Profile For JakeBreak

JakeBreak's Info

  • Location:
    Butler, PA

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 6 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:  6 months, 3 weeks 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:  7 months ago

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Game

Pulley

Posted:  7 months, 1 week 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:  7 months, 1 week 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:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Game

Pillow

Posted:  7 months, 2 weeks 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:  7 months, 3 weeks 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:  8 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:  8 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:  12 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.

Posted:  12 months ago

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Swifties: If you get a TEXT about trainee back pay from Swift

I agree with big t when I was paid by the mile I spent as little time on duty as possible. If I could get away with it I wouldn't have logged anything other than driving, but since I had to log pretrip and fuel and customer stuff I did as quick as possible. Trailer sweeping/ washout were always off duty, same with trip planning and everything else i could get away with. Legal, no definitely not but I never got talked to about my logs.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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When it rains it pours!!!

Yeah I usually gross about the same, my take home is smaller because I set my w4 for 0 and max out my 401k and stuff.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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NC hiring area regional routes

47 and female shouldn't deter you from flatbed, I've seen women alot older than that out there throwing straps. But flatbed is pretty physical and a ton of work.

As far as regional companies in that area there's tons. Your pretty much in the heart of the 95 corridor. I know roehl is looking for some regional drivers down that way if it hasn't been filled yet.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Trump Says Truckers Are Heroes, But Should Take A Pay Cut

Greeaaat all we need is some bum on a coporate board to see that and take him seriously.

On another note with his tax plan we should pay less in taxes.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Overqualified Underpaid School Bus Drivers

That my friend is the reason I made the decision to not even bother with the bus endorsement on my license. The pay for school bus drivers has never been great and it definitely hasn't kept up at all. And short of just not working for them there really isn't anything to do about it. The school bus companies bid for the jobs from the district and the District is always going to pick the lowest one. If the school district set standards for contraters to pay thier employees it would probably be better, but then it would cost too much.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Need help with my husband getting his CDL...

Just chiming in about the roehl program, it is true they do pay for your cdl. If you get into thier program your given your dot physical and drug test the first day and sign the new hire paperwork. Granted the pay isn't anything to set the world on fire, but it's still decent. Roehl is a great place to work if you live east of the Mississippi and with you living in ohio he will have a few different fleets to choose from.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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When it rains it pours!!!

Just show I get paid weekly here is last week's paycheck. It was pitiful.

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Lmao 613 bucks isn't pitiful. That's about what I make, of course I have the highest tier benefits max 401k and child support taken out lol

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Help Starting Out

Most companies require you to have a year at least of recent driving experience to consider you for cdl training. Also not to burst your bubble but your years spent traveling are also going to count against you. Not saying it's impossible but it's definitely going to be tough.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Driving When The Truck Is Overweight

Kinda late to the party here but check your tandems too. I had a load one time where I had all the weight on the trailer tandems and the balance was actually pulling my drives up and making my steers overweight. With that gross tho its probably right and your gonna be over on your steers.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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New To Trucking

Speaking for roehl here, there is no way they wouldn't let you go back and have a load reworked. The only time I've ever heard of anything even remotely close was when I picked up a load off a driver that was having truck issues. He had gotten the load from another driver that didn't scale it and his truck broke down before he could. It was overweight and they left it up to me if I wanted to run it or take it back to the shipper.

And yes if you want to be in one of the hometime plus fleets (14/7, 7/7, 7/3) you are going to want to be close to a terminal or drop yard. If you are on a regional or national fleet they will let you take the truck home as long as you have a safe place to park it.

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