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Posted:  3 years ago

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Pros and cons of owning a FedEx route

I had a friend who worked for FedEx. He says routes tend to dry up quickly. You have to really investigate if it will last as long as you want/need. That's really the extent of my knowledge on this matter. I have an aversion to anything temporary, but maybe you know how to make it worth your while.

Posted:  3 years ago

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College or Truck Driving.

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I'm telling you right now, the ruthless pursuit of the dollar is the only thing in life that makes sense.

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How sure of that are you?

I'm exaggerating, of course, but I think my point is clear. Try finding love and respect when you can't make ends meet.

Posted:  3 years ago

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Quickest growing trucking companies

Thanks guys, great advice. I will look into everything suggested here further.

Posted:  3 years ago

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College or Truck Driving.

Mechanical Engineering sounds like a good major. Opportunities for people who are excellent at math and science will always be there. Keep in mind that any type of engineering or STEM degree is performing a lot better on the job market than sociology or history, not that sociology and history aren't important things to learn about. If I were you, I'd become a mechanical engineer. The average trucker is around 50 years old, and the turnover rate is high, so the opportunity to switch careers and drive will be there for you for a long time. Unless, of course, robots and computers take over trucking. Then they'll probably need a mechanical engineer.

Also, if the job market gets tough, a mechanical engineer could become a teacher without going back to school simply because so many schools struggle to find people qualified to teach math and science to teenagers. Or so my friend who teaches at Richmond Public Schools says. I don't think she'd lie to me.

Everyone who has advised you here has spoken from their life experiences. Those experiences are valuable and insightful, and though I may contradict them in what I say, everything said here is worth considering.

What do you value? If it's money, get your degree and you'll have a bigger long-term payoff. Uber isn't working to automate mechanical engineers. Job opportunities of all sorts will be open to you, at least on paper.

If you want freedom, do both. Drive a truck, save your money, and pay for your college that way if you can. Have both experience driving and get your degree. Then your likelihood of being unemployed in the next recession will decrease. I was your age when the recession hit in 2008-2009. My only option was to go to college because nobody was hiring people my age and sitting around at home is a bad idea. I'm grateful that I did what I did at school, met the people I met, and so on. If I didn't go to college, I wouldn't have had the opportunity to do some of the things I did there.

But things didn't work out the way I wanted them to. I think for everyone in the world, life doesn't go according to plan. You might get in that truck one day, thinking about all the money you're making, and then find Ms. Right, get married, and buy a farm somewhere instead. Or you might be like me. I got my degree, got my "dream job," then got fired unfairly within three weeks. Afterwards, I couldn't get hired elsewhere. So I went to trucking school. That might be you. Plans and schemes hardly work how you want them to.

Think about what will bring in the most money and job opportunities in the long run. Don't do something just because it makes you happy. Happy won't pay the bills in a recession, happy won't always put food on the table. Do what will make you money for the longest stretch of your life possible. Anyone who thinks money can't buy happiness has clearly never had to sleep in a house with no heat in the winter, had to take a cold bath, and had no chances at finding love because women don't date men who are broke (even if they are good men), and wives leave otherwise good husbands who are down on their luck. I'm telling you right now, the ruthless pursuit of the dollar is the only thing in life that makes sense.

Do both if you can, you'll make more money. If not, then pursue the degree.

That sounded so toxic. I'm sorry, I guess I'm not good at expressing my thoughts.

Posted:  3 years ago

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Quickest growing trucking companies

So I'll just start off by saying I'm asking this because I'm looking into buying stock somewhere in something. If this thread doesn't belong here or something, I'm sorry and I don't intend to start a trend of out of left-field threads. I just thought this would be a good place to ask.

So who do you think are the quickest growing companies right now? I've heard XPO and Celadon. Prime seemed pretty popular last year too. Or if you already invested in a trucking company, please enlighten me because I don't really know what I'm doing.

How about Greyhound? With all the trouble around the airlines lately, they should be gaining business.

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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What's a good company to start out with?

Blue, I have no idea of why you are here.

Trucking like any business is about profit, the basis of free enterprise and capitalism. If you don't like that system, this is not the place for your soap box. Just isn't.

Regardless of anything you say, or believe or don't believe, in this business your success is based purely on your own ability, skill, desire and dedication, not a manager or an investor or a consultant. It's all on you, period. No excuses or someone or something to blame failure on. All you.

If you want us to help you succeed, great we are of like minds and happy to help. If not then find another place to preach your opinions cause there is no interest here. You are tearing down a business you know nothing about, arguing with people far more knowledgable than you, who can actually help you succeed in it. Up to you...

