Profile For Dave Reid

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  • Location:
    Baltimore, MD

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    Experienced Driver

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    4 years, 3 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 month, 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:  1 month, 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:  1 month, 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:  1 month, 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:  1 month, 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:  3 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:  3 months, 1 week 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:  3 months, 1 week 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:  3 months, 1 week 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:  4 months 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:  4 months 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:  4 months 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:  4 months 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:  4 months 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

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Two Days With No Load

That is crazy ...seems like someone at the office is dropping the ball here ...they have plenty of loads within a half day of there.

Been sitting for two days in limestone, NY with no load, gotten a message twice about no loads being available in this area. A Swift, Knight, and another truck has also been here about the same time.

By far the longest I've waited for a load, I would figured they would deadhead me somewhere closer to freight by guess not. confused.gifshocked.png

Posted:  6 months ago

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Hauling produce?

If you're talking about OTR produce work, I'd say that it differs from other reefer work to some extent in that there are often multiple pickups from places that load FCFS and then they may have a very time sensitive delivery with little time available between the final pick and dropoff. The driver must often need to figure out how to be at the first pick the night before, check in the minute the place opens, and hustle between the picks and then to delivery. Often the delivery will have to be made during what should be the 10. Delivery can take a long time. Obviously, the reefer unit has to be supervised closely. If product temperature has not been maintained properly throughout the journey, it will be rejected.

Lots of drivers can not/will not deal with produce runs. If one has prior experience dealing with the extra hassles yet is still applying to another produce hauling gig, the hiring folks probably feel the applicant has a better chance of sticking with it then does one that hasn't done it before.

Why do some trucking companies require produce experience? Is it more significant than regular reefer hauling , what’s all involved?

Posted:  6 months ago

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Went over Chesapeake Bay tunnel /bridge

That's a mighty nice route....I've gone that way a bunch of times. We just need to be sure to check what the wind speed is beforehand; that bridge becomes very dangerous when it is windy, especially if we're not heavily loaded.

I took the Chesapeake Bay tunnel/bridge today, very beautiful I just say. Plus it was a nice and clear day after I got out of the fog in NJ.

Posted:  6 months ago

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Breakdowns

If we end up missing our sleep time, we may well need to notify dispatch that we need a day added to the trip. Let dispatch know as soon as possible....they will work with the consignee to get the delivery appointment changed.

Pushing it and driving while sleepy is a recipe for disaster. Keeping an appointment is not worth causing an accident or your health.

Stay safe brother.

I picked up a loaded trailer at the Proctor & Gamble DC in Corinne, UT. It had two tires with patches worn off the tread almost down to the base of the tire (would attach a picture but not sure how).

Long story short I went to the Loves about five miles away and got here around... 6? 630pm (maybe 7). Took them three hours to get into a bay and I've been waiting on them just to start the work since (round 9 or 9:30 I think? Maybe 10?

Haven't been able to catch a nap at all since we can't be in the truck while it's in their bay and I have a hard time sleeping when I'm still at "work" regardless of whether or not I'm actually doing anything. At this rate it looks like I'm gonna be up till 1 or 1:30 (its 12:15 right now). Do y'all have any good tips for dealing with this... specifically that I should have been asleep three or four hours ago but I still have a full day to log tomorrow-- I won't be late but I'm going to be groggy all day. Half of this is... frustration and whinging but it's an issue I've had to deal with before but I don't know if there's any better way to do it because shorting myself on sleep is getting harder to do.

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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Curtained flatbed companies?

ROEHL is a good mega that has some curtiansides

Hey y'all!

I'm new to the forum but not new to the trucking world. Been pulling flatbed since the start of my career in 2012 (not a veteran compared to some but I'm definitely not a rookie 😂). But anyways I'll cut to the chase! I love securing loads and flatbed as a whole. But my back just can't handle tarping anymore because of injuries outside of trucking. Are there any good companies that pull predominantly or only curtains? I currently drive for Maverick** and love the company but I just can't handle tarping anymore because of my injuries.

Help is greatly appreciated.

*Also if anyone has any questions about Maverick I would be more than happy to answer.

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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Dispatcher Wants To Talk To Me

That wouldn't comply with the protocol fir testing, Mr Grump. Once told, you have to go to the testing place immediately, if not sooner.

Why didn’t they just tell you. It isn’t like you can do anything to cover it up anyway.

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