Profile For Nick

Nick's Info

  • Location:
    Tacoma , WA

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 5 months ago

Nick's Bio

25, 6 months behind the wheel. I look at everyday as a blessing and opportunity to learn something new. When I first got on the road I let every little setback and mistake stress me to the max. Been working on that and trying to find the positive in every negative situation. Been using this site for help for awhile finally made a profile!

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Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Some advice please

Thanks Brett and rainy. I just tried calling the recruiter back but I'm guessing he's home for the day. I definitely am happy with Werner and want to make sure I leave on a good note. Gonna try to talk to a few jb drivers when I can, and see what I can dig up on old posts on the forum. But your right Brett I feel like its a good fit for me, definitely gonna think this one over quite a bit. Thanks for the advice yall 😁

Oh well in that case don't worry about the small guy thing!

Intermodal is what JB does these days. They switched their business model to focus heavily on that quite a number of years ago and they're by far the biggest player in the game.

You should definitely talk to some of their current drivers to learn more about what to expect from the job. Local work tends to have really long hours so expect to squeeze in 50-60 hours or more per week, even with weekends off. And intermodal work tends to be super boring and tedious. But man, if you have a family at home that trumps everything so this might be perfect for you.

If you're happy with Werner I would run it by them that you're considering a position with another company that will have you home more often with your family. You might be surprised at what they can come up with. They may have some openings for a similar type dedicated or regional run in your area and they'd rather give it you to than lose you to another company.

Otherwise, if you're going to leave just make sure you give Werner plenty of notice and doubly make sure you are eligible for rehire. Ask them specifically about that. If things don't go as you had hoped with the new job you're one phone call away from getting back in a truck at Werner. That's a beautiful thing because it happens more often than you would think.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Some advice please

Sorry Brett I thought I put who its with, jb hunt. I def understand what your saying though. The recruiter called while I was getting some grub so I didn't talk to him long. I actually applied a long time ago so was surprised to get a call from them.

There are a lot of owner operators and very small outfits that run intermodal stuff and you want to be careful about them. The small guys have a reputation for not coming up with your paychecks or falling behind on pay when times get tough. They also don't tend to care too much about running legal or taking good care of their equipment. If it's a company that's been around for a while and you can speak with some of their current drivers before signing on those would be very good indicators of what lies ahead. If it's "some guy with a truck or two" I would say be incredibly cautious about that.

People don't realize how nice it is at the major companies until they've signed on with a small company that's tight on money. Suddenly the logbook doesn't matter, the trucks are in terrible shape, you're being driven relentlessly to run as hard as possible to help them stay afloat, there are no conveniences like national accounts for towing, repairs, and hotels, and every time you want a day off you'll get read the riot act.

Find out more about the company - number of trucks and trailers, number of years in business, their history, etc. Definitely try to talk to a driver or two from the company if possible to get the inside scoop.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Some advice please

Got a offer for a intermodal position out of sumner,WA about 15 minutes from where I live. Mon-Fri, weekends off. Going to call the guy back once I get parked for the day to ask more details. I've been with Werner 8 months or so and I am overall happy. Having weekends off and being able to see my family regularly is what appeals most to me. Just have that fear of what if I don't like it or what if I don't catch on ya kno? Told them id want to give Werner 2 weeks notice he said that's fine. Just don't know if I can pull the trigger on the decision

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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How to listen to or stream Sports Games.

Yep that's another one. But xm is the best way I think I paid 20 something and got all the channels. Def nice to have

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Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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How to listen to or stream Sports Games.

Sirius is the best option. I also uses my teams ESPN radio but def getting my Sirius xm back once football rolls around.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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New Trucker Advice for Fun on Breaks and Resets

It definitely is possible to do these things. You can park at a truck stop and see what's nearby. I'm often catching up on laundry and sleep on resets but this last one I did I took a cab to the Ontario mills mall in Ontario,ca. Sometimes you luck out and end up taking your 34 where there's alot around, sometimes there wont be anything lol.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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SWIFT's tractor fleet; FYI

I definitely agree with you. Trained on 8speed then into an automatic. Started with Werner had to do my road test in a 10 speed then back to automatic. Sometimes miss shifting but like you mentioned it sure is nice in heavy traffic or where there's a stoplight every half mile.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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A year in and it still gets me

Exactly! I actually lived in Randle for a while a couple years ago and that to me is paradise. I'll be going back to Washington this Thursday for the first time in 7 months. Miss that view

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After running Texas to the east coast for the majority of the last 6-7 months in back out west. From the moment i hit Colorado all the way to Cali i can't help but look at the mountains and smile cause us truckers truly do have the best office view in my opinion.

