Profile For G-Town

G-Town's Info

  • Location:
    Pottstown, PA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 8 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:  6 days, 8 hours ago

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In today's episode of "what makes people look down on truck drivers"

If you have to search far and wide for a justification for your actions and you arrived at anything other than "I did it right" you did it wrong. The rest is stink on the wind. That's the difference between a true professional and someone paying lip service. Again you do, you. You can settle for it and lie to yourself and everyone one else about how you're top tier. But you'll know your not.

Stink in the wind? This was to everyone not supporting your rant, included experienced drivers.

I’ll stand by what I said Sarge, “chill”.

Much to-do about nothin...

Posted:  6 days, 9 hours ago

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Good bye Pepsi

Respect the conviction Banks.

Stand for what you believe in!

Good luck in your search... you know you have a home at 7030 if you want. We need quality drivers.

Posted:  6 days, 9 hours ago

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In today's episode of "what makes people look down on truck drivers"

Totally agree...

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If you have to search far and wide for a justification for your actions and you arrived at anything other than "I did it right" you did it wrong. The rest is stink on the wind. That's the difference between a true professional and someone paying lip service. Again you do, you. You can settle for it and lie to yourself and everyone one else about how you're top tier. But you'll know your not.

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Awful full of yourself for a greenhorn driver, hopefully when you do something someone else deems "unprofessional" they'll call your company and let them know their disapproval.

If you let little things like this bother you to this degree you will have a short career.

Posted:  6 days, 9 hours ago

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Do you feel that you are being micro managed?

In my 7+ years as a Swiftie; I’ve never been micro-managed.

Posted:  6 days, 9 hours ago

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In today's episode of "what makes people look down on truck drivers"

If you notice all of the experienced drivers are all saying the same thing, nothing wrong with it. If you are smart you will use this post as a learning experience. However I don't think we collectively can convince you that you are wrong even though you most definitely are wrong. Our decades if not centuries of combined experience are saying the same thing yet you stand by your belief that he was wrong. I have only contacted someone's company one time. I took a few pictures of a Canadian driver standing on the top step of his truck taking a leak in a Pilot parking lot not 30 or 40 meters away from the store that he walked into 10 minutes later to get a coffee. To top it off he was in plain view of the McDonalds drive through line of traffic. His company is using the pics as a training aid having all drivers complete a course on unacceptable behavior although they are probably blurring the penile part in the pictures. THAT is wrong. Making a spot, drawing the curtains and getting some sleep is not wrong. It's not ideal but it is perfectly acceptable and much better than several alternatives.

Totally agree!

Posted:  6 days, 9 hours ago

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In today's episode of "what makes people look down on truck drivers"

Chris replied to Keith...

Keith A wrote:

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I'm going to play Devil's advocate here the point is if you think it is illegal than it probably is. I'm pretty sure that parking like the CR Driver is not legal in any state no matter the circumstances! Like I posted in my last post I should have added the caviot that the situation in Virginia was Pre- FMCSA HOS Rule change. I propose this scenario: What if another driver slammed into the CR driver who would be at Fault? I get it S##t happens and we all have had to park some place sketchy and maybe bent the rules but it doesn't excuse the fact that that CR driver is creating a potential hazard and breaking the law.

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If the CR England driver was stationary and is hit, it is the moving vehicle at fault.

Risk control is one thing, and I agree, the CR England driver should have had an alarm set to check to get into a proper parking spot. I've done that before.

But at the same time, if he's parking that late, he's going to /remain/ parked into the daylight hours when, barring some really specific regions, there is always room for a truck to park.

This is really making a mountain out of a molehill, especially because if there's room for trucks to pull out of the spots in front of the England driver, there's room for trucks to back into those spots.

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Keith I'll have to disagree with you on who would be at fault in the scenario that I proposed. The CR driver is illegally parked! There is no other way to look at it! Thus the CR Driver is a hazard and would be at Fault! I know that we have some members on the forum that are former law enforcement I would ask them how they would determine at fault in this scenario?

Chris I suggest you ask your safety folks how your company would address one of their drivers hitting the CRE truck. It’s likely a preventable.

Best advice when confronted with a situation like this... move on. That way there zero possibility of a close encounter with this truck.

Posted:  6 days, 9 hours ago

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In today's episode of "what makes people look down on truck drivers"

WTF ???

If you have to search far and wide for a justification for your actions and you arrived at anything other than "I did it right" you did it wrong. The rest is stink on the wind. That's the difference between a true professional and someone paying lip service. Again you do, you. You can settle for it and lie to yourself and everyone one else about how you're top tier. But you'll know your not.

