Profile For G-Town

G-Town's Info

  • Location:
    Pottstown, PA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    4 years, 4 months ago

G-Town's Bio

Retired from a 30 year career in computer technology. Finally realized that it was the journey I really enjoyed and not the destination. So in January of 2013 I fulfilled my lifelong love of trucks and driving by enrolling in Swift's Richmond Academy. Graduated, passed the CDL test, and went OTR for 240 hours with a mentor. Once that was completed, I was re-tested by Swift and offered a job. Overall a great experience. I wish I knew about this website while I was contemplating this as a career and while I was in school. Great information exchange.

Fast forward to the current, I am working for Swift as a dedicated driver assigned to the WALMART account in north central PA. Best job I ever had.

Happy to truthfully answer any questions about Swift and/or my experience in school and training.

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Posted:  53 minutes ago

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Trainer kicked me off the truck tonight!

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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.

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I'm going to disagree with part of this anyway.

The first company I was at had a policy that was in part, after driving there from being a rookie to the sixth month point, if no accidents or other safety issues, said driver could then become a trainer. Other companies are just as lenient with who they employ as their own trainers.

This is a policy I will never agree with.

As stated several times before, not all trainers are a good fit for either the job, or with a particular student. We are all human after all.

I am of a similar mindset, 6 months is not nearly enough experience to train student drivers.

Posted:  1 hour, 38 minutes ago

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PackRat's 2020 Daily Driving Diary

PackRat I read your diary every day. I appreciate the time you take writing about your experience. It’s quite a commitment when considering the hours you work.

Posted:  19 hours, 51 minutes ago

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My Journey - Clarksburg,WV to Careers World Wide to Stevens Transport

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Posted:  22 hours, 31 minutes ago

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Dean of Mack's CDL Training Diary

Okay.

My test in PA (almost 7 years ago) covered bumper to bumper and expected the same level of detail you expressed. Took over 45 minutes to recite chapter and verse of the PTI.

If you know the material and the correct/complete wording, no matter what state your are testing in, you will pass.

Not questioning your decision to go with this school. 160 hours of formal schooling is the minimum requirement for any reputable carrier and their insurance company for hiring entry level drivers.

Good luck!

Posted:  22 hours, 42 minutes ago

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Trainer kicked me off the truck tonight!

Andhe78 wrote

Too funny, almost mentioned the same thing, but figured I'd already been mean enough.

I wasn’t mean with him. Blunt yes. Trying to get Jay and to a lessor extent Isabell to focus on what’s really important and relevant here.

That said; Jay if your trainer offers you no input while you are driving for 6 hours, consider it a good thing. Based on your posts, this trainer is not shy about voicing the most minor of concerns. If you were doing something wrong, he’d let you know about it.

Focus more on what “Jay” is doing, and less on critiquing your trainer. In the grand scheme of things, training time is a blip on your radar screen. It’s temporary. Make the best of it and don’t expect your trainer to be your best friend. Not their job.

Posted:  1 day, 3 hours ago

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Dean of Mack's CDL Training Diary

We actually have to pass the school's pre-trip and driving test before we go test with the state. The school's pre-trip is more comprehensive than the state test.

When attending any school be it private or Paid CDL Training Programs a student is required to graduate with the training certificate confirming they satisfactory met the requirements of the 160 hour course.

You mentioned your schools PTI is more comprehensive than the state test. Can you be more specific?

Good luck.

Posted:  1 day, 3 hours ago

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I have New News to Tell You! Know how I always wanted to do this in trucking.....

Congratulations Victor! Well done.

Posted:  1 day, 3 hours ago

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Trainer kicked me off the truck tonight!

It’s interesting to me Jay that you chose to write a detailed reply directed at a member having no trucking experience and far less knowledge than you.

My suggestion (not that you’re asking), is to review and focus on the information and feedback from the experienced drivers on this forum, specifically what Brett and Old School wrote.

Good luck.

Posted:  4 days, 22 hours ago

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Quote of the Day from the Diary Section - A "Must" Read

I frequent the diary section if for nothing else the entertainment value as some of our members are quite funny, although not necessarily trying to be... Every once in a while someone, in this case "Jay" writes something notable, even profound. I want to share this with the general forum in light of the frequent stream of "newbies" that exhaustively research our industry in an attempt to find the Holy Grail of trucking companies.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did...here goes, from "Jay G", a current Prime Trainee and Trifecta Winner.

Finally after drumming up the courage and doing a bit of research, I elected to go with Prime. Now, you can drive yourself crazy trying to divine what company is going to be best from tea leaves, the position of the stars in the night sky, and disgruntled reviewers online, but honestly many of these large companies have many success stories and successful drivers. Worst case scenario, I swallow my pride and tough it out for the experience. So I based my decision on the most arbitrary factor; I think the Prime Inc Logo looks really cool, lol (no not really, but still an important factor!)

Here is a link to the diary he just started, might prove to be one of the better examples when it's "all said and done"... welcome to Trucking Jay!

Here is a link to Jay G's Diary

Posted:  4 days, 22 hours ago

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Know anything about Forward Air? (RE: CDL-B gig)

My uncorrected vision is in a similar direction as yours, including the slight astigmatism.