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You lived in the shadows of Mt Rainier just as I did (Grew up in Yelm) and the sight of the snow capped mountains to me is more beautiful than a florida beach.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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A year in and it still gets me

After running Texas to the east coast for the majority of the last 6-7 months in back out west. From the moment i hit Colorado all the way to Cali i can't help but look at the mountains and smile cause us truckers truly do have the best office view in my opinion.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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The Hell With Schneider National Family Dollar Account!

I was running out of Windsor,ct. The trailer is literally packed front to back, bottom to top. The unloading I liked, got a good workout. However most the stores are in shopping centers and just not designed for a semi to get in and out easily. I definitely wouldn't do it without some prior experience. They can train you but in the real situations your dealing with alot of obstacles you can't really simulate. They sent me with a pup trailer into Brooklyn, I wanted to cry literally. People do it everyday, just wasn't for me lol

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I was on a dollar tree account for a little while and it definitely isn't easy money. Sucks you had a tough time training but good job on sticking it out. I didn't mind the unloading so much as the tight setup most stores have.

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how was your experience?

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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The Hell With Schneider National Family Dollar Account!

I was on a dollar tree account for a little while and it definitely isn't easy money. Sucks you had a tough time training but good job on sticking it out. I didn't mind the unloading so much as the tight setup most stores have.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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CR England Your opinion please

I started with England. Did the cdl course in salt lake city. The class and school are really good. That location has dorm style rooms with 8 bunks per room, but you wont do much more than sleep in the room. You'll do 160-180 hrs with a trainer, then upgrade test. Then team driving for up to six months starting at 12cpm, going up a penny a month. You may get lucky and get a dedicated account quickly. The contract for vets is 6mths, and 9 for non veterans. If you sign that contract and leave you will owe the remainder. Overall a good company, just low starting pay, but the first year shouldn't be all about the cash, moe so the experience. Hope this helps.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Long time no post lol... an update

Hello tt, been awhile since I've logged in. After making my move to Werner I did a short stint on the dollar tree account which was great pay but I wasn't quite ready for the tight maneuvers required for those strip mall stores, so I got off that account and ran werners reefer division for about five months. Recently switched to dryvan otr for the 6cent raise, and to be able to go home to Washington state as our tcu division doesn't run west. Thanks to Brett, and everyone that's helped me you guys are an awesome life line for drivers. I'll definitely make a better effort to comment and post when the wheels aren't turning!

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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We all need help some day.

Shoot I still need help sometimes. However the first couple months on my own were daunting. I promised myself id stay humble and always remember that feeling of not being able to back into a spot and asking for help. That's my thing I wasn't afraid to ask for help, and never had anyone be rude about it luckily.

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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My first deer in a big rig

How big was the deer?

Dave

I wanna say pretty good sized buck, but honestly i barely caught a glimpse of him as I hit him. Busted a piece of my fender off on the drivers side, and drivers side headlight is out, however not busted.

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Walmart Restocking Runs

It's very easy honestly. I always try to call ahead to be sure its allowed. Some walmarts even allow overnight parking, some a 2 you limit while shopping. You'll pass countless Wally worlds daily. And its much much cheaper to buy your food and other necessity's at WalMart. I usually go for my 30 min break in the early am so its easy in easy out.

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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It's Here

Good luck! It's not easy, but def worth it. Piece of advice, take everything you hear from fellow students and drivers with a grain of salt. You basically on a long job interview, treat it as such. And enjoy the experience!

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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My first deer in a big rig

So from the start your told if a deer runs out in front of you, don't swerve or Bambi might not be the only thing dead..... Or something along those lines. I've played out the scenario over and over in my head, worried reflex would cause me to swerve or lock up the brakes. On i35 s passing winstar casino big ol deer came out of nowhere left to right, scared the crap out of me but with out even thinking I was gently on the brakes and my flashers on. Didn't do too much damage so I guess I got that first time out of my way 😒

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Walmart dedicated

I did WalMart dedicated for Cr England out of sterling Illinois. Dc to store usually have a backhaul. No driver unload although it would be much faster lol. It was 32cpm with 15$ per stop after the first. Didn't have a check less than 700$ the time I was there. I enjoyed it so much that i asked Werner if they had any wm dedicated routes which they did. However "mostly dc to dc." Your day definitely goes alot faster especially with 3-4 stops.

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Truck driver fells 30-foot tree, drags it 2 miles, police say

Wow, driver must not like trees one bit! That's insane.

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