Profile For Errol V.

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  • Location:
    Olive Branch, MS

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    6 years, 2 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. The Oops! I'm become a Driving Instructor! ... Now I'm back in the classroom!!

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Posted:  1 day, 15 hours ago

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Advice on relocating to another state

As Old School says, you don't have to stay in Iowa at all. You can take your Home Time anywhere in your company's service area.

Put all your goodies into storage (PODS will be a labor saver when you do move) and hit the road. When you do have the money, and a place to move to, just call the POD people and they'll deliver to your new digs.

Posted:  1 day, 15 hours ago

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The TruckingTruth Meet Up Thread

Old School & Errol


Yeah. O.S. took this picture, but he forgot his selfie stick. He had to borrow my right arm to get this photo.


Anyone stopping by Memphis, let me know.

Posted:  3 days, 2 hours ago

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Does Swift train you in automatic or standard?

This information is about a year old. I spoke with a Swift Mentor (road training) who told me then that Swift will keep Academy training & road training with manuals for a while longer.

However, all the Bigs are switching to auto-shift (automatic) starting about two years ago. Unless you have a specific reason besides the limitation of automatic, you'll be in an auto-shift for most of your company driving career.

Posted:  3 days, 17 hours ago

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Advice Please

Cecelia, a little heads up. You'll probably get anesthesia for the tonsillectomy. Be sure to get documentation from the doctor about it.

Certain anesthetics can pop up in the drug test. This doesn't happen very often, but a positive drug test can end your career before it's started. So get the letter to CYA. The statement from the doctor can help you clear any problems.

Posted:  5 days, 17 hours ago

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Swift hair follicle test

Hair holds the info forever. Hair on your head grows about 1/2 inch per month, so 1 1/2 inches of hair will go back 90 days.

The hair on the rest of your body grows slower but falls out and is replaced. Body hair will show use up to a year.

This may well be. But over time, the material in your hair deteriorates and becomes useless to indicate drug use. Drug testing only uses the most recent 90 days. And Swift only looks at enough hair (in length) to check the last 90 days. I got this information from the medical examiner at Swift's Memphis office.

Posted:  5 days, 17 hours ago

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Cecelia, best of luck for you! What school are you going to? Any company lined up yet?

As Pete and Banks hint, this isn't as easy as most people expect. I'll tell you, you will probably become extremely frustrated in the course. I was, until I considered quitting from frustration. (Obviously I didn't) Stick to it, and consider each failure as a learning experience.

Finally, on the road part, you have to get in the frame of mind that your truck is 70 feet long, not 20 feet like a car. Start a training diary in the CDL Training Diaries section so we can watch your progress and cheer you on!

Posted:  1 week ago

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Alternating home time

Your home time is where you want it to be. I got off the road with Swift about a year ago. At that time a driver would request home time about a week ahead and simply gave a zip code. You would get dispatched so you end up near there. Those only works on a company's service area, so being with a national company like Swift helps a lot. You can explain your desire to your Driver Manager to make your arrangement easier to work out.

Welcome to Trucking Truth, Mike. It sounds like you're investigating this career, so I'll post our TT "starter kit":

Posted:  1 week ago

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Choosing a right CDL school

Andrey, it looks like you've done some decent research already. Go through the list of links that Big Scott listed to round out your understanding.

BTW, the High Road CDL Training Program is a free study and practice to get you up to speed for the CDL permit test.

A few additional thoughts:

If you can get your CDL training "for free" through grants, go for it. The thought of a "12 month commitment" is simply that if a company finances your training through either their own school or a contract school, they want to get paid back while your start your career.

The great majority of new drivers, after school and OTR training, start out over the road. OTR is actually the least complicated form of big rig driving. I started out in Swift's school and drove for them. It wasn't hard to go OTR and get home one weekend every two weeks. Home time more often than that might be a bit harder.

But in less than six months, I was reassigned to a line haul route where I was actually home every day. Things like this are possible. Good luck.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Accidents and Getting a New Job

Phil, keep this in mind:

If you were involved in an accident, no matter whose fault,
->> you were involved in an accident.. <<-

Any accident should be a learning tool, and you need to analyze what happened. Think about how you got into that situation, and importantly, think about what you could have done or seen that could have helped you avoid what happened.

Best of luck at Western Express. Think ahead and look for possible situations you could avoid.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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New boot device being deployed to threaten Walmart overnighters

Big Scott points out:

There are some Walmarts with truck parking. They have lined truck spots or other designated areas.

Apps like Trucker Path and Driver Pulse show parking. There are books of truck stops. Both of my GPSs have places to park. As you drive keep note of big truck stops you see and any other place you see trucks parked.

This is true. I use Trucker Path mostly, along with DAT Trucker (DAT-T is also good for Hotels for truckers). A problem with TPath is the the reviewers are unmoderated.

But if a Walmart has parking, and Google Map's Satellite View shows trucks in the lot, I'll pull in. If I'm looking for a 10 hour spot, I will go in and ask either a manager or the checkout supervisor.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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New to the game.