I would discuss what you are trying to accomplish; operating a rig, specifically backing in tight quarters with your Eye Doc. Mention the depth perception point Steve made, they can perform a basic test for that (I think). Provide as much information as they need. But for me...my glasses are all about distance acuity. It works for me, maybe it will work for you as well.

Posted:  4 days, 23 hours ago

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Prime Orientation, PSD, and TNT! Where does the time go?

Jay that is a fantastic journal. Full of practical, common sense snippets of wisdom. I encourage anyone seriously considering trucking as a career to read Jay's experience summary...

Of everything he wrote, this little ditty was my favorite...and oh, so true! Here it is:

Finally after drumming up the courage and doing a bit of research, I elected to go with Prime. Now, you can drive yourself crazy trying to divine what company is going to be best from tea leaves, the position of the stars in the night sky, and disgruntled reviewers online, but honestly many of these large companies have many success stories and successful drivers. Worst case scenario, I swallow my pride and tough it out for the experience. So I based my decision on the most arbitrary factor; I think the Prime Inc Logo looks really cool, lol (no not really, but still an important factor!)

The timing of this is perfect when considering the plethora of protracted research and spreadsheets we frequently discuss with folks in the "tire-kicking" phase. Brett should take this quote and put in his book...just my 2 cents!

Great stuff Jay. Keep up the good work, safe travels... and "watch that wagon".

Posted:  5 days ago

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Know anything about Forward Air? (RE: CDL-B gig)

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Do you have or need new glasses? A guy in my class had the same problem, new glasses really helped him.

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20 / 20 with current (no line tri-focals) and only a minor change from a year+ ago. Opthamologist was REALLY pleased, actually. My need to see her was one of the "reasons" my now former Endocrinologist wouldn't sign the (then) required insulin diabetes form.

NOT LOOKING TO JUST DISMISS THE CONCEPT... perhaps I am having an issue with WHICH PORTION of the lenses I am looking through??? Anyone with bi or tri-focals may be familiar with this one...

In the past I have noticed the issue occasionally when flying planes, riding motorcycles fast, etc. where the need to look near, medium and long-distance quickly comes into play. Maybe looking at different mirrors requires looking through a different part of the lenses? Need to do this is something one "learns quickly" but also is something I, at least, tend to not think about. The assumption is the "brain" knows which to use and the eyes adjust.

Doubt it but sort of grasping at straws at this point in time.

Anyone?

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Not so sure about the straws Marc...

I have corrected vision of 20/10. Uncorrected 20/80. I have a 2 sets of driving glasses that are only for distance and have no other optical features. I find when I try my other glasses for driving or backing, "bi-focal" my vision is conflicted (cannot think of a better word). If I need to read something (while stationary), I'll remove the glasses and if need be put on a pair of readers.

But for me when driving...all about distance acuity. I would discuss this with your Eye Doc.

Posted:  5 days, 17 hours ago

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Trainer unsafe practices

It’s rare we get “two” in two days...full moon was last week. Go figure...

Posted:  5 days, 17 hours ago

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Trainer unsafe practices

David Z in reference to Brett’s reply...

Lol you must be a former or present CRST employee as well I still have a job there for your information, they screwed up and they admitted it

Hey Genius...

You just insulted the founder and owner of Trucking Truth...

The “LOL“ is on you...

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Posted:  5 days, 18 hours ago

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My regular class c is only 12 days old

Amazon Prime has many, many contractors delivering their packages, door-to-door...no CDL required to operate a step-van.

Might be a good place to start.

Posted:  5 days, 21 hours ago

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Know anything about Forward Air? (RE: CDL-B gig)

Good luck Marc.

Persistence eventually overcomes resistance. You got tons of “Heart” Man...huge props on that.

Again, best of luck. Hope this works for you.

Posted:  5 days, 21 hours ago

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I failed by CDL state test twice...

Sorry to hear that.

There is no substitute for practice and repetition when it comes to skills and of course, confidence. Get as much as you can before the next test.

You’ve got to nail the straight line with zero points saving them for the more complicated maneuvers. When doing the straight line make sure you are already set-up in a straight line, centered between the cones. Go slow in reverse and make only minor corrections when you see the trailer drifting off-track. Use both your mirrors as you do this, alternating between left and right. Know where you are in relation to the course at all times.

One of the best ways to limit oversteer is grip the steering wheel at its lowest point, in the center, palms down. Your elbows tucked into your sides. This technique makes it almost impossible to over steer and/or over correct in the straight line backing maneuver.

Practice, practice and more practice.

Posted:  5 days, 21 hours ago

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Need advice.

You’ll never know until you apply...and I’d expand your inquires beyond Swift. Cast the net and see what jumps in...

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Posted:  5 days, 21 hours ago

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Pass a CDL test in one state,obtain the license in another?

I agree with PackRat. Was just about to post the same thing...

Without knowing basic information about “your friend”; impossible to effectively guide him or her.

Unless they have current experience greater than a couple of years, the one day approach is unlikely to yield the results they desire. If I were to guess, they allowed their CDL to expire and now want it reinstated. That is why the current experience question is relevant.

Posted:  5 days, 21 hours ago

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Need advice about starting my trucking career

Swift has a terminal in Ocala and is the primary Walmart Dedicated transportation partner running Store deliveries out of the Winterhaven DC.

Before you get to far along...we suggest investing time and energy in reviewing and studying our starter links:

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