Profile For JakeBreak

JakeBreak's Info

  • Location:
    Butler, PA

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    6 years 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:  2 days, 7 hours ago

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Blood Pressure and DOT Physical

By far the biggest factors in high blood pressure, according to my Dr, are hydration and caffeine intake. I had a worrisome time when I went to get my last physical because mine was pretty elevated. After the doc heard that I downed a cup of coffee, which in a pilot cup actually counts as 2 cups, and that I hadn't been drinking enough water he told me about it. We waited an hour where I drank 2 bottles of water and when he took it again it was in the normal range so he passed me. He told me next time I come in to drink water instead of coffee n we won't have to wait lol.

Posted:  5 days, 18 hours ago

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Pittsburgh parking

I have a lot in Kittanning that I use for hometime. I can put you in contact with the owner if you want.

Posted:  6 days, 4 hours ago

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Pittsburgh parking

Looking for drop yard for rent, truck stop truck parking any place willing to let a truck stay a few days.

Found kingpin parking but all reservations are full anyone know similar places?

You looking for somewhere for hometime or just a spot in general? Also how close to Pittsburgh do you need to be?

Posted:  6 days, 4 hours ago

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In today's episode of "what makes people look down on truck drivers"

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Truth be told i think Big Scott is full of it so say he always parks in a spot. I can almost guarantee there have been times he's had to get creative whether it was poor planning, or more likely weather shutdowns or being held far too long at a shipper/receiver. Almost every driver has. If he's been fortunate to always be in a legal parking spot after a few years out there thats amazing and I'm glad he's found a way that works for him.

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I made a spot exactly one time and made sure I was not in anyone's way. I get reimbursed for parking and will reserve a spot when needed. It's called trip planning.

I have seen many people park like that. I agree that if you do that you should get up and creep into a spot.

I agree with you Scott. I have only had to get creative twice, once when I used up all my hours to get to a shipper ASAP, according to dispatch, only to find out my appointment was for the next day. I was able to drop my trailer there and parked on the outside edge of a pilot bobtail. The second time was when I was up in Maine and there was nowhere to park. The cons pointed me to a park 1/4 mile away from them and told me to park there for the night. After checking with the local authorities they said it was ok.

As far as parking on ramps again only twice in 7 years have I had to do that. 1st was when I was on my way home. I had pushed myself too hard and was falling asleep. I was afraid to push it the 10 mins to the next truck stop so I pulled over n took a nap. I should have stopped earlier, but inexperience and the desire to get home are powerful forces to overcome. The 2nd time was a really fun day. I blew out a tire on my trailer, waited 3 hrs for them to come fix it. Afterwards went to finish my day, and I was an hour away from the truckstop when the other side started letting loose. So I parked on the ramp to wait for them come change it and by the time they were gonna get there I was gonna be out of hours so I stayed there.

I do want to add that not everyone gets reimbursed for reserved parking though. If you don't get reimbursed it really makes it a tough decision wether to pay or try to find a free spot.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Anyone know anything about Butler Transportation?

The reviews are right, there's no layover or detention pay. Kind of on the lower end of the pay scale too. They do a good job of keeping you moving for the most part. There's been a couple hiccups over the past year. They've been late getting me home 4 times in the past 9 months. So not a good thing there. Very nice trucks, the trailers are kind of meh.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Seven tips for drivers to boost their pay

Some of those make sense. Picking the right state might be one with no state income tax for example. Getting the endorsements and learning the process in the case of the hazmat endorsement could get you higher paying loads. The choice of company could effect it as well. The top performing driver of prime probably makes more than the top performer at western express.

All in all those are good for the top tier drivers to look at, because those decisions will have a small impact, but not as big as just being top tier at a company. It takes a lot of work to be a top tier driver at a company and that needs to be done before you worry about the small effect of lists like that. A poor performing driver at any company isn't going to be able to use a list like that to make a significant difference in thier pay.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Finally decided to go with Roehl Transport after almost 2 years

Yes, the flatbed and reefer fleets are more likely to head west of Denver.

I pulled vans there for 10 months in 2016-17. My furthest west was Golden, CO, Minneapolis, MN, or Terrel, TX.

Unless something changed since I was there, even reefer is mostly east of the rockies. They did have a load that went to Seattle, and a couple down to Phoenix but most of the freight I had was all East of I35.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Hey y’all it’s jammer with some news

Good job jammer. Nothing is more important than family and while I'm sorry to hear what your going through I've been there. Mine was kind of the opposite lol I didn't get divorced until I took the local job. I'm glad to hear the oilfield is picking back up though and just don't be a stranger. It harder to keep up on the forum when your local though.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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A CFI update 2021

Thanks for the update Big Scott. Let me know if you end up getting info on those dedicated routes, I'm looking for something with more hometime but UPS isn't hiring in my area. And I couldn't find any info on the website they are pushing the company driver OTR on there.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Lost consciousnesses went to hospital and cdl revoked after 3 days on 1st job

Ok yes, I went online and talked to a few doctors. One in particular says he is familiar with the process so I made an appointment with him.

What sucks about this is that I will have to come out of pocket for the brain scans. Probable I will spend $500 to $700. I mean I could probably go back to my primary doctor and get him to authorize a second opinion but I think I would get back to work faster by getting an appointment as soon as possible.

Let you guys know when I get back to work.

I would call your primary and get him to authorize the 2nd opinion over the phone. That seems like it should mainly be a paperwork thing and he shouldn't need to see you like an actual appointment just to authorize a 2nd opinion.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Company CDL school tuition

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my advice would be to consult a lawyer.

