Profile For Keith A.

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    Denver, CO

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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    5 years ago

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Posted:  1 month ago

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Trucking landscape could look different after Nov. 3

This is the only phrasing in almost four years that I've actually considered the Republican Administration as not being a bunch of scavenging jackdaws.

After that though this is a poor reason alone to base a vote off of this cycle.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Interesting conversation with a driver

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Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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New Bonus Money initiative

I'm still salty that as a local driver I don't qualify for any of the bonuses. Nevermind I run enough miles to do at least the first tier of the productivity bonus most months.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Get This Monkey Off My Back!

Even as a local you get a lot of this still, my trainer likes to say that diesel will get into your blood and there's no real escaping that, if you can do the job at all.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Face masks at truck stops

It is not currently mandatory by the chain, at least for TA and Loves. However local or state mandates will be in effect. There will likely be a sign at the door of any specific location that's under those restrictions.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Psychos and Monks

Not a classification I'd heard before, psychos v monks. I started out as a psycho though, but recently have been trying to be more like a monk. I think you're gonna go far here.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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What does a quarantine due to coronavirus mean for truckers?

It's been more up and down than normal for me in Denver. I went from 55+ hours a week down to a 50, then a 42, a 45, but this last week just spiked back up to 61. Haven't touched anything but Sam's, Lowes, Coors, and pallets for two weeks now.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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What does a quarantine due to coronavirus mean for truckers?

I've cracked the code y'all... this is all a conspiracy by the construction companies to get people off the roads so they can close more lanes on the highway!

Posted:  6 months ago

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Adventures in Stupidity

This is sort of in conjunction with my other thread about the update for my 250k milestone with Knight -- (figure it's better to just resurrect this than clutter up a new thread? some good info here from G-Town and others)

I got my local spot July of last year, which puts me somewhere around 8 or 9 months as a local driver right now. The first 4 months went relatively smoothly, a much heavier workload than I had anticipated, but a fun challenge to adjust to. Starting around the middle of November though, I lost focus on the big picture of things, and lost track of quite a few little things.

I've racked up three preventables (by Knight's counting) (no accidents/tickets, but still a fireable offense (I think more because of insurance than anything else? I am not sure where the line is drawn.) since then. The only thing that has actually saved me from being fired is my relationship with the office [[[which is the good takeaway from this -- the proof is in the pudding. Both the terminal manager and terminal safety person stuck their necks out to give me one more shot to keep my nose clean, and our safety person directly told me it was because of how I've handled myself in the past. (I have to run two years and keep my nose clean before I'm off thin ice at all)]]]

All three preventables were from 1 or 2 underlying factors: I was either rushing when they happened (1 backing incident with company property, 1 sideswipe with our company's yard dog and another company's trailer parked in a door), or just plain trying to play fancy (a combining factor with the yard dog incident).

I'd gotten so focused on the difficulty of the schedule and trying to force work to change for my benefit as opposed to altering my own schedule to mesh better with the corporate machines and routines already in place that I took much of my attention off the road in a general sense, away from the truck, and away from my job. I'd forgotten for a while that I am driving an eighty thousand pound weapon, and was otherwise in the business of being an incredibly irresponsible and unsafe driver. It's only through sheer luck that nothing has happened, and through the efforts of a few people I know that managed to wake me up out of that fog.

So... for the folks that read this-- two takeaways: One, this is why you can't afford to sabotage your own focus on the truck and the job you are doing, the responsibility you wield. It *will* cost money if you're lucky, and if you're not it will cost lives.

Two: the importance of cultivating relationships with your office staff. Without those, they have no incentive whatsoever to go the extra mile for you. Without my attempts to do that I'd be out trying to find a job at this very moment, and with things having gone pear shaped almost everywhere I might be in for a task doing that.

(My apologies if any of this is phrased weird, I can clarify or add to anything that anyone wants to know about. I partially wanted to write this for myself as a... documentation of my own idiocy that I can't forget.)

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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What does a quarantine due to coronavirus mean for truckers?

