Profile For Keith A.

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  • Location:
    Denver, CO

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    4 years, 4 months ago

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Posted:  6 days, 4 hours 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:  2 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:  2 weeks, 5 days 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:  2 weeks, 5 days 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.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Yearly Pay Numbers for 2019

$50k net, that is. Not sure what gross is yet.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Yearly Pay Numbers for 2019

I missed the opportunity to snag the screenshot but I pulled something right in the range of $50k -- this was my second full year driving, and I've been local for about six months now.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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I survived one year of trucking

Congrats on your year! That's badass :D

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Two Dinosaurs Walk Into A Restaurant - Part Deux

Is this supposed to be one of those "spot the difference" photos?

An utter mystery.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Trucking Truth Driver Productivity Leaderboard

Just as another example: my own week can vary incredibly widely, even for a local driver. I'm based out of Denver so I can maybe do one run to Glenwood Springs (over the mountains on 70), one to Casper (straight up I25 -- relatively flat compared to 70, another 220 miles on the day (Glenwood is 360, approx), other days I might only run 60-80 and do three live unloads in Denver proper.

I could see a lot of the same variability running OTR. Start my week out in Denver running for LA, then LA to somewhere in TX. For this to work each driver would have to tag half a dozen different variables at least.

Even though we all deal with the same situations each driver and each driver's day will be different -- so it has to be learned basically one day at a time, how the pieces you get handed any one day have to come together (a la Kearsey's example and the decision of whether or not (when allowed) to use or not use an 8/2 split.)

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Going Great With Crete So Far

It's honestly a fun game finding what rules you can bend, when you can break them, and all the other things that let you respond with flexibility to customers. I can't even count how many appointments I've gotten moved or little things forgiven by just being on the ball with communicating, either with my DM or the customer -- Knight's policies are very relaxed in that regard. I always tell my DM "I'll check in with the customer (if the phone number is good) when I'm running late (or ahead)."

But the ELD mandate does awful things to a 70, not being able to do drop and hooks off duty (I got many of my 30's at customers that way). Has actually caught me off guard for one of my runs.

Posted:  3 months ago

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No loads

It's good to hear all this, Knight has been struggling to find me even local freight lately

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Where Is Raptor???

I'll wave at y'all in the morning. (Denver's my hometown)

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Finally change my status to experienced driver

Well done Junkyard, well done!

I'm almost two years in and it barely feels like I can keep my act together week to week, I don't know when I'd consider myself experienced.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Hazmat Endorsement

There's an open regional spot with Knight running Hazmat back and forth between Kansas City and Denver that I'm considering taking, 4 days on 2 off -- I'm gonna use the High Road stuff to dig into that but also wanted to see if anyone here has any other tidbits that may not be there?

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Tuition reimbursement

If you go through a private CDL school they'll reimburse that $6k over (usually) the course of a year.

We always strongly recommend going through a paid cdl training program though, if they offer one. They do the digging necessary to make sure you can actually *work* for them, meaning you won't get surprised by some medical issue that the private school doesn't care about, but a company may be more restrictive about.

Posted:  5 months ago

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What Would You Do In This Situation?

Just to preempt the possibility of it happening again, I'd stop before the tracks... even with room and even though I'm not responsible for the stupidity of a driver behind me, no matter how you phrase it we've gotta look out for each other.

Although I've had this happen where then 4 wheelers will slide around me, fill all the space and still block the tracks but I don't see any way around that really, sometimes stupid's just gonna stupid.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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The TruckingTruth Meet Up Thread

If anyone ever happens to be in the Denver area feel free to give me a holler! I'm rather chained by my local spot or I'd be making a concerted effort to meet some of you!

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Getting my CDL on a budget.

These inquiries can spark some responses that might appear harsher or more direct because the readership here is vastly bigger than it appears based off posting rates-- that mean it is very important that misinformation, or questions that can leave a door open gets addressed clearly, thoroughly, and quickly. (like yours would for someone trying to avoid the path of doing their one year OTR, or someone who's maybe already bombed that and is trying to find *any* way in they can)

We're not out to make you feel stupid, there's just a general philosophy of straight answers, no horsing around.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Getting my CDL on a budget.

And the point we all are advocating is why bother having to pay anything off at all? It took me two and a half to three years to pay mine back, and it would have been more efficient to just go through Knight's (paid!) schooling. If you do your research, pick a company that's a good fit for you, and go in committed to the cause that year is going to *fly* by, then you're off free to leave or stay. No mess, no hassle.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Does having a local terminal help with home time?

Personally I've really enjoyed having a terminal close to home, but that's only useful if you plan on still maintaining some sort of life outside the truck -- a very difficult task even when experienced. If you're going to be an OTR driver though, and follow in, say, Old School's footsteps then the local terminal is just a perk-- any productive driver will have the flexibility from his company to get the truck close to home with or without a terminal.

And to note, many companies also rent space as drop yards, so you may not have full terminal amenities, but you'll have somewhere to park-- so I'd say evaluate whether or not a company is going to be a good fit for you, and make terminals lower on that priority list than, say, their *actual* home time policy. (What good is it to have a terminal up the street if your company expects you to be out 4 weeks at a time and off 4 days, for example)

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