Profile For James M.

James M.'s Info

  • Location:
    Tampa, FL

  • Driving Status:
    Company Driver In Training

  • Social Link:
    James M. On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 9 months ago

James M.'s Bio

Going back to school, Tampa truck driving school. Graduated previously from Roadmaster driving school. Made some bad decisions but I'm getting back on track. Going to keep my nose to the grindstone this time around. I have a three year old son.

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Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Done playing games. I want to get into a truck.

Update: Finished last day of orientation at Steven's today. Long days but it all happened so fast. A ton of paperwork. Got my fuel card and permanent ID badge today. Hoping to get paired up with a trainer tomorrow. Also, hoping to get that advance on my check tomorrow. It's been a long time since my last check with my previous job. The bus ride from Tampa to Dallas was 34 hours, stressful and exhausting. Food and drinks were very expensive. Anyways, I'm glad I finally made it this far. If I don't update you before grad class, I'll update you after when I'm solo. So for now, I'll be working on my 240 hours of driving 2 mountains, West United States and North East United States.

Posted:  3 months, 4 weeks ago

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What type of transmission does your company use? Making a master list.

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Anyone know about Stevens Transport? I'll find out for myself in 2 weeks if nothing by then.

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Hi there.

Stevens has a mix of auto-shift and manual; both in the company fleet and also in the training fleet.

The company fleet is gradually changing to auto but owner operators and lease-ops still have a choice.

Hope this helps?

Cheers,

Simon

Always helpful. Thanks Simon! ☺

Posted:  3 months, 4 weeks ago

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What type of transmission does your company use? Making a master list.

Anyone know about Stevens Transport? I'll find out for myself in 2 weeks if nothing by then.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Done playing games. I want to get into a truck.

Just thought I'd drop by and leave a little update. Tomorrow I start my first day at school. Working all the way up until yesterday (Saturday) I've tried collecting as many hours as I can, saving as much as I can. I think I'm going to be good. Got a full tank of gas and I'm ready. Checked with the DMV and all I need to do is pay $81.25 to reinstate my CDL after I've acquired my medical card. I'll be getting that done on Tuesday. In the packet the school gave me was homework basically a 50 question practice test. Completed all but two questions from memory. Basically the past couple of weeks I've been watching YouTube videos of pre-inspections, backing videos and driver's videos. Kinda weird going through school knowing I already passed the final exam and all I have to do is show up and pay attention.

I just have a question about what I should bring to orientation as far as packing. Should I bring any towels or body wash and shampoo or do truck stops supply those? Things I know I'm bringing - duffle bag, four pairs of jeans, a week's worth of shirts, underwear and socks, toothpaste and toothbrush, deodorant, electric razor, shower shoes, phone and charger, 64 oz canteen, one pair of light cut resistant work gloves because I just have them, some work boots, sneakers, one sweater, one heavy jacket and one light jacket (thinking about a backpack, seen it on a video, good for going from truck to shower). Anything else I should bring or leave behind?

Towards Simon or anyone else that knows; does Stevens supply a mattress while training?

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Done playing games. I want to get into a truck.

Thanks Simon for being so informative. It's very appreciated. What was the condition of your truck or trainer's truck? Stevens boasts trucks no older than two years. What makes and models and such?

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Done playing games. I want to get into a truck.

Also signed on with Stevens, start a few weeks after you! have a great one!

Awesome! Maybe we'll cross paths sooner or later.

I've pretty much been watching the pretrip video posted on YouTube from my old classroom instructor at Roadmaster on loop. Not much I can do about practicing backing maneuvers from home. I did take my first test which is due the first day, a fifty question multiple choice. It was easy. Only had to look up two questions in the Manual from sections 2 thru 6. The whole first week is in the class room getting ready for my "permit". Remember I already have my CDL. Maybe I'll just get some endorsements over that first weekend. Maybe they'll let me out in the yard to practice my backing skills, who knows. One thing I do know is that they don't transfer credits from other schools. But I definitely am going to stay focused while going to school.

