Profile For Jason (Driver @ShipEx)

Jason (Driver @ShipEx)'s Info

  • Location:
    Davenport , IA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 4 months ago

Jason (Driver @ShipEx)'s Bio

I am currently a driver with ShipEx out of Salt Lake City, UT. I am very happily married and have been blessed with 4 beautiful children. I am an experienced driver who doesn’t know it all and learn from other drivers daily. Truck driving for me at times can be rewarding and at times trying. I however have kept the attitude of the “Glass is Half Full, Not Half Empty”.

Stay safe out there!!!!!

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Posted:  3 days, 5 hours ago

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Went solo today, new Cascadia with collision avoidance system

Congrats on Graduating to Rookie Solo and on your new truck. I have a 2019 Cascadia fully loaded. I absolutely love it. Once again I am very happy for you

Posted:  4 days, 5 hours ago

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Failed pre-employment drug screen

I would believe that it would be on your Dac or placed somewhere else. By failing a DOT drug screen I believe it’s registered in a database somewhere.

Posted:  4 days, 5 hours ago

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Taking a shower on the road

The only time I do not shower is when i stay at a rest area without shower facilities. I plan my days accordingly and know where I am staying the night/day at for my 10hr. I also keep about 4 back up plans in case I cannot make the furthest one, and checkpoint as I go. Sometimes if I know I am not going to be at a truck stop, I may try to shower on my 30 minute break if available. That is based off the lanes our company runs. However I understand that not everyone can shower every single day in this industry and thats the cold hard truth in this industry. I am currently at flying J in Aurora, Co and the wait is 19 for a shower, so number 19 may wait for 3hrs for a shower. It happens and this industry is not perfect.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Trucking Is Where I was meant to be

I should start a blog, however I don’t ever know exactly what to say. I can chat it up with the best of em, however when it comes to putting my experiences to paper, I find I have a hard time doing so. I had an opportunity to leave trucking and take a position that was offered to work for the railroad. However as the time came closer for me to start working, I started getting really apprehensive about leaving the trucking industry and moving to the railroad. Long story short I had decided to stay in trucking.

There are a lot of misconceptions about different companies and I sit back and think to myself, that there are good drivers and bad drivers everywhere, that no two drivers experiences will ever be the same. I find myself here in SLC, UT and there is a training class here, the best advice is go into this with an open mind, pay attention to what they are teaching you. The industry has changed, I say that because I am a 3rd generation driver, remembering stories my Grandpa had told, Stories my Uncle has told. I feel that as a whole the industry needs to get back to the drivers helping each other out, and not bash other companies. We were all “rookies” and new drivers at one point, I have made my share of mistakes, and still do from time to time. I have a clean PSP and MVR, but have still made other mistakes. This is why I cannot do a blog, because I just go off on tangents.

Thanks for reading!!!!!! Be safe drivers

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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TRUCKING TRUTH HELPED ME BECOME AN ELITE DRIVER.

Thank you old school. I will miss it, I truly will. I am here more than people think. I don’t always sign in but I do drop by and read the posts and replies. I considered myself selfish because I wanted to be great at what I do, and used all the useful information here to my advantage/benefit. At least I can admit it. Its been a great experience and I will share my experience in trucking more in depth as time gets closer for me to go onto the next chapter in my life. Thank you for everything especially your 8-2 story a few weeks back. I have used it also to my advantage. I learned about that on here as well. Be safe out there and keep the shiny side up.!!!!!

Congratulations on that new job Jason!

The trucking industry will miss you, and I'm sure there will be days that you'll miss it. It's been great having you in here on occasion, and of course you're always welcome in our conversations.

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Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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I need real advice here.

