Profile For Scott L.

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    IA

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    6 years, 7 months ago

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Posted:  6 years ago

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Trucker Tracker In Beta - Try It Out!

Pretty awesome Brett! Now we need a program that will live update our locations. Then we can watch everybody crawling around the country. : )

Posted:  6 years ago

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New Truck Driver Career Decisions

I've been with Roehl since April, and went through their RDTC. It's a great school. You guys will love the training you get there. I think Roehl is a fantastic starter company. I'm on the van national fleet and making pretty solid money. Good luck!

Posted:  6 years ago

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Considering career change......(yes another one)

True, but last I checked you guys didnt start out at .28cpm like the average driver coming into trucking. The pay is much less if you don't go into a specialized division. The pay grade for tankers is much more than refrigerated.

Still, the average pay for the first year is 31-35K. Sure there's positions that you'll make more but with that post I was referring to the general population.

I started out at 32 cpm, and I pull van on the National fleet. Nothing specialized. I'm at 34 cpm now, but just received that extra 2 cents a few weeks ago. I think 31-35K is a total rip off if people are really making that. Heck you can work locally in a lot of factories and make that and sometimes more.

Posted:  6 years ago

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Are state tests open book?

As the subject says, open book policy?

For Permit, Endorsements?

I've just been studying every day, and I'm prepping for Friday to sit at the WI-DMV. I'm not worried about passing, just curious if something out of the ordinary may pop up.

Nope. Multiple choice. If you've been studying you'll have no problems..

Posted:  6 years ago

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Considering career change......(yes another one)

Honestly. You're not going to make 40k even if you team drive. You'll most likely hit 40K on your second year but definitely not the first year. You'll be between 31-34k.

You have a son and a wife. You'll want to see them every chance you get so I'm assuming you'll want to take your hometime every month. This will make it even more impossible.

It sounds like you got a good head on your shoulders but you won't make 40K that's a fact.

Also, where in CA are you?

I'm going to have to disagree with this. I work for a large carrier, and I routinely gross right around $1,000 a week. And I'm home every 2 to 3 weeks for 4 days or so. I've only been doing this for 5 months. The trick is to work hard, always be on time, and be VERY efficient with your time. Oh and by the way, that's on e-logs. There is money to be made out here and you can make a great living right away, you just have to learn the tricks how to get it done.

Posted:  6 years ago

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Tractor Amenities

I have in my truck a satellite radio (couldn't live without it), tv, 12v cooler, and internet. I supplied all of that on my own, but it makes life out here so much easier. For instance today I have to sit all day waiting for a relay load to get down here, so I'll just watch college football all day.

Posted:  6 years ago

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OTR - Sundays & Church

There are traveling chapels at the truck stops I've been to. You shouldn't have any problems attending service. Just go off duty for an hour or so and go.

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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New Truck:(

I drive the T660 also. It takes some getting used to for sure. I like mine now. The cab is small yes, but there's so much room in the sleeper area compared to other trucks I've been in. At first I wanted something different too. Give her a month or two and you'll want to keep her. ; )

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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CDL Training (Roehl Specifically)

I went through Roehl's school. If you agree to drive 120,000 miles for them, (approx 1 yr), they'll cover the costs of school. Only thing you'll have to come up with is lodging ($400), and license fees. Meals. I'd apply right away because it takes a few weeks to go through the application process and get registered in school. I'd highly recommend them. Their training is fantastic. Make sure you go through Brett's High Road Training Program. I did and was very prepared going to the school. Makes a huge difference.

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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Electronic Logs

Yep that's true. Lots of guys won't work at companies with e-logs. What I do is I constantly try to get my load off early. If I have an 8pm appt, I try to get it there and unloaded as early as I can, which or course means I'm available sooner for another load. A lot of guys will sit around at a truck stop until 7:30, then unload, but then they complain they aren't making any money. As far as my 30 min break, I usually try to take it at a shipper. That's about all you can do.

Posted:  6 years, 4 months ago

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About gps...and use map..

I have the Rand 720 and I love it. I always use it in conjunction with the QualComm though. And if there's any conflicting info, I always refer to the QC. I'd say 90% of the time they match up however. What I love about my Rand is when I'm getting close to shutting down for the day, I can find all the truck stops along my route, or rest areas without any problems.

Posted:  6 years, 4 months ago

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Doubts about driving

My buddy who's driven for nearly 20 yrs told me I was crazy when I wanted to give it a go too. I love the job itself. Being out of the open road and wondering where you'll go next is fun. It's like one big adventure. That said, there definitely are down sides as there are with any job. Being away from home definitely takes an adjustment. My kids are older, but I couldn't imagine doing this if I had little kids. The other thing that bothers me is I can't stay in shape like I was before I got into this. I sprinkle runs in every now and then, but it's so dang hard to eat decent out here. If I could improve those two things, I could see myself doing this job for a long time. As it is, after my one year I'll be looking for a gig that gets me home weekends at least.

Posted:  6 years, 4 months ago

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How do you keep cool?

Great subject. I would also like to hear what current drivers have to say. I am going with Roehl and not sure about company policy.

I'm with Roehl and most of our trucks have an EPU or APU so you don't have to idol. They are a bit more loose with the policy in temps like that. I have an Kenworth that doesn't have either an EPU or APU, so I have to idol to keep cool.

Posted:  6 years, 4 months ago

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Hello TT! It's been awhile, but this amazing thing happened...

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That's awesome Julia! Fellow Roehl driver here too. I love it here. I'm on the national fleet and would like to be home a bit more in the future, but this works for now. Great company!

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Thanks Scott!

My main terminal is Gary, so I'm there a lot. What's your truck number? I'll try and keep an out for you.

#4839. Sitting in Gary right now. I'm sure I'll run into you at some point. I have one of like 12 Kenworth's in the company. Easy to spot..

Posted:  6 years, 4 months ago

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Hello TT! It's been awhile, but this amazing thing happened...

Great to hear from you. Thanks for your encouragement a while back. Wondered about you glade things are good for you. I'm also enjoying the 7/7, felt like it took a bit to get here, but it has been worth it! Say hi when ur in Gary, I know I get there a lot - truck 8012 -Steve

I'm sitting in Gary right now actually. Truck #4839 if you all ever see me say hi!

Posted:  6 years, 4 months ago

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How does your pre-trip go in the industry?

Make that 3.5 hrs a week. My math was fuzzy there.

Posted:  6 years, 4 months ago

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How does your pre-trip go in the industry?

You can log 30 mins if you want, but that also means you'll lose an additional 7 hours a week on your 70 to pre and post trips. You'll quickly learn how valuable that time is. I don't even log 15 mins, but I'm on e-logs so I can go min by min.

Posted:  6 years, 4 months ago

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Hello TT! It's been awhile, but this amazing thing happened...

That's awesome Julia! Fellow Roehl driver here too. I love it here. I'm on the national fleet and would like to be home a bit more in the future, but this works for now. Great company!

Posted:  6 years, 4 months ago

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DOT Drug Testing: Urinalysis or Hair Follicle?

Roehl does both..

Posted:  6 years, 4 months ago

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Making appointments

The problem is my regular dispatcher knew way ahead of time, but weekend dispatch sent me on a run too far from home. I probably could have called in and tried to get out of it, but thought I could make it back. I don't think weekend dispatch is aware of appointments or if they are they don't really care.

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