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    Upstate, NY

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    2 years, 3 months ago

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Posted:  6 hours, 51 minutes ago

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CFI at Crowder College

Sounds like great news! Congratulations driver!

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Posted:  9 hours, 15 minutes ago

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Prime: Let's do this!

Well dang, another diary that slipped by me. Best of luck to you, I'll be following along. Congratulations on passing the permit!

You chose a great company with Prime, and yeah that's totally biased

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Posted:  1 day, 4 hours ago

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CFI at Crowder College

Sorry to hear that Don. I've been following along and have anxiously awaited the results.

Don't sweat it, you'll nail it tomorrow. They don't put your scores on your license, so none of it will matter once you pass. You got it.

Posted:  6 days, 5 hours ago

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Things you don't do at a customer:

I had an experience with another driver yesterday and this morning that left me shaking my head. So I thought it'd be good to share it with some of you guys. This is kinda flatbed-specific, but the same principle can be applied to any division.

I get to the shipper yesterday, check in, find out what I'm loading, and go back out to wait in line behind a couple other trucks. While waiting I gathered all the straps, edge protectors, etc. that I would need and had it ready to go. By the time they get something placed on my deck, I was already throwing a strap. With everyone doing this it made the loading process very efficient for all of us, cutting down on the wait time.

Well, the driver that pulled in after me didn't get any of his stuff ready. I guess he thought he'd wait until the whole load was done before he secured it. The forklift driver thought differently, and told him to get moving, people were waiting. I'm not sure if the driver heard him or not, as I was pulling away at that point. Lesson #1- Get your stuff ready. Don't make anyone else have to wait on you.

I didn't have quite enough hours to make it to the receiver last night, so I went as far as I could, then parked it and rolled in this morning, arriving at 0630 for an 0700 appt. The gate was still locked, but there's a small parking area next to the entrance for us to stage in. Well guess who was there? Yup, the same driver. He had stayed there last night, which was a great move for him. Now he's first in line, like I usually try to be. Lesson #2- Stay at a customer when you can. That makes you first in line.

Immediately upon arriving I closed my axles due to a sharp U-turn necessary to get to the unloading area. Then I pulled and rolled all my straps and stowed all my gear, chatting with the other driver while doing so. At 0700 he gets out of his truck and starts unstrapping. I was done by that point so I told him "Hey I'm going to go ahead and check in. Chances are they'll have me unloaded before you're done rolling your straps." Well he couldn't really argue with that. In the gate I went. Lesson #3- Just because you're first in line, doesn't mean you are first in the gate. Get your butt ready! If you think I'm waiting for you, you're wrong.

20-30 minutes later I'm being unloaded, and the driver finally rolls up behind me to wait his turn. He walked up to the receiving door to check in. I couldn't pick up on everything he said, but one thing I clearly understood the driver say was "Can you guys hurry up? 20 minutes to unload two pallets is ridiculous!" The warehouse guy quickly fired back "Well bi***ing about it sure isn't going to speed me up!"

When the warehouse guy gave me my paperwork, he said to me "that guy might be waiting a while..." Lesson #4- Never ever b**** at the warehouse guy or gal! You will not win. They control your destiny.

As I was rolling away with my next dispatch, the driver was still sitting there, half unloaded. He may still be sitting there. One may never know...

Posted:  6 days, 10 hours ago

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1 year OTR in the books

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Posted:  6 days, 10 hours ago

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You Might Be A Super Trucker If...

.... if you use your Super loud Jakes in a small town for absolutely no reason other than you think it sounds cool. Then the local cop rips out of a parking lot and pulls you over. Priceless.

Happened yesterday to the idiot behind me that felt the need to Jake in a 30 mph "no engine brake" zone.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Small companies..what to look for?

You also need to ask if they pay for all miles or just loaded miles.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Cb radio

I rarely talk on my CB, but I assure you it's always on when my truck is rolling.

Sure, most of the time there's nobody on there talking. And there's times when the radio Rambo's are fighting each other, or you have the guy with a 10 million watt radio skipping in from Canada, drowning out everything and ruining your favorite radio program.

BUT... and this is a huge BUT.

It's all worth it when you're bebopping along and you suddenly hear on the CB "back it down eastbound, you're coming to a dead stop just over the hill at mile marker such and such."

