Profile For Daniel B.

Daniel B.'s Info

  • Location:
    Sacramento, CA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    7 years, 7 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:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Questions On Riding With My Boyfriend

Why did Swift deny him? I mean this in no disrespect, but if Swift denied him then that's really bad as they accept just about anyone. At this point I would just apply to all companies using the link below and see if anyone else bites.

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Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Questions On Riding With My Boyfriend

Why did Swift deny him? I mean this in no disrespect, but if Swift denied him then that's really bad as they accept just about anyone. At this point I would just apply to all companies using the link below and see if anyone else bites.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Driver appreciation week

Doesn't take that long if you do it yourself.

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Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Anyone know what this was

Trailer x-ray

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Daniel B.

Im trying to get Pete's contact information so I can meet up with him. Why is it taking forever for my posts to be approved to be put on the forum? Why is this even a thing?

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Daniel B.

Add a reply here when you expect to arrive, I keep checking back.

When are you expecting to leave the truck stop tomorrow?

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Daniel B.

I should be there and parked by 1330, at the latest.

Send me an email at truckerdan44@yahoo.com so I can give you my contact info

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Daniel B.

I should be there and parked by 1330, at the latest.

Okay. Email me at truckerdan44@yahoo.com and Ill give you my contact info

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Daniel B.

Of course! I can stop by after church probably between 1300-1800.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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I am looking at starting with Wilson Logistics - What ELD do they use

Why does it matter? Among all the questions there is to ask about a company, why this one?

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Told company’s insurance company would not insure me because of age 70

My wife is a dispatcher for a small O/O company of about 12 drivers. I told her your story and the first thing she said was "I would deny him too".

Sounds harsh but let me put it in perspective. They, and probably the company you replied to, are a super small company that must prioritize risk because one driver getting into a bad at-fault accident will put the company out of business. The bank isn't exactly in the millions. They need to be careful who they let in and a driver who is 70 years old is obviously at huge risk but obvious reasons. Its not worth the risk.

The insurance company has all the say and whether you like it or not their insurance company might not be premium and they declined you.

But take heart, theres a trillion other companies out there so no need to dwell on this one. Just take their reply and move on in my opinion.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Brand new driver seeking wisdom and advice

This thread could use more Dan's.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Always check, before pulling it out

Nice man. Yeah that's stressed pretty hard at our terminal. It has happened before but there wasn't freight on the plate but the dock worker was on the forklift inside the trailer when he pulled out. Went for a ride for a few feet.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Change of career from law enforcement to CDL driver

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Hey guys. This is my first post here. I was hoping to get some input on a career change from law enforcement to driving commercially.

I have been in law enforcement for about 5 years now. Needless to say, the current climate has been extremely demoralizing. Practices with my agency have changed dramatically and it seems like I can no longer do my job without a supervisor breathing down my neck or question every decision I make. The result is me coming home stressed and in a bad mood everyday.

I have my CDL A already, but have no experience outside of driving for the military. I was drawn to this career path as I do DOT inspections at my local agency as an ancillary duty. I love this aspect of law enforcement and have not had any bad encounters with drivers. I'm fairly well versed on the title 49 regulations and what not. Unfortunately this is an aspect of my job that I can't do regularly as I still have to answer calls for service.

The idea of truck driving sounds very appealing and I have no doubt I would enjoy it. My only concerns are taking a paycut (my base salary is $51,000ish) and being away from family. I am getting married at the end of September and the idea of going away for months at a time right after that doesn't sound all that great to me of my significant other. Money isn't everything for me, but at the same time, I'm not exactly in a position where I could take a paycut.

All in all, I'm tired of the micromanagement and the culture surrounding American law enforcement right now. The idea of changing careers is pretty scary, but being miserable in my current career isn't my much better.

Is there any advice or words of wisdom you guys are able to provide? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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Nobody told you this but you’ll be just as stressed as a truck driver

Maybe the first year. Maybe. I'm on my 8th year and I do local P&D which is just about the hardest it gets in trucking and I'm pretty relaxed and my stress level is very minimal.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Change of career from law enforcement to CDL driver

These kind of threads pull at my heart strings the most. It kills me thinking about how terribly officers are being treated. And I can't even imagine having to explain common sense actions that you had to take to defend yourself to a superior. Then I go on facebook and read a bunch of women who work in offices who have probably never had a life or death situation happen in their lives critiquing the actions of an officer when they don't know jack. All of a sudden everyone is an expert.

Thank you Sean for what you do. You and your fellow officers are a blessing.

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Going local

It all depends on who the customers are and where you are driving to. I start at the local terminal at 3am and assigned a daycab. I usually head up to First Quality Tissue and garb my preloaded trailer and its either a single stop or two-stop run to Costco or Sam's. Live unloads and return to grab a load and drive to Atlanta, GA. Mainly NE to SW in the Fairburn, GA. Having to cross Atlanta is a challenge every day. Those fools constantly wreck. When I get down there I am dropping my trailer and grabbing an empty to head to my next pickup and drop the empty to get my loaded trailer. Then to get back through Atlanta, GA and drop the backhaul in either Greenville or Anderson SC. I always end up maxing my 14 and usually have to do use the short haul exemption every week. I get paid hourly and I end up averaging 65 hours in 5 days.

I salute you. Personally, the entire reason that I went local is to get my life back. You wouldn't catch me working 65 hours per week. Local is for work:life balance. OTR is for working 65 hours per week to maximize the income- in my opinion.

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Just getting started and already it's bad.

20 bucks says he won't be back. We been through this too many times guys.

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Old Dominion announces new pay raises

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I'm here sitting at 27.55 and I thought we were paid a high amount.

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OD doesnt pay overtime from what I've heard, Atleast for drivers so all time is paid at that hourly rate. If you worked the same amount of hours you'd earn a larger paycheck due to OT pay. Of course your body is taking a beating compared to the P&D driver bumping docks and occasionally unloading a pallet with a hand Jack. From what I've noticed is OD is most people wanting to get into LTL work want to work at OD. I'm not sure how they differ from other options but by offering such a strong pay rate they're able to recruit the best of the best. Sysco offers so much in part because of the union but they also know if they don't pay that well they won't have anybody working there lol.

We get OT after 12 in a day or after 60 in a week

Posted:  2 months ago

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Old Dominion announces new pay raises

Honestly I was expecting to get nothing and hoping for 1 cpm really surprised we are getting the full 1.9 cpm. Plus the extra paid holiday is great.

Plus they "overpay" linehaul because they know we do all the hard work.

Maybe the rest of the week but not today lol. 14 different deliveries and 10 different pickups but I did have to refuse one pickup due to poor packaging. We are slammed right now on both city and linehaul

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Air Brake Test w/o chocks?

Yeah you concern me too. You sound... rushed? It sounds like you just need some kind of income at this very moment and trucking is what the dice pointed to. Its a very stressful process. I wouldn't expect an income anytime soon and this isn't just a quick get out of debt card. Its literally a lifestyle change that takes months to get a foot off the floor and then you'll need to learn how to actually make money.

I would slow down and consider all your options because the route you want to go is actually the worst route to take. You're not going to pass your test without weeks of schooling/training and you're going to burn everything you have in savings just by renting trucks.

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