Profile For Turtle

Turtle's Info

  • Location:
    Upstate, NY

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    6 years, 8 months ago

Turtle's Bio

richfromwalmart@gmail.com

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Posted:  17 hours, 21 minutes ago

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Hurricane Ian

I have an uncle & cousins in Tampa & Sanford. My mother, sisters, and a large percentage of close family in Jacksonville and the Jax beach area. I'm definitely keeping an eye on this one too.

Posted:  1 day, 1 hour ago

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license suspended in the past

First, you're going to have to be more clear on the events, timeline, and details when you apply. It's hard to decipher what exactly happened and when.

Get all of your facts, records, and court dispositions lined up. "In the past" and "years later" won't help with answers. The time and details between then and now can make a big difference in who is willing to hire you.

Posted:  1 day, 22 hours ago

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Sometimes the Grass is Greener on the Other Side

Sometime back I mentioned in another thread how it isn't always about finding the place where you make the most money. And it isn't always about finding ways to improve your performance such that you can make the most money. Often it isn't, and shouldn't be, about the money. It's more important in my view to position yourself in such a way that you can strike a balance between money and happiness. It's up to us to improve our positions in a way to hopefully take advantage of both.

Take Chief's case, for example. He made slightly better money in flatbed, but wasn't happy. Recognizing that, he searched out alternatives and found a different niche to experiment with. Doing so may end up positioning himself for better opportunities. At the very least he'll be more comfortable and happy in his current situation, and this can allow him to avoid rash career decisions. Rather, he can focus his efforts on positioning himself for a possible next move.

One never knows what opportunities will arise. Taking the advantage of forethought will undoubtedly position yourself for those opportunities. "Plan the work and work the plan", my dad always told me. Think ahead to what you'd ultimately like to achieve or where you'd like to end up, and map out a plan to get there.

The difficulty involves first, being realistic about your own priorities.

Absolutely true. I planned from the beginning to position myself for a driving job that would hopefully bring me the perfect balance of time off with my family and a decent pay to afford me the things I want. I wasn't simply content to just wait until the next thing came along. Instead, I recognized what I had to do to get there, and worked diligently to make it happen.

If any driver reading this has both a lot of time at home AND gets paid over 100,000 please chime in.

I don't know if what I have qualifies as "a lot of time at home". I'm away from home 4 1/2 days a week, but have 2 1/2 days off and 27 paid days off a year, and should make north of 120k this year. That never would've happened if I just remained content where I was and simply tried to increase my performance. I had to put myself where I needed to be. Obviously this gig won't work for someone who wants to be home daily. However, the WMPF does have home daily runs up for bid, which brings up the point made by Banks:

It mostly depends on seniorty and what's available.

That's true, and also a solid reason to do what I described above, which is to think ahead and understand what it will take to achieve whatever goal it is you have. And take the steps NOW to position yourself to get there.

That may mean biding your time, gaining the necessary experience to qualify for a better job. Or it could mean making the jump to get in somewhere now in order to start gaining the all-important seniority it takes to get the sweet runs. I kinda had to do both.

Plan the work, and work the plan.

Posted:  4 days, 21 hours ago

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May need help moving on from Roehl

I put a piece of aluminum behind the cover blocking the radar.

Yeah, real smart.

Now THERE is evidence for a simple manslaughter conviction.... Even if the accident wasn't your fault.

Completely irresponsible of you to put out advice like that.

Posted:  5 days, 14 hours ago

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May need help moving on from Roehl

Real awesome career advice there, james. You know, the more you talk, the less you seem to know.

Posted:  6 days, 19 hours ago

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Trucking With a dog

…or a Rat with a Backpack.

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What type of dog do you have?

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Rat Terrier.

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If PackRat had a dog on the truck, would it be a PackRat Terrier? Lol

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Or a Rat with pack in the back of Packrat's Mack?

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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CB radio

CB etiquette 101

1- This is not a trucker movie. Just talk normally. Leave the"10/4 Good Buddy" & " Smokey Bear" lingo back in the 70's where it belongs.

2- Be kind and respectful. The anonymity of a mic causes some people to turn into immature children. Don't be that person.

3- Nobody cares if it's your favorite song or Bible verse. Don't play it on the radio, we don't want to hear it.

4- If you are riding along with another truck and want to have a long conversation, take it to another channel. Leave 19 open for short, informative communications. The guy riding a mile behind you may want to continue monitoring the channel without listening to you two babble on.

5- If someone warns you and other drivers of a hazard / road delay, give them a quick thank you.

