Profile For Susan D.

Susan D. 's Info

  • Location:
    Central (I-65 corridor), KY

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 7 months ago

Susan D. 's Bio

Been around trucks all my life. Worked in healthcare almost 20 years and I'm over it! I love road trips, always have and ready for some adventure. Im currently a driver trainer for West Side Transport.

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Posted:  1 day, 3 hours ago

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Truck comparison

My company purchases from which ever manufacturer can fulfill the order within the time frame we require the new equipment.. its really that simple.

Posted:  1 day, 4 hours ago

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Elog review by DOT

I've got a different platform than most drivers at my company lol. My "cheat sheet " Is 3 double sided pages.

Posted:  2 days, 6 hours ago

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"Todd" would be proud....

I was at Chariton yesterday :-)

Posted:  2 days, 10 hours ago

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Federal taxes and Per Diem 2019

Despite taking my company's voluntary per diem, I get whopped hard on tax withholding. Last year I paid in over 10 grand between state and federal.. and that's WITH per diem. I owe my state about $200 and got back ~$2k federal. It works well for me. If I didn't take perdiem I'd be taxed even more and get crazy refunds (overpayment ) of $5-8k. Still trying to get it a bit closer because I don't care to give the feds an interest free loan.

Posted:  2 days, 10 hours ago

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Pre-Trip Inspection Preparation

Isn't MillionMiler a trainer there? Daniel's pretip is very helpful. The biggie is to understand what you're looking at and looking for, so know and understand why you're checking particular things

Posted:  2 days, 10 hours ago

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Intro to O/O Health Advice

This site is geared toward helping new and potentially new company drivers find a. CDL school, successfully navigate finding that all important first job, get through company training and survive their rookie year as they learn to become safe professional dependable drivers.

We don't recommend leasing or truck ownership.

You would probably find the information you're seeking on OOIDA's website.

Posted:  4 days, 4 hours ago

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Companies, not drivers, avoiding toll roads

We have EZ Pass for tolls but send in a macro when we use a toll road during a trip. Our route suggestions sometimes includes toll roads and sometimes avoids them. Like Schneider we can choose our own route but try to avoid lots of out of route miles.

This morning I'd requested to run I80 through Chicago but was going to hit major traffic snags (construction and accidents) on 465 north in indy and made an executive decision to completely bypass Chicago because it would have made me extremely late to my appointment at Costco DC in Morris IL. I instead went to I74 in indy and north on IL 47. Made it just in time. Yeah it added 70 miles? But saved the delivery from getting rescheduled by Costco. Oh well lol.

Posted:  4 days, 5 hours ago

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About bumper

Back in October 2017 when this 4 wheeler sideswiped my truck and ripped off my bumper from behind, I sat in Boston for a week waiting for my replacement bumper to arrive. I was told if was not legal to drive without one.

They ended up flying one from. Memphis so the truck dealership could put it on and I could drive the truck.

Posted:  4 days, 5 hours ago

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Federal taxes and Per Diem 2019

I'm a company driver. At West Side Transport they take 13 cpms untaxed of my pay for per diem then add it back in after taxes have been calculated/deducted from the rest of my pay. You choose to take it. It's not mandatory, but I do take it to reduce my taxable income.

Posted:  5 days, 7 hours ago

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I am not confident but company wants me to take the driving test

Congratulations!

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Posted:  6 days, 7 hours ago

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Upset Mother

@Rainy.. we don't get to choose.. you're so fortunate that you do.

@PackRat.. extremely well put.

Posted:  6 days, 7 hours ago

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Wasted Day

It's because of stuff like this (name tag from our annual awards event this year) that I can *almost* do whatever I want.. our company policies are easy to comply with lol. They treat me very very well.

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Posted:  6 days, 7 hours ago

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Wasted Day

Not saying it's a bad company, but this has been my only company, and I suppose I'm a little spoiled. I do what I want. For example, my current load, I didn't like the route suggestion, so I'm having trainee go a different route. As long as we are where we are supposed to be when we're supposed to be there, they leave us alone. No handholding or babysitting.. just get the job done on time or early. Haven't talked to my dispatcher in over 2 weeks, but I did message him a joke earlier today and said hi.

Posted:  6 days, 8 hours ago

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Wasted Day

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Heck your elogs will even calculate it for you. Me? I'd have just done it anyway. Good thing I don't drive for them. I couldn't deal with the micromanaging stuff.

Posted:  6 days, 8 hours ago

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FINALLY SOME GOOD NEWS RE: RETURN TO JBH!

Excellent and awesome news.

Posted:  6 days, 8 hours ago

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Wasted Day

As soon as you realized there would be a long delay, you should have immediately gone line 2. 8 hours later you roll out with exactly what you had when you got there.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Hub gaskets

I'd believe it. The last truck I had, the first driver assigned to it, experienced a blown hub seal on the truck, at least twice on every one, in the first 70k miles.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Upset Mother

I will say this. There are extremely rare occasions where it may be warranted.

For example.. threats of bodily harm to the trainer, discovery of possession of drugs, alcohol, or weapons by the trainee, etc.

And yes, unfortunately, I have done it once. I immediately notified my company and requested they arrange for a hotel room and a cab ride to get said trainee to the hotel.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Just a quick question

That's what reweighs cost.. $2

Posted:  1 week ago

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Just a quick question

I use the TA app, my pilot, trucker path, CAT scale's Weigh My Truck, and a transflow app. Oh yeah and AccuWeather.

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