Profile For Rob S.

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    6 years, 3 months ago

Rob S.'s Bio

Started with Swift as OTR. It's a fine company. Drove a yard goat at a distribution center for them for a few months too. Now I drive local food grade tanker for a different company.

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Posted:  2 months ago

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On the road training question

If both bunks are occupied the truck is parked.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Has anyone ever been a yard dog?

Yes, at a Target DC. I enjoyed it. We had a good mix of hustle and boredom. It was kinda fun to romp and stomp in the goat in order to get the trailers docked quickly.

Posted:  6 months ago

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What makes local truck driving so appealing to drivers VS Over the road?

In no particular order, unlimited showers, hourly pay, a beer after work, seeing family daily.

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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What will the future of automated trucking look like?

Until my lane departure warning can distinguish between rubber or wet vs dry concrete or a seal and my collision avoidance can determine between a sign and a actual threat I will not be worried.

This times ten.

Posted:  1 year ago

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Look what I found

I saved one as a souvenir of my time in New Jersey. I never need to go there again.

Posted:  1 year ago

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Backing

Great advice so far. My tips are turn off all radios roll down your windows.

Sometimes you will see the driver in the cab that you're parking next to. Don't be shy about asking for their help. I was parking near the entrance of a busy Pilot. The spot available had limited space for pulling forward. I noticed the driver who was going to be on my blind side. I told him I was confident enough but if I saw me approaching disaster I'd rather be embarrassed than fill out accident forms. I stuck the landing and earned his compliments.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Paid CDL - Automatic or manual transmissions.

Food grade tanks are also manual. While that's not for beginners if it's on your bucket list, you'll need the restriction lifted.

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Blind side backing. Help!

Kudos to you for taking the load. That would be a terrible reason to turn down a load. Also, remember to keep your window down while backing.

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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Experience Spokane/Coeur d'Alene trucking schools?

Me too. Excellent staff and fine program. Try talking directly to a Swift recruiter if you're interested in learning more.

Welcome!

I attended the Swift Academy at Lewiston, it’s pretty solid training.

Cheers,

G

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Survey: Your biggest worries and most important questions

When I came here my biggest questions were,

1. Will it pay enough, soon enough to meet my budget requirements?

2. If I arrive at school with my head on straight is it going to be possible for me?

3. If I'm successful, what opportunities become available to me later?

Of course, I know the answers now but those were my main concerns.

Posted:  2 years ago

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Tankers

My employer hires out of schools sometimes. We are Northwest only and it's local work. Not sure where you are.

Posted:  2 years ago

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Searching for the mystery company

...college reimbursement that "benefit" the company. What would that be, and that is an honest question?

For example, if an employee was interested in taking some management or leadership courses a company might offer tuition reimbursement to offset the cost. The gain for the company is that the employee could be a potential candidate for promotion.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Unwritten Trucker Pro-Tips (Feat. Kearsey)

On an interstate in an urban area, if you're passing through and not exiting, stay out of the right lane. Leave that for the commuters that are entering and exiting.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Tools needed?

3 pound hammer. No carpenter hammer, but a pry bar that can pull nails from the trailer floor. 2 pair of Visegrips. These should open wide enough for the trailer tandem pins. Bolt cutters with at least a 24" handle. A push broom. There's a thread on here somewhere that has a very comprehensive list.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Can I be held personally liable?

If the cruise isn't turning off when it's supposed to that a pretty big deal. I can overlook a lot of things but I need the tractor to stop when I tell it to. I wouldn't use cruise control until it's fixed.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Street tires

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Hmmm, I've heard that posting pictures here is tricky. I haven't tried it in a very long time. Turns out when I followed the instructions it worked on the first try. Go figure.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Advice please - started solo and second time this is happening.

JJ, It sounds to me like most of your concern is related to driving without proper rest. When you're OTR you can never have what civilians call "proper rest". When you have to shift from day driving to night driving as the loads vary, don't be afraid to take an extra short break. Pulling off to catch a 20 minute nap sometimes does wonders to refresh you. You won't be earning during that time but you won't be driving off the road either. After a couple months you'll get used to it and it won't bother you. When I had to drive an "off" shift I would wake, shower, and have a small coffee with some honey in it. That's as close as I get to an energy drink. Be patient and stay safe.

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Local jobs - around 50 hours a week?

Maybe dump truck or cement truck. You'll have long hours during the construction season but might be laid off in winter. With your lower income needs, it might fit.

I should add that there's a lot of close quarter maneuvering involved so it really isn't the greatest for new drivers.

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Local jobs - around 50 hours a week?

Maybe dump truck or cement truck. You'll have long hours during the construction season but might be laid off in winter. With your lower income needs, it might fit.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Walmart dedicated in Los Luna's NM

I did several loads there when I was with Swift. We used the Walmart multi zone reefers. Follow their policies for multiple stop loads. The had a veteran walk me through the process, it was pretty straightforward. Fuel, park and shower at the Swift building in Los Lunas. I was running to El Paso every trip but I think they serve a big area. Maybe Gladhand did the same gig I think.

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