Profile For The Breeze

The Breeze's Info

  • Location:
    Raleigh , NC

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 9 months ago

The Breeze's Bio

My name is Dan and I'm currently 22 years old. I'm fresh out of school and I'm learning the ropes.

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Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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Parking on home time.

I have no real answer. I grew up in Raleigh and live near by now. I am just beginning my adventure and start school Oct 23. So wanted to shout out a say I hi neighbor. What area do you live?There are a tremendous amount of industrial parks in the area, maybe reach out to them.

I live in North Raleigh right off of Capital blvd near the cook out and the harbor freight if that gives you an Idea. There are a couple WalMarts nearby but they are a for sure no go. In the past (almost 2 years ago) I got permission from a Lowes to park behind their building and they were okay with it. So I may do that again. For me though its security and access. These local places where I can park my truck aren't on the best side of town. What I'm going to do is call around and see if I can find an Industrial park or a Penske or Ryder that I can park at while I'm home. I don't mind sliding someone a few bucks just so I know my truck is in a safe place. For now my neighbor is keeping an eye on the truck while I'm out and about and my immediate neighbors are happy with it and think its kind of cool that there is a trucker around. Once I do find a more permanent place I will report back, hopefully I can help out some drivers in my area.

Dan

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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Parking on home time.

I'm looking for recommendations on parking while I'm home. With the account I'm on at JB Hunt it's best for me to take my trailer home and there in lies the problem. I'm currently parked in my neighborhood and I cleared it with my neighbors, but I was approached by an older couple doing their morning walk. The guy I spoke with was friendly but, passively alluded to me that he was hopeful that I would find a safe place to park my truck while I'm home.

He didn't insinuate anything else, but now I'm concerned that my truck is going to be towed away in the night, so I'm trying to come up with a solution in town (Raleigh) that doesn't involve me parking at the Petro in Mebane over 50 miles away. I'd be willing to pay someone to let me park in a safe location while I'm home but I don't know where to look or who to ask. So I'm presenting my question to you guys.

Thanks, Dan

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Company Stopped Dispatching Me After Getting Sick

The people here could help you and understand your situation better if you took the time to proofread your thread before posting it, but you have received some great advice. I wanted to chime in because I get head aches often, I think it runs in the family. Anything from lack of hydration, sleep, and poor diet can bring them on. I have the misfortune of being affected by low pressure weather systems, and those bring on the worst head aches. All I can say is try to stay hydrated and keep some Excedrin near by, this will help numb the affects of a bad head ache and can usually save you from being late. We've all had to shut down because we don't feel well, but 9 times out of 10 a good driver knows how to do this and it comes down to trip planning and self motivation. I've had plenty of days where I've run 450 miles instead of 600 because I didn't feel well, but I ran to the point where I knew on time delivery would be easily achieved and then I shut it down so I could have my precious me time and feel better.

The fact that you've been placed on medical hold means that without a doubt there is more to your story. It's not profitable for companies to place a driver on medical hold, or any kind of hold for that matter! It's already been said that if the wheels aren't turning you're not earning. So my guess is that this has happened in the past and the company you're working for has recognized a pattern in either your health or behavior. If it's your health I would not be spending my time posting in a trucking forum about how you can squeeze wages out of your company for non driving activities. Instead I would be at the doctor trying to figure why I have such crippling head aches that prevent me from working and earning a living. If you don't have any major medical issues after getting checked out by a doctor, I would focus on hardening up and pushing for miles. That's only way you'll get any kind of money out of a trucking company. Pay rate: CPM.

Dan

Posted:  2 years ago

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Tried rolling 70

I just wanted to add to this. While you're doing all the confusing number crunching, if you're trying to recap hours during your driving day and your goal is to have full usage of the hours you gain before your 14 ends. Take into account the time zone in which your logs are set in relation to your pu/del time zone. I used to run recaps religiously and pulled reefer freight at night mostly. It's always a shocker when you realize halfway through your day that you regain your hours back at 2am and not midnight. Don't ask how I know this lol. 😏

Dan

Posted:  2 years ago

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Question on random drug tests

I'd say it depends on who you work for and their policies. You could always ask them not to leave a bald spot or ask them to take a sample elsewhere.

