Profile For Dave Reid

Dave Reid's Info

  • Location:
    Baltimore, MD

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    Experienced Driver

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    3 years, 5 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 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:  1 day, 13 hours ago

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Cb alternative

I wish that everyone used the CB as you describe, Turtle....and only so. Unfortunately, there are a lot of jerks with high output CBs, roger beep mics and such that yap all day about nonsense, pausing now and then to abuse whomever they feel superior to. I often have to turn my CB off for a few minutes until I'm away from them.

That's all well and good Conservative. But there is simply no replacement for the real-time info that can only come from a CB.

You need to to be able to hear "Hey Prime back it down, there's a crash right in front of you!".

Or "Drivers, they got the highway shut down at the 101. You may want to take Route 11 around"

No app can do that.

There really isn't all that much trash on a CB anyway. Most of the time there's just silence. It's rare that i talk at all on it. I don't keep a CB to chat. I keep it to save time and to save lives.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Two right turn lanes....

Ok G-Town, I will try and summarize, but I'm not great at that ;-).

An instructor I had told me to turn using the inside lane because to use the outside lane was to risk squishing a car that would cut inside. Sometimes he'd give varying instructions, and I never really understood what was happening all that well.

When I started driving on my own, I remained confused but would start in the inside lane, but being uncomfortable with what I couldn't see to the outside as I started turning, I invented the idiotic method that I later attempted to provide here as input/advice. I won't repeat that now, because it doesn't need to be in print again....better for all to read the correct way rather than other interpretations that are just wrong.

After I posted what I did, G-Town, Old School, Errol, and Brett jumped in and corrected me. Brett not only provided correction, but admonishment.

Thus appropriately corrected and admonished by a quartet I'd already come to hold in high regard, I began following the advice to simply always take the outside lane - indeed, as far to the outside of the outside lane as possible - and then simply watch out for traffic in the inside lane clearly visible in the mirror. Doing that, I quickly learned to adjust speed as necessary to avoid contacting any traffic in the inside lane....and most of the turns with multiple lanes are pretty easy. Plus, I don't have to agonize over what to do...it's simple: if there are multiple lanes and no sign telling trucks which lane to use, then always use the outermost turn lane. Which the mirror to stay clear of traffic in the inside lane. Case closed :-)

I've now happily trucked through all 48+DC...having a blast out here.

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Bruce, I wrote that stuff a long time ago, before veterans here rightly straightened me out. This is an old thread....please ignore what I wrote. Dave

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And your real-world experience Dave?

That definitely played into the change-of-mind. Experience is always the best teacher. None better.

“C’mon back...”

I think your feedback would be huge for closing the loop on the difference between what is initially perceived as “right” and “correct” vs. the adjusted reality of first-hand experience.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Two right turn lanes....

Bruce, I wrote that stuff a long time ago, before veterans here rightly straightened me out. This is an old thread....please ignore what I wrote. Dave

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The multiple turn lane treatment will need to vary a bit depending on the design of the intersection. But what I normally do is initially get in the right lane but as I approach the intersection I move the tractor into the outer lane, leaving the trailer tandems in the right lane. I turn using the outer lane but keeping the wheels close enough to the curb that a car can't get by. This usually lets me complete the turn quickly, only briefly blocking multiple lanes. It insures that I won't hit anything, including a 4 wheeler, on the right side, gives me room to avoid any obstacles, and lets me see what is on the left if anyone tries to sneak up there. I've been doing this for several months now and it works like a charm. If for some reason I could not do this, I'd do the whole thing from the outer lane as Brett described.

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In my training what Dave Reid is describing was called the "button hook" turn. We were taught that if we approached an intersection and weren't sure we would have enough room (like a blind corner) to button hook it. This was deemed so important to making safe turns that we spent quite a bit of time practicing it.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Cruise control

That is what worked for me when I drove a FL

Had more than one FL with that problem. Try engaging and disengaging the CC repeatedly (at least 6 times) in a 15 second period. Another option is to get parked, brake engaged, then shut it down for 5 minutes. Return to driving and check if the CC operates again. It's just another electrical gremlin.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Limited endorsements in CA permit application

I took all the tests for my CLP. Tanker, D/T, GENERAL KNOWLEDGE, class c, class m, Air Brakes, Hazmat (had to wait on CDL), the only one I did not get was the passenger edorsement. I don't think it's legal to throw passengers out the window if they get testy. shocked.pngrofl-3.gif

No, that is considered to be against public policy rofl-2.gif , and one of the reasons we become truckers instead of bus drivers - no biological cargo.

