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    Denver, CO

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    3 years, 7 months ago

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Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Tablets on the roads

I use my phone and a tablet, mostly for truck battery reasons, and ease of access. Setting up and powering up laptops is sometimes too much work for the reward of having it when I just wanna watch a twenty minute episode of something.

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Walmart Dedicated

Huh, interesting. I'll be curious to hear how it's split up. I did Dedicated out of the Loveland DC for about six months, have been curious ever since about the... distribution of distribution centers.

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Walmart Dedicated

How big of an area does that DC cover?

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Rookie driver here 3 wks in alone..wind and bobtail

The long and short of it is, if you feel unsafe: pull over. At the very least so that you can assess the risk in more detail by looking at forecasts, wind speeds, or whatever other circumstances are causing the feeling. It's also a good time, if you have access to them, to consult more experienced drivers. Never let /anyone/ push you into driving when you feel unsafe though because if something does happen there is no passing the buck.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Game: State 2 Things You Love About Trucking

1) There is something about the act of accelerating smoothly onto the interstate and merging with traffic that I find satisfying on a very basic level.

2) I *love* that I've been able to meet five of my friends across the country and I am getting /paid/ to travel to their locations.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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GAME: Name 2 awesome things that happened today

I clocked a 3500 mile paycheck this week, squeezing the last seven hundred miles in a mere half an hour before our payroll cutoff

And I've gotten to hang out with two friends on the west coast this week, and maybe a third tomorrow.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Want to know why there are bad trailers out there?

I've found over the last year that it doesn't really hit the pocketbook that hard to get trailers taken in and looked at. It hits it yes but not enough to warrant neglecting them, unless you get unlucky with four trailers and four flat tires in a row but... whacha gonna do? It also can win you brownie points with your employer, since it makes you look diligent and thorough.

Like Old School said though you need to learn to map this onto the companies preferences. Like tonight I had a tire with a nail in it, slow air leak so I just made my stop for the night at the nearest Love's with a shop, called it in to breakdown and it was taken care of no questions asked.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Safest route

Weight of your load is also very critical when you're examining Wyoming. The winds can be nasty this time of year. For an inexperienced driver I40 is likely a little safer, but you can only cut it out so much. It also depends on your company routing, you'll want to check with them too if you want to try changing things.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Moving while out of hours?

What Old School said. Thanks for clarifying that, I didn't think to

Posted:  1 month ago

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Moving while out of hours?

I'm kinda curious, with Schneider, does it kick you into drive as soon as you go over 5mph? I run for Knight and we have 2.1 miles until it kicks over, regardless of speed, it just backdates from beginning of movement.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Grabbing wrong trailer?

I always double check trailer and seal numbers, and if you ever ever ever forget it, always get out and check again. There have been times where I've gotten in and out three or four times to be extra sure it's all correct, even if I have the numbers written down.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Is Freight Slow Right Now?

I think they are pretty slow currently. I've been on a two day load with nary a preplan in sight, and I've been in consistent touch with dispatch the entire time, so they knew my etas and available hours

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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This is amazing!

Just chiming in to say that learning to correct your mistakes after a bad set up is what will really teach you how to set it up properly. It's a simple set up once you figure it out. Also, unlike when you're taking your test, you don't have to be perfectly set up out here, just close-- /all/ that matters in the long run is not hitting anything, not how you got into the hole.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Automation and the future of trucking

The thing I'm more curious about is if there's even a path /to/ automation, or if it is literally a pipe dream.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Only one way in.... Vail

You might get lucky and not have to by the time you get there. Sorta depends on what your clock looks like. Especially since it's a day and change to Vegas from Denver.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Safe Following Distance

Seven or eight seconds is your minimum in good conditions. You'll want to double it for rain & snow, and triple icondition.

Also yes there are a lot of drivers who miiiiiight follow by two seconds, if you're lucky. Its absolutely terrifying to watch them run up that close on people.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Just a quick question

How do y'all reweigh with the CAT scale app? I haven't been able to figure that out. I also use the Storm Radar app to keep an eye on developing systems.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Swift everywhere! Oh, that's why...

I must have just missed you, Dave. I was there twice too.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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OH Slow Roll attracts 40 trucks - “I feel the slow roll went great” says an organizer!

I just. Can't imagine why you would waste your time like that. There are already means and methods to change things and, as nice as protest is, it never did write a change of the law itself.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Easy live unload

I dunno how you keep your cab but I had very very little stuff fall out of place when doing this. It's a gradual raise, and there's a couple back and forth shakes at the zenith to loose any product in the trailer, then gradual back down.

Frankly it serves as a good display of what you need to secure better or move elsewhere in the cab, without the damage that comes with something smacking your head.

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