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Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Oh well

That sucks. I hate salespeople with bad attitudes. You might have better luck at another dealership though, especially if you can find a good used truck dealer, because they figure there's a much higher chance of you possibly buying a discounted used truck from them if you decide to try being an Owner/Operator.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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When you go out with your trainer (sleeping situation)

With a sleeping bag, if you don't like feeling "cocooned" there is an easy fix for that.. unzip the sleeping bag. You can even lay it out flat and just sleep on top of it, using the blanket of your choice.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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When you go out with your trainer (sleeping situation)

C.S. is right. Once you have your CDL, you'll almost certainly be running as a team with your trainer. You're just going to have to get over your fear of cooties and hot-swap the bottom bunk (with your own bedding of course). There are many situations that require sleeping in places others sleep as well, not only hotels but anytime you're staying at a friend's house, or if you're in any branch of the military chances are good that you'll sleep somewhere that someone else has slept many times. Its not a big deal as long as you've got your own pillow. Its just a soft spot to catch some Z's before your next shift after all.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Are Emotional Support Dogs Allowed In Trucking?

Again, there are plenty of trucking companies that DO allow dogs, whether service animals or just the family pet. You just might have to look into other companies instead of Swift. I'm in the same situation myself, I have a large dog that is like my kid and I will only consider driving for companies that allow me to bring my dog with me. There are plenty of options in companies that do allow dogs, fortunately. :)

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Vegan Trucker.

As a former vegetarian of several years turned back to meat-eating, I won't try to pass judgement in any way or tell you what you're doing is right or wrong. I think that's up to every individual to decide, and you should live your life whatever way makes you happy as long as you aren't stepping on other people's rights to do so. I personally love animals but at the same time I realize that many animals eat other animals in the wild, there is a relationship between prey species and predators which is part of any healthy ecosystem, and I view the consuming of prey animals as a natural and normal thing to do as part of earth's food chain. I do believe large commercial animal farms leave much to be desired in their handling and treatment of the animals however. Honestly large commercial vegetable/agricultural farms are pretty terrible too. The world is far from a perfect place. That being said...

In response to your concerns about vegan food in the trucking world, I would NOT expect any trucking company to provide a balanced vegan meal option to you during training. If they provide food at all, they will almost certainly provide one set meal for everyone, which will undoubtedly contain meat and/or dairy, and if you have different dietary needs it will be on you to bring your own food. There might be some exceptions, but I certainly wouldn't count on it. I would suggest bringing several days worth of non-refrigerated ready to eat vegan food items, just in case, as well as money to purchase more food when you get the chance.

When actually out on the road, it shouldn't be that hard to find something you can eat in most truck stops, especially if you're already used to finding vegan food choices wherever you go in your day to day life, but you'll probably mostly be buying groceries and cooking in the truck rather than eating out in the restaurants. You should pretty much always be able to find something, though.

Good luck and drive safe! :)

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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New E-log Rules

With e-logs becoming a federal requirement, I'm sure once it goes into effect you will not be able to legally drive without your e-log system operational. If it is "on the fritz" or "broken down" you will be forced to stay put until you get it repaired or else face a ticket from the DOT, just like it is for any other piece of required safety equipment on the truck.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Smoking in the cab

I don't smoke and don't do well in an enclosed space with someone smoking, but I have no problems at all with someone who vapes around me (uses an electronic vapor cig) as it is essentially steam with nicotine, and it doesn't have the same noxious/nauseating effect as cigarette smoke. If I was training with a smoker I'd politely ask them if they could smoke outside the truck and I'd possibly even consider buying them a vaping setup if they would use it in the truck instead of smoking regular cigs. I would highly recommend looking into switching to vaping if you're a smoker anyway, as its much better for you and still gives you the nicotine and the sensation and action of smoking. If you're a trainer, you might also be able to get more non-smokers on your truck if you're vaping, versus not being able to with smoking regular cigarettes.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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What's so bad about the Northeast anyway?

The main problem with driving a big rig in the northeast is that all the cities and roads were designed and built way before the invention of the modern semi truck and trailer, or in many cases even before the automobile. so as a result, the streets and turns and clearances are much, much tighter than they are in other parts of the country where the road system was developed and built later to ease traffic congestion. There are many places in the northeast where a truck and trailer simply will not fit. And finding the places where it will fit, or getting it to fit where you need to go, can be a very big challenge.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Sharing a hotel room during orientation

I guess it depends on the type of person. Some people can't stand anyone in their personal space and are extremely concerned with privacy, other people enjoy backpacking through europe or another foreign land while staying in hostels sleeping in a bunk with 10 other traveling strangers in the same room. Although there are exceptions, generally speaking I have no problem sharing a room with someone I just met, as long as they're friendly like myself. I think situations like that can be very positive experiences, allowing you to meet and make friends with people that you might have never approached otherwise.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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There are no intelegent life forms born North or East of California........Yeah I said it!!!

Oh I forgot to add, I'd also really prefer to live in a state that hasn't run out of drinking water. lol

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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There are no intelegent life forms born North or East of California........Yeah I said it!!!

