Profile For PackRat

PackRat's Info

  • Location:
    Williamsville, VA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 11 months ago

PackRat's Bio

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

Hired by CFI as a company driver out of the Taylor, MI terminal November 2019.

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Posted:  1 hour, 53 minutes ago

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Going Great With Crete So Far

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I add my miles up by the month. Later on after a few years, you can see trends like which months are busy, slow, etc.

I also track average mileage for the trips, then break that down even further. Avg mph, hours of driving, total mileage for each month/quarter/annual/lifetime, fuel and DEF purchased. I also track my spending for everything.

Another is fuel mileage using actual math, not the gage on the dashboard.

Something I do to pass the time other than drive/eat/sleep.

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I seem to recall that you said your averaged 56 mph. Is that for driving time or all on duty hours?

For me, that’s just my average for actual driving. Over the past four years, each year’s has been between 55.4 and 55.7 mph, all paid miles, empty or loaded. My On Duty, not driving time each day is minimal, and normally will consist of only fueling, pre trip, drop and hook, checking in/out at the customer.

Posted:  2 hours, 21 minutes ago

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Going Great With Crete So Far

I add my miles up by the month. Later on after a few years, you can see trends like which months are busy, slow, etc.

I also track average mileage for the trips, then break that down even further. Avg mph, hours of driving, total mileage for each month/quarter/annual/lifetime, fuel and DEF purchased. I also track my spending for everything.

Another is fuel mileage using actual math, not the gage on the dashboard.

Something I do to pass the time other than drive/eat/sleep.

Posted:  8 hours, 9 minutes ago

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Starting with swift

Great update on making positive progress, Tom. You are already in the top 50% of the class, and haven’t even driven yet!

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Posted:  18 hours, 11 minutes ago

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Sobering Winter Weather

Well, being I'll be with a trainer in January...wondering if this was a right choice, but hey...I can be a sponge & listen. I'm actually a bit scared of a loaded tractor in snow.

The heavier the trailer, the better. Empty trailers are a nightmare in the snow. We park if it’s ice covered roads.

ICE = No Go.

SNOW = Slowly Navigate Or Wait.

Posted:  19 hours, 40 minutes ago

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"Exaggeration Is The Key To Graduation"

Turtle has extra time to pursue his songwriting hobby since joining the WMPF.

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Posted:  19 hours, 43 minutes ago

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Western Express Question for after 2nd day orientation...

It could arrive at any time, or be delayed showing up in your In Box indefinitely. Who knows?

Mention it to your instructor tomorrow morning if it doesn’t show up tonight.

Posted:  21 hours, 13 minutes ago

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Warnings vs. Tickets - NEVER ACCEPT A WARNING!?!

I’m not sure about all warnings going onto the DAC. I got a written warning in NM in February of 2016 from a state HP CMV enforcement officer. This has never made an appearance on my DAC, and I get the one free copy of it each year.

Posted:  22 hours, 51 minutes ago

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Sobering Winter Weather

Great advice! Remember, that it will be worse after dark because the temperature drops (areas refreeze) and visibility is cut dramatically.

Posted:  1 day, 6 hours ago

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Damn deers...

Glad you’re okay, and minimal damage.

Posted:  1 day, 6 hours ago

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Damn deers...

Here’s a few of my houseguests. I kind of have a thing for deer...

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Posted:  1 day, 6 hours ago

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Damn deers...

Only three with a big truck so far. All the others were my cars and pickups, but that’s going back to the 1970s.

Posted:  1 day, 8 hours ago

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Damn deers...

Sorry about you hitting one of our deer, Jamie. Only 28 more and you’ll catch up with me!

Posted:  1 day, 17 hours ago

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Background

Tell the truth, all of it, every single time. If asked verbally, or a space on an application, “Have you EVER been convicted of a crime?”, or “Have you been found guilty of a felony or misdemeanor in the past XXX years”, write down the facts. It’s best to get told no prior to riding a bus for 20 hours, then being sent home after Day #1, on your dime. Most of these companies do very thorough background checks, so it WILL come out, whether you disclose it or not.

Posted:  1 day, 20 hours ago

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REALLY Heading to Veriah (Spelled Veriha) Sunday for Training Monday. Training Plan Update...

Great update! If it were me, I would stick with OTR to get the needed experience that will help you further down the road, into the future. It’s cold and snowing here in Michigan, too.

Posted:  1 day, 21 hours ago

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You and the equipment... Don't be that guy!

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Well, one of the good things about CFI is that I can send a macro in about any trailer problems I encounter instead of getting on the phone and then being on hold for quite a bit sometimes.

Posted:  1 day, 21 hours ago

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REALLY Heading to Veriah (Spelled Veriha) Sunday for Training Monday. Training Plan Update...

Start today, Marc?

Posted:  1 day, 21 hours ago

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Share A Cool Moment From Your Day

Here’s a few I’ve saved from the past several months.

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Posted:  1 day, 21 hours ago

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You and the equipment... Don't be that guy!

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Here’s two examples of my October trailer issues. I’m pretty sure neither the corded tire, nor the trailer unbiblical receptacle Duct Tape repair happened after these two trailers were left for the next guy (me).

Posted:  1 day, 22 hours ago

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Eye Candy

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I woke up a few weeks ago with this guy parked next to me. Check out the side door on the sleeper and those wrap fenders on the drive tires.

Posted:  2 days, 1 hour ago

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Hey Everyone Guess What!

Well done! God helps those that help themselves.

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