Profile For Steven W.

Steven W.'s Info

  • Location:
    Tulsa, OK

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 1 month ago

Steven W.'s Bio

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Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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Reefer is more night driving?

I drive reefer and by preference drive from 05:00 to about 15:00. I rarely drive before that except for the occasional late pickup, then just go back to my regular schedule the next day. Of course you also have the occasional 04:00 delivery, but that just means your day is over sooner as well.

Only very rarely do I start driving before midnight and by the next day am usually back on my regular schedule.

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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Tips, Tricks, And Techniques For Rookie Drivers

If a steer tire blows avoid instinct. NEVER brake, instead press the accelerator to the floor until you have control, then ease up on the gas. Law of physics, the more forward momentum you have the less subject you are to sideways forces. Should only take 3-4 seconds and you won't increase speed much, but the increase in momentum will help keep you straight.

Posted:  3 years ago

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DOT Drug Testing: Urinalysis or Hair Follicle?

Question: Was a casual smoker (cpl times a month) up until two years ago at which time I quit. My hair is long and am not worried about any testing of 1 1/2 inches of hair, but if it is longer will they test for longer or just the standard 1 1/2 inches? Yes, I know I can simply cut it, but do not want to do so if the standard 1 1/2 inches is all that will be done.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Finally doing this

Well my greydog ticket is here. I can't believe I am actually doing this. I am really excited to actually be in a rewarding career. Spent the last 3 years working as a cashier at a truckstop and now I will be on the other side. Heading to the Swift Academy in Phoenix on Saturday and I am very excited! Thanks TT for the high road and answering whatever random question I might have had. I will keep everyone updated!

Best of luck! Am still waiting the final approval from the company, all paperwork in. Can't wait myself. Figure if I can sit all day staring at a cubical wall, might as well have an office with a view. Pay will be a little less than I make now the first year or so, but can survive it. But doing something I have always wanted to do, and actually looking forward to a new job in don't know how long......

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Trainers Truck

Safety toe boots may be required at some yards.

Although a newbie I plan to wait until I get to my trainers truck to get some things. If I need them he'll let me know and can certainly stop at a Wally-world long enough to get anything I might need that I don't have with me before we get to a destination that might require them. Don't plan on buying anything I wont absolutely need, although I'll get a pair anywyas once I go solo regardless, but then I'll have more room then too.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Hazmat Dilemma

Just be glad the supervisor cared enough to save you thar renewal fee you would have had to pay had you waited.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Hazmat Dilemma

I showed up at GA DDS bright & early today. First I was told that I couldn't take Hazmat cause I just have a CDL permit. She asked her supervisor who told her how to "trick the computer system" so I could test. That's what I'm talking about.

Took the test & passed it!!! It won't show up on my CDL till i (hopefully) get a permanent one. I also won't pay the testing fee till then. Don't know how other states are, but In GA you keep a paper CDL permit till u pass the driving test.

Thanks everyone for the great advice. My questions have only just begun. I start trucking school Mon.

My next stop is $1 short stack pancakes from IHOP for St. Patrick's Day. Just have to wear green

Take care everyone.

Karen

What I read from that is who taught you to cheat us out of another cdl renewal liscence fee when you would if you had waited had to pay another fee to get your cdl hazmat endorsement added to your current cdl.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Best driving schedule to maximize miles

Thanks for the replys. I only have a newbies grasp of the 11/14 hr clock. I do understand all work time counts against the 14, and that sleeper time puts that on hold and 10 resets it to your last break start? Haven't quite figured out how that works yet. Studying some of the examples on the High Road, but it's kind of hard to grasp without actually doing it. I'm more of one of those learn by doing types.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Need windshield cleaning tips

Okay so I'm loving all these southeast runs West Side has been sending me on but bug season is in full swing in South Carolina lol.

The struggle is real.. Ive scrubbed and scrubbed and can't get all these bugs off.

Any advice?