I have taken enough urine tests to know that the little black strip on the bottom is the one that records the temperature of the urine. I have never ever had one that was a cold sample. I have had more of them than I can count on hands and toes. I am a former addict and 3 time convicted felon. However I came out of the depths of hell alive and have had a good run in the trucking industry. I will say this, you cannot BS a BS’R you are only fooling yourself. How come you didn’t say anything at that moment and give another U/A? If I was as adamant as you are on here, you really should have been that adamant then at that moment and subjected yourself to another U/A. Those temp gauges or the thermometer the nurse used was probably pretty accurate.

I hope for the sake of everyone out on the road that you never get behind the wheel of a semi when you have that crap in your system. To many holes in the story and past posts leads us to believe differently about what you are saying and how it all went down. I am very glad that companies and clinics are getting better at detecting this kind of stuff.

Just be glad it happened the way it did, and not after a major catastrophe. You saved yourself some serious headaches

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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TRUCKING TRUTH HELPED ME BECOME AN ELITE DRIVER.

First I want to say thank you Brett for starting this website. This is going to be bitter sweet for me. When i first joined this website and still to this day, I do not comment to terribly much or post that much. I was very selfish and really only read what was posted and peoples comments because I wanted to learn and practice what I read on here and obviously google helped too. However the majority of my knowledge came from here and applying it to real situations as deemed fit, because each situation has multiple solutions and if I applied some of the things I learned I was able to get myself in position for success.

Last month I logged 13,759 miles and was the top driver in the fleet, we are governed at 68 but I only averaged 63mph for the entire month. I am not bragging, only saying that I learned about logging, setting yourself up for early delivery and great weeks, even took 133 mile loads without complaining because it lead to the 2700 mile load made the company money along the way to grabbing my 2700 mile load. Little did I know that was waiting for me. I learned a lot from this website. Also I learned a lot from the green book, FMCSA rules and guidelines as well. I also learned how to maximize my clock as to maximize my miles too. I learned that the only way to make money is by keeping that left door closed more often than not.

I know I am probably going on and on, but there is a point to all of this. I am actually hanging up the keys in 3 weeks, to pursue an opportunity in the railroad industry that will allow me to be home almost daily and enjoy a great salary with top notch benefits and insurance package. I have trucking to thank for the transition, because if it wasn’t for trucking I never would have looked into railroading. If it weren’t for this website I wouldn’t have become as good of a trucker as I am today. Hence if you’re wanting to get into becoming a top tier trucker, this is the website because there is a wealth of knowledge on here and in these rooms.

Thank you all for everything and for reading it was a pleasure for the last few years, and I am glad to have met you all on here. Safe travels to all of you men and women that move America one load at a time!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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How I Was Hyper Productive This Week By Knowing The Log Book Rules

Very nice example of how to maximize your clock, that is great planning and improvising on the fly.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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"Safety" Equipment Almost Caused A Wreck

I drive a 19 volvo and my truck will pick up vehicles on curves, but I override it with keeping the foot on the throttle. G-Town has a point maybe over time it will become less sensitive and adapt.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Almost lost my truck

Good job, glad you made it out okay. Thankfully I have never had that happen. I bet when it does it will make my gut check.

Glad to hear you did the right thing and trusted training and experience to avoid the gut jerk reaction of slamming on the brakes. I am from Iowa and have driven in super storms and snow and ice storms.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Who says you cant get miles on elog, here is proof

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Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Who says you cant get miles on elog, here is proof

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Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Would like some advice please from everyone

You are absolutely right. No doubt I hate starting over somewhere, I have made that mistake in the past. I told a recruiter where I work that I was only looking into insurance plans and then a company errantly sent in a verification when it was a no contact, I wasn’t really looking to leave I just wanted some insight into other peoples plans that had a comparison in employee size to bring to the attention of my current employer and bam, it got things taken care of

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I applied at 2 companies and one sent in a verification, that was actually a blessing in disguise because the company I work for offered to help offset the insurance cost to bring it down to a more affordable number for my family. So I agreed and the company also agreed to look into changing plans up to make it more affordable for all 125 drivers. Sometimes all it takes is open dialogue. They really wanted to keep me it looks like.

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Jason that’s fantastic.

