Profile For Joe S.

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  • Location:
    Georgetown, TX

  • Driving Status:
    Considering A Career

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    4 years, 2 months ago

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Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Patience at the pumps

The Pilot outside of Tyler, TX is really bad!!! I pulled in there and their pump lanes are narrow. I stepped out to fuel and had to step on the fuel island. I slipped and fell between my truck and the fuel island. I fell on my left side and broke five ribs. I was in the hospital for five days. Schneider and the insurance company took care of me and they “took care of Pilot” if you know what I mean.

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Started Truck Driver Training School Today!

It's been over a month and I have been away for a while. I passed my road test with the Texas DPS last month and obtained mt CDL. YEAH! Want to thank everyone for their encouragement and help. Had to take care of some personal issues but I am scheduled to start with Schneider in Dallas on October 24th. I can't wait. Passed all my background and pre-hire with them and I am ready.

I will keep everyone informed.

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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Started Truck Driver Training School Today!

Our class went to the Austin Tx DPS office to this past Tuesday to begin our pre-trip, backing maneuvers and road test so we can obtain our CDL. There were 14 students in the class and 3 trucks. When we arrived there were 3 examiners plus other people with vehicles to obtain their CDL's. The examiners started in alphabetical order by last name and with my last name starting with S, I did not get called until Thursday mid-morning. I got through my pre-trip and air brake test with no problem. I did my three backing test with out any problems but then the examiners called it a day at 3:00 pm. All I had left was my road test. On Friday morning there were six students, including me, left to finish. Two still had to do pre-trips, 2 had to do backing and road test, and myself and another student had to only do the road test. We had two trucks from the school and the examiners started at 8:00 am with the 2 classmates that needed to start at the beginning with pre-trip. By the time my road test was going to take place it was going to be after lunch and guess what. Here comes the rains!

Now myself and the other five students have to wait until next week until Harvey passes and the rains stop so we can finish.

I'm not complaining. I know I can do the road test. I listened to the classmates that drove before me and picked up the pointers that they were giving out. What to watch out for, the questions the examiner will ask while your driving, etc.

I will be ready to go next week and get this over with.

I'll let everyone know how it goes.

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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Started Truck Driver Training School Today!

It's the weekend and Monday is the last day of class. On Tuesday the class goes to the Texas DPS to do our pre-trip, air brake, backing maneuvers and road test. I'll be studying this weekend. This website has helped me immensely. I'm going to study the pre-trip inspections on this site and look over the DPS book that we need to know.

I want to thank everyone for their assistance and words of encouragement. I'll let everyone know next week how I did.

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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Started Truck Driver Training School Today!

Six more days of school and then it's testing day at the Texas DPS for my CDL. Pre-trip is first, then air brake test, then comes the three backing test then the road test. The next six days in school I'll study hard and work on my backing skills. I'm doing great at them but I'll keep practicing them. Are class has been driving in the towns and out on the highways around the school and I have been graded in the high 90's. Pssing the backing tests at school.

That's all for now.

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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Started Truck Driver Training School Today!

School is going really great. Out on the road half a day and on the driving range for half a day. Getting better at shifting thanks to G-Town's advice. Thanks! Getting the hang of backing. Nailed the parallel parking the first time I tried it. No problems with the straight backing and the off set backing. Eight more days till test time with the Texas DPS.

Just more practice, practice, and practice.

That's all for now.

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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Started Truck Driver Training School Today!

Second day out on the road. Having a tough time double clutching. Especially on down shifting. It's tough. Didn't do to bad on the off set backing. Got it the first time. Have to keep practicing on the shifting.

Thank for everyone's advice. All I can take will help.

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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Started Truck Driver Training School Today!

Day 4 of skills out on the practice range. Been straight for 3 days and went out on the road for a test drive yesterday morning. Did really good at straight backing and learning how to double clutch on downshifting. Today there will be 6 of us moving over to off set backing and more rode driving.

That's all for now.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Started Truck Driver Training School Today!

I did it! Passed my written tests. All I had to take was General Knowledge and Air Brakes. Did not have to take Doubles or Texas Law due to already a Class A. Have the weekend to rest the on Monday it's 4 weeks of pre-trips, practice backing, driving then the big test.

