Profile For New Beginning

New Beginning's Info

  • Location:
    IN

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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    4 years, 1 month 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, 8 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:  3 years, 8 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:  3 years, 8 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:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Flatbed drivers, you have my respect!

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

Posted:  3 years, 8 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:  3 years, 8 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:  3 years, 8 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:  3 years, 8 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:  3 years, 8 months ago

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My Prime PSD experience

Who is Jerry?

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Swift Vs. Prime: The Battle for Supremacy.

To contact a recruiter at prime, here's an email for my recruiter, she was really good.

babrown@driveforprime.com

here's the number

http://www.primeinc.com/

the reason i went with prime is cause they pay you 200 per week while you are in CDL training i don't know who else is doing that.

i have no interest in getting any financial compensation for giving you this info, i am also not eligible for it since i do not drive for prime, but i trained there.

The $200 a week is a loan. After you start the TNT phase $25 a week is withheld from your check until it is paid back. For me I ended up paying back $1000 dollars. During the TNT phase I have grossed over $800 per check just to give an idea of what you can expect if you chose Prime.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Scenario ....

I am a new driver and thankfully when I took my test we only had to downshift to sixth gear. I still have trouble finding the right gear when downshifting below 10 mph. I hate when the light changes green and I am going under 10 mph.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Misdemeanor possession of marijuana less than an ounce charge

Companies usually like about 5 years distance from any drug charge. Wish you would have found this site before you went to school. You could have researched. Unfortunately schools are only in it for the money, otherwise they would have warned you how difficult it might be securing employment so soon after a drug charge. Continue applying for jobs and check out smaller trucking companies. They may be more able to help you than the larger companies. I had the same charge but I waited the 5 years so I could get on with a company that trained to guarantee I would be employable. Good luck.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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I suck at shifting

First, for the,love of whatever God you believe in, do not get into an automatic!!!! This GREATLY reduces your abilities as a trucker. How many companies would you have to walk away from an amazing offer because they don't have automatics? It's VERY easy to shift. Get 3 paper tubes, one for the clutch, one for brake, one for throttle. Get a plunger, that's the shifter. Get familiar with the Addams Family theme song. The 2 claps are the speed you need to shift. It gets easy with practice. Clutch neutral, clutch gear. Your road speed and RPMs will dictate if you get the gear. Example, at 5mph in a 10-speed, 2nd gear. Shift to 3rd at 9-10mph and 1100 rpms. Do it Addams Family theme speed, you will get the gear. Don't jam the shifter either. Think of the shifter as a fabrige egg. Gentle pressure with your finger tips is PLENTY to,get it,in gear. Light pressure with your Palm is enough to get it out.

You sound like my trainer. He says he got into trucking because of the rumble of the stack pipes when the jake break is on (pre-def). I told him I got into trucking so I can get paid to see parts of the country I might not other wise get to see. How can I take in the scenery if I have to constantly look at RPMs and how fast I am going(just kidding, I always look 12-15 seconds ahead). Anyway, I am glad I learned how to shift truck gears. Its like joining the military, only a small percentage of people can say they made that choice and succeeded. Driving an automatic is a choice. If one hasn't started yet, i'm sure a TT Wiki thread on companies going automatic will be started soon(hint hint Bret). Like manuals transmissions in cars, manuals in trucks will become less common. Especially with millinuals (however you describe the generation after us gen Xers). How else can they text and drive if they have to shift gears and pay attention to traffic.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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My Prime PSD experience

I must say I think the people and program are better than I expected. Im at the end of my first week and only one time was I frustrated. not with the instructors but with other employees. I was in the sim today Backing up...which I really wanted time to do. We EACH had a sim...but outside drivers. ..trainers and even tnt students entered and offer to "help" by controlling my wheel and telling me how to do it. When the 3rd guy asked. .I flat out told him. ."go away. .thanks but no thanks". He wouldn't leave so I went to the ladies room and did not return to my sim until he got the point. Ireally felt it was cause iwas the only woman in the room. .none of the men tried to "help"the other men. we started with about 76 and are down to half I'm sure. Many lied about physicals. .duis..or worse. The drug tests came back today which caused more to leave. Some couldn't pass the written exam.

I don't feel like a number as I saw a couple people suggest. They know my name. ..they smile and laugh. .and they seem to care. Even the cafeteria staff knows or name.

I would have liked a meet and greet with trainers. You are not assigned. .the trainer receives phone numbers of trainees so it is the luck of the draw. If you are lucky enough to meet someone outside who is a trainer. .good for you. Most hanging outside are smokers. .so not really where I want to be.

With respect to comments about rude instructors and lack of class time. .that has not been my experience. ..anyone who wanted extra sim time got it... I think 3 days for one to three hours. Of course maybe I'm justless sensitive than others. ...or from a rude part of the country. Lol

Also..thanks to this site. I passed all 4 written exams the first try. .that gave me more free time and less stress than some of the others.

They seem to give allot of bonuses for mpg..safety and training. .all great. They also seem to take safety seriously. They also encourage husband wife teams add it helps with homelife.

