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  • Location:
    Baltimore, MD

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 11 months ago

Dave Reid's Bio

My first career was in the insurance business...did a 20 year hitch. After getting burned out with that, I drove a taxi for 3 years, then was hired to be a manager with the company...ultimatedly I became president, coo, and a partner in the company that owned about 100 vehicles - taxicabs, limousines, paratransit vans, small buses, etc. I also obtained my class B CDL around 2004, and drove various buses and so forth part time.

The business got into financial troubles...loss of the major paratransit contract and the uber/lyft cancer. So, I upgraded the CDL to a Class A. I drove limo coaches, buses, and motorcoaches for a year or so, and now I want a life on the open road so I became an OTR driver. Recently, I became a certified trainer with Pride Transport and started working with students. I love it!

I don't really live anywhere, so I can go wherever the wind blows.

I hope to get to some baseball games and concerts, etc. while out and about.

I've pulled drive vans (briefly), and the reefers I now tug around).

I list my city as Baltimore since something needs to go in that box, but I don't really have a city right now and don't expect to in the next few years. I was born in Baltimore and spent my first twenty years in Harford County, Maryland. Then, I moved to Jackson, Michigan...from there to Ann Arbor. I lived in Michigan most of my life, until I was about 57. Now, I live on the road, and take my time off in various locations where my friends and relatives live.

I'm a big fan of the Detroit Tigers, and also the Detroit Red Wings.

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Posted:  1 hour, 13 minutes ago

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Background Checks

Most companies will run state and county criminal record searches for any address you've had in the last ten years. You can easily do the same thing yourself online. But if you've never been convicted of any crime, you needn't bother.

For your heart issue, they'll check you more frequently than some...the longest DOT med card you'll get is a year and it could be less since your event is so recent. But that isn't a big deal.

Best wishes in your new career!

Well I'm still working my way toward obtaining my CDL, have decided on a company (Prime Inc) and when to begin my journey, now doing my due diligence. Other than a medical issue I'm trying to put behind me (NSTEMI in Oct 2017 and the medications required), I don't have any Criminal or Driving issues that would disqualify me (to my knowledge), but to be absolutely sure I want to run a Criminal and Drivers License check to be 100% positive before wasting mine and Prime Inc's time. My question is can someone tell me if I can obtain a free background check and if not free what is the best check to run that would compare to what Prime Inc uses? Also I have been employed by my present employer for going on 8yrs now, is that adequate time or do I need employer info prior to that? I did carry a CDL Class B in the late 80's with no issues there, and I left the company on good terms. Any help and advice is much appreciated. Thanks

Posted:  1 hour, 19 minutes ago

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Sleep Apnea

CPAP in the truck is no big deal so you can relax!

I've been using a CPAP machine for about 15 years. It took me a couple of tries to find the right mask and a couple of days to get used to wearing it...that's it.

You'll need one that records data nightly and be able to produce reports from the machine each time you go to your DOT physical. Some companies require that you set it up such that they can monitor your usage daily, but most just accept the DOT med which will require the reports.

I have a ResMed Airsense 10 with a ResMed Swift FX Nano mask and like that setup a lot. There are plenty of other rigs that are dandy too.

If you wear your glasses in bed for watching TV or whatever, you'll want to choose a mask that allows that in case you fall asleep while doing so. That's part of the reason I choose the Nano.

I use an AC adapter (the one that comes with the machine) plugged into my inverter. Some people use a D/C cord plugged into a 12v outlet. I tried that in my prior truck and it didn't really work. That truck also lacked an APU, and when the start/stop idle nonsense cycled, the machine would shut off, so I added a UPS and then all was well. But I now have a truck with an APU, so I just plug the A/C cord into a wall outlet and it works great.

ResMed doesn't permit users to have the software to produce the reports...they want you to take the machine or the SD card from it to a DME place to get the reports. But there is a place on the 'net where you can easily find software that will work and print the reports yourself.

The only real pita that I find now is that when traveling out of the truck, one must pack up the CPAP machine and cart it along everywhere. I formerly had a travel machine but no longer use that because the reports wouldn't be accurate. I suppose if one had another machine that could create reports, two reports could be generated with an explanation to the medical examiner. But my travel machine doesn't save data, so I'd have to buy another one. I'll probably do that some day...

Best wishes to you.

