Profile For PackRat

PackRat's Info

  • Location:
    Williamsville, VA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 9 months ago

PackRat's Bio

I'm a rookie O/O. Currently off the road since February 2019 for a transplant.

Hired by Knight as a company driver out of the Carlisle, PA terminal July 2019.

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Posted:  52 minutes ago

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Drivers who speed up when you Pass

There's carnage every winter since....about 1975.

What's next, Michael? Against the ELD, the 70 hour clock, and the 10 hour break?

Posted:  13 hours, 55 minutes ago

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Unwritten Trucker Pro-Tips (Feat. Kearsey)

Mile marker numbers always run from low to high going west to east and south to north.

Except in CA where they don't have these on the Interstate.

Posted:  13 hours, 57 minutes ago

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Tools needed?

Number 2. Am I the only one that has a 50ft air hose and chuck? I'm a bit anal about my tires. With my own air hose I never worry about finding one that works!

Every truck at Knight is equipped with one.

Posted:  14 hours, 50 minutes ago

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FedEx Freight Driver Apprentice

Great update, Banks!

We learn more every day.

Posted:  14 hours, 59 minutes ago

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Passed my test yesterday

Awesome!

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Posted:  15 hours, 12 minutes ago

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My logs are a mess

Interesting stuff. Thanks for sharing everyone. I’m still on abord and not looking forward to the switch.

Oh, you're going to love the switch when it happens. NOT!

Posted:  15 hours, 14 minutes ago

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My logs are a mess

One major advantage of ELD over ABORD, in my opinion, is the ability for the driver to make edits. Not advocating abusing the feature but changing a few minutes of ON duty to OFF comes in very handy from time to time.

I'm 57 years old. Who can argue with the "Forgot to go off" annotation on the edit.

I did it last weekend. I parked the night before, and did not do a post trip like a lazy, dumb a##! Sure enough, the next morning, I found a trailer tire starting to shred, after going On Duty for my pre trip. I went back to my log and put myself back off duty, preserving my hours. 5 hours later, I started my second pre trip.

Posted:  15 hours, 19 minutes ago

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Questions About Recap Hours

1. Yes, depending on where your ELD is assigned....East Coast time, Pacific Time, etc.

3. Yes, but you can only use 11 hours driving before a ten hour break.

Posted:  18 hours, 35 minutes ago

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Unwritten Trucker Pro-Tips (Feat. Kearsey)

Take every exit and entrance ramp AT LEAST 5 MPH BELOW THE POSTED SIGN!

I saw another totalled-out tractor this morning near Tulsa, getting onto I-44. Right side ate up more than 25 yards of guardrail, then bounced off the concrete barrier on the driver's side, ending this move Jack knifed. I promise you he took the entrance too fast, and on wet pavement in the rain for good measure.

Posted:  18 hours, 41 minutes ago

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Freight surprises

I had to pick up an empty trailer yesterday, take it 7 miles to the next shipper, then drop it.

Had to blow it out first to remove all the debris before taking it to the next place. Next, I had to remove 20+ nails. These were the cheap ones where the head snaps off when using a pry bar, so I had to put the vice grips on each one, then pry them out. Golden memories!

Please clean your trailer out before you drop it.

Posted:  1 day, 8 hours ago

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Newbie problems with trip planning..

"In writing" means over your truck's computer....People Net, Qualcomm, Zonar, etc. This makes it a permanent, digital record.

Posted:  1 day, 9 hours ago

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My logs are a mess

I use PC a lot now. I talked with my terminal manager about doing it first, though. Have not gotten a call from the Logs Department yet.

Posted:  1 day, 9 hours ago

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How To Prevent Drivers From Tailgating You

It was the worst smell I've encountered since Desert Storm.

Posted:  1 day, 10 hours ago

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Putting trucking on hold for now

Good idea to wait for now and not have the added stress while you attempt your schooling, training, and first year of OJT.

Posted:  1 day, 10 hours ago

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Broke a glad hand right off!?

Picture?

Posted:  1 day, 19 hours ago

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Got hit at a truck stop

One of the thousands of things the con men never talk about when they push the Fleece/Loss program on new drivers.

Posted:  1 day, 19 hours ago

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My logs are a mess

3 mph does not work on my Zonar. Any time in drive, if I move ONE FOOT, it switches to Drive line. "Letter of the law"...

Posted:  1 day, 21 hours ago

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My logs are a mess

Knight switched mine over while I was home last month. Takes some getting used to, but I've become very creative.

Posted:  1 day, 21 hours ago

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Direction to go?

Congratulations!

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Local job has a greater number of opportunities to have accidents or other rookie mistakes. Sounds like your mind is set on trying this, so be aware at all times.

Posted:  2 days, 4 hours ago

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CRST Training days

CRST gives vets extra cpm depending on years of service completed, verified by the DD-214. I started there at .49 cpm.

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