I assume then that you didn't get the school bus endorsement either....tossing kids out the window is really frowned upon rofl-1.gif

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Fired for accident and not sure what to do.

Ian, the accident you had - rear-ending a four wheeler - is a type that is considered extremely serious by trucking companies and others. We can easily kill people that way, so a lot of companies aren't going to risk having someone on board that has already had such an incident.

That said, there are some companies known for giving a second chance. You may well be able to find one that will give you another opportunity, likely after a period of re-training. But you will need to approach the matter, both with yourself and with potential employers, with the right attitude, and that will include acknowledging your error, refraining from stating or thinking of the error as anyone's fault but your own, and indicating that you have learned from your mistake and won't make such a mistake again and are eager for any new knowledge you can gain.

Let me start by saying a huge thank you to Brett and all the moderators on this website. I’ve been lurking here for a few years now and I can tell this is by far the best trucking site.

Four months ago I was terminated for having an accident that was deemed preventable. Basically, the company made me drive while fatigued and I rear ended someone. I got a ticket for Failure to Reduce Speed which was dismissed in court. I have spent the past few months unsuccessfully attempting to appeal the “preventable” ruling and subsequent termination in an attempt to get rehired.

I don’t want to name the company here because they probably monitor this website and will read this post. They know who I am. I’m not trying to hide anything from them, but I don’t want them to accuse me of libel either. If you think you know the company’s name, please don’t post it here. The manager who told me I was fired also said I was permanently ineligible for rehire, but one of their recruiters said I might be considered for rehire once I had some safe driving experience. I’m not sure which of them to believe. I do want to go back to the same company because despite their issues, they seem to have the most progressive attitude toward safety, and also a unique home time option.

Now I have gotten to the stage of applying for other jobs. I filled out the application on this website and it returned five results. One was actually the company that fired me, and I had to rule out three others for various reasons. The remaining company’s recruiter said she could not hire someone who was terminated for an accident, but they are reviewing that policy and would contact me again if it changes.

I feel ambivalent about going back into the trucking industry at all. The company that fired me is a large one that prides itself on being one of the safest in the nation. There were so many safety issues there, some of which contributed to the accident, that I’m afraid of finding out what a less safe company could be like. I also would not be able to accept a “standard” OTR job with minimal home time. But I know my options are already limited, so I will probably end up leaving the industry.

If it matters, I live in the Chicago area.

So, my questions are: Would any reasonably safe companies that offer average or better home time be able to hire me, or would I have to work for some sketchy small company, if at all? What are the odds of getting rehired at the original company with 1 year accident-free? What are the odds they’d rehire me with any amount of experience? Is there anything else I could attempt to get my job back before I send applications anywhere else? Given that the employer did more to cause the accident than I did, could an attorney be of any help? If I don’t go back to trucking, what other jobs still exist that pay a living wage and don’t require a lengthy training period?

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Stuck in Victorville

When I was a student, my trainer split a few times. I would take advantage of the opportunity to go to a movie, go to a restaurant, do laundry, shower, take a walk, get some sleep, etc. Nice to have a break.

I'm at the Pilot in Victorville. My mentor just got picked up and is going home for the day. So I will try and do laundry here and do something. We can't deliver until tomorrow night.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Limited endorsements in CA permit application

Something else to consider - when you go back to upgrade your permit to a full CDL, you've got another opportunity to add the endorsements. If you get everything together to do that, you'll then have a license with all endorsements and thus won't have to pay fees for changing the license later.

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I just got my CA CDL permit. Class A includes General Knowledge, Airbrakes and Combination Vehicles. Then, you can add on doubles/triples, passengers, and hazmat. Out the door was like $74 I believe, and that included my Class M1.

