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    Upstate, NY

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    Experienced Driver

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    4 years, 7 months ago

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Posted:  5 days, 21 hours 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:  1 week, 4 days ago

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What kind of drug testing is done at Prime Inc?

Prime currently only does urine drug testing.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days 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 weeks, 4 days 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 weeks, 5 days ago

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On the Lookout for a Turtle....

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

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days 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 weeks, 6 days 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 weeks, 6 days 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:  1 month 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:  1 month 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:  1 month 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:  1 month 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.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Air Brake Test w/o chocks?

Ok, well I'll preface this by saying I've never tested in NY. But I was a CDL instructor, and my students tested in PA. We did in fact use chocks while testing in an automatic because our cascadia's will still roll, even when in drive with the engine turned off. If there's a way to keep it from rolling, I can't figure it out.

I just tested this in the new cascadia I drive now. No matter which key position, brake on/off combination, etc., the truck will still roll in drive or 1st with the engine off. So I can only assume you will be testing on level ground, hence the reason for no chocks.

For the static test, you will not be testing the tractor and trailer individually, so forget that.

The exact order in which we did things in PA was:

1- Truck chocked and running/valves in to fill air tanks during in-cab inspection (lights, horn, etc.)

2- Shut truck off.

3- Static test of combo (>4psi in 1min)

4- Fan brakes till warning light & buzzer come on.

5- Continue fanning till valves pop

6-Restart truck to re-build pressure. Remove chocks while air is building.

7- Tug tests

8- Roll 5mph and test service brake.

9- Set brakes and done

As long as you're on level ground, you'll be fine without chocks. Find out from your instructor the exact order in which they will be testing in NY. You may in fact do the tug tests and 5 mph roll prior to the air-brake portion. That's how I did it when I tested in MO.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Prime Flatbed; Springfield, Missouri; Spring 2020

Forgive me Rob for not commenting earlier. Since we talk on an almost daily basis, I neglected to chime in here as often as I should.

Congratulations man on making it through 50,000 miles of TNT. That's no easy feat, to be sure. To keep a level head throughout as you have is a testament to your grit. We don't often have a student come through here showing your level of desire in learning everything there is to know about a new venture. You've done us, and yourself proud.

I raise my coffee cup in a toast to your success as a solo driver! Well done, sir!

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Posted:  1 month ago

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Problem at lowes DC

Should i call corporate or should i contact FMCSA ?

Neither. Don't you think that's being a little overdramatic?

Now you know their policy. Simply make note of it, and go about your day. Shippers, receivers, and even yard jockeys have their quirks. No need to sweat over it or bite the hand that feeds you. Just plan accordingly next time. Think big picture.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Last week of 9 to 5.( Hopefully)

Best of luck to you, KJ.

Don't forget that we are here to help in any way we can. You got this!

Posted:  1 month ago

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Scenario for new drivers

One thing the pic doesn't show is the position of the tandems. If they are slid forward enough, the tail swing alone would prevent one from hooking the trailer and pulling away at a right angle without the tail striking the building on the way out, as Bird-One pointed out.

That said: assuming tail swing isn't a problem, and after making sure that debris on the ground won't pop my tires, I'd totally back under that thing at an angle and pull it out just enough to drop it and then re-back under it to pull away at a safe angle. With plenty of proper GOALS of course to not only make sure I'm aligned correctly, but also to make sure my own flap arms won't hit the wall.

I have to deal with similar situations often with empty trailers behind Walmart stores. The key is in assessing the situation thoroughly before and during any moves.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Wow! This was a great month.

Yep, but only Walmart's so far. For some reason, I very rarely get any Sam's deliveries.

I hit the island once a week or so on average, going as far out as Riverhead.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Wow! This was a great month.

And I deliver to all those stores. Valley Stream, Westbury, Farmingdale, Levittown, East Meadow, Commack, etc. Just sayin

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Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Questions about name-changes, social security numbers and trucking employment

Well, it's all relative to the moon phase Todd.

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