You need to chill.

This is nothing...stop taking cheap shots at the experienced drivers in here. You are green... this is nothing the get all worked up about. Happens all the time.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Trucking Paper

Enjoyed it Keith. Really good!

Best of luck to you.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Just want to let you know I am hanging in there

Pulling for you Moe! Good luck!

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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OTR or Local/regional to start off?

Yes but it would be a Walmart route through SCI company

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Sounds like store deliveries. You might want to get that clarified. It’s far more challenging than you might think...

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That's exactly what I am thinking.. Store runs with potential back hauls to the DC from local vendors.Walmart uses many different 3d party carriers to move freight along with corporate drivers. Last time I checked Walmart corporate requires company drivers to have 5 years experience and clean MVR.

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I suggest you get more information, Ask them to describe a typical work day..,

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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The Effect Of Vehicle Weight On Stopping Distance

With the caveat that I'm not (yet) a truck driver, I've noticed a similar counterintuitive statement under the "combination vehicles" section..."You also must be very careful about driving "bobtail" tractors..Tests have shown that bobtails can be very hard to stop smoothly. It takes them longer to stop than a tractor-semitrailer loaded to maximum gross weight."

It seems like this is the same physics concept(s) at play here. Clearly the consensus is that friction/ traction trumps inertia. There must be some studies on this....

Driving a tractor without the trailer attached (Bobtail) is very tricky and indeed does require extra care when driving. They bounce around like a hard rubber ball...

So the statement in the manual is highly accurate.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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The Effect Of Vehicle Weight On Stopping Distance

Old School wrote:

My experience is opposite from what the CDL manual says. I can stop an empty truck in a shorter distance than I can a fully loaded one. I actually surprised myself once with an empty flatbed trailer. I had to get on the brakes hard and it came to a stop remarkably well. The ABS system kicked in and did it's job amazingly well. I was impressed by the way it all took place.

I am certain that statement in the manual was made before we had ABS brake systems on our tractors and trailers.

Same experience for me with empty dry vans and reefers.

However... add a bit of moisture to the road and it changes everything. Cannot emphasize that enough to newer drivers.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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The Effect Of Vehicle Weight On Stopping Distance

Thank you Errol.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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A cautionary tale about Wilson Logistics...

Bumping Old Schools reply... highly relevant!

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Some people on here don’t seem to understand that we have opinions and this happens to be mine!

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Nathan, it's obvious that you don't understand what it is we do here. We do our best to provide the truth for people who are trying to enter this industry. That's why we call it "Trucking Truth." Your "opinions" don't really mean anything because you don't really know anything about this business. Random opinions like yours are not helpful at all. We tried to help you understand how your experience is common. You had an issue that caught up with you. It's not a big deal, you just keep on trying. It looks like the truth that we shared with you turned out to be helpful. You got on with another carrier - Congratulations!

Stick with the truth Nathan. Don't go paying attention to random opinions. They are the worst thing for undermining your future trucking career. If you want some help, we are always available. We will help you understand things. We will tell you how it is, not how we think it should be. That kind of information is very helpful.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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OTR or Local/regional to start off?

Sounds like store deliveries. You might want to get that clarified. It’s far more challenging than you might think...

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Truck Stop Follies and Assorted Stupidity

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Maybe he'll be on here Monday, inquiring about companies that are hiring?

There is NEVER, EVER an excuse for dropping a trailer.

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Agreed, indeed.

THIS GUY however .. should NOW drop this trailer, in the lot he got it from, hahahaha!!

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Yah just can’t teach stupid... fortunately it’s not in the US.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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The Effect Of Vehicle Weight On Stopping Distance

Basic science and experience support Brett’s post.

An empty semi on a dry road will come to a complete stop faster than a loaded semi.

I hope Errol chines in and gives us a physics lesson on objects in motion and momentum.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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On Board with Knight Transportation, Squire School started 03/22/21

Deep breath. Enjoy the break. You’ll be up to your eyeballs soon enough!

Good luck and safe travels.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Swift walmart dedicated in Florida penny for your thoughts

I’ve been running Swift Walmart Dedicated in the Northeast for over 7 years.

$1200 per 6-day week is doable once you learn the account. Although the region in running out of is different; the operation is identical. Gotta hustle.

Let me know if you have any additional questions.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

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Spotted this old van at the Walmart HVDC #7047 this morning at my delivery in Fontana, CA

Now that got my attention! Thanks!

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