If you post it here, I would definitely listen to it.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Requesting some assistance...

Does anyone know the name of the recruiter on this site? He is very knowledgeable and might be able to help.

Posted:  3 months ago

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A Week in the Walmart Private Fleet

Thanks Turtle. Like Old School you’ve found a way to make a fine income. $480! I wonder if a guy could break $600? Or more than that?

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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A Week in the Walmart Private Fleet

Also, you wrote that you could have shut down at the end of the day, but instead yoU grabbed the reefer, so you’d be set for the next day. Love it! You then found out you had a freezer problem and were able to take care of it on the first day (plus saving the frozen goods). So now you’re set with a load for day 2. Unless, I assume WM could change- and give you a different load.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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A Week in the Walmart Private Fleet

Neat! Like the details. Do you have a sleeper cab- so that’s where you’re sleeping? So sounds like you work 5 days then home weekend? Thanks !!

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Down time.

We run team so not much down time. When we get it then it's time to do laundry, relax, watch tv, and take a walk. We also cook on the truck so grocery run and food prep

Wow Michelle V, just read your training at Cre, another lady with vodka Filled water bottles, and the lady that failed driving through a too-low underpass. Quite the stories! Sad also. Love to hear more.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Scale question

Very good- Learned a good point- in this situation, put the extra weight on the drives, after driving a little while, there is no problem. Thanks!!

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Joining the Family & Getting Ready to Leave!

I can’t answer all your questions, but when I trained in 2016, I got a rental car at Springfield-Branson National Airport. I remember calling the Prime shuttle once, the wait was a couple hours, so I took a taxi. Did you ask the recruiter if you can park a motorcycle there at Prime? Motorcycle sounds like a great idea. Prime is fantastic!

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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The Adventures of Daniel B.

Daniel- really appreciate this, alot of gems, very helpful and love your optimism. Next- read Old School's wisdom.

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