Profile For KaSandra

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    3 years, 9 months ago

KaSandra 's Bio

~~New..Curious....Hardworker...

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Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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FedEx Road Driver Apprentice (LTL Linehaul)

Well 6 string, at 35, and what I feel like has been not much in the way of opportunities in life thus far due to being deemed "stupid" by the work world because of only a high school diploma, and being stuck in a dead end warehouse job at $40K/year for the last 10 years with weak a$$ 2-3% a year raises, with an opportunity like this to make double and potentially more......I feel like I will MAKE IT WORK.

It's the people like myself who these corporations constantly pass up because of a $50,000 piece of paper that have no idea the amount of drive and will to succeed someone has when they are given the chance.

Hey Jared , I'm with you on this...think you're a bit ahead of me tho...I do my drug test/physical with Fedex freight in my town this Monday...I had a DOT physical already but Fedex requires their own...Then honestly I do WHATEVER the hell Fedex tells me..drive,dock,etc..:) (after they send me away to train their way:)...I am just honored to get the opportunity to work for them...I had some personal stuff to deal with after trucking school so have been on a kinda painful trucking pause, but things are slowly turning around for me-this is the kinda stuff that builds character and backbone.. Good luck with everything! ~KaSandra

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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California...Driving experience..recent CDL

KaSandra, you seem quite adamant and have a very determined spirit. If you really push forward and seek out every opportunity, I'm sure you will find the fit you need. Make sure and utilize all of the resources from your CDL school, their goal is to help you succeed.good-luck.gif

TM, thank you for reading me EXACTLY, lol...you forgot the word "Princess" , lol...but seriously I am pretty driven...and don't wanna lose what I have worked hard for...I am looking towards Sac...found some good leads..I may have to drive everywhere but if that's what it takes...My resume would not really say much..Just another piece of paper or online document...So I wanna try to go into places because I am good in person..Very professional and super personable...thank-you-2.gifdancing-banana.gif ..It's tough cuz of my kids, but they are either grown or at more independent ages...and they totally support Mom smile.gif ......so we shall see what happens..KaSandra

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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California...Driving experience..recent CDL

The picky part came from you wanting smaller companies. That doesn't matter at all and shouldn't be on your mind even. Large companies provide tons of local work and can be easier to get on with.

You'll probably have to settle for food distribution jobs and even then you'll be lucky to land one. Check out Unfi, Sysco, Beverage companies. Also check if you qualify for CR England's dedicated to and from Sparks, NV. I know OTR really isn't very viable for you but even 6 months of OTR experience will be like night and day for you on your attempts at finding a local job.

(Insert smiley face so no one thinks I'm yelling) smile.gif

you seem matter of fact..I can appreciate that....sometimes ;)..but really thank you for the input..KaSandra

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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California...Driving experience..recent CDL

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Hey, I have been outta Trucking School for 2 weeks....Not sure the route I wanna go.. need simple answers, no horror stories at all. I need driving experience...Gonna try to find a smaller local company here in California..I live in Northern Cali (Petaluma) but don't mind commuting....I wanna avoid the huge truck companies...I wanna stay Dedicated/LTL/Regional...something.....Any suggestions??? Anyone here from California and have info?? Thank you for any guidance!~~KaSandra

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HEYYYY glad to meet another sonoma countyian! I use to live in Rosa and Healdsburg before moving to the mid-west! I can tell ya, finding anything around there is gonna be tough... speaking from expeirence.... I went from Swift to The Salvation Army in healdsburg as there CDL driver.. did more straight truck the tractor trailer though... Was the only thing I could find at the time... Have you checked out craigslist?

Most of the trucking stuff up in Nor Cal close to sonoma is gonna be in Sac and down the i-5 corridor to fresno.... Daniel can confirm that better for me since he's in Sac and I havent been in that area for 2 years now....

