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Big Scott (CFI Driver/Trainer and biggest fan) '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. 9-21-18 Still driving OTR with CFI. On 11-15-18 I became a trainer with CFI.

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Posted:  13 hours, 49 minutes ago

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New truck appearance and features! (It ain't all about the grill!)

I love the new look. I helped build the machines that put those hoods together and all the paint jigs they're painted on.

Posted:  2 days, 18 hours ago

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CFI Training

Once they upgrade, they can opt into the per diem program.

Posted:  3 days ago

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CFI Training

If you have a recruter's email, ask them about your willingness to move. When possible they are very accommodating. If you don't get anywhere that way, I will be happy to check with someone to see what you would need to do.

Posted:  3 days, 17 hours ago

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CFI Training

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Only thing I would add is that they just bumped the pay for orientation to $60 a day. My wife and I are currently in orientation and they just changed that not to long ago apparently.

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That's good to know. Thanks.

Posted:  3 days, 21 hours ago

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CFI Training

Hey Wayne, with CFI you will need to get your permit and medical on your own before they take you for training. Depending on the school they send you to, school will be 3 or 4 weeks. While in school CFI pays for your food and room. Then it's back to CFI for four days of orientation, where you will be paid $100.00 cash. After that it's out with a trainer for at least 7000 miles. This usually takes about 3 to 4 weeks. Then it's back to Joplin to upgrade. While with your trainer you are paid 26 CPM. Once you you upgrade you start at 35 CPM. CFI will provide all your transportation. The best thing to do is go to CFI website, students . Here you can read some more info and fill out an app. Good luck. I'm happy to help.

Posted:  3 days, 21 hours ago

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11000 lbs one piece

There is no way I would take that in my trailer. I would not be able to secure it. That should have gone on a flat bed. I would get permission to take it back to the shipper. There is no side to side securement. Like the others said one wrong turn and over it goes. Good luck. Let us know what you do and how it goes.

Posted:  5 days, 14 hours ago

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CFI Training - Truck Dynasty, Springfield, MO

Last I touched base with him he has been running hard.

Posted:  5 days, 20 hours ago

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Ozarks

We should only drive our safe comfort level. Yes, we all get into bad weather when there is no safe place to stop. US highways often have no place to stop for miles and miles. NEEK, you did a good job and learned a little about clock management. In dense fog go slow and put your hazards on. Also, don't use your high beams. Stay safe.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Per Diem pay deductions

Here is how it is on my pay stubs.

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Take a screen shot. Edit it. Hit the photo button above your post. Use preview button to make sure you have it right.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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MY TROUBLES

When doing your CDL test, remember the tester is looking to pass you. Relax and do what you know. Good luck.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Truckers Path new routing highly inaccurate

I would never use Trucker Path to route me. I have an Atlas, Garmin and Rand McNally GPS. They get me there. However, they will mess you up at times. It is most important to know where you are going and pay attention.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Career Interruption.

Best of luck to you. We are always here to help.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Pre trip- what is the DOT requirement

Let's say every day you log a 10 min pre trip. One day at a weigh station it's your turn for a random check. DOT officer checks your logs and says show me your 10 minute pre trip as he takes his stop watch out. Now what do you do? At least one DVIR per day must be logged "on duty". However, if I'm on a 34 and the system tells me I missed one, I log it as off duty. Our DVIR form has an option to log it as off duty. I also believe it's best to log longer ones from time to time.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Austrian Trucker Babe in the US for TV Show

I would suggest you contact some production companies. There may be ways they know of for filming purposes.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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New look!

At Prime 01 is pick up 90 is final delivery. Every number in between 01 and 90 are extra stops.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Energy drinks

5 hour while on the road. Zero sugar Monster at home. 5 hour energy doesn't make me have to hit the head like Monster does.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Looking forward to the 17th and a much needed vacation.

That's right. I will be home with my wife from the 17th, getting back on the road the 24th. I have saved up 5 days of paid vacation. I have much to do around the house. My wife needs me home. The dogs miss me too.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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I need help - not getting enough miles

Neek, I know you have a huge weight on your head. It is a tough decision. I must agree that 10 weeks solo is not enough to prove yourself. How can you manage your clock better? Are you paid the same for deadhead, loaded and bobtail miles? As was said, learning the customer's will help greatly. Old School gets to know the forklift drivers and treats them great. He has some of their phone numbers and will call them with an ETA. This is one trick he uses to get unloaded quicker. These guys loading and unloading you are paid very little for their hard work.

As you know I haul dry van and usually get plenty of miles. Today, I'm picking up a loaded trailer in Eastern North Carolina and taking to NJ by tomorrow. I won't be able to get there today, so I will get as close as I can. As soon as I know how early I will be there I will let my FM know so he can work on my next load for me.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Trailer parking break out when parked not at a door

All of my 4 drive wheels have spring breaks, so do our trailers. I always pull both. To make my truck idle when out set parameters, I push in the yellow. In winter, I would rather have my trailer breaks freeze than the tractor. It's easier to get under the trailer to bang on the drums.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Communicating With Dispatch

At CFI we have the newbie fleet. All new drivers are on this fleet until these FMs feel your ready for a regular fleet. This newbie fleet is made up of former drivers and very experienced fleet managers. They are more hands on to help the new drivers work their beginner's problems out. For example you forgot a to fill out a form for a load and took off. They will fix it for you. Your regular FM won't.

If I remember correctly my FM has about 100 drivers on his fleet. I have seen his screens with messages coming in all day. He has 3 computer screens to monitor all day. With a click or two he can see any driver. He is alerted to unread messages, drivers who are highlighted (Scheduled for home time or someplace), drivers who are running late and drivers who are empty and needing a load. He is a very busy man. Yet, I always feel like I am the only driver on his fleet. He has been doing this for nine years now.

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