Profile For DumDriver

DumDriver's Info

  • Location:
    NJ

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 10 months ago

DumDriver's Bio

Driver in the northeast For the past 25 years.

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Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Same Tractor Man, New Avatar

If you don't mind me asking, what'd you get for your sporty? I'm thinking of selling mine but I heard Harley's just aren't commanding the money they used to. Just trying to see if it's worth it to let her go

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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1 reckless driving will other companies hire me?

In that case you're options are pretty limited. Not the end of the world though. You can either stay where you're at and be super cautious till it falls off you're record (goes without saying you should do that no matter what)- or look into getting it reversed. Reckless is pretty serious (like I said, not the end of the world though so don't get too negged out) so I would look see an attorney about how much it would cost to do that.

Good luck, sometimes lessons are expensive but it sounds like you've got a good head on your shoulders. You'll be fine.

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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1 reckless driving will other companies hire me?

Fight the ticket 1st of all. Don't just pay it (hopefully it's not too late). What happens after court will determine a lot. Chances are they'll reduce the ticket

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Straight Backing Nightmare

When you're new, the key to backing is go slow!!! Slower than you think is possible. Backing isn't a timed event. Take as long as you need. I'm serious- go as slow as the truck can possibly go (it's slower than you think- ESPECIALLY if you've driven a manual transmission car in the past). That will make corrections so much easier.

I agree and disagree with the drivers that say keep your head on a swivel. To me- that's for before you get lined up. Once you're in the hole, and all you have to do is straight line back- I lock in on my drivers side tandem and only watch that and my aiming point (which is always pretty much one in the same). Once you're safely in the hole, there's no reason to look at the other mirrors (I'm talking the final few feet before bumping the dock), just lock in on your aiming point and finish the job

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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CDL School Update and Offset Backing Question

Problem with "reference points" is that once you pass the test they're really not very useful. You've got to learn how to move the trailer. It doesn't matter if you use the traditional method or the hand on the bottom of the wheel as mentioned above. Both are good. Pick one, and practice it.

I understand your desire for reference points, and sometimes they're helpful. But the truth is every situation is so different that you could find yourself in trouble if you focus too much on them. They're for controlled environments only. And where you're heading is definitely NOT a controlled environment. 😜

Now "aiming points"? That's another story - they're gonna be life savers for you- but "reference points"? Ehh, not so much.

I hope that made sense and didn't confuse you more. Lol. I remember trying to figure out how to back a trailer and it really was confusing. Hang in there

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Juror Duty

If you skip it they'll put a bench warrant out for your arrest. You get one skip, then they'll send you another date. If you skip that- bench warrant. You have to deal with it. I'm not proud to say I've been down this road.

The good thing is they have a lot of leeway with it. Just explain to them that it's a hardship for you. Jury duty isn't meant to cause anyone any hardship. It's tough enough surviving as it is.

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Werner

This may be a dumb question but your whole class failed a hair follicle test? Holy moly! How far did they go back? I have been told hair is 90 days but can go back as far as a year. I don't mean to be an a$$, just shocked all failed.

Lol. No, they didn't all fail. They're all on their way out to drive. That would be amazing if the whole class failed.

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Getting my CDL before choosing a company. What can I expect?

This is a sticky subject in trucking. I'm of the opinion that depression is a very real, and very treatable, disease. So if your life (and your family's) is made better thru medication then you should ABSOLUTELY be able to take it. Unfortunately the trucking industry is slow to come around.

You should get a letter from your prescribing dr saying you are absolutely fine driving on the medication. If the MRO asks you about it provide your prescription and letter from your physician.

As far as the Valium ? I dunno. Benzo's have a major effect on me so I absolutely will NOT take them. That's something you have to decide for yourself. I'd never consider them for myself.

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Tyndall AFB

I go to Fort Dix/McGuire Air Force base in jersey all the time. If you think you'll be going back within the next year or so it will actually help them process your day pass faster next time if you save it and give it to them when you go.

Getting on those bases can be VERY time consuming if you go at the wrong time. Having a previous pass, with all the info they need already on it, will save everyone a lot of time. I've sat for 3+ hours waiting to gain entry in the past.

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Stalled on an overpass..:)..good instructor!!!

Pretty soon you'll be covering up that 1st tattoo with one that says "What's a Clutch?" 😜

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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How much is it on you to get logging hours right?

Yeah, I'm on vacation this week and I was just playing around on the Internet in this crappy weather. I had forgotten about this board

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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How much is it on you to get logging hours right?

To answer your question- it's 100% on the driver to log ( and keep track of) his hours. You might say log and keep track are the same. They are…sort of.

You could find yourself working locally with the 100 air mike radius exemption. In that case you don't have to fill out a daily log (unless you work 12 or more hours that day) but you still have to keep track of your hours so you don't go over 60 hours in 7 days.

Take plenty of time to learn all the HOS rules. It's one of the most important parts of this career. As important as shifting and backing

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Best and worst cities for trucking traffic?

Philadelphia. I found it to be worse than NYC because there's no rules. At least none enforced anyway. It's chaos. At least in NYC there's specific places trucks can and can't go. It makes it a pain, but you know that going in. In philly it's survival of the fittest.

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Day cab or OTR

Also it's $18/HR usually 35-40 hours weekly

You can make more than that for that run. Of course, if being home is more important to you that's fine to. All depends on what's most important to you.

Northeast really isn't as bad as some people make it out to be. You can do it

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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DOT Physical, Eye Vision Exam. HELP.

Wear glasses if you have / need them. Sounds like you're good without them, but if you wear them you absolutely can wear them for your physical. Your license might say "corrective lenses required", but that's no big deal. If you need them I'm sure you'll be wearing them when you're driving.

There's enough things to stress you out in this industry- don't let things that aren't an issue cause you stress. ;-)

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Pepsi

Not to sound discouraging or anything - but.

Have friend who was a district manager for pepsi. Asked him about a driving job.

He told me - you see all those nice stacks of pepsi cases in the supermarkets - 12 feet high, all nice and arranged? GUESS WHO DOES THAT.

Pepsi (and many other distribution drivers) are the ones who unload and stock product in supermarkets (even the ones that drive tractor trailers). If you're driving a trailer with a liftgate - chances are - YOU are the guy who is unloading, and at multiple stops a day.

Now - if you're into this type of work, great.

My friend knew that I ain't the type to go in for this - and he had no OTR positions.

Not to say that, as an OTR driver, you won't have to drag pallets of your box and onto a dock once in awhile.

Therein lies the difference between OTR, and local/distro type of work.

Rick

As a Pepsi driver you won't build those big displays in supermarkets. They have merchandisers that do that. At the most you'll build a display in drug stores once in awhile, but most likely you'll be doing small convenience stores, gas stations and things like that.

If you're lucky enough to get bulk (supermarkets, walmarts etc etc) that's just wheeling off pallets with an electric jack.

In terms of money, you can do well. You'll work hard for it, but you can make 60-70 your first year of your in the right area. Independant shops can actually be a little better than PepsiCo these days.

If you have any questions feel free to email me. It's not a perfect gig, but you could do worse.

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