Profile For Squidly66

Squidly66's Info

  • Location:
    Charlotte, NC

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

  • Social Link:

  • Joined Us:
    7 years ago

Squidly66's Bio

Just trying to figure this new career out.....

Page 1 of 1

Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

View Topic:

Has anyone ever picked up the wrong load ?

Security inspected the trailer, even went so far as to change the seal on the paperwork , and nobody caught it. Thankfully it was at least headed the same direction.

Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

View Topic:

I need a good trucking company to go where they do not lie to you HELP !

Squidly66 we all make mistakes don't beat your self up over it . You will need to get creative and thing out of the box now Albeit it a bit late but now is the time to start gathering your knowledge about your lease. Is it opened ended or closed ended ? what is the term ? What is the residual ? Can you jump ship and move to another company or go completely independent and book your own loads ? Do you make the payments directly to the lease company or does your company take it out of the proceeds? What is the truck actually worth vs what you owe ? Is there any wiggle room in there to get out of the lease or sell it ? Anything you can find out about it may open up possibilities but unless your lucky your going to have to get very creative . your Credit will take a hit but look into having your someone in your family purchase the lease at discount I by no means know the trucking industry but I do know business and have dealt with lease companies over the years . There is a way out if you study your lease and get creative. Please clarify ,You mentioned your getting 3k miles per week I fail to understand .Are the loads not paying enough to cover expenses ? If not perhaps your traveling too far and burning your profits it fuel . If that's the case you'll need to figure a way to maximize profits per load or is it that you have decided you don't like the lifestyle

I just spent 2 hours reading the lease, I do not see these terms people are talking about. Exit clauses or anything describing how the process works if you decide you aren't happy . They pay .84 cpm plus fuel surcharges, as long as you use ther fuel plan. Is this good ? Anyway I called leasing and left a message regarding this and the possibilities of just going to be a company driver. Waiting to hear back.

Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

View Topic:

I need a good trucking company to go where they do not lie to you HELP !

10 year military, me too only more whoopee. What has that got to do with the price of cheese in China? Yep I said young and you are under 30 right? I sure wish people would quit trying to use the military card, we volunteered.

Indy and Squid, Yes I came off kinda harsh (the older I get the less patience I have) but that is what it takes at times to get through to people. YOU are the one responsible for what happens and still blaming the company as that makes you feel better. But EVERY time someone gets into this situation it is the company's fault. If you had even read any of the trucking forums you would have learned that leasing is BAD. You did not do your research very well and that is on you Squid. Did you even talk to any of the lease drivers at the company before you signed? I'll bet that you folded under the pressure at orientation.

Oh well, what is done is done, now you have to give us more info on how you get out of it. Not what they told you but what is written in your lease agreement.

I am probably the biggest proponent to owning your own truck but I am with everyone else when it comes to leasing. It is a bad bad idea. I am even for buying a used truck that is older. I have seen how much maintenance an older truck requires. The truck I drove up until a couple of months ago was 21 years old and still going strong and only in the shop twice all of last year. They just moved me into a heavier truck or I would still be driving it. When I am ready financially, I will be purchasing my own truck despite what others think here.

pat, you are kinda harsh. You like to downgrade people to make yourself appear more intelligent. It's ok, I stated my military history to show you I was not young. I told you I was new to the industry, and when it comes to china, it's rice, not cheese you goof. That said, I looked on this site for information regarding places that would give me a start, which TA has, however there was no mention of leasing during any communication between myself and the people I talked to. Ultimately the fault is mine,yes. And I am looking over the contract now to see where I stand. If you are under the impression everyone knows about everything this site offers you couldn't be wrong. One last thing, since you had more WHOOPIE than I did, perhaps you could remember to keep it a little more proffessional when replying to posts. Thanks all the same, to everyone for the input.

Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

View Topic:

I need a good trucking company to go where they do not lie to you HELP !

double-quotes-start.png

I started working for Trans am , they really press you to sign the lease, yes I did. I fell for it. Three weeks into it I am not seeing what was promised, I have been averaging close to 3000 miles a week, no tickets, no accidents. Is there any other place I can go, or is it a requirement by companies to lie and let you dig a hole for yourself while you pay their bills. Dispatch is no good , or either planners , i am not sure , but i want a job that pays for workers that work. Please help.....

double-quotes-end.png

Well the first question is can you get out of the lease without losing your financial life in the process? Maybe they'll just let you be a company driver instead?

ok, thanks for the input. I am most definitely still adjusting to this job and lifestyle. Maybe there were some things they could have warned us about instead of making it all seem great. Regardless, I love driving, I like my job . I feel stupid for getting on here and complaining or venting. The readings for new drivers are very helpful and I am thankful for this site. I'm not giving up that easy, tomorrow is a new day. Thanks.

Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

View Topic:

I need a good trucking company to go where they do not lie to you HELP !

Just realize that if it is anything like the Prime lease program, if you owe money (negative earnings) you are still responsible for the money. So I would recommend you find out about ending your lease early what you are responsible for in the way of payments/money owed.

Ernie

everything .

Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

View Topic:

I need a good trucking company to go where they do not lie to you HELP !

Just realize that if it is anything like the Prime lease program, if you owe money (negative earnings) you are still responsible for the money. So I would recommend you find out about ending your lease early what you are responsible for in the way of payments/money owed.

Ernie

how can I delete my post ?

Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

View Topic:

I need a good trucking company to go where they do not lie to you HELP !

Please delete

Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

View Topic:

I need a good trucking company to go where they do not lie to you HELP !

It sounds like you did no research before signing the lease. Bad on your part.

As far as the lying to you.... You must be young because any company that is trying to sell you on something will give you the best case scenario. That is not technically lying because you do have the ability to achieve those numbers but most do not.

This seems to be another case of "I screwed up and it is the companies fault" type of post. The blame for the issue resides squarely on your shoulders for this one.

As for what to do, research many companies and get prehired then give your 2 weeks notice.

Gee Pat, you sound like a company guy. I did all the research I knew how to do. My father has worked in the industry his entire life, I am not young, I am a 10 year military veteran. This post was written for helpful advice, not your thoughts on my personal searching for a decent job. New to this industry , yes. But lying by omission, is still lying. What they do not tell you is, you can not make the money they promise unless you are a trainer, and you have Consistent loads. I have lost 1 day already because I had to fix a truck I have only had 2 weeks, another day today because,well, we just don't have any loads for you until tomorrow. Can you understand how this might look in the eyes of a new guy ??? If this is notmal, I will not make ANY money to pay my bills and take care of my family. So there again , they didn't spell out the entire truth, I like my job, but how good is what they are telling everyone ?

Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

View Topic:

I need a good trucking company to go where they do not lie to you HELP !

double-quotes-start.png

I started working for Trans am , they really press you to sign the lease, yes I did. I fell for it. Three weeks into it I am not seeing what was promised, I have been averaging close to 3000 miles a week, no tickets, no accidents. Is there any other place I can go, or is it a requirement by companies to lie and let you dig a hole for yourself while you pay their bills. Dispatch is no good , or either planners , i am not sure , but i want a job that pays for workers that work. Please help.....

double-quotes-end.png

Well the first question is can you get out of the lease without losing your financial life in the process? Maybe they'll just let you be a company driver instead?

they say give them 2 weeks notice, they do not like to let you go company after they get you to sign a lease.

Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

View Topic:

I need a good trucking company to go where they do not lie to you HELP !

I started working for Trans am , they really press you to sign the lease, yes I did. I fell for it. Three weeks into it I am not seeing what was promised, I have been averaging close to 3000 miles a week, no tickets, no accidents. Is there any other place I can go, or is it a requirement by companies to lie and let you dig a hole for yourself while you pay their bills. Dispatch is no good , or either planners , i am not sure , but i want a job that pays for workers that work. Please help.....

Posted:  7 years ago

View Topic:

FINISHING CDL SCHOOL IN CHARLOTTE WITHIN 2 WEEKS

OK , I RECENTLY SAW A VIDEO THAT THIS GUY SAYS IF YOU HAVE A RECORD, BUT STILL WANT TO WORK, THERE ARE JOBS. BUT WHERE? I REALLY NEED SOME HELP TO FIND THEM, IF ANYONE KNOWS. JUST TO BE STRAIGHT UP, I AM AN HONORABLY DISCHARGED VETERAN, MY DRIVING RECORD IS SPOTLESS, I DO HAVE A FEW BLEMISHES ON MY CR THOUGH, I WAS ON DRUGS THEN, I HAVE BEEN CLEAN FOR A WHILE NOW, NO TROUBLE IN ALMOST 5 YEARS. I HAVE NO VIOLENCE , DRUG CHARGES, SEXUAL CRAP ON MY RECORD. CAN ANYONE POINT ME IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION PLEASE ?

Posted:  7 years ago

View Topic:

Anyone know a good place to start for someone with a not so clean background ?

1 felony in 2002, several misdemeanors though from 2008 -2010

Posted:  7 years ago

View Topic:

Anyone know a good place to start for someone with a not so clean background ?

I am in school now in charlotte, my mvr is spotless but my background is not, nothing violent or sick and no drugs though. are there places i can get a fresh start ? I am willing to relocate.

Page 1 of 1

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More