Or..

"Hey northbound they got the highway blocked at mile marker whatever for a rollover. Find another way around if you can."

I've been driving for less than 2 years, and I've already had more times than I can count on both hands where the CB has saved me time, trouble, and possibly more.

I'll never go without one. That's my take on it.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Another Topic Just For Fun - What was your last load? How much did it weigh? How many miles?

Ha! I missed that thread the first time around!

There's a little more to this onion trip:

The shipper loaded my trailer incorrectly. I didn't find out until I drove 20 miles away to a scale. I had just over 38k on my open spread axles, which is legal for most of the way (allowed 40k on spreads). The trouble is, once I get to NY I'm required to close the axles, limiting my weight to 36k.

So after scaling open at 38k, I scaled closed and was over 41k. Not good, but no worries I'll just stop by our yard in Sprimo and have them move two pallets to the front.

Of course in the process they tipped a whole pallet of 42 bags on the ground...

So after restacking all the bags on a pallet, we had to wrap it with the only thing available, plastic. Afterwards I poked a gazillion holes in the plastic for the ventilation.

In the end it all worked out fine. The shipper accepted the load and I was on my way.

But I hate hauling onions. Give me a load of steel on my deck any day.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Another Topic Just For Fun - What was your last load? How much did it weigh? How many miles?

Nice miles. I am surprised the onions can be exposed like that.

We're required to leave the tarps somewhat open for ventilation, only closing the tarps if it rains. The onions will either begin to cook or will start to mildew if we seal them in for too long. They certainly aren't my favorite things to haul. Quite a pain, actually.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Another Topic Just For Fun - What was your last load? How much did it weigh? How many miles?

Delivered 47000 pounds of onions this morning. Waddell, AZ to New Hampton, NY 2432 paid miles.

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Up against my 70 now, so an easy load of PVC pipe from Muncy, PA to New Hudson, MI 610 miles for tomorrow delivery.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Pictures of your meals on wheels!

Lobstah on Deck!

Okay, so maybe I didn't "prepare" this meal. But I did walk across the street to the local market and have them steam these puppies up for me.

Lobsters on a flatbed, who knew?

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Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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My Day By Day Experience At Eastern Freightways Flatbed Division

Kewwll. As a fellow flatbedder I'll be following along. Good luck!

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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I-70 Colorado mountains

One of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring stretches of highway in the country, also one of my favorites. Certainly one worthy of extreme respect.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Not trucking related but still proud of myself - quit smoking

Huge congratulations, Ice!

The hardest part is yet to come, but with motivation and determination you can do it!

I quit cold turkey 3 years ago after 31 years of smoking. The impact of how good you will feel will be massive. Your breathing, energy level, circulation, all will improve dramatically.

Good for you bud!

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Chuck Norris Jokes You've Heard

Chuck Norris has a permanent exemption from the FMCSA. For everything.

Chuck Norris taught them how to spell FMCSA

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Prime: 3 years verifiable, 5 years work history

Like the others said, gather up all the prior tax and employment information you can find. They are mostly going to be interested in the last 3 years. Keep communicating with your recruiter on this.

When I applied, they only needed me to scan / email my last 3 years of tax info. My recruiter was kind of surprised when I told her I could provide every employment and tax document dating back to 1994!

Anyhoo, get your ducks in a row like OS said and work with your recruiter.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Past driving issues.

I told Prime about a rear-ender (my fault) and the resulting citation for following too closely that happened 37 months prior to applying. They hired me without a flinch.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Chuck Norris Jokes You've Heard

When Chuck Norris pulls up to a scale, they bring him out his to-go order.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Past driving issues.

Hey Andrew, I don't think your record will give you too much trouble. The important thing to remember when applying is to only answer the question asked.

I applied at Roehl and they only ask on the application if you’ve gotten any moving violations in the past 3 years.

So you only tell them about the past 3 years. Don't offer any additional information. You are not lying, and what they don't know won't hurt them, as long as you're completely truthful.

Personally I would definitely disclose the "deferred" citation. You're applying for a job in a specialized industry that has ways of finding these things out. It happened in 2015, so you're close to the three-year window anyway. Trying to hide or omit it can only hurt you, I feel.

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