Profile For Saxon W.

Saxon W.'s Info

  • Location:
    Panola County, MS

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 11 months ago

Saxon W.'s Bio

New to the industry. Not new to life.

Graduate of SEC Training Centers

Drives for Watkins & Shepard

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Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Looking for assistance to get cdl a

Get the grant if you can. If not, go company sponsored. But if you are going into trucking for the need of immediate money, you might want to consider other options. It takes time out here to know how to consistently make money.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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This is getting real

So I took the plunge and applied to Prime after doing my research. I got a call from them yesterday. They confirmed things I've read as far as training, pay, and questions about the company. They mentioned a TX, AR, OK, LA regional run too (I'm interested in going to all 48 though, as home time isn't essential to me for now). They said if everything on my background checks out, they could have me in orientation on 6/20. I said that's a little soon for me but I appreciate the positive response.

I'm continuing to research companies, and still considering private CDL school, but confidence is high.

I run these states for w/s (for another week anyway) and I can tell you they are great, except OK, I don't like running in OK, even though the coolest truck stop ever is about 30 mins east of Woodward.

AR is pleasant and trucker friendly. Everything in Texas happens quickly....be cautious of the truck stops around Dallas. The north side of LA is cool, the south not so much, but I can bare it better then OK.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Hireright Bankruptcy & Class Action Lawsuit

So what is the grievance of the the class action petitioners?

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Torn, and don't know what to do.

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I just want to add that Schneider DOES have regional jobs that get you home every weekend. AND last year (when I had only been on the job 4 months) they got me time off for my Son's wedding. It just took a little planning and flexibility on my part. I.e. I reserved my normal home time for the weekend of the wedding and then made sure that if they routed me to the nearest Operating Center, I'd get transportation to the wedding, which was about an hour away. I was out of the truck for four days. No problem.

As for the regional thing; while I know it varies from company to company, if you just want to see what's out there for stuff other than flatbed, you can go to company websites, put in your zip code or city/state and they'll tell you the positions available.

Good luck and I hope this helps.

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You work for Schneider currently?

Technically yes, they bought Watkins and Shepard last week.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Torn, and don't know what to do.

Watkins and Shepard will have you home every weekend and you can take two weeks off without question any time you want. Get in soon though, because will probably changed that in a year or so after Schneider starts changing things.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Can't seem to get hired anywhere

Maybe he was on his home time and needed a place to park the truck.

Just kidding ;) LOL

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Schneider Simultaneously Acquires Watkins & Shepard and Lodeso

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Having been through my share of M&As, my sincere advice is to take a wait and see approach to this.

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For what it's worth I totally agree. Don't go jumping off a building just yet. You might be right - it might change everything. But what do you really know at this point about the new opportunities that might come your way because of this? Schneider has a million different things going on. It would be a good idea to at least check it out and see what happens.

And besides, how "family atmosphere" could Watkins really be? Straight from their website:

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Since 1976 Watkins & Shepard has been a pioneer in logistics planning, technology implementation and asset utilization that is the foundation of our business model today. From virtually anywhere in the world, our logistics team can bring you closer to your goals. Whether your needs include LTL freight management, distribution, consolidation or warehousing.

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They have like 650 trucks and 21 terminals nationwide. Doesn't exactly sound like a rustic little mom-n-pop shop to me.

Obviously it makes no difference to me if you jump ship and I can totally understand the frustration you're feeling when you're already happy with the way things are. But I'd at least wait to see what happens. Schneider is going to care very, very much about keeping as many of you guys onboard as they possibly can. See what they offer you. It might be pretty interesting.

I run ltl/short line out of the same terminal each week. If I call, I don't have to say who I am, they know my voice. Loads are catered to where I like to run, so if there is a such thing as a family atmosphere in trucking, I would say Watkins is pretty close to what it could be without actually being family. I like the job, and yes, as with all trucking jobs there are days you get frustrated. But the good outweighs the bad by far. One thing is for sure, Schneider is gonna have difficulty keeping a few us based on the on-guard, driver facing camera, and 62mph governor alone. We don't have the stuff at Watkins. We run to get the job done. Watkins is very no hassle. I can't see Schneider foregoing their current operating style to suit some acquired drivers.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Schneider Simultaneously Acquires Watkins & Shepard and Lodeso

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So disappointing.

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Why?

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Watkins is a medium sized company with a nitch market and family atmosphere. Schneider is a mega that will change more than I will want to endure.

