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Posted:  8 years, 2 months ago

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Truckers are (blanks)

I'm a trucker too, a class A cdl holder, and i must say, it's rare to find a nice trucker, but when i do, i relish the moment and thank my lucky stars. my overall experience with truckers is not good. most have come at me in a negative, narrow-minded, hateful, and/or judgmental way. that's just my experience that i am sharing. it's amazing to me i ever got my license cause i had to deal with so many dill-weeds to get it. happy trucking and i'm glad backing went so well for you. are you a class A cdl holder yet or are you in CDL school? just curious.

So I am just finishing my first week with my trainer and we have covered numerous miles. Today we were 200 miles from our final and we received a message from dispatch that our appointment time has been pushed back 48 hours.

My trainer instructed me to pull into the next TA and pull forward just passed the pumps, so I did as I was told.

He then looks at me with a huge grin and asks me "Guess what we get to do?" My first response was to get a shower to which he said no. Next response was eat to which he said no.

So at this point I was afraid to know what he had planned. He smiled again with a toothless smile and giggles like an evil schoolgirl and said the dreaded words "backing practice". I'm in no way a bad backer but honestly I need a lot of "practice" but I dread doing it in a truck stop with people watching.

Being it was only about 11 AM there were plenty of empty spots. We picked the back row and after screwing up my first three parking jobs with my trainer coaching me through them he had me pull around the row and instructed me to park between two trucks.

Oh crap what do you mean I can't park with two empty spots on the sides. He said good luck this is the real deal now. He said I was on my own for this one but he would spot me so I didn't hit anything expensive. He said if I could get it in without much trouble I could shut it down and go eat and shower.

He got out and about that time I seen three other drivers approaching and I was hoping they weren't mad. One of them had stopped his truck in the isle so I figured he was upset I was taking too long.

To my surprise they all wanted to watch and give me pointers. Next thing I knew I was on my fourth trip around the row and I had parked in about seven different spots.

One of the biggest things that helped was one of them put an orange marker about ten feet straight out from the drivers side line of the space I was attempting to get in. He said when the tandems hit that point crank the wheel and chase the trailer. To my surprise the trailer went straight in.

I was very appreciative that everyone wanted to help coach me and give me pointers. My preconceived notion that all drivers are rude and hateful was totally wrong.

Thanks guys.

Posted:  8 years, 2 months ago

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Flu and cold season starting

I'd contact the company you drive for or DOT for a list of approved meds, i hope you feel better real soon

Will taking Sudafed give you a false positive for Methamphetamine ? I have a bad sinus cold and my nose won't stop running. Can anyone recommend anything ? I test on Thursday 10/1 and want to schedule orientation asap

Posted:  8 years, 2 months ago

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Just thought I'd throw this out there

Thanks and happy trucking !

For all the Veteran drivers, Rookie drivers and those aspiring to join the ranks of Americas truck drivers. The weather is starting to change and along with it comes more rain, wet leaves on the road and the lovely snow and ice. Take your time, Be Safe and be patient.

Posted:  8 years, 2 months ago

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Western express

0h, nevermind i thought you were talking about cdl school, let us know about western express, i'm going to total transportation in mississippi, good luck to ya !

I got tired of waiting to go to is ..still 2 weeks away .. So im going to western express Start sunday.. Im very excited I know they dont have good reviews ..but I got a good feeling im going with my guts . All the reviews are very old

Posted:  8 years, 2 months ago

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Newbie question on MVR's...

Ask for that info from your recruiter at stevens, they should be able to tell you, but most trucking companies want a 3 year mvr from any state you've held a license in.

Posted:  8 years, 2 months ago

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Swift Vs. Prime: The Battle for Supremacy.

To contact a recruiter at prime, here's an email for my recruiter, she was really good.

babrown@driveforprime.com

the reason i went with prime is cause they pay you $200 per week while you are in CDL training i don't know who else is doing that.

i have no interest in getting any financial compensation for giving you this info, i am also not eligible for it since i do not drive for prime, but i trained there.

Posted:  8 years, 2 months ago

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Swift Vs. Prime: The Battle for Supremacy.

Hey i sent you a private message about prime that i hope will help you.

Sorry for the title I'm a video game nerd and the note does say make the subject memorable.smile.gif

Anyway, Can anyone give me a pro/con on Swift and Prime because all I can dig up is what I can find on the Company Sponsored Training section. and I'm kind of leaning toward Swift because they're the only ones to have a recruiter actually get back to me other than a single email. But on the same token My sister (whose father happens to be a trucker for FedEx, and is friends with at least 3 Truckers that I know of) told me Swift is a No no, which directly contradicts the Training review Here and everything else I've read so far. I really want to make a better life for my tiny family and working 13 hours a week at Kmart is not cutting it which has led me to Trucking Truth.

Posted:  8 years, 2 months ago

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Swift Vs. Prime: The Battle for Supremacy.

I gotta say prime - but to each his own

Posted:  8 years, 2 months ago

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3 or 4 psi loss on pre trip exam

In tennessee it's 3 psi with foot off the brake, and 4 psi with foot on the brake after initial air loss, consult your instructor or state manual

Posted:  8 years, 2 months ago

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Would any OTR company allow a dog in the rig?

I know for sure that prime and total transportation allows pets, and total does not require that you be married if you wanna take a significant other

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