Profile For Scott M

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  • Location:
    Bourbon, MO

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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    5 years, 11 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:  2 days, 14 hours ago

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Prime Announced New Training Miles 3/8/21

Just heard a reason, on a Prime Facebook video, that they originally went to 50k miles- because of Covid, trucking slowed down, and this stretched out the training time.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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I really really really hate team driving

Zach- Quitting your job? I was hoping you would make it. But you’ve described many issues. Such as Codriverissues- trying to put diesel in def tank, saying that he wanted to commit suicide, and instead of driving to next shipper, doing a 360 and going back to previous shipper. Thanks for sharing all this, very, very helpful. If possible I’d like to be a trainer. Maybe a different company as a solo? I love Prime Inc, Springfield Mo.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Looks excellent: FMCSA has an Hours-of-Service (HOS) online educational tool.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. FMCSA has an Hours-of-Service (HOS) online educational tool to help drivers and carriers understand and comply with the revised rules. Visit: https://eld.fmcsa.dot.gov/HOSRuleTool

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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I've Been Sick This Week

Old school- Get well soon! A friend of mine, an electrical lineman, had the same detached retina injury. He had the gas bubble in the left eye, was told to lay down on left side only, with left side of head touching pillow. It took him about a 1 1/2 months to get well- he’s 55. Also found your blog- Thanks, already read several articles.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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My Carter Express Adventure

Bubbles. Good luck! I’m sure you’ll do fine! I just read this entire thread. I just said a prayer for you.

Posted:  4 months, 4 weeks ago

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Guess Whose Birthday It Is - HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRETT!

T Truth is helpful and educational. Thanks and Happy Birthday.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Boss trying to make me drive unsafe truck

Dennis. In reading your posts, your record is clean and at least 7 years experience. If you’re not broke, I would think you’d want to protect your license from an infraction and quickly walk away. Another reason is you’ve already got a new job. Good luck!

Posted:  5 months ago

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At somewhat of a loss...

It would also show up on your DAC- which is a report that every future employer could see. If a person could get a job with a poor paying carrier- that would be better than a falsehood.

That’s a falsehood. Don’t do that. When they find out, you’re fired. The employer Is going to trust u with $200k plus worth of equipment and product. No employer would want an employee like that.

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Keep applying and don't give up. If you have gaps in your work history, make something up and tell them you were under the table and ask him if that's going to be a problem not being contract for

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Posted:  5 months ago

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At somewhat of a loss...

That’s a falsehood. Don’t do that. When they find out, you’re fired. The employer Is going to trust u with $200k plus worth of equipment and product. No employer would want an employee like that.

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Keep applying and don't give up. If you have gaps in your work history, make something up and tell them you were under the table and ask him if that's going to be a problem not being contract for

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Posted:  5 months ago

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PackRat's 2020 Daily Driving Diary

My vote is- YES. I just finished reading 24 pages, your entrIes. I liked how you deal with trailer problems- one was trouble shooting trailer air leak, and your persistence- sometimes multiple phone calls.

Gosh. I guess I'll start it again tomorrow.

I'm glad folks are reading it, especially those either considering driving, or those just beginning OTR.

Stay tuned....

Posted:  5 months, 1 week 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:  5 months, 1 week 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:  5 months, 2 weeks 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:  6 months, 1 week 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:  6 months, 2 weeks 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:  6 months, 2 weeks 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:  6 months, 3 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:  7 months, 1 week 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:  7 months, 3 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:  7 months, 3 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.

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