Profile For Dave Reid

Dave Reid's Info

  • Location:
    Baltimore, MD

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    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    5 years 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 and became a trucker. I wanted to get away from it all, so to speak.

I was with Roehl for a minute but had a family issue to help with so I locally drove limo coaches, buses, and motorcoaches for a year or so, then got back to OTR with Pride Transport pulling reefers. I became a trainer for Pride and worked with a few students. Now, I'm an O/O leased to Schneider and I'm loving it.

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

I enjoy taking a day off now and then, staying at the home of a relative or friend. Now and then, I get a motel room.

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 for quite some time. I am saving my $ for retirement.

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:  8 months, 1 week ago

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So much info on here! :) Which way to my Class A?

While I realize that the amount of (great) information on this site may seem overwhelming, the truth is that there are no shortcuts....no one can distill all you could know into a couple of paragraphs. I highly recommend that you take the time to read it all.....you'll be amazed at what can be learned here.

Hello to everyone willing to give advice!

I have been driving a class B fuel truck for almost 3 years. Pulling a fuel hose to fuel a truck or a fill pipe on house has gotten old and I am looking to do more. My ultimate goal would be to drive transport tanker but not sure how to get there. Obviously I need my Class A license and experience. Do I go with prime, which has a tanker division? Can I get a tanker trainer or am I going to have to start with a reefer anyway? Do I go with Roehl without a tanker division but is more local for me? I know I can't just get in a truck and drive as my experience is not with a combo, so the time I have to put in for paid CDL training is no bother to me. Even in the 3 years i have been with my current company, I am learning something new everyday. I am not questioning if this is something that I want to do, it's for sure. Just not sure which route to take. I have not had a problem getting accepted anywhere as I have a good MVR, hazmat/tanker endorsements, and some schooling/experience. ANY advice ANYONE can give me on here would be super awesome, plus I wouldn't mind getting to know some of you as I will be on the road as well and it seems there is alot of you that have great helpful trucker advice. Thank You!

Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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Why cant I consistently do the backing maneuvers.

What's happening is that you are new - your results are typical, as you've seen with fellow students.

It gets much easier with time and experience - lots of it!

It's just crazy! I'm at Crowder and one day I am nailing the backing and as the day goes along it just gets worse. What the heck! I watch this and hear the same complaints from fellow students. What is happening???

Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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Tips For New OTR Trucker With A Family

ROEHL has plenty of regional opportunities, depending on where you live.

Hello everyone! I have been addicted to this site since I found and used the High Road Training program, and I have to say, everyone on here is amazing!!

With that said and out of the way, let me tell you my situation, and what I am looking for.

I have seen/heard a lot of you say that TOE with a family is a bad idea, and also read a few topics in the site about that issue, so I am fully aware of what I am getting in to, and the fact that most think it is a horrible idea to do OTR with a family at home. I assure you, my wife is a very strong, independent, and loyal woman who supports this decision 100%!! I made absolutely sure she was ok with it before I even signed up for this life.

So, the ultimate goal I am trying to accomplish with this post is to get feedback from drivers who have done the OTR route with a family at home (wife and kids) and gather any tips and info to help make the transition as easy on everyone as possible!!

I leave exactly one week from today to start the GYCDL program through Roehl. I plan on staying with them until I get my 120,000 miles in, starting off as a flatbed driver, for at least the first 6 months, then can switch fleets if I want, as stated in my contract. I plan on using either FaceTime or Skype to be able to talk to my family as much as I am able to, without interfering with my training and my job, especially for that crucial first year. After I have my miles in with Roehl, I plan on going regional or even local. So I am expecting to be OTR for about 15 to 18 months, until I hit that 120,000 Mile mark.

So, please, any tips to help my family and me stay in touch and keep close through all of this is GREATLY appreciated, and thank you all for you feedback, thought, and opinions in advance!! Also, any more questions about my situation are welcome, especially if they will help with any advice!!

Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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Warnings vs. Tickets - NEVER ACCEPT A WARNING!?!

A warning won't go on your PSP - UNLESS the officer also does an inspection and puts the reason for the stop on the inspection report. The reason some (frequently company safety dept folks) give the advice to ask for the ticket instead is that you could try to fight the ticket, and if successful, you could petition to have the violation removed from the PSP and the company's corresponding record. If the officer gives a warning for the violation, there's nothing to dispute and both you and your carrier are stuck with the points for three years.

Got this from instructor in yard today...

He said he was stopped for speeding in IN. The LEO said he was giving him a warning. Hank was confident he was going 55 or less where the speed limit dropped. LEO said "You don't understand... I'm giving you a warning!" Hank insisted he wasn't speeding and added "I can fight a ticket. I can't fight a warning!"

It took him 3 trips to court. When he asked for the in-car video he knew they shoot, Keo said he didn't have anything. When he said "Well, I have some! " - (Veriha has forward and driver-facing DriveCams in all Power Units), the Judge viewed it and dismissed the case!

My take-away - NEVER accept a warning (as it goes on our DAC and can't be removed).

Anyone?

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Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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Northeast

I spent a year one March day in Wyoming.

