Profile For Matthew B.

Matthew B.'s Info

  • Location:
    Charleston, SC

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    9 years, 1 month ago

Matthew B.'s Bio

I work for sunbelt rentals.

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Posted:  10 months, 1 week ago

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Best Trucking company to get your CDL

I know that roehl doesn't record miles unless they are loaded trip miles. There is usually a status you can request or maybe the app will tell you. I went thru roehl and they are good, but most of there trucks have loads of safety equipment including cameras that face you and outwards.

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Medical card help

Which version of intrastate cause sc doesn’t support or says it’s non applicable for excepted intrastate travel and I am too old to to meet requirements for non excepted intrastate travel. I don’t want to shoot myself in the foot but I wonder if I should call dmv on Monday and ask some cdl questions and see what is recommended. South Carolina seems to have weird rules when this stuff is applied.

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Medical card help

Thanks for the reply, I’ve been searching all evening on alternative options and I’ll fill out form on Monday and fax new form in for intrastate so I can keep my cdl.

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Medical card help

The physical therapist to which put the restriction on me, doesn’t want me driving a truck and suggested that I start a new career. I am going to call him next week and see if I can get cleared one way or another. The orthopedic doctor that sent the note to the examiner agreed with physical therapist and won’t remove it until the therapist does. Question: Should I go to a different examiner? Do I have a time limit before they downgrade license? Also will it catch up with me if I see and get certified by a different examiner?

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Medical card help

So I’ve been driving since 2017, haven’t had any major health complications until now. Well I don’t think it’s major, so anyway the other day I went to get my medical renewal done and DOT physician asked why doctor had me on restriction for work and what it was. I wasn’t thinking and let it slip that it was a “no repetitive squatting restriction” due to an injury I got two months prior. I had to undergo one expensive physical exam in pt called and FCE just to even get a back to work authorization. The DOT examiner told me that she was revoking my medical card until I can get an all clear from doctor.

My question is do I have any other options or am I basically screwed?

On a side note, I’ve already started looking for non cdl employment to supplement income.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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My GYCDL training experience at Roehl

LMAO, roehl asks that everyone get a dot mandated physical and a non dot mandated hair follicle test. In SC where I am from, the dot test consist of a physical and a urine drug screen. The other tests is only mandated by the company.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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My GYCDL training experience at Roehl

No sir, DOT is required and should be done. I have two DOT medicals, i got one on my own consisting of just the urine test. Then roehl makes you do another one, with an addition of the hair follicle test.

Be sure to have a car with you during training if you are in the GYCDL program. The instructors will tell you to be there at 0630, because that is when class starts. The shuttle bus is for the other classes. Once you arrive to training on day one, you will be greeted by several different instructors. They have Experienced drivers, Phase Drivers (already have cdl) and GYCDL Drivers. After proper paperwork has been filled out, you and your newly met team members, go into the simulator room and undergo the CRT testing. Its basically a machine that measures resistance. The more you try harder the better the score. You must try hard, if you don't then you fail and they will send you packing. Once that test is complete then you go back to the classroom and watch a few more videos and receive more paperwork. As long as you do what you are told, there are no issues. Also i want to point out that there is alot of rumors over the meal vouchers and they are only for the phase and experienced drivers, since as of day one they are not employees. The GYCDL program however makes you and employee as of day one !! You will take your pics and receive your badge by day two or three as soon as corporate verifies rest of your info. Meals for GYCDL are provided by the hotel as continental breakfast and the terminal pays for bag lunches. Dinner is the only think you are responsible for.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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My GYCDL training experience at Roehl

Yes it is sir and your are correct. Yet Roehl requires all applicants to have there medical forms/physicals completed before coming to training. The "van" training in atlanta does not require any more physical activity to be performed then the CRT. "No Blood pressure test, No squats, No carrying weights." A fellow member stated this on his diary, i was just making a clarification. One of my team members was under the wrong impression when he read the diary. I believe the "flatbed" training requires more physical activity. I was just clarifying this point.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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My GYCDL training experience at Roehl

I've been going to the atlanta terminal for about 4 weeks, getting ready to test. I don't believe every terminal has the same medical requirements. I never had to do anything other then the CRT machine. No blood pressure test were done either.... I would just like to point out for anyone considering joining roehl, they are a good company. But don't get ur hopes up, its alot of hard work and keeping on task. Nothing comes easy !!! I went from never driving a manual transmission to almost shifting smoothly, even hauling a trailer in 3 weeks. Almost all of my days, consist of 10 and half hour days. As long as you are willing to work with the trainers, they will work and improve on you.

