Profile For Joshua R.

Joshua R.'s Info

  • Location:
    Graham, WA

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    4 years, 3 months ago

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Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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It been a minute

Well, it has been a little while since i posted. Little update i have been solo for 2 months now and i am lovin it, the life anyway lol not my paychecks hahaha but hey i knew comin in and just starting i would not make much. Im not as scared about driving through the mountains anymore if anyone remembers my last predicament. Ice and snow still worry me though. Im getting alot better at the job but still have alot to learn. Im having fun. I love seeing new places all the time. I like my company, interstate distrubutor is treating me well and im averaging 2500 miles a week, that will pick up the faster i get at this. I hope to continue the path im on and will keep yall updated :)

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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My Trainer is a great guy

So I got off home time and we started back up. We drove a load that took us to springfield oregon. Took awhile and it was dark when we picked up our next. I thought I was fine to drive longer and it was my first time really driving at night. Well I was starting to get tired and I let him know. It was due to staying up late on home time with my son trying to keep him from crying. No questions were asked, no complaining and nobody got mad. He took over driving and got us another 2 hours down the road. Glad he did and he praised me for not pushing through and letting him know. I will be driving in the morn and am excited.

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Downshifting trouble

Ok so training has been going great, been practicing backing gor the past couple of days and working out minor kinks on my setup. Our 10 speed truck broke down so we switched to annother truck that is an 8 speed. I was doing great shifting, i can float up and down just fine with the 10 speed. We drove the 8 speed today and i can float up but i am having a difficult time downshifting with floating and clutch. Im not bringing it to the proper speed before shifting i believe. With the ten speed all i did was add the numbers to know the gear like i knew i had to be under 35 mph for 8th 25 for 7th 15 6th and so on. Now its quite different lol any tips? Its mainly downshifting in traffic or to a light. Hills i use rpm and when its getting low rpm i shift to keep it high...

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Just lovin it

So I havent posted in a min as some of yall may know I am out with my trainer. We got off to a great start and have alot of similarities. He is training me quite well and I am doing really good so he says. I have driven and nothin but compliments so thats awesome. Just watched him drive through the mountains and I am excited to try it myself. I love this job so far.

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Pro or Con? Advice please

Ever looked into Interstate Distributor?

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Orientation/physical monday

Well, just passed my physical. Dont know why I was so worried lol.126/76 hahaha next step road test after lunch. Cant wait.

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Orientation/physical monday

Yea, I wish I could stop worrying lol. I have alot riding on this. I have been struggling hard since getting out of the military and my family is counting on this job in order to not me homeless in the very near future.

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Orientation/physical monday

Cant wait!!! Have orientation on monday but I am a tad worried about my physical, I want to get my career started already and I dont want to fail. I have a 2 yr card from school with long form but of course you have to take the company one. Not worried about BMI mine is 33 or so. Been working out all week but I am worried about my BP. It keeps fluctuating between 135/86 and 142/94. I know the first is passing and the second qualifies for DOT 1 yr card. Hoping they dont boot me from orientation if I only qualify for a 1 yr card ugh. This will be my first company physical and Im not sure how it works. Its with Interstate Distributor if that helps.

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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I have decided

Well, I made my final decision today and there is no turning back. Monday I am set for orientation with Interstate. I am excited and I cant wait to get back behind the wheel.

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Starting again... Finally

Ha. I gotta learn how to do them dang emotes.

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Starting again... Finally

Well, after getting started on the wrong foot with a local company and getting terminated for.... Im still confused as to why. Then waiting for a good bit for said company to send employment verification. I am finally going to start this trucking career. Well as long as orientation and 5 weeks of training go well. Headed down to dallas soon to begin on Sunday with Stevens Transport. Excited.

Posted:  3 years, 12 months ago

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Employment Verification

Just an update. So now I have applied to 3 companies. Stevens, CR England and Interstate. Just waiting on employment verification. Problem now is, the company I was with is not replying and it is holding me up. The recruiter from Stevens let me know she sent the for twice now. This is keeping me from a job and causing an issue. What do I do now? Drive over there my damn self and get it? I want to get back to driving.