The thing is, you guys are mostly preaching about how good things are if you just work for it. I never said putting in the effort won't get you far, just that there are more factors than that. The bad side needs to be addressed too, but it's taboo to talk about the bad side of anything these days. How can you prepare people, and tell them the truth, if you keep repeating the same old, one-sided Horatio Alger stories?

Tearing down a business? No, I'm just asking for both sides of the coin. This argument stopped being about trucking a long time ago, now it's about life and work in general. You guys think life is fair, people are fair, and everything boils down to one's own dedication. I think there are more factors at play than that, and life can often get ugly. And I know, deep down, you agree with that statement. Maybe not entirely, but enough to "get it." But you aren't going to admit it for whatever reason. Denial is just a river in Egypt to you "positive" Horatio Alger people.

I think you guys are only telling half of the truth. You're obviously trying to sell people the dream. You're the Shia Labeoufs of trucking. Go ahead, sell that dream. People will find out the bad side on their own, whether you like it or not.

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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What's a good company to start out with?

Blue Hotel,

I’m not judging you, but I feel sad for the way you view the world. We all get to choose, and you have obviously made a lousy choice. But it’s your right to choose. And at this point….that’s OK.

If you read what Old School wrote and all you can say is you're wrong, then you plain refuse to believe the truth son. And actually, I consider you being down right disrespectful to someone who has earned your respect.

The folks I read in this forum are trying help people out by telling them the truth.

No matter what, you’ll never hear it. If you took that same determination and applied it positively to your life, the sky would be the limit. You are blinded and there ain’t anything any of us can do about that.

In my opinion, your not worth the risk of negatively affecting anyone else in here.

I don’t hate ya Dude, its worse…I don’t respect you.

I’m done with you, and it's your fault.

I don't need your respect. I'm an internet person who you don't know, "respect" outside of common courtesy is irrelevant here. Expressing a disagreeing opinion, no matter how negative, isn't disrespect. It's just a differing opinion. I've been through hell and back in my life, so I feel I have the right to weigh in on the realities of work and life in America. Will I always be right? No. And neither will anyone else. The opinions I expressed were polite. You, on the other hand, are a bit rude (just a bit).

If blindly agreeing with whatever someone says is respect, then I want nothing to do with it. That isn't respect, that is thoughtlessness. I don't even want anyone to blindly agree with me.

A lot of times there will be things, places, people, jobs, situations, etc that are just bad. Is it like this all the time? No, but we'd be stupid to act like bad stuff never happens. It's tough kid, but it's life.

If you can't stand "negativity" then you won't make it in any job anywhere doing anything. Toughen up. Grow up. If other people on this board are going to be drastically impacted by anything anyone here has to say, then you have to wonder about their mental state. We're forum posters, not gods. Nobody even really knows us that well. I could be the unibomber and you could be some inmate somewhere using a smuggled smartphone to post. Take everything everyone online says with a grain of salt or ten. It's so impersonal, "respect" barely comes into play.

If you don't acknowledge the bad, you won't be prepared to handle it when it comes. And it does come, it's part of life.

But I apologize, let's get back on topic out of "respect" for the original poster.

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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CDL permit

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How much is a permit in Alabama? In Virginia it's $3, and you have to take a few multiple choice tests at the DMV. They give you a book to study for free at DMV too. Alabama can't be that different.

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$15.00 for permit, $100 for DOT physical. If you read what I wrote, I have no money due to being unemployed. I don't have help. I'm doing this all on my own.

I apologize, I forgot all about the physical. I figured you'd be able to scrape up $15 somewhere, but $100 is harder, you're right. Worse case scenario, hang in there and hopefully a regular job or something will come soon and you can save up the $115 to get a permit and physical. As an unemployed person myself, I understand that isn't easy.

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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CDL permit

How much is a permit in Alabama? In Virginia it's $3, and you have to take a few multiple choice tests at the DMV. They give you a book to study for free at DMV too. Alabama can't be that different.

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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What's a good company to start out with?

If this is illegal, then it doesn't happen.

Firstly, companies do illegal stuff all the time. You can just Google this, look up "employer labor law violations." Do you honestly believe companies are managed in the most squeaky clean way? Illegal stuff happens, even in trucking. I don't know how often trucking companies do try to pressure people into lease-purchase, but enough people are saying they try. Of course, they can't force you to do anything. All they can do is treat you differently for not accepting a lease-purchase offer, or fire you for a made up reason. This happens across the world in every industry and every field of work all the time.

This is corporate America we're talking about, the law doesn't matter to them. They have company lawyers and contracted law firms on retainer and politicians in their pockets.

