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    IL

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    4 years, 3 months ago

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Posted:  17 hours, 52 minutes ago

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Hey Bobcat

Asking you this question since we're both from the area. I have a neighbor who currently drives for Jewel. And for for whatever reason wants to leave, won't specify why. He is interested in trash hauling. Specifically the company Marina Waste Transfer. When I asked why he said Marina is the primary hauler for Waste Management and said those guys are never slow. Didn't say where he got that info from either. Asked if I knew anything and I know nothing about trash hauling or those companies in the area. Do you know anything?

Posted:  1 day, 18 hours ago

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Had my first incident, got a ticket.

Man this is in my opinion, crazy. You certainly don't deserve a ticket. Here's what I don't understand. You said the deputy mentioned that:

"The deputy had told me "next time" don't call them just call the railroad so I can avoid the ticket."

Sooo she is implying that you forced her hand by calling them instead of just calling the railroad? How? Maybe Rick or Rob. D can clarify but how did that void using discretion so to speak?

You swiped the arm, pulled over, called the railroad who pretty much said no problem, you have an impeccable driving record. That should of all been taken into account. I had a incident months back that I never posted about but long story short and to not hijack this thread. I was making a tight right buttonhook into a yard when a lady in her Prius decided she was going to pass me between my tandems and the curb. Rear ended another vehicle in the process. Never made any contact with my tractor or trailer. Several witnesses backed my claim. Officer wrote me a ticket for "improper turn" after speaking with him about for 10 minutes, he finally told me his Supervisor told him it is "the best thing to do" and that "something had to be done". Which was just use the truck driver as the fall guy. In the end officer didn't show up and ticket was tossed.

Posted:  1 day, 18 hours ago

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You and the equipment... Don't be that guy!

"I have nothing but a ton of respect for mechanics, it looks like hard work most of the time and everyone loves to complain that they take too long." I agree, I have found mechanics and spotters are who you want on your side. I'm always as pleasant as possible with them. I can usually get the mechanics to level with me so to speak. I never go to them for anything minor. If they are able to take me immediately and are actively working on the problem. I dont complain about how long they take. To an extent anyways. Sometimes that's the name of the game.

Posted:  1 day, 19 hours ago

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Hearing test

Hi David, what I'm about to tell you is strictly my experience to date.

My hearing is absolute dog s!@#. And has been for most of my adult life. The last audiometric hearing test I passed was my pre-military physical exam. Never and will never pass one again. Gun shots and mortars took a nasty toll on my hearing.

Now, with that said I have taken 3 DOT physicals since. 1 initial other 2 renewals. The first one I took was for Schneider. I can't remember if I took the whisper. But went in the booth, Failed Doc asked me a few questions about it and signed off. Schneider never asked about it.

As far as the other 2 they were the whisper test. And like Rick said, they are subjective. The VA gave me hearings but they simply don't help. I really don't need them anyways. I only have issues with people who have a lower pitch voice.

Posted:  1 day, 20 hours ago

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You and the equipment... Don't be that guy!

I haven't encountered a tire quite that bad yet. Plenty of ones with chunks missing out of them. I have encountered the trailer unbiblical receptacle duct tape job. And in addition to that the primary air trailer glad hand was busted in half. Not sure how you manage that. Pretty impressive. I certainly feel your pain Packrat. I'm alittle luckier because the yard I pull from always has a mechanic on duty. But that mechanic typically makes it clear he is unhappy I am taking time away from his 8 hour break.

Posted:  4 days ago

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Turn on your CB!

I think its hilarious when that bozo does that. Because what blows me away is how many drivers engage with him. Drivers screaming into the mic. I can honestly say I have never been made upset by anything said on 19. Its trash talk and nothing more. I saw you mentioned the other day the laptop/taser guy. I haven't heard him in awhile either. Last time I did he had the laptop's for "sale" for 20 dollars. You had him talking, the looking for a fight guy, "Dr. Pepper" man, and the bizarre conversation about "Joey Delgado' all going at the same time.

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The drivers that do have their CB's on act like 3rd graders on them. Perfect example was yesterday.

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For sure, then you get the guys who spam some incoherent music or tv show. Or that guy who rides up and down 80/94 around Gary trying to rile people up by offering to meet them at the Pilot and "put a whooping on them"

Posted:  4 days, 5 hours ago

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Turn on your CB!

The drivers that do have their CB's on act like 3rd graders on them. Perfect example was yesterday.

I was heading down rt 30 just about to enter Warsaw. I heard some bozo on the radio calling another driver a hillbilly for something he was doing in the right lane. Couldn't quite make it out at that point what he was talking about. As I was coming over a hill a truck was at a standstill in left lane with his hazards on. I slowed down and put on my hazards till I could figure out what was up.

It was a simple right lane closure. That same driver tried to turn his attention to me "can't you dumgum read driver!!!!" I responded that the backup at the point was easily 100 yards before the sign and asked him instead of calling drivers "inbreds" why not warn drivers of the brake check?

In typical truck driver fashion. He said I must be a Democrat and Hillary supporter. Which not only had 0 correlation with what we were discussing also told me he knew I was right.