As far as the financial situation I'll take it one day at a time I should be able to save up enough money over the next couple of weeks. It'll be close but I can always stop by my mom's house for dinner. Maybe ask for $20 for gas if it gets to that point.

Thanks again for the advice everyone. I'll keep you posted.

Posted:  4 months, 4 weeks ago

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Done playing games. I want to get into a truck.

Plus, it's going to be hard financially going to school for three weeks and not getting paid. Meanwhile, my bills are still going to be due and I have to eat and pay for gas to and from school.

Lost some sleep because of this and it's all I've been thinking about today. I'll get one more check from my current low paying job at the end of the first week of school. I live about twenty minutes away from the school and I have a gas guzzling van. Some how I'll have to make it at least two weeks without getting paid. I've heard that Stevens orientation is four days long and you don't start getting paid $450 until the last day of orientation but you don't get that until the end of the week. Now that I think about it they are supposed to feed you through out orientation at least two meals a day because let's face it I'm not going to be getting breakfast of I'm checking out of a hotel early. Can anyone offer to some advice? Money I will have to spend is insurance to keep my license valid and keep my phone on.

Posted:  4 months, 4 weeks ago

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Done playing games. I want to get into a truck.

Hi guys! I'm back with an update. So I decided to fill out an application with Stevens on Wednesday night. Thursday after work I spoke with the recruiter. Asked me a few questions and ran a background check. Today (Friday) I got off work super early because of the holidays. So I called the recruiter up to check on the background check. She said it came back good. She put me in touch with Tampa driving school, talked to the guy and scheduled an appointment at 3:00 today. Went to that and signed a bunch of paperwork and set me up for class to start January 15. Was approved for 100% tuition as long as I show up orientation and complete 6 months of employment. Class is three weeks long. So yeah I'm going back to school, don't know if I'll have to do the full three weeks. The last day is the CDL test. I already have it so I'm still a little confused about that. Plus, it's going to be hard financially going to school for three weeks and not getting paid. Meanwhile, my bills are still going to be due and I have to eat and pay for gas to and from school.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Done playing games. I want to get into a truck.

Hi my name is James. I'll give you a little bit of history and then I'll ask my question. I was issued my CDL class A on 6/16/2015. I graduated second in my class at Roadmaster driver's school. Second, only to a student who had experience in another country. For the past 2 and a half years I haven't done a damn thing with my license due to smoking pot and working in construction doing commercial flooring. Life has been rough and I've finally made my decision to make something of my self. I can pass any drug test thrown at me at this given time and I'm done with the marijuana. I'm 35 years old now and I have a 3 year old son that is depending on me to have a good life. But I am very nervous to get back into a truck. I am afraid that I may have forgotten everything I was taught. What tips if any can you give me or even just moral support? What are the main things I should be concerned with? Also it being over two years since I graduated will a company help with tuition reimbursement? Thanks so much in advance. I hope to see some of you out there on the road soon.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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DOT Drug Testing: Urinalysis or Hair Follicle?

Spoke to a driver for ACT (AAA Cooper Transportation) today and he told me they just started hair follicle testing.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Trans Am?

Very useful thread. Paige from Transam left a voicemail on my phone today.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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DOT Drug Testing: Urinalysis or Hair Follicle?

Anyone know about Southern Refrigerated Transport?

Thanks very much, Red. Called SRT and spoke with a recruiter who just told me they do UA only. Hope that helps.

Thanks man!

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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DOT Drug Testing: Urinalysis or Hair Follicle?

How about SWIFT or CRST?

Supposedly Swift is currently looking into hair follicle.

Anyone know about Southern Refrigerated Transport?

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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DOT Drug Testing: Urinalysis or Hair Follicle?

Anyone know if USA Trucking does UA or not?

Nothing? What about Comcar?

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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DOT Drug Testing: Urinalysis or Hair Follicle?

Anyone know if USA Trucking does UA or not?

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