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    Flint, MI

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    Considering A Career

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    3 years, 8 months ago

Don R.'s Bio

I am currently going to Baker College to get my CDL Group A in trucking, a six month long course, passed my 267 item pre trip test which is about 3/4's more then the 3rd party test. the school feels it is better to teach US more then we need to know, for instance when work for a company & something breaks down on the semi truck/trailer can call the carrier & let mechanic know what part or whatnot to save time when he/she brings out the parts. Hope to graduate in June when I get my paperwork in order. I'm a single Dad with two adult sons, so I can work on long hauls & not worry about "home time" Mean while been busy with the CDL training tests on this site, love it.

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Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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I wish all state new drivers automobile license new & old re-new-ales learn this

Https://driving-tests.org/beginner-drivers/eighteen-wheeler-safety-tips/

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Prime inc Springfield CDL training 3/6/2017 female student

Wooooooo Congrats KORI!!!!!!!! Wow March 6th is my Birth date! Let Us know how Prime Inc. works out for you please? I am on the fence on who to pick.

Thanks, Don

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Rejected for being honest when trying to get my foot in the door on 1st day

Good that the "Love You" ! LOL I just got off the phone with a Walk in clinic near me, it will cost me $80.00 to get it done to be safe, like G-Town said if I don't then it could invalidate my CDL License. Have you driven the semi truck in NYC or outskirts? I hear a lot of drivers do not like to go to NYC ? Three weeks out, wow a long trip!

No, I went to a private driving school. Errol may be correct though. Mine is due and safety sent me a message saying that I could come by and pick up a voucher for one of their approved clinics.

As a side note, I finally made it home. Three weeks from PA to CA. LOL!

Oh while I was up in NY the Walmart DC in Johnstown NY I think it was tried to recruit me. "They love me...they really love me..." LOL!

JJ

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Rejected for being honest when trying to get my foot in the door on 1st day

Haha I will go "crazy" Thank you everyone!

G-Town's advice:

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I'd start applying like crazy.

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Go crazy here: Apply For Truck Driving Jobs

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Rejected for being honest when trying to get my foot in the door on 1st day

I had an email from Knight, which I assume was mass email sending to cdl holders? I emailed a recruiter asking questions waiting on a reply. I am thinking about joining Knight or Swift since I know they "merged" I have to do an App with one of them or both ?

Swift didn't actually require me or anybody else in my orientation group to get a second exam when I hired on last June. I thought I remembered reading somewhere that they would accept your current card if it wasn't more than 60 days ago since the examination. It could also depend on the terminal as well as this was in Jurupa Valley.

JJ

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Rejected for being honest when trying to get my foot in the door on 1st day

Thank you G-Town! Help me understand this, since my current DOT card is probably no good, should I spend my money to get a new one or wait until I apply to a trucking company and they will issue one for me if I passed the company physical?

Don when ever you change driving jobs in the trucking business, your new employer in almost all cases. will require a new medical exam performed by one of their approved doctors. I have yet to hear of or see an exception to this. This is not a Schneider anomaly, but an industry standard.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Could I make money as an owner op with my wife as my co-driver?

When I was in CDL school all the teachers & trainers said DO NOT get into a lease option until have a year or More experience OTR also quite a few who did go the lease route did get a lot of miles for a few months, then the miles started going down, made it hard for driver to make house payments, bills & the truck payment, but I am NOT speaking from experience like most on this site, have but what I have been told & read myself.be a company driver Some companies do put the pressure sales tactic on a new driver, resist that. Someday I will meet a local Schneider leased driver and ask him how well he does, at my age, I feel I will go for a company driver job

Since you guys are on the topic. My wife and I have a decade of running our own company and may consider going O/O at some point. That being said, we've vowed not to even consider leasing or purchasing until we have sufficient industry experience to fully understand what we're getting into. My question is: Is it commonplace for companies to try to pressure new employees into leasing? Is it something where you end up getting punished on miles/loads if you don't eventually lease?

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Rejected for being honest when trying to get my foot in the door on 1st day

Thanks Rick, good points and learning here.

NO = N.O. means Next Opportunity!

Now that I have been thru my first trucking opportunity and in hindsight I should have said No to the illegal use because when I learned about the Federal laws that applied to CDL licenses I stopped quite a while before trucking school up to now while holding a CDL license!

I will have to research what the drug policies are at companies that I apply for, like I now know Schneider's illegal drug policy is five years clean, no drugs, So i could have said six years ago, or just say No illegal drugs because I knew I never used it while holding a CDL license.

What bothers me I had a current DOT card and Schneider makes everyone who comes aboard to re do the DOT card whether you already had one! I was waiting to see an an audiologist until they cut me loose because I said to the Doctor about the marijuana. I did warn the recruiter in advance when I filled the application that my past DOT physicals I had to see an audiologist and he checked and said no problem will accommodate me. I do wear hearing aids since I was little.

The Doctor told me my current DOT is no longer valid so I have to get a new one before I apply to a company, I am guessing some will accept my card while others will make me get a new one thru the company???