Feeling super bummed... I had a sleep study today and I had to be put on cpap since I apparently have sleep apnea. Which makes it worse is Alice from Millis Transfer called to tell me my application was approved and to call her to schedule school. I had to send her an email asking if they allowed cpap or if there were trainers using cpap.I was supposed to get my DOT physical next week.

Just left me in a foul mood and I kinda feel like I got kicked in the balls.... this happen to anyone else before?

Posted:  1 hour, 34 minutes ago

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So you wanna go local.....

Heavy C, it is tough enough what you go through multiple times per shift...but the truly terrible thing is when they send us with cabs and 53' trailers into these tiny places. I went to probably the tightest place I've ever been a couple of days ago and learned a whole new technique - I unlocked my tandems after I was angled part way to the hole and set the trailer brakes to pull forward a couple of times. That worked like magic and I'm sure I'll do that again.

It's no secret that I'm a local driver. I went local straight out of school. Is that the recommended way of doing things? No. But it's what was the best option for me and my family. I enjoy being local and wouldn't change anything. Well maybe one thing but that's a different story for a different day. No this topic is for those that are thinking about local whether they are new or currently OTR. I wanna share what kind of things you can expect when you get to be home every night. Now of course not all jobs are created equal. However a lot of local jobs are delivery based, so this is a situation will be fairly common for most.

Here's the scenario. I work for a grocery store chain in northern New England. Most of you that have been up here know that streets and businesses up here aren't exactly truck friendly. So my load tonight has two stops. I depart from South Portland Maine and head north to Bangor for stop one. Then east to Bar Harbor. 358 mile round trip. It's a good load. But it comes with a catch. Bar Harbor. This tiny little village is a huge tourist trap. Add to that the fact the main route into town is torn up for construction I have to go the long way around. So the Bangor store is straight forward so I'll skip ahead to the fun one.

This first picture is the bridge I have to negotiate because of detours. It's 12' on the sides so I must go up the middle. I was stopped waiting for traffic to clear. 0963673001532141189.jpg

This next picture is just showing that even at night the narrow streets and pedestrians are always an obstacle. BTW I was stopped for all these photos.

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The next shot is before I entered the store. Narrow entrance which I can't take much wider because of cars parked on the street. Normally we come in the other way and you can see that telephone pole on the corner. Which if you can't go wide enough turning in youll certainly hit.

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The next series of pictures is after ive turned into the store and the maneuvering I have to do to get backed into the dock. Mind you this is I'm a day cab 48' box. If I don't go wide enough I AM going to hit.

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Then before I leave I have to actually move the trailer left before I can exit because the turn it too tight and I'll clip the building. This store is one of the ones our guys hate especially during the summer tourist months. However it doesn't get much easier in many other locations we deliver to.

Local driving has taught me a lot in a short amount of time. Some of it has been the hard way. And I can say that I feel pretty good about being able to put a trailer in any spot now as long as it will fit. But that comes with a major downside. The risk factor. It's a risky proposition putting trailers in some of the spots we do. It can certainly cost you If you screw up. Local isn't for everyone. Most of you may be happy OTR your entire careers. However to those thinking about it. Be prepared. Being home every night comes with a lot of baggage.

Posted:  1 day, 6 hours ago

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How Can You Do That? A Puzzler for New and Future Drivers

Call me ignorant, but I thought we weren't able to log On Duty Not Driving past our 70 without getting an HOS violation. Since the 70h clock ticks when on either line 3 or 4, it makes sense to me that we're unable to log line 4 if we're out of 70 hours. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

UHC, I now understand your question better, having learned more about SNI.

The government allows us to do non-driving work as long as we wish past the 8/11/14/70 hour clocks. However, SCHNEIDER policy does not allow it. Maybe some other companies have similar policies. My prior company did not.

Posted:  1 day, 6 hours ago

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Extended time off/month off

Unlike CFI (see Big Scott's answer above), most companies don't allow accumulation of days of beyond about 7.

However, I also think that most companies would tolerate a driver that took no days off for a year and then took a month, as in the OP's question...but most would likely require that you move out of their truck and so forth.

I met a guy who first drove "normally" for about 25 years, but now he runs hard every day from April-November and then takes December-March off every single year. He's been doing this now for several years.

Most companies will do a lot to accommodate a really good, proven driver.