One week down. ..prime seems great so far. Now I need to find a trainer and I'll be on my way ;)

I am 23,000 miles into my TNT phase and so far Prime has been a good place to me. I will admit that 30,000 miles is a long, long time to be housed with someone you have only known for one day, but the experience behind the wheel is priceless. I also was stuck at the Campus Inn for a week. My trainer came out of the instructor training class my hold over week. Disregard what people say about getting a new instructor. Sometimes they are better than being with someone who has been driving for years because they remember what it feels like to be new. I am fortunate that I have a trainer who is patient. It also helped that he not too long ago went through the program his self and he is using his bad experience with his trainer as an example of what not to do. I came into the program expecting the worst, so as to not take things personal. So like you Rainy, i am not too offended by the actions of others. My only demand of my trainer during the interview process was that he not call me out my name. If I am anything other than Vernon at the end of a scolding for grinding gears, scaring the hell out of him going to fast on a ramp, or getting too close to a truck while backing up, that's when we would have a problem. I know TT has helped prepare me for this trucking experience. During my 3 month odyssey, I have experienced a break down on the highway my first week of PSD (hotel living for 4 days), a strained calf muscle (the smokey mountains( scariest driving thus far) and I still tested out with only 5000 miles driven. TNT started with Donners Pass at night while the trainer was sleep, Twin Sisters, and two trips from and to Sacramento to Portland(Mt Asanti and its buddies suck). Along one of those trips another break down when trailer breaks froze and started a fire(thanks to the farmer who alerted us, thank God the trainer was driving then). So far everyone here has nice. From the shuttle drivers to most cafeteria workers, everyone seems personable and friendly. I read on this site alot that you get back in attitude what you give, and staying positive is the best way to get through to others. This is a very stressful business. Everyone is under constant pressure. But I like it. And you have the right attitude so I know you will like it too. Good luck and be safe.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Thanks all

I'm headed to primes school now and want a to thank all of you for advice and great site. I was a little nervous being s woman who wants to drive. ..but you all helped me greatly. ...even though I never posted I read everything here. ...feel confident with the help of the practice test here. Thanks everyone

You will be pleasantly surprised at how many women truckers are at Prime. There are lots of women of all sorts who drive trucks. Sure, not as many as men, but there hasn't been a truck stop that I have been to that I have not seen female truckers. You will do fine. Good luck.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Automatic trucks, how do you like them?

I just started driving an automatic this week. It's a love/hate relationship right now. Love it when I am in heavy traffic, not to sure during other times. The jury is still out on this right now.

One big thing I don't like about it is when you are trying to slide your 5th wheel, it sucks. Had a very difficult time with that earlier this week. Finally got it, but boy was it a chore. You can't bump the clutch to jerk the truck to move a stuck 5th wheel. It seems on the new truck I am driving (new to me), it had never been moved, so did not want to budge.

Ernie

Glad your back riding this horse Ernie. From what I am hearing you will be happy to have that automatic. Do you automatic veterans, have you driven them in winter yet?That seems like the time when having a manual is beneficial. My last post was all messed up. Tried to take part of previous post and use it but ended up stealing it. Hey Errol, is there a tutorial on here that shows how to quote portions of what someone posted with out quoting the entire post. I think I confused myself.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Automatic trucks, how do you like them?

I'll be coming to Swift in a couple of weeks. Do you know if they are training in automatics ? I ask, cuz I am taking my test in an automatic. Thanks

I thought it was required all cdl testing be done with a manual. I should have researched more before I started, haha. I am glad I learned to drive a manual though.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Automatic trucks, how do you like them?

As I look through trucker magazines at truckstops I notice a lot of trucking companies are pointing out they are ordering new trucks and emphasizing automatics. I guess driver comfort is the at top of trucking companies to lure in newer drivers.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Automatic trucks, how do you like them?

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I haven't quite mastered driving trucks yet and am really beginning to get annoyed with myself whenever I grind a gear. Some days I drive like I have been doing this for ten years. Other days it's like I just started yesterday. I am curious as to how those of you that drive automatics like them. It seems like automatics would cut down on a lot of stress, especially when going through bumper to bumper traffic. Worrying about rpms, speed, how far to push on the clutch, and how heavy the load is really takes away from concentration on the road for me. The changing shifting points, and the dreaded climbing up hills is so frustrating.

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Swift seems to be moving to an "all" automatic fleet as they purchase new trucks. I started driving one back in July. I must admit at first I was not a fan, perhaps my ego got in the way, not sure. Since I am a dedicated driver on the Walmart account, I spend a good bit of my time in heavy traffic, so it did not take me very long to change my tune. Although it took some getting used to it (what to do with my left foot, etc.), I am of the same thought as several other posts, I would not go back. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy shifting, but at the end of a long day I seem to be far less fatigued with the automatic.

I almost went to Swift for my training, but I felt I needed more on the job training so I am at Prime. Sometimes I think I would have been better off with the shorter training cause being stuck in a truck for four months with someone is challenging. But anyway way, is the pay at Swift about average to other major carriers? I also chose Prime because after 6 months I can by out my tuition for $1600, if I am not happy with my situation. My trainer says he doesn't think Prime will be getting automatics anytime soon. But when I get back to the terminal I sure will be asking.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Thoughts On A Female Driver?

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Ok guys. No laughing here. Thoughts on a female driver??

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I love them I think they are sexy plus my exwife was probably one of the best drivers I have ever seen

I thought I was the only person that find women truckers sexy. I love to see a woman who isn't afraid to get their hands dirty. Nothing like a woman in wedge heels stepping down from a tractor.

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