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Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Terminated by Schneider

PS - if you have a problem with your system and you think it isn't working right, they can be calibrated.

Keep in mind that what YOU think 100-200-300 yards looks like in your head might be different in reality...

At the end of the day, we have put over 10 Million miles on our trucks with these systems, and we haven't had a single instance of our trucks "Locking up the brakes for no reason", causing an accident on its own, or slamming on the brakes when nothing is in front of the truck.

It's like anything else in our industry - people hate/distrust change and technology. Power Steering was going to be the end of trucking as we know it. Cruise control was going to be the end of trucking as we know it. Automatic Transmissions were going to be the end of trucking as we know it. eLogs were going to be the end of trucking as we know it.

When at the end of the day, the only "end of trucking as we know it" happened in 1980 with deregulation.

On a more "Micro/personal" level, having a rear-end collision while in a CMV could actually be the end of trucking as YOU know it. That is pretty much the worst type of accident you can have that doesn't involve injuries, fatalities or tow-a-ways. And these systems help prevent that and protect your CDL.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Terminated by Schneider


Huh... Swift must have got those same defective computers!



Just read through this entire thread, my interest in Schneider led me to the tread! Gotta say as a prospect driver the sensors do give me anxiety and I’m a 49y/o safe driving dude... Granted Christian sounds like he’s a punk and his a blatant disregard for authority, so there’s that... Man I just wanna go through school, get trained up, go through company orientation, learn their equipment, their way and ride al while making some money... Hope these sensors aren’t an issue, but I guess if they’re not for the vast majority of the industry, I’ll figure them out... Sorry to bring up a dead thread, but for prospects such as myself I feels it’s a good read on many levels!

Dead Threads are my favorite anyways!

As far as "Collision Detection", "Adaptive Cruise Control", or whatever they want to call it, with the giant spikes in Insurance coverage for trucking companies lately, you're going to see this no matter where you go in the next 1-2 years. Unless you are driving an old truck, these systems are basically standard in 2019 & newer models. And the discount that insurance companies give for them is pretty much all you need to know.

No one really LIKES insurance companies, but at the end of the day, their bean counters aren't giving away money for no reason. They do the math, they crunch the numbers and they have decided that it will make/save them more money to give discounts for companies that use these systems vs companies that don't. And I may be reading between the lines here, but that means all of the data they have gathered says trucks with these features are wrecking less than the trucks without those features.

At the end of the day - getting home to your family in one piece, and still being employed is the reason we go to work, right? Sure, there are lots of financial reasons for these systems, but there are also financial reasons that companies want to keep you alive and uninjured.

So you can be a skeptic, you can be a pragmatist, but at the end of the day, these systems keep you safer, they save your company money, and they are here to stay. And that's just pure "Vulcan Logic". (Shout out to my nerds!)

Posted:  4 months ago

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This a Marc"The 100k miles Champ" Lee Fan Club By Cornelius. A

I like this thread.

That is all!

Posted:  4 months ago

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What does a quarantine due to coronavirus mean for truckers?

A bigger thing I think about are Zombies.

lol, Me too. I was thinking - "thank goodness the Zombie Apocalypse is fiction, because I think the zombies would definitely win. Half of us would be running around claiming its not so bad and the other half run around screaming and dying of anxiety"

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Do trucks have wifi?


I want to get cdl and get into trucking. in the OTR routes - do the trucks have wifi, so I can be with my computer when i am not driving?

I'm sure some do, but I have not heard of that being standard equipment for fleet trucks yet. Many companies and truck stops offer WiFi, but - 3rd party WiFi is always hit or miss.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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New Article By Kearsey - Do Driver Retention And Turnover Rates Matter?

I came here, popcorn in hand, to hear the job hoppers sing their songs of woe.

Ugh. Way to keep it classy guys. smile.gifsmile.gif Guess I'll head back to work.

We have a limit of 8 jobs in 5 years, and I get multiple earfuls, everyday, about how unfair that it.

Our starting pay chart rates are also based on the number of jobs in the last 5 years.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Which companies have driver facing cameras?

The idea that inward or outward facing cameras can make any driver safer is, at the very least, laughable. They serve only one purpose and that is to deal with liability and lawsuits. A way for insurance companies to push liability off to somewhere else.

Inward - I pretty much agree. Outward? You're crazy. I have seen it save multiple drivers just here in our little 80 truck company! Lots of bad drivers and scam artists and insurance fraud schemers out there. The trucker is going to be assumed to be at fault unless you can prove otherwise. Get involved in accident with injuries without a camera, and see how your job prospects go from there.