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Having been through my share of M&As, my sincere advice is to take a wait and see approach to this. If you read the press release, the Watkin's brand created this opportunity. If Schneider was smart, and they are, they will do their best to enhance the experience for existing Watkin's customers and invest in expanding the service. I'd give it a few months, keep your eyes open, your ear to the ground, and not assume doom and gloom.

I respect where you're coming from there, G-town. I wish you could read the peoplenet message from Ray ****z that we all recieved yesterday afternoon. It reeks of sweet retirement deal for Ray. I looked at Schneider when I was in CDL school. I didn't want to work for them then and I don't want to work for them now. I chose Watkins because of the Watkins way. I am sure the people that run Schneider know how to profit at trucking. But, I don't see them not disruprting the Watkins way.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Schneider Simultaneously Acquires Watkins & Shepard and Lodeso

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So disappointing.

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Why?

Watkins is a medium sized company with a nitch market and family atmosphere. Schneider is a mega that will change more than I will want to endure.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Schneider Simultaneously Acquires Watkins & Shepard and Lodeso

I Will be putting in my notice next week. So disappointing.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Backing Practiceâ„¢ 10

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Sears dealer. The GPS sends you in from the top of the picture (Green line). The outdoor dock is under the "Dock" label, the tiny white square on the back of the building. Ferguson Dr. is a through street, traffic goes both ways.

How do you get the back end of the trailer up against that dock?

Errol, I missed your backing threads. Hope all is well!

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Starting School Tomorrow

Good luck... back every chance you can while in school.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Told Werner I woud do Dollar Gen.

OTR and Dollar Gen,Family Dollar.Recuritor said they going to train me on Dollar Gen and I could get off any time I wanted.

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Is that all they offered for your zip code?

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They got lift gates on the truck. Get in good with people at the stores. You'll make good money and in a year you can become a trainer. Werner pays trainers very well. Just one year dude and you're golden.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Help get trucking off my mind!

Hi all!

I'm not new to the site as I have been browsing it for a long time but just recently decided to register and post. I need some help getting trucking off my mind. I know that sounds weird but its driving me crazy. I currently have a job I love but trucking has always been this passion I have kinda had on the side. My dad and all of my wife's family drive trucks so its something I have always been around and hear about constantly. I love trucks and have had some time driving (not licensed though just in parking lots and stuff). For a while I actually thought about starting a career in that field but realized quickly that its not the right time. You see I am in my late 20's, married and two children (ages 5 and 9) and being away from them drove me bananas! I know I know. I have read the threads about people with young children should wait about driving until they grow up which is solid advice but its something I want so bad that it physically hurts! Bottom line, its not an option for me at the moment no matter how bad I want it due to I would miss out on so much of my kids but I need help getting it off my mind. I can't stop wanting to drive! And to make matters worse, I work at a DC (Yep see trucks all day long). Anyone with advice???

Advice? Yeah, do the job for month, that'll get your head straight. Don't get me wrong, I like the work, but the people who dispatch loads and run these companies, they don't know and they don't care.

I don't care what anyone says, this job is not for the weak.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Told Werner I woud do Dollar Gen.

Is that all they offered for your zip code?

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Alright, so I am in Conover, NC for two weeks

Inner City Driving

Okay, so after, after conquering Black Mountain, they put you into some crazy city driving situations. "Hey, drive this truck where it won't fit, and don't hit anything, especially curbs or light poles." Well, that sounds like fun doesn't?

Either way, I made it through these obstacles and am still here to tell you about it.

The rest

Basically, after you prove you can drive without damaging their equipment or someone's property, you will spend the rest of your time learning everything else associated with trucking. You will slide tandems, cage spring brakes, learn to repair air lines, trip plan, couple and uncouple (the Watkins way), etc.

We have finally starting the out processing paperwork. So, it looks like I am gonna make it. Just a heads up, these two weeks can be trying and are intense. If you ever consider working for Watkins & Shepard, keep the following in mind:

1>Be willing to learn. Know matter what you think you know, realize that you don't know everything.

2>Be confident, but courteous. You will be put through very taxing driving situations. Don't panic. Just drive through and drive on. DON'T HIT ANYTHING. Stay on the pavement.

3>Do it their way. That's what they are paying you for.

4>Pay attention. Aim high in steering. Read every sign. Keep your head on a swivel. Manage your space. ANTICIPATE!

