Profile For Traffic Jam (SunnyWalker.net)

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    Amarillo TX area, TX

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    Company Driver In Training

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    6 years, 5 months ago

Traffic Jam (SunnyWalker.net)'s Bio

As of July 8, 2013 I graduated from Midland College 's Truck Driving School. I am now a rookie dry van hauler with Conway Truckload out of Joplin, MO. I am 60 years old, happily married and recently retired from 20+ years of service with State of TX. Please visit me at SunnyWalker.net.

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Posted:  6 years ago

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Traffic Jam and Averitt Express

Sorry for spelling. I am doing these lately from free Wifi here in yard with a Kindle Fire via hunt n peck. Passed test easy with real high score. It was fun n all the study n practice was worth it. Been on my own since then. Today I finished up a del to San Antonio n back to Ardmore OK. It had 5 deliveries in it. I receive $4 for unloading trailer and $25 for each stop as well as mileage. Doing good! Now for the other fellow... yes some drove. Selves n were paid mileage. Ya''ll watch out if you are in San Antonio don't git in a

-Traffic Jam

Posted:  6 years ago

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Traffic Jam and Averitt Express

I will let you all know bout fri this weekend. Meanwhile HOW BOUT THEM COWBOYS! N watch out for any ole

-Traffic Jam

Posted:  6 years ago

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Traffic Jam and Averitt Express

Ok the hog kill I survived-still here. I m now officially done with my 25 day riding with a trainer. I get a ck our drive this fri n then m dug loose to start driving. Thanks TtuckingTruth.com!!!!! Its been a journey to begin here n your help made a big difference. Thanks!

Posted:  6 years ago

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Decided to go with Swift. Will be attending Phoenix Academy in Feb. to get my CDL

Weather may turn out to be great for the school. Don't sweat the small stuff. At any rate sooner or later you'll have to learn to drive in adverse conditions. I think it would be better to do so with a trainer. -Traffic Jam

Posted:  6 years ago

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Traffic Jam and Averitt Express

I did it last night! I was driving up thru a rural area and hit a wild boar! Took off part of the bumper on drivers side. Everyone is teasing me about it. Did I bring it back for bar-b-que? (No it probably weighed over 150 lbs). They are saying my new handle is "Hog Slayer" but I am going to stick with "Traffic Jam." This is LAST week of mentor/training! As they say down Texas way. . . Yeeeeeeeeehaw!

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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I started school

Get in the High Road CDL Training Program on this site. You will really benefit from it and enjoy it at the same time. I don't think anything I have seen compares to it. Good luck and come join us at Averitt Express.

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Truck stops

Danny: I have not ever paid for parking overnight in my short career so far. Here is a resource (Ref type book)if you are interested:

"The Ultimate Truck Parking guide, third edition". Here is an excerpt: "the Ultimate Truck Parking Guide was written for over-the-road truck dirvers. The primary purpose of this book is to provide a comprehensive list of tractor-trailer parking locations. In fact, this book provides over 8,700 locations." etc.

More info at: ParkMyRig.com I bought my copy while at Con-Way Truckload.

I think there are similar resources out there.

-Traffic Jam

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Decided to go with Swift. Will be attending Phoenix Academy in Feb. to get my CDL

Dear Brett C: I see a lot of Swift drivers coming into the Dollar General service ctr., at Ardmore, OK where our company is part of the account. They all have clean trucks and seem to be doing real well. Early on I learned not to worry about . . . learning! We all have to start somewhere and the most skilled truck driver had to learn backing like I did at one time or another. Have fun!