Dash cams save jobs, save careers, but since they are typically used after the fact, I won't say, save lives.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Many Red Light Cameras in IL Down or Coming Down!


Why would fewer red-light cameras lead to fewer accidents?


It's pretty simple, really. I've actually seen it play out in the real world. Vehicle #1 goes through a stale yellow. Vehicle #2 stops abruptly to avoid running the red light. Vehicle #3 slams into vehicle #2 because #3 thought #2 was going through the intersection.

FYI... I have been on both ends of the rear-ender situation having been held liable for rear-ending someone who came to a dead stop in the middle of a highway in rush-period traffic AND being ticketed for an uninsured motorist rear-ending me because "I didn't leave him enough room".

Also... if you don't know... when they took the guardrails down from the Pacific Coast Highway fatal accidents went down.


IDK about the red lights, but with the guard rails and other safety features, the studies are clear. From Football gear to other safety measure, people always have an "acceptable" amount of risk they are willing to take. Its almost subconscious.

The easiest way to explain is think of risk as a scale of 1-10.

1 is being covered in Bubble tape and Hand Sanitizer and locking yourself in a concrete bunker. 10 is jumping out of a plane without a parachute.

Most people have an "acceptable risk allowance" of 3-4.

When safety gear is added or subtracted, people adjust accordingly to fall back into their level.

When they add more pads and protective gear to football players, it lowers the safety rating back down to a "2", so they start playing more aggressively to get back into their 3-4 range.

When the guard rails are up on cliff side roads, that makes people feel they can go a little faster. When they are down, people go a little slower.

It's all about maintaining your brain's personal level of 'risk'.

Obviously, much smarter folks have explained this in far more (and larger) words, but that was my basic take-away. Same things goes with those experiments where towns remove all road signs and traffic lights, accidents go down because people have to drive more carefully.

Its really an interesting dive into the human psychology.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Big Friday Announcements - New Article from Kearsey, Old School is honored by his company, and 3 new moderators!

Awesome! Love the fresh blood and CONGRATS to Old School! Now I have to go read Kersey's new article and see if I can use that to share with the drivers we have to deny, but I can't help but try to help! (I always tell them to come here, but most are too stubborn to take advice - which is usually the biggest source of their problems...)

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Why does everyone want over the road experience?

Just a Random question, why does everybody want over the road experience. When driving locally and backing up 10/15 times a day seems to me to be more important and has a higher skill rate than being in the truck going 3000 miles One Direction. Thanks

Your question is easy to answer with several questions for you. How many miles can you drive in a day? Remember a day is 24 hours. ? How many fuel stops will you need to complete the trip? When and Where? Where will you take your 10 hour break? What is the best time to go thru L A Dallas New York City Chicago? This is just the tip of the iceberg. Does that answer your question?

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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I miss the Blog Posts!

Dave - You're doing a great job with your updates, so please don't take this a slight against you at all!

I just miss the blog posts from Rainy, Old School and the like. I always found those very interesting.

Just my 2 cents - Drive Safe Everyone!

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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A Truckers Thoughts on the New Coercion Rules

I think it is really simple - make all FMCSA/HOS violations go 100% on the companies. Increase the fines.

You want companies to comply? Hit them in the wallet. They will police their drivers just fine if they are threatened with a hefty fine.

The drawback? More micromanagement for the truckers from their DMs.

If the company wants to take a risk and ask/force a driver to go past the legal limits? The driver now has two options:

1. If you have the energy, Just Do it, and get it in writing - Qualcomm, Text, Email. You get the miles, get the money, and keep your DM/boss happy. All while knowing that if you get caught, your company is on the hook, not you. Everyone knows the deal. And you get to feel like a BAMF Outlaw Trucker from before all the "computers ruined everything!"

2. Tell your boss you are out of hours and can't legally or safely make the trip. If they still tell you to go, Call DOT and report it. They love collecting fines. Or just roll up to the next weigh station and let them know you are driving past what your hours allow. All fines and Points go on the company and not the driver under the new rules of "the Company is always at fault for HOS violations".

I bet you HOS violations would drop dramatically in just a few weeks. Some drivers and companies will have "wink wink, nudge nudge" agreements, sure. But they would only be with the drivers they know can handle it. (its that grey area everyone loves to play in, but with the catch that the BIG wallet has to take the hit if they get caught, not the current policy of "make the driver the Fall Guy") Fatigued Driving accidents would drop. Trucker Fatalities would drop. Groups like "Soccer Moms Against Truckers" would be happier and quit writing to congress so often.