So I played along and said yep she would of been the best president ever. Haha.

Posted:  4 days, 6 hours ago

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Orientation !

Crete's loss, and Knight's gain that's for sure. Exciting news. Good luck Cecilia. I look forward to your diary.

Posted:  6 days, 7 hours ago

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Got a question about what I should do after training.....

I agree with G-Town. There are drivers who would threaten to outright quit if they didn't make it home for the holidays, but here you are volunteering for it. That's a gesture many couldn't overlook. Good luck with whatever you do.

Posted:  6 days, 18 hours ago

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Walmart Private Fleet

I'll tell ya my 1st experience with seal leakage Rob.

I was probably in my 6th month of driving. Every single day was still a huge learning curve. I pulled into the yard of the customer I'm dedicated too. 1st half is concrete 2nd is a very bumpy gravel lot. It had rained the night before. Pulled into the gravel lot, backed my reefer in. As I got out, I noticed an odd pattern on my left outer steer tire. Looked at it and thought to myself "huh" the water left weird marks all over the tire. Well the "water" was oil. Really showed my inexperience on that one. My guess is I hit one of the dips in the gravel lot and blew the seal. I didn't see anything dripping when I was looking at it.

About 180 miles later I was close to 20 miles from the yard. I'm noticing I hear my brakes squeaking, and I'm getting whiffs of burning oil, and the steering wheel is feeling off when I'm braking. Traffic came to bumper to bumper and a driver next to me, which didn't have a cb, flagged me to roll my window down to tell me oil was leaking out. I immediately pulled over and the oil had a steady drip to it coming straight out. At this point I was about 10 miles from the yard so I limped back.

So part of my PTI routine is grabbing my flashlight, and checking both the out tire and that light will come in handy for the inner tires. Check the steers when your hood is popped. If you were to drive with a seal leak, and end up completely losing all oil. I believe the tire will lock up. Not sure on that one though.

Posted:  6 days, 20 hours ago

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Moving Forward with Veriha - (pronounced VERY - ha)

Exciting news Marc. Really hope it works out for you and we'll see you out here soon.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Do you Vape?

But here is the thing. Big Scott made a decision off of the claims that these vaping companies were making. He made his decisions off of false or maybe rather premature facts given by these companies. Vaping or hookah for that matter is nothing new. But now teenagers and adults alike are ending up in the ER with particles in their lungs. Something is up. And when cities and states talk about outright banning it until more research is done. I support it. It's not about protecting you and me as much as it its protecting or youth. Who is the biggest target. I worked for a tobacco company I've seen how they operate. Their marketing goes far beyond commercials and any kind of advertising. It's going to places like sporting events and giving free packs of cigarettes to 18 yr olds. That to me should be damn near criminal.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Do you Vape?

I hundred percent agree with you Packrat. Although, Army might beil referring to case like the company Juul who recieved a warning letter from the FDA to stop misleading youth. I passage from an article read:

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning letter to JUUL Labs Inc. for marketing unauthorized modified risk tobacco products by engaging in labeling, advertising, and/or other activities directed to consumers, including a presentation given to youth at a school.

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Big Scott

As the others have said, I hope for a speedy recovery. I can't agree more with what else has been said. They absolutely mislead with advertising. What they have done is criminal, and I hope they pay for it.

Best of luck Chris

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As a former long-time smoker, I disagree. Don't start in the first place. Nobody forced anyone to vape, smoke, chew or dip.

I see, read or hear zillions of cool-sounding ads every year. Doesn't force me to sample everything I see.

That's my opinion. Yours may differ.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Food for thought from an o/o

That is pretty expensive. I always wondered what some of their rates were. When I joined them I received probably 6 envelopes in the mail for everything from disability to health insurance. I believe we use Countrywide insurance. May not hurt to check them out.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Staying Relevant In A Competitive Environment

"Only a relentless pursuit of improving your performance out here will keep you in favor with the rest of your team". A key point that an ability to be a relentless communicator. Learn that and you'll go far.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Wishy Washy

Hey Cecilia, one option could be just calling the general recruitment number for Crete if you still can't get ahold of the one you've been already working with. Just let them know your situation and that you're ready to go. I can't imagine they would ignore that. Otherwise Prime has the most extensive program that I've seen. Can't go wrong with either. Be patient it will work itself out.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Question should I train on manuals or automatics

I understand Errol. I guess what I'm asking is if I'm a current Swift driver and I tell my dispatcher i want the auto restriction removed, what will be the process for that?

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Question should I train on manuals or automatics

Here's my question. It has been said many times on this forum now to include this post that go automatic now and you can train manual later. Is that a forsure thing? Has anybody on this forum done that? I'm honestly just curious. I feel that would be a pita both the company and the driver to taken you off the road, have you trained on a manual than put back in your auto.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Question should I train on manuals or automatics

To be honest Jay it's not too hard to pick up. I never drove anything clutch period prior too learning. And haven't double clutched since school. Eventually you'll learn to float.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Going Great With Crete So Far

Sharp truck Jamie. Glad it's all working out thus far.

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