As far as contradicting myself goes, I don't see the contradiction at all. There are bad workplaces in the world, plenty of them. But instead of blaming management, which often plays an active role in making workplaces bad, too many people blame the workers for being "bad workers." And, in your mind, the company and management are squeaky clean.

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Offset Backing is Killing Me

I was like you when I first started in school. Then a particular instructor showed me how he does it, and I finally understood the offset. Now I'm the offset champ. The only problem is I'm not good at much else.

I made you some pictures in Paint, click here. Know that Photobucket has scrambled them out of order for some reason, but I numbered them so just use the numbers. Assume you are offsetting from box A to box B.

1. Pull up out of box A and get close to the center line, but not too close. Tandems ten inches or so off the line will do. STOP.

2. Turn your wheel one full turn left to make the trailer go right (towards box B). Hold this until your trailer blocks out the middle cone in the top and bottom mirrors. At this time, your tandems ought to touch, or be close to, the dotted line. It doesn't matter whether you have a line or not, just imagine one. Know that the middle cone up front would be right at the end of that line. Oh, and STOP.

3. Turn towards the direction the trailer is pointing to straighten it out. Your vehicle should now be in a straight line. STOP. Begin looking out of your driver side mirror (look out of your passenger side mirror if backing from B to A).

4. Come back until the tandems in the mirror you're using touch the line or get close to it (i.e., get kind of even with the middle cone). STOP. Then make two full turns away (to the passenger side in this case). This will jack the trailer over the line. STOP once this happens.

5. Turn all the way to the driver's side (in this case) to get your vehicle straight again. STOP. Then straight back into box B. You may need to pull up to adjust yourself better for this straight back.

And that is my instructor's method.

Picture 6 is where the cones are in our yard, and how I imagine them in this example. The big black circles/dots represent the cones.

Hopefully nobody beat me to this, I've been working on this post for 40 minutes or so.

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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What's a good company to start out with?

I'm sure a lot of what you said is true, and what I said is definitely an oversimplification. But why is it so hard to believe that some companies, regardless of their industry, are just plain horrible places to work? We, in America, always blame the worker but never management. As if those higher up and the ladder are angels and the rest of us are scumbags. But both sets of people are equally human and susceptible to human flaws like nepotism, bullying, greed, sociopathy, and just plain being an *******. And when they form a corporate culture around such things, word gets out.

I wish I lived in the America you live in, Old School, where responsibility on the job is rewarded and managers aren't a bunch of sociopaths. The one I see is where jobs are always temporary/seasonal, management constantly tells workers they can't do anything right, and high turnover is created intentionally to keep wages low and benefits minimal (among other things).

And you haven't even addressed all the claims that this or that company will threaten to fire you if you don't take part in their lease-purchase program. I guess all the people who said that online all know each other and all lied. I know it's illegal, but that never stopped corporate America.

You're right that a company owes you zero proof that they're a good place to work, and its the new guy who has to prove himself. But in so many jobs out there, regardless of industry, one can bust their ass all day and still get told they aren't doing well enough. At the end of the day, work is about making a profit of those at the top, and whatever happens to the little guy is of no consequence.

You've had good work experiences, I believe you and your feelings are valid. But so many people have had just the opposite experience and they're valid too. It's a big world, and it's cold. Very cold.

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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What's a good company to start out with?

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You're probably going to make the same money no matter where you go in your first year. Schneider and TMC have some of the best training programs for new CDL holders, or so I've heard. That can go a long way.

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That's not true. I've seen companies pay from 21 to 27 cpm ( I think CR England is 27cpm)... while other companies are paying much more. Prime pays 39 to 44 cpm to rookies.

I've said it a dozen times. I love prime. We have a ton of vets... they are family oriented with great terminals good bonuses and lots of perks. Love my dispatcher. . He's awesome

Some of those companies give raises throughout your first year, other companies that supposedly pay well don't have as many miles available, hence so many people's complaints. According to my research, which I admit is flawed, most rookies will make between $30K-$35K. A lucky few, or those who work flatbed, will make $40K.

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Hireright Bankruptcy & Class Action Lawsuit

Yeah, it is a racket, but do you think these HR dirtbags behind HireRight, or any major company out there in the world, would give a damn about you and your rights if it weren't for these lawsuits? HR and management get away with murder every day in this country, so go get yours. It's not like there will be a revolution or anything in our lifetime, so getting every little bit from "the man," whether it's HR, lawyers, management, politicians, etc, is the best you can do. Do it.

Yeah, I said it. I went there. I posted it. The opinion of everyone on the forum was asked, and that is mine.

