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Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Help or advice

Each state has different testing procedures, laws, regs, and requirements. The written test is tricky because of the way the questions are worded. Some are straightforward and others are setup to make you really read and comprehend the question. Make sure you take your time and read each question several times then choose the "best" answer.

The PTI test portion is different from state to state. Some states you'll be expected to PT the entire truck others it's a blind draw and you'll get just a portion of the truck and trailer.

The air brakes aren't too bad, just make sure you have your routine down and don't forget the the acceptable psi loss per minute when doing the applied portion. I got ****y and mixed up the applied rate for straight trucks and combos lol.

Again the skills test is different from state to state, so focus on your state's requirements.

Think slow move slow and you'll be fine. Good luck!

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Low tire pressure in cold weather?

Wouldn't your tires always be up to operating temperature when checked by a DOT official, unless they got you just leaving your parking spot?

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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DOT Physical - Official form regarding current prescriptions?

She said Wellbutrin is OK as long as my prescribing physician signs off on it.

Good deal man! That one you probably don't want to go without, whereas the appetite suppressant and you can get by without. Good luck!

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Bankruptcy and getting into trucking

I had to file bankruptcy between my first driving job and the second company (I was in the process of filing while I was with the first company) and I got denied by only one of the companies out of the 20 or more I applied for so I think you'll be fine. Good luck!!!

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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2015 Cascadia 12v question

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Well..I just found out my "star head screw driving thingy" is a T25 torque driver...and after pulling the dash stuff out...its not a fuse. I did my "guy stuff" for the day lol.

Not only did I learn something new but I tried to save the company time and money. Oh well. Going back to sleep now.

Thanks youz guys

;)

You get an "A" for effort!!! Yes sleep time 😪

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Socializing at the truck stop

Good question! I tend to keep to myself mainly because I'm not in truck stops very often except to refuel. When I am though I don't mind some friendly socializing, especially if it's humorous lol! Most of my interaction with other drivers is at shippers and recievers.

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Starting a new job

The shifting will come back with ease. The only thing I'd recommend is double clutching instead of floating (I'm assuming you used to float lol) to avoid any fumbles during your road test. Congrats on the new job!

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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American Truck Simulator

Looks pretty cool! I'll have to check this out in my down time. Thanks for sharing!

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Automatic trucks at CR England?

Definitely wait to learn the stick in a big truck! You don't want to learn any bad habits or have to unlearn things during CDL training. I'd much rather teach someone to drive a manual truck that has not driven a manual at all.

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Looking to go with Roehl or TMC - Couple of questions about the hiring process.

It should be only a couple of days before you hear back with a yes or no from the recruiter after applying. As far as your actual first day that'll depend on how often the company has orientation (usually weekly), how long it takes them to get your travel arrangements setup, and the availability of trainers. The companies you're looking at should have plenty of trainers and the resources to quickly set your travel arrangements.

The speeding ticket might get you because it's more than 15 mph over which is reckless driving (could be different in the state where fined), but some insurance companies might put you in a higher risk category.

I agree with Brett, focusing on the long term is a wise decision. Also your first year or two will be filled (and I mean overflowing) with plenty of ups, downs, ins, and outs during that time you'll be processing a lot of info, learning as you go. You're potential companies are good, established, and reputable I don't think there's much to worry about there. I've learned that when you pull back and look at the big picture most big companies are compensating their drivers comparably. It's all a trade off for example, more money usually equals older equipment or no health insurance. In the end they all have the same bottom line they just get there differently.

Good luck man!

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Just got put on the Target fleet!!

Congratulations man!!!!

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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2015 Cascadia 12v question

Definitely a fuse or break in the circuit. I'd have Prime take care of it next time you're in a position to. And as long as the dash plugs are working you'll still be able to charge your electronics until then.

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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CAREER

Watkins Shepard is a fully automatic fleet. They do forced dispatch though and are based in Montana. They are also the only company I know that does not require you to go with a trainer when you are a new CDL graduate. They do a two week Missoula, MT training and then, assign you your own truck. It is then either sink or swim.

That's nuts!!! I'm going with sink or tumble down a mountainside lol!

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Laws regarding disclosure

I believe they can disclose things like that on your DAC Report.

Yea I wasn't sure because there's so many other laws that protect prospective employees from getting "black listed" by a former employer when leaving under bad terms. Thank you.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Laws regarding disclosure

Does anyone know the laws that dictate weather or not a former employer can disclose your records to a potential employer in regards to non preventable incidents which did not go on your DOT record or CSA score? Meaning no accident report filed, no ticket or fine, no injuries, and no disabled vehicles.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Need Advice Please

I'm learning the hard way how precious being patient is in this industry, and how quickly expectations can derail you, so I understand what you're feeling. The vets are right, you can only control a few things on this equation so don't let it run away on you. And your company will make sure they get their money's worth out of the school and make sure you're qualified to begin driving for them. Companies aren't going to lose out on their investment (you) by any means. Hang in there and good luck to you.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Cab noise and hearing loss

I'm a rookie so my company put me in an 07 Mack with almost 1 million miles on the clock and doesn't seem excessively loud, and Macks probably aren't the most OTR friendly trucks when comes to driver comfort, so I'd think your truck noise level in the cab is probably safe, all just speculation though.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Feeling like a rookie

Thanks for the support and a good laugh too fellas! I'm my own worst critic and sometimes set my expectations and standards at an unrealistic level.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Feeling like a rookie

Any of you other OTR solo rookies feel you're the only rookie on the road, in a drop yard, or at a truck stop? Sometimes it feels that way to me. I have days when I can stick it in a dock on the first shot, then later the same I look a blind man backing a trailer lol.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Started backing today

So as the title says we started backing in school today I nailed the straight line packing no problem but I'm a little rusty with the offset after being out ofthe truck for 6 years it took me 1 pull up each of the 3 times I did it today but with practice I'll nail it with no problem come test day

Sounds like you're not that rusty at all. It'll come back to and you'll smash that test! Good luck!

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