Profile For JakeBreak

JakeBreak's Info

  • Location:
    Butler, PA

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 8 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:  5 days, 16 hours ago

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Cold Encounters With The Elements

Bump~!!

How's winter going still, guys & gals ?!?!?

Mellow here in our part of Ohio for now; just VERY cold!! 18F today.. high of 37 tomorrow, tho.. yay!

Hay Rick S. . . . send me some Iguanas for the cats & dog to play with, wouldja? (NOT to eat .. though I DO love (& miss) Gator!) Even though it 'does' taste like chewy chicken, haha!

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~ Anne ~

/wave its not that cold out there is it? I'm tucked into a nice warm truck just south of you. Im at the pilot at the 131.

Posted:  6 days, 4 hours ago

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3 Choices

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Prime has a Northeast regional (which I don't recommend right away) that could get you home more often than OTR.

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Why do you not recommend a NE regional fleet?

NE regional is hard because there's a ton of freight and trucks up there, and no parking. Its also really tight. The roads for the most part were designed for horse and buggy, not 70 foot rigs. Same with shippers and receivers. They weren't designed for 53ft trailers so the maneuvering space is really tight. So its just hard all around. Idk if there's any Prime specific reasons but I know I dont like it up there. Unfortunately I live in PA so I usually end up having to deal with it anyhow

Posted:  6 days, 4 hours ago

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One of those backing days.

I like that quote lol sometimes you just can't get there from here. I agree with you though. Don't be afraid to pull away and attempt to reset. Even in truck stops, most of the time its better to just reposition yourself and get a better setup than to try to force it in. You might get it in there but you also might take the hood of the pete next to you too lol

Posted:  6 days, 4 hours ago

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3 month card, now companies are walking

I'm gonna go on a little rant here. I think the whole thing is a scam. Is there a problem with it in the industry, yes there is. I blame that more on people not knowing about it than anything.

Sleep apnea, outside of the medical industry never got talked about until recently. It has been publicized so much now that anyone that thinks they have it or has the symptoms knows where to go get tested. And they should, I know a few people who have it and they do sleep better with the CPAP than they did before.

But ever since the FMCSA got involved, the industry has been cranking all at the drivers expense. The numbers of drivers with sleep apnea have been going up at the same rate that the testing numbers have been going down. It used to be you had to have almost double the number of episodes that the current diagnoses allow.

So you have an industry lowering thier diagnostic criteria, to catch more people in thier net, to sell more machines. Ever since the government got involved. This does not apply to people who actually do have symptoms and seek treatment for it. Thats the way it should be imo. And if its done that way, its usually covered under insurance. Forcing people who meet some sort of list of risk factors to have to pay out of pocket for it so they can get a job should be illegal, again just my opinion.

Posted:  6 days, 5 hours ago

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No Company wants to take me in OTR. Help?

Yeah just about every company out there is going to want to put you with a trainer. I had 2 n a half years otr, went local hauling water for the oilfield for 3 years and then I luckily found 1 company out of the dozen or so I was looking at that would hire me. You are right they don't consider local experience at all, even if you are driving everyday. Brett wrote a nice writeup about it somewhere I remember reading. I think its BS because oilfield and most other local work is way harder than OTR but thats what happens when the world is run by insurance companies.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Clearinghouse deadline, and new FMCSA guidance about yard moves

They need to include truck stop parking lots in the yard move. It might get some drivers to slow down in the lot. I have noticed since you can fuel and have it count toward your 30 min break that there are fewer log jams in the fuel island than there used to be. It stands to reason if guys can park and get back to the road without hitting the drive line they might slow down.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Need some advice...

After reviewing the description, I see he doesn't say he's turning at an intersection. He could be leaving a customer. I think what he did was legal, but perhaps not the most prudent way to go about it in a big rig. I would definitely wait until I can turn into my desired lane.

You are right old school. It is legal, but not the best course of action. I can understand why tho, bc I've done it myself after waiting 30 mins for the road to be clear. It is really a judgment call and as seen here it can go wrong. Hindsight is always 20/20 and I'm not sure if he actually was pulling out from a customer since the company is looking at it as a u turn. Also to do it properly neither side should have had to slow down and put 4 ways on. This is a great reason why every company always preaches to slow down and examine the situation.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Solution to being sick while on the truck

*insert Morgan freeman meme* he is right tho lol. I know my bunk heater will have me pushing 90 100 degrees in freezing temps. That much heat will sweat any cold out of you.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Roehl GYCDL

Mostly questions about what they allow in the trucks, and the driver facing cams.

I understand he may feel this isnt important for him to answer but to me it is, since I would like to know exactly what creature comforts Ill be allowed if Im agreeing to a contract over a year long.

I also received a bit of a muddy answer about slip seating - would I be sharing a truck as a regional driver? Ive heard a lot about having to go national if you want to avoid it.

They do have driver facing cameras. That was my sticking point and one of the reasons I didn't go back when I came back OTR. As far as creature comforts when I left they still weren't putting fridges in the trucks, and they didn't have inverters. So anything you put in the truck has to be 12v and plug into a cigarette lighter. Granted most of my info is 3+ years old but nothing changed when I talked to them about going back.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Roehl GYCDL

When are you on the hook for the 7k they want for training?

I think Ive decided to go with them for flatbed and am wanting to get my CDL through them but despite tons of questions, my recruiter seemed dodgy about a lot and I still have a lot of questions. He answered a lot with 'you'll ask your driver trainer that' or 'thats a great question for your driver trainer' which just feels off to me, like they want me to come in blindsided.

