Profile For Tia

Tia's Info

  • Location:
    Madison Heights, MI

  • Driving Status:
    Company Driver In Training

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  • Joined Us:
    6 years, 2 months ago

Tia's Bio

Hopeful newcomer.

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Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Carrying a Weapon in a CMV

Crap.

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Hazmat

So the fee here in MI is 86.50 as well, not that it was easy information to get a hold of, but I think, if I can, I am going to try to apply before I head off to company training after CDL training. The sooner the better, right?

Thanks for clearing up the TWIC card thing =)

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Suburban in Romulus, Mi

I am definitely itching to get out there and see what I can do. Not that I'm not sad my time home is dwindling, but the suspense is killing me lol

Thanks for the support!

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Carrying a Weapon in a CMV

So it seems that the general consensus on firearms is, "probably a bad idea." So what about tazers and stun guns? My Dad bought me a tazer and asked me to keep it on me at all times when I told him of my intention to start driving. I'm a fairly small female and he did A LOT of research into the lifestyle and was concerned for my safety. Is company policy the only thing to contend with there?

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Hazmat

Fun fact: after getting your HAZMAT endorsement, if you then apply for a TWIC card you get a discount.

After you get the endorsement you get a discount on the endorsement with a TWIC card? That's confusing. Please explain?

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Hazmat

Tia,

Yeats ago, you could just take the hazmat test and you had it, These days, you have to "apply" to obtain your hazmat.

You apply and pay the fee, then have a background check and fingerprints. After the state receives the results, you will be notified by your DMV that you may take the written test. Pass the test and they will add the endorsement to your CDL. A hazmat endorsement is not allowed on your permit and should you get approved and pass your exam, it's added to your CDL-A once you obtain that.

Alright, so can apply and pay my fee when I get my permit or when I take my license test but I won't test for it until I've cleared the background and fingerprinting screens?

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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5th wheel

Tia, type "why do they call it a fifth wheel" inthe search bar on this page and you will find a great forum discussion that will explain the origin of that name. You will know more about it than most truck drivers after reading that.

Thank you! I just had that "OHHHH!" Moment of realization I was trying to get to. Awesome.

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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5th wheel

Thank you Sue =) as I have seen this is something you can adjust and move for weight distribution purposes. Is this correct?

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Hazmat

Everything I have seen so far states that there's a 6 month background check/ waiting period to be able to haul hazmat. Is this for getting the endorsement or actually being able to use it? I have thus far kept my mind off the training to focus on the permit and tanker/air brakes/ general knowledge that the training program for my school gave me to prepare, but I would just as soon get it out of the way and on my license ASAP. Thoughts?

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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5th wheel

I am confused.

"1. a : a horizontal wheel or segment of a wheel that consists of two parts rotating on each other above the fore axle of a carriage and that forms support to prevent tipping. b : a similar coupling between tractor and trailer of a semitrailer."

What exactly is this 5th wheel? I haven't run into a clear explanation and every time I run into it I feel kinda stupid, I've heard it all my life but for some reason cannot wrap my head around it =/ please help.

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Suburban in Romulus, Mi

So I'm checking into my hotel Monday to attend Suburban Truck Driving school in Romulus, No through Driver Solutions who is hooking me up with PAM trucking. My nerves have been alright for the last 3 weeks (when I originally got my date) but they caught up with me this morning. Has anyone done their training here? Or on a very long shot is anyone on here going to be there with me? It would be nice to have some insight into this particular place and even better to have a carpool/ study buddy before I go. Given I was told only about 7 people go per week it's kind of a long shot, but being the best trucking forum around I figured it would be worth a shot.

You're all awesome and I look forward to joining the ranks very soon!

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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What do you eat while on the road? Is it possible to pre-pack meals?

I'm starting training for PAM in a couple weeks. From what I have seen there are regulations for some sizes/stowing kind of things and the hotplates are sometimes an issue, but most places encourage refrigerators and microwaves from what I have seen. Definitely ask a recruiter or Google when you have a specific company in mind if you want to pre-gather your equipment.

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Investigating trucking companies, any words of wisdom?

Of course you can! Good luck and keep at it. You've got a great mindset. Hope to see you out there some day!good-luck.gif

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Investigating trucking companies, any words of wisdom?

Listen to the rpms, if you can know when your automatic should shift, you will know when to shift your rig.

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Investigating trucking companies, any words of wisdom?

I think the theory would be good to learn, listening to the rpms and the timing of the shifting of an automatic even. It is harder to break a habit than to make a new one, so if you get used to driving a manual, double clutching might be easier to understand but difficult to actually do. It is completely up to you though. Familiarity is always good.

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Investigating trucking companies, any words of wisdom?

Sounds like a smart approach. As far as driving a manual... I don't think it will really help. Double clutching changes EVERYRHING! I can drive a manual and aside from moving trucks have driven son of the biggest trucks you don't need a cdl for. I'm trying to forget what I know lol so that is totally up too you. https://youtu.be/DGYuONwK7Nc

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Investigating trucking companies, any words of wisdom?

Lol the longer you have to research the better off you will be. I was pressed for time (and money lol) so I'm hoping I did enough. Hope everything works out!

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Investigating trucking companies, any words of wisdom?

Thank you! And good luck! If you have any other questions, don't hesitate, I've come across a lot of resources in my searching and I'm happy to help (means more ladies on the road. I still believe in Girl Power =D). Best of luck!

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Lady drivers and photographing the life

Well Sarah, I'm not quite a female trucker yet, scheduled start training Oct. 13. I was planning on documenting like this anyway, assuming all goes well, and it might be fun to see what you've got so far and how different things are now. Not sure where I'm going to be, but I'll be driving for PAM.

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Hair Care On The Road

Nope. Lol. I color and my hair is Long. I like it long. If you can only drive 14 or so hours a day, that'll leave me time once every month or two to color it. Has to be some way to work it out! I intend to find it!

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