Wait til u see -40 in WY or MT

Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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Prepaid legal services/insurance plan

I would keep the money. Drive safely and legally - chances are you'll never need the legal help. If you do end up receiving a citation, then find a local attorney (near the jurisdiction where the ticket was issued) that does traffic violations AND has experience with the transportation industry....pay them.

Anybody have one? From my understanding they take a few bucks a week and if/when you need an attorney they take care of finding some in the area the litigation will take place. If you have one what are the pros and cons?

I would think from a long term financial standpoint it's better to put that money into a savings account and use it for that purpose if/when you need it but just looking for opinions. I was quite surprised to see what attorneys are charging.

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Does switching to personal conveyance start your 14 hr clock?

With DOT, no. With some company policies, yes.

If I've been in sleeper berth for 10+ hrs, then switched to personal conveyance for a few minutes to drive down the block then switch back to sleeper berth, would that start my 14 hr clock?

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Unwritten Trucker Pro-Tips (Feat. Kearsey)

Newer drivers: when approaching intersections controlled by lights, practice deciding each time the spot at which you'd brake or go. It will take a lot of stress off making that decision if/when the light changes - that's not a good time to start figuring it out. Eventually, you'll do this automatically without having to think about it. You'll never blow a red, slow down unnecessarily, or get an unwarranted hard brake critical event due to a red light).

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Unwritten Trucker Pro-Tips (Feat. Kearsey)

Errol, check left mirror for 25 year old Pete first....if you can see one in the distance, turn off your CB before changing lanes at Swift speed way before the on ramp rofl-1.gif

Watch upcoming onramps - even on the overpass road for turning trucks. If you see a truck on the ramp, go ahead and move left to make room.

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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How do I handle hub rats?

You just started a week ago and some other drivers are complaining about 40 minutes to hook up doubles and pre-trip!?! Just ignore them, and take all the help you can get from proper sources like you're trainer. You'll likely be at that FedEx goal of 30 minutes soon enough, but take whatever time you need to be safe and properly prepared.

A few days ago I received a call from my trainer. He asked me if I was having any issues with my runs because he got an email saying that I was taking too long to leave and there was an issue with gate times. I told him I haven't heard anything, but I wouldn't be surprised I'm not fast, yet. He told me if I had issues to let him know and he'll schedule me in to get some practice. We left it at that.

Today he calls me again and he's not happy. He told me after we spoke he went to ops to see pull my depart/arrival times. Turns out, I haven't been late at all. Some people are complaining that I take too long to hook. They're complaining about me trying to line up my lead trailer and dolly as straight as possible.

Here are my issues

1) I know it takes me a little longer too hook. Because of that, I'm courteous and I let everybody pass before I block everything up.

2) I'm averaging a hook and pretrip in 40 minutes. FedEx goal is 30. I've only been on 5 runs in total, I think I'm pretty decent.

3) Who cares? We're not team driving. If it takes me 3 hours to hook, it doesn't affect anybody but me and maybe some customers. What I do has no bearing on anybody else.

My trainer told me he was going to find out who was talking and address it personally. He said he's not going to let somebody bad mouth his student for doing things the right way. He told me to keep doing what I'm doing because I'm the one driving the equipment and I have to be comfortable and confident that everything is secured properly. He said the office people know I'm new so they're not going to give me a hard time about being late.

Here's the issue, unlike terminal rats I see the same people everyday. It's not in passing or once in a while. I don't want to have a bad work environment. I'm thinking I should just let it slide, but I'm not ok with drivers going to the people that run the place to complain about a nonexistent issue. I don't want people to hear my name and think "the slow guy".

What would you do?

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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90 Backing

Rarely, if ever, does one become "good" at backing during training, so don't sweat it. You just need to become able to pass tests and survive.

You'll get better with substantial time, effort, and repetition. For some it takes several months, some a couple of years. Just don't hit anything, and you'll be fine.

Hey guys,

I have a question for trainers and a general question.

For those of you who train, I was wondering the average number of times it takes your students to become "good" at the 90. Due to my trainer having two family deaths, we took quite a lot of time off and my progress regarding backing really suffered. Not to mention my trainer usually just backs it in himself. I've attempted the 90 about four times now and am struggling more than I think I should be.

Do you guys start to chase at 90 degrees? Or slightly before 90? I've gotten contradictory advice on this.

Thanks!!

Posted:  12 months ago

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Time to Say Goodbye...

Rainy, you've been an inspiration to many and provided a treasure trove of valuable advice. I wish you all the very best.

Dave

Over the last 4 years, I have made some awesome friends, learned to surpass other drivers on my fleet, had quite a few laughs, and hope I have inspired a few.

I have been neglecting some seriously time consuming issues in my life, and a new chapter is on the horizon. I will try to continue writing the blog articles and pop in from time to time. Unfortunately, I won't have the time to dedicate to the forum as I always have. Those of you who know me well, know I am always "all in".

Stay safe and be good to each other! And thank you for some great years!

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Posted:  1 year ago

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Anyone use a Hot Logic Mini in the truck?

