Profile For Susan D.

Susan D. 's Info

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

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 3 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 weeks, 5 days ago

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Sleeper berth question..

Delve Dave, sometimes DOT WILL pull into truckstops or rest areas to check for these type violations (ie falsification of logs).

To cover myself anywhere inside the cab, I pull the FRONT CURTAINS lol.. that makes the seats part of the sleeper. However, if I get out of the truck, yes I change it to off duty. I'm telling you, sometimes whether you realize it or not, they're watching you.

So Rainey/Kearsey has seen them "harrassing" drivers who are parked also.

It HAPPENS! Don't take any chances because the ticket will go to YOU, the driver... not to your company.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Career direction choices.

Most companies require a minimum of 160 hour training certificate in your quest to obtain your cdl, before they can hire you, unless they operate their own cdl school and you are attending that school. I seriously only personally know of 1 company that will hire an inexperienced driver without that certificate.

Its nice that Jim Bob, Fred, or whoever is willing to teach you. Hopefully it's with the company's consent and you are properly insured in said training vehicle, but it still won't get you that almighty 160 Hour Certificate of Training or a vehicle to test in.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Sleeper berth question..

My recommendation from logging exactly what you are doing comes from past experience.

For example. You stop at a rest area for your brake. When you get in the sleeper, you log sleeper. You wake up a few hours later needing to use the restroom. You put on your shoes and head inside.

While in the restroom, DOT pulls into the truck lot and begins conducting inspections. They see you out of your truck and heading back to it (to go back to bed). However, you're up awake and are fair game.

Believe it or not, my company has had a driver ticketed for being out of the truck sleeper when that driver was logged into the sleeper berth.

I personally have seen this happen to other drivers in rest areas. Wake up, break isn't complete but sitting in the drivers seat smoking a cigarette, checking their phone or whatever.

So again I say log exactly what you do. If its difficult to remember to change your status then stick a note on your steering wheel or whatever it takes to help you remember. Luckily my company has a statement in our permit book that says when loading or unloading that we are off duty and not required to count freight or any other responsibility beyond checking in/out and docking.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Best scheduling strategy for team driving

The best strategy is that if you are not on duty and/or driving, you should be sleeping. You need your rest to be able to operate the truck safely. There's 3 of you in this truck, so guessing it only stops for fuel, driver changeover, and an occasional shower. Staying up to socialize won't help you at all. 2 hours or less max of the socializing. I realize you're very new, but teaming is definitely it's own animal. When I teamed, I had to teach myself that anytime you're horizontal in the bunk, you need to be sleeping. Keep it dark, pull those curtains and get the zzz's you need.

Best wishes to you.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Sleeper berth question..

Technically, you log exactly what you do. Now if you were taking a split break, (8/2 split) that consecutive 8 hours in the sleeper would have been important.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Finally Bought A cooking Appliance for my truck

Awesome. I used to cook the majority of my meals on my truck. Unfortunately for the last couple years I haven't. The freightliner I've had simply doesn't have appropriate horizontal surfaces (shelves) with nearby outlets sufficient to do any real cooking other than heating things in my microwave. I still miss my old 2016 freightliner even after a couple years in this newer one. The built in fridge, while nice, has practically no freezer space and I really don't even use it. I've had to pare down on weight in this truck also because the fuel tanks are mounted much more forward as well, often giving me over weights on my steers particularly with full tanks. At least the APU allowance covers that overage.

I miss cooking in my truck for sure, but I've never found a way to make it practical in this truck.

I'm sure you'll love your instant pot. I used to carry a similar aroma 3 in 1 cooker. Have some great recipes if you're interested.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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New CDL, no experience, need direction advice

With 2 DUI'S we'd have never recommended paying for your own school as they'll easily take your money and no guarantee of being able to get a job.

Many companies will not hire anyone with one DUI much less 2. Some will hire after a number of years.

I'm so sorry you didn't get advice here sooner, but it is what it is.

Apply literally everywhere that hires new inexperienced cdl holders. The reviews wont matter, as previously stated, you don't have the luxury of being choosy. TransAm, Pam, whoever.

We do have a list on the forum of companies that hire with a DUI.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Is this something new or has it always been.

Yep Mikey is correct. Don't falsify your logs. Fueling must be done "on duty". I've NEVER seen DOT camped out in any truckstop (being snarky here, because I absolutely have).

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Flatbed Jobs for a Dodge Ram 2500 with 8 foot flatbed ?

This forum is geared towards helping new and prospective company drivers navigate cdl school, company training and that first year.

I sincerely doubt anyone here would have too much knowledge about a hot shot. You you have your own authority and elogs?

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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5 years went by fast!!!

Congratulations on reaching the 5 year mark!

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Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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8 Hour Rule Change

Be careful with the new rules. We've already had a driver get cited for logs during an inspection.

Idk about everyone else's company, but mine will automatically pause the 14 hour clock on any 2 or 3 hour break. The problem is, with no 7 or 8 hour sleeper berth period, that 2 or 3 hour off duty pause, doesn't count. I've heard other companies the drivers have to check a box saying that 2 or 3 hours will be paired with a sleeper berth period and THEN, it will pause that 14 hour clock.

Be aware of what time you started your 14 hour clock and make sure you don't exceed that, unless you're doing a split break. Your elogs may or may not accurately reflect your remaining time. Also you can be on duty not driving to fulfill that 30 minute break. Personally I like my 30 minute break off duty because I typically use that for lunch or restroom break.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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New trucker BOL question

Most of our freight is prepaid, meaning West Side gets their money before we haul it. However, if we don't scan our paperwork, then we don't get paid for that trip. We also use transflo app do its really simple to do. We are asked to keep bols at least until we get paid for that trip, but preferably 30 days.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Reefer Parking

Reefer drivers and people who idle can park by me anytime. For whatever reason, I sleep better with all the noise. Could be because years ago (22ish) when my ex and I had a small trucking company we pulled reefers and idled.. when I'd go on the truck, if it was quiet, that meant trouble lol. Of course reefers were much noisier back then. Same thing with sleeping when the truck is moving.. rocks me right to sleep and always has, providing whoever is driving is experienced and I trust their driving.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Finding a new job with a preventable accidents on my record

I cannot even begin to reply kindly so i won't. My other half.. an extremely experienced driver and mechanic says the coolant tank on top of the op's shoulders must have exploded.

I fully agree with BobCat.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Freightliner Cascadia started getting check in when goes up the hill

He had to have sensor that read def injection pressure replaced. Have it checked for faults in your dpf system.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Freightliner Cascadia started getting check in when goes up the hill

My other half says it's related to sensor in pdf system. It's probably saying DEF is low when its actually not. Could be sensor for DEF level or a pressure sensor.

He's been driving 25 years, is also a mechanic, and has had a cascadia do that before.

Hope this helps.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Time flys

Happy Anniversary!

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Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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2 Years Since Getting CDL Trying to Get On with Prime

You probably had a 2 year card originally and with the 60 days to keep it from being downgraded, that's probably why you're ok. When did or does your physical expire? That was the important question.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Trucking company?

Idk but I wouldn't expect even a mega carrier to put you on a walmart dedicated with no experience. 2 months experience 2 years ago will require retraining.

I wish you luck.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Scenario for new drivers

I've encountered a similar scenario before. I got out and looked a gazillion times to make sure the 5th wheel was lined up with the kingpin and that i wasn't going to pick up the trailer, had the height closely matched. but yes I hooked it from the side and pulled the nose of the trailer out enough to properly rebook it.

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