Dan

Posted:  2 years ago

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Nosing In. I still just don't get it!

Look at it this way "Different folks different strokes".

I know plenty of good drivers who nose in when it's safe to do so, a lot of them are owner ops who don't own/lease their trailer. They do it for the reasons you mentioned. But I do agree 80% of the time it doesn't make any sense. But there are exceptions. If you can do it where you pretty much have a straight back and intend to leave the truck stop after most people have left it's usually okay.

However, another exception I see to this is when rookie drivers nose in because they don't want to or are not confident in their backing skills. A lot of the time they don't have the experience to know which spot to nose into and they end up creating more trouble for themselves later.

The reality is that if your truck gets bumped and your bumper is pulled off and your alignment is knocked out or worse, it costs a lot more money and the key word here is "downtime". I've seen trailers get backed into by yard dogs and the damage is usually cosmetic and wouldn't be considered something that puts you out of service. Try not to bother yourself too much with people who do this its more common than you would think. I mean this in the nicest way possible, this is not at all a roast. Sometimes its just hard to see both sides of things.

Everybody runs their truck differently, and at the end of the day as long as they're obeying the rules and delivering freight safely without damaging equipment it shouldn't matter.

Dan

Posted:  2 years ago

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JB Hunt PPG dedicated.

Thanks for the good vibes guys! I'm looking forward to it. I'll get some hazmat experience with this account so that will be a good thing. The nice thing is that it's 11 out 3 home. I just have to make myself come home. The road has a way of making you stay out.

Dan

Posted:  2 years ago

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JB Hunt PPG dedicated.

Yes I broke my lease. I was breaking even and making a profit but not much of one. I was living out of the truck and needed to do something different. Long story short at the risk posting too much personal information I got a moving violation at Swift and that combined with a ticket I received before obtaining my CDL disqualified me from being rehired as an employee with them until 2018. I left on very good terms and I was offered my original dedicated position with them before my DM and I hit the road block with Safety. I tried my best bringing it up the chain of command at Swift and so did my DM but I was told there's nothing they could do. Don't get tickets. But I appreciate you checking in.

Dan

So I guess you were able to break your lease with Swift, or did you complete it?

Not trying to bust your chops, but considering you have well over a year of experience with Swift, did you try to find a Dedicated Assignment that fit your needs with them first?

The reason I ask? Because just like having many opportunities opening up with numerous companies after a year of experience, the same dynamic exists with your initial employer.

Good luck with your new assignment.

Posted:  2 years ago

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JB Hunt PPG dedicated.

I'm headed to orientation now. Is there anybody here running this account or maybe you did in the past. If so how did you like it? How are the customers? How heavy are the loads? What can I expect from JB Hunt managing this account? Is there anything I need to going in that is not completely obvious?

Thanks, Dan

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Medical Card

I'm a dummy and misplaced my medical card. I have my long form physical and a photo copy of my medical card. Am I able to use the photo copy or will the long form suffice? I couldn't find much information on this and figured I'd just ask the experts.

Thanks, Dan

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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I think I done goofed.

I'm leasing with Swift, the company I started with a little over a year ago. It's a 51 week lease/purchase on an older truck. As far as I know and how the contract reads, I can have someone else take it over, but I don't see that happening with an older truck. At the end of the lease, I could walk away. But anything in between I'm at the mercy of fulfilling my contract. I'd like to stay working for Swift, they're a good company and I have a good working relationship with my piers here. I don't know if this is something I should talk with my DM about and see if I have any options beyond what the contract states, or if I should just keep my mouth shut and rough it to the end and go back to a company position.

Breeze, Do you know and understand the early termination conditions in the lease contract? That's where I would start, and then weigh the cost/benefit of getting out early vs. continuing until the end of the lease term. Not sure if it's possible, but hopefully you can go back to company driver status with your company.

Good luck.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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I think I done goofed.

I'm five months into a lease. I wanted to run my own truck and thought I could handle it. But I guess I'm not cut out for it. I haven't posted here in a while because I'm pretty embarrassed about the whole situation. I like the company I'm with and would like to stay, my lease is up in October.