Thanks for the awesome article and advise. It sure makes me feel a little more at ease. Now to find the right fit for me. Any suggestions?

Here's what you can start:

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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New to the game.

Joseph sees himself getting lost:

As far as the Mega carriers, I just don't see myself working for companies that I might find myself getting lost within the numbers. Maybe I'm wrong... I really don't know.

It's easy to see this: "lost" among two thousand drivers. Sure, your Mega company has a central phone number for payroll and such.

But on a day-to-day basis you will work with your #1 team mate, your DM or Driver Manager. Like Old School says, your DM will make money (miles and miles of it) for you because by making your deliveries your DM gets his/her pay, too.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Alternative medicine for Barometric Pressure Headaches?

Hi, Anne and your husband. I just now looked up B. P. headaches. WebMD and Healthnet. I just got a general understanding of the problem.

Though we are all truckers here and not medical types, it looks like your best bet for relief is in the generic "get plenty of sleep" and all that.

And just who is posting is not as important as getting questions answered.

CBD itself is not illegal. However there remains the possibility/ risk of some large enough traces of THC might remain, depending on the source of the CBD and the quality of the manufacturer.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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What Count as Driving Experience ??

Hi, Nasiru, welcome to the forum (even ten months after you joined TT!)

So after you got your CDL, and did some training with one company, what happened? If you got your CDL license in February, your driving resume looks to be really short on experience.

By now, five months after your license, you're not a "recent grad" any more. There are companies that don't do their own training but will take in fresh CDL people.

Any company interested in you can look up your driving record in your DAC report. (Like your credit report, this has information about your driving experience, but it's handled by another company.)

OTR experience is usually shown on your paycheck stubs. That's your personal documentation. The experience companies look for is solo or team miles, not including your training period.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Diluted urinalysis test

The standard procedure for pee tests is that if the patient can't produce when they are asked to, they must sit in the testing office and drink water until, per Old School, the added water filters through.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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How do couples work their hours?

I second Robert the Raptor's notes.

Here's something to think about, even concerning your beloved husband: Good news "you will be together a lot!". Bad news: "you will be together a lot!". Think of living together hours & days at at time in a space as large as a bathroom. Literally an arms reach apart most of your life.

My sister-in-law rode with her truck driver husband for years. Even learned a thing or two about backing a truck. She went ahead and got her own CDL so they could team. This lasted about 5 months then they separated (their jobs, not their marriage!) and drove separate trucks. My sister-in-law felt that was a much better life style than teaming with her hubby. Now she works in the company office as a Driver Manager. And they are still "a couple"!

I'm not out to throw water on your dream. But there are other factors you may not have thought about that are involved.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Hello all! New member here.

Rick's first attempt at truck driving:

I drove for FFE back in the '90s, for about 8 months, and found it too tough to keep going... lack of sleep from too much night driving, and difficult deliveries in big cities back East (which I'm not accustomed to).

Trucking is, and was back then, a 24/7 type job. No, you don't work those long hours, but you might have to drive at night/0 dark 30 to get your job done. You need to flip the switches in your mind to allow for night driving and any big city.

Assuming you are in Calgary, AB, Canada, and not living in the eastern US, being sent to New England and such is something you could possibly avoid. In searching for companies, look at their service area and whether they do "forced dispatch" or not.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Concealed Carry friendly carriers

(not offering an opinion on "yes"/"No" or "Why?"/"Why not?") Should it become known by Personal Injury lawyers that you are carrying, they will find a way to keep tabs on you and your location because any use of your weapon will instantly become a lawsuit involving you, your trucking company and the owner of the warehouse/truck stop you are at. Not the kind of thing these people want to be involved in.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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How do couples work their hours?

Hi, Amber. Welcome top Trucking Truth.

The quick answer to "how you work your hours" is as Turtle describes.

This is more humane than the possible 10-10-10 shift where each driver takes the wheel for ten hours, is off for ten, then back in the front seat for another ten. Considering a day has 24 hours, your on and off periods rotate through the day. I feel this is brutal and not worth the effort. Yes, you stop the truck every once in a while, but the main thing is to get your freight delivered as fast as possible.

Use the search bar at the top (It's the blank space just under the "Trucking Truth" title.) and enter "team driving" for any mention of this topic. Here's an article at the top of the search results: Dispelling The Myths Of Team Driving by Rainy, one of our top contributors.

Or click the three bar menu (top left) will get you to "Trucking Wiki" with just about anything you want to know about truck driving.

And, get your other questions answered right here on the Trucking Truth Forum!

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Leaving For School On Midnight May 4th

There has been some discussion here about how a non-compete clause works if a student is booted out, compared to if said student quits and walks away.

This is the kind of thing you could take to a lawyer and ask their opinion. If they take it on contingency, you get a free ride. The worst case is they write a nasty letter for you and you pay, say, $100.

At any rate, it only seems right for the school to tell you just why you were dis-invited, and if it's their decision you should be entitled to release from that clause.

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