Profile For Lynn B.

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  • Location:
    Crossville, TN

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    Company Driver In Training

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    4 years, 1 month ago

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Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Past your drive time

You should be parked by the 11th hour. If you were to drive over your 11 and get into an accident your probability of losing your license and/or going to jail are exponential.

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

Pet boarding and grooming last 15 years. Helped husband with lawn business for 3 years. Winn Dixie for 10 years, cashier to manager.

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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One rookie move after another...sigh

I use truckers path as well, but when teaming with my husband and he is asleep, the GPS is right there. Ours will shoe cat scales. If it has a cat scale you should be okay. Just dont trust the GPS solely. It is just a guide.

Show not shoe......

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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One rookie move after another...sigh

I use truckers path as well, but when teaming with my husband and he is asleep, the GPS is right there. Ours will shoe cat scales. If it has a cat scale you should be okay. Just dont trust the GPS solely. It is just a guide.

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Game: you first felt like a real trucker when....

When I didn't mind peeing in a jug, because when you take other roads besides the interstates you may not come upon any rest stops or stores with truck parking or that are open in the "wee" hours.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Everybody!

Hello!

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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What happened to this poor truck.

I backed up to my trailer yesterday. It wouldn't go. I got out to look. My 5th wheel was straight up. Put 2 nice holes in the trailer (oops)!

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Wanting to get my CDL

I have just been laid off from my job after 30 yrs and I want to get my CDL but the different CDL training schools and different trucking companies are really overwhelming. Can any of you ladies help me out and give input on where to start for a female? Do you have insight already on whether private school or company is better? I have been wasting time time trying to make the right choice. Please help me out

I guess it depends on where you are. I got lucky having a decent company that sponsors a school that is affordable.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Advice for a new girl, please

Hi, I am considering getting my cdl and have opted to (maybe) attend The Truck Driver Institute in Sanford, Fl. Anyone have any advice or comments, good or bad, regarding this private school? I have spoken with their rep. Nice guy but I also realize it's his job to recruit. Any input is greatly appreciated. Thanks

Just be careful of what they say and promise. Look into the school, it is easy with the internet these days. It is best to go through a school that is sponsored by an actual business.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Advice needed please ASAP!!

So I started class last week, never been in a tractor/trailer before other than a rider twice, I got consistently yelled at about double shifting and not getting the gears. All the while, the trainer was texting and messaging on facebook and barely lifted his head from it. This week I got a different trainer and he made more sense to me, however as I went out on the road yesterday and today, I forgot everything they were telling me or if I remembered, it wasn't good enough or fast enough. This is only my 6th day in the tractor, but today I was given until Friday to get it together... Help!?!

Are you paying for this class? Who through? Shifting has been hard for me, but it has gotten better. All my trainers have been kind and understanding. It's not so much how you screw up, but how you fix your screw up.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Ladies on the road!

I love the driving and seeing all the beautiful scenery and funny/cool sights.

I hate driving in just about any city, even on the loops around. People are just nuts!

I do dislike driving in cities, but it is different and makes me appreciate home more.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Ladies on the road!

What I like best is being out there and driving. What I dislike most is Chicago rush hour traffic.

I have been in training and dislike driving into the Bronx, with their tiny little roads and all the bumps. I like coming back home to green trees and air that is nice to breathe.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Ladies on the road!

Today in one truck stop I saw 6 female drivers. It was nice to see. My trainer how is a female and has been driving for ten years says there a lot of us out there, they just keep to themselves and do their jobs. Statistically women are better drivers. To all the ladies...,what do you like best, what do you dislike most about driving?

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Iim 50 i dont look 50 i want to drive do any companys provide child care during training

If you need childcare while you are in training, what are going to do when you are out on the road for days at a time? I think you need to re think this if you have small children and don't have someone who can watch your kids and be there all the time...

Yep!

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Tricks for backing skills for short people!

You always turn to your problem right? I was told that if you can't see both tire then you are not backing straight.. For example, you can't see ur tire on ur left side.. Then you need to turn ur steering all the way to left? So It will correct the left side???

I was able to pass all the cone..but when you see the alignment of the last cone My trailer was a lil over..So I failed but I didn't touch the cone or bump.

In straight-line backing the corrections are slight. If you over correct you will get into the cones. My problem was even with slight corrections I always ended up moving too far left or right. I did eventually figure it out. But, once outside the cones it didn't matter if the trailer was straight. With the offset it needed to be in the cones, and with the alley docking the tractor and trailer needed to be straight. I am only 5'4 and I could do it. I did raise my seat a little. You don't need to push the clutch all the way to the floor. One little trick they taught me too is....the mirrors tend to vibrate so if you rev the engine very slightly the mirrors stop vibrating (at least in the truck I was in). It helped a lot but took a couple of times to get right.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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HOS

I should add that I school is done, passed my CDL test I am in training. I hear a lot about CYA. Where do you draw the line and who do you trust? I have been through many weigh stations, got to do log books. Much training I have been through, yes!

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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HOS

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How important is HOS? When you are dropping and hooking? Should you be on the clock or not? I know time is fleeting, but what is legal? Should I be okay with how it has been done or how it should be done now?

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Lynn, knowing and using HOS is about as important for a trucker as oxygen. Almost everything you do during the day is connected to the Hours Of Service regulations.

You should learn ways to "maximize" your drive time as that's what makes your money. Basically, HOS rules limit your work time, and specify the minimum break times.

Are you working in these in school, or are you preparing for the CDL test?

I am in training to work for a company. I am hired, but in training with a person who knows the tricks. A good trainer, nice person. Just worried about new regulations and if something happens while off the clock.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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HOS

How important is HOS? When you are dropping and hooking? Should you be on the clock or not? I know time is fleeting, but what is legal? Should I be okay with how it has been done or how it should be done now?

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Ladies i need some help.

Well she wants to go out. She told me she bought a new dress. But I want it to be special. I thought about taking her to the melting pot. Then go for a stroll along the lake. And just talk. Then stop by and get her some chocolate covered strawberries for the house.

I don't know what the melting pot is, but if she bought a new dress she wants to go out to show it off. Again what does she like? Is she the type of person that wod rather stay home with a book or movie, does she like to go out and hang out with friends at the bar, or 4 wheeling, horses? Don't ya know?

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Got a citation!

Not blaming anyone.....I was on a road with trainer missed my turn because they (we) were not paying attention (didn't know what I was looking for either). Kept driving got into a weigh station not on an interstate. Level 2 inspection went well, BUT I was cited for length violation ( this state is very vague and you have to call a number to find out requirements). No CSA points and supposedly company won't know. Trainer says I don't have to tell, but I am thinking otherwise. Medium sized company with good local support?????? What would you do? BTW trainer didn't say I shouldn't tell, just that I may get away with them not finding out.

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