I got surprised with having to retake the 18 question cat driving test and my 25 question motorcycle test since I was getting my Real ID with the CDL so, when I get my CDL, it will meet those new federal requirements.

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Well this is great news, as the DMV website specifically spells out that I can only get the 3 I mentioned previous. Strange place, the internet.

Thanks for some truth, I needed that.

Those REAL IDs are causing mass wait times I've heard. Making sure to apply for everything in that format while I am there.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Vehicle lighting is very complex especially in big trucks.

Be careful when attaching the seat belt, lest you poke her and your gf flys out the window on you

I I also have two imaginary girlfriends, Poly and Ethylene. I'm in the process of getting permission from Schneider for at least one of them to ride along.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Dry van or flatbed

Seriously though Christopher, there are articles about these choices in the Wiki on this site

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What do you all recommend Dry Van or Flatbed and why

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Vehicle lighting is very complex especially in big trucks.

Well "Todd", pretty much no one even uses a CB "handle" anymore. I think that went out with the pale blue leisure suits in the 70s. But if you must know, if I did use a CB handle, it would be the same one bestowed upon me in 1974: River Rat. No, I wouldn't change it. I don't change much of anything, except hopefully my underwear.

As far as TT handle, I use my real name here just like I do everywhere else, I own up to my comments, and don't spend hours BSing people here daily with endless nonsense. But, that's just me. I don't plan to change my actual name either.

note to all: I don't mean to disparage anyone choosing to use a nom de plume online...it's just not my choice.

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It's always more challenging when we're dealing with multiple personalities. shocked.png

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I have that problem every day rofl-3.gif

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Dave, do you ever change your CB handle? It's possible some people change their TT handles.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Dry van or flatbed

Flatbed if you want to sweat in the sweltering summer heat or freeze your @$$ off in the winter spending one-two-three hours tarping and securing the loads you pick up. Plus you need to stop periodically to tighten/check your securement. rofl-1.gif

Dryvan if you want to slam the door and go. dancing-banana.gif

Different strokes for different folks rofl-3.gifgood-luck-2.gif

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What do you all recommend Dry Van or Flatbed and why

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Vehicle lighting is very complex especially in big trucks.

Glad you weren't drinking milk!

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Thanks Dave. Water spews from nose while laughing!

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Living / Home Options for OTR Drivers

Food for thought; thanks! Secondary question - are CDL's valid for the same number of years as a class C license? I presume it varies state to state... And a no-restrictions medical card is good for 2 years?

For States I've seen procedures of, they issue commercial driver licenses for the same term as others, however, if you get the hazmat endorsement, you'll have to furnish continued eligibility for that, if the State issues a license with expiration beyond the period the hazmat qualification from TSA is good for.

re the med card, yes, the longest possible is two years.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Living / Home Options for OTR Drivers

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Dave, that is a lot of good info to consider. Rent is SO ridiculously overpriced where I live; about 32% of my annual income goes to rent (makes me want to vomit to realize it's that high of a percentage). Any idea which states will let you use a commercial mail location as an address? Suppose I could google it =)

Texas used to....even took PO BOXes...not sure whether they still do. You'll likely have a tough time getting by with that these days, and I don't think Google will help. You can check each state that interests you on their driver license website. None are going to say that commercial mailboxes are accepted, but they'll all say what documents are required for identity, and that is a start. They aren't dumb though....

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Vehicle lighting is very complex especially in big trucks.

It's always more challenging when we're dealing with multiple personalities. shocked.png

I have that problem every day rofl-3.gif

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Living / Home Options for OTR Drivers

I wouldn't want to do the lot/tiny_home/rental thing you described, but to answer your other question, for mail I use a location from the anytime mailbox network for my mailing address. See anytimemailbox.com for options. I use their Las Vegas location so no state income tax and the price is lower with more included than many other desirable locations. One never need go there, in fact my location doesn't even allow in-person visits.

Some states don't allow commercial mail locations to be used for a driver license address, in which case someone would need to be found that would allow you to use their home address only for driver license purposes. I found someone I met at my prior company that allowed me to do that...the DMV still allowed my mailbox address to be used for mailing, so nothing was ever actually sent to him. The mailbox place emails a photo of the front of each envelope that you receive...you then direct them to scan the contents, or trash it, or forward it. On the rare occasion i need something forwarded, I forward to a relative.

