Profile For John M.

John M.'s Info

  • Location:
    AL

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 2 months ago

John M.'s Bio

Just a simple guy from a small town in Vermont, Currently live in Alabama and currently in school to drive a big rig, been a dream of mine, that or heavy machinery, back hoes, bulldozers, Ect ect. all I want is to enjoy life and provide for my family.

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Posted:  4 months ago

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Two Dinosaurs Walk Into a Restaurant .... (Errolv & Old School meet)

I'm.. somewhat surprised and a bit let down... Errol for some reason I expected your profile to be you rofl-3.gif I hope one day to meet someone from here.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Reminder to keep following distance and pay attention

I heard it on the radio right after it happened. I was just finishing at a customer in Houston. Sirus channel 146 was reporting on it. After this week in Houston then this it really makes you think twice when your driving down the road. If ya’ll didn’t hear south texas got hit hard tuesday with a awful ice storm and pretty much shut Houston down tue/wed. I was sitting in the truckstop wed morning and we watched 2 semi’s collide on the overpass out the window. One was driving way too close and fast and rearended the other on an icey road. They took out 4 cars with them. Over 400 crashes in the metro area in 30 hrs and the police chief estimated 50 were semi’s.

Folks nothing they can put in your truck is worth risking anyone’s life.

Exactly, they can replace the truck, replace the trailer and the freight but they can't replace us or those that we take with us... slow down, pay attention and please put the phones down, someone said something on here and I can't recall whom it was but they said and I quote "today could be my last, let's make sure it's not" I agree and have adopted the saying

Posted:  4 months ago

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How is That a Truck Route?

I can't recall the name of the road. It's a truck route though, it's in... you know i cant recall, not helpful i know but its two lane with some tight curves but its near the border right near the interstate but it has two bridges do believe it was over a major river too. that made me question who ever thought that would make a good truck route was insane, bridges were so tight that had to curb the truck at one point cause the other guy coming the other way in a semi couldn't move over or didn't want to I was too busy panicking to keep from hitting anything to notice if he didn't want to move over I was so terrified that I was gunna lose a mirror or something but after a few cheek clenching moments and cuss words later I made it off of the two bridges and was so relieved, didn't hit anything or lose a mirror I might add

Posted:  4 months ago

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Reminder to keep following distance and pay attention

Apparently I'm an idiot and didn't see the link button. But yeah, for two hours every truck that passed me I glanced at their dot bumper and saw that second trucks steer tires lodged under it...

AL.com truck accident

Posted:  4 months ago

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Reminder to keep following distance and pay attention

Truck driver dead after crash between two 18-wheelers on I-459

I passed this about 30 minutes after it happened, it messed with me, so much so I had to call my mother and my misses to say I love them very much, please pay attention and keep your following distance... I'm not a religious man but I'll be saying a prayer for that drivers family. May he rest in peace and enjoy the open road forever.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Please don't do this to your fellow drivers.

Don't see it mine must not have it. Thanks though!

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Thanks G-town will do that next time, also I keep seeing lowering the airbags. How does one do that, I drive a 16 freightshaker cascadia evo

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Should be a switch that has a truck without a trailer with a Up and down arrow at the rear.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Please don't do this to your fellow drivers.

Thanks G-town will do that next time, also I keep seeing lowering the airbags. How does one do that, I drive a 16 freightshaker cascadia evo

Posted:  4 months ago

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Please don't do this to your fellow drivers.

Not sure if this is the right way or not but I crank it till I hear air coming out of the suspension then crank it once or twice more then call it a day, havnt heard anything bad and even had one guy, another Werner driver compliment me saying he wished he had people who knew how to drop a trailer like I did at his dedicated site

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Well Hell....

A picture says a thousand words. This one says, "My day is f****d!"

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But.... That's only four? And that sucks man, took me a minute to see it was like what's wrong? I don't see... oooohhhhhh....

Posted:  5 months ago

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Be careful out there! Winter is here!

I got the experience of seeing 7 tractor trailers dangling from guard rails by the trailer tandems heading east across PA on I 80. Couldn't see the actual trucks, because they were hanging off bridges, overpasses, and mountain drop offs.. only the tail end of the trailers with only the tandems holding them. Each winter when I come through here I ALWAYS see one or 2, but 7?? Crazy.

