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Posted:  2 days, 13 hours ago

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Post Accident Training

I've been through the same thing at the same OC, and I agree with the above, I think you'll be ok. They will talk to you about how the accident happened and what you learned, then they'll have you write out what you plan to do to avoid it in the future. That also serves as a written warning. Then they may have you drive with a trainer so they can see if you have developed any bad habits and maybe will give you some extra training.

Posted:  2 days, 13 hours ago

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Questions About Scales

You did the right thing in that you had a doubt so you pulled in. But I'm familiar with that station, and the "all trucks must enter" flashing lights just mean that the station is open, so if your qualcomm told you to bypass, you could have bypassed.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Can a hauler cause this damage?

Looks like more than a thin coat of rust on the damaged part, seems like that would have had to happen some time ago.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Question in regards to the 8/70 clock

...Of course sleeper berth also works that way, so by "off duty" i meant either off duty or sleeper berth.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Question in regards to the 8/70 clock

When sitting at a customer site is it better to use off duty instead of on and is there any truth to what i was told? Going on the assumption I still have time on my 70 come day 9. Thanks.

Yes, if you set yourself off duty it will stop your 70 hour clock, which you normally want to do whenever possible. You probably do want to show some on duty time for pre trip, fueling, and doing what you have to do after you arrive and before you leave a shipper/receiver, so don't go overboard.

Posted:  1 month ago

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A fun little exercise for the rookies.

Are we still doing "rookies only"?

Posted:  1 month ago

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Hazardous material question

The paragraph in the manual before the one you quoted from says "Someone must always watch the vehicle when parked on a public roadway or shoulder.". And the paragraph you quoted has the title "Attending a Parked Vehicle". So I think the answer is that it only applies when you're parked on a public roadway, which you are only supposed to do "when necessary to do your work", whatever that means. Loading or unloading, I guess.

Posted:  2 months ago

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So you wanna go local.....

Hey Heavy C, thanks for posting that. As it happens, I currently work for another grocery store chain with a distribution center in Maine. We have a lot of stores in the Boston area, so for us the stores everyone really hates to go to are the ones where you have to back in off the street in traffic. I wanted to ask you if it was similar for you guys. If not, maybe I'm working for the wrong company!

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Joliet IL Weight trap ruined me financially

I did the math and got that he would have to have been in the neighborhood of 35,000 pounds over, which is possible of course if the road is posted for a 20T limit or less. I'm thinking g-town was calculating for over 80,000 at a weigh station.

Anyway, that's pretty rough, all I can say is don't let it drive you to make any bad life decisions. It's a lot of money alll at once but not really that much over time.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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How long did it take you to get good at backing?

I agree with what everyone said, it takes time and practice. I've been driving about 2 1/2 years and I had the benefit of working as a yard jockey for 3 months of it, and I'm still not as good as I'd like to be. But I did have someone teach me something once that kind of clicked with me and made me better. I don't even remember all tbe details, but in a nutshell, if you're coming in too close on the left (driver's side or sight side), then pull up to the left. That might seem wrong or counterintuitive, but what you're doing is angling the trailer more with respect to the space, and so when you start backing to align it with the space, it will go farther right before it gets parallel with the space. Similarly, if you're too far right, pull up straight, or straight away from the space. Anyway, I hope that makes some sense.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Sick of OTR and living in a truck

I know exactly how you feel. But as the saying goes, a change is as good as a rest, maybe try a different OTR company and something other than reefer. Like someone said above, a local job can be long hours, you may end up missing the days when you just had to park the truck and you were off duty. There are some jobs in between. I worked a "home every week" job for a couple years, and on my time off I either stayed in the truck or got a hotel room, so I needed a car but not an apartment.

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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New trucking career not looking good for me

About a month ago I watched a Western Express driver backing into a space, and when he got out I noticed he had two prosthetic legs. Also, it looked like he took over from the other driver who was having problems getting in to the narrow space, so it seemed he was a trainer. So Western might be another possibility if Schneider doesn't work out.

Posted:  7 months ago

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NYPD COP TOOK DOWN LICENSE PLATE NUMBER

I'd vote for HUT sticker, as a couple others mentioned above. Do you have one?

Posted:  7 months ago

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Trucking or College?

I agree with all of the above. There's nothing wrong with skipping college for a career in trucking if that's what makes you happy, but the opportunity to go to college can be valuable, so consider carefully before giving it up.

Here's an idea, maybe talk to your parents and tell them you want to take a year off to try it. If you love it, great. If not, maybe you'll be more focused on your course work when you return.

Someone else asked about your choice of major, is that an interest of yours? I think college can be difficult even for very smart people because it takes discipline. You need to learn things that you might not be interested in or that you think you'll never need, especially in your first years. But maybe you could change majors to something more related to the trucking industry. Then try driving and if some day you're tired of it, look to move to an office job.

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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CDL Grad got a call back from job, but unsure if he can do the job

If you want the job, talk to them and be honest about your skill level and your concerns. Most likely they are aware tnat they will need to train you and that it will take time for your skills to develop.

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Professional Driver Agency

That makes sense, I'm sure it's something like that. Thanks.

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Professional Driver Agency

Does anyone know anything about a place called Professional Driver Agency? I recently resigned from my driving job after 1 3/4 years due to personal and health reasons, and a few days later I got a call from someone at Professional Driver Agency saying I was on a "rehire" list of drivers who recently left the company I worked for, and he wanted to talk to me about why I left and what they could have done to keep me. Also, by coincidence last night I was cleaning up apps on my Android tablet and started the Driver Pulse app, and noticed that Professional; Driver Agency is listed as a company I applied to less than a week ago (which I'm sure isn't true).

So I'm wondering, how did they get information on me, are they somehow acting for my previous company or is this just a way of recruiting drivers? And can they create an application when I never applied?

Posted:  10 months, 3 weeks ago

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Hazmat endorsement

I have a Maine licence and I went to the location in Portsmouth NH. According to this page The Hazardous Materials Endorsement Threat Assessment Program you can go to any application center unless you live in Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia or Wisconsin, in which case you go to your state's DMV.

Posted:  12 months ago

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Cb radio ground issues mirror mount

Hey guys I'm having power reflection issues with my CB radio. Swr is 1 but power reflection is over 8. I have a firestik II, Wilson silver coax, and a cobra lx lcd radio. Cascadia 2018 mirror mount. Any ideas at all? Can I run a ground wire from the mount to the frame at all?

I'm not a CB expert or anything, but is that possible? My understanding is that the only way swr could be 1 is if there was almost 0 reflected power. How are you measuring reflected power, and what does the 8 mean?

Posted:  12 months ago

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Permit test tips for remembering PSI

Sounds like you got some good answers, but I'll add my 2 cents anyway: start with 2, if you have a combo add 1, if the brakes are applied add 1.

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