Profile For Michael C.

Michael C.'s Info

  • Location:
    IN

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 9 months ago

Michael C.'s Bio

Went solo in May of 2016 at Jim Palmer trucking.

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Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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Advice for staying happy on the road.

When I was I was a OTR driver I stayed out 4 weeks and was home 4 days. For the first 7 months I enjoyed it. But after that my mood started changing. It wasn't boredom or the long hours that got to me. It was the loneliness. Not spendind time with with family and friends. Missing out on things because you are on the road for weeks or months at a time. The depression kicked in and really got to me. But I will say this to anyone looking to get into OTR trucking just because it didn't work for me doesn't mean it wouldn't work for you. No matter what finish that first year. I did 17 months. That OTR experience will help you land a decent paying local driving job.

Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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Why do so many people get booted out of trucking? This is why...

I used this program to pass my test 17 months ago. I would read the that section of the Manual and then take the test. If I missed a question I would reread that part and test again. It is a great setup.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Sleep apnea

I suffer from sleep Apnea and had no problem becoming a truck driver. Just make sure you stay compliant with your your treatment.

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Test Day

If this is the skills test then just remember that the man sitting next to you is only the scorekeeper. He is not your enemy or friend and is not out to get you. His only job is to Keep score. Most of the people that I see fail is do to nerves. The best suggestion I can give to people is to make to make that truck your ***** and drive. ;)

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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How long do you stay out?

so how long do you stay out before taking home time? I'm still kind a new but I try to stay out five weeks at a time. But I notice I start to burn out around 3 1/2 to 4 weeks in. what is the average time for a driver to stay on road?

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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Worried about backing

As a rookie driver myself I can say that backing is still hard for me even after being on the road for 4 weeks.

The biggest advice I can give you is that there is no shame in stepping out of the truck to check your blind spots. It's better to take a minute to get out to check than it is to a assume you are clear and hit something.

Posted:  2 years ago

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Greyhound...any experience?

I was going to take a Greyhound from Louisville to Missoula MT. 47 hour bus ride... I need to be there by Sunday for orientation. So no stopping to rest lol. So i decided to get a plane ticket lol. So 47 hour bus ride turned into a 8 hour plane ride.

Posted:  2 years ago

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CDL Permit

I got my done about 2 and 1/2 weeks before starting school. Shouldn't be a problem at all.

Posted:  2 years ago

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A big thank you

I passed my test today!

I just want to thank all of those on the forums who have given extremely valuable help, tips, and information.

I especially want to thank the team that put the High Road Training Program together. I would have had a much harder time if it wasn't for that.

Thank you thank you thank you.

Posted:  2 years ago

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Double clutching is hard :(

Good news! I got the stalling problem under control. My stress level has dropped quite a bit lol. I almost got the shifting pattern down and missing far fewer gears. Now I need to focus on my pretrip more and polish up my backing some more. But I feel much more confident now.

Posted:  2 years ago

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Double clutching is hard :(

What gear are you in when you start? If you're in 2nd or 3rd on level ground, that truck is gonna go. Unless you're dumping the clutch or still have the brakes applied, even though you may think you don't.

They require us to start on 3rd. I have been researching it and i think i figured it. I think i am releasing to much clutch before releasing the break. Essentially what I'm doing is that I'm releasing the clutch too much and let the truck have too much torque before releasing the brake. I think what I need to do is when I pull back on the clutch and start filling the torque I need to push the clutch back just a little to calm the truck and then release the brake and slowly release the clutch.