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Traffic Jam and Averitt Express

Thanks Brett and Starcar! This week coming up (I am at home now on days off) was to be my last days in training (Sun-Tues) and I was to have a "test" done by safety and then be cut loose. However, I asked to continue the training through the week with my other trainer, Brendan. This was approved and will last through the end of the week and then I'll go through the final audit or test and be cut loose. I wanted to do this as Ken and Brendan were both such a case study in contrasting styles of driving, focus, detail work, etc. I feel really lucky to have this approved and am going to make the most of it. This last week was my last full week with Ken and we had fun but did work hard. On one stop we had over 1400 pieces to deliver. Ken said we ought to be out of here by about 1:00 PM and it was about 9:30 AM at the time. I had looked over the situation (the lot, the setup, the inside of the store, etc.,) and told him let's try for 11:00 AM. He said we'd never do that but we had her done in 1 hour and 15 minutes. I remember when I first started I would push a cart up into the store and bend over to get my breath. fI was real slow but Ken sure had a lot of patience and worked with me and allowed me my time. Now I just walk back and grab another and keep going and going. So It has been a real experience and the old 60 year old body has responded. I feel in lots better shape after these four plus weeks of going and going. The driving has been going real smooth and my backing is continuing to get better all the time. One good thing about this type of account is I feel we get more backing experience than an OTR driver. That is very beneficial and sure boosts my confidence in controlling the vehicle. All the other things a driver deals with also have come at a more rapid rate: coupling and uncoupling, all types of backing and I mean ALL TYPES! I could go on but I am sure you get the idea. I bought an air line this week with a glad hand on one end and a receptacle on the other to air up tires. You attach it to your red air line and air up your tires. Kind of neat to have your own portable compressor along, ha, ha. I am planning on getting a cooler to plug in the first week of real driving and so that is on the waiting list. I em enjoying the GPS Unit and pretty much use it and put the company qualcom one on mute as we drive. The SiriusXM radio is great for all those NFL and MLB games. The World Series is coming up and I am looking forward to this. Too bad the Texas Rangers are not in it this year! I am finding that I really like driving the truck. I like the feel of it, the sound of it, the vibrations, the power it has going up hills, the coasting down hills. When it shifts is has a sweet smooth sound and the view out the windows is nice and full. In traffic jams (NO I DID NOT CAUSE THESE TRAFFIC JAMS) like down in Dallas I just move along slow like a creeping action and make my time. I don't get in a hassle and quizzy about how slow I am making miles. It will all work out in the end and I trust my God to be with me to meet my needs. I am trying to focus on each day and learn all I can soak up. I put in my hours and work hard and take pride in doing a good job whether it is driving, backing, making a turn, unloading the truck, placing the roll-tainers in the store storeroom, etc. When I drive away it feels good and is satisfying. There is more to life and a job then the money angle and this is important to me. One a side note: one week I had to re-set in Alburquerque, NM and it was during the balloon festival. It was very pleasant there and as I live near here it was all quite familiar but I loved it. I did sleep a lot as I was still in the stage where every off hour I had was a recovery time from the work. The TA truck stop in town has a great restaurant and reasonable prices. Service is good too and that was a good hamburger! If you are looking to begin a trucking career you ought to come and join me in Averitt Express meanwhile watch out for any

-Traffic Jam

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Traffic Jam and Averitt Express

Thanks Brett. I already wear my contacts when unloading as I had a box hit my glasses one time. I now added some other stuff to make life more enjoyable on the road. I did get a truck assignment-a Volvo and it is swell! I've got it mostly all cleaned up and everything. It has almost 250,000 miles on it and works like a dream. I purchased a SiriusXM today to add to it and just feel like things are going smoothly. I only have about 9-10 days left of training and then I'll be on my own. I feel real fortunate and blessed to have this opportunity so want to make the most of it. So far I have had a couple of trainers-both excellent and real supportive: Ken and Brendan and I have enjoyed both of them immensely. I have learned so much from being with them and working side by side with each of these fellows. It's been a great process so far but I do look forward to it being over with. This last week we returned from Albuquerque to Ardmore, OK. Then did some runs around Ft Worth on Thurs and then returned to Ardmore. Picked up a trailer and ran to Amarillo. Made the dels today (Fri) and I am home now. The trucks I have trained in and the one assigned to me have qualcoms and so we use electronic logs. I feel this is an advantage as it helps in communication with dispatch and all. This ought to have a positive impact on my work and assignments. Saw a store today where I driver was straight backing and ran along the end of the roof shoving the rain gutter to pieces. It looked like wadded up tinfoil. Dented the metal bldg also and left some rubber streaks on the sidewalk/curb. I hope I don't do that and plan to GOAL a lot (already do) and mainly I am going to try to not be in a hurry. I think that will help avoid this situation a lot. OK, thanks for reading and don't get into any or around any or make a -Traffic Jam