I saw a few jackknifed and one hanging from the trailer tandems on I-80 and one bobtail on it's side in PA, folks if it's anything winter driving has taught me in a car is to respect it.... go slow, take your time and if it's too bad just stop or stay put... something I happily brought to semi winter driving, I'd rather stay put at a truck stop and take a hit on my wallet then lose my life

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Nervous about Roadmaster

Quick question, are you looking for working with Werner? The reason I ask is last I knew, roadmaster was owned by Werner and if I had to take a crack at it 75% of our trucks are automatics if it helps, I drive for Werner and I love it here

Posted:  6 months ago

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Always Pre-trip Your Trailer

I know that feeling, I was due home yesterday and I hooked up to my home load to find the breakshoes warn down to just above dot limits and my tire on the tandems had. A nice 5 inch hole in the tread, then I sat waiting 5 hours cause the shop that Michelin sent out forgot about my companies call then get to the TA for the breaks and companies all hey while your there replace your steers, get an oil change I made it home 5 am this morning lol

Posted:  6 months ago

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Questions about Truck Driving?

Hello, love your name and welcome to TT a vet or mod should post links to all the neat info such as the basics and how to go about obtaining your cdl i unfortunately do not have those. But I can try to answer anything you might have, question 1: as I'm a man I cant exactly answer that but as I see alot of women driving trucks (which is a good thing) I suppose it can't be that bad. Question 2: absolutely, with most starter companies one call and you can change divisions, might require a bit of experience before you can do that but you can. Question 3: nope, atleast not any time soon. Hope I helped and if you need anything else just ask, we're all here to help.

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Posted:  6 months ago

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Wintery fun.

Also is it weird that when I see a WS truck I think of you? Thats not creepy is it?

Posted:  6 months ago

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I'm Fixing The Lost Photos In The Forum

Er mer gerd bret changed his photo, nice puppy also

Also thank you for bringing the photo update thingy

Posted:  6 months ago

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Wintery fun.

Snow isn't so bad but do be careful, especially of any ice. Don't hesitate to find a safe place to shut down if roads become treacherous.

Winter tip #1:. When parking for the night, roll back and forth slowly to cool your tires.. otherwise, the heat from them can melt ice and snowpack and literally refreeze your tires to the pavement during the night as you sleep.

Winter Tip #2:. Only set your TRACTOR brakes when parking for the night. The rain/slush can cause the brakes to freeze. Feel like laying under your trailer beating them with a hammer to try to get them loose? If your drives freeze they're easy to break loose just by moving. A small torch is useful to have.

Winter Tip #3:. Drain moisture out of your airtanks regularly. Yes most are automatic drain, but it sure won't hurt to take extra precautions.

Thanks for the tips Susan I appreciate them, I did one I think anyway, I had to move a few times to position the truck to park how I wanted it so maybe that counts? And just did 3, with two I found my truck is on a bit of an Incline and I don't know if I'm just paranoid or what but I'm not sure I like the idea of leaving my tractor breaks the only thing holding me in place, would wheel chocks help here or can I expect some A-hole to steal them?

Posted:  6 months ago

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Wintery fun.

Had my first little taste of winter today, it's been raining, sleeting and or snowing today and the temp fluctuated around through out the day, I was a little nervous at first but I kept my cool, increased my following distance and slowed down as needed and kept alert for any issues. Wasn't as bad as it could be but was enough to make me say I'm not a fan, as I shut down for the night it started snowing heavily and now there is half an inch or so on the ground I'm hoping it's gone by morning, if not, well tomorrow will be interesting.

Posted:  6 months ago

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Swift speeding the trucks up!!

Eh, you swifties just want to stop saying "shutup Werner I'm friggen tryin" rofl-3.gif

Posted:  6 months ago

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Swifties: If you get a TEXT about trainee back pay from Swift

I’ll go make the popcorn. Who wants some?

Oh, oh me!

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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Opinion on driving a fuel tanker truck right out of cdl school?

smile.gif Thanks for the replies and I hope the little joke made some of you smile but as a new driver I cant even fathom pulling double box trailers let alone a single fuel tanker, nevermind doubles, one day maybe I'll grab that tanker endorsement and hazmat but for this solo driver, I'm content and quite happy pulling 53 dry van.. I mean hell, I've seen double 53's rolling down the road and thought to myself not only does that driver have a bigger pair then I do but I can barely drive one trailer why on earth would I want to add another.

Double 53... that's 106 foot of trailer not including the dollies...wtf-2.gifrofl-2.gif

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