He did say however that the day we step foot in the facility for orientation, we're required to follow through with the contract or pay the 7k. Is this true? It seems extreme considering theres so much you just dont know yet and aren't able to find answers to.

I really want to follow through with this, just afraid of a bait and switch or similar such conditions. If anyone has any experience with the GYCDL program, particularly for the flatbed division, and can chime in Id appreciate it!

What kind of questions are they blowing off? Recruiters have one job and that is to get you in the door. I can tell you from my experiences with them roehl is very straightforward about how they want things done.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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MVR Record: License Suspended Twice for Underage Drinking While Not Operating a Vehicle

I agree with the others. With having the suspension on your record, even for a non driving offense is going to make it harder. Then the 2 tickets, while not death sentences for your career is certainly gonna make it a little harder.

I would 150% say go find company sponsored training before you shell out for your cdl. A cdl is useless and expensive if you don't have a company willing to hire you. And while you could go the prehire route its still much safer to have the company hire you and train you themselves.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Getting Snow/Ice OFF Your Trailers - IT'S THE LAW (in 12 or more states)

Yeah this topic comes up every year and it sucks for the driver either way. We arent allowed to climb on top of the trailers, the van trailers especially dont have the support to allow someone to walk on it. Yet we are the ones that get fined for it. I understand the safety aspect of it but to me it seems like its just another way for the states to take money from us. If they are going to fine you for it they should be obligated to provide a way to fix it.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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I'm concerned about my future job prospects advice is greatly appreciated

Honestly the jobs like your dads, where everything is terminal to terminal are gonna be the first to go. But I agree with Rick, thats at least a decade away. Even farther for the otr trucks. There are so many things that we need to do that the computer just won't be able to do. Just the other day backing into a dock in Chicago. It was built for the old 48ft trailers with a daycab. Now they got 53ft with sleepers hanging out in the street. Those kinds of places aren't going to pay to upgrade thier docks for driverless trucks.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Past Employment and Getting on with a Paid CDL Company

If he has been out of work since February, but had a steady job before that then you should just be able to sign a statement saying that you were looking for work but unable to find any due to the pandemic. Anyone that knows him can sign that one, my aunt did for mine. The other thing to look for is the other companies that offer training. Prime is a tough one to get into, there are more than a few others that might be more willing to work with you. I wholeheartedly agree with Rick tho, DO NOT PAY FOR PRIVATE SCHOOL. There are more than enough companies that will pay for your schooling and guarantee you a job afterwards.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Quote from new TV drama series Big Sky: “The trucker is today’s American hero…”

To answer your questions, since I haven't seen the show, I've only seen 3 or 4 lot lizards in my 5 years. Granted I don't seek them out or anything but I do think that part is on the decline. Especially with all the TAT signage and training going on that is pretty prevelant.

As far as the supply chain crisis, its sort of 50/50. There are plenty of trucks to move freight, but the shippers and receivers have been running such lean JiT systems that when something happens that does disrupt it then the effect seems much worse than it is.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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One on One CDL Training School in Arizona

Most companies aren't going to push you harder than you want to be pushed. You want to push hard n run out the 70 n reset n do it again you can. You want to take it easy, run an easy 8 9 hrs a day n run recaps you can do it. The biggest thing you need to do is make it on time and don't hit anything.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Trucking under Democratic or Republican Government

The United States will survive and thrive under any president as one man(person) is not capable of ever changing that.

I would agree with this except it is more than one person. Half the country feels the way he does and we won't be the USA anymore if they actually win the runoff elections in GA. They will push as much stuff through as they can, and it will be the end of America as we know it. We will become a socialist state and probably collapse, because we can't support it.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Trucking under Democratic or Republican Government

Rick made a really really good point there. Trump is an a-hole. But his policies were spot on good for America. The dumbocrats have succeeded in making the presidency a popularity contest. A good portion of swing voters that rely on the MSM for their news never heard any of the good he did, or they spun it in a way that made it look bad.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Friday Short Haul - Daimler self-driving Freightliner, driver's ed students, StopTheTires cancelled

This notion of Democrats wanting to stop fracing is just wrong.

Some Democrats want to stop fracing but not all Democrats do.

Fracing boomed under the Obama administration. Many Democrats support fracing, especially Conservative Democrats.

Fracing only boomed under Obama because it was new, nobody knew what you were talking about, and they were still discovering places to frac. There has been so much bad press and demonization of it that you get people who know nothing about it that want to ban it. Biden has expressed multiple times on his website and at the debates that he wants to scale it back and get rid of as much of it as possible.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Frey Miller

Yeah I agree Rob there. I always do my pretrip before I start my clock in case there are any issues I can get them taken care of before I start. I log my pretrip when I go in to get coffee.

Fuel I usually do for lunch, OD waiting in line, 7-15 mins for fuel n then OD to finish my break. I never log a post trip, even tho I do one every day.

Shipper check in and out I do all the office work logging Sleeper, I log my OD from the guard shack to wherever I have to park to go in, slow roll so I get about 7-10 mins, then my check out is when im shutting doors and sending the messages. There are the occasional hiccups, but for the most part I spend 30-45 mins on duty a day.

The only time I have more than that is when I drop n hook because I haven't figured a way to get around being on duty so much, that sounds legal anyway lol.

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