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    Norfolk, VA

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    3 years, 10 months ago

Cwc's Bio

Just started looking at a new way to fund life.

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Posted:  9 hours, 57 minutes ago

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Shifting patterns while approaching a Stop Light. PLEASE HELP!

“Time to roll again? Clutch neutral, clutch rev, gear down and go.”

CWC thanks!

It’s so clear now I have no idea why this didn’t occur to me before? I’d panic and literally just start hitting pedals and trying to get that dam shifter into anywhere possible! Lol it’s so stupid it’s funny looking back at the couple times I did this!

Sorry I didn't get back with you till now.. Seen you had some other questions but others seem to have answered them.

I'm in a 9 speed now also and empty and loaded are two different things. Others have said 5th gear for the stop and go. Which is fine for empty but my 9 speed is a little more finicky about it when loaded. My low side gear is pretty tall. So learn what is easy to shift while at school but be ready to change things as needed when you start running heavy. I recently went from a 10 speed back to a 9 (first truck after training... On a 10 speed was a 9) it's been a bit of an adjustment. Especially what you describe. That leaving from stale red light I wanna leave in 5th or high range. And I'm either empty at 30k lbs or loaded at 78-79k lbs... It doesn't like it

Posted:  1 day, 7 hours ago

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Shifting patterns while approaching a Stop Light. PLEASE HELP!

Also if your dragging around an empty trailer and your moving at all you should be ok in 4th. If your in 5th and on the brakes one foot is already on the clutch. Time to roll again? Clutch neutral, clutch rev, gear down and go.

When I started I always said in my head what to do for shifting. Up shifting was Clutch neutral clutch gear Down shifting was Clutch neutral ,clutch rev gear.

Posted:  1 day, 8 hours ago

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I95 breakdown

Good... Seen your post and wanted to help but I'm in AR.

Posted:  1 day, 8 hours ago

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Shifting patterns while approaching a Stop Light. PLEASE HELP!

First and foremost... Relax. Second good question on skipping gears and the short answer is yes you can skip them. But the better question is do they want you to skip gears. Where I went to school one instructor wanted you to if you could While another just wanted you to run numerically. Both are right.Looking at If from either perspective is this. If you can do it without killing it or messing up your ahead of the game.

If you run numerically it will get ingrained in your head what gear to go to at what speed. Sounds like you might be the latter. No big deal it just takes a little time. Down shifting early? Or while traveling at a higher than prescribed speed for that particular gear. Rev high.

Just takes a little time to get the pattern and the timing right. They know this... So... Relax. Your not going through anything the rest of us haven't.

Posted:  1 day, 9 hours ago

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Throwback Thursday - Photos From Back In The Day

I'm right there with ya OS

Circa 1988. I'm the one in the middle.

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And more recently, 2011 ish. Note the custom drink holder in front of me :)

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Turtle that must have been one crappy 🍺😁 Please tell me I'm wrong and that's not a plunger. Or at least not a used plunger... Points for creativity.

Posted:  5 days, 9 hours ago

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Need money who can help.

This may not help the original poster but... Depending on your bank and if you have a branch near by (uber keeps your card info I think) you could go to the branch and answer security questions and make a one time courtesy withdraw. I'm sure amounts vary but expect them to be less than what you would need for a week to get back home. Someone else mentioned phone apps like Apple pay, Pay Pal. Also works in a jam.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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I need help - not getting enough miles

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Have you talked with other drivers at your company about their miles, waiting on loads, money, and downtime?

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No not yet

Packrat might be onto something. If the company works a small area as a business model then you may have problems getting longer loads. Mix that with no preplans and...

I worked for a company for some time and kinda noticed the same thing you have. Then I spoke to a few drivers and told them what I made at the company I worked at prior and most were like "not making that here"

That company had perks other than 💸. They ran in a great area ,had nice equipment. But... I was after cash.

At least if you speak to other drivers you'll know where you stand. It kinda seems like your racking your brain to find out what you may or may not be doing wrong.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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How do I get something mailed to me while I'm otr

I bet if you told your DM your contacts (the ones your legally supposed to wear and possibly says so on your license) won't be in for a few days. He or she might come up with some options. Longer time off or an out and back run... Run it past them... They work with you.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Deferred adjudication question

I might be tempted to go to the DMV and get a personal driving record just to see what it says. It sounds like you might not have the details. The driving record might shed some light.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Sold on Leasing... no, Lease Purchase!

If I had to throw a dart at why they may have got a few more cpm. I would ask about prior military history. I recall a similar experience with someone I went to school with. Different company but they came in at a different rate. And that was why. Just a guess.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Thinking of going tanker

Pete B. A year pulling a van before a tanker? That's pretty rough. Yep, might try Prime first. Then again several companies train for tanker.., I would call several and see what they say. Talk to the drivers.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Kenworth dashboard height

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He never stated that was his HEIGHT...

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So that's why they call me Little John!

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I'm an even 6ft. Does this make me NormalC-y?

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Thinking of going tanker

I would name drop and do the recruitment speech for the company I work for but I actually moved from the Hampton Roads area to NC to be within our hiring area.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Thinking of going tanker

If your after food grade Schneider wouldn't be my first pick. While I'm sure they haul some food grade I believe they run a lot more chemicals.

Prime will train as a food grade tanker. You might also look at a company called HFCS. High Fructose Corn Sryup. I think that is all they haul. I've never worked for them but I've spoke with a driver of theirs. He seemed pretty happy. I'm not sure if they train or what kinda experience they require.

Other than that Oakley, Bynum, Caldoniea haulers. Lots of companies will train for food grade.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Annoyance at truck stops

Also invest in earplugs. When I was teaming it was a a daily retuial putting them in for sleep. As a solo driver you try to park in quiet areas but for a 34... I'm parking some place with showers. So I'll either be wearing earplugs or I'll put on YouTube "sleep music" videos playing through Bluetooth on the truck stereo. Seriously try it once.

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Kenworth dashboard height

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Im in a kenworth t680 and its fine for me. I have the seat raised all the way up.

Of course im 6'7" though. rofl-2.gif

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Do you find everything looks a little off when your using your mirrors?

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Absolutely. My trainer cracks up laughing everytime he drives after me. When i get in the seat after him it feels like im sitting in a Adirondack chair its so low and my knees are basically even with my chest. For the first week he was getting upset with where i had my mirrors he didnt think i could see anything. I had to stack 2 pillows on my seat for him to realize its what i had to do to see.

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You might look into a low seat base. You can keep the seat aired up so that it doesn't bottom out. And still be lower or eyes closer to the center of the mirrors.

If you are looking into a mirror 2ft away but it's at your chest, without stooping down your looking at your waist. Where as if the mirror was at eye level... Get what I mean?

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Kenworth dashboard height

Im in a kenworth t680 and its fine for me. I have the seat raised all the way up.

Of course im 6'7" though. rofl-2.gif

Do you find everything looks a little off when your using your mirrors?

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Kenworth dashboard height

Forgive me, but, don't the seats raise up? I'm 5'3" and I drive a kw now. I don't even like the seat high, as it takes my little stumps off the floor.

Sounds like they might have a low base seat installed?

You can swap the seat base to lower the seat. You know so it looks like your sitting on the floor.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Prime..Do you need your SS card or not???

Then again it might take two weeks to get it sent out... Hopefully you planned to kick it in the hotel on your own dime for awhile.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Swift Refrigerated

Gladhand... I've always been under the assumption that refrigerated drivers sit a lot... Any chance you would keep a weekly/biweekly log and see rather that holds true in comparison to dry van?

Again I don't know that it's just what I had assumed.

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