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Traffic Jam and Averitt Express

OK, I am doing real well and things are going real nicely. I finished my second week with a trainer named, Brendan. So that gives me 7 days with Ken and 5 with Brendan and I have to do 25 days. This week I had to do my reset in Albuquerke, NM which was real nice. We were able to stop in Amarillo and meet up with my wife Sarah and that was really neat. That was on the way here. We had four deliveries here in Albuquerke and then I was able to retire to a real nice motel. I talks with the office I found that this week I will be assiged my "own" tractor and supposedly will continue to train but in this truck. We will return to Ardmore each evening and so my mentor/trainer will retire to his own truck to rest in. Cool, huh? Also, fuel card, etc., etc. Things are going so well that I bought a GPS for trucking unit and am just real excited and all. I feel my body is responding to the unloading and am slowly getting in shape so to speak and all. I think that the unloading is actually a real nice break from the driving. And as we are paid for it its just fine. It fits in with my plans to return to hiking in the Spring. I drove on Sat from Ardmore to Amarillo and then my instructor took over for the run to NM. I drove from Ardmore to and in OK city this last week also. Also on Sun did a lot of the driving here in Albuquerke and so I feel like I am getting good experience. I find that my backing is getting easier and easier all the time. I guess my confidence is growing. I decided this week to watch that overconfidence and all and continue to be REAL careful. Take care all and watch out you do not get stuck in a

-Traffic Jam

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Traffic Jam and Averitt Express

When I say sleep in my own truck that is what it is. It's one that is not being used and I lock it when I leave. I am the only user in the truck and this is what they do there. Kind of nice. I had to stay out at the Dallas Service ctr one night and they arranged for me to use an Averitt truck there. These are clean and working trucks. Keep cool and stay out of a -Traffic Jam

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Traffic Jam and Averitt Express

Yes, I am dedicated supply chain driver. Dollar General account. I have just completed a week with my trainer. So I first did a thurs and Fri and then Sun-Fri and so only have 17 days left to train! I am still having a great time and my trainer is someone I really respect and like. This week we had some time to kill on Mon and so we went out into the DG yard and for 4 hours he had me practice Dock parking/backing up to dock from an angle. Ken did a great job and sure has a lot of patience. I can do it really good now and the other night we pulled into a Love's and he had me back into a slot between a couple of trucks. I put it right in the middle of the lane! Hats off to my trainer, Ken. Averitt seems just fine and I am making friends and having lots of experiences. I just bought a Road Carriers Atlas (Rand McNally) at a Love's. They have a rebate offer on right now that makes the price in the end as: $19.99 We had a busy week and I am very tired and that is ok. We were in OK and TX. Have not make NM yet but I think I go that way this next week. Each day of training we work out of the Dollar General yard at Ardmore and return there each night. Averitt has offices there and etc. I sleep each night in my own truck! I just fire it up on idle and snooze away. This is the accepted practice there and it works for me! We were coming through Clarendon, TX today and traffic was backed up for miles due to an oversize unit on a Truck. They actually had three trucks attached to this rig! One pulling and two pushing! It took quite a while for traffic to start up. We sat there and watched them lift wires over the truck and trailer AND disconnect the two stop lights so the vehicle could pass under. We had to wait while they re-attached them and got them to working again! All in all it was kind of fun watching all the action with the city, county and state and all the trucks and cars and vehicles. Stay of of a -Traffic Jam