5>Leave your bad attitude and smart ### mouth at home.

6>This company is a close knit unit. You are not a number here. You are a driver. Learn the Watkins way and become part of the family.

I'll continue to keep you posted as time permits.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Alright, so I am in Conover, NC for two weeks

Watkins and Shepard seems like a good company from what I have read about them. They were on my short list when I got out of school. (didn't hurt that thier Conover terminal is only 30 miles from my house either)

Black Mountain is no joke with all those curves. Watch out for the bears as well. They like to sit all over that mountain.

If the Conover terminal is where you are going to run out of you are going to hate the I40 gorge much worse than Black Mountain...

Good luck to you and be safe.

Yeah, I drove the gorge in my personal car on the way up here. I can only imagine what what that will be like the first time I run it a truck.

So today I drove black mountain:

So we go up the mountain first. We are 77,000 gross. I was able to pull 2/3 of it in 7th, trying to keep it at 1400+ rpm. I hit this steep spot and the rpm are just coming down, nothing to do but down shift...so I do. It feels weird when you let off the clutch and the vehicle just kinda "hangs" from all the weight mixed with gravity.

After climbing up, they have you get your speed up so you can double-down on the ramp off the interstate. Twice! 10th to 8th, then 8th to 6th. You got be quick, the ramp is only so long.

To Double-down:

Lay into the brake hard and quick. Get the rpm down to 800 and drop two gears. Immediately after, lay into the brake again. Get the rpm down to 800 rpm and drop two two gears.

Now it's time to go back down:

There is a mandatory CMV information stop at the top. It is controlled by lights. There is info on the regulations (i.e. speed, lane restrictions, etc). Also, the have a diagram showing the mile marker that the runaway ramps are on. Get the green light, and it's your turn!

I don't think I have ever shifted so quickly life. You almost have to double-up. i could have, they prefer you too, but I am still in the habit of "CDL school" shifting...one at a time.

Get to 8th, jakes on high, bring the to rpm 800 and double down to sixth. Oh $#%@, missed it!!!! Speed at 35mph?!?! Recover to 8th...damn near rip the knob of the shifter (not kidding) doing it...try again. Got it! Do it again...Got it! i hadn't ever been shown how to use jakes before. They are awesome. Once your down the mountain? Get the speed back to 65mph and double down in the exit ramp at the bottom. Twice (as explained above).

The training has been real world:

These guys do a fantastic job of training. We have cover so much information the past 5 days. They cover everything. Way to much for me to list.

We took loads on Wednesday. You do some city driving in places that tractors with trailers, literally, barely fit. I mean the light poles are damaged from previous students. Two inches of clearance in some places. Splitting lanes for turns is good training and should be taught everywhere.

Not sure what next week will bring:

But I will let you know.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Alright, so I am in Conover, NC for two weeks

Alright, so it is a long story how I ended up here this week. But I have been to two company driving academies (completed the first) in less than 3 weeks.

WS was my first choice and I am glad I am here now. Never actually made it to a truck with the other company, they accepted my resignation before I went out with a trainer.

I definitely feel like I have made the right decision with WS.

This school is intense. Lots on info, real quickly, and they are NOT baby feeding anyone. I got here Monday morning and I already have watched more videos and have had more homework than I had in the whole 6 weeks of my CDL school.

The hotel is decent. They don't feed you like the other company did. None at all actually.

But there are some real pluses here...

Very specialized driver training. I drove Black Mountain with my personal car on the way here just to check it out. Holy COW!!! And they want us to double-down shift??? Awe, this should be great! Let's see, I have never driven with a load before, much less with 75,000lbs down a 6% grade for 6 miles, double-up shifting and double-down shifting. No wonder they don't send you out with a trainer when you complete the school. If you survive this you should be good! If not, what does matter anyway, right?!?!

In all seriousness, these guys are obviously confident in their ability to train. Info, info, info...until the brain hurts.

Then they tell us right before we left today, "You guys are running loads tomorrow." What? I have been here less than two days...Well then, this ought to be good. Not sure what they have in mind, but I will let you know when I get back to the hotel...

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Alright, so I am in Conover, NC for two weeks

At the notorious W&S school!

Will update as soon as time allows...

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Got the CDL A but haven't started driving yet

SEC Training Centers in Flowood, MS offers a refresher course for 1,500 dollars. If you go with their lodging, under 2k. No test out, just put in the time and you get a certificate. Plus the training is good.

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