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  • Location:
    Greencastle, IN

  • Driving Status:
    Company Driver In Training

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 10 months ago

Tazzy's Bio

I currently reside in Greencastle, Indiana. I am married to my beautiful wife Roxann for 8 years already!!!! I just graduated from C1 CDL Training in Indianapolis, Indiana and received my Class A driver's license.

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Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Meals / Tax Man

From the IRS Website For Travel Expenses:

Well.................... I do like bologna & cheese..................

Thanks for taking the time and providing the very detailed answer.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Meals / Tax Man

Ok, I found some info, maybe someone can help me dicipher what exactly this means:

IRS Publication 463 Cat. No. 11081L Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses For use in preparing 2014 Returns

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Meals You can deduct the cost of meals in either of the following situations. It is necessary for you to stop for substantial sleep or rest to properly perform your duties while traveling away from home on business.

DOT requires us to take a 30 minute break during or at 8 hours of driving time, could this be considered "substantial"?

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Individuals subject to “hours of service” limits.

You can deduct a higher percentage of your meal expenses while traveling away from your tax home if the meals take place during or incident to any period subject to the Department of Transportation's “hours of service” limits. The percentage is 80%. Individuals subject to the Department of Transportation's “hours of service” limits include the following persons.

Interstate truck operators and bus drivers who are under Department of Transporta- tion regulations.

Because we are all subject to HOS limits, even without spending a night away from home, does this apply?

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Meals / Tax Man

OK, I've switched jobs and now I am home every evening. I understand the tax rules for OTR drivers, but I am confused with what the tax laws are for drivers who are home every evening.

From what I understand, because I am not away from home I will not be able to take the standard meal deduction of $59.00/day or whatever the current amount is. What I don't understand, is what if any deductions I will be allowed to take for my meals while on the road. I am assuming since I can not take the standard deduction, I must save all my meal receipts.

Am I correct in assuming this, or do I not get to claim my meals at all because I am not on the road overnight?

I have searched the IRS website and I can not find where this is defined. If somebody knows where it is at, I would appreciate a link if possible. I really don't want to go by "he said/ she said", I would really like to see it in print from the IRS or other reputable source.

Thanks and happy trucking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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PTL Inc.

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I just started phase 2 of training. Most of what I hear is positive. I believe after the company went employee owned, there was a big push on improving equipment. All the new tractors are automatics. I am not a recruiter, but will try to answer questions from my observations. A recruiter can give you the sanctioned answers and have access to more info.

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Hi Txs, are you still with Paschall? I don't really have any specific questions just wanting to get a feel of what I am getting into. I go to orientation for them on 8/17/2015. Anything you could tell me would be great!!

In my opinion PTL is a good company. Like all others they are full of promises, some I didn't see come through. But I only stayed 2 weeks into my Phase 2 of training.

Tractors: I got a new one 2015 Freightliner. More new ones coming in November both Freightliners and Internationals from what I heard. They don't reserve them by seniority. If your ready to get a truck and the only thing available is a new one, you get it.

Trailers...... Some new, some junk. Luck of the draw there.

Dispatchers: I can only assume it's the same with all companies, some good and some bad.

Trainers: much the same as dispatchers. I just happened to get a great one. Ask for him: Walter Stevens.

Miles: they claim during phase 2 the truck should average 6000/week. At .17/mile = $1020/week during training. Sounds too good? It is, we only were getting about 3000 per week, and if you talk to others they are about the same. You have to do 40000 truck miles during phase two of training. Do the math......... More than 3 months.

Home time: Can't really tell you much about that. I came home after two weeks, which is very abnormal, put my P2 partner had an emergency. Honestly, she just didn't like it and wanted out. After sitting two weekends in a row not making a penny, I wanted out as well.

You will see a lot of trainers, they seem to be the only ones that are making a good paycheck. Most of the solo drivers I got a chance to talk to (which are all now trainers), were only getting about 1800 - 2000 miles per week at .35/mile. Again do the math.

But it's coming into the holiday season and PTL says they have more loads than drivers............ They claimed that b4 my P2 started, we didn't see that many loads.

When I started my adventure I wanted to haul cars. Unfortunately, they wanted a lot more experience than I had. While on my home time I checked out a huge car auction house nearby. He just happened to have a guy quit the day before, and gave me a chance. This was my 3rd day driving for him, home nightly and have already made more in 3 days than I did in any 7 day period with PTL.

I got lucky!!! In my opinion you should stick with them through P2, you'll have 45000 - 50000 miles experience. Most of your better paying jobs want that experience.

