Comments By Ryan L.

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Posted:  8 years, 8 months ago

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CDL test

I got hired by Green along with someone else so we could team. She has her cdl already, she has been driving solo waiting for me so we can team. This is what the company wanted. The company sent me out with an otr driver so I could get my cdl I had my tip. I came off the road had some more training in the yard worked with a few different people. My traing was done I was ready to take my skills test. I went to the test failed the airbrake test, the in cab was flawless except after I did the service break I did not wait for the air compressor to build all the way to govenor cutoff I let it build to about 120, the I started the leak down test. I called her and she said they dont have the resources to train me anymore. She said something about going to work first. I told her I'm already trained. My boss is butt hurt not really sure why and won't schedule another test or let me have the use of one of the trucks. I have sent emails asking them what's going on what are my options with them at this point I got no reply from her or from her boss. I would like to work for Green my partner is already working there. I'm willing to do whatever it takes. I need my CDL to find out what my options are.

Weird that they failed you for that. I just took my CDL test a few weeks ago and I did not have to let the air hit over 120 psi. What we were taught and what I did was to make sure there is at least 100 psi before you start that. I went to Trainco and if it helps you, you can rent a truck from them. I do not remember how much it costs though.

Posted:  8 years, 8 months ago

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TruckerJames13

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Anyone watch him?

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I've watched a few of his videos, he seems to really like his company and pushes a lot of it's info into videos, it's like he is a driver/recruiter.

Not a bad idea honestly. Gives the name of his recruiter and his name, every person that refers him if they get hired he gets a bonus. With how many people watch him on youtube he has probably gotten allot.

Posted:  8 years, 9 months ago

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Need advice about Marijuana testing for CDL drivers

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Youre going to have to choose between your weed and your trucking job, but hey, macdonalds is always hiring.

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No need to be rude. This kind of ignorance is why there is such an unjustified negative view of marijuana. (Insinuating that because I smoke weed I don't deserve any better than a minimum wage job).

It is not really unjustified. Allot of people like myself do not like the smell of it. Also, any thing that causes your body or brain to not function properly is not good. And about the McDonalds thing, in all honesty the jobs that are minimum wage don't care about the drug users. The jobs that pay good and you can live off of do care about it. So there is truth to that statement. I am also surprised how many people on here say that they are better off without it since they have stopped. I have had my friends that use it argue that is changes nothing about them. I am glad that the people on here are doing good and to you John I wish you the best of luck no matter what decision you make. I myself think you should stop smoking but either way I hope everything works out good for you.

Posted:  8 years, 9 months ago

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Passed my CDL test

Hey, Just am excited to say that I passed my CDL test today. I graduated from Trainco in Perrysburg Ohio on October 3rd and had my test date for the next day. I made a really dumb mistake and failed it though. In Michigan we have to do the in cab first for the pre trip. Well when I got to the leak down test on the brakes for some odd reason I said 15 minutes instead of 1 minute. Instant fail. I was not even in the truck 5 minutes. I was fuming mad. Cost $160 to take the test again. However they were incredibly nice and let me take the truck out on the road coarse since I did not take the class in Michigan and never drove the coarse. Well I rescheduled and took the test Wednesday morning and passed it no problem. Incredibly happy right now. This is a huge weight off my shoulders and now I can start my new career.

Posted:  8 years, 9 months ago

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The new Wal Mart truck

The keep going on today with carbon fiber. Wait until that guy on the fork lift turns and puts a fork through the side of that trailer. The cost would be unthinkable to repair that because it is one solid piece. Even on the truck when it gets into an accident, the cost would be insane to have it repaired. Ford is producing the new GT350 with carbon fiber wheels. Just wait until someone slides into a curb and cracks that thing into pieces. A regular aluminum wheel is about 700 to 1000 dollars imagine a carbon fiber wheel. I will stick to my steel and aluminum.

Posted:  8 years, 9 months ago

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Truck Drivers In Cold Weather

Layers work well, but what I don't like about layers is more weight on your body which causes you to sweat more and in cold weather with sweat is a good way to get a chill and get sick. Also if you have layers on and are spending most of your time in the truck or inside in general then you will always be taking them off and putting them back on when going back outside, or putting your windows down to cool off because you get too hot. And that comes back to getting a chill when you sweat if you put your window down. Much easier to just have one coat that you can just unzip and take off when you hop back in the truck or put on when you need to get out. I started with layers when I started hunting but I learned shortly after my first hunting season it is better to just have one good coat. This is my experience.

Posted:  8 years, 9 months ago

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Truck Drivers In Cold Weather

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I'm a tractor supply kinda guy. Schmidt is an awesome brand....Just like carhartt, but a little cheaper.

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I agree 100%.....I love their stuff. In fact I compared some of Carhart's stuff with C.E. Schmidt's stuff side by side at Tractor Supply and Schmidt's clothing had heavier stitching and more insulation for less money. Now everyone already knows Carhart is awesome and I use plenty of their stuff too. But not many people know how good C.E. Schmidt is.......great stuff.

The nice thing about the tractor supply by me is they sell both. My Carhartt jacket is not the typical one you see though. Mine is rated down to -40 and it works great. I am in Michigan and these past couple of winters have been really cold. Froze the ice enough to the point my friend took his f250 with a plow onto lake Erie to clear a section for snowmobile drags lol. That jacket kept me plenty warm even with the windchill below -30. I only paid 80 dollars for it off that site that I posted. They have Carhartt stuff on there cheap. I did look at Schmidt at tractor supply but they cost more. Carhartt in stores is very expensive, I was glad when I found that site. I need to make another trip though to tractor supply and get some things gathered up for hunting season.

Posted:  8 years, 10 months ago

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Truck Drivers In Cold Weather

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You need a good pair of insulated boots, good gloves, and the best part is a good Carhartt jacket. My Carhartt jacket is rated to -40 degrees. That is the best coat I have ever had and it will last for years.

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I looked at the Carhartt coats on Amazon. I'll have to go look at them in a store to size them, especially since they don't seem to make the women's designs for really cold weather! Punks. Ah well, won't be the first time I wear men's clothing. At least I'll know the sleeves will be long enough.

I think I'll be getting one of these: http://smile.amazon.com/Ergodyne-N-Ferno-6826-Balaclava-2-Peice/dp/B0091CC1MI/ref=pd_sim_469_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=1Q4VGZ63MRN24YPG6YWN&dpID=41bnmTtr7tL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR95%2C160_

I'll use it for riding my motorcycle when at home if nothing else.

Once I have my own truck, I might wander off with a pair of Dad's insulated FRC coveralls. Those suckers are WARM.

A good place that has Carhartt and other brands is http://dungarees.net/. That is were I got my jacket and winter gloves. They have good prices and if you get it and its the wrong size just send it back and they will ship you another. I had to do that.

Posted:  8 years, 10 months ago

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Truck Drivers In Cold Weather

You need a good pair of insulated boots, good gloves, and the best part is a good Carhartt jacket. My Carhartt jacket is rated to -40 degrees. That is the best coat I have ever had and it will last for years.

Posted:  8 years, 10 months ago

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Backing-up Anxiety

I am no were close to experienced because I am still in truck driving school. However as of right now I am confident with backing, I am sure that will change once I get out on my own though. But one thing the instructor told me was for my 90 degree backing, go as slow as you can and just watch the trailer tires and guide them to were you want them to go. Going slow gives you more time to correct a mistake so. That way if you make one it can be fixed without having to start all over. They also told me that when backing for the 90 degree that the I should be constantly moving the steering wheel back and fourth as I move back. It works for me and a few other guys in the class. Like I said though I have not been out on the road yet but it still could help.

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