Profile For JakeBreak

JakeBreak's Info

  • Location:
    Butler, PA

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 5 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:  1 day, 2 hours ago

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I've Been Sick This Week

Good to hear from you OS. Glad things are looking up n just know we all think about you out here

Posted:  3 days, 19 hours ago

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Friend Not Liking Paid Training/Question

RE: manuals....I know a few people / drivers than drove sticks for years. When swapped into an auto they were apprehensive, " at 1st" then said " oh hellyeah autos so much nicer and easier"

I preferred to go auto anyways, since I don't plan to do this gig More than 2+ years til I can retire early.

I wanna live to see 90 or 100 and not workin my tail off later, I just wanna enjoy whatever years of life I do have left in Asia lol

I'm gonna have to disagree. Ive driven a manual for the past 5 years and I hate the automatic. You lose so much control for the finer maneuvers that i have grown to rely on. You can't creep anywhere. The slowest the thing goes is 3 mph. Maybe its just me n I have a crappy truck but I would trade this thing in for a manual anyday

Posted:  4 days, 7 hours ago

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5 years went by fast!!!

Yep sitting at the Corinne DC now. Gonna call my p/u in Ogden n see if they can load me before tomorrow morning n hopefully head back east for home.

Posted:  4 days, 21 hours ago

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5 years went by fast!!!

Laura yep. Elk mountain lol

The winds forecasts said it was 12mph. Bullcrap it was. Then the overhead said 40mph gusts. Im too light.. So.. Shutdown. Right after all the warnings lit up on my phone but we were already parked. Always trust your gut.

You guys were right behind me. I made it through to Brigham city before it got bad tho. Sitting here til 8am tomorrow to deliver at the Walmart down the road

Posted:  5 days, 23 hours ago

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5 years went by fast!!!

Congrats rainy. Me and you started driving about the same time n its interesting to see the differences in our career paths over the years.

Posted:  5 days, 23 hours ago

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DOT Physical and psychiatric drugs

I believe there is a list on the internet about which meds are banned by the government. You might want to print that list out and take it with you the next time you go see the doctor. Just tell them you aren't allowed any of the meds on that list and you need to work with them to find a med that does work that isn't banned. If for some reason they aren't willing to work with you on it find another Dr that will.

Your second step is going to be finding a company that either follows that list or is willing to send you their list of meds they dont allow. And then make sure your new meds arent on that list. There is always a way, some just take more work than others.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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SAP Program

Even if Weed were recreationally legalized tomorrow - very unlikely that people in "federally regulated safety sensitive positions", are going to be allowed to partake.

Waves to all...

Rick

The FMCSA has already said even if it does become legal, it will alway be illegal for drivers. They will put it on the same list as Chantix, cant drive with it in your system.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Hotshots running like the big boys.

I couldn't care less about what other drivers are doing, whether hotshot or other big trucks, as long as they're not engaging in unsafe driving behavior. I see a fair amount of hot shotters being inspected, but then again I see alot of semis and dump trucks as well. It's rare I see any large carriers being inspected, typically it's the smaller companies that appear to have older, not as well maintained equipment

Well yeah. The DOT is just like anyone else they don't wanna have to work too hard. N which is an easier target, the old small carrier truck with the driver that has crap all over the dash or the big fleet truck that looks clean and taken care of? The big 3 things if you want to avoid being pulled around back is check your lights often, watch your weights and keep the dash clean. Bonus points for keeping a clean windshield too. The DOT will be looking for the low hanging fruit anytime you get pulled in and as long as you look like you got your crap together they will typically leave you alone

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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School VS Paid Training Tough Decision

Roehl is a great place to start a career. I started there myself about 5ish years ago. The pay is good and they will keep you moving as long as you do the hard work. I almost went back after my local job went under. When I was there they do a mix of sim and actual driving. They use the sim to promote the good habits and to set you up for scenarios that you really aren't going to see everyday.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Changing jobs I have question.

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Its dumb but thats the government for you.

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Explain how the government is involved with questionable doctors recommending a sleep study?

