Profile For Big Scott

Big Scott's Info

  • Location:
    Charlotte, NC

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    4 years, 11 months ago

Big Scott's Bio

I dream of a career driving a truck. I spent almost eight years working for a company that builds machines. Unfortunately, I lost that job in the beginning of February (2017). I have been on unemployment. That runs out early May. After a couple of years of planning, when I lost my job, my wife had some health issues that prevented me from making the leap then. Now she is doing better and I have started applying to several companies. We are working hard to pay off debt and that is a slow process. I am here on TT because I find this to be the best site for current and truthful information on this industry. I was. accepted into CFI's company sponsored training and I'm currently in school for them. 6-26-17 Got my first truck with CFI today.

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Posted:  12 hours, 18 minutes ago

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Wanting to start my trucking career.. but wanting to talk to someone where and how to get started

I trained with and drive for CFI. I am their biggest fan. When I left for training I was on unemployment and needed to be making money fast. CFI payed for everything and about 5 weeks after leaving home I was getting paid. When I started we were getting paid every two weeks. We now get paid weekly. You came to the best place for truthful information. Go through the links already provided. CFI requires a medical card and permit before going to training. Get and save receipts for those and CFI will reimburse you with your first load. They have a one year contract, which goes quickly. Work that year and everything is free. They will reimburse you for your CDL, endorsements and hazmat background check. Here is a link to my CFI training diary You can also use the search bar at the top of this page to answer most of your questions. Here is a link to my thread where I share my first year pay stubs. Good luck. I hope this helps you.

Posted:  12 hours, 42 minutes ago

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On the mechanical side

Autoshift trucks come in a variety of gear options. I'm with CFI and our Autoshift are 10 speed. I have a friend who just bought a truck and it has a 13 speed Autoshift. In school we trained on a 10 speed manual. That is all my manual experience in a truck. I am happy with my 10 speed Autoshift.

Posted:  21 hours, 49 minutes ago

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CFI at Crowder College

Good luck Don. Remember they want you to pass. Just do it. Try not to over think it.

Posted:  1 day, 6 hours ago

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CFI company sponsored training through Truck Dynasty Driving Academy

Big Scott, I too just finished reading your diary of CFI training. I am very impressed with your open minded and strong determination to complete your training and enter the trucking profession with the best guidance to become a great driver. I hope you continue to update your progress and your future in the industry. Good luck to you in your career.

Thank you. I am almost done with year one. I still love CFI and being out here. I can't complain about the money either.

Posted:  2 days, 1 hour ago

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Think I want to be a trucker!!!!

Before paying for trucking school, you should look into Paid CDL Training Programs. When a company accepts you into their program, you are usually conditionally hired. I went through CFI's program and here is a link to my CFI training diary. You should also look at

As Patrick said that reckless driving less than one year ago will hurt you. If you spend the money and get your CDL then can't get hired, you are out that money. Why? You won't have any experience and by the time a couple of years pass and you are hire able you will have to go through training all over again.

My advise, don't get any more tickets and wait three years.

Posted:  3 days, 20 hours ago

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CFI at Crowder College

Great to hear Don. Keep up the good work.

Posted:  4 days, 2 hours ago

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Whatever Happened to TractorMan?

I love Rotties.

Posted:  4 days, 3 hours ago

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HAZMAT and HighRoad?

Congratulations! Knew you could do it.

Posted:  4 days, 3 hours ago

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New trucker in training

Congratulations. If you have any CFI questions I will try to help. As you may know, I was trained by them and have been with them for one year this month. I will answer questions here when I see them or my email address is in my profile. Good luck.

Posted:  4 days, 7 hours ago

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1 year OTR in the books

Great job. Keep the rubber side down and stay safe. Congratulations! dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing.gifdancing.gifdancing.gifdancing.gifdancing.gifdancing-dog.gifdancing-dog.gifdancing-dog.gifdancing-dog.gifdancing-dog.gif

Posted:  4 days, 12 hours ago

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CFI at Crowder College

"Also, on the CDL test an extra pull up is a fail."

I am confused then, because the instructors told us we can take as many pull ups as needed. We just have to have 12 or less point deductions total for the 3 backing moves.

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Big Scott, do you prefer to give yourself more room on the right (blind) side? I prefer hugging my driver's side as I can see what is happening there, unlike on the right side. I'll then use pull ups to straighten up the trailer in the box as finish with a straightback. That right (blind) side of the box, I am trying to keep away from as much as possible.

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Here's an example that may help. The first is my driver's side, the second is my blind side or right side.

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Being closer on the sight/driver's side protects the blind side. As you watch others practice, pay attention to where the blind side is going VS the sight side. Hope that helps. Also, on the CDL test an extra pull up is a fail.

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Maybe Missouri changed the rules since I took it. When I tested we had one free pull up on the straight back and two on everything else. Now, that I think about it I think I'm wrong. It's extra get outs that are automatic fails and extra pull up are points.

Posted:  4 days, 21 hours ago

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CFI at Crowder College

Big Scott, do you prefer to give yourself more room on the right (blind) side? I prefer hugging my driver's side as I can see what is happening there, unlike on the right side. I'll then use pull ups to straighten up the trailer in the box as finish with a straightback. That right (blind) side of the box, I am trying to keep away from as much as possible.

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Here's an example that may help. The first is my driver's side, the second is my blind side or right side.

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Being closer on the sight/driver's side protects the blind side. As you watch others practice, pay attention to where the blind side is going VS the sight side. Hope that helps. Also, on the CDL test an extra pull up is a fail.

Posted:  4 days, 21 hours ago

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CFI at Crowder College

Great job. Was that a school test or pre trip towards your CDL?

Posted:  4 days, 22 hours ago

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PAM/Driver Solutions Training

CONGRATULATIONS!!! dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gif

Posted:  5 days, 21 hours ago

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CFI at Crowder College

Here's an example that may help. The first is my driver's side, the second is my blind side or right side.

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Posted:  5 days, 22 hours ago

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CFI at Crowder College

On the 90 (Alley dock) when you are close to the cones on your driver's side, you will clear the blind side. Unless you are coming in at a 45 degree angle instead of 90 or close to that. Hope that makes sense.

Posted:  6 days, 11 hours ago

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Leaving after contract

So, follow Rainy's advise. She has been with Prime for 3 years and knows how to get things done there. If it's more money you want, how much?

Posted:  1 week ago

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International pro star backing problem

I drive a 2016 KWT680 with an auto shift. While backing it love to lurch and jerk. Mostly when shifting from drive to reverse and back.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Bikes and pets

Thanks, Scott. That was the thing I was sort of concerned about, is learning how to deal with the animal compounded by not even being at home proper.

You're welcome.

Posted:  1 week ago

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CFI at Crowder College

Don, you have to right attitude to succeed. You are quickly learning what you need to do to improve yourself. Keep up the good work.

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