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Exemployer telling lies to kept me from getting a job

If you have proof of what you say, then you can take this employer to court. A lot of companies want to see W2s as proof that you worked there, so they won't even call them. If you have another co-worker you can list as a references, plus a W2, it will help a lot.

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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What's a good company to start out with?

You're probably going to make the same money no matter where you go in your first year. Schneider and TMC have some of the best training programs for new CDL holders, or so I've heard. That can go a long way.

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Harsh Reality

I had a company that gave me a pre-hire, but I've been in school so long they sort of backed out without telling me. I just found out when my friend with a smartphone checked Driver Pulse for me. I don't know why they backed out, I have to call them soon and ask. It's probably because I've been in school so long they think I'm fibbing them, or they just ran out of open driver positions. I can't blame them either way.

After you finish school, my instructors tell me I have 40 to 60 days to get a job. That ought to be plenty of time if you don't make stupid decisions, the industry doesn't go under, you don't get hurt, etc.

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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What does and doesn't go on DAC

Blue, I tried my best - I gave it to you straight.

If you had any concept of the twists, and turns, and struggles my life has been through you would be ashamed of how sorry you feel for yourself. I feel no pity for you, I know what it takes to succeed. I always shoot straight my friend.

And here it is straight from the mouth of someone who knows - self pity will crush you into a never ending cycle of despair and defeat.

You can do with that what you want, but I'll just tell you what I did with self pity after it tried to get the best of me - I crushed it like an enemy! for me, it is a vanquished foe. For you it has become a crutch to lean on, and an unstable one at that.

I just don't get it, I'll never understand the mentality "positive" people have. Regardless, it won't effect my work. You may not believe it, but it won't.

Self-pity, life in general, optimism, pessimism, are all irrelevant to this topic of this thread. I apologize for the role I played in getting us off topic. The original topic being will the thing in question appear on my DAC if the hypothetical worst case scenario did, indeed, happen. Old School has pretty much answered with no, it won't.

But my mind won't be calm until I either see something substantial stating that it won't, or the company calls me back and indicates that said bad scenario didn't happen. This forum cannot provide me with the last one, and the former probably doesn't exist. I have to wait until Monday or later. Just me and my anxiety, driving me crazy. It has been like this my whole life, so forgive me if my posts aggravate you. There is nothing I can do.

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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What does and doesn't go on DAC

Actually, I grew up during the recession when people couldn't find work, lost their homes, and skilled/educated people ended up working for minimum wage, and we still haven't recovered. I grew up at a time when kids would get arrested at school for things that would have resulted in a simple detention 20 years ago. I live in the de-industrialized, non-union, wage-declining, America where people must pay for health insurance they can't afford or be fined.

I've been out of work for a very long time, and it isn't because I'm not trying. It's because life kicks you in the balls. No reason needed. If life was fair and success always went to those who did the best, then there wouldn't be any problems in life. OSHA and the NLRB could shut their doors, the unions could disband, politician wouldn't be a dirty word, there would be no diseases, bad things wouldn't happen to good people, the Catholic Church wouldn't need to offer confession, and so many lawyers could move to another type of law.

The world is cold and everyone and everything is looking to hurt you. It's a jungle out there.

I don't expect trucking, if I am ever fortunate enough to have such a career, to be all sunshine and unicorns. As a matter of fact, I expect it to be really tough and often scary. At best I expect it to be somewhere between "just OK" and outright worst case scenario. And I'm fine with that. I'm fine with that because it's all part of a larger plan I have for my life. But it's hard when you're down and people keep telling you you're a bad person for being down, when people tell you life will be all sunshine and unicorns if you just try. And you know it isn't that simple.

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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What does and doesn't go on DAC

Like everyone here has said chill out. Your attitude has everything to do with your success or failure in life. Go after your dreams or sit back and watch them pass you by. I wish you great success in your trucking career. If you read the posts on this forum and blogs on this site, you will see over and over again how a positive attitude helps get out of the worst situations.

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As far as your linked in goes, either delete your account, change it or be honest about it. Honesty goes a long way.

In my life experience, attitude has little to do with it, especially when other people have the power to decide whether or not you get to work there. Life isn't like a little league game. Little League is fair, life is cruel, cold, and hostile, and very unjust, which is why I lie when applying for office-type jobs like on LinkedIn. We have to accept that when dealing with other people, a lot of things are out of our control. I could have a great attitude, only to find that nobody will hire me because of some BS on the DAC, or some BS in general. That is my concern. It would be quite the story if I were to get nailed badly for being honest, but stranger things have happened. It's a cold world.

I just made my LinkedIn private. Nobody can see it now. Hopefully said company hasn't already seen it.

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