Posted:  2 years ago

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Double clutching is hard :(

Well I did better today. Only missed a few gears I'm still getting used to downshifting. The major problem I'm having right now is that I keep stalling the truck at the start. They trained us to keep the brakes on and then release enough of the clutch to fill the torque. When I release the brake and then released the clutch the truck stalls. The instructor keeps telling me that I'm keeping my foot on the brake and then releasing the clutch butt I know that my foot is not on the brake when I release the clutch. It's so frustrating LOL. But after thinking about it and doing a little research I think I might be dumping the clutch causing the truck to stall? I don't know hopefully I'll figure it out :\

Posted:  2 years ago

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Double clutching is hard :(

First day behind the wheel and the instructor had us going around Industrial Park learning to shift. It's a lot harder than it looks lol. I have never shifted a car in my life so I think it's a little harder for me. The problem I'm running into is remembering the shift pattern. Is it normal for someone to have a pretty hard time figuring this stuff out? I really didn't expect to be this bad LOL :-(

Posted:  2 years ago

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Tanker truck falls through parking garage roof.

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The news site also says the truck was there specifically to pump out the water from flooding in the underground garage. It's not like he was just roaming around in places where he shouldn't have been.

So it would appear there were probably several levels of people who have some responsibility for this: the contractor, the city, etc.

But ultimately, it's the driver who will most likely bear the full burden.

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Precisely, the more experienced drivers at my company do the pump jobs. I know how but I do not qualify seniority wise yet. They'll send you anywhere they're called.

Look I understand what you're saying but if a sign states that the weight limit is 4400 pounds and your vehicle ways 16000 pounds plus then it's not a smart idea to go driving there even if your company told you to do it. I don't think you need to be an experienced driver to know this. Because it's not the company is going to take the fall is going to be you literally and figuratively.

Posted:  2 years ago

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McElroy Truck Lines

They came out to the CDL school the other day and said that we could make 1200 to 1400 a week if we worked for them. had a feeling he was blowing smoke.

Posted:  2 years ago

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Tanker truck falls through parking garage roof.

I think you folks are jumping to conclusions far too quickly. I'm a local tanker driver and you wouldn't believe some of the places I go to and drive through. Everyday I'm on truck restricted roads, in the middle of downtown, on roads that are labeled 5 ton maximum weight capacity. Places a truck realistically shouldn't even be near. Not only that, but I'm never below 79,950lb, and I've gone as far as 84,000lb gross.

Now I've never been to a parking garage but I don't doubt that day will come. This is far from OTR.

I think you folks are jumping to conclusions far too quickly. I'm a local tanker driver and you wouldn't believe some of the places I go to and drive through. Everyday I'm on truck restricted roads, in the middle of downtown, on roads that are labeled 5 ton maximum weight capacity. Places a truck realistically shouldn't even be near. Not only that, but I'm never below 79,950lb, and I've gone as far as 84,000lb gross.

Now I've never been to a parking garage but I don't doubt that day will come. This is far from OTR.

I understand what you're saying but according to the news site there's a sign near the truck saying the weight rating for the garage is 4400 pounds. It is supposedly very visible.

Posted:  2 years ago

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Tanker truck falls through parking garage roof.

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Looks like we had a truck or here make a boo-boo and didn't read the signs showing the weight limit of the garage. I wonder how much trouble he's going to be in.

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No info. Pic is good. How about a link? Need some details.

http://abc13.com/news/tanker-truck-falls-through-parking-garage/1304911/

Posted:  2 years ago

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Tanker truck falls through parking garage roof.

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Looks like we had a truck or here make a boo-boo and didn't read the signs showing the weight limit of the garage. I wonder how much trouble he's going to be in.

Posted:  2 years ago

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Tanker truck falls through parking garage roof.

Looks like we had a truck or here make a boo-boo and didn't read the signs showing the weight limit of the garage. I wonder how much trouble he's going to be in.

Posted:  2 years ago

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Anxiety/panic attacks

Now I have no experience as a truck driver as of yet but I might I have a Band-Aid fix for this. I am a gamer and I have a few set friends that I play with constantly online. There are games such as World of Warcraft on PC and Destiny on consoles that you can play with a whole lot of different people. We use a program called Discord for voice chat as well. Some people find it odd that you can make lifelong friends in these Virtual Worlds but these are new times. MMORPGs are like social media on steroids it could be great for social interaction.

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