Overall though, I would say they are a good company to work for, or at least to start with. I doubt you will be given a brand new truck anywhere else as a rookie.

There's a few others in here that drive for PTL, or did drive for them the last time I was here, hopefully they can give you a truthful insight of their experiences. Some in here are very negative, try to ignore them. It's just their opinions and experiences and based on their negativity, they probably brought on whatever bad experiences they had on themselves.

Good Luck. Let us know how you make out!!!!!!!

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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PTL Inc.

Are they training in automatics

There's not much training needed in the automatics. Put in gear and depress accelerator. Getting the truck to move in reverse takes a little getting used to. Not bad though, couple times backing and you get it.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Making a good choice?

Hi Zachary

Your right, the choice is yours when it's all said and done.

Like you, I'm a college grad as well and I am positive there are more on this site who are Professional Truck Drivers. Some thirty plus years ago, but a college grad. I just recently got my CDL A, 8/7/2015 and start orientation with my company tomorrow, a new chapter in life and I am as excited about it as I have ever been about starting any job.

There's money to be made in trucking, but from what I understand it's not an easy life and it's not for everyone. Take your time with your decision, talk to your loved ones that this will effect most, as your life is going to change. It's easy to say have your finances in order as the first few months you may not be making the money as you would in 6 months. Having your finances in order may not always be possible and having lived paycheck to paycheck you already understand what it takes to live and be broke. But don't fool yourself thinking you are going to become rich (although I am sure there are many who have become rich, probably not by driving but by owning and owning more than 1 truck).

Once you made your decision and you want to join the industry, do your research!!!! There are thousands of trucking company's, find the ones that you think fits your needs and wants. Talk to them and see what they are all about, but remember you will be talking to a recruiter and not every recruiter is a snake in the grass, but there are a few who will promise you things that just aren't true.

This site has many members and some are true professional drivers who have been driving for a long time who are more than happy to give you advice. Ask questions, search your question (it's probably already been asked), find a driver on here who drives for the company you may be interested in and pick their minds.

You have already made a great choice by joining this forum looking for answers. If you decide to join the trucking profession, this forum also offers all the training documents you will need to study in order to get your CDL.

But most importantly do your homework, talk with your loved ones!!!!!!!!!!!!

I wish you the best of luck with whatever decision you make, keep us posted.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Headed to PRIME!

Hey guys headed to PRIME to begin orientation and training on 8/25!! Will be driving in the flatbed division out the the texas regional area. Bus ticket already purchased and confirmation number in hand! PHEW there are alot of hoops to jump thru and paperwork to gather to get hired in this business. Im ready to go!

Amen

Good Luck to you, keep us up to date!!!!!!!!!

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Suggestion on choosing a company that supports Veterans

Click the URL below, it appears to be around 100 trucking companies in Florida, not sure what they are about, but seems a good starting point.

http://www.fleetdirectory.com/ByLocation/Florida.htm

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Suggestion on choosing a company that supports Veterans

Swift has a terminal in Ocala, I know that's way North of you, but......... you wouldn't be at your terminal much

Swift also reimburses for tuition, but I believe it's only $3900, reimbursement is $150/mo until it's paid off = 26 months. They also have a program for veterans.

Their starting pay once you go solo, after your done with your mentor of .36/mile, one of the higher starts for someone who has just acquired their CDL's.

Good Luck and keep us posted, it's nice to read other's experiences as I am a newbie myself.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Last day of school today, Schneider on Monday.

Congrats Brian!!!!!!!!!!! Good luck in orientation!!

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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After careful consideration I've decided

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If that's your actual pic, you look SUPER familiar. Know any Riddells?

Yea that's me. The name sounds familiar, faces are a little easier to remember at this age, lol.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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After careful consideration I've decided

Yep, I used to live in Brazil about 8 years back or so.

Well good luck out there neighbor!!!!!!!!!!

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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After careful consideration I've decided

1001 Columbia, of I-215 that's all I know.

Who do you drive for? I live in Greencastle, IN. Heading out to orientation for PTL this coming Monday.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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My 3 week school experience at C1 Driving Academy in Indianapolis, IN for Swift Transportation

You think you have it bad? omg.

Hi Brett, ty for the site, it's tremendous and I love the input from others.

But let's clear something up. I am not breaking any contract. My contract states that Swift financed my schooling. In no way does it say I am obligated to drive for them for any period of time, I am only obligated to pay back the loan...........

1st: I read the forums and understood if I paid for the schooling myself it would be much harder for me to land a job vs. going through a carrier.