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Hey, I have been outta Trucking School for 2 weeks....Not sure the route I wanna go.. need simple answers, no horror stories at all. I need driving experience...Gonna try to find a smaller local company here in California..I live in Northern Cali (Petaluma) but don't mind commuting....I wanna avoid the huge truck companies...I wanna stay Dedicated/LTL/Regional...something.....Any suggestions??? Anyone here from California and have info?? Thank you for any guidance!~~KaSandra

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HEYYYY glad to meet another sonoma countyian! I use to live in Rosa and Healdsburg before moving to the mid-west! I can tell ya, finding anything around there is gonna be tough... speaking from expeirence.... I went from Swift to The Salvation Army in healdsburg as there CDL driver.. did more straight truck the tractor trailer though... Was the only thing I could find at the time... Have you checked out craigslist?

Most of the trucking stuff up in Nor Cal close to sonoma is gonna be in Sac and down the i-5 corridor to fresno.... Daniel can confirm that better for me since he's in Sac and I havent been in that area for 2 years now....

Hey David...Thanks for the positive vibes:) ...yeah, been on Craiglist....gonna keep at it... .and let me clarify to others.. 1. I was pretty clear that I basically just want a Cali job to gain driving experience...I will drive whatever it takes with wheels to get this experience 2. I wanna stay close because of my children...Women and men both have responsibilities...I have an Autistic child (one of my 6 children) who lives with his Dad but will not understand me taking off for months...or weeks 3. I do not mind hard work..I would MUCH rather work hard than sit 4. By no means do I see any being picky within any thing I have written..I just wanna work and earn a living and not be out for (extreme) days..weeks......Guess those would be the 2 things Brett..I would step to a B to do this (as oppose to an A truck) ..whatever's good..

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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California...Driving experience..recent CDL

Here in WI ALOT of new CDL drivers fresh outta school find work with companies like pepsi or coke etc doing delivery routes... its not exactly a straight driving job but it does give driving experience for future employers. few of my friends from my class just started working for scrap recycling companies "older equip and hauling junk so less worried about experienced drivers, pay less"

I saw a company that delivers like bottled beverages..thinking of applying there...what about tow trucks?? they are flat beds...or the one I looked at is...they say they train..It's a B class??..

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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California...Driving experience..recent CDL

I haul double tankers in N. Cal. and there are definitely opportunities here but hardly any of them hire without experience.

What's your experience? How many months? Just trucking school? I just want more info before I toss out local companies here your way.

Hey:)..yeah, school is it for me..so wanna get back in a truck ASAP....*sigh*.....

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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California...Driving experience..recent CDL

Hey, I have been outta Trucking School for 2 weeks....Not sure the route I wanna go.. need simple answers, no horror stories at all. I need driving experience...Gonna try to find a smaller local company here in California..I live in Northern Cali (Petaluma) but don't mind commuting....I wanna avoid the huge truck companies...I wanna stay Dedicated/LTL/Regional...something.....Any suggestions??? Anyone here from California and have info?? Thank you for any guidance!~~KaSandra

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Stalled on an overpass..:)..good instructor!!!

Here's a great section of my book for your situation. It's called Keep Your Head On Straight, Keep Your Act Together and it's about handling the pressures you'll face out there on the road. About halfway down the page I tell a story about one of the craziest deliveries I ever had to make underneath City Hall in Downtown Phoenix at 6 pm on a Friday evening. They literally had to shut down several city blocks around City Hall just so I could get to where I needed to go. The police force was waiting for me when I arrived and thousands of people were sitting there watching me and waiting on me to get backed in so they could continue on with their lives. If I would have had a guitar I would have qualified as a bigger concert than The Rolling Stones in Central Park.

Keep Your Head On Straight, Keep Your Act Together

while learning it sure is hard to keep ur head sometimes...Each day I have a goal RE: school...it could be a skill type thing ...but often it is about my mindset..stay calm..pause...listen carefully to instructor..breathe..etc...:) ...KaSandra

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Stalled on an overpass..:)..good instructor!!!

Thank you all:)...I'm working on remaining calm...I generally am calm but have been learning in commute traffic here in Cali -that is good AND bad..I prepare for the worst,lol?...I haven't stalled since :) .. I learned downshifting last night ..not perfected quite yet...There seems to be a rhythm to driving this truck between my left foot and my right hand...dancing-dog.gif -KaSandra

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Stalled on an overpass..:)..good instructor!!!