Posted:  4 years ago

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Terminated

Remember how I made the wise decision of not going to boise? Well... Just got fired for it lol what a crock

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Here's the thread where this was discussed:

I'm a tad nervous

Posted:  4 years ago

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Tad nervous

Yea, I may be lookin for new company. My dispatcher was mad when i told him in the office. Said "ok, I guess whenever it snows here or bad weather I will give you the day off" I told him its not the snow. Its the factt that im inexperienced, its mountains, and snow and ice. I asked him if he could just send me with an experienced driver. Just at least 1 time. After that I would be fine, I learn quick no problem. But he told me he will never send 2 drivers on an overnight. So its obvious I wont get the training and I know the same problem will arise in the future.

Posted:  4 years ago

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Tad nervous

Well, i made my decision after all of yalls adivice, and speaking with my grandpa who has driven most his life and my dad who currently drives I am not gonna do it. Unless they send me with an experienced driver and he drives through the mountains and I take over after I will not go. I may also be rethinking my company choice... If they are willing to try to get me to go like that, what else will they do? Your correct, it is irresponsible. Its down right stupid. Thank you all. This forum is great. Helped me stop and not make a dumb decision. As my dad said "the blue mountains in the winter with no training???!! Are you fricken stupid son!!! Hell no" lol

Posted:  4 years ago

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Tad nervous

Yes g town this will be a first for me. I will heed your advice, I do that anyway lol. I drive normally around 55-60 mph sometimes 50 depending on weather. I try to be really safe, I stay a good wase away from the people in front of me. Trucks are always passin me lol. Im more worried about the varios downgrades through eastern washington and oregon. Going up im not worried. I just know that i dont want to screw up selecting the proper gear for the downgrades as i am not sure about using the jake in rainy/snowy weather and I dont want to burn up my brakes.

Posted:  4 years ago

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Tad nervous

From were i am in washington to boise is not really across the country. I have driven to boise multiple times in my pickup in the winter as i have family there. Just never in a combo vehicle like this. So I know the route really well. Also there will be 2 other drivers with thier trucks with me, 1 a prior cdl instructor and another really experienced guy. So not completely alone just nobody sittin next to me lol. Its just that 1 pass im nervouse about.

Posted:  4 years ago

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Tad nervous

So, I am still really new to driving and went local/some linehaul right out of school. Because of that I drive solo right away and never had a trainer. Sunday i will be driving from washington to boise idaho and I am a bit nervous. I have never driven a big rig before a couple months ago (month of school and month with my current company) let alone through the mountains than snow, alone lol.... Any advice from the more experienced?

Posted:  4 years ago

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Taking a shower on the road

Baby wipes work wonders. Im prior military and a guy so that may not work for some of you. I got used to it during deployment in Afghanistan and field excersises in the US for weeks at a time. As an infantryman I didnt have the luxury of showers all the time so its not a big deal if I shower once every 2 or 3 days although 3 days is pushin it lol. I would use sented baby wipes or take a wet cloth with soap on it and wipe myself down. Then a wet cloth with no soap and then towel myself down and feel quite nice. Thats just me though and my opinion.

Posted:  4 years ago

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Smoking in the cab

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There's no actual rule as long as the passenger is over 18 years of age. It's just a crappy job on your CDL training company to team you up with a trainer that smokes/doesn't smoke like you.

Honestly, a lot of truckers smoke (more than not it seems) so it's a difficult job and sometimes it just can't be helped. Now if that's the worst thing your trainer does than you might be lucky.

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Smoking is a nasty, disgusting habit and non-smoking students should not have to tolerate trainers who smoke. Smokers are literally a dying breed, get with the 21st century! There are a lot of employers that perform nicotine testing and will not hire anyone who tests positive...

Yea... Good luck with all that nonsense.

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