Unfortunately as a local driver I'm not eligible for bonuses at Knight, but I'm thinking of asking my terminal manager and seeing if we can get an exception for this... I can usually clear 2200 a week

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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What does a quarantine due to coronavirus mean for truckers?

Https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/coronavirus/denver-mayor-issues-stay-at-home-order-amid-coronavirus-outbreak

And another one bites the dust

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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An update!

Keep up the awesome work. What did knight give you for your 250k miles?

Congratulations Keith!

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Snap a photo of your new truck magnet if you have a chance.

One pretty spiffy magnet (that I need to remember to take to work with me to actually put on the truck, it's on my fridge right now), a few 250k pins, and some shirts (all the wrong size so now I'm waiting for a medium to get shipped to the office).

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And thanks to all of the rest of you, this is definitely a place with a lot of people whose opinions I respect so it means a lot to hear all the encouragement. Might be a case of not being able to the forest for the trees but it's just... sort of hard to see what I've done right when I know all the things I've managed to make a right mess of. XD I'm aiming to get my million miles safe though, and at this rate it'll be another six or seven years to that mark, if I'm driving trucks that long.

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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What does a quarantine due to coronavirus mean for truckers?

Jeremy & Yuuyo, I’m sorry to hear what each of you are going through. Stay strong.

On a slightly positive note, the one thing I’ve noticed from the driver seat is that traffic is much easier to deal with. This was Chicago rush hour at 8:00 am this morning

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Bill, I've noticed the same thing in Denver, CO. I essentially don't have to plan at all around traffic delays in town currently which is honestly just a nice breather, even if it's not a good sign of things to come.

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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An update!

Anne, thanks xD I don't normally feel I have much to contribute here besides sharing when I dropped the ball.

Laura, thanks. I'll let you know when I see it ^.^

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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An update!

So I got my 250k mile stuff from Knight yesterday. I've been with them now for 26 months, and I've been running local for 8 months. Have had a couple of slip ups in terms of preventables, one backing, and one using a yard dog (ours) at a customer's facility. Running local is definitely not all it's cracked up to be, but does come with its own set of rewarding challenges. January was my two year mark back and driving A-class and now officially the longest I've ever worked for one single employer.

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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What does a quarantine due to coronavirus mean for truckers?

I'm young enough right now that this is basically the first thing that's happened in my life I can actually comprehend and be affected by and I'm starting to get a little nervy. I'm not at risk from the virus itself but the economic impact it's having and seems likely to continue to have has me worried about my footing a little further down the road.

Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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Trainer kicked me off the truck tonight!

Something else worth remembering here, at least with these larger companies: trainers are considered the cream of the crop to an extent. They're not going to hand new drivers, rookies or transplants, to someone who can't do the job. This isn't to say there aren't bad trainers but like G-Town said you've gotta focus on yourself. That's all that matters at the end of the day.

Suck up every scrap of information you can get and focus on operating the truck safely and doing your job well.

Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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Possible to be an online student while a full time OTR trucker?

I've heard of the rare individual who can make it work, and that was originally my goal getting back in, but in all honestly I think the time commitments of this career and getting a college degree are highly mutually exclusive. Even more so in your first six months to two years. You have to be focused on this 100%, there is so little room for error and not much less forgiveness for the driver, even before you think about the potential impact you might have on other people on the road when you crash because you shorted your sleep to study.

Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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Knight Swift Merger: Driver, and Customer Benefits

Only thing I'll add to what Old School said: we do now on occasion run Swift loads that they aren't able to complete on time.

Swift has the contract for Target DC #554 in Pueblo, CO, and I've done a small handful of loads pulling Swift trailers as a Knight driver. I don't consider it as being substantially different from running dedicated for Wal-Mart though, I'm just filling in a temporary crack in the customer's need for drivers, as opposed to being answerable to and dispatched by them (I hope this makes sense)

Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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Got Stuck Today

I scored a box of ice melt from one of my customers and it now sits in a plastic tub in my side box. It's been enough to get my out of any dock so far that has been a little slick.

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