I assume now that I admitted to the Doctor as he inputted the information on computer that I said yes to illegal drugs (before having a CDL), that when I go get a new card I still have to say yes because DOT now has a record of current & past yes or no answers???

Thank you

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Quickest growing trucking companies

I have been researching companies again and noticed J&R Schugel is a 100% employee-owned transportation company. Would this be like investing in stocks if working for this company?

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Rejected for being honest when trying to get my foot in the door on 1st day

I talked to a recruiter at Schneider , and applied to an OTR job, because it was a while since I graduated from a PDTI certified CDL school, they wanted me to go to a three day refresher truck driving school that they paid for before I could go to Orientation and the eighteen days training after it. Had to sign a Ninety day contract.

First day at refresher school I did great in the straight back, lane changes, 90 & 45 backing, but sucked at double clutching, second day better then the third day a lot better. Then onto Schneider. First day in orientation I along with about 25 were in the room getting tested for drug, urine test again as before I was "accepted" I had to do the follicle/urine test before they let me go further in the application process.

I warned the recruiter in advance that I was hard of hearing & in the 4 DOT physicals I had, I failed the whisper test in person & had to go to a hearing clinic to use the sound booth and passed in that. He checked and said no problem will do same for me. I probably should apply for a federal hearing waiver exception. We all had to go to a room one by one to pass the physical movement part , like bending over, carry some weights, get under a platform and etc. Four failed.

I saw the nurse, answered questions, then saw the doctor, I had a current two year DOT card, was waiting for the company to send me to get sound tested at a clinic. One of the questions I was asked if I ever took any illegal drugs, I said Yes to one as in Michigan it is legal to do medical marijuana with a license from the state and yes it is still illegal in the eyes of the Feds. I explained to them that I stopped a few months before going to CDL school knowing it was not allowed if wanted to be a truck driver.

A secretary got me from the classroom & told me I had to talk to someone from the regulatory team, she asked me questions about the medical marijuana, I explained I only used the edibles or the oil form back then for body pain & lack of sleep a few years ago, she asked how often I took it, Five times is all and it was amazing how long I was without pain and did not need to take any for a long time after. She said OK go back to class, then lunch time, my recruiter came & got me, and said Schneider's drug policy says five years is the cut off point, so I was about the two year point, gave me a Grey Hound ticket to go back home.

I was really bummed out and too bad the company did not do this on a case by case basis as I was not an addict like on heroin or something and as I said before I had quite a few drug tests and always clean, would gladly take a random test too, clean driving history, no DUI's, no felonies. I was honest and would have been a loyal driver, sometimes I wonder if I should have said a "white lie" and say Nope never did illegal drugs!

Since Schneider makes everyone re-new the DOT cards regardless how much time you have left on yours, my two year card is shot since the Doctor started inputting the info to the FEDS. and I did not pass the whisper test & was waiting to go to a sound booth I was sent home, and now i have to go on my own to get a new one.

Live and learn, I emailed another recruiter to ask questions waiting on a reply, now I search again for an OTR job. Safe driving everyone!

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Tempus Transport

I was thinking about applying to this company, They have OTR semi trucks & Class b trucks but I paused after reading some negative reviews like on ripoff report & other sites. Tempus Transport is fleet owner through panther. Panther provides the freight and tempus gives drivers trucks to move it. I know from this site not to trust all reviews.

Does anybody know anything about this company? I had no idea Straight trucks had sleeper berths.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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How does a dog get into the cab of a truck anyway?

I have heard of some truckers who took out the passenger seat to make room for the dog

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Why the Schneider Hate?

I see on Facebook or websites comments on truck company bashing no matter the name. I am heading out to St Paul, MInn. for a three day truck driving refresher course at a school out there which Schneider is having me to do before I go to Green bay for 18 days training and orientation, after that report somewhere? I hear the CPM is low compared to other companies and have been seeing online others stating .42-.52 CPM Maverick would not take me on because I did not have recent 3 years work history. Schneider took me on which I am happy, looking forward to learn the field & be professional with a GOOD Attitude :D BTW my friend knows a Schneider trucker who leases from them & I think now owns a truck from them and is very happy, I want to meet him & get his views.

Happy trucking everyone

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Got My CDL!!

Congratulations Penny!!!! I am a recent grad back in 2016, June, because of family problems was not able to apply right away, anyways, today I am flying to St Paul, Minn. for a 3 day truck driving refresher at a school there, then a bus to Green bay WI. for 18 days training with Schneider. If I do good then I will know the next steps.....good luck out there & be safe!

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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FMCSA shut down alabama based trucking company, posted the link

Https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/newsroom/fmcsa-declares-alabama-based-trucking-company-be-imminent-hazard-public-safety

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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May 2017, page 26 Popular Mechanics & Brett Aquila & Guns!

Page 26 of the May 2017 Popular Mechanics, Great Unknowns, " Do long-haul truckers carry guns for protection on the road?"

Who wants to know? Are you a cop? Or maybe your just a crook. Either way the answer is yes, some drivers carry firearms, but they're sure as shootin' not going to tell you about it. They will tell us, though--so long as we don't publish their last names, I've carried a handgun since 1982," says Chris, a driver from Lancaster, Ohio. "I haven't had an issue with it because I don't let anyone know I have it."

