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    6 years, 7 months ago

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Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Is 50 too old to start with pro-driver career?

I left the real estate market after 25 years not long after the economy went bust. In 2008, I bought a truck, got my authority, and ran drivers for several years and man was that a headache. In 2013 I went through the training program here on Trucking Truth ( An amazing way to learn the ropes I might ad), after which I went to the DMV, took my tests, and got my permit. I then went to school to get the driver training and hours, got my CDL and began driving shortly thereafter. I am 63 years old.

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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Waited too long for Hazmat

Just a quick note regarding the timing of your Hazmat endorsement. I got my CDL minus the Hazmat in 2013. I am leased on to Landstar which requires us to have Hazmat w/in 6 months of starting. My wife and I both studied and got our required endorsements. This was in October of this year. What I did not know, which I do now is you have to retake the Hazmat exam whenever you renew your license. Since I got my CDL in 2013, my renewal date is April 2018. So as relieved as I was to pass my Hazmat exam just a couple months ago, (Comprehension is not my strong point) I get to relive it all over again this coming April. Looks like I will be doing some brushing up over the next few months. Not complaining, as there is nothing wrong with having the Hazmat rules fresh in your mind. Anyway, Merry Christmas to all.

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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Dash cam opinion

Would love some opinions on dash cams. Lots of good claims. Would like side view as well. Thanks in advance

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Hazmat training discrepency?

https://www.truckingtruth.com/cdl-test/category-hazardous-materials/page-5/

https://www.truckingtruth.com/cdl-training-program/page66

I am in the process of getting my endorsement as a requirement of the company I am leased to. The practice test (Link #1 in regards to the shipping description shows the shipping name as the first listed. I marked the ID as the first item and shows it being an incorrect answer. Everything I have researched has shown the ID# as being first listed which if I heard correctly is a recent change. My wife took the CDL exam and the correct answer there was the shipping name listed first. The ID # listed first was not even an option on her test. (She passed BTW)

Link # 2 on your site also shows ID# listed first, as does 49 CFR 172.202

Would like some clarity. Id hate to choose ID as first on the exam if they havent updated only to get it wrong though I do believe it is the correct in the order of sequence

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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Downtime recommendation

Thanks for the info Especially the diminished value I hadn't thought of that. Wages as a driver will be different then an O/O. That's the part I am not sure of as far as fair compensation.

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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Downtime recommendation

I was involved in a hit and run recently. I was able to get the trailer # of the company and a witness. The company is self insured but chose to use an outside insurance co. It was 3 weeks from the time I got hit until getting back into my truck. I stayed in hotel and ate out during the first week while I waited for the decision to move forward on the repairs which was estimated to take a couple of weeks. To save on costs I rented a car (from KY) and drove home out West for the 2 weeks. When I returned ( a day before repairs were completed and payment authorized ) The paint job (the hood, fenders and bumper) looked pretty good though because the truck is a 2008, there was a distinctive difference in the orig color of the rest of the truck. The insurance company basically wanted to get me back on the road to reduce the downtime they acknowledged they would have to pay. We could discuss the paint afterwards.

Now the insurance company initially offered me $150.00 per day (they are calling it loss of use). The offer was for the time it took to complete the repairs which did not include the actual time I was without a truck (so the offer was for $1500.00) I was out of a truck for 22 days . I told the adjuster that was unacceptable at which he asked me to provide my own offer. I wanted to chime in here to get some opinion on what id an acceptable offer. I am an O/O leased on to a company that is primarily expediting. His offer of $150.00 barely covers a driver wage let alone O/O and did not cover expenses of eating out and a hotel.

Please give me your thoughts and any references you might have. I don't want to hire an attorney if it isn't necessary.

Thanks,

Jeff

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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Trucking Company Profiles

I was wondering if there are any plans on updating the list of companies and their profiles. A couple of things come to mind, Pride out of Utah has what appears to be a good company to train with. Great trucks and the training pay is decent. Also May trucking as well as a couple other companies I spoke to now allow pets. Pride does as well.

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Hot Shot/Expedite

Does anyone have experience with leasing on to companies that handle LTL Hot shot or Expedite. I am buying a truck/sleeper and a 24'box and am thinking of leasing on to a company as opposed to looking for my own. Just a little FYI, I do not have any debt, am single with grown kids and plan on buying a used 2007 or newer so shouldn't be a huge financial burden for me

Thanks

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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Knight Transportation

Just FYI Knight now has a pet policy and a very reasonable one $300.00 deposit with $250 refundable

Posted:  6 years, 4 months ago

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Can truck drivers bring pets on the road?

Are there any companies anymore that will allow you to carry your pet? All I have researched so far do not allow pets.

