Profile For Daniel B.

Daniel B.'s Info

  • Location:
    Sacramento, CA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    7 years, 5 months ago

Daniel B.'s Bio

I started in this forum sitting in my old apartment dinner table browsing the forums day and night thinking if I wanted to pursue trucking. Long ago. I was under heavy financial burdens that prevented me from attending school. I moved back in with my parents with my wife, I dropped all my bills including the apartment. When we finally had some breathing room I quit my job and attended Central Refrigeration Services school. A class of 7, only me and another person survived. Put in a truck with a complete stranger for a month, I was expected to exceed and force a friendship with this stranger. Sweat, tears, long nights and days, anger, frustrations, and being away from the family were a common thing in my life. I finally graduated! Assigned a Black 2012 Freightliner Cascadia and thrown into the wilderness. I survived that first month and things were still challenging. I came on this site not knowing a damn thing about trucking and here I am! I been where you/'re at right now. I've had my share of doubts, and I've asked millions of questions on this forum. I know how it is being new to the industry. I made it through and I have been driving for 4 years now.

After over 3 years of OTR, I finally landed a cushy local job driving double tankers delivering to gas stations. Home daily, 2-3 days off per week with hourly pay. If you work hard, the sky is the limit! Now who wants some gasoline!?

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Posted:  4 days, 15 hours ago

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Reefer Companies that Fuel at PIlot/Flying J

I have been around a while and I've seen some weird stuff but I haven't ever witnessed someone prefer to work for a company based on where they fuel. If you don't mind me asking, why is this important to you at all? Seems like such a minor detail.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Bird One

All my customers hate YRC. I steal their freight a lot. We are hiring PT dock and linehaul here in SAC. Its back to super busy and they're begging for guys to run line on the weekends. Combo drivers are all doing routes again.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Need to know about a company

POWERSOURCE TRANSPORTATION INC U.S. DOT#: 565162 Address: 6480 AMERIPLEX DRIVE PORTAGE, IN 46368 Number of Vehicles: 130 Number of Drivers: 133 Number of Inspections: 400 Safety Rating & OOS Rates (As of 07/22/2020 updated daily from SAFER) SATISFACTORY(Rating Date: 12/23/2009) Out of Service Rates Type OOS % National Avg % Vehicle 17.4 20.7 Driver 1.8 5.5 Hazmat 0.0 4.5

Never heard of them. This is from https://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/SMS/Carrier/565162/Overview.aspx?FirstView=True

Laura

The magic of a simple google search

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Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Big News! Off-Topic but I kind of grew up here (been on TT since I was 20) so I must tell!

Congratulations! And be assured that your posts from years ago still bear incredible fruit for those of us about to start the trucking journey. Kids are great and then one day they turn into teenagers. So enjoy the "great" years.

Thanks sir. Luckily the pre-trip doesn't change much so the expiration date on it isn't anytime soon. I still use the same pre-trip for my Old Dominion students in California with a few CA specific modifications.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Big News! Off-Topic but I kind of grew up here (been on TT since I was 20) so I must tell!

Thanks everyone. Really appreciate it!

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Big News! Off-Topic but I kind of grew up here (been on TT since I was 20) so I must tell!

Thanks Jamie!

Haha Old School please do come. Always a pleasure to meet the legend. We need advice. Our linehaul dispatcher has 8 kids and I asked him for advice this morning and he said "just wing it". I'm sure you can do better!

Rob, I get the feeling that that's how it will go from here onwards. No one ever warned me it would be this difficult to get the first one though. He's set to arrive End of January 2021.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Big News! Off-Topic but I kind of grew up here (been on TT since I was 20) so I must tell!

So since I have been here for such a long time I feel I need to tell you guys my great news!

After almost 9 years of being married, me and my wife are finally expecting our first child!

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After sooo many years of no success I sort of just gave up on the idea of being a father. My life for the past 5 years since I got out of OTR and into local has basically been just working, woodturning (my addiction hobby), serving my church, and whatever else a not-so-adventerous-anymore man in his mid 20's does.

So indeed, what a surprise! I took yesterday off so we can get the gender reveal done and the results are in...

Its a boy!

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Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Invention idea

Best thing to do would be file a patent.

But I would like to know more, I'll all about making life easier.

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You could reach out to Bobcat Bob and Auggie 69'er and especially Daniel B. on here, and more I'm forgetting

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Daniel does P&D they tried giving P&D two trailers at times but they have a hard counting that high without taking their shoes off.

Lol! We do doubles everyday for drop & hooks since we never have enough 53's.

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Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Uber freight questions

Even if you do buy a truck and trailer, please don't contract yourself to Uber Freight. They are far from the cream of the crop.

I cannot stress enough, do not go this O/O route.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Practicing Pretrip is hard.

Its definitely overwhelming at first but it gets easier as you go. I highly recommend checking out this page and downloading My Pretrip Inspection PDF. I made it from the ground up and it is complete. I break it down into 3 common phrases: ABC (Abrasions, Bulges, or Cuts), CBB (Cracked, Bent, or Broken) and PMS (Property Mounted and Secure), and it's really easy to get a good grasp on it.

In fact, I am a driver trainer at Old Dominion and I teach all of our guys, both experienced and aspiring, the Pretrip and still use it to this day to pass my students (with a few California modifications).

The Bottom line is just keep practicing it and try not to overwhelm yourself. Take it one chunk at a time and don't be afraid to "fake" test yourself to see your progress. You'll get there eventually.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Thinking about career change from law enforcement to truck driving

I have nothing to contribute, but I just want to thank you for what you do sir. Hopefully things will get back to normal but just know you are appreciated and you have more courage in your pinky than I have in my entire body. Stay safe!