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Sorry my pretentious Californian alarm just started going off and it won't turn off. Probably one too many Prius drivers running around hotboxing on their own farts on the way to Ikea. lol rofl-3.gif

East coast here, Columbia, SC to be exact, but I was born and raised in Dallas, TX. I do not, however, own a cowboy hat.

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I'm not sure if you are aware or not, but you just described one of my favorite "South Park" episodes.

If this is true, just the apparent respect for "South Park", will allow me to grant you a fellowship in the Great Nation, That Is California.

Welcome in, my brother trucker. rofl-1.gif

That's actually what I was going for. I was thinking about the South Park episode when I wrote it. I was hoping someone would catch on lol.

I actually do love parts of California for a visit anyway, I just don't want to live there. Mostly because its way overpriced and overcrowded for me, and I'm a gearhead car enthusiast and Cali is bad for us with all their super restrictive modification and emissions laws (and crappy 91 octane premium lol). Also as others stated I like to live in states that offer me as much personal freedom as possible, and Cali is kinda the opposite of that. They seem to have a regulation or ordinance about everything. Its a beautiful state, just not where I want to call home personally.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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There are no intelegent life forms born North or East of California........Yeah I said it!!!

Sorry my pretentious Californian alarm just started going off and it won't turn off. Probably one too many Prius drivers running around hotboxing on their own farts on the way to Ikea. lol rofl-3.gif

East coast here, Columbia, SC to be exact, but I was born and raised in Dallas, TX. I do not, however, own a cowboy hat.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Be Careful - Happy Thanksgiving

Potentially Deadly Prank Strands Trucker During Thanksgiving Holiday

That is terrible and I agree we need to be careful and stay safe out there. Part of doing that is maintaining proper following distance so that you can avoid an accident if someone suddenly stops in front of you or hits something. If the driver mentioned in the article had kept his distance, he wouldn't have wrecked and he would be home with his family today. Let it be a lesson to all drivers, we must do everything we can to maintain road safety at all times. Don't get lazy or complacent. Lives are in your hands, and not just your own.

Happy turkey day everybody! :)

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Bungy cords can be dangers

Something that I have kept in my medical supplies for many years now, and has proven itself highly useful time and time again, is Australian Tea Tree (Ti Tree) oil. Get the 100% pure medical grade essential oil, and make sure the bottle says it is pure essential oil from Melaleuca Alternifolia (its latin name). Its a bit pricey, but it works very well for many things.

Tea tree oil is a strong antiseptic and antibiotic, a mild anesthetic, anti-fungal, antimicrobial, and has a pleasantly clean, bright, woodsy, masculine smell. It has an almost cedar and mint-like quality to it but definitely its own unique scent. It is safe to use at full strength directly on minor cuts, scrapes, insect bites, rashes, etc. It doesn't sting unlike alcohol, its good for skin problems, and it also helps remove necrotic (dead) tissue and promote healthy tissue regrowth on a wound. It also has an amazing ability to rapidly heal insect bites and stings, when I use it on itchy red raised bites after getting bit or stung by mosquitos or chiggers or fire ants and things of that sort, the bites are usually completely gone within a few hours after application of the Tea Tree oil.

I use it as a natural alternative to antibiotic ointment like Neosporin in many cases, and I feel it works better. I still keep antibiotic ointment in my supplies too however, as the ointment is better for deep cuts and lacerations. Tea tree is mainly good for minor surface wounds and skin irritations.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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First autonomous commercial trick

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Weather App of choice?

I've been using the AccuWeather app for a while now and I like it pretty well. I like that it has detailed current conditions right now, as well as a "minutecast" forecast of the next 120 mins, hourly forecast for the next 24 hours, as well as daily forecast for the next two weeks, and maps, video forecasts, weather news and severe weather alerts. It can be set to always follow your GPS location and display weather for wherever you are or wherever you're going. Its a pretty full featured weather app.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Truck Drivers Make Thanksgiving Possible

Very true, the stores would be empty without truck drivers, which means no food for most folks (except people like Brett who raise their own lol)! Link at the end of your post is missing though.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

Worked in retail sales and management, new car and truck sales, worked my way up in the restaurant business for many years doing nearly every job (dishwasher, delivery driver, server, cook, kitchen expediter, bartender, shift manager, general manager), warehouse work (hand loading/unloading tractor trailers on the docks all day), landscaping, waterscaping, automotive repair, IT/computer technician, automotive pinstriping, new home finishing work (installing fixtures, shelving, mirrors, blinds, etc.), and customer service/sales at a vaping (e-cig) shop.

I am not afraid of hard work, I crave adventure and changes of scenery, I always enjoyed traveling and driving and especially anytime I got paid to drive for some aspect of my job, so I figured getting paid to drive a truck all over the country would be fun! :)

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Trucker Paralyzed By Accident While Unhitching Trailer

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Werner gives you one with your tool kit, it stays with you from truck to truck, when you quit, you turn it back in with the tool kit

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What else is included in the tool kit?

This is of interest to me as well, as I am strongly considering driving for Werner soon.

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