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Yes, thank you, that is the plan, I am trying to get the written contract from Roehl. For some reason, they told me that it is "internal information." Really? :-)

I'm glad to see you did decide to pay them. I look at it the same as going to a trucking school. They paid the cost for you to get your cdl, they guaranteed you a job afterward then **** happened and they let you go. Getting your cdl from a private school, you weren't guaranteed a job and **** still could have happened for them to let you go and you would still owe the private school money.

I will say that I'm kind of concerned about the companies not wanting to fax over a contract or whatever that they had you sign. I know I didn't get a copy of my contract when I signed on with my current company, I don't remember if I had a copy when I went to roehl, but that is suspicious to me.

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Should I buy a GPS unit 🤔

Don't forget about your fuel points. They can add up quick and help to offset some of the cost of a GPS. The ones in the truck stops, while more expensive, even a small one is only about 200.

Honestly you don't need one per say, you can do it all with an atlas. But a GPS is a huge quality of life improvement and spending the money on even a small one is going to pay you back really quick in time savings.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Wait time...

I had a grocery warehouse, Kroger, that took 26 hrs to unload me one time. There was the FedEx in Olathe that had me there for 18 hrs. The Meat plant in Greeley is well known for getting a 34 in there. I was lucky only had to wait 12 hrs. Theres lots of places that will get behind for one reason or another and we drivers just have to deal with it.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Wait.....and wait some more....

With my company you would just have to eat it for the day. I had a situation pretty similar come up a few weeks ago.

Unloaded in Maine very close to the end of my clock, got unloaded and made it to the Kennebunk service plaza to pick up in Lawrence MA the next day. Drove the hourish it took to get there and then sat all day, literally all day waiting to get loaded. Now I could have taken a nap or something n run at night, but I had enough time on the load I just stayed there n took off the next morning. My load I was supposed to pick up today, was supposed to be ready at noon today won't be ready til tomorrow sometime. It's just one of those things I guess. I personally look at it as, ok I only ran 4 hrs today so I can save those hours for a tighter load or for next week when I recap it again.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Driving in windy conditions

If you click on the "live wind" menu it will show you where the heaviest winds across the country are

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Cool thanks for showing me that. Just added it to my favorites and there's another tool in the toolbox lol

Posted:  1 month ago

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What type of bag/luggage should I bring for training?

I start with May Trucking on the 4/12 as well. May actually emailed me a packing list and explicitly stated no video games systems. for learning a new career i am more than willing to give up my hobby for a while. Plus if you are worried about what to do on a 34 hour reset keep in mind that is when you will more than likely be doing laundry etc. A book never hurt anyone I think, I dont plan on having akot of free time though.

As for my bag I have a gym duffel and a backpack I am bringing and a laundry sack, work gloves, sleeping bag (I already own 3 of em lol) and pillow.

My only genuine , and i feel warranted concern that I have is food. Weight control has been a huge battle for me my whole life and I can quickly gain weight if I eat too much fast food, truck stop food etc. Some drivers ive noticed just don't seem to care about it or plan for it. It might sound silly to some but a month or 2 out on the road eating the wrong foods or not having access to healthier options or cooking my own healthy options and I can gain 20 to 30 pounds...easy....not embellishing it either.

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Honestly, you might have to resign yourself to the fact that you probably will gain weight while with the trainer and have to work it off when you go solo. When I was training, my trainer let me throw a jar of jelly in his cooler, but there wasn't much room for anything else. I ate a lot of pb and j sandwiches those 3 weeks. There just isn't a ton of room in the truck for 2 coolers. Granted it could probably be done if you were teaming long term or something, but not worth it for the month or 2 of training.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Driving in windy conditions

Yeah I use an app called myradar to check for storms and stuff. It has a feature to show winds, but it's difficult to use. And it doesn't show actual speeds or anything. I've been looking for an app that will show wind speeds and direction, but have been striking out so far.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Driving in windy conditions

I use a site called windalert.com. I just looked at current wind conditions. I've highlighted i-40 in green. There is an area in New Mexico, right along i-40 (circled in magenta) where the sustained wind speed is 37.

In the second picture I had clicked on the number 37 and it shows how wind speed is trending as well as the speed of gusts. I would not be comfortable traveling through there with a load as light as yours. Hope this helps a little...

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Is that an app or a website? That looks like an awesome addition to my weather app for checking the conditions of the trail.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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A Few More Loose Ends

Similar to OS, I would suggest starting with an all over approach, until you figure out where you want to run. I personally dislike being east of the Mississippi River, but I still run it. I enjoy being out west but seeing as how I live in PA I have to go home sometime lol.

As far as clothes it's the same as OS, just keep a laundry bag, duffel bag whatever for dirty clothes. I stuff mine behind the passenger seat. Wallet goes in my front pocket, I don't take it out because I'll forget where I put it. There are so many small spaces to stash stuff in the truck it's ridiculous lol. I can't tell you how many phone charger cables I've lost lol.

My flip flops are in my smaller shower bag. It's a smaller duffel type bag that is just big enough to hold my toiletries bag and a spare set of clothes and a towel. Theres a pocket on the outside that holds my flip flops.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Erratic Sleep Schedule

It really depends on the load. I've had loads that were really tight where I needed to go to sleep right away so I could be up and ready to go at the end of 10 hrs and I've had other loads where I could take a 14 hr break and still deliver on time. There's also times where a break might be cut short or you might have to stay up late because they are fixing your truck. It all depends which is why everyone says there is no set schedule.

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