Profile For Bolt

Bolt's Info

  • Location:
    AR

  • Driving Status:
    Preparing For School

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 11 months ago

Bolt's Bio

I have spent almost 30 years in the construction industry. I have finally gotten tired of the construction life and am going to fulfill my life long dream of becoming a truck driver. My love of trucks began at a very early age has continued through my adult life. Maybe I have a romantic view of trucking, but hey we will see. I do live in Arkansas and have for the last 22 years. I grew up in Oklahoma just about 35 miles from where live now. Though construction I have traveled and understand the nomadic lifestyle of the trucker.

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Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Question for Old School

Thanks for your reply. I assumed there needed to be some creativity involved. I believe I have also read where one could move his or her load a certain distance or under a certain mph and not have to log in. My goal is to master the HOS and attain the level of performance and professionalism of yourself and the many other regular contributors/moderators on here.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Question for Old School

I have gone through the high road training program and am now going back through the HOS module. I read in one of your posts where you slept at a receiver and another driver did not. You were first in line to unload and were able to unload off the clock while he had to burn several hours of clock time waiting on you to unload. I am going into flatbed and have a lot of experience around flatbeds being in the construction industry, so my question is: how were you able to unstrap and move into an unload position without going on the clock? As I study the HOS module I may answer my own question. There have been many times when I would show up on site and drivers were already there waiting. Most of the time I have move them a few hundred yards to where I needed them to unload and unstrap the load. Just wondering how this is handled. I direct this to OS but anybody having information is obviously welcome to answer.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Advice Needed

Good words from Brett and Old School. Truly wise men. As far as choosing a company there are as many variables as there are trucking companies. Look at what's important to you then choose accordingly. Is it pay, home time, type of freight, benefits, certain freight lanes. As earlier mentioned you may have to take a refresher it whole new driving course. If so maybe look into company sponsored schools.

These are the things to look for in a company.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Ain't no money in trucking...

So CWC, what Harley did you get? Enquiring minds want to know. Lol

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Want to get cdl, old dui

Most companies, or at least the ones I have talked with, only go back 5 years. I have two that are almost 12 years old and it has not been a problem.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Can a walmart manager make you move your truck

My Walmart parking story. I live in NW Arkansas the home of Walmart where we have a Walmart or branded Walmart store on every corner. I was working for a construction company that was building a new super center. We we're at the point where the store was almost complete. WM management was setting the store up but the construction company still retained the property. I was working security and a driver cones in and asks If he can park for the night as he only had about 15 minutes left on his clock. I said I couldn't give him permission but the store manager was inside. I also told him there was a truck stop at the next exit about 5 minutes away. He drive off in a Tiff circles a light pole and taking it out with his trailer went through the unopened exit getting one of our barrels hung up on his landing gear.

All he had to do was go in and ask the manager or drive 5 more minutes to the truck stop, though it is usually very crowded.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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The High Road Training Program

NW, I will be in Memphis in a few weeks for training. Or at least I hope to be.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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The High Road Training Program

Jaime, what part of Arkansas do you hail from?

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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A year in Swift Land.

I'm glad to see this post. Good job Big T. As a future swiftie it's nice to see what can be achieved.

Keep the wheels a spinnin and the beavers grinnin

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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A year in Swift Land.

Question to Old School, I have heard you guys talk about moving appoints up. Does that work well in the skateboard division? That's where I want to go when I get out if training.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Securement question

The training manual states that the driver must inspect his or her tiedowns every 150 miles or three hours, is this trackable? Now please don't misunderstand what I am asking, not looking for vindication to not stop, just curious if this gets overlooked is recorded somehow?

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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The Benefits Of Staying With Your Starter Company Beyond One Year - article by G-Town

Thanks G-TOWN for another amazing read. I also see another "benefit", and that's the benefits themselves. Most companies require 3 months for their benefits to kick in. If one is constantly changing jobs then how could he or she ever stay covered or collect some of the other Bennie's that companies offer?

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Beautiful Cab Over

Man I love a cab over. I wish I could buy an old K 100 just to have and restore.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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The Benefits Of Staying With Your Starter Company Beyond One Year - article by G-Town

Excellent article G-Town, really great stuff!

I just now finished my busy day and had a chance to read it. Many of you know that I started my career at Western Express. Despite all the online horror stories about them, I did remarkably well there. I learned so much by working at a company that was bringing in approximately 150 new drivers every week, because they were also losing that many each week.

I learned that good solid drivers always manage to come out on top - it makes no difference who's name is on the truck's doors. I also learned that trucking companies quickly recognize those drivers who exhibit a consistent ability to keep things moving efficiently. Those drivers are consistently favored and put in the best positions for maximizing their pay.

The outrageous falsehoods that people believe about trucking companies begin to be verified in their minds the very moment they hit a little snag in their job. Now who doesn't hit a few snags when trying to start their trucking career? But when we start it with the ill conceived ideas that we allowed to be planted in our mind by fools we've never even met, we do ourselves a real disservice. Most trucking careers are doomed because of foolish online lies that have morphed into legendary "facts" concerning this whole career. It's hard enough overcoming the mountain of difficulties inherent with this career, but on top of that, today's rookies are up against a virtual flood of misinformation that hamstrings most of them right from the start.

I have invested a lot of my personal time over the years trying to raise a standard against the flood of Bovine Excrement that has literally destroyed many budding truck driving careers. I think it's sad that a career that I have found to be extremely rewarding is so maligned by the riff raff who never had what it takes to succeed at this stuff in the first place. I know what we do here has helped so many people, but it is just alarming at how many are still being blown off course by all the bad information that they find when researching this career.

Just yesterday I was sitting in a terminal rat's nest at our terminal in Atlanta, GA. Two driver's were discussing how they started their careers at Western Express, but they both quit within 90 days because of how bad the company was. They couldn't get any miles, their pay was never right, their driver manager wouldn't answer their phone calls, blah, blah, blah, until I wanted to vomit. One of them told me he was waiting on his driver manager to route him to the Gulfport, Mississippi terminal because he was "quitting the company." (Knight) When I asked him why he was quitting, his response was clear and bold, "I told myself that I would give these guys three months to show me what kind of operation they had going here, but so far it's been the same old bull s**t type of treatment I got at Western Express. I'm moving on to someplace that will show me some respect. There's a big demand for drivers right now, and I'm going to find me someplace with a nice fat sign-on bonus."

Haha! He had stepped right into it at that point. I calmly told him, " I've worked for two trucking companies who treated me with great respect and big fat paychecks." "Which ones were that," he asked. I paused, looked him in the eyes, and said, "Western Express, and Knight Transportation." They looked at each other and pretty much fell silent. One of them decided he needed to go outside to smoke a cigarette, and the other one said he would come out and join him.

While it is quite sad, Old School that last paragraph is rather humorous.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Let me see y'all's flatbeds

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I don't mind this freightliner. I definitely like the color better than the other company trucks lol

How did you score that tractor? I plan on going into Swift's flatbed division.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Ozark Motor or swift??

Lol@ Army, don't overwelm the guy.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Lack of work history... What companies will accept me?

Swift has given me the green light. Now I have solid job history but a lot if hopping around between construction companies.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Ozark Motor or swift??

Do you already have a CDL? Others will chime in and post various links to help you.

Posted:  3 months ago

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I really need some advice ☹️

G-town how did the ride along go?

Posted:  3 months ago

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Podcasts

How many of you listen to podcasts while driving and what do you listen to?

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