Profile For JakeBreak

JakeBreak's Info

  • Location:
    Butler, PA

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 2 months ago

JakeBreak's Bio

Im 28 and been planning to be a trucker since i was 18. That was when i found out that i couldnt get a job til i was 21. Life went on and i wish i would have found this site about 5 years ago when i tried again but didnt have the funds. Now im 28 and finally in school and i have accepted a prehire from roehl and as soon as i get my cdl i will sign on with them.

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Posted:  22 hours, 22 minutes ago

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New Guy Questions

What company are you with? Most companies are going to pair you with a trainer after your orientation and then you'll have a trainer for 2 weeks or more.

I will say that no matter how much training you have, either with a trainer or without, you are never going to feel ready. There is always going to be the feeling in the back of your mind asking you if your ready. Personal experience here, I've been driving for 5 years now. Did almost 3 years OTR then went local and now I'm going back to OTR. I still have that voice asking me if I'm really ready to do this.

Posted:  1 day, 15 hours ago

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GIFTS!

I was always a fan of extra bags. Shower bags especially. 2nd on the list would be a hat, then probably a tshirt. I never used the coffee mugs I got because i always used the pilot or speedway ones for the cheaper refills and the little lights and other stuff we tended to get usually broke pretty quick.

Posted:  1 day, 15 hours ago

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Best company with CDL training to start with?

Yes, It's looking like Prime is checking the "most" boxes. I'm an educated man and tech savy. I look at things differently. I dont want my death caught on video and leaked for my family to see it pop up on Facebook. Cameras are easily hacked, happens all the time in homes. It's triggered during an event? I highly doubt their are sensors running to the tires from the camera and "activated". It's activated by GPS movement, which in reality that means in can be activated whenever it wants (glitch). I have no problem with FORWARD facing cameras. That makes sense for insurance purposes, etc, but driver facing? Unless the driver has a horrible driving record, I see no reason for it. I dont want hackers listening to my conversations, wathcing me pick my nose, and im sure the ladies don't want them to be caught adjusting their bra.

The event triggers are controlled by sensors, not forward movement. There are sensors in the trucks computer. If there is a strong g-force to a certain side they know you took a turn too fast. If the g-force goes to the front then that's a hard brake. If you hit too big of a pothole it can register it as a crash. It isn't turned on remotely and it only sends the data when there is an event. These guys are right in that it is a very good teaching tool, I wont dispute that. I just personally am not a fan due to my past experiences with them. And as far as being hacked that would actually be really hard to do, because these trucks don't have constant connection to the internet. They have a gps and everything else has to be sent over wifi. Theoretically someone could hack into it but then they would have to drive wherever you drive and stay within range of your truck to keep the connection going. It really wouldn't be worth it for them lol

Posted:  1 day, 16 hours ago

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Best company with CDL training to start with?

Scoffing?

No sir, offering the truth. And for the record smoking a cigarette or taking a drink did not trigger the camera. An event did.

Yes it did. A pothole triggered an event and I got written up for not having both hands on the wheel. and the scoffing I was talking about is exactly the tone that came across there. We all know that the cameras are only triggered in an event. Then, when it is reviewed it is either ignored if there was no issue or sent to the company if there is. Some companies are going to be more strict than others, so their list of things to look for is going to be much higher. I personally am not willing to risk it, so i am choosing to work somewhere that there aren't any driverfacing cameras. That's a choice we all make and some people don't care and it doesn't bother them. And thats great for them, I'm not willing to risk my livelyhood on how strict a company is going to be about looking at the cameras ever again.

Anyway to stop highjacking the OP's post here, I would take another look at Prime if that's one your interested in. 50k miles sounds like a lot and looks like a huge number but its really only the tip of the iceberg. A solo driver is gonna be aiming for 120K plus miles a year and the way they do TNT with the team it is really only 2, 2 n a half months. It is a great way to conquer a ton of different situations with an experienced driver that you might not get with a shorter training period.

Posted:  1 day, 20 hours ago

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Best company with CDL training to start with?

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I did, but the driver facing cameras were a huge turnoff :(

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How do you know?

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I contacted and chatted with a recruiter a couple weeks ago.

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I meant how do you know it's "a turnoff" with zero experience?

That camera could keep you out of jail.

Nobody ever thinks of that, though.

Even some of us that do have experience with the driver facing cameras find it a huge turn off. That's the single reason I am not going back. Forward facing cameras are great and I would highly encourage anyone in a truck or out of one to get one. The liability risk to me with a driver facing camera is just too much personally. Some of you guys scoff at it whenever it's brought up, but I don't want to get written up for a safety violation because i was smoking a cigarette, or taking a drink of water and didn't have both hands on the wheel when i hit a pothole. And yes it has happened to me.

