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Posted:  7 years ago

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Prepass/scales question

More often then not, there will be 2 signs. "All Trucks and trailers weighing over xx,xxxlbs gross must enter" and "AVI/Prepass follow onboard signals.

What really miffs me is when the Prepass doesn't go green or red & the open/close sign is off. This has happened a few times & I'll pull in anyways...just to realize someone forgot to flip a switch before they left.

Back to the O.P.

IF they have prepass, sign or not & you get the green...the prepass will continue to blink green for awhile after it's activated. If you get stopped, you'll have proof you were given the go.

Posted:  7 years ago

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2 dogs, a motorcycle & new underwear

Charlie:

It's obvious where the NEW UNDERWEAR comes into the story. I would slow down through those cornfields. Maybe 35 MPH max.

Certainly will, especially when I see an oncoming bike.

Awesome story Brett! Thanks for sharing. πŸ‘

Posted:  7 years ago

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2 dogs, a motorcycle & new underwear

Thanks guys, very unnerving! I thought I was gonna be picking teeth out of the grill.

I mean, I kinda get why he did what he did. Hitting a dog on a bike would most likely end with him on the asphalt...but I'd like to think I would've chosen the cornfield over the grill of a Freightliner.

Out of the clear blue sky...nuts.

Posted:  7 years ago

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2 dogs, a motorcycle & new underwear

Yesterday I was bobtailing back from Findlay OH & there was a road closure. I had to detour down a country road (with no lane divider) in the middle of farmland USA.

Out of nowhere 2 dogs come bolting out of a cornfield into the road (I use cornfield generically, no idea what they're growing).

I'm probably doing 45-50mph at the time. There's a motorcycle in the oncoming lane that SWERVES INTO my lane (head-on) to avoid these dogs. I have 2 options. Hit the brakes or take the ditch. I hit the jake, depress the clutch & basically stand on the service brake. The motorcycle comes within arms reach of the tractor before swerving back into his lane.

I'm a dead stop, heart beating out of my chest. I thought I was going to kill him! I hit my hazards, open the door & puke everywhere. The bike... just keeps rolling.

I compose myself & get back into the truck (which is a loaner). The red exclamation point on the Qualcomm is flashing & I have messages asking if I'm okay. The truck recorded a hard brake critical event (obviously).

My usual truck (which is equipped with a drive cam) is in the shop for service. This truck doesn't have one...which is a shame. This was the exact kind of videos they show to new-hires in orientation. I could have been famous! Lol.

Seriously though, everyone is fine & I maintained control of the truck. I have to talk to the safety dept. guy (who is out of the office for the holiday) on Tuesday. This should be a fun conversation.

I'm a little concerned with having to discuss a critical event, but All-in-all...I wouldn't have done anything differently. I saved someone's life yesterday. I'm happy with that.

Stay aware! Anything can happen, anywhere at anytime. πŸ‘

Posted:  7 years ago

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IF I FAILED A PRE EMPLOYMENT DRUG TEST IN THE PAST FOR A COMPANY NOT RELATED TO CDL

Rainy gives solid advice. I don't believe a non-driving related drug screen would be on your MVR, but I wouldn't sink thousands to test that theory.

Companies these days do thorough background checks...putting it lightly.

Posted:  7 years ago

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Memorial Day

Wishing everyone a safe & happy Memorial day! To those that have fallen, I salute you. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Posted:  7 years, 1 month ago

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Do you fear autonomous trucking technology?

Once the truck can fuel itself, crank its own landing gear, connect it's own airlines & electrical, check the seal, top off its fluids, pre-trip its trailer, wipe the bug guts off of the sensor that tells it that its actually on the road (my radar gets caked with dirty snow which disables my cruise control until it's cleaned...total PITA), and not to mention dealing with shippers & scanning it's own BOL's...

There's DC's that won't even let you in the yard until you get out of the truck, push a button & talk to someone over an intercom.

Nah...not worried. πŸ˜‰

Posted:  7 years, 1 month ago

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Looking for otr company allowing wife and 2 kids!

In my experience, most companies that have a rider policy have minimum rider ages. (My companies age is 11) and it must be outside of school hours.

I'd imagine the biggest problem would be bed space. Unless you own your own truck...there's gonna be 2 beds & one of them is tiny.

Posted:  7 years, 1 month ago

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Best inexpensive trucker GPS

There was a guy looking for Beta testers for Tom-Tom on this forum last year. They sent me 2 of them for free. πŸ˜€ I just saw the adverts for this unit in a Love's restroom last week. Looks like they've finally made it to market.

Posted:  7 years, 1 month ago

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Why the Schneider Hate?

Swift has what.. over 10k trucks on the road??

Try +22,000

...and we're in the process of merging with Knight. Should be wrapped up by Q3.

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