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Traffic Jam and Averitt Express

Thanks for the encouragement everyone. One thing about this training is that each week I get to go home for a day or two off. That is a nice break from your trainer and so that part is great. Today will be a good day as I leave to re-join the trainer this afternoon AND the Cowboys and Rams are on! I wonder what the score is . . . . Oh, and so Thanks to Rolling Thunder and Tracey K. I'll re-visit TruckingTruth in a week or so. Until then be care in how you drive remember "All good kids love milk" and don't get in a

-Traffic Jam

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Traffic Jam and Averitt Express

One other thing-While I was waiting to start orientation last week I started over again with the High Road online cdl training offered here on Trucking Truth. Thanks again to Brett and all involved for this web based training that is made available here on Truckingtruth.com There is nothing like it and I really appreciate it.

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Traffic Jam and Averitt Express

While I do not speak for Averitt Express it does look like one does have to have a CDL to work at Averitt Express. I say this as I did not notice in any of the literature or web site an ad for a truck driving school for via Averitt. I wa snot lookin for that specifically though and I would advise you to ck out their web site. My experience was I came as a recent graduate of a truck driving school(Midland College, Midland TX). For those types of drivers Averitt has a "student program" and like many companies that use recent grads it involves a few weeks of driving with a "finisher/trainer/mentor" before you are issued equipment. This is reasonable as a student has no real track record when it comes to professional driving and one of course needs further training after school.

I finished orientation and came home on Thursday and was assigned a trainer and met with him that day. I was able to get a nap in before I met up with Ken and we hit the road for that day and Friday. Friday evening I went home for my days off-Oh I think I am going to like this! I meet up with Ken again on Sunday afternoon and we will drive to Ardmore where Dollar General has its distribution ctr. We will sleep there and so we ready for a full week on Mon morning. We load up and then go out in TX, OK, and NM to different Dollar General stores to make deliveries. I am in training but normally am paid a cpm wage, a stop wage and a unloading wage. Most of the pieces are in roller carts and so unloading is not to big a chore. That is once one gets "in shape" as I guess I have been as my brother says a "couch potato" too for too many weeks. This will get me is shape for hiking I can say that-at least the upper part of the body and I will probably drop some weight. That will be good too.

One word on Averitt Trucks: WOW! Man that automatic transmission is fabulous! I have been shifting perfectly every time I drive. It took about 5 minutes to get used to and from then on its smooth sailing. I did not notice that I lost any of my Macho Man truck driver image at all. In fact, I think it helped it. I start out from a stop, no grinding, shifting at the right rpm and speed, down the road I go it looks good, feels good, is good. The truck has a brake pedal and a accelerator. That's it. No clutch or big gear shift. Some models still have a clutch I have heard. I noticed that the trans still assists in slowing down by shifting down when you slow, it's just the greatest thing. A driver still may shift manually but there is no conventional stick shift. I think this might get more folk into truck driving perhaps. Anyway, I use the cruise control also and it just works great. I am having a blast so far.

Thurs we went from Amarillo to Ardmore, OK. Friday morning we left Ardmore and drove to a small town in Texas called Childress for a del. Then on to Amarillo for additional deliveries and then home. My trainer says we will end each evening in Ardmore where I have a separate truck to sleep in. I turn it on as its APR unit (APR, EPR, anyway you know what I mean) is not working. So I fire it up and sleep like a baby in the bunk. I leave all my stuff there and work out of it each morning. My own little truck bunkhouse, ha, ha. This training is going to be nice with getting a break to go home each week. My wife picked up on Friday and we stopped at Taco Bell and headed down the hwy. One piece of advice-I have read talk about different drivers, students, trainees, etc., abut what kind of shoes or boots to wear and talk about steel/composite toe boots. I had a soft toe shoe on and one of the carts mashed my toe. No injury it was just a "little mash" if you know what I mean but I could tell that more was to come if I was not careful. Well, if you have read my web site you know I have had one toe amputated already due to a congenital birth defect. I have some feet problems and can't afford to make it worse. So came home and ordered a pair of composite toe boots. While Averitt has a catalog where one may order uniform shirts, pants, etc., from they also offer several pairs of name brand shoes and boots at a good discount. I took advantage of that last night and ordered me a pair of the lace up boots. I just mention this as it was on my second day that I kind of mashed a toe. And I was trying to be careful and all. So this is just my two bits on this discussion. OK, take care and in your driving be careful and don't create a