6- Warn others in kind.

7- Trust no one's story. The guy didn't really leave his wallet at home, the gold necklace he's selling for gas money isn't real, and the radio Rambo isn't really going to meet you in the parking lot to kick your ass. They're all trolling you.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Tips for interview? Dealing with work gap?

Oh yeah

3- your interview will be via phone with a recruiter. Dress in your jammies if you want. I'm pretty sure I was wearing a wife beater and cargo shorts for my interview.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Tips for interview? Dealing with work gap?

1- Applications sent via / through this site will not be linked to your site profile. Your anonymity will remain intact.

2- Any records of where you were or what you were doing during the gap will be helpful. Potential employers simply want to know what you've been doing with yourself. They also want to be sure you weren't in a terrorist training camp learning how to drive a truck into a building.

Give them something. Simply provide whatever proof you can of your activities over the past several years. Records of your failed venture, maybe bank statements showing you were financially secure enough to not require a paying job, documents showing the sale of your home, statements from friends or family supporting your claims. All of this will help show you were just someone who was floating for a bit, and one who is now ready to get serious.

Apply everywhere, and see who bites. It's not as hard as you think. Good luck, let us know how it's going. We can help.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Are Authorities held responsible if improper maintenance of roadside greenery contributes to an accident?

Let's break this down to elemental basics.

I was driving a semi-truck at around 1am on a foggy dark night on a curvy road with no street lights.

So all the "signs" were there telling you to use extra caution, due to conditions.

the impact point is completely obscured by tree branches and tall grass.

So what made you drive into the tree branches and tall grass?

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Involuntary commitment medical record, over 9 years ago. Effects on TWIC card.

Update guys, I got my twic card with no issue! So anyone with my kind of issue, you have hope!

Cool. Keep moving forward!

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Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Flatbed rookie here, fixed spread Q&A

You can also purchase a stake pocket winch. They're great too.

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Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Flatbed rookie here, fixed spread Q&A

Buy yourself a couple of portable 4-in ratchets. They're great for those times when you need one in a particular spot, like over a tire.

4 in ratchet

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Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Dustbuster/Vacuum For Cab

Hey travis, good to see you around again. I don't really have a recommendation for a dustbuster, but I'm pretty sure they sell them and truck stops still. You could use rewards points to purchase one.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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When not driving, what do y'all do to pass the time?

I still go geocaching, although not as often as I would like. It's one of my favorite hobbies.

Chief Brody will often find himself up in my area, and he likes to invade my territory by peeing all over everything; aka finding and signing geocaches in my turf. So I have to run around as I can to re-mark my territory. There are several caches in my area with both of our signatures on the log.

I'd invite anyone else to do the same. Geocaching has adventure, stealth, fun and exercise all wrapped up into one short trip.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Flatbed rookie here, fixed spread Q&A

I will be going through Maryland so I guess I'll find out one way or the other.

You have nothing to worry about in Maryland. The only thing different about Maryland is they have an "overhang" law which says your overhang (distance between rear trailer axle and rear of trailer) can't exceed 35% of the trailers wheelbase.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Backing Tips

Turtle, that’s interesting about coming in a a 6’ distance. I was taught to come in at a 3’ distance. I’m going to try it your way and see how it works out.

That's too close for my comfort, because when you make that first hard right turn to 12 o'clock you run a danger of your tail swing slapping a truck to your left.

3 ft, 6 ft, there really is no magic number. Each set up maybe slightly different.

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Today’s non-DOT load securement exercise.

Brandon gave 'me' the feel of possible micromanagement. Thoughts?

Not in the slightest. I've said it before, they leave me to do my job as I see fit. I literally run my own show.

It seems Grove City near you isn't hiring drivers at the moment, at least not from what I'm seeing on the website. But the DC in Washington Courthouse, OH is, and you'd have preference to transfer to Grove when positions opened up. The weekly commute to WC is comparable to what I do presently. Something to check out, anyway.

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Today’s non-DOT load securement exercise.

Was thinking about looking into your place too, Turtle. Thoughts????? Anything is worth a look'see.

Honestly, with Tom's experience I don't know why he hasn't looked at WM already. I figure you have your reasons, and I don't pry.

The only thing that may be a make/break for him will be the available schedules at your local DC. I lucked into a perfect schedule from jump. He could too.

I'll be happy to answer any detailed questions y'all have. Email in my profile.

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Today’s non-DOT load securement exercise.

Motorcycle camping is the best. When I finish building my retirement cabin I plan to spend many weekends doing this. Have fun!

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