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Diver Driver's Info

  • Location:
    Youngsville, LA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

  • Social Link:
    Diver Driver On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 5 months ago

Diver Driver's Bio

Military veteran, and laid off Oilfield Commercial Diver. Looking to start a new career as a big rig driver, and see the rest of our beautiful country.

Just completed training and am now a solo company driver.

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Posted:  1 day, 7 hours ago

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Preventable accidents

You forgot one small detail. The "wonderful" (Extreme sarcasm) CSA system we have still gives you points for accidents that are non preventable. A drunk driver rear ends you, a person comes into your lane, a person crosses the double yellow... yep, the CSA still gives you points for that.

Not to turn this political, but this is what happens when the government tries to control everything.

Posted:  1 day, 7 hours ago

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Today’s the day!

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Congratulations!!

Posted:  4 days, 12 hours ago

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International pro star backing problem

Congrats on going solo Bryan.

Unfortunately the jerking is common among the 14 to 16 automatics and it doesn't really seem to matter what kind of truck it is.

If you can get the truck to go in to creep mode it supposedly will reduce the jerking. I found that when a truck started jerking it would stop if I pulled forward a little reducing the angle of the back.

I am in a 2019 international now and this one has the opposite problem. It wants to jerk when I am turning and pulling forward and low speeds.

One thing to remember is you probably won't have that truck for long because they are already trading in the 2015s.

I'm got a 17 freightliner. It does the same thing. It gets worse the tighter the angle between tractor and trailer is. Quite frustrating to say the least when your trying to keep your head on a swivel, and watch the space between you and everything else.

Posted:  4 days, 12 hours ago

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Leaving after contract

Who won't pay you a bonus for hazmat?

Posted:  5 days, 11 hours ago

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I-70 Colorado mountains

One of my favorite stops is near there. "No name rest area". You can walk along the Colorado river on the bike path, and actually get close enough to put your feet in the river. (Nothing like ice water on your feet after driving all day)

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Accepted to Prime!

Congrats ! Good luck with your training. Keep us posted

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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GPS and windows

I just heard this on the radio myself.

As a rule of thumb (don't quote me on this) you should be ok if the unit is outside the path of the wiperblades. Just make sure you can see all of your mirrors without moving your head.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Too Windy to Drive?

You did the right thing by shutting down. No one can tell you when "it's safe to drive."

Say the wind was 5mph less, and there were no warnings. If your trailer is all over the place, is it really safe to drive ?

If your fighting the wheel, and find yourself white knuckling ther steering wheel, do you think your being safe ? At that point you are most likely driving beyond your personal limits, and are also distracted. It is a solid base for an incident / accident.

Not everyone has the same level confidence. A person from Florida, who's never seen, much less driven in snow, is not gonna have the same level of confidence as person who grew up in the rockies, driving in the snow since he could reach the pedals. That's why dispatch and safety won't come back to you with "but truck #1234 is rolling, why aren't you?"

It goes without saying that being empty, you're more susceptible to the wind vs. A fully loaded trailer.

Relax, enjoy the break, and keep dispatch updated.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Packing List

Not to mention, the Grey Dog only allows a couple of bags, just like the airlines.

I had my sleeping bag, a trash bag with my pillow, and a lg. soft bag

When driving, I had a back pack that doubled as my shower bag. I would put everything I needed for my shift in it and bring it up front with me. That way I never had to go to the sleeper area.

I'm sure that would be a reason to get kicked off a trainers truck for sure.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Packing List

Your list looks pretty good. Skip the sandals 1pr. of gloves for now YES on Frog Toggs

Get a sleeping bag. You don't want to be in the top bunk while truck is moving, and your trainer doesn't want you in his bunk, on his bedding. (You don't want to be in his either)

Since your in training, 1 pr of work boots/ shoes (non steel toe if going reefer) 1 pr. Tennis / walking shoes (Only if you have room in your bag)

You can skip the polo shirts, or cut back the T shirts (NO DEROGATORY / OFFENSIVE LOGOS. If you can't wear it to church....)

My trainer told me, "You can bring anything you want, your gonna have to sleep with it."

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Warm Engine Before Driving

DEF will freeze, but causes no problems. The heat of the engine will thaw it out. I believe the are "heaters" installed, or just the way the lines are routed.

Fuel will definitely gel in the winter, and you'll be screwed. It's best to use some anti gel just to be safe. Put some in the reefer and truck, then run your bunk heater, truck, and refer to make sure the anti gel treated fuel is throughout the system.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Speeding in work zone

Written warning, you'll have points for 3 years I believe.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Thank you to all the Lazy drivers !

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Diver

When you talk about the inspection, was it HOS inspection or vehicle? Sorry for the noobish question.

Thanks

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As a company driver, he gets $25 for every clean inspection (doesn't matter what level).

Ernie

That is correct. Just as long as it's an actual inspection. Not when they are pulling everyone in and checking cab cards. (Which I personally think is B.S. if your gonna make me stop and waste my time, I should be compensated. You know DOT would sure as heck want some $$$ if my cab card was jacked up)

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Warm Engine Before Driving

It's the same with "cool down". There is a fine line between wasting fuel and being proactive. The modern day deisel engine doesn't really like to be idled excessively.

Old School covered it pretty well. I might suggest that you allow about the same amount of time for cool down. Just a few min. After running on the interstate to let things cool down a bit.

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Thank you to all the Lazy drivers !

Diver

When you talk about the inspection, was it HOS inspection or vehicle? Sorry for the noobish question.

Thanks

It was level 3 driver only. The officer checked my license, cab card, BOL, and my HOS.

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Chuck Norris Jokes You've Heard

Chuck Norris round house kicked the earth, and it's still spinning

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Newbie questions.

I'm getting a fridge put in today, as a matter of fact. I'm using a portion of my tax return. I also had the option of charging it to my truck, where they will payroll deduct the cost from my weekly checks. (Not sure how long they would spread the payments out)

I started with the ice chest idea, then went to a 12v. cooler. Most truck stops will allow you to get a free cupof ice, if using your own cup, and they all have hot water @ the coffee pot that you can use to make oatmeal or instant coffee. (The Starbucks coffee packets are pretty good)

I recently bought a small 5cup cheap coffee maker. (Less than 10 bucks at walmart)

While making your own meals is cheaper and healthier, it calls for some creativity while in a truck.

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Weed and a CDL

Simple..... do you want a career, or do you want to smoke weed ?

I'm not any better than anyone else, lord knows I've sweated a few urinalysis in my day while in the Navy, but we all need to have priorities away some point

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Thank you to all the Lazy drivers !

I know this applies to none of you reading this.....

I had a great week, and it was made even better because of some lazy drivers. 3600 mile week, plus I was asked if I would go out of route 100 miles in between loads, to slide tandems on a bunch of trailers at a brewery.

After spending close to 2 hrs sliding tandems, of which only 1 trailer had its pins come disconnected from the pneumatic ram, (clevis pin was still present) I head on my way to the next pick up. Today, I squared up with my fleet manager and scored $150.00 for my trouble. Then the day before yesterday, I got hauled in for an inspection, which I passed. 25.00 bucks in my bank, please and thanks.

So thank you to all the lazy drivers out there for not sliding your tandems. I'll gladly take the extra cash. dancing-dog.gifdancing.gifsmile.gifthank-you.gifthank-you-2.gif

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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You may be cool...

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You may be cool, but you'll never be Old School killing a terminal rat cool. rofl-2.gifrofl-1.gif

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Nope, it'll be mighty hard to top that! And to make himself sound so innocent too. Thats cool.

Cooler than the other side of the pillow. Lmao

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