I test for my cdl soon and i feel prepared. These instructors never give up on anyone, even when you think they have, they surprise you with continued motivation. I will update as soon as i get my cdl.

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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No experience No Cdl flatbed training companies

I should of clarified, I don't have a CDL and he said because of where I live, there are no opportunities for me unless I have a license. All I have is permit and I was wanting to do the sponsorship program. There wouldn't be any openings he said until next year, but even then he said they normally don't recruit out of my area.

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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No experience No Cdl flatbed training companies

I called Maverick and "Adam", told me cause I live in Charleston, it was out of there hiring zone. No biggie though.

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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No experience No Cdl flatbed training companies

Is the maverick cdl training based on location. I am in South Carolina and i spoke with maverick the other day and was told that i wouldn't have a chance to go anywhere until feb. They said they don't do training during winter months. Does that make since or should i call again?

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Application question about mvr

I am curious to know if when I am filling out trucking company apps, if I am required to put what's on my personal insurance information or what is listed on my 10 MVR. Reason I am asking is because, is putting the insurance info, asking for more of a reason for a company to give a negative feedback and possible denial.

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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What kind of duffel?

Thanks for the input. Found a nice large sleeping bag, since I am 6'5" and a travel pillow. Also think I might go with a 24" duffel and my book bag.

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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What kind of duffel?

I have not forgotten about the shower shoes, thank god for years of camp ground..that one is engraved in my head. I just didn't wanna over pack when i started this thread, i appreciate all the effort and thoughts. I am not sure what kinda truck i'll be in, hopefully the sheet size is universal for the size you guys gave me. I've followed everything pretty much with whats on the list that was posted the jim palmer page on this site.

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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What kind of duffel?

How long should i get a duffel if i am to do company training in someone else's truck, over the road. I am going to training in missoula, mt for jim palmer in about a month. I have read and obtained most of the stuff on the list off the site, i just need to know how big my bag should be. I am looking at a 26" duffel currently.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Tailgating question

Ok, i will do both suggestions. As far as the state, i have to focus on missouri since i plan on going with wil-trans. I found that my state being south carolina, there permits don't transfer over. And some of there rules vary. I appreciate all the info !!!

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Tailgating question

One of the answers on the high road test was pull over and stop. I answered the question with what u just said and it told me I was wrong and that I was to pull over and stop. Thanks for clarifying

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Tailgating question

If i were being tailgated, do i pull over and stop? or Increase my following distance and don't make any lane changes? I am getting these two different answers from studying the states manual. I just wanted to clarify the answer...any thoughts?

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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I can't decide...any suggestions

Thanks for the reply's, honestly i agree with all of your comments. Thing is, I am "burnt" out on aviation, the passion i once had is somewhat flamed out. Yes i've been on this site for 4 years if that is what is says, honestly, i haven't looked. I do understand the trucking lifestyle, no i haven't read the book you mentioned. I have a few close friends that spent time over the road and some still do it. Its taking me a few years to build up the courage to convince myself to even put my time forward to study the material. Family is supportive, that's a big plus !! Financially, i've been saving money to go away to school or to a company based school.

Staying in school is my priority and as long as i don't flunk this current class, ill be fine. I do appreciate all the end sight that a few of you have given me. I do have a few questions though.

1. I was looking at Wil-trans and Jim Palmer, loved the review that this site posted and even talked with a few drivers. Does wanting to go with a company that has the rider and pet policy that i am looking for matter, over pay and mileage?

2. I really want to get into flatbed, i know i could go with prime and or knight (sapa), but should i spend the time and get some basic dry van experience first?

3. I've seen a few video's on youtube and i know you cant believe everything you see, my question is, Can a driver who hauls refrigerated also haul dry van with same type trailer for same company?

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