Of course, small companies wouldn't likely be a good bet for this sort of behavior - they would have to replace you when you took off and then for you to come back they'd have to have an opening. Larger companies always have lots of openings.

I would also be very interested in this info as well. I don't want to work 3 weeks out to get 3 days off. If I can work for a number of months and then take Unpaid Time Off that would work out real well for me.

Posted:  1 day, 6 hours ago

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Can anyone confirm or deny this? 12’ 7” & 12’ 9” clearances on I-95 near I-87 (Bronx)

No interstate highway in our great country has an overpass that a 13'6" rig cannot safely travel under with plenty of room to spare, so long as we stay in the traffic lane. As has been noted, there are places where the height at the shoulder could be a problem.

Lots of sources of information about this are just plain wrong, including the newest Garmin. I submitted an error report to Garmin on that recently...hopefully they'll fix it because as it is, they won't let us run the PA Pike for quite a distance east of Somerset.

Here is a link to an FHA page on this topic: https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/geometric/pubs/mitigationstrategies/chapter3/3_verticalclearance.cfm

Welcome to the Bronx!

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Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Parking at truck stops

Those spots on the right are not 90 degrees with the spot I was in. They angle in. If those spots were 90 than yeah no problem but loves likes to make tight parking.

They make it tight and also lay it out so many of the spots put drivers in the way of others pulling in/out of the drive and the fuel island.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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My dream has died

Indeed.....sometimes, it's all about Plan B. If necessary, C D E F G etc....keep the faith and keep the fire burning.

Everything for a reason, my man! Just because you're not driving for a company doesn't mean you cant find a way to get out and see the same sights we see - maybe even at a better pace, since we are often on such tight schedules.

Not to mention, there are many other things you're now free to do that most of us are not. I won't insult you with a suggestion list. But I will say that now that you've virtually been given the free time...

And not everything worth doing or seeing is dependent on income. This sounds like a great time to bust out that bucket list and see what you can go out and cross off that list. Or make a new list.

I have two college degrees, but I actually have a few more degrees and certs I've always wanted. And many other things that I never learned to any self-satisfactorily level (no certification of degree required.) I can mumble in a few different languages, but I really want to be fluent in at least two or three of those. There's things I want to accomplish and things I want to cook in the kitchen. I have a seriously long list!!!

My point is, this should only be one dream among many. Due to my age, or some other arbitrary circumstances, some of my dreams really are beyond reach. But just because I can't hit a few ports doesn't mean I'm gonna scuttle the whole damn ship. There's still a world full of stuff waiting on me (you, too!)

So, take this opportunity and run with it! Because that's just what it is. And by all means, hang around here, too. You've got a lot of life experience and who knows how much more knowledge... No telling who you might be able to help with what.

Regardless of all else, just make the most out of this opportunity!

Wishing ya all the best!

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Schneider trucks cooking/food storing help!!!

I too am a big fan of those little warmers. I found one I like even better than Road Pro's - the Hot Logic Mini

I'm not a Schneider driver, and you may want to check with them about this....

But I know the RoadPro portable stove works great, runs on 12v (lighter plug), and only costs about $30.

Example: https://www.amazon.com/RoadPro-12-Volt-Portable-Stove-Black/dp/B00030DLEE/

They sell them at most truck stops. But more importantly, they sell the little tin foil pans that go in to it at most truck stops and at Walmart.

Hope that suggestion helps!

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Dry Van, Reefer,Advantages and Disadvantages

I have pulled both a bunch and I think reefer trailers just pull better than dry vans period. I don't know why....I'm not so sure it's just the reefer weight on the drives, because I find dry vans to bounce around more and drift around more even loaded similarly. But if empty - no question, the reefer is easier to drag around.

On a windy day, if I am pulling an empty, make it a reefer. I pulled reefer with Swift, and I pull both, at Hummer. I prefer reefer. For some reason, it's probably just in my head, but it seems that a reefer pulls smoother.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Dry Van Midwest Regional?

Jeramy, you've got lots of options these days.

Jeremy posted links you can check out.

A couple options I know of: ROEHL has their own school and has regional available in can, reefer, and flatbed. Schneider will pay for school and has regional. There are lots of others.

Curious if anyone knows of any companies that offer a dry van Midwest regional. Home every weekend or every other weekend for at least a 34 hour reset.