So yeah, my instructor is great but he was tryna help me in commute hour traffic and he might as well have been speaking another language...cuz whatever I did I managed to stall the truck...Know REAL idea how I managed that! I'm "gifted" smile.gif He was patient..hazards on..don't panic kinda attitude..:)cars will go around us...I am very determined to KNOW what I learn from him...So when we got back to home base he specifically worked with me on the clutch..It went well..I'm doin well:)...I told him I'm getting a tattoo that says " I own the clutch" lol...I just may...;)..dancing-banana.gif .Happy Hump Day !!~~KaSandra

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Can anyone tell me about this quote straight from SAIA (LTL) ..and gaining Driving Experience

That's hilarious. I applied with them 4 months ago and they rejected me. Now they're after folks with no experience. Well, they missed their chance.

Daniel B, YOU'RE the guy I was referring to in my initial post..from this area...well, California in general..I don't see a lot of California people on here...I feel pretty lucky to be in this area as far as finding a job after school..My school will assist but doin MUCH digging on my own***I'm also gonna check out Biagi...They are pretty big around here...~~KaSandra

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Can anyone tell me about this quote straight from SAIA (LTL) ..and gaining Driving Experience

Forgot to mention. You should exhaust all your opportunities at LTL companies where they might PAY you to get your CDL, before you make the commitment to shell out some bucks for a CDL school. Put together a list of LTL companies, hop on their respective websites and see where their terminals are, and start making some phone calls.

Here's my thread on LTL if you wanna learn more about that part of the industry.

LTL Trucking: My Linehaul Job

I'd be happy to answer any questions that I can about LTL for you.

Hey:) I probably will contact them ...I see their trucks all the time around here...The areas I live/travel to work are HUGE as far as trucking routes so I see all kinds of truck companies and jot down the names and research them when I get home. I already signed up for the truck school (after much research and meeting the owners -small, family run..good reputation) ..I start Monday or Tuesday....Thank you for your input..I appreciate it!!thank-you.gif

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Can anyone tell me about this quote straight from SAIA (LTL) ..and gaining Driving Experience

"Inexperienced Drivers, if you don’t have at least one year of experience or some or no training at all – no problem! Saia LTL Freight WANTS TO INVEST IN YOU! If you're interested in quality training in a highly-paid, highly-demanded, highly-skilled trade for FREE, then give us a call for all the details." ~~SAIA They have a place in Elk Grove by Sacramento...I know I've seen someone here from that area.(?) ...I'm sure there are others from this area.. ..I'm starting school next week and am tryna look into local companies (while in school) that also will give me driving experience. I know LTL is one way to go about that. I'm wondering about their training process and the possible pay during?? ~ Thank you for any input!!~ KaSandra

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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So I think I know...

Hey :) Wondering how CDL school is going RV? ...I am getting ready to start...I keep having things to wrap up before I start..dancing.gifbut finally just going down to the school today with my permit , DOT physical card,etc and doing the drug test and whatever else they need ....so hoping to start asap!....~KaSandra

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Happy FRiday! Passed several Exams needed for my Class A Permit ..Next step!?

Thank you All! I will definitely let you know how it goes! AND if I did not mention specifically the High Road Training Program I want to now..It truly helped me learn and cement much of the info I needed into my brain! I think different ways of learning work for different people ( RE: Private Trucking school or Company sponsored) ..Finances have to be considered too , more often than not..I'm choosing private school not cuz I have tons of money (it's goin on a card, I'm paying it off..also rebuilding credit at the same time-well, my credits 'good'..just want my score even higher:) I am working while attending school (in evening hours), still have a couple minor children...tho they are almost adults..4 of my 6 children are adults already.. ..Anyways, this particular school is smaller, family owned, good reviews, I got a good 'vibe' when I walked in and shook the owners hand and he treated me respectfully from the beginning (**believe it or not, I called a particular school and they kept questioning "who I was calling on behalf of" ..I told them myself each time..and the gentlemen stumbled around but finally started giving me relevant info re: school BUT by that time I had enough of his disrespect and politely thanked him for his time and hung up..) .....My days will be long..My kids know there is a sacrifice of time that will be made, but are waaay proud of their Mom ! I have 1 daughter in particular who is struggling in college ..maybe college is not for her...who knows..But she is seeing there are different routes to go in life -and it's never too late! ~~ Happy Travels wherever your path leads you!~ KaSandra

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Happy FRiday! Passed several Exams needed for my Class A Permit ..Next step!?