I'm wondering if I should stick it out and fulfill the contract or turn the truck in and try and make a new start. By the way I'm not trying to make scene here, I just want some sound advice on what I should at this point. Nobody forced me into this, in fact when I asked my DM about leasing he asked if I was sure about doing it. I still have the same DM and we have a great relationship and he keeps me moving and I have great miles. But for me, the numbers don't compensate for the amount of stress of making ends meet and just covering my truck payment and fuel for each week. I'm doing ok, but everything you guys have said here about leasing is true. It works for some people if they are willing to put in the work and deal with stress. But I don't think that's for me, I can handle going seeing the lease through to its end, but I hate always feeling like I'm in financial damage control mode.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Dan

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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My first hard braking incident

I mean, how stupid can some people be?

Sadly, that person thought they were helping.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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My first hard braking incident

I wouldn't sweat it, I've been driving for nearly a year and I would have done the same thing if I thought I was seeing reverse lights. But, following distance is important especially in stop n go and there's no need to get in the same impatient hurry as everyone else. Just remember you're being paid not to let those feelings get the best of you, that's something I often think about when I'm stuck in traffic and am frustrated. That being said, try to avoid frequent hard braking incidents. I think most companies look at them on a case by case basis, and I'm sure they have data on what's considered a normal amount/frequency for a safe driver. Hope this helps

Dan

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Failed DOT drug test. Completed SAP proram.

I would also try Craigslist and see if you can find a job with a small company who's willing too look beyond that. The important part is that you took action to correct your mistake and you also have a good driving record so I don't think all is lost.

Also, if you still have friends or connections in the industry I would ask around, they may know of a place where you could get your foot in the door.

Good Luck,

Dan

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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How's your truck holding up?

I figured it would be fun to see what trucks you guys are driving and how they're holding up. I'll start out, I drive for Swift and have a 2013 Cascadia, it's actually a rebadged Central Refrigerated truck. Right now I'm sitting at a shop and they're chasing down electrical gremlins with a turn signal that works intermittently. Sometimes I regret giving up my 2016 Freightliner automatic that I had for 6 months with zero problems, but then again I like my 13sp and my truck has a fridge in it so I can't really complain.

But anyway, have at guys and gals.

Dan

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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CRST Granted Exemption To Allow Non-CDL Holders To Drive By Themselves

Also keep in mind I had been driving a car for 25/years in the congestion of Philly/NJ/NY area and was used to crazy drivers heavy traffic snow and ice. That is a lot different from a 22 year old with one year of car driving from the rural south who never even seen snow let alone drove in it. I would imagine it would be much harder for that person to relax.

I agree with you Rainy, and I happen to be a 23 year old from the south. I struggled when I got into real traffic and was very tense, but managed to push through it. Driving a truck on the highway is primarily about judgement and not necessarily about skill, I do believe that drivers who start in their 30's or 40's fair better in the judgment department.

That being said, I think what we have here with CRST is an argument based on principal. The company is essentially exploiting the student for profit. Yes you will learn the most about truck driving on your own without instruction, but while you're a student you need the guidance of someone who's experienced. I recieved my training from Swift and got my license from a third party school, so I never received company training with my learners permit.

In Swift training, they required the trainer to be on duty for your first 50 hours behind the wheel. I think that should be the bare minimum. Yes my trainer was sometimes more distracting than helpful but there were plenty of times where his input was valuable. I think that if a company expects one to carry all the responsibility and liability of operating a commercial vehicle independently (trainer off duty in sleeper birth), then that person should be fully licensed.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Thought for the day...

Successful people also understand that sacrifice comes before reward. Not everything in life is easy, nor will it be handed to you.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Will anyone hire me with a past suspended license?

I personally had this issue, my suspension came from not paying on a traffic ticket, I was 19 at the time and didn't have the money or the maturity to get it taken care of right away. I was turned down by many companies, Prime Included. You just have to hammer away on that telephone and filling out applications even when you're feeling discouraged. Keep your chin up and keep trying, you're bound to find a couple options. Even if they aren't your first choice.

Hope this helps, Dan.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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

I felt like a trucker when I had a four wheeler going South bound in a North Bound lane on US 15 in MD. I was passing a truck and he came around a curve, I thought I was hallucinating. I panicked , locked them up and held it as straight as I could, he passed between me and the gaurd rail. I was chain smoking the rest of the way to final after that lol. You see some crazy stuff out here.

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