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Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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What are the easiest tire chains to put on.

Hey Guys and Gals:

After having one hell of a wrestling match last night in freezing temperatures with the old rusty tire chains my company gave me I am going to the experts (you all!) and asking the question before investing the money: What are the easiest tire chains to install on tractor trailers? My old bones are still aching after last night so I know there's got to be an easier way than what I was doing and a better product than what I have.

Bad Bob

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Thanks to TruckeringTruth

I'm just re-posting something I did months ago and am doing again. Thank you Brett for creating this site for guys like me who are new (again for me) to trucking. This was a great way to get the knowledge necessary to easily get past any tests that I took in the schools and it prepared me for the lifestyle ahead as a trucker. What you do is invaluable. Thanks again. I have been working at May Trucking Company out of Pensacola Florida and doing really well. The future is looking good.

Bad Bob

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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About to start CRST CDL training in Jacksonville, any advice would be appreciated.

Hello Junior: I just dropped in here after months of not doing so because I have been so busy that I just haven't done it. Anyway, I was living in Jacksonville when I decided that enough was enough, with having my wages go down instead of up, and went back into truck driving after a 20 year gap.

I went through school at NTI at Green Cove Springs, Florida. I highly recommend them. I don't recommend Road Master for reasons you can find elsewhere. I now am working at May Trucking Company out of Pensacola Fl. I have been with them for 6 months and I am happy with them. To be sure, everyday is not wonderful because this is a hard job. But guess what, truck driving pays really well because you earn your pay. Don't expect it to be easy. Just grit your teeth and keep going and you'll do just fine. I am earning about twice what me and my wife were earning together and I have enabled her to retire. She's going to come out with me full time in April. Life is good.

About teaming, I am just not comfortable with living in close quarters with anybody but my wife so that was never an option for me. During training I just put up with the trainer and he put up with me and we got past it.

I do know of one company that puts their drivers straight out of school into their own truck alone after orientation. That's Watkins Shepard. I can't personally tell you how good they are because I haven't worked for them. But I have talked to a few of their drivers on the road and they are happy with them.

Anyway, this is a good profession where you can make great money. You can make great money because it is not easy. Some days are wonderful. I've seem some truly awesome scenery that reminds me of just how beautiful this country is. My wife Judi was with me this last time when we were seeing herds of deer migrating south in Montana. You gotta keep your eyes open because there were herds in the road. We also saw some stunning landscapes in Utah between Las Vegas and Denver that I never even knew were there. You'll see things that the people back home only read about or see on the travel channel.

Again, this is not an easy profession but saying that, the longer you're in it the easier it gets. Everything gets easier with repetition.

Good Luck. I'm sure you'll do great. Bad Bob

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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1st Time Run with May Trucking!

Congrats! I just went solo with May about 2 weeks ago. For a company that hires Rookies, they are pretty good. Good luck out there!

Hey 18 Wheels:

We both know already we could have chosen a whole lot worse. May is a good company. That's the plain truth.

Be Safe!

Bad Bob

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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1st Time Run with May Trucking!

Congrats Bob. Your in your way!

How do you and your wife like the Pensacola area? We are considering relocating and that is on the short list. Near the ocean and trucking terminals required.

Bleemus:

We really like the Pensacola area. You get all the big city amenities without some of the big city hassles. Now you do get rush hour traffic but it's nothing compared to the major cities. D.C. and Baltimore traffic was a nightmare. Jacksonville, FL. traffic could be a nightmare. But Pensacola you just get some slowed traffic at the predictable times of the day. You won't spend hours and hours stuck on the highway. People here seem really friendly compared to the major cities too. Maybe it's my imagination but it seems that way to me. You can sure choose a lot worse area to migrate to. About terminals, I really don't know. I know my terminal is here and that's all I'm really concerned with. Do the research obviously. The summers are hot and humid. (Bring sunscreen!) The winters are extremely mild. If you're from the north, you might be wearing shorts in January.

Take Care Be Safe Bad Bob

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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1st Time Run with May Trucking!

Good for you Bad Bob. Followed your posts from the very beginning, you definitely had a couple of hurdles to overcome. Awesome to see it through and that you made it to solo status. Best of luck for continued success.

Safe travels.

G-Town:

Thanks for the good words. I am an example of, you don't have to accept being treated like dirt to start over in a new career. Demand to be treated like a professional and you will be. I am definitely coming out of all this ahead. trucking isn't easy but then again, nothing worthwhile ever is. Keep on being safe!

Bad Bob

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Graduated Friday and Passed CDL A Test on Saturday.

Hey Bad Bob when you get a minute I sent you a message with some questions. Hope you don't mind. Stay safe out there!

Hey Am:

When I am out on the road my access to email is extremely limited. If you want to send the questions again I will be looking for them. But if it's after 5/20/16 then I may not get them. Sorry but I never got the questions.

Take Care

Be Safe

Bad Bob

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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1st Time Run with May Trucking!

Hey Guys and Gals:

It's been awhile since I've been on here because ... well I've been working my ass off.