Haven't started driving (yet), but I use Rainex on my car windshield. Only in the heaviest of rain do I actually have to turn my wipers on. As for the bugs it actually helps with that too. They dont slide off like the rain :), but they do come off with a quick squirt of wiper fluid and a cpl wipes.

Rule one - make sure you clean the window COMPLETELY before applying. Any spots you miss will be there for 3 months or more unless you want to spend forever trying to rub off that coating. DO NOT apply it in direct sunlight. It will still work but will be twice as hard to get that white dry coat off. Due to the size of truck windows I would personally suggest one side at a time from start to finish.

The coating does work exceptionally well for 3 months and good for 6. You will find that most times you do not even have to turn on your wipers as long as you are going over 35 mph. Of course this is on a car and I realize trucks are shaped slightly different, so wind is a little different, but not much I expect.

And yes, it does help in cleaning bug gunk off the window, I rarely have to scrub hard at all.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Best driving schedule to maximize miles

Newbie here. Looking for tips on how to maximize the most miles to cut down that 70/8 34 hr restart?

Is 11 driving and 10 off the best if possible? I say if, because I know sometimes pickup or dropoff wait times will mess things up. But overall I'd like to hear from those of you out there what you do to maximize your time out and miles.

Did a search and found a cpl blogs loosely related, but found no actual forum post on this subject. If I missed it sorry.

Thanks in advance for the info!

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Driving at night

I use yellow sunglasses at night and its amazing the difference it makes. Get a cheap pair and try them out. If it helps then drop some dough on a nice pair.

I bought one of those flip down things for my car visor that has a darker grey one for day driving and a yellow one for night or rain. Was skeptical until I used it during the rain and could deffinately se better with the yellow tint than without. Never drive my car without it now.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Just another low bridge strike after following GPS

Oh, just wanted to add I saw a trucker once creep up real slow to a bridge marked 13'-3", bump his truck against it. Then instead of backing up gunned it until the truck got stuck under it. Don't know if he thought he could squeeze the truck under it or if he just missed reverse or thught he was hitting the breaks, but after 3 feet of trailer peeled back it finally stopped.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Just another low bridge strike after following GPS

Ya know, in thinking about it I'm not sure I can recall ever talking to a driver that hit a low bridge which was clearly marked like that. How does that happen? I seriously do not understand it. When you're going under bridges that are 14-15 feet tall all day on the Interstates it should be painfully obvious when you see a 12 foot bridge that it's waaaaaay lower than any other bridges you've ever gone under. Waaaaaay lower.

But then it's clearly marked right there in plain sight with a bright yellow sign.

It's completely baffling. If a person can't figure out the right way to handle something so simple, how are they even alive? How do they figure out how to use a fork to eat? How to they figure out how to lift a toilet seat to use the restroom? If you can't understand how not to hit a well marked low bridge I don't know what you can figure out.

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Probably got lost in the driving and forgot all about driving a truck. That old car mentality took over in which you never even look at such things. Im just preparing for school and cant see that ever happening to me (knock on wood) but with the way people drive, I can certainly see it happening to some.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Nervous Excitement

Just waiting on the trucking company to give the go ahead and will be heading to Springfield, MO myself. Hopefully within the next few weeks. By then you shouldn't suck so bad, and hopefully take pitty on the new newbie and not laugh quite so hard :)

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Is trucking worth it anymore?

First off I'd just like to say I am a CAD Draftsman and certainly make more money than I will driving trucks. So the money is not my main consideration - although it is of course important. In a sense this is actually a downward carrer move for me.

That being said I love driving and have always wanted to drive trucks. So for me this is more of a "want to" thing than a "need to" thing. After sitting behind a desk half my life I have decided its time to get out and see the world.

I'll be starting my CDL training in a few weeks. Have found this site to be extremely helpful in preparing me for what to expect not only on the road but as I prepare for the tests themselves.

So is it still worth it? I guess that depends on what one wants out of life. But after half a lifetime of 9-5 I'm actually looking forward to a new job for the first time in I don't know how many years.

Wish me the best.

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