Now Sure, some drivers would think to use it to "get back" at their company if they feel like they were wronged about something, but those drivers are going to struggle to find employment with a legitimate company after their Employment Verification/DAC report says something like "HOS Blackmail" which would be the new equivalent of "Abandoned Load".

Again - companies, even small ones, are capable and willing to enforce the rules if it is going to help/hurt their bottom line.

The ones that don't? They will go the way of Celadon, GDS Express, HVH, Rich Logistics, LME, NEMF, etc...(just to tie this together with the sad year of 2019...)

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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Minor accident

P.S. be careful how you explain the actions of the other driver, kind of sounds like you are blaming him for you hitting his truck.

Exactly - I have heard the excuse a million times "Well, another driver/lumper/shipper was guiding me back in and I hit something, but all I was doing was listening to what they were telling me"

Don't go there - even though it is true, and sorta messed up. The fact is you are 100% responsible for that truck and trailer and anything it touches. Minus a gun to your head, everything that happens with your truck is your responsibility.

Or - to put it another way people might enjoy - You can't blame the GPS for driving into a lake.

Posted:  7 months ago

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2 incidents with 1 company and another with first company

As the Director of Recruiting, I look at employment verifications all day. They will list those things. They will also list times where you got stuck and needed a tow, cracked a curb, smooshed some landscaping...

But that being said... with minor stuff, I don't have a problem adding it to the application if it shows up on a Verification. What gets applications booted to the "NOPE" pile are when they try to hide bigger accidents, like sideswipes, Following Too Closely, injury accidents, roll-overs, roll-aways, etc...

There is no way anyone with half a brain will think those aren't important or 'forgot about them'. So either the applicant is purposefully lying, or is working with less than half a brain and that's usually not a great person to put in a big rig.

You should disclose everything by default, but most places (and we are picky) aren't going to trash your app for forgetting to put something minor on there. But backing accidents and overhead objects (Bridges, Trees) should be on your app.

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Death in the family

Also, related side note, pet peeve I see online far too often:

Don't be this driver:

"Heartless Company X put me down as Quit W/O notice/Abandoning truck/load/job/etc because I had to go home for my mom's funeral."

No - what happened was you mom sadly passed away. I am sorry for your loss. Your company was understanding, and released you to go home, maybe even helped you get there. Without notice, no problem, tragedies are unpredictable. They probably recovered the truck and found someone to finish that load for you. No problem at all. After the funeral and arrangements, and once you're ready to drive again, they will be there for you. Most companies will eat that loss for one of their drivers. the case where you read the quote up there... after the funeral, that driver choose to not go back to that company. So now they have quit without notice, abandoned a truck, and it has nothing to do with them needing to be there for a funeral and the company being heartless.

I have seen that story 1000x in almost every company review, and its ridiculous. Don't be that driver.

Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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Acceptable MVR?

This is a good, general guideline:


Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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Possibly fired for not reporting accident. Will I be able to get another job?

We couldn't at my company, but there are 100,000 companies out there and someone probably will still hire you. But just know that those accidents probably cost you a lot of earning potential because the types of places that might hire you after that probably aren't paying the most.

Good Luck - Find your Focus.

Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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Are trucker strikes a thing of the past?


Okay let's say by an act of God we could rally public support for a trucker strike. It will be short-lived. Once produce and other items people use in their day to day lives begin to disappear from the shelves, public support will evaporate in the blink of an eye. When riots, looting and price gauging result because of supplies shortages, truck drivers will become public enemy #1


That's an excellent point. Even if the public took the trucker's side and felt we deserved more, their support would fade once their lives were significantly impacted. They'd like to see us rally to make our lives better, but not at their expense.

Not only that, but they would realize that the more we make the higher the cost of goods will be. They'd like to see us make more, but not if it comes out of their pockets.

The public would be a tough sell.

That's what I've always said. It's going to be the 2-3 Million truckers vs 350 Million Americans who don't want to see the cost of their good go up just so truck drivers can make more money.

The powers that be know this, so they keep our focus on those things, when really, we could ban together as a country and start combating ridiculous CEO level wealth vs the common people. A Rising Tide raises all ships.

Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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Two 15+ speeding tickets 2 years ago, No jobs will hire me because I'm fresh out of CDL School. Any suggestions???!?!!?

the attachment might help, sorry!

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