I went through my training and have already been out for my 1st time as a solo with May Trucking Company out of Pensacola.

It's hard work but this is a good company to work for.

There's a lot of stuff that I forgot about that I am having to relearn.

That's alright.

Anyway, life is going good.

Anyone considering going to work for May Trucking Company I would definitely recommend them.

Everything I have seen has been good.

Take Care Be Safe. Bad Bob

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Graduated Friday and Passed CDL A Test on Saturday.

Hello Everybody:

This is just an update to everything that's been put over here:

Got back on Monday with my trainer. It was a good experience. Bradley is a good guy.

I polished my skills up and feel really confident about going out on my own tomorrow.

I do know that occasionally I will forget some of the company procedures even though we went over all of them, but that's bound to happen until everything is down to habit.

Yeah, life is good. Truck Driving is a good career.

Be Safe

Bad Bob

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Graduated Friday and Passed CDL A Test on Saturday.

Bad Bob

Do they do any testing in an automatic. That's what I took my test in. Drove a 10 speed manual last time driving but it's been several years. I'm sure the 13 speed would be no problem, but I hate to be testing the first time I drive one. Looks like I'll be starting on the 19th. Can't wait. Happy to hear it's going well and you like the company. That's a huge plus

Samthank-you.gifthank-you.gif

Hello Sam:

I don't know if they would test in an automatic. I do know they keep saying that soon everyone will have an automatic. Maybe talk to your recruiter about that. I was told that if you go out with a trainer that has an automatic then you will be issued an automatic truck right off the bat. I would love to get an auto- right off the bat but I will do whatever they want me to. I'm just rough at my shifting so an auto- would eliminate that. Of course I'm a little nervous about going with a trainer but the truth is I'm going to absorb everything from him that I can. Yeah, May does look like a great company. We could do a whole lot worse, that's for sure.

Take Care

Bad Bob

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Graduated Friday and Passed CDL A Test on Saturday.

BB

Took my driving test today and everything went great. Looks like I'll try to get to orientation about the middle of next month. How did it go for you today. Any feedback about the process would be appreciated Good luck and safe driving

Sam

Congrats. Will be there myself in about 4 weeks! I hope...

Hey Sam & Dixie:

Orientation is going great. The skills test (backing) was no problem. The road test, was no problem. (I consider my shifting to be really rough.) Mostly it's just paperwork and watching some safety videos. The people here are really nice and supportive. I'm not sure why but I seem to have a bit of a case of nerves anytime I do any testing for driving. Here (at May) he was just like, "Don't worry about it. You're just getting your feet wet. You'll be past that in no time and you'll do great." I really do believe this is going to be a great company to work for. Since me and my wife are setting up a new apartment in Pensacola I won't be going out with a trainer until at least Monday. That's at my request. This company does try to work with their drivers as much as they can. I'm just going to work as hard as I can, do the job as well as I can and I have no doubt I will do well here. Yes, this is a good place to be.

Take Care Be Safe Bad Bob

Posted:  3 years, 5 months ago

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Graduated Friday and Passed CDL A Test on Saturday.

Congratulations! I to just passed my test. I don't know how, but I did. I was a bundle of nerves. Good Luck and maybe I will see you on the road.

Hello Lynn:

A big CONGRATULATIONS!!! goes out to you. You deserve it. Getting into the trucking profession is a whole lot harder than it was the first time I did it around 28 years ago. You have every right to feel proud of the accomplishment of getting your CDL 'A'. You have proven that you have the skills to be a professional driver of some of the largest vehicles on the road. Now, go gettem!!!

Have a Great Day!

Bad Bob

Posted:  3 years, 5 months ago

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Graduated Friday and Passed CDL A Test on Saturday.

BB

I'd like to find out about the books you wrote. I'm a big reader so I may want to read them. Talked to Zena today and she sent me the info on what to bring to orientation. I'm hoping to go about the third week of April if all goes well. Do you know when you will be starting. Would be nice if it was about the same time. I am really pumped about going back over the road. Last time I hit 42 states and really enjoyed it.

Take care and be safe Samgood-luck.gif

Good Morning Sam:

I'll send you a private message with a link to the Amazon page that lists all of them. What I write is not for the faint of heart. That's it about the books for now. I start orientation on Tuesday the 29th. Me and my wife are now in a Pensacola hotel relatively close to the terminal. We stopped in and met the people there. They seem like a laid back bunch and I really like that. If you go to work for them we probably will meet up after awhile. Yeah, I do think this is going to be a very good move. Have a great day.

Bad Bob

Posted:  3 years, 5 months ago

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Graduated Friday and Passed CDL A Test on Saturday.

Congrats Bad Bob! I am in Jacksonville thinking about the NTI in Orange Park or the Green Cove location. I've been told great things about both. How are the instructors at the Green Cove location?