To store my non-trucking clothing, I use DUFL. See dufl.com For $9.95/month they'll store all your clothing. If you're going on a vacation or to a wedding or something, you give them an address and for $99 they'll send you a suitcase of the items you select on their app, pick it up when you're finished, wash what needs washing, dry clean what needs dry cleaning, mend what needs mending, and put your stuff back in your closet for next time. It's a great deal, imo.

If you've got more junk you want to store somewhere, you can get a storage locker somewhere for $100/month or so.

All this is far cheaper than "living" somewhere you're not actually going to be living because you're an OTR trucker.

When you want to take a day or two off, do so at a relative's/friends place or get a motel. If you need transportation, take a taxi or rent a car. You can do those things anywhere you want to be, instead of being stuck going to a specific spot.

When I'm ready for vacation, I order a suitcase from DUFL and go on a cruise. I'm doing a two-week South American cruise in March. Mighty glad I don't have any household expenses sucking up my $ :-).

I know home time and living arrangements has been talked about a lot here but I couldn't find a thread that quite addressed my thought:

Has anyone either bought or considered buying a piece of land and putting a couple of "tiny" houses or manufactured homes on it? My thought is: Wouldn't it be kind of perfect, if you're in the position to do so, to purchase an area of land, put 2 or 3 small dwellings on it and rent out the one(s) you're not using? I figured, that way there is someone on the property while you're out on the road AND you'll have somewhere to park your rig when you go home.

I suppose purchasing a duplex or something like that would have similar benefits. Of course, you'd have to have a renter that you really trusted. For those who may not have someone whose address they can use (if they live in their rig), what other options have you considered? I feel like I'm lucky I still have 3 years to come up w/ my grand plan while my kids finish HS.

Thanks guys! =)

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Happy times at TA

If you ever have to park on an end space, (although I dislike it when people nose in), I would recommend nosing in if parking on the end of a row that trucks will be driving around. Better to have someone hit the end of your trailer than to take off your fender or hood. But yes, avoid the ends if possible.

Susan, a problem I've seen many times with that is that eventually, some clown will park adjacent/outside that end spot. Before the night is over two or three more trucks may sidle on in, and most truck stops don't do anything about it. So...when you're ready to leave in the am, now you have to back up into the thoroughfare with all lines of sight blocked.

Otherwise, I'd be all for your suggestion, but because of what happens more often than not, I wouldn't recommend it.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Hello, from Sacramento!

Based on a careful study conducted by my former company that I think could even be called scientific, I assure you that there is no particular driver personality and no way for anyone to tell whether anyone else can be successful as a driver. That's why so many giant corporations hire zillions of drivers with no personality or similar assessment whatsoever...put them through training...administer a driving test...put them in a truck...dispatch them...and hope for the best. Hope isn't a great business strategy, but in this case, it is all there really is.

So, what can determine whether this is the right career for you? You do. It is simply up to you whether this is for you or not. Either you will want it or you won't, and you won't know for sure until you give it a good try.

But, you can gather data to help you decide whether to take the plunge. Go to the home page on this site and follow all the links. Read Brett's book. Read everything. It's all free. If you want to proceed, fill out the app on here to apply to the many paid training programs.

In 18-24 months, you'll know if you're a trucker.

Best wishes!

What is the ideal PERSONALITY for a driver? Do I have a driver personality and how can one tell?

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Happy times at TA

I agree, that place is on my no stop list for multiple reasons

Last night at TA in Montgomery, AL I saw a truck parked to my right about 10 parking spaces over that looked like it was blocking a way to route out of the TA. As I left after my 10, I noticed that truck/flatbed still there and joined by police as I pulled out....

The flatbed had done one of those truck stop turns (left) and cut it short and went into the passenger side front end of another truck. The truck hit looked like it was in a spot they created by parking at the end of a line of spots. I have always been told to avoid those end spots on lines, greater chance of getting hit....

Do others avoid those end spots? First time i saw an accident in a truck stop while police still involved. Wanted to get pictures but thought police might object😁😁😁

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