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Turtle's Info

  • Location:
    Upstate, NY

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 12 months ago

Turtle's Bio

Email Rtlang69@gmail.com

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Posted:  6 days, 17 hours ago

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Should tandems be forward or back on icy roads

I prefer to have weight distributed as evenly as possible between the drives and tandems.

Posted:  1 week ago

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High-hooking a trailer

Sorry to hear it ended up as a preventable. It sucks to have to learn a lesson that way, but kudos to you for sharing it with the group. You've helped many others by doing so.

Posted:  1 week ago

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How to keep from stalling

3rd gear should be more than enough to get you rolling with no throttle at all, especially when you're empty. Just work on a nice smooth release. You'll get it with practice.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Trainer unsafe practices

You said it yourself...

Yes he was a lease op WAS pretty sure he’s fired now

So CRST did the right thing and took care of the problem, ensuring your safety and well-being. Right?

Unless of course you might have been the problem.

They put me in an unsafe situation therefore the contract will be null and void

Yeah good luck with that. I'm sure nobody has tried that angle before...

Posted:  1 week ago

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Behind Enemy Lines

You may have to sacrifice the trainee. Save yourself.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Behind Enemy Lines

Don't look them directly in the eyes...

Posted:  1 week ago

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Opportunity or not?

There's no way I'd leave a solid secure job to go with a four truck operation that's leasing on to a larger company. There are way too many opportunities for failure.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Paper logs

I'll bet the dinosaurs would not have liked new technology, either. Look where that got them.

It's rumored the SuperTruckasaurus still exists today in select regions. They are most often recognized by the oversized K-Wopper belt buckle, Marlboro behind the ear, and 70's porn 'stache

Posted:  1 week ago

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Hey Rob. D

That sounds like something a terrorist would say

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Posted:  1 week ago

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Paper logs

Well speak for yourself there Greg.

He did speak for himself, when he said he hated it. Pretty clear.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Prime TNT Question

Ugh, those are some pretty sad team miles. I imagine your student probably isn't happy about it either.

Posted:  1 week ago

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unsafe practices during training

Options?

Get with your next trainer and keep on truckin.

Those problems you listed are all specific to the individual, and shouldn't reflect on CRST or it's training program. Unfortunately, there are always going to be bad eggs. Report your findings to the training manager, and move on with your career.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Prime TNT Question

It's probably just timing, RD. Trucking is cyclical, and the period right after Christmas is always touch and go. I give it some time and see how it shakes out.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Trip.Planning Practice #05

2nd overnight: Flying J Spiceland, IN

Get there early enough and you can walk across the road to the go-kart track to either watch the races or rent a kart for an hour. Awesome time.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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What would you do? (Icy roads)

I was in the exact same situation yesterday morning on i-90 west of Johnstown. Was cruising along nicely when I suddenly noticed a different feel in the road under me. When I saw ice forming on my mirror, I began backing down with the flashers on. We all came to a safe crawl and crept along at 5 mph or so for some time.

Given the option of staying on a relatively flat road vs pulling over onto a sloped ice-coated shoulder, I opt to stay on the road. Too much potential for trouble trying to go over on that shoulder, in my opinion.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Prime TNT Upgrade Questions 2020

Hi Montana, welcome to the forum.

First, congratulations on making it through the TNT phase! That's a big accomplishment, one to be proud of. I'm sure it wasn't easy, but you stuck it out.

The upgrade process is pretty much as you describe. A couple classes on company procedures, safety, etc. A simple SIM test, and just get on the list for a truck. Nothing to it, really.

The only costs for a company driver will be the chains and load locks. I was on the flatbed side, so my costs were different than yours. But I think the reefer costs are only $200- $300, if I remember correctly. It doesn't need to be paid upfront either. They will take $25 from your check each week until is paid off. Any other items for the truck such as anti-gel, wipers, bulbs etc are covered 100% by Prime. If you literally need anything for the truck, just tell the shop and they'll be on it.

Yes you get paid for the upgrade process. I can't remember the exact details, but seem to recall getting layover or downtime pay while waiting for a truck. Another Primate may have more up to date info on that.

Take any class that's available during the few days that you are there. The automatic transmission class on ascending/descending hills and winter driving tips is especially recommended.

Good luck and thanks for stopping in. Keep in touch with your progress.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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First few months trucker wife - am I overreacting?

I certainly wish you all the best of luck, but also think this is a horribly short sighted risky move with a limited perceived gain, if any.

Hopefully it all works out. good-luck.gif

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Reassigned to older truck

Take it and keep trucking.

Show that you are a team player by taking the hit for the greater good of the team.

It's a business decision, nothing more. Businesses need to keep their assets where they are needed most. Unfortunately, someone has to draw the short end of the stick. Today it's your turn.

Focus on being the best driver that old truck has ever had behind it's wheel. Save some fuel, be safe and productive, show what you can do in an old truck. Do it with a smile and without complaint. You may be next in line for a brand new truck. You never know.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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New Driver Disqualification (Suspension)

Welcome Matthew.

Your first priority right now will be to get your license squared away asap. Most companies want to see a clean license going back for at least one year, so the sooner you start the better.

Next, you need to do everything in your power to protect that license from now on if you have any hope of making a career in this field. Your license is your lifeline. Without it you are dead in the water.

As RD points out, it'll be difficult to land a job at most mega carriers with a recent suspension. Your best bet will be to apply to every company that provides Paid CDL Training Programs. Maybe one of them will give you a shot, and if they do, you better jump on it.

Good luck.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Loses appeal: Walmart ordered to pony up $54 million to drivers

If I were a driver, I would take money every which way I could get it as long as it is not unlawful or something I could get in trouble for and sleep with a clear conscience. Walmart is the richest corporation in the world I have no sympathy for them when heroic truck drivers literally risking their lives and health every day skim a little of their cream.

Do you really think Walmart, the richest corporation in the world, is going to just fork over their "cream" after losing this lawsuit? Hardly. The loss will be absorbed in the form of lower wages, fewer raises, and higher prices at the checkout. The only winners will be a select few who saw an opportunity for a quick payday, and the blood sucking lawyers. C'mon man.

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