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:  3 days, 7 hours ago

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New Truck

Excellent! I hope you enjoy it.

Posted:  3 days, 8 hours ago

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Moving while out of hours?

Since you're not leaving the facility and only creeping a couple hundred feet out of the dock, just go slow enough to not trigger "driving " and you're fine.

If you have a "yard move " button like I do, you could use that too. You probably haven't logged your post trip yet anyway so add that when you move your truck to your parking area.

Remember when your 14 hour clock is up, you can be on duty indefinitely.. just can't "drive " until you've had a 10 hour break.

Posted:  3 days, 13 hours ago

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Chicago first time

Never let them rush you. Continue to take your time and do your goal(s) as necessary. They'll get over it.

Posted:  3 days, 18 hours ago

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Chicago first time

When I read this I immediately thought of 48th place. We do drop and hooks there too. The trucking company that the empties are dropped at is Destiny Trucking. Fun stuff.

Posted:  4 days, 14 hours ago

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Grabbing wrong trailer?

Yuck!

Posted:  5 days, 7 hours ago

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Called a driver complaint in

My kids loved those gallon jars of pickles. I loved the price lol

Posted:  5 days, 7 hours ago

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Regrets

We have drivers in WVA. Just something to consider. Not sure if they're home weekly or every other.

Regardless, take your time and figure out if you want trucking bad enough.

Posted:  5 days, 8 hours ago

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Truck Home

Nice! Howdy neighbor. From fort Knox to fort Campbell

Posted:  5 days, 8 hours ago

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Is Freight Slow Right Now?

My. Company sent a fleet wide message over the weekend that freight was "weird" this week and asked for patience from the drivers.

I don't think it's you. I tend to stay busy regardless but I see drivers not happy with miles this week. I do get extra favors more often than most. My extra favors this week have been loads I hate, but it's miles. Jewel in Chicago anyone? Detroit? Etc.

Posted:  5 days, 8 hours ago

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Trucking as a new career

My other half is bipolar as the day is long lol. He's extremely funny, smart, a great all around guy, and an excellent driver.

You can be one too. You'll have to learn to always put on a positive face no matter the situation when dealing with customers and your company. It's not easy for him but he manages to pull it off. He takes Lamictal which is a mood stabilizer. We also have drivers on adderall and a host of other medications. My company will pretty much allow anything that DOT does. All companies are different. We don't have our own school but now offer tuition reimbursement.

But absolutely company sponsored schools should be your first choice.

Posted:  5 days, 9 hours ago

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Game: How Do You Motivate Yourself?

With stuff like THIS

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Posted:  5 days, 9 hours ago

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Game: How Do You Motivate Yourself?

I try to see how high I can get on the driver ranking each month. I'm at #12 currently. My goal is top 5. Out of 550 drivers I wont whine so long as I stay above 20 (unless I take lots of vacation).

Posted:  1 week 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 week 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:  1 week, 1 day ago

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"Todd" would be proud....

I was at Chariton yesterday :-)

Posted:  1 week, 1 day 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:  1 week, 1 day 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:  1 week, 1 day 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:  1 week, 3 days 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:  1 week, 3 days 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.

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