That's wise for a few reasons. For one, some employers forbid drivers, from carrying, as a matter of policy. Moreover; anybody driving around the country with a loaded, accessible handgun would find it nearly impossible to avoid violating the law. "Any situation you can think of has 30 different variables that would all influence whether or not a firearm is legal," says Brett Aquila, founder of the industry-info website TruckingTruth.com. Indeed, each state--and even some cities--has its own rules. Advocates have been pushing for legislation known as "Mike's Law" (named for a trucker murdered in Detroit in 2014), which would override local regulations to allow truckers to carry guns anywhere. So far, no dice.

Given that truckers who choose to carry may be violating company policy, the law, or both, there are few reliable estimates as to precisely how much heat there is out there on the highway. In a recent reader survey by the trucking publication Overdrive, 27 percent of the drivers said they traveled with a firearm. We suppose the question to ask yourself is the question to ask yourself if you've got a mind to jack a driver is "Do I feel lucky?" Well do ya, punk?"

I hope I typed/copied it correctly, enjoy reading everyone, at home I have a big spray can of Bear Mace, not legal for use on humans, but I would like to carry it with me if I drive in a truck soon, might be against policy, will have to ask :D

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I haven't even seen it yet myself. Yeah, they asked me about guns in trucks, of all things. I don't think it's available online without a subscription and I don't even have the print copy yet so I can't even quote it or point anyone to it just yet.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Terminated after 3rd week of OTR Training

I am a recent graduate and I recall at the six months of schooling I had, I drove a dry van trailer and a flatbed. I will admit the flat bed was easier because it was not loaded with products and can see down lower with more open sight lines whereas the dry van I have to focus more on the mirrors & sight line the rear as needed, I have seen flat bedder's on the road fully loaded with products which then to me is like a dry van trailer. So we still need to use mirrors and practice the art of backing regardless. Since it has been a while since I graduated, Schneider requires me to go to a 3 day refresher course at a trucking school then I go to their location for 18 days training & orientation, after that I will know what steps are required of me. These are good guys on this site here and no matter how much I learn in any job there is something new to learn everyday. Good luck, be safe! PS: Reminder, yes an empty flat bed can see behind, but not when it is A Big fully loaded tarp-ed flat bed

I have a question.

I'm waiting to begin training with prime, and my first inclination is to start with flatbed out of the gate because I'd like the additional CPM. Additionally, and Maybe I'm fooling myself but it seems that backing is the most difficult skill to master for a rookie, and what I believe to be true (although I may be wrong, and please educate me if that is so) the most difficult pard of backing is doing it very much blind. I also believe a flatbed will allow me to see what is behind me better (again, educate me if I'm wrong). I feel if I can see better, I'll be far more comfortable backing. I'm a skilled driver in a car and I'm not disillusioned that an 18 wheel combination CMV is an entirely different thing than a car but I feel comfortable with my understanding of the " geometry/angles" of how the parts interact while backing, and the lack of being able to see behind me Is, in my mind, the biggest challenge. I drive a standard car, so there should not be a steep learning curve regarding double clutching.

I appreciate any input.

Goodbye for now.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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She's dead.

Talking recently today about remote shut downs, and research a little, from what I have learned some big companies do have remote shut down capabilities, One drive manager said, "lets say your hauling a High Risk Load (best buy) and your load is high jacked (it does happen) and you are robbed at gunpoint and your truck and trailer taken and you are taken as well along for the ride, i am sure you would want your company to remotely shut down your rig, Trucks are never shut down just in the middle of the road to cause a accident we work with law enforcement and we have satellite track that shows exactly where the truck is so it can be shut down safely. I would never shut the truck down just out of the blue for a crazy reason, and the truck would never be shut down in say heavy traffic"

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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She's dead.

I didn't know a company could do this to a truck? I hope not stopped on a Highway! I wonder if give the driver a warning to pull off the road you are being shut down! This reminds me of how much computer technology is in vehicles whether it be human driven or "self drivers" I foresee hackers taking control of a truck or something

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I recall reading about how some companies fire the truck driver and leave him stranded where ever he was at? True or not, I wonder if some wrecked the inside of the truck as revenge?

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Fellow told me a couple of years ago about the company he works for, they've got a company wide speed limit (I assume he was talking about downhills and the trucks are governed several mph below that speed).

Anyway, as the story goes, when you hit X mph the first time, you get a nice long meeting with Safety where you talk about the fact that you will never hit that speed in one of their trucks again. That's for first offense. Second offense the truck forces you to a stop, and that's the last inch you'll travel in one of their rigs, have a nice walk home.

Does that sound like a true story? If so, I can imagine some of those guys having a total mental meltdown right there on the shoulder of the interstate.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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May 2017, page 26 Popular Mechanics & Brett Aquila & Guns!

WOW ! Brett will be famous soon! :D I am at the public library using free wifi and Reading the May issue of Popular Mechanics and I came across "Great Unknowns" Do long-haul truckers carry guns for protection on the road? Brett gave his answer! Awesome!

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