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    Upstate, NY

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    Experienced Driver

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    4 years, 10 months ago

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Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Get off the truck

Very cool. Unplanned adventures are the best.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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First accident, am I going to be fired?

Welcome to the forum.

No it isn't likely you'll be fired for this, especially if you've proven to be a dependable driver otherwise. As a company that trains new drivers, Prime expects a certain number of accidents to happen.

The important thing is for you to take complete ownership of the accident, admitting and accepting your fault in it as well as showing what you've learned from it to prevent this happening in the future.

Safety may give you a call, or they may even have you come in for a sit-down meeting or some additional training. In either case, don't try to shift the blame to anything other than your own momentary lapse of attention. Your attitude and willingness to learn from a mistake will be what keeps your job. Good luck.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Walmart private fleet

Drive4walmart.com is the place to look for openings within the WMPF.

Depending on your father in-law's location, there may or may not be any openings available. Some DCs are hiring, some are notoriously hard to get into.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Got rear ended. Liable Drivers Insurance not paying.

Insurance payouts typically only serve to make you "whole", as in paying you for what you lost. Yes you lost your truck and the ability to make money in the interim between the accident and truck replacement, and you should be paid for that. But losing the contract doesn't prevent you from getting another contract after you replace the truck.

Posted:  2 months ago

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The TruckingTruth Meet Up Thread

Pfft...

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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To Roadmaster in Millington,TN,I go!!!!!!!!!

WOOHOO, CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Way to go, driver. You stuck it out and made it through. You've earned these bananas:

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Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Made a little change

Good luck in the new gig, Chris. Change is tough, especially after being somewhere for a considerable time. I'm sure you'll make the best of it.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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New to site with a few questions, re: Career change

Welcome, Bud. You're at a fine age for a truck driver. In fact, I think a lot of companies prefer more mature drivers, as they tend to be more committed and reliable.

I'd ask that you start out by looking through our starter pack of sorts. There's a lot of good information in here:

Next, read this article on the benefits of paid training through a company:

Why I prefer paid CDL training

Good luck, and let us know how you're doing. We'll try to help.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Currently overweight at WS

Your in-cab scale should've been your first clue that you were near weight. Never trust a shippers scale. Their profit comes directly from how much they can load onto your trailer. Naturally, they will often tip the scales in their favor. The occasional hassle of reworking a load is completely offset by the increased revenue they generate by overloading trucks on a regular basis.

Always verify your weight on a Cat scale if you are close.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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What kind of drug testing is done at Prime Inc?

Prime currently only does urine drug testing.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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My 2 Days as a UPS Feeder Driver

Thanks for sharing, Banks.

That's a bummer that it didn't work out for you. After pulling 28s around, I'm sure you could have got the hang of a 53 in no time. You know what's best for you, though, and at least you still have a good gig at FedEx.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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On the Lookout for a Turtle....

Shoot, y'all can't catch me. If you're lucky you'll see my wind as I fly by.

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Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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On the Lookout for a Turtle....

Dang it Thurs is my 1st of 11 days off.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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On the Lookout for a Turtle....

Oh man, not today. I'm currently in Allentown, PA and scheduled to go back to Tobyhanna, PA after my drop this afternoon. Will be back in Johnstown sometime tomorrow, though.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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FMCSA looking at split-duty rule change; extending 14-hour day

I see it as a good thing. The 14-hour rule has always been foolish, in my opinion. If a driver wants to maximize their productivity, they are forced to fit all of their driving in that 14-hour window, even while fatigued to the point of becoming dangerous.

Having the ability to pause the 14-hour clock long enough for a nap, yet still being able to resume driving out your 11 should greatly increase productivity and alertness, if used wisely.

Of course you'll still have those yahoos who don't use the break to rest as they should, leading to the 17-hour day versus a 14. No different from the driver who only sleeps 4 out of his 10. Unfortunately you just can't legislate common sense into people.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Rookie Solo Adventures of a Knuckle Draggin Primate (Rob D.)

Fantastic first week, Rob. Keep that up and you'll make a name for yourself in short order. it sounds like your FM is putting it on you right out of the gate. That's a good thing. Show him he can continue trusting you to get it done. Good stuff.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Air Brake Test w/o chocks?

This has been bugging me, so I pulled over to check one other possibility. Switching the transmission to manual mode still had no effect whatsoever, the truck still rolled.

So you have to chock your wheels every time you do a brake test?

Yup, unless on level ground or against a curb.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Air Brake Test w/o chocks?

I just tried it again, following the exact steps you laid out. It still rolled. Maybe it's just a cascadia thing. I've never driven anything else.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Air Brake Test w/o chocks?

Yes, but with the valves pushed in and it set to drive it won't roll if the truck is turned off.

My truck does. I tried it.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Air Brake Test w/o chocks?

That's how I did it when I tested in MO.

But that was in a manual.

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