An advantage of the Hot Logic - it will hold food well for at least 12 hours

The lunchboxes are pretty quick but will burn your stuff if you dont stay on top of them

Posted:  1 year ago

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Anyone use a Hot Logic Mini in the truck?

I have one and love it....works better than one might imagine. I think it works better than the similar thing from Roadmaster sold in truck stops.

It isn't really comparable to a microwave. It is much slower and can't do everything a microwave can do. On the other hand, what it does do, it does better. It is ideal for reheating previously cooked food. Sometimes, I'll order a large meal at a restaurant when I'm by a good one, and put half of it in a foil container of the proper size and stick that in the fridge. In fact, I've just done that very thing. There was a good steakhouse across the street from the truck stop for the night, so I took one of my containers with me and put half in it. The day after tomorrow, I'll be parking at my consignee, so that morning I'll stick the meal in the Hot Logic and it will be ready whenever I am. I microwave would ruin the meal.

I also sometimes dump a can of stew in it, or beans and franks.

I have been inundated with ads and glowing reviews about this Hot Logic Mini for use in the truck. I do not currently have anything to cook or reheat with in the truck. I have never cared for microwaves but am not opposed to them but this product sounds like it would be nice if it really works as it says. I am not opposed to paying $40 to find out if it is any good or not (have spent more money on worse things) but just curious about anyone who has actually used one. Thanks.

Posted:  1 year ago

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The Proper Way To Merge?

As soon as I know what the thru lane is, I get into it at the next good opportunity. It's safer and less stressful, so long as you don't let others stress you out.

So what do you think? Is it better to merge early when you see that sign in a construction zone that says, "right lane ends merge left". Or do you think it is better to ride the lane until it ends and then merge at the last minute? I've seen it argued both ways. For the record, I get over ASAP...but that doesn't mean it's right.

Posted:  1 year ago

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Companies with Best Trucks

Most of the companies that hire students are huge outfits all running new trucks less than five years old. You will have top notch equipment wherever you start.

There are some minor differences:

-some include refrigerators -some provide invertors -some have APUs

Of those that don't provide APUs, some allow idling when temps are outside a specified range, others employ a cycling system to run a/c and charge batteries.

Want to join a company paid training, what I Iearnt here is they all the same. So which company has the best and latest trucks with high tech stuff.

Posted:  1 year ago

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Free shower every day

TA/Petro doesn't have a similar program, but they do give a shower credit for each fill of 60 gallons or more. I fuel every day at one of their joints, buying either 60 gallons or only the amount over that I'll burn that day. They used to allow us to pump 60 then stop and buy another 60 for two credits, but they now prevent that.

However, I'm guessing Robsteeler's issue wasn't lack of free showers but rather his inability to fit one in daily due to trip schedule and park locations. I used to have that problem as well when pulling reefers with a very aggressive schedule, but seldom have an issue now that I'm pulling dry vans doing mostly open window drop and hook.

See there Junkyard Dog, I didnt know that. I'm guessing TA/Petro has something similar? I guess then what it boils down to is try to fuel at the same chain to gain the daily showers. If the biggies all have a program for daily showers how do people not get to shower as often as they want to?

Posted:  1 year ago

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Alternating home time

I live in Oklahoma, my kids are in SoCal. If I decide to go with a big company like Swift, would they be able to alternate my home times between SoCal and Oklahoma? Thanks in advance.

Yes

Posted:  1 year ago

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How Many Times Do You ACTUALLY UNLOAD YOURSELF?

Interesting question that you don't see asked or posted about. Many companies advertise "No Touch Freight" - and with the exception of some dedicated accounts (Dollar General comes to mind, where drivers have to shove entire loads off) most folks bump a dock and get themselves unloaded.

How many folks here have had to drag pallets or hand unload a box - and how often does this end up happening in reality?

Rick

I once helped pick up some fallen stuff at a grocery store delivery and once helped pick up some stuff at a food pantry (refused produce). So, much less than once a year average. I didn't really have to do anything either of those times, but it got my moving faster.

Posted:  1 year ago

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How do people survive

For those with the necessary determination, getting to a decent income in trucking is actually faster than just about anything else. We earn as much or more than most college graduates, and while many truckers are college grads, it isn't required. Where else can you be trained for free (even earn bit) in just three months or so to then begin earning 40 to 60k first year, 70 to 80k second year?

I have been talking to trucking companies for almost a year now about paid cdl training. But i honestly do not know how companies expect a grown man to be able to survive doing this i say 90% of companies want you to go to there school for 3 to 4 weeks with no pay i understand that but then once you get your cdl they want to train you living in a truck 24 hours a day making 20 to 30 cents a mile even at 3000 miles that is only 900 and they tax you on top of that so i will be away from home for 4 weeks no pay in school then living in a truck for another month or so making 900 if i have a trainer that will hustle they tax that i might make 750 if i am lucky for being away from home that is 24 hours in a day x 7 days is 168 hours 750 divided by 168 is $4.46 an hour and i have to eat when i am out there sure i am not driving all those hours but i am still babysitting there truck i just do not know how a grown man with responsibilities can get into this profession without having a big bank roll to last the first year or so

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