I have spoke to quite a few companies that do allow pets (under certain weight and mostly dogs) Yes the deposit is steep. I have a 6 yr old yorkie that weighs about 5 lbs and has never chewed anything up. But I understand the reasoning for the deposit. The only thing I would hope is that they would consider giving some if not all of the deposit once it is determined the pet caused no damage. I know drivers who have caused more damage then pets :)

Posted:  6 years, 4 months ago

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Refer, Van, Flat,???

I probably have the answer to this question but sometimes its good to get other points of view. Just passed my CDL (thanks mostly to this sites High Road Online CDL Training Program) and am now taking the time to review companies etc. My feeling is that dry van or flatbed would be more beneficial as far a getting the miles. I say this because of the time it takes to get a refer loaded and unloaded. I have heard that flatbeds are the least likely to have much of a wait in either case though there seems to be some question as to whether there are the availability of loads. Any thoughts?

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Oil fields

Great advice. I am currently in Utah so I will check the Vernal/Roosevelt area then take a look at Texas. Quite honestly I was hoping to find something that will get/keep me home for longer stretches of time until my daughter heads back to college in August, then I am free to go anywhere. Oil field operations seem to offer 2 week on 1 week off options. Anyway thanks for the reply. BTW your Hazmat training is toughest (lots of info to retain) of all so will take some time to get through but since I won't have the CDL for a couple of weeks (and the application process) I have the luxury of taking it slow. I do have the Tanker and Doubles/Triples endorsements.

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Oil fields

I am about 2 weeks away from obtaining my CDL and wondered if anyone knows what the oil field potentials are fresh out of school.

Thanks

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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CRE Salt Lake

The biggest issue with CR England is that they really push hard to try to get you to lease. And I mean, they really have their strategy down. They'll make it appear to be a road paved with gold. They'll have other drivers come up to you with stories of the piles of money they make. And when you finish the first phase of training they'll give you the option of going out immediately as a lease driver in a beautiful truck all ready to go or have you sit around for at least a few days waiting for phase 2 of training or your own company truck.

The best response I had heard to this situation came from a driver here on our board that went through their training and he said (to paraphrase): Just keep smiling and nodding while they try to sell it to you and then say no thanks, walk away, and forget everything you heard. Remain steadfast and become a company driver.

The schooling is indeed very fast paced. But company-sponsored programs like that are almost always fast-paced.

To be honest, I think there are better options. Central Refrigerated is another refrigerated outfit that I believe is out of Salt Lake and we've had a ton of people go through their program and really liked it. They seem to like working for that company a lot - tons of great reviews.

Thanks for the replies. I actually tried to go to Central but because I have some felonies from 1979 they will not take me, no exceptions, even though I have cleaned up my act considerably since then. I have been in real estate for 20 years and owned a truck and trailer from 2008 and stopped running it in 2012 due to the cost and older equip upkeep along with a driver issue. I have the permit already and trying to find a local school to get the behind the wheel training. CRE is not my first choice and I dont know that I have other options at this time unless I go out of state.

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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Can't reach Knight, what's up with that?

Jeff who do I ask to speak to? Do you have an extension number for a specific person, cause they sure told me they didn't have a school. That you had to get your license first, then they would train you and it was actually with Squire. the number I called was 717 249 0814, I never got the opportunity to speak with Nina, Laddie, or Denney. that pay during training sounds great

I called the 800 489-2000 I live in Utah and that is one of the states that have a terminal amoungst many other so I think that is key. Try that # I got an answwr first try.

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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CRE Salt Lake

I was wondering if anyone has experiece with CR England driving school in Salt Lake. I have read some reviews which havent been all to pleasant but wonder if many of those are just disgruntaled students. So I thought I would hear from some of you experienced drivers or maybe some newbys that have been to the school. I will spare you some responses as I have no intention on leasing. Otherwise your input would be of great value.

P.S. I do have the permit (which I might ad I obtained after going through the training provided on this site)

Cheers

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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Can't reach Knight, what's up with that?

Thanks Guy, I finally did talk with someone and he said they do not have a school, they do have a training program but you have to have your CDL License first. So I talked with my recuiter at Central this morning and I am just going to go with them. Should be heading to Georgia, then Salt Lake City in about a month! Can I say nervous and excited all at the same time!

Actually I did speak to Knight today and they do offer CDL Training. Its 3 wks and then they send you to your home state and you test out w/a third party tester and get your CDL then its 4 weeks of driving with a trainer. You get paid 400 per week beginning with your initial 3 wks. The only thing I can think of is it is possible they are not hiring out of the area you live in but I would check in to it. Good Luck

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