Posted:  1 month ago

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Jump to Local

There certainly is a different vibe as a local driver.

Got to agree with Daniel, though. Hauling fuel, we are both overweight and hazardous. If we followed the rules, half our stations would be unreachable. I’ve put 117k pounds down five ton roads, gone through non hazmat tunnels with a placarded load, have pulled hazmat through residential areas, and broken all kinds of rules, simply because that’s the only way to reach a station. “Local delivery” will forgive a multitude of sins. Really, the only restrictions we’ll pay attention to are bridge weights, for obvious reasons.

Yeah, its sort of the nature of the beast. When I was OTR I had no clue how outlandish local driving can be though I thought I did. Its definitely not something you want to get into without a few years on your back. Props on doing fuel there sir. I did it for 2 years and wasn't a big fan.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Jump to Local

Until you are pulling a HAZMAT load through a restricted area and get involved in an accident.

Happened to a guy in Atlanta last year on I-85, the No HAZMAT route. Cost him and his company thousands and thousands of dollars after he was involved in an accident and rolled it over.

Really poor advice to ignore signs. Trucks never have accidents caused by others, huh?

It wasnt advice, its what we have to do. We deliver to every business you can imagine as well as residential properties. If we followed your text we wouldn't be able to do 75% of our deliveries.

And indeed, people order hazardous material freight that are either located on a NO HAZMAT road or that we must travel through a NO HAZMAT road. Keep in mind there are roads that we cannot drive through due to low trees and low power lines.

Life in LTL isn't as black and white as people may think it is. You're an OTR guy and I don't think you fully grasp LTL sir.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Jump to Local

Nobody questions a daycab in the city.

You got that right! I haven't paid attention to non-truck routes and weight restricted roads in forever.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Drivers for Paid Photoshoot

Perfect opportunity for Old School. He's the best looking out here. His star will shine so bright!

Posted:  1 month ago

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GIFTS!

A free dinner. Truckers love food.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Is this job a scam?

It threw me off when I asked him for his name on the phone he wouldn't tell me and he said i wouldn't have to road test theres other guys with experience who applied but he thinks he's gonna go with me the first thought in my head was WOW NICE GUY!when I hung up I wasn't as nervous and started thinking more why wouldn't he tell me his name and why wouod he chose me over the experienced guys who applied and said there on board for the same 22 an hr but your right im sure its hard starting any business the burger king he wants to meet at is in the most dangerous place in ohio as well he wouldn't change the location for nothing if I had someone to go with me i would but I'm gonna take the ladys advice on this one!but I absolutely understand where you coming from

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I'm sorry, they have trucks but no office?? RUN the other direction as fast as you can!!

Laura

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I strongly disagree with you. My wife works for a small company of about a dozen trucks and I'm good friends with the owner. Its a 2 person operation (my wife and him) and it took him a while to get an office when he was first starting out. The starting costs are massive especially if you're renting space just for paperwork. It can sometimes be best to save the money and just use a room in your house when starting out. Its not unusual at all. Think about how many small businesses started in their garage and eventually moved to an industrial space. Why would this throw you off?

Back to the question, to legitimize this job opportunity and ensure he isn't scamming you, ask him for his company DOT/MC #. Use that information to do some research into them. You'll learn all you'll need to know with that information and some research.

Starting out is really really hard in this industry from his position. Yes he will cut corners in an attempt to keep his head above water.

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I'm sorry, they have trucks but no office?? RUN the other direction as fast as you can!!

Laura

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I strongly disagree with you. My wife works for a small company of about a dozen trucks and I'm good friends with the owner. Its a 2 person operation (my wife and him) and it took him a while to get an office when he was first starting out. The starting costs are massive especially if you're renting space just for paperwork. It can sometimes be best to save the money and just use a room in your house when starting out. Its not unusual at all. Think about how many small businesses started in their garage and eventually moved to an industrial space. Why would this throw you off?

Back to the question, to legitimize this job opportunity and ensure he isn't scamming you, ask him for his company DOT/MC #. Use that information to do some research into them. You'll learn all you'll need to know with that information and some research.

Starting out is really really hard in this industry from his position. Yes he will cut corners in an attempt to keep his head above water.

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Yeah the fact that you wouldn't even need a road test is the most scariest part. I would stay away. He could be going after you because of how young you are and he thinks you don't know any better. Keep applying.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Is this job a scam?

I'm sorry, they have trucks but no office?? RUN the other direction as fast as you can!!

Laura

I strongly disagree with you. My wife works for a small company of about a dozen trucks and I'm good friends with the owner. Its a 2 person operation (my wife and him) and it took him a while to get an office when he was first starting out. The starting costs are massive especially if you're renting space just for paperwork. It can sometimes be best to save the money and just use a room in your house when starting out. Its not unusual at all. Think about how many small businesses started in their garage and eventually moved to an industrial space. Why would this throw you off?

Back to the question, to legitimize this job opportunity and ensure he isn't scamming you, ask him for his company DOT/MC #. Use that information to do some research into them. You'll learn all you'll need to know with that information and some research.

Starting out is really really hard in this industry from his position. Yes he will cut corners in an attempt to keep his head above water.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Is it just me?

Atleast those are just bobtail spots and not trailer parking. What drives me crazy is passing a rest stop and seeing someone that parked like that behind trucks the previous night still sitting there at 10am. Atleast set an alarm so you can move into a marked spot after other trucks start moving instead of making 6 or more diagonal spots unusable.

Lots of ELD put you on Driving automatically if you move more than a foot. This might not work.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Getting a job after Dollar General..

Not only DG accounts, but I will also say this is also a great reason why starting as a P&D driver is a dangerous job for a beginner. All you do is back up all day in parking lots and into driveways.

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