Profile For Errol V.

Errol V.'s Info

  • Location:
    Sheffield, AL

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    10 years, 10 months ago

Errol V.'s Bio

A school teacher for eleven years. Now I'm getting out of the classroom!!

A trucker for three years. Then Oops! I've become a Driving Instructor! ... Now I'm back in the classroom!! (Or on the backing range)

A silly covfefe about reporting information for American society has allowed me to leave the building.....

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Posted:  9 hours, 13 minutes ago

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Non DOT drivers put on the Road

Justin, you are right that no one here "knows" you. On the flip side, you don't know the people on this forum.

Let me give you a short introduction to Kearsey. Kearsey is a Mod here, an Experienced Driver, not just with her avatar, but on the road. I was here when she bailed from a Post Office job and signed in here looking to try this trucking thing.

Over the last few years she has learned enough to be successfull with a YouTube channel and is (I think) a mentor to rookie drivers at Prime.

I'll admit Kearsey showed a bit of 'tude, but everything in her post applies.

Testing? Fact of trucker life. I have been randomly tested twice in two weeks, and I test as clean as can be.

Do you know of drug use, including weed, by other drivers? You could bring it up with management, if is verified they'll do what they have to do.

The FMCSA uses a Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) system that makes every CDL operating company pay special attention to their drivers' fitness to drive.

So if you see a problem, your company should know. If you feel they don't care and you do, either 1) follow the Whistleblower program or 2) look for a new job.

Posted:  1 day, 14 hours ago

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I'd like to become a driver, but having trouble finding what I need...

James, once you solve the ca problem, you might want to check PAM Transport

I just read an ad that goes like this:

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You can get your CDL training onsite at PAM! PAM has partnered with Select CDL Driving School (SDS) to offer a new CDL school at PAM headquarters, to get your trucking career off on the right foot.

Apply now! As you train you’ll get to meet other drivers, check out the equipment, and learn the PAM culture to get yourself closer to a driving seat with PAM.

NEW! Get $100 a Week While in School

SDS is now offering a weekly $100 stipend for all new CDL students. You’ll get $100 each week for 3 weeks of school. That’s $300 you can use to help with living expenses during school.* NEW! Industry-Leading 6-Month Commitment

PAM just set a new industry standard by only requiring a 6-month driving commitment to have all your school tuition covered. Other trucking companies require you to drive at least one or two years before they pay for CDL school.

Here is the Trucking Truth PAM Transport Review (The details here are not up-to-date.)

PAM's web site

Posted:  2 days, 17 hours ago

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Non DOT drivers put on the Road

What do you mean by "DOT Driver"? Are these drivers driving commercial vehicles without a current CDL license?

Posted:  4 days, 9 hours ago

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I'd like to become a driver, but having trouble finding what I need...

James what you dream about is a possibility, but rare. Generally, many trucking companies have their own school, but not near you. But if you are accepted at the company school, you will get a bus ticket and have a hotel room for the four or so weeks of school. The great thing about going company training is that you all but hired when they accept you for training.

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Finally, having a company truck terminal near you is not necessary. You will be traveling around, and when you are taking home time, you will be routed in a way that gets you home for a few days.

Posted:  6 days, 4 hours ago

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Retired Trucker Looking for Advice

What Ryan says is true. I've been a CDL instructor for five years. Last year I called Walmart transportation dept, inquiring.

With no recent OTR experience I would not be classified as experienced enough to get a fat bonus and a higher mileage rate.

Posted:  6 days, 18 hours ago

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Royally screwed my life. Is it fixable?

Jack supposes:

[Trucking] would allow me plenty of time to read at shippers and receivers, and just looks enjoyable in general...

OTR trucking is based on miles driven. There no money in waiting for loading/unloading. But the time waiting for the shipper to get your trailer ready is something you must keep track of.

As for "enjoyable", joy in trucking depends on you. It's a lonely job, you have weird work hours, and more, but then you don't have a boss looking over your shoulder and there's plenty of highway travel. (You realize I can't put a full discussion here, but you can check out the famous book by Brett: Becoming A Truck Driver: The Raw Truth About Truck Driving)

Posted:  6 days, 18 hours ago

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Starting Swift Academy in Phoenix

Arejay wonders:

Huh? Did they actually tell you that you didn't meet a minimum income requirement?

There's no "minimum income" requirement. All companies want to make sure the applicate hasn't spent the last two years in Margaritaville.

Third party (Pastor, Doctor, etc.) statements that you were full time caring for your Dad in his last days will work.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Question about Pre-trip

Hey Brett! I asked Jimmy™ this question:

Can another person do a truck pre-trip for a driver?

There was no answer, the text box just reverted to "Submit".

I asked this about 5:30 am. Maybe Jimmy™ hasn't finished his coffee yet

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Question about Pre-trip

Commercial aircraft are always pre-tripped. But it's not the pilots who do it, the ground crew does. Yes that are trained for that job.

Do you have any training for doing pre-trips? (We have lots of info & help here.)

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Moving within a company?

Errol sagely suggests:

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Pepsi will require you to wear steel-toed shoes on the job, so get shopping!

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I have nothing more to add. I just wanted to sound as cool as Errol by responding in his trademarked style😉

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