A few years ago the FMCSA issued a "guidance" on sleep apnea that turned it into a de facto rule. There have been a few panels with doctors and the sleep labs that have come up with all these risk factors for sleep apnea and the guidance said if there was more than 2 out of like 8 or something they should have a sleep study done. The FMCSA still hasn't made an official rule on it but the questionable Dr's like to point to the guidance as thier reasoning. So they do stuff like age and neck size which have the least amount of correlation with sleep apnea but also are the easiest to use to push drivers into getting sleep studies done.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Cooler recommendations? (Best way to keep salad ingredients cold)

+1 on the Coleman route. One thing I will mention is ive never had them last longer than a year, but the amount of money you save vs eating at the truckstop for a year pays for itself. If you plan on doing any kind of cooking make sure you check out the lunchbox cookers too. They are great for heating up sausages and hot dogs and stuff.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Rookie Solo Adventures of a Knuckle Draggin Primate (Rob D.)

You have good weeks and bad ones. Thats just trucking. Even still with all the difficulties 2400 miles ain't nothing to sneeze at. Ill admit I was jealous with the boat loads but its loads like those ones that make me glad im a door swinger lol

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Changing jobs I have question.

Yes you have to register the current 3 month card, but you can also go back to the same doctor that gave you your original card and have him recertify you for the 1 yr card or whatever. The important thing is to make sure you answer all the questions the same on all the paperwork. Otherwise you could get in trouble for "Dr. shopping." There are plenty of drs. and chiropractors who get kickbacks for these stupid sleep studies and will send every driver they get for one. Its dumb but thats the government for you.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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FMCSA looking to put under-21 drivers on interstate hauls

My thoughts on this isn't so much the driving. I could teach my 13 year old to drive the truck. Its about the time management and the drive to be successful out here.

Hell most of the 21+ year olds I know wouldn't be able to do what we all do, dealing with ****ty receivers, flip flopping schedules from day to night, just to name my big 2. It takes a lot of work to maintain the positive attitude to get the job done efficiently and be a successful driver.

The internet reviews are already full of drivers that for one reason or another werent successful for whatever reason and every company out there already has people who are the "complainers" and now we're just opening up the pool.

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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I've Been Sick This Week

Wishing all the best for you OS you've been here on this forum forever and you always have some of the best no BS advice. Get better n you'll be back out here in no time.

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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High winds, winter storms, wildfire smoke, and Wyoming.

Text messages from WYODOT:

I80: Evanston - Exit 91, Flaming Gorge Way: Closed BOTH DIR due to winter conditions. As of Sep 08 at 08:52, the est open time is unknown. 08-SEP 08:53

Here's the website for WYODOT Road Closures:

WYODOT Road closures

Laura

How do you get messages from WYDOT? That seems like it might be pretty useful, once I finally get out of the terminal anyway lol. Its amazing how fast that changes tho, 2 weeks ago I was running across 80 there and running the a/c on max. Now they got blinding snow and black ice lol

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Old Dominion announces new pay raises

Damn i need to get myself a Linehaul job lol. Those are some pretty nice rates

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Platooning passes real-world tests; new company emerges as leader

I agree with Brett. Hell I can barely get my phone to work on this new 5g crap and they want to use that to push trucks down the road. Whats gonna happen when they are on the interstate around Atlanta and one of those nuts drivers that waits til the exit is right there to hit the ramp cuts in between the trucks because they don't know the first thing about the tech? We already see all these billboards about big truck crashes, the last thing we need is more negative press.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Cell phone provider

Put my vote in for ATT I dont have the spotty cell coverage that others keep talking about. My only thing is make sure you get a phone with the ability to turn off the 5g connection. They are pushing it out too soon n its buggy and way slower than 4g.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Newbie Questions

My rule is if I can't fix it with a screwdriver, socket set, hammer, duct tape, or electrical tape i dont need to worry about it.

No major company will ever require you to do maintenance. That being said it can be helpful to learn some basic stuff like changing a light bulb or wrapping a loose connection with tape to get to the shop down the road.

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