Profile For Brad C.

Brad C.'s Info

  • Location:
    Bethany, OK

  • Driving Status:
    Preparing For School

  • Social Link:

  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 4 months ago

Brad C.'s Bio

Just a man his family and a will to live day by day.

Page 1 of 2

Next Page
Go To Page:    

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

View Topic:

Transgender Trucker

Byeee, I would love an answer to one question. Do you need the job or do you want and welcome the challenges you are about to face?

Posted:  10 months, 3 weeks ago

View Topic:

Cameras

I’ve got to agree with Big Scott, most youtubers who don’t film in a “studio” use gopros.

Posted:  10 months, 3 weeks ago

View Topic:

Is that Text message worth it?

Fact is distracted driving is distracted driving. Even when a distraction is completely out of your control it will show in an accident report(keep those windows closed if possible). My fear would be, even if it’s not a major distraction but it’s not beyond my control I would end up with an ugly scar on my Employment history.

Posted:  10 months, 3 weeks ago

View Topic:

Working Load Limit question

Haven’t made my way to the ny coils material yet so I don’t have the foggiest of ideas what the requirements are. Comparing the math in the question to my experience in the towing industry in the state of OK is why it makes sense to me. Although, I imagine there are major differences between hauling coils and hauling a vehicle on a flatbed wrecker. But the question does seem to want you to calculate the number of chains based on half the WLL rating. Just out of curiosity are you familiar with how securement devices (chains, straps, cable, etc.) are rated?

Posted:  10 months, 3 weeks ago

View Topic:

Questions about entry into trucking

The polishing touches are getting the wife and kid(18) their licenses and a few arrangements made. Indeed I am ready and I’ve been home not getting paid for going on three months now. My accident despite being a single vehicle accident was by the local pd determined “distraction beyond drivers control.” Get ready for a good laugh if you want the full story. Just suffice it to say I try not to run with open windows any more.

Posted:  10 months, 3 weeks ago

View Topic:

Questions about entry into trucking

So over the course of the past week or so I have been back on here re-preparing myself for entry into the trucking industry. I’ll start with a humongous thanks to everyone for their contributions to the site making it such a valuable source of information. Short of a few final polishing touches on the home front I am just about ready to start talking to recruiters and getting applications in to companies for sponsored schooling. Unfortunately though I think I may have a problem or two. First and probably the biggest is my employment history. The last several years have been crazy to say the least. I had a job as a tow driver payed under the table and then after some difficulty finding a job probably made my worst career choice yet. I tried driving with yellow cab. I ended up giving up the cab job because I had lost so much money in the business it was ridiculous. Since then I have essentially been a stay at home husband shuttling my wife and kid to work and home because neither had their drivers license. Crazy schedules and their income made it a really bad idea financially for me to get a job. And for the second issue back towards the end of 2015 I was involved in a freak single vehicle accident. It doesn’t show on my MVR, but I want to cover my bases and make sure I don’t make a bad decision in the course of applying for my new career. Hopefully I haven’t bored y’all to death and I eagerly look forward to your input.

Posted:  10 months, 3 weeks ago

View Topic:

Is that Text message worth it?

Texting either with the keyboard or voice dictation is still texting in my opinion. And to be completely honest even talking on the phone with Bluetooth is still a distraction. Just because it is legal doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. Just my two pennies worth.

Posted:  10 months, 3 weeks ago

View Topic:

Working Load Limit question

double-quotes-start.png

Ok grumpy I’m going to try to help here with explaining their math. It appears in the example they have left a lot of details out of the question. Also don’t kick yourself too hard over this.

In the example it’s asking how many 1/2” grade 70 chains are needed to secure a 34500 lbs load keeping WLL to 50% of rating. Just to keep it simple we know 1/2” grade 70 has a WLL of 11,300 lbs. 34500/11300=3.05 if you stop and round to 4 here the chains are at just over 75% of their WLL in a ideal world. So we multiply the 3.05*2 to get 6.10 and round to 7 for again in a perfect world using 44% of the WLL on the chains. All the other variables mentioned by others are definitely something to be remembered but the test wanted the simplest answer possible.

double-quotes-end.png

Are you saying I should only rely on 50% of the chain's actual WLL?

As in, each chain which has a WLL of 11,500 should be treated as if it will only secure 5,650 lbs?

That seems to be the way the question is worded. Even if done so in a trick question sort of way.

Posted:  10 months, 3 weeks ago

View Topic:

Working Load Limit question

Oklahoma DOT requires a four point tie down on vehicles towed on a flatbed wrecker. Common practice is to use either 4 grade 70 chains with a 3700lb WLL or 4 2” wheel straps with a 3500lb WLL. Not a single vehicle I towed came close to a 14000 gvwr let alone actually weighing that much. So seven chains rated at 11,300 for a 34,500 coil doesn’t sound out of place to me. Just an observation based on my past experience as a non-CDL tow driver though.

Posted:  10 months, 3 weeks ago

View Topic:

Working Load Limit question

Ok grumpy I’m going to try to help here with explaining their math. It appears in the example they have left a lot of details out of the question. Also don’t kick yourself too hard over this.

In the example it’s asking how many 1/2” grade 70 chains are needed to secure a 34500 lbs load keeping WLL to 50% of rating. Just to keep it simple we know 1/2” grade 70 has a WLL of 11,300 lbs. 34500/11300=3.05 if you stop and round to 4 here the chains are at just over 75% of their WLL in a ideal world. So we multiply the 3.05*2 to get 6.10 and round to 7 for again in a perfect world using 44% of the WLL on the chains. All the other variables mentioned by others are definitely something to be remembered but the test wanted the simplest answer possible.

