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    NJ

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    Rookie Team Driver

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Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Starting Pay For Schneider

Second Chance, I was planning on going to Carlisle for training with Schneider in January. I am in Jersey as well. I was told about a regional run to Maine, Amazon regional, and a paper company run to name a few. It seems from what I read, that they have their act together as a company, and treat their drivers pretty well. Are you still happy with the job?

I personally think they are great, helpful and very respectful. I was doing teams, which I don't suggest. Hard time sleeping and hard to trust a driver unless you are very close. Pay was great! My codriver was afraid of mountains and bridges - to the point of sacrificing safety. He was fine in the Midwest, but we got to Pa, and he was freaking out. I can't imagine California with him...lol. Anyway, I will be leaving as I cannot be away from my family, I thought I could do it for a short time until I got experience, but I can't. I give credit to those that can!

I have an opportunity as a class b with dry ice, Airgas. I am going to pursue that. As for Schneider I think they truly are great with many opportunities! Carlisle was great, and they treat you well! Good luck!

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Schneider is treating me good so far!

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After an 11 hour drive I finally got here. I am tired. Got a nice room with a kithen. I don't have to be to the OC till 10:30 tomorrow. Nice. I was assigned my team partner and he has the same first name...thought that was cool. I am assuming someone will come with me to drop off my rental and take me back to the OC. I just hope I get all my stuff in the truck before I have return the car. To much crap to lug around.

Gonna enjoy some food, tv, and sleep! I am excited and nervous!

I am concerned about home time. I live in NJ and he lives in Wiscounsin. How the heck does that work?

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You are in ocean city? I grew up in NJ cape may county area the Wildwoods to be specific. I moved to PA in 1996 after i graduated high school.

That's good you like Schneider so far I'm pretty sure I'm going with them but i'm still reading various forums about what company to go with. I found a forum called topix last night that had lots of bad posts about Schneider but they still don't have as much bad reports as Swift or CR England.

I live in central Jersey. I did find out about my home time. We will go to locations n in the middle, and one of us will take the truck home, and the other will get a rental car home. The day to it takes to drive home will not count as home time. I met my co driver and he seems like a nice guy. We are now sharing a room because The hotel we were at had bed bugs, and Schneider graciously switched from us to a new hotel. We decided to share a room since we will be teaming anyway. I feel a lot more at ease now. It looks like I will be out until Christmas.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Schneider is treating me good so far!

After an 11 hour drive I finally got here. I am tired. Got a nice room with a kithen. I don't have to be to the OC till 10:30 tomorrow. Nice. I was assigned my team partner and he has the same first name...thought that was cool. I am assuming someone will come with me to drop off my rental and take me back to the OC. I just hope I get all my stuff in the truck before I have return the car. To much crap to lug around.

Gonna enjoy some food, tv, and sleep! I am excited and nervous!

I am concerned about home time. I live in NJ and he lives in Wiscounsin. How the heck does that work?

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Company DOT physical

I am not sure how that would work with HIPPA violations. I don't think they could dig into that, but maybe workmans comp cases are different. I am sure someone will chime in soon.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Schneider is treating me good so far!

This is good to hear. Good luck. Drive safely.

Beautiful, gorgeous baby in your profile photo, btw.

-mountain girl

Thank you! She is definitely a cutie pie!

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Schneider is treating me good so far!

I am headed from Jurzee to Indy tomorrow morning in a nice rental car provided by Schneider. They are also giving me a toll thingy that's billed straight to them. I thought that was cool. Putting me up in an extended stay, hopefully for only one night and get me rolling with my co driver by Wednesday..

Trying to get my friend as my partner, but see what will happen.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Experienced solo OTR drivers earn up to 43.5 CPM and Teams earn up to 55 CPM

I know Schneider is paying me .40 cpm, for all my logged miles, and whatever the other driver is getting for his logged miles are. Will be making the full 40, not 20, which is what I love about them. I know most companies do the split.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Mobileye

I didn't even think about that. The on guard system we use only automatically brakes if cruise control is on, adaptive cruise control. With that said we are told not use cruise control in inclement weather. I don't if if works the same with other brands, but I am sure it's the same idea. I guess the fix is don't use cruise control in bad weather, otherwise it will just beep a lot at you.

The annoying part is when you want to use the cruise control and can't until you pull over and clean the radar lens!

