Profile For DumDriver

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    NJ

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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    8 years, 1 month ago

DumDriver's Bio

Driver in the northeast For the past 25 years.

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Posted:  7 years, 10 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:  7 years, 10 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:  7 years, 10 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:  7 years, 11 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:  7 years, 11 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:  7 years, 11 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:  7 years, 11 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:  8 years 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:  8 years 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:  8 years 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?" 😜

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