I will need CDL training. I do have my Missouri permit and medical.

I live in Pleasant Hill Missouri, about 30 miles South of Kansas City.

I greatly appreciate it! You all stay safe out there.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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SO CLOSE!!!

I know it is disappointing, but just relax and drive the course cleanly the next time.

Don't worry about the turns, but do think ahead of time about how you're going to negotiate them before you start the drive. In fact, work through them in your mind many times between now and when they give you the second chance.

They take you on a course that has a tight turn or to purposefully so that they can be sure you know how to get around without busting tires, wheels, telephone poles, street signs, etc.

But you can do it! Just remember to ease your tractor to the left as you approach the intersection, drive well out past the corner, and then swing right making sure you keep the tandems close to the curb without hitting it. You can find plenty of videos showing how to execute a buttonhook. Don't do what I did my first road test and drive too far out such that you then can't clear the oncoming traffic lane....that isn't good either!

I was almost done the road course and I hit a curb on the way back. ☹️ God! After all of the crap I've been giving myself over maneuvers, I passed that and thought if I get on the road I'm good. Silly me. Schneider is probably pulling out their hair over me.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Heaviest Weight You've Hauled...?

I should have also said AND SLOW DOWN!

Many times, the wind is such that a light travel might flip over at 65mph with the tandems forward, yet can safely cross at 45mph with the tandems way back. I just switched my driving area to the midwest, mid-atlantic, and southeast for the most part. But I formerly was a coast to coast reefer driver and dealt with that awful Wyoming etc. wind many times. Usually, I had plenty of weight to help the situation. But there were times I was empty or nearly so and I put the tandems all the way back, put my flashers on, and went through the wind at 45mph. Sometimes it's either that or stop and weight a few months for the wind to die down...

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if you do have to travel when windy with a light trailer, slide your tandems back as far as you can....

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Something else I never heard before!

I'm telling ya, you veteran truckers are a freakin gold mine of info! 😀

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Dry Van, Reefer,Advantages and Disadvantages

Flat bed guys are crazy. (I'm sure I'll hear it for that one...maybe Old School will miss this post!)

I pulled reefer for too long. Now I'm pulling dry van. Between that and having an APU now versus not having one before, the improvement in quality of life is tremendous.

Reefer sometimes pays slightly more per mile than dry van, but as others mentioned you lose a lot of time in docks and delivery appointments are usually very specific times often early morning or middle of the night. Cold storage warehouses in urban areas are often in ridiculous locations with ridiculous backing. Really the only way you'll actually earn more income (vs just considering the cpm) is if you're willing to do a lot of your live loads/unloads during what should be your break.

Now that I'm doing dry van work, enjoying the mostly nice wide open spaces, open window D&H, more time to actually sleep, no reefer noise, etc.....well, I can't believe that I previously did reefer instead of this.

One potential advantage for reefer, and this I miss - longer average length of haul and many nice coast to coast trips. Dry van work is typically shorter length of haul and not much coast to coast stuff for solo drivers. But in exchange for shorter trips, you're often in and out of shippers/receivers in a half an hour instead of several hours. Heck, I had a live load a few days ago that took less than half an hour. I'd no sooner backed into the nice dock when they started shoving bird seed into the trailer and 20 minutes later they signaled me to come put my load straps on and then I was gone. That was an Iowa to Penn run so I didn't have to see another place for awhile and then that was D&H. The pickup was a show up anytime 08:00-17:00 and the drop was a anytime at all on the third day. No way we'd see anything like that in the reefer world.

I'm sure I'll encounter some things about dry van that I won't like. I haven't had any unpleasant experiences yet, but of course, there will be some. Nothing is perfect.

Hi everyone, what do you like about your particular freight you pull ? I have read and listened to pod casts about dry van, reefer and flatbed on this site. Mainly interested in your perspective of dry van and reefer. From research and listening and reading on TT, flatbed is not the best choice for a new driver, though some.do make it work. Would like fresh input from drivers. Thanks

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Heaviest Weight You've Hauled...?

Yep, light trailers in high winds are no fun at all

if you do have to travel when windy with a light trailer, slide your tandems back as far as you can. if it still won't be reasonably stable, you might have to stop and wait for the winds to calm. of course in Wyoming, etc. they may take forever or longer to calm....