I could be wrong but don't quote me, I believe mobile eye works in the same way. So to fix the problem of dangerous slides, don't set the cruise control on in bad weather. Also, I believe it starts the braking with engine braking depending on the situation then jumps to the foundation brakes.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Prime truly cares.

Wow, that is awesome! That is how you know there is a disconnect from the employees to the owners or management. Obviously the employees are not supposed to be so rude to ignore your flight home, but thank God they did. It allowed you to see the true integrity of Prime. I hope it all works out! I tried applying there, because I was out of work for 10 years because of a disability they told me "you are not hireable". They we're my top 3. My heart sank when I heard that. Again though, another phone call could have cleared it up to someone higher up the food chain. For me it all worked out anyway, so no complaints here!

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Jake Brake???

Just a quick question. Is the "engine brake" named in the High Road CDL Training Course, the same thing as what we used to call a "Jake Brake" back when I was first driving in the stone age of trucking? I just want to get that little bit of info clear.

Bad Bob

From my understanding the Jake brake and engine brake are one in the same.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Mobileye

Brett, thank you for that. You can see how new I am. My line of thinking was if it makes you unsafe on the road in a storm, make yourself safe. I never have done that, and because I love my job, will never do that. Because of the seriousness of the consequence for doing such things, I am very sorry for the poor advice. My intentions were for the good though. Again Brett, thanks for pointing that out. Sorry again for the bone head advice. I going with, it's a rookie mistake!

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Where 2 park my truck!?

It looks likevRoehl wants you to find a secure location by your house. Ernie has good advice. Youbcan even check with some dinners. I know a few by me, that have a big lot for trucks too, and will let you park there while the home.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Where 2 park my truck!?

Usually your company will work with you to find the most efficient spot, depending on their resources.what company are you with?

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Mobileye

I've been putting up with this thing for over 2 years now. If this device was a living creature I would destroy it in a bitter rage even if it meant prison. I hate it with a passion and think it's the most dangerous thing to put on a truck.

Think I'm nuts? Wait until a 4 wheeler cuts you off on an iced road and that thing SLAMS on the brakes for you. This thing has almost killed me on more than one occasion.

Just stick some tape on the front of the radar and it won't be able to calibrate and be used. I would think though thet the road grime from salt snow, ice, and slush would be enough to screw with it.

I personally like our on guard. But it might a bit different then the mobile eye. The warning beeps can get annoying but it keeps you alert. The whole ice think yeah l, there should be a way disable it for situations like this. That would only make sense!

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Experienced just not recent

Most companies will want you to take a simple refresher. I know a buddy of mine stopped driving in 2000, and said he just needed to take a two week 40 hour refresher. good-luck.gif

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Graduated TDI,. about to head off to Stevens Transport for my first CDL Job...

Congrats man! That seemed like an intense first day. Question...the people that failed, were they able to work with the trainers then retake it or were they sent home? Did they do the DOR physical, and do they have an agility type test? Just curious. Good luck, and sounds like your having a blast! I thought about them before I went to Schneider. I like the fact that they hook their drivers up with nice hoodies in the truck, but the home time didn't work for what I wanted.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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A bit overwhelming

That is a plus....one on one! I had to wait 3.5 hours for a 10 minute turn in the truck!

Take it a day at a time, be a sponge and soak it all up! After you pass your CDL, go through the orientation of your employer and start working....it will all click! You will learn as you go.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Officially rehired

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Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Automatics in Winter question?

I just watched a video on Schneider crossroads as they are getting their drivers ready for winter descents in bad weather. This is for the D-12 automated transmission. When you are about descend a mountain get to the speed you want to safely descend. They say 20mph is a safe speed to keep slight constant brake pressure without over heating the brakes. Chou flip the switch to lick the trans in the gear so it doesn't upshift. If you start to slide, the abs will automatically disengage the engine from the drive wheels, just like if you were to press the clutch in on a manual.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

I am 34, I've been a welder/fabricator, auto mechanic, cashier, real estate agent, overnight stock, and a fast food manager not in that order.

I have always wanted to be a tractor trailer driver. Shoot, every man on moms side retired from truck driving, are doing dispatch now, or are still driving! It's been a part of my family I believe since the 40's, I would like to now proof myself, and live an aventourous life!

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