Hello Amber:

I have no complaints at all about the Instructors at NTI. That being said, it was not easy. The hours are long and you'll have to absorb a whole lot of information as well as getting down the backing and shifting real quick. It's not easy but you can do it. Take a look at the two training diaries I did. Both start with "56 and Starting over." I won't name the first school except in private messages because they did refund my money. The second was NTI. So I do know the difference between good and bad schools. Yes, I would highly recommend National Training inc. Truck Driving School. Also, definitely do The High Road Online CDL Training Program that is offered for free at this website. By the time you are done you will be extremely prepared to pass any tests that come up in school and you'll breeze through all the tests you need to take to get your driving permit. I wish you good luck. Truck Driving is a career that demands a strong will and perseverance. Chase your dreams and never give up and you cannot fail.

Sincerely

Bad Bob

Posted:  3 years, 5 months ago

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Graduated Friday and Passed CDL A Test on Saturday.

Sam:

I forgot to say that Jolene is the lady who's been taking care of everything for me. I think she's from out west. Not exactly sure which office. She's really good. I am looking forward to this.

Bad Bob

Posted:  3 years, 5 months ago

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Graduated Friday and Passed CDL A Test on Saturday.

Bob,

I think we made a good choice. Who are you talking to in the recruiting department? I've talked to Zena out west and Darlene in Pensacola and they have both been really helpful. I got back behind the wheel on Saturday, my first time since 2007 and the feeling was great. Drove the course I will get tested on a few times and I really feel confident. So glad that I remembered so much. Just need to shine up my backing and parallel park and I'm ready to go. Hopefully I'll drive good enough to not have to be with a trainer for too long, but I'll do that for as long as they want until they let me go solo. Best of luck to you and be safe. Hope to see you at the terminal or out on the road. Looking forward to meeting you.

Hello Sam:

Yeah, I'm taking the attitude that I'm going to do whatever I need to do to get this career back off the ground. From everything I've heard May is a great company so I am very excited about all of this. Whatever needs to be done shall be done. That's all there is to it. I look forward to meeting you sometime around Pensacola. Be safe out there!

Take Care Have Fun Bad Bob

Posted:  3 years, 5 months ago

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On the Job Search. Thinking about May Trucking.

Hello 18 Wheels:

First, a big CONGRATULATIONS! I passed my test on Saturday. So I know you are excited.

I am in the process of going through all the background checks to go to work for May Trucking Company. I researched them thoroughly and they seem to be a great company. I'll be starting in the Pensacola terminal. Don't have a date as yet. When I passed my CDL A test last Saturday the tester asked me who I was going with. When I said it was May out of Pensacola he lit up and said, "They are a very good company." Anyway, they have the qualities I want to stay with a company until I am ready to retire. What I like is that they have a guaranteed pay per week program. You get a minimum salary per week and if you go over that with your mileage you get paid more. When I was trucking before there were a few times I when I got laid over and didn't get paid for it. I had a truck tear the front off my truck when I was parked at a truck stop. That took around 3 weeks to get fixed and I didn't get paid for that time. With May, that can't happen. Everything I've heard about them is good.

Bad Bob

Posted:  3 years, 5 months ago

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Graduated Friday and Passed CDL A Test on Saturday.

Congrats Bob on your "one and done." Huge feeling of relief? Get ready for some more struggles and hurdles out on the road lol. You going OTR, local, line haul? Best of luck and be safe.

Hey Steve:

Forgot to reply the the "Huge feeling of relief?" HELL YEAH!!! I was hardly sleeping and not eating a whole lot because I was so tense. The last few days I've been sleeping good and eating so much I better slow down or it will be Round Bob. Yes, I am relaxing. I am ready for the next step in this.

Bad Bob

Posted:  3 years, 5 months ago

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Graduated Friday and Passed CDL A Test on Saturday.

Hey Bad Bob - I'll be getting my CDL here in Texas at the end of the month and will be going to May around the middle of next month. I'm 67 now so I'm really feeling old to be getting back into OTR. I drove OTR around 10 years ago but had to stop due to a family emergency and I didn't think I ever would go back but things have worked out so that I can. Are you going to the Pensacola terminal? I have to say that I did a lot of research in trying to find a company that I felt comfortable with and May seems like the right one. Everyone I have talked to there has been helpful and nice. Good luck and hope to see you there in the near future. Please keep us filled in on how it goes as you go thru orientation, etc. It will give me an idea of what to expect. Be safe.

Hey Sam:

They are still doing the background check but since there is nothing bad to find I expect to go with May. Yes, I will be out of the Pensacola terminal. Right after I passed the tester asked me who I was going with and when I said he replied that they are a great company. He knows people who work for them and they love the company. Knowledge is power and I did a whole lot of research. May just seemed to be perfect for what I wanted. Maybe we will meet in Pensacola. I haven't been in that area for over 30 years but it was really nice back then. Good luck with everything. Since you are a veteran of the highway you'll do great!

Bad Bob

Posted:  3 years, 5 months ago

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Graduated Friday and Passed CDL A Test on Saturday.

Thanks Scott & Steve:

Expecting to go over the road with May Trucking Company. I did extensive research about them and they offer exactly what I want. I am looking forward to this.

Take Care Bad Bob

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