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...yet heavy enough for wind or other bad weather.

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Now there's something I hadn't considered before. Rolling across Kansas on 54 with maybe 20,000 pounds was an interesting day! Probably would have been a bit different in the weight range of 70-80k.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Best way to Long island and rush hour times

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Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Put your phone down and help!

A couple of months ago, I was working with a student learning to back in a customer's drop yard. There was plenty of room and the place wasn't busy, plus I had provided extensive help to the guy already, so this time I tried to restrain myself from helping and let the guy figure it out. Along comes a yard shuttle driver who stops not far from my student. I thought maybe we were in his way, so I walked over and asked him. His reply was somewhat startling...he said, "no, I'm just enjoying the show". So, he was there to ridicule the student learning to back. I couldn't really say anything to the jerk so I just walked away and returned to watching to make sure my student didn't hit anything.

Jeremey, to your point - those clowns that heckle, record, or feel entertained by newbies at truck stops etc. are just jerks and nothing is going to change them. When I see a new driver trying to back, I handle it as G-Town described.

Yeah, I dont want your help.

Sorry if I sound like a tool for putting it that way, but...

First, if I hit something, I'm still responsible. Much better for me to get out and look and possibly take 20 minutes to park.

Actually, I had a line of trucks cursing me all over the radio just a few days ago in Indiana for taking so long and holding up like five trucks trying to get by.

Bump 'em! I had to get it done right. Sorry about the wait, but I prefer being growled at (or even laughed at) for taking so long rather than for hitting something.

Second, I currently cannot back worth crap! My trainer has a habit of constantly directing my backing. And while it's in good-nature and he still thinks he's helping me (no matter how many times I explain it) the net result is that I am now better than ever at following directions and hand signals. But I still suck at backing.

Now, if I'm gonna hit something, hell yes, by all means, stop me! But the help part... Someday I'll figure it out.

And as for the laughing, well, at least I can provide some entertainment for a few minutes.
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Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Passenger endorsement

Missincognito, from your update, you may now have two separate questions here.

So, here are two answers:

1) To get a P endorsement, you'll need to pass the written test you've mentioned, PLUS you'll need to pass a driving test using a passenger vehicle.

2) If you get a Class A CDL, you'll also be able to drive class B vehicles.

HOWEVER, if you get the Class A CDL using a semi-truck for the driving test, and if as is common you get the P endorsement by driving a Class B or C vehicle for the driving test, you'll have a restriction on your license saying "no Class A passenger vehicles", or it might just have the code "M". (A Class A passenger vehicle is typically an articulated bus...maybe there are some others I'm not thinking of at the moment.)

I guess what I'm asking is for the skills test part would I have to drive a bus (example: tour bus) in order to complete the endorsement requirements? I know someone with only a school bus endorsement and they said it was a class B license. Currently working on my obtaining my endorsements and wondering if I have a class A license would the skills test for that superceed the other?

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I understand with school bus endorsment you have to take and pass the written test and do the skills test with the bus itself. Am I reading the passenger endorsement the same way? Or if I complete my CDL A and the passenger endorsement test will it be enough?

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Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Hot Weather Operation -Tires

Jeremy, a lot of old-timers greatly overestimate their ability to know what a good tire "looks" like! I've had some tell me that they can tell if a tire is 5psi low by the sound of a thump...which is total nonsense. Sure, we can look for bulges, cracks, low tread depth, etc. But to check inflation, a pressure gauge is the only way.

This is especially important for us newbies. After all, most of us don't know what a good tire "looks" like, so that extra minute or two could save us learning this lesson the hard way. Hope I'm not the only noob reading this! 😁

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Trip planning

In addition to the phone apps and/or websites that each state has (as others have mentioned), there is also the 511 phone service. Calling that connects you to the DOT info for the state you're in, and in many cases can also connect you to other states, at least to adjoining states.

Last saturday we received just under 10 inches of rain in Des Moines within a couple hours and caused a ton of flooding, and southwest Minnesota has numerous US and state highways shut down due to flooding. Looking at your atlas won't tell you a particular road is temporarily shutdown, and if you're required to detour it will add time which could be bad if you're racing against your 11/14. Would something like that just be more of an inconvenience as it seems most of you trip plan for 50 mph, or do you have other means of checking any potential closures before starting your day to know what you could be dealing with?

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