I hope your post will prompt other drivers to try their absolute best to work things out with their current employer before jumping ship. Just think of all the aggravation you just saved yourself.

Safe travels.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Who says you cant get miles on elog, here is proof

Still had a few left on my 70, keeping the left door closed is how you do it,

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Who says you cant get miles on elog, here is proof

This was my week, left from Yuma, Az after my 34 on Sunday 7/15/18 delivered in Dubuque, Ia on 7/17/18 at 0830 then dead headed home to Davenport, Ia took 22hrs at home with the family, then picked up on 7/18/18 @ 10:30 delivered today 10/20/18 at 2:00pm in Lathrop, Ca. Picked up in Modesto, Ca then bounced to the J in Ripon, Ca for my 34. Delivers in Carlisle, Pa on Thursday morning however I have already been told that if I get there Wednesday they will unload me.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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New OTR driver with low mileage loads

If you look at it this way, if you can manage 7 300 mile loads per week thats 2100, and it will usually set you up for a longer one. I have done 2 135 mile loads in one day just to get to the 1400 mile load. I don’t turn down anything and if they ask me to shag stuff for busy work I say no problem.

Being friendly and polite to your Driver Manager, Fleet Manager, will go a long ways in this industry. The old addage is “Catch more bees with honey”. It can be pretty typical if you are with a smaller company as short loads usually pay the company pretty well.

I am just up the road from susan and we do a lot of John Deere, so some of there loads are only 133 miles just to go pick up another. Eventually get to the better one.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Would like some advice please from everyone

I applied at 2 companies and one sent in a verification, that was actually a blessing in disguise because the company I work for offered to help offset the insurance cost to bring it down to a more affordable number for my family. So I agreed and the company also agreed to look into changing plans up to make it more affordable for all 125 drivers. Sometimes all it takes is open dialogue. They really wanted to keep me it looks like.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Would like some advice please from everyone

That makes sense, thank you very much, I thank everyone’s input.

Keep in mind location makes a huge difference too. i ran a family business in philly 20 years ago. human resources was one of my many hats. Back then BCBS Personal Choice PPO was $2500 per month for a family!!! partly because we only had 90 employees. my dad paid the whole thing as the employer, but when the economy tanked. he couldnt afford that and asked for contributions. employees got ****ed.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Would like some advice please from everyone

Totally agree, as we all know people promise things they cannot deliver. All the promises have come to fruition. Thank you guys for the advice. I was looking for another perspective and received it. Sometimes I have short sightedness.

I get that. but ask drivers at the companies you are looking into. ask at truck stops. cause you might not get 3000 miles a week elsewhere without really working hard for it. or whatever bonuses etc. hopping to one next company is a lot different than jumping to 3 or 4 within a year.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Would like some advice please from everyone

The phenomenal parts I may never use, its not a bad company at all. The insurance for the month would be working about a week and a day for just the insurance. Yes it is more than my mortgage with insurance and taxes every month as well. We can afford it however the money will be well spent elsewhere. You may be right that they may be passing the entire buck off onto the driver. With that said, the company from what I have seen and heard, looks as though they are going through a transition process to make it more driver friendly, new equipment and maintenance program and driver wages are somewhat competitive along with performance bonus, also very small company a little less than 100 trucks total.

$1,400/month does sound high. Heck, that’s higher than our mortgage and we have a pretty nice house. It actually sounds like the company is passing on the entire premium to you instead of “sharing” part of that cost like many employers. However, your company might be paying you better than companies who “share” the premium.

With three little ones, can you survive until they’re all in school and your wife can return to work? You mentioned the coverage is phenomenal. Are the phenomenal parts benefits you actually will USE?

If the company, and future opportunity, is good, I’d seriously look at insurance on the open market. Or, getting yours through the company and the dependents on the open market. But, the devil is always in the details.

You might wanna talk to your benefits person and see if there are any changes on the horizon.

Good luck with this. I hope this is helpful.

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