Profile For Diver Driver

Diver Driver's Info

  • Location:
    Youngsville, LA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 7 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:  3 days ago

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Thinking of Buying a Boat

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You got me hook ine and sinker... I read the title, and was saying WTF does this have to do with trucking rofl-2.gifrofl-1.gif

Posted:  3 days ago

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Your Favorite Truck Stop

Jubitz in Portland, OR. Is pretty cool. They actually have a night club inside.

Iowa 80 is pretty cool, especially the truck museum next door. Other than the museum and chrome shop, it's basically a big ass TA. (Not a fan of TA)

Posted:  3 days ago

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Can anyone confirm or deny this? 12’ 7” & 12’ 9” clearances on I-95 near I-87 (Bronx)

Coming off of Long Island and getting into 95 I got a low bridge warning. What it was, is that the overpass in the oncoming ramp lane was low. I scooted over to the travel lanes and it was all good

Posted:  4 days, 7 hours ago

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Parking at truck stops

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What really grinds my gears is the total idiot who made up the majority of TA/PETRO parking spaces. They are angled so that you either pull in (like the guy in the OP) or you have to blind side back.

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It is an acquired taste. Kinda like Liver.

Yeah... and liver sucks. Something about the organ that makes the ingredient in poo. No thanks.

Posted:  6 days, 6 hours ago

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Parking at truck stops

What really grinds my gears is the total idiot who made up the majority of TA/PETRO parking spaces. They are angled so that you either pull in (like the guy in the OP) or you have to blind side back.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Hazmat Training

Do yourself a favor and get ALL your endorsements.. even if you're not interested in hauling hazmat or tankers. You'll be surprised at how much hazmat there is that isn't of the "holy crap dangerous" type. Some of its actually just a type of soap they use on micro chips. Or, just plain old paint. It makes you more valuable to your employer, and they pay extra.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Thinking About Trucking, A Few Questions

I was on disability, yes it can easily be proven.

However I've read a lack of work history will make me unhireable by any company.

Welcome to the forum!

I feel you are making a classic mistake already. (We've all done this) You're worrying about getting hired, before you even start school. I understand you have some circumstances that may need to be worked out, but go ahead and get your affairs in order; and then contact the many companies out there, to see what they say.

I'm not a recruiter, but I would have to think that disability is viewed differently (more favorable?) Than someone who just didn't work.

Good luck to you.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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MAY TRUCKING / ENGLAND

Just wondering...... we have a bunch of Primates and Swifties in here. Are there any England or May Trucking people in here ? Before choosing Prime, my first choice was actually gonna be May.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Descending steep downgrades in an automatic

Until this topic, I never knew there was such a shirt. So thank you ! :)

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Descending steep downgrades in an automatic

I'm actually sitting at the bottom of Cabbage right now. I HAD to stop and get me one of those "Cabbage Hill Survivor" shirts.

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Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Question: Residential Areas

One of my first loads as a solo driver had me in that bind. The main interstate was flooded so I was detoured. Once in town, the GPS had me go straight and the next thing I know I'm in a neighborhood. A car comes up to me, and lights me up. "Sh*t, an unmarked cop car. The two female cops say "you're about to get yourself in a whole lotta mess, where are you trying to go?"

I explain what happened, and where I was trying to go. They ended up giving me an escort. No tickets no nothing. Then, when leaving the place, the GPS tried routing me back through the neighborhood again. The route actually crossed over (through an intersection with) the main street, through the neighborhood, then back onto the same main street.

After that, It was CEMENTED in my thick skull to never trust the GPS, even if it's the companie's QC

Posted:  1 month ago

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Dog & Idling

What I've seen, is that above 70 or so and below 30 or so, they allow you to idle. I think I'd have to ask the security guard if he wanted to sit in the truck with me; that as long as he was in the truck, I wouldn't idle.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Taking the Dog with you OTR

Almost all companies who offer a dog policy, will have restrictions on the size, and breed of dog that you can have with you.

I've had my dog with me for a while now and I love it. My biggest piece of advice, is please please please always have your dog on a leash. A few days ago I was walking my dog, and another dog came running around a trailer and came right to us. Luckily, neither my dog nor his were vicious, but it could have been a real problem. The other driver apologized and said he didn't know I was back there with my dog. But that's the whole point. You never know who might be around the corner.

AMEN !! I have a pitbull that is very friendly, but protective. It seems everywhere I go there is always 1 ******* who thinks it's fine to let their dog off leash. I've started carrying mace. All it would take is one bite, and then my dog gets put down just because she's a pit.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Descending steep downgrades in an automatic

So you enjoyed Cabbage hill, did ya? Lol. Your Jakes are most effective at higher RPMs 20k is normal. I know it sounds like the engine is gonna explode, but before it gets too serious, the truck will tell you to lower your rpms.

You have 2 options.

1) engage your Jake's and start down the hill. Once you get to your safe speed, engage the cruise. Your Jakes will try to keep you at our below that speed.

2) start down the hill and engage your Jake's. ALWAYS start at level 1 and go up. Don't just slap them on to level 3.

As your speed decreases, let off a level of Jake, until you start to pickup speed again. If level 3 of the Jake won't hold or slow you enogh, apply firm brake pressure for approx 3 seconds, and release. And I mean firm. By 3 seconds you should slow down approx. 10 mph. The truck may even drop a gear, and the rpms will jump up. (Don't worry about that)

In the winter, it is a judgment call. If the weather is so bad that you can't use Jake's, you may want to consider shutting down. If you can't, just remember to keep it slow. It's easier to slow a slow truck, than to slow a fast truck. As far as the other drivers flying by, drive your own truck, don't just them get under your skin. Put on your flashers, and take the hill at YOUR COMFORT LEVEL.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Got hit at a truck stop

3 times. Kllm, England, and a private company driver. But ya notice, no Swift.......

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Help! I’m the worst in my class at the reverse lane change!

I found this video really helpful when I was in school. Don't give up, we've all been there.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Tanker endorsement: Highly reccommend

Thanks for the advice! Im at Prime orientation and already have tanker on my permit.

Good man !

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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New to trucking. What is the point of leasing from a carrier? It's not O/O and seems to be a scam

Trav H. I just want to say this that being a true independent contractor is a different animal than leasing a truck from a company in that you are responsible for everything versus the lease where the base plates, fuel taxes, tolls, pre pass, and hut may be paid by the company. Also in the event the truck being leased goes down with mechanical issues the owner may be allowed a rental in order to keep making revenue. There are companies with a bad lease program that can take advantage of drivers but there are some companies out there have a good leas program in place and offer support to their owners.

Just my .02. If you're gonna lease, that's one thing. But for the love of God, stay away from Lease Purchase plans !! The fact that they are "walk away" plans may sound great, but remember, that walk away option extends to the company as well. It's possible for the company to take the truck back, and you're screwed.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Guaranteed pay...Best thing since canned beer or demotivator? 😜

Well...... to be blunt, if he doesn't shape up after your talk, I'd kick him off the truck or if he's lead seat, I'd jump trucks. I don't have time for that type of B.S. it's one thing to stop if there's time on the load, but completely another story if he's "sand bagging". His laziness is affecting the good on your table.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Status Change. 😀

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Congrats Scott ! Isn't that an awesome feeling, when you prove yourself, and your fleet manager takes good care of you

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