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    Albuquerque , NM

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    Experienced Driver

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    3 years ago

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Posted:  14 hours, 52 minutes ago

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Companies hiring with only 3 months OTR experience

Where do you live and what terminal are you out of? Have you made steps to talk to your dm? I ask for location because there may be a dedicated account nearby. Honestly with my time at swift I have had a better time dedicated than otr mainly due to consistency. Thing about otr is the money is up and down all the time. On dedicated it stays consistent and as long as walmart is in business and we keep this account, I will have a job. Better to figure these things out, because leaving will cost you even more money.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Keeping a level head

One of my biggest fears happened on the road, my brother had died yesterday morning. I got the call when i was driving on i5 headed to Portland, OR. Regardless of the feelings it brought to me, I had to keep a level head to keep myself and others safe on the road.

It's a hard part of being away from home. Thankfully we have a terminal up here so I can drop the truck and fly home. Be safe everyone.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Which company to go with as a rookie?

Swift is prettt much going full auto. The walmart account I was on had a few manuals, but for the most part they are going full automatic. Depending on where you live swift can be a good fit due to all the dedicated accounts we have. Makes it easier to try things out without having to get a new job. Either way, good luck!

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Is It Safe to Truck In Louisiana?

Could be possible that it was that way in the past. For example the TA in Albuquerque back in the day wasn't a very safe spot. Driver was hit over the head with a pipe and robbed. Now the worse thing that may happen there is a bum asking to polish your wheels. I rather stay at a truckstop in Lousianna over Memphis any day. I been to the TA in Lafayette and the TA close to New Orleans and had no issues.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Typical sampling of run lengths for rookies?

Really depends on a multitude of things. If the company runs all 48, do they only run east of i35, the frieght they pull, and another thing i notice is teams at my company tend to get the long runs due to them being able to cover more miles in a short amount of time. Longest run I have had is 2757 miles California to New Jersey, and loads as short as 1.5 miles in our terminal in Denver to the pallet place in Aurora.

Biggest mistake I made in my driving career is concerning myself with length of miles on a load. As long as it adds up to 2500 or more at payday i am happy.

The long runs are awesome, but a lot of the time you will have to run crappy loads, honestly the more crappy loads I run, the more planners are willing to help me out or give me something I want.

Really until you can learn how manage your time, you will get loads that aren't as tight of a time frame, it takes a while to learn, but it will come with experience. Biggest word of advice I can give you is don't listen to old negative drivers, prove yourself to the company and they will take care of you.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Failed First attempt at (TEXAS) Written Exam...

I'm assuming you didnt use the High Road CDL Training Program

I used that system and passed no problem. The hard thing about it, is the tricky questions they ask. You have to read them very carefully.

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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How I Was Hyper Productive This Week By Knowing The Log Book Rules

The split will come in handy tomorrow. I got two deliveries to Costco stores the last one is a small delivery, so I should be done by 800 am and parked down the street from my pick up at post.

Pick up is btwn 1400 and 1800, i could probably do a ten and go to pick up a little later, but dont want to risk there being problems so ill do 8 hrs instead.

Due to the next load being 1236 miles from Pick up and will deliver on the 30th, i need to put in big driving days, to shorten my driving on delivery day. That way I have more opportunities to continue running.

I could make the delivery if I waited around all day and then picked up the load, but I would be driving 575 on delivery day. Makes more sense to flip my schedule and push it hard first and second day. This way I'll make it to Temple, Texas with a good 9 hours or more on the drive line.

I finally understand what you are saying about the miles being our responsibility. The fact that they took off a load with more time on it/same amount of miles and gave me a load with a tighter window, I have to do what I can to prove my worth. Took me 2 years, but I finally get it.

Posted:  2 months ago

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My Experience through past two years and how DAC smacked me

I have all my incidents listed on my dac and it cost me getting a new job. Goes to show how serious the job is and something as little as a bent rim is a lot more serious than I thought. I have improved since such incidents and do what I can to keep them from happening again, any incident big or small should be avoided at all costs. There is a reason why they are called preventable.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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New OTR driver with low mileage loads

If i am still hitting 2500+ a week, i dont care if it is long or short. As long as im hitting that number I am good. If you run dry van freight there is not much long distance runs. I have ran one cross country trip which was 2757 miles, but rarely do I see something that long.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Swift Idle

I idle all I want to stay comfortable. Get messages saying to Idle less, but make sure to stay comfortable for proper rest. Hardly get that message either. Just keep an eye on the dash when you idle when on a 34 because you will probably need a regen after sitting with the truck running so much, that usually happens for me.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Chico, California Paid CDL A Training companies with the best home time and shortest contract

Swift, May Trucking, Heartland Express.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Might Go Back

I'm glad you're doing well. You've now experienced it first hand and sure you realize that local driving jobs are a beast. That 16 hour rule is a killer and quality time at home virtually non-existent lol.

There is no way I'd ever consider personally going local but I have to admire your willingness to try just about anything and share your experiences with us. It's a crazy lifestyle we lead that many people cannot or will not ever understand, but I wouldn't trade it for anything.

