Profile For New Beginning

New Beginning's Info

  • Location:
    IN

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    8 years ago

New Beginning's Bio

47 year-old kid who always wanted to be a truck driver. This is another item on my bucket list. Joined the National Guard at 35, (item # 6). I have traveled to 22 states on my own and figured might as well get paid to travel to the other 27. (If I could drive to Hawaii that would be great, but trucking will get me there) Married with grown children, none living at home, so time on the road will be great for my marriage (hahaha). Oh I know there are 50 states, can't drive to Hawaii, get it now? 10/18/15-After 3 months, I can finally call myself a truck driver. I have been to (or through) 16 more states so I have 11 more to visit.

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Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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A Thank You, And A Promise To Our Community

Thank you for that great letter Brett. I have not logged on to the site in a long time. But it still remained a must read when ever I needed a trucking answer. I have gone through quite a bit in the past four years driving and this forum has helped me tremendously. From the test prep to drivers diaries, this site is a must read for new drivers and informational to us more experienced. I have recommended this site to anyone who has ever asked me a question about trucking. The vehicle walk around is cemented into my brain (Go Prime). Anyway, again this is the first time I have logged in since maybe 2016 because my feelings were hurt on a long stressed out night when I asked a rookie question and felt offended with some of the responses. It felt like everyone wanted to answer better than the other instead of remembering their first time in that instance and teaching from situation. (Again, I may have been a little more sensitive than usual that day. Mood swings are a constant the first year on the road.) Trucking Truth is great for truckers and those interested in trucking. It will be nice to see the site a little more empathetic, in remembrance of when we all were rookies. With out Trucking Truth I might not have made it this far. Having a place to come to where you will find an answer to every truck driving situation is *********** great. Would have loved to share my owner operator period. Hopefully in the future we can openly discuss the bad (I know the site’s beliefs and I respect that) as well as “the you won’t get rich” but you can maybe have a little bit more control of your time while making the same amount of money. I know if I could make the same money I make now (company driver) as I could being a writer (my dream) I would jump at the chance. I don’t see why a driver can’t be a lease driver (self employed dream) to be in more control of their schedule.

Posted:  7 years, 7 months ago

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Safe Haven rule

Thanks guys. To bad none of you offered to help me out other than saying search or printing manuals. And to suggest that as a rookie I possibly had poor planning is actually an insult. As of late it seems like you moderators are in competition to either see who knows the most or who can do the best at putting people down. The correct answer was off duty drive because I was not under a load.

Posted:  7 years, 7 months ago

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Safe Haven rule

At the receivers and my clocks ran out. Is this where you use safe haven rule by logging in to drive and remark in Qualcomm going to safe haven to truck stop 8 miles away?

Posted:  7 years, 7 months ago

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Automatic Transmissions

Speaking of automatics, Prime is ordering all automatics beginning with the 2017 model year. They say they will start getting them in February or April 2016.

Posted:  7 years, 7 months ago

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Flatbed drivers, you have my respect!

Are you still at Prime? How is it going for you?

Posted:  7 years, 7 months ago

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Appreciation

About 3 years ago I stumbled across this site as I was looking to get on into trucking. At that time I was unable to begin because I had some issues I needed to take care of and a lifestyle I wasn't sure I was ready to give up. Well, 10 months ago I cleared up my issues and decided that it was time to change my lifestyle for the better. So I decided to research trucking again and set a date that I would begin my new career. That day was July 13th 2015. My first day behind the wheel was terrifying. So was the second, third, and fourth. Anyway, on October 18th 2015 I can officially call myself a truck driver after completing the A seat upgrade. I can honestly say that if it wasn't for truckingtruth.com this would not have been possible. I was out on the road for three months with a great trainer who taught me how to drive the truck, but coming to this site numerous times a day has helped me learn the truck and the trucking lifestyle. Not being disrespectful to the moderators because they have been really helpful, but I have learned more from the rookie drivers and those looking to be drivers. To me, that is what makes this site so great. The interaction that goes on here makes this site fantastic. Brett, Errol, Old school, Ernie, Red Gator, THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO HELP. I may not participate a lot, but I am a regular visitor and recipient of the wisdom you guys bestow to all who have questions. On a side note, Brett, can you release me from being halted on the High Road test. P.S.

Anyone who complains about the ads, I challenge you to find a better site for us truckers. Any revenue Brett generates from ads is well deserve.

Posted:  7 years, 7 months ago

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My Prime PSD experience

I believe Swift's most recent acquisition was Digby out of Denver. Digby includes Digby, Navajo Express, Cargo Express and one other. Can't think of the name. White tractor with gold trim. Gonna bug me now.

Lot of consolidating in the trucking world lately. Is this going to drive the hauling freight prices lower? Or make driver pay less? Or both?

Posted:  7 years, 7 months ago

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Stevens Transport or no?

Try a mom and pop company that will train you or Melton isn't bad for a starter either Stevens has some slow trucks

60 MPH in a truck is not slow, at least not in my opinion. Grant it I am still new but being new it was the best thing for me. My first couple days of driving I was scared to go faster than 50mph. Around curves I was afraid I would tip over so I would go even slower. 3 months later sometimes I wish my truck would go faster but being new slow is a good thing. Being new, a mom and pop shop might be something to worry about if they don't have newer equipment.

Posted:  7 years, 7 months ago

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My Prime PSD experience

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Who is Jerry?

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He's referring to the owner of Swift.

Haven't noticed Swift making any purchases lately but have seen Celedon making quite a few acquisitions recently: Taylor, Tango, and A/S.

Posted:  7 years, 7 months ago

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My Prime PSD experience

Who is Jerry?

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