Congrats. There may be those that disagree with me, but I would avoid signing any training/school contracts with companies to obtain your CDL. If can afford it, pick a school and attend it on your own dollar (or secure a grant). When choosing a school find one that is at least 160 hours (200 is better), has several instructors, at least 5 training trucks, and has an authorized third party tester on site.

I am currently in one of these schools and having been compiling notes from my experiences to write synopsis for newbies who visit TT in the future. I will publish this when I graduate in a few weeks.

Also, the school I attend gave me 50 hours of credit for showing up with my CDL permit and DOT card in hand. Definitely ask about this when making inquiries to schools.

Thank you for your reply:).. I saw this reply and a few others and obviously there are strong opinions/preferences . I'm quite a big fan of the driving school I'm planning on attending and have checked them out review wise... Hoping for the best and plan on working hard!

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Happy FRiday! Passed several Exams needed for my Class A Permit ..Next step!?

Hi All:)~ I passed my General, Air Brakes, Combo and Tank written exams on my first try! Maybe you all did too.. but it was quite fulfilling for me cuz I havent been in school and wasnt sure what my brain would take in! I missed 1 at the most on the exams and got 2 of the exams 100%! I am so happy! This site really helped me study! So Thank you to the powers that be! :) But I ALSO tho got my CDL class A manual at the dmv and sat down , tuned out everything and studied! I think both are needed..at least for me..There were a few different things in the book...Can't remember off the top of my head..but doing both helped :) I need to renew my Class C next week then I have my permit! I am breathing in this whole trucking journey..It surprises me how much I wanna learn dancing-banana.gif . As I am learning I am making sure I understand what I learn to the best of my ability ..til I get in that truck! Then it's hands on learning which I'm much better at.. I have a truck school I wanna attend...BUT a tiny bit up in the air still....Feel free to share any advice/experiences...:) I love to learn from other's experiences... Anyways, Just sharing..Have a great and groovy weekend! KaSandra

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Holy Shifting Batman!

One of my instructors showed me how to shift without using the clutch. You use the gas pedal and the gears. Gives a brake to your leg when you're shorter!

Good to hear! I'm barely over 5 foot..BUT I'm gonna wear my motor cycle boots..It will add an inch or so ,lol smile.gif

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Class B Truckers - No Experience

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I have a couple of questions:

1. Has anybody in this forum gotten hired for a Class B driver position right after getting your CDL with no experience?

2. If a company is requiring a Class B driver to to have 6 months of experience driving a 26' commercial truck, do you think they would take into consideration the fact that you have 5 to 6 years experience driving a 26' motorhome? I know that's not a straight truck, but you do have to know how to back up, use your mirrors, handle a vehicle that size, etc.

3. If two people are applying for a Class B driver position, and one candidate has a Class B certification, and the other has a Class A & B, would the one with the Class A most likely get hired over the other one - even though it's FOR a Class B position?

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1> I got hired right out of CDL school driving a hazmat B fuel truck and class A water tanker for a local big construction company. Getting some experience and making money but doing a lot more grunt work.

2> RV does not require a CDL so it is not CDL experience.

3>In my case yes, plus having all the endorsements, especially hazmat. Mostly I drive the class B fuel/service truck, then when that's done I sometimes drive a class A water tanker, bobtail dump, tandem dump, belly dump, lowboy, landoll, end dump, whatever they need. So its always good to have a little more to offer a company I think. And in my case, a class A driver applied for whats mostly a Class B position, because that will keep me local for now and get me some experience for potential later OTR.

Phil

Hey All :), I'm just getting prepared for school but honestly it is good to read stuff like this.(I did a search to find posts like this) .I too am gonna get my A but interested in B driving cuz I need to stay local for now..but also need experience...I do not mind doin the dirty work as long as I get paid!! -dancing.gif KaSandra

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Help!

My friend works "local", he goes in anywhere between 3 am to 5 am and is home around dinner time, and weekends. He makes about $60 000/year.

I would LOVE to go in that early...I go to bed early and rise early so that would totally work!! 60,000 ain't too shabby ;)..Thank you RebelliousVamp!~

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