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    Glendora, NJ

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    Company Driver In Training

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    7 years, 11 months ago

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Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Diagnosed with sleep apnea, but lost weight and quit smoking.

You can't legally purchase a cpap without a prescription. I'm not sure if it's the same for each state, but you need to know what your index number is. here in NJ, if your index is below 20 then they will accept a doctor's letter stating you don't need a mask. if it's above 20, then it doesn't matter what the doctor says you will be required to use a mask.

when you go for your DOT physical, you will need to present that doctor letter as well as the study results showing your index, and they may only issue you a 1 year card or less, depending on your test, but it shouldn't prevent you from being hired...although the company may request you take another physical.

good luck!

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Freightliner 2016 Issue

If the def light is flashing and the engine is powering down, then you're low on def or the def isn't making it's way to the engine. also, when's the last time you did a regen?

in any case, absolutely get it to the shop asap.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Retired Engineer wants to get into OTR Trucking, but having no success.

Hello Richard! I work for Swift and can vouch for them as one of the best companies I have ever worked for in any field. I have gaps in my work history from taking time off to care for my mother and also while I went thru CDL school. If you have an opportunity with Swift I would highly recommend you take it. They have numerous accounts available once you get your training done. Good luck!

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Flatbed fun: Check your mirrors

The straps binding the pipes broke and your load shifted?

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Crap Companies

Take everything you watch with a HUGE grain of salt.

a lot of these guys are YouTubers first, drivers second. they do what they do because it generates views. all of the companies you listed are solid companies. 9.9 times out of 10 the drivers who complain have done something to cause the situation they are complaining about.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Start school August 5th-September 13th. Whats my best options after graduation?

Hey Brandon, just a few words of advice:

1. forget the money, for now. you are on step 1 out of 1000 and most people who start this career don't make it. there is so much ahead of you to focus on and learn. much of it will seem overwhelming at times. Right now, your main goal is getting that CDL. That's it. Put everything else aside.

2. everyone learns at their own pace. driving a truck is something anyone can do, but being a truck driver is not. for some, it comes naturally and they pick things up right away. others struggle and it takes time for things to click. you won't know until you get behind the wheel. take it one day at a time.

3. backing is tough for everyone. listen to your instructors. go slow. you need to develop a feel for how the trailer moves, and that takes lots of practice.

I would suggest finding a truck stop close to you. go there and watch the trucks go in and out. watch how they back. watch the mistakes as they happen. you'll be surprised how much observation can help you. when you start school, watch your fellow students. seat time is going to be precious and you will spend most of your time waiting for your turn. make the most of that time.

Good Luck! Keep us posted on your progress.

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Company Questions

I believe with YRC new drivers are on call, meaning you will be sitting and waiting until a load is assigned. If that’s the case you’ll have to decide if that’s something you’re comfortable with. One huge plus is I don’t think drivers pay anything for benefits.

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Help with BACKING

I'm afraid the only "sure-fire" fix is repetition. it just takes time. going backwards is not a natural movement. our brains need time to adapt, and that only comes thru repetition. take your time. make sure your mirrors are properly adjusted and focus on your trailer the whole time. yes, watch the tandems but also watch the front of the trailer to see how the trailer moves. you need to steer your tractor to "catch" your trailer before the trailer straightens out. try to picture a line down the center of the cross-member on your landing gear. if your drives pass that mark you're probably over-steering. if you find yourself out of position, don't frustrate yourself trying to save it. just pull up and try again.

Good luck!

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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'69 Ford