I was doing walmart dedicated with swift still so thankfully no 16 hr days. What got me was extreme schedule flipping and not enough time to do anything. It wasn't necessarily 100% local but was enough to show me I wouldn't like local. I'm a believer of trying things and the lifestyle I got otr was better it is just up to me to make sure i get proper exercise and eat better.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Might Go Back

Decided to go back. Was thinking of switching to reefer but wanted to stay with the Albuquerque terminal so ill be staying dry van. Hope I can get into one of those newer internationals or volvos. Either way I have found that my quality of life was better otr. I was more rested and had more quality off time. Also I was able to catch more concerts that i wanted to see.

It was all about the money when i started, but now it's more about the lifestyle I can live. Hope you guys dont get bugged by my emotions haha, but I like to share these things. Guranteed somebody will come binge read my stuff some day and get some type of help from it.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Bike rack, to go please.

There are ways to do it, hopefully the guys that do will chime in. I just started to walk my whole 30 minute break whether it be around the truck, rest area, etc. Also try to walk for a few minutes here and there every couple hours or so when driving.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Pride Transport Inc new driver training review

Hey Dave, are you still at pride? I am considering going back OTR and was interested in them.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Podcasts

Joe Rogan Experience, The Church of What's happening Now, tigerbelly, H3H3 Podcast, Talk is Jericho, Mad Fientist, and the list goes on. Have learned so much from podcasts.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Might Go Back

Considering going back OTR. I'm a big believer of trying things, so that is why I got off the road and got a place to live, etc.

During my time OTR previously I thought I was missing out on so much, when I really wasnt. In fact i had more time to do and experience things when I was on the road as well as saw my family more. I live far from my family and can't see the point of driving 400 miles roundtrip in a day to just visit for a bit.

Also the fact that I could control my schedule and wouldn't have to flip flop as much was a huge plus. I loved the balance I had when I ran recaps.

So many things that I can still experience. I didn't the last 2 years because I was so dead set on saving money and paying off my debt. It's good to do both things, but you also need a balance of sorts and enjoy life.

Not going to switch back right away being I am a believer of waiting things out. The mental side of this job is tough, so many decisions and so much opportunity.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Mclane?

Not to stick my nose where it doesn't belong but have you tried a Old Dominion if one is near you? They had me do shuttles last week and it pays the minimum $25 per hour not every location has shuttles however. I run Extra board Linehaul at .57 CPM and I start every night at 9:30 PM it definitely helps me keep a regular sleep schedule.

No, you have a right to put in something, i posted this publicly and have no issue with you guys giving advice or mentioning something. On another note I hope to get on with an LTL, old dominion is like 5 miles from my house it is across the street from the swift yard, but with how things are for me right now, Mclane will be a good fit. Its a run on my favorite interstate and I will be the 5th driver to work at this domicile, we don't even have a yard yet, that's how new this is. So the other opportunities may come around as well. Also forgot to mention that 4 days of work is the common thing, but due to lack of drivers I would probably be doing 5 runs instead. I understand it's a pay cut, but I can afford it.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Mclane?

Sorry, not that anyone asked but I don't think that's a good opportunity.

That overnight shift is brutal and you'll have extremely low miles every week multiplied by only .46cpm means you're not going to be making any money. You'll probably have to remain on the night shift on your days off unless you're good at flip-flopping.

.46cpm is really, really low for a shuttle run. If I were you I would wait a little longer and get more experience and try to get another opportunity.

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Got a phone interview tomorrow.

From what the recruiter told me I would be driving up to Raton,NM trading trailers and then come back to Albuquerque. 450 miles round trip with pay of .46 a mile. Usually working 4 days with Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off or Monday, Tuesday, Friday off. Beginning at 1700 and ending around 0700.

Dependent on how busy it is we may do 5 days on. Regardless two days off instead of just a 34 sounds great.

Let them know of my preventables and according to the manager interviewing me tomorrow, it shouldnt be a problem. Hope it works out and that I get on with them.

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450 miles X .46cpm = $207

450 miles X 4 days = 1800 miles weekly

1800 miles X .46cpm = $828 GROSS weekly

You said shift is 1700 to 0700 which means 14 hour days.

Since this is a local job let's break it down to hourly pay which we never should do on an OTR job. $207 X 14 = $14.78 per hour

It's difficult to turn down a job but this is one I wouldn't even consider especially considering you'll be working 14 hour shifts overnight.

Made a typo with the times working. Didnt realize it until now, that would be a crazy long shift for miles that short, messed up the math on my part. If anything it will be a shorter shift, no longer than 10 hrs unless something goes wrong on either side. Probably finishing even earlier because its cpm I wont have to take my sweet time.

If you only knew the hours I work now haha, I do walmart. Its the whole reason I am willing to take a pay cut.

Been working nights for the last 3 months and prefer them, problem with this account i am on, there is no consistent schedule. So i flip flop around a lot. I dont mind the nights as long as it is a consistent schedule.

The flip flopping is taking a toll on me. I just slept all night and gurantee ill have to force myself to sleep all day today because theyll keep me on nights. Thing is they may need me this morning so i couldnt take the gamble and not delay my sleep either. Thanks for your input though, I dont need that much money to survive over here and the more off time is worth it.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Mclane?

All that is left now is driving test, drug test, finishing my app for gaps in employment, and finally get flown out to Aurora for orientation. If all goes well, I will be in a mclane truck by July.

Now i need to see if I can get into a manual truck to practice again. A little nervous due to me not having any manual experience. Havent drove one since i got my cdl.

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