Posted:  3 days, 2 hours ago

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It just got real

I miss all of it lol. Driving is the first job I've had where I actually want to go to work. You do make your own opportunities out there, to an extent, and reporting when you screw up is the most important lesson anyone can learn. They aren't going to fire you for tearing a mudflap off because you backed up too far n caught it on a curb, but they will drop your safety score if you don't call n have it taken care of. The reason I said that the opportunity is yours to make to an extent is because when I was there I went through 5 different fleet managers. I had a couple that were great, kept me rolling and earning and a few that had issues with stuff. A good FM will find you a preplan that will keep you rolling through the weekend and some just don't. I don't know if it was just because they were new too and didn't know how the system worked very well or not. But i worked through it and by the time I left, I had planners calling me to see if I could make something work. They did a very good job at keeping me rolling and making money.

Posted:  4 days, 10 hours ago

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It just got real

Roehl is a great company to start out with. I worked for them for 2 years before I went local, and I would go back except for the stupid cameras. They will do a good job of keeping you rolling if that's what you want. I would say the biggest problem with the wait times was mainly when i would show up early. A silver tongue will only get you so far lol, some places are booked solid and will only take you at your appt time. You will learn those places tho and be able to schedule your way around them.

Posted:  4 days, 11 hours ago

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Moving to Another State?

It mainly depends on how often you want to get home. There are plenty of companies out there that will happily take a team from wherever they decide to live if they only want to go home once a month or every other month. They might hesitate a little if you want to be home every other week tho. Same with solo, the longer you want to stay out the less problem it will be for wherever you want to call home.

Posted:  6 days, 17 hours ago

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CLP Testing on tomorrow

Good Luck dude you got this. The TT CDL training is seriously top notch and I think better than most schools teach.

Posted:  6 days, 17 hours ago

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Need some help

I aways wondered why people voluntarily let their CDLs go. In my state you can self certify to a status that does not require a DOT physical and simply submit a physical in the future to return to driving.

Is it just to avoid the higher standards that a CDL is held to such as DUI limits, repeat offenses etc?

Sometimes its cost too. The cost to renew a CDL is 3 times more expensive than a regular class C. I know if i was going to quit driving then I would have a hard time justifying the extra cost to keep a CDL even if i did do the exempt self certification

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Truck stops

Hi everyone, I'm kinda new here as I do not get on the forum much as we are on the road travelling in our 5th wheel since retirement. Is there a forum on Truck Stops within the forum that we can comment on? I like to add information and read up on any good or bad Travel Stops for all the drivers out there when I can. I have started using the "Reserved Parking" areas in some truck stops so I do not take up any free spots for the working drivers out there. I have received almost 100% support for this habit and am always looking for comments on it. Have a great safe day.

There have been a few threads over the years about good truck stops. I personally recommend the trucker path app to look up truck stops. It's great if you ignore most of the comments lol truckers definitely like to complain lol

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Game

Pulley

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Pet Peeves about fellow drivers

Well I'm guilty of violating pet peeve number 7 lol. Around here only 1 in 10 trucks actually used the cab so me and the other guys I'm running with use it as our personal chat channel lol

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Road Carriers Atlas is HUGE and what is your favorite GPS?

I had a garmin in my truck. It was really good. It was handy to keep my stops in check and you see the mileage to the next rest area pretty easy as well. I used to sit down and set it up with all my primary steps on the trip so all I had to write down were my back ups. And you could adjust the backups during the day if you needed to.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Game

Pillow

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Adverse Driving Conditions Exception

The adverse driving conditions rule is the most challenging rule to properly use and not get in trouble. In my 2 and a half years otr I only used it once as intended. I was coming up on the end of my 11 hrs and the exit I needed to get to the truck stop was closed due to a vehicle fire. I had to go to the next exit and turn around. I went over my 11 by 30 mins and was still inside the 13 hr mark.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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How many miles would I get at Roehl?

I worked at Roehl for 2 and a half years. I would still be there if the wife didn't want me home more lol. I was averaging 2500-3000 miles a week. As long as your on time they will run you as hard as you want to run.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Healthy on the road.

I'm gonna catch some flack for this, deservedly but still, I didn't care how I felt, I was driving. I had days where I was stopping at every rest area, every couple of truckstops, but I still drove and made miles. Big Scott is absolutely correct tho. If you feel you need to stop then you should. I was always aware that I risking a lot, but I made that choice and came out lucky. I carried a first aid kit and had a bag with some of the OTC stuff were allowed to have in the truck like Aleve n stuff as well.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Looking for advice because freight is slow

I agree with PJ there are going to be hard times especially with local work, but it can happen OTR as well. Customers will come and go you just gotta roll with it.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Advice for a new tanker driver

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Not to many tanker drivers on here?

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I dont have food grade tanker experience. But I do have hazmat gasoline tanker experience.

But yeah, we definitely lack tanker drivers. You have to be crazy in the head to want to drive one so there isnt a whole lot of tanker drivers.

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Add me to the crazy in the head drivers lol. I drive doing oilfield work now and while it's not the smoothbore experience your looking for, I didnt.find the surge too bad unless I had less than a full load. From what I've heard the surge is the equivalent of a half load in a baffled tank to a full load of smoothbore. And that half loads in a smoothbore are pretty bad but still manageable as long as you go slow and smooth.

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