Profile For Pianoman

Pianoman's Info

  • Location:
    Colorado Springs, CO

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    8 years, 4 months ago

Pianoman's Bio

A supervisor a few years back suggested I consider a career in truck driving, since I enjoy driving and it pays well. I thought about it but thought I couldn't since I have insulin-dependent diabetes. Long story short, I decided to actually start looking into it and discovered I could get a federal exemption. Eight long months later I finally finished going through the tedious process of getting an exemption. After a few months of thinking about it, I finally took the leap and signed up for company-sponsored training with Swift. The rest is history!

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Posted:  4 days, 12 hours ago

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Reobtaining CDl?

Have you only been out of the saddle for two years then? If you still have at least a year of experience within the last three years many companies will still consider you experienced, in which case all you need to do is re-obtain your class a and get to work. Hopefully it’s just as easy as updating your medical card like Highway 44 just said.

If you don’t have at least a year within the last 3 you might want to give some companies a call and see if they will even be able to hire you without you going back to trucking school for a refresher course. Sounds crazy I know, but insurance runs this industry as we all know

Posted:  6 days, 9 hours ago

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Royally screwed my life. Is it fixable?

Jack supposes:


[Trucking] would allow me plenty of time to read at shippers and receivers, and just looks enjoyable in general...


OTR trucking is based on miles driven. There no money in waiting for loading/unloading. But the time waiting for the shipper to get your trailer ready is something you must keep track of.

As for "enjoyable", joy in trucking depends on you. It's a lonely job, you have weird work hours, and more, but then you don't have a boss looking over your shoulder and there's plenty of highway travel. (You realize I can't put a full discussion here, but you can check out the famous book by Brett: Becoming A Truck Driver: The Raw Truth About Truck Driving)

Errol stole the words right out of my mouth. Time is the one thing you don’t have much of out here because we work so much. I enjoy my work but I would caution against thinking this job is “fun.” It’s a workaholic’s paradise.

Do I enjoy my job? Absolutely. But I’m also the type of person that enjoys working long hours and doesn’t have much of a life outside of work. Just keep that in mind

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Question about Pre-trip

is it legal that I do someone elses pre-trip so the company saves time when the drivers , pretty sure I'll be liable in case I miss something important doing the pre-trip for another driver.

There’s nothing illegal about requiring you to pretrip the trucks but it would be illegal for them to have their drivers that drive the trucks afterwards skip the pretrip citing that you already did it. No driver that’s worth their salt would skip their pretrip even if the company said to.

As far as being liable, the driver is the one who is liable if something is messed up on the truck and causes an accident. The regulations are very clear that the driver is responsible for inspecting his or her own vehicle prior to driving it, even if someone else already inspected and/or drove the truck immediately beforehand.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Is manual transmission still worth learning?

Honestly I was always pro-manual camp until the last truck I drove before my current one. My last truck was a 2023 Volvo I-shift and it shifted so intuitively and quickly I actually preferred it to manual most of the time. There was one situation I almost got myself stuck in mud that a manual transmission would have helped in but the situation wasn’t even one most drivers would ever find themselves in in the first place. I was picking up crushed cars on an off road location and the ground was a little soft. In nearly every other situation I enjoyed not having to focus on shifting.

The autos used to really suck compared to the control you could get in a manual but manufacturers have really started mastering the auto finally. I still prefer driving a manual whenever I can but if I’m being completely honest I think at this point it’s mainly become a nostalgia thing for me as most companies have already moved to autos. Manuals still have their benefits but autos really have nearly replaced them at this point.

All that to say… I’m never going to recommend getting your license with the restriction. But the cons to having the restriction are generally few and far between these days.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Cooking / dish washing in the sleeper and truck bunk storage

Pianoman, I’m also in TN tonight, just west of ****son at a rest area on 40.

Headed to Houston in the AM. Where are you going?

Nice! I’m in between Chattanooga and Knoxville

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Cooking / dish washing in the sleeper and truck bunk storage

I just started cooking I’m the truck too! I bought an air fryer and I wish I’d gotten one forever ago. Soooooo easy and convenient and the cleanup is trivial. I’m no chef and even I can cook steaks, fried chicken, baked chicken, pork chops, etc with ease. I’ve been eating a ton healthier and the food is delicious

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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When you've spent too many days in Wyoming

Davy, that LSD you are using really enhances your writing creativity!

Keep em coming.



Nicely written Davy. What coordinates is your lodging again?

I’ve missed all the winter weather so far this month. Currently spending the night in Tennessee in 50 degree weather with the truck and APU both off. It’s great lol

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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I was fired from Pam transport for a 90 day minor safty now I cant get a job anywhere

I was a hard time believing this story at first until Stacey mentioned the part about companies turning her down the moment she tells them she was “fired for safety.” It all makes sense after that statement.

I have firsthand experience with this having been fired a few years ago for a safety issue. Most companies wouldn’t touch me immediately afterward simply because i was fired for “safety.” It didn’t matter to them what I did…it was simply an insurance thing. They couldn’t hire me until I had worked elsewhere for at least 6 months. I suspect Stacie is running into the same issue. Unfortunately you combine that with the fact she has very little experience in general and the freight market currently sucks, and you end up with a situation where she’s up **** creek without a paddle.

Stacie, you can try being more specific like Kearsey said and it might make a difference. It’s worth a shot for sure. I suspect it won’t help. The only thing you can do in my opinion is simply continue to apply everywhere until you find something and then stick with it for a bare minimum of at least six months so you’ll be hireable other places again.

Of course this is all assuming you’re giving us the full picture. If there is any other information like old DUI’s, company policy violations, truck abandonment, etc, that would be helpful to know when offering advice but I’m going to assume you’re giving us everything we need to give good advice.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Yes you are! As in “Imma GO GETTA another job!”

Dammit Bruce 😂😂

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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How do you identify a true professional?

I ask because I witnessed such a driver yesterday. He obviously processed a potentially dangerous situation way ahead of time and slowed down and moved over so myself and two other drivers could avoid a snarl.

That’s definitely a good way to tell. Honestly I don’t really pay much attention to other truck drivers anymore. Unless I notice something out of the ordinary like you did I don’t really notice anything specific about most other drivers.

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