Later.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Started Truck Driver Training School Today!

Today was the last day of class room. Tomorrow is test day for my CDL learner's permit. Going to study most of the night.

Wish me luck!

Will let everyone know how I did.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Started Truck Driver Training School Today!

Finished day 3 of classroom work at school. Lots of information and tests. The instructor will go through a set of slides them it's test time. No open book tests. It's study the CDL manual. Repetition, repetition, repetition. I have already learned a lot from studying from this site. Take the four written tests on Friday to obtain my permit then it will be time to practice in the trucks.

The different reps from the big trucking companies are dropping by with doughnuts and breakfast tacos to tell us about their companies. The instructor drove for Werner so she is partial to them.

That's all for now.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Started Truck Driver Training School Today!

Thanks for the encouragement Big Scott. I have been studying for my CDL license using the High Road Training Program and soaking up as much information as I can.

Any ideas or other information that will assist me I would be very grateful.

Thanks everyone!

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Started Truck Driver Training School Today!

I took the plunge today. I started truck driver training school today. I was informed last week by the place that I was employed with that they were not going to renew my contract with them on August 1st. Gave me an 8 day notice after 9 years with them. I cleaned out my office and told them thank you. I called The International Truck Driving School at Austin Community College today and inquired about their truck driving school and the director told me that a new class started today and we would be more than be happy to start me now. Was I impressed!

I rushed to their medical doctor, passed the DOT physical, paid my fees and got to class by noon. It's a five week course that is certified and there are 10 students in the class.

I have driven fire trucks for over 25 years as a professional fire fighter but I know this will be different.

I will try to keep everyone posted on my success.

Later

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

Started working when I was 13 years old on a dairy in Arkansas. Did everything from plowing fields, processing and bottling milk to delivering the milk to the stores. Moved to Texas with the family and worked in a restaurant while in high school. Upon graduation I went to work for Mars Corp. making Starburst and then assisted in starting the Twix bar line. When I turned twenty-one I joined the Waco Fire Department. I stayed there for 27 years and was promoted to driver. There was nothing like the rush of going into a burning building! Driving that big red machine! The reason I retired because I took a job to assist my brother fire fighters in the State of Texas with worker's comp issues, labor contracts and wrong full terminations. After successfully doing this job for nine years my employer told me that I was no longer needed and let me go.

I am drawing my pension and receiving health insurance from my job as a fire fighter. I am going to attend CDL school and get out on the open road. This is something that I have always wanted to do and now I am going to do it.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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What Is This Thing We Call Trucking?

I'm with you brother. I was a professional fire fighter for over 27 years. I fought the red devil day in and day out saving lives will risking mine and I loved every minute of it. I gave it up for a desk job to help my brother fire fighters and after 9 years the place I worked for just kicked me to the side. I'm now going to go into trucking because it is something I want to do. Maybe I'll see ya out there.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Pay For Hours vs Pay For Miles

Thank you for the information. I will check out the link.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Pay For Hours vs Pay For Miles

I plan on becoming an OTR driver and as I understand it most companies pay their drivers cpm. I also understand that DOT regulations only allow a driver to drive 10 hours in 24 hours (please correct me if I'm wrong). From what I have read when a driver bumps the dock and if they are waiting for their trailer to be loaded or unloaded, is the time that the driver is not actually driving counted as hours driving accorded to DOT regulations. If this is so, how can this be counted against the driver when the driver is not receiving any pay. The driver only gets paid when the truck is moving. This is like being on the clock and not getting paid. I don't understand. Would someone explain this to me?

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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Celadon Week Five Laredo Texas March 2015

Congratulations! I Knew you could do it! You just have to believe in yourself Pepper.

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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Celadon Week Five Laredo Texas March 2015

Pepper

Before you do your road test, close your eyes and visualize the test in your head and guide your hands and feet through the course while sitting in a chair. Act like your are on the course. Slow your breathing down and just do the test. Don't think to much about it. Just guide yourself through it. Stay calm and you will succeed!

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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Celadon Week Five Laredo Texas March 2015

Pepper

Let us know how your training goes and let me know if you need anything.

Hang in there!

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