2nd: I appreciate the fact that they did this for me. I only went through Swift to get financed for the schooling because it cost $3900 through them, versus me paying $5700 if I paid for it myself. Now I'm not sure how your math is, but to me that's a $1800 savings off the top. When I decided to go through Swift, I asked them beforehand whether I would be obligated to drive for them. My answer I received was "no". I was only obligated to pay back the loan. As a businessman who has owned his own successful business, I'd say that was a wise decision financially.

Don't make this sound as if I entered into a contract that I don't intend to fulfill. That is not the case!! I could've paid for the schooling myself, I'm retired from the USMC, 26 years and have been very successful running my own business for the last 7 years. I want something different at this point in life. I intend to retire in 10 years and my wife in 10 as well (she is a nurse), meanwhile I will pay off my 37' RV I purchased a few years back. I will be completely out of debt at that point and hopefully will have some more money banked and live a happy retired life and still traveling North America.

Maybe it's the bad rap that trucker's get, I'm not sure. But I am not willing to believe that everybody who decides to become a professional driver does it for the money. I may be wrong, but it seems that is what you are thinking, and if so, maybe you should not assume that..............

I really do appreciate the input, but I think you may be generalizing a population of drivers who are getting into the profession for different reasons. You are judging my decisions without knowing anything about me and I know your the moderator of this site, but what gives you the right to judge anybody for the decisions they make without knowing anything about their lives and what they want out of their lives?

Please answer that, as I am really interested in why you think you should judge someone on a decision they made when you know nothing about their lives.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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My 3 week school experience at C1 Driving Academy in Indianapolis, IN for Swift Transportation

Tazzy, I see some form of your recent posts that you are not going to continue with Swift. I think you are making a mistake, and let me explain why.

Swift has something invested in you now - they really want to see you succeed. They have got a great program to give you all the tools you need to make the difficult adjustment to the new lifestyle before you. They've also got a ton of options for you to choose from as far as freight.

Any where else you go to will not be as willing to work with you if you prove to have some difficulties along the way. Lets say you have a minor fender bender and cause some damage to another vehicle (a scenario that happens way too often for new rookie truck drivers). Who ever you are with now is more than likely just going to cut their losses and send you back home, where you will discover that as a rookie driver who just had an accident, with out yet even having a years worth of experience, you will find it very difficult to land another trucking job. Whereas I have heard tales of Swift drivers getting sometimes three different chances at proving themselves after an accident. They have an investment in you - that makes you worth hanging onto so that hopefully they may see some return on that investment in a year or two. Paschall, or whomever you end up with has no financial commitment to you and will not think twice about letting you go if there are some bumps in the road for you.

I'm posting this not so much to get on to you, but rather I want others to realize what is at stake here. I know you think you have your reasons, and they seem reasonable and rational to you, but the problem is that you don't really know what might happen during your first year. Swift, or any other company who sponsored you for training is going to be more willing to help you get established and will work hard toward that end of helping you to become a professional driver.

Thanks Old School, I do value your opinion as I have read many post you have put here.

I am just not feeling real comfortable with Swift, how they have handled any of this since the start of training at the CDL school all the way up til now. I was supposed to start orientation with them this coming Monday, I have all the paperwork completed that they have asked me to complete and have been waiting 2 days now for a return call about transportation to orientation. I'm not a whiner so I am not going to go into everything that has gone down, but it hasn't left a good taste in my mouth. Swift and I was supposed to be entering into a partnership, but it sure doesn't feel like any I have ever entered into before.

I understand what your saying about the investment vs. the non investment that involves PTL, but I have to put my life in the hands of God and pray that I am making the correct decision for me.

Thanks again, and I'll be reading your post as I come across them as you seem very knowledgeable about the industry and god knows I can use all the help I can get.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Beginning new career with PTL. (A diary)

As of 8 am on May 22, I am no longer a trainee at PTL. I did about 5k miles with a trainer (an awesome guy, possibly a lifelong friend) whom I talk with most days still and is reccomending me to become a trainer when I'm ready. I did 26k of the 30k team miles in phase 2. My smallest check during training was $400 ish and my largest was 875$. (I did go home for 5days, that check was $75). I finished CDL school on 3-15, took test on 3-20. I started orientation on 3-24, hire date was 3-26 and went out with trainer on 3-28. Upgraded to p2 on 4-9 and started team driving with p2 partner on 4-16. Finished p2 on 5-2.