Posted:  10 months, 3 weeks ago

View Topic:

Interesting read on hours of service.

My fault, I should have kept my opinion out of this topic. (Especially since I am studying for cdl still)... how do y’all feel about the proposed changes up for comment?

Posted:  10 months, 3 weeks ago

View Topic:

Interesting read on hours of service.

My apologies for the lack of clarity. The proposed changes most likely won’t increase or decrease the number of accidents. My opinion of the fact hours of service should be unregulated and at the drivers discretion would increase the number of accidents. If a person functions well with less sleep than the average person then they should be able to utilize that ability. If a person functions on an average amount of sleep they should have the sense to shut down when they are tired. I understand the reason the regulations were put in place(including eld’s) and that is because in the eras before hours of service and eld’s people abused the freedoms the system allowed and put lives at risk in the best case scenarios.

Posted:  10 months, 3 weeks ago

View Topic:

Is that Text message worth it?

My answer? Not in a million years.

The answer you should give? Well it depends. Factors include but are not limited to 1. Do you value your life? 2. Would you be able to live with the fact you killed someone else because you crushed their car like a soda can? 3. Can you afford to pay the fines and your bills for the next couple of years while you are learning a new trade on account of your instant gratification mentality?

Posted:  10 months, 3 weeks ago

View Topic:

Boot suggestions

I swear by waterproof CAT boots. They fit like a glove, have a non-skid sole and are very comfortable.

I didn’t have any luck with CAT boots. Only took 3 months for me to practically walk out of them.

Boots at Walmart are OK if you’re in a pinch needing something to get you by. Not moch else.

Posted:  10 months, 3 weeks ago

View Topic:

Boot suggestions

Best boots I have ever bought are Redwing boots. They seem to last better than most and if you ever need them fixed you can hit one of their stores. I won’t lie about the fact they are really pricey. I think the lowest price I have seen was about $175 on clearance. They can get custom insoles made to your foot.

Posted:  10 months, 3 weeks ago

View Topic:

Interesting read on hours of service.

I want to hear some of the veteran drivers opinions on this one. IMHO I can see arguments from both sides of the fence. I used to drive a tow truck on call 24/7. The fatigue can be cranked up to a level that would drive most people crazy from time to time. I had a great time at it for quite a while. Just to be honest I think it should be left to the drivers discretion and made very clear that the driver will be held legally/financially responsible in the event of an incident found to be their fault. To quote someone from another thread “21 is the general entry into the industry. We’re all adults here.” I’ll say let’s accept the responsibility for our own actions. I won’t forget about the devils advocate view on my opinion. But the number of accidents will skyrocket! I agree with you 100%! That’s why the government has issued the rules we must follow. People abused the system out of greed and ruined it for those who responsibly pushed themselves. It all goes back to the argument of common sense(which seems to be lacking these days) and the fact some people either don’t use it or have it.

Posted:  10 months, 3 weeks ago

View Topic:

Recruiting tricks

Again, I appreciate everyone’s responses. I stumbled across this and was a bit concerned even though it didn’t quite add up. Neither the video nor the article mentioned any companies which raised a red flag for credibility. I figure if it where a valid story such as what was published about the port drivers at least one company would have a black eye. Just checked in here for confirmation seeing as the whiners usually get shut down pretty quick. I will head back to the shadows for now until I either have a nice chunk of humble pie in school or a diary for training. Thanks again, have a great day!

Posted:  10 months, 3 weeks ago

View Topic:

Recruiting tricks

Mr. Aquila for the win. I’ve gotta say I am impressed with the response. I was thinking in the back of my mind, “Could this be?” Just wanted to touch base and see if there was any validity in the accusations that where made. Unfortunately I have not had the chance to decipher the good(honest) from the bad(misleading at best) in trucking publications. I know no one is perfect but TT has to be the best I’ve found so far. I appreciate everyone’s response and may you all have a great time ahead.

Posted:  10 months, 3 weeks ago

View Topic:

Recruiting tricks

I'm not sure which concerns me more, the fact that someone would say that or the fact that anyone would believe it. It makes no sense on any level.

You are absolutely correct when you say it doesn’t make sense. I say informative because he covers a lot of the same stuff covered here and it pretty well matches up. Had he not referenced an article entitled Bus and dump from Fleet Owner magazine on the same topic I would have dismissed the idea. The fact is I don’t know the credibility of the source and the details are kinda scarce in the article. I have been a member here for a while and have been lurking in the shadows for the most part. I believe if any forum can help shed light on the subject it’s here. Thanks for the enlightening info. It is actually all the resources here that have pushed me to feel comfortable with getting into the industry.

Posted:  10 months, 3 weeks ago

View Topic:

Recruiting tricks

So I’ve been back at doing my due diligence for getting into the industry. There is a video fairly recently released from an informative YouTube channel and a published article that has raised a concern for me. Apparently companies have stooped too getting potential hires to company orientation then dumping them with no reason sometimes leaving them stranded in an unfamiliar city. Has anyone heard about this practice? If so can we get the worst offenders names in the open for the people who must protect themselves falling victim to this practice. I understand there are a whole host of reasons one might get removed form a pool of applicants.

Page 1 of 2

Next Page
Go To Page:    

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More