-Traffic Jam

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Traffic Jam and Averitt Express

dancing-banana.gif I forgot to mention the most important portion of the menu in the morning breakfasts: COFFEE!!

-Traffic Jam

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Traffic Jam and Averitt Express

dancing-dog.gifdancing-dog.gif Today I am using the motel's business center computer so ought to do better on typos and all. Another very nice day at orientation. Averitt served us a nice tasty catered lunch again and overall the day was just fine. It was again, a day filled with paper work, issues related to new hires, etc., that one would expect in coming to a new job. The president of the company came by and I was able to shake his hand and say "howdy" and all. I also met my recruiter and that was nice to thank meet and thank her for her work. I found out yesterday that I do not have a road test as I am classified as a "student driver" (having graduated from Truck Driving School recently with no long term experience) and so get to by pass that dealie. I will fly out of Nashville on Thursday morning early and return home. I will be reporting for work sometime later in the week down in Dallas, TX. The "TX" part is for all you non-Texans who might not know where Dallas is. Although I can't imagine anyone now knowing where the world famous, home of the Dallas Cowboys IS! This weekend was full of surprises, -how BOUT them SEAHAWKS! Ok, that was moment interlude, now back to the main subject. Tomorrow, Wed is my last day of Orientation and so we are over the hump so to speak. There about 40 of us in Orientation. There are non-drivers there, for example there are mechanics, management people, and administrative as well as drivers. The bulk of the class is drivers though. I learned Averitt is a privately owned company and they also have profit sharing for all employees. This is automatic and is contributed to each employees 401(k) automatically. One can also elect to contribute up to %75 of your paycheck into your 401(k)! Full med/dent/vision plans start 90 days from hire date. As I have all that from retirement with the State I am not hurting on that but it is nice and all. In case anyone is wondering the Clarion Inn where they put us up is very nice and defintely if you come here you do not have to worry about the motel. That is not an issue. The breakfasts in the morning include such things as: sausages, eggs, pancakes, fruit, juices, gravy and biscuts, etc. As I have shared the catered lunches are real good and the location of the motel is such that is easy to access other restaurants close by including fast food. And good Walmart is a few blocks away, withing walking distance. Transportation is provided by Averitt in a combination of limo, cab, and van while you are here. Depends on the situation and it is all billed to Averitt with no out-of-pocket expense to you. OK, that about does it and if you have any questions just jot them down here in this thread and I'll try to answer them. Right now I am going on my daily vigorous walk and so you watch out for any,

-Traffic Jam

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Traffic Jam and Averitt Express

Sorry for typos. Its hunt n peck on this Kindle Fire. Traffic Jam.

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Traffic Jam and Averitt Express

Hey thanks. I'll look for those Extra gears! Today was a great day: made it thru the DOT physical just great. Not worried bout drug test of course. Went to training ctr n did computer based trading on HazMat n OSHA n security n etc. I forgot to say morning started with hot breakfast at Clarion Inn where Averitt put me up in private rm. Received nice uniforms today n did usual lap sk n things J mentioned. It looks like things ramp up km Tuesday. Averitt employees seem just great n I have a good impression. Oh they gave us a nice catered lunch. I return ed to motel n ironed uniform for tomorrow. I've said my prayers n now get some shut eye. Only regret is Cowboys lost yesterday! Watch out for any

-Traffic Jam

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