I am in Murray right now waiting on a solo truck. Should have one in the morning and am going to immediately put in for hometime. Changed my status to rookie solo driver.

I will no longer be updating this thread as training is finished. If anyone has any questions regarding training with PTL or the company in general feel free to ask here or send a PM. I will try to respond timely. Response will come here or in a PM depending upon the content of the response. Thanks for reading and replying and thanks to all of you have supported me.

Thanks Scott for all your insight!! A must read for everybody, very entertaining.

I start my orientation with PTL this coming Monday 8/17/2015 and really looking forward to it. Maybe I can keep a diary such as yours, but it certainly will not be written as well and not as funny.

Your a funny man with a keen sense of humor. I hope to get someone like you in P2.

Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Woot!!! Passed CDL test today!

After finishing school on 3-15, I was scheduled to take the CDL test today, 3-20 at 1000. I left in plenty of time to get to the site and it's a good thing. When I was about 10 miles from the testing site at 0820 I received a call from an instructor at my CDL school informing me that the test truck had a major air leak and they had to cancel my scheduled appointment. I told him I was 10 miles from the test site and told him of the hardships this would cause me if I didn't test this week ( i.e. I am scheduled to attend orientation on Monday 3-24). He called me back and said they cancelled someone else and gave me his 1400 appointment. Being so close to the site I decided to just go there. When I entered at 0835 the DDS lady asked me "Are you the 10 o'clock" to which I replied yes. She let me go ahead and check in. Then at 0910 the mechanic from my school informed everyone that the test truck was fixed. So it turns out my school had tried to postpone my test to an indefinite time next week (or later) because of a 1 hr downtime with the test truck.

The student who had the 0800 appt. got started about 0930 and ended up failing air brakes test. So I actually started my test around 1030 (on a 1000 appt). I missed checking the steering wheel play on in-cab PTI, touched a line on straight line backing of all things, and missed a downshift when entering a left turn which I quickly recovered. Considering how upset on top of nervous I was, I'm surprised I was able to get the key in the ignition. All in all, after being cancelled then rescheduled to 1400 I was holding my brand new Class A CDL at 1230.

I attended the cheapest school in Georgia and every single day I found out that you get what you pay for. In retrospect, I would have forked over the extra 500 bucks. But that part of the journey is now over and I'm so excited to be moving on to orientation and getting with my trainer. I will be going to Paschall Truck Lines, PTL, in Murray, KY on. Taking the dog on Sunday, 3-23.

Hi Scott

Curious to know if you are still with Paschall, and any insights you can give me about the company. I am scheduled to go to orientation this Monday 8/17/2015. Anything would help.

Thanks

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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PTL Inc.

I just started phase 2 of training. Most of what I hear is positive. I believe after the company went employee owned, there was a big push on improving equipment. All the new tractors are automatics. I am not a recruiter, but will try to answer questions from my observations. A recruiter can give you the sanctioned answers and have access to more info.

Hi Txs, are you still with Paschall? I don't really have any specific questions just wanting to get a feel of what I am getting into. I go to orientation for them on 8/17/2015. Anything you could tell me would be great!!

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Any recommended first time employer trucking companies?

PTL or paschall truck lines home in Murray Kentucky get through first week and a half and get to know someone in orientation and get there number pair up with them for a 30,000 mile team run and you will do fine be in your own truck in no time, ptl in my company we all know it is just a starter company, after a year move on or become a trainer

Hi Michael:

I'm interested to know if your still with Paschall? I start orientation this Monday 8/17/2015 and would like a little insight on the company, good and bad?

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Swift Transportation Orientation Gary Indiana - Looking for someone who recently completed orientation there

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Anybody out here that just completed orientation and even driving with their mentor that can tell me what exactly to expect?

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I did my orientation last January in Memphis & mentor driving was mostly in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Alabama. Take a gander at my diary for orientation & the ride: Swift Orientation, Memphis, TN Your Gary experience should be close. Chances are you'll probably get an OTR driver, my mentor was dedicated to Georgia Pacific.

Just read the entire 7 page journal Errol, Congratulations and although there were some bumps in the road, I hope my experience ends in the same manner that yours did. I honestly hope I do not end up with a mentor who is on a dedicated route like yours, I really want to experience more of the country, and for my own selfish reasons get my 200 BTW hours in a little quicker than you had the opportunity to get yours.

I believe I will keep a journal from day one of orientation through the entire process of me getting my own ride on here much like you did. I believe reading yours will be of some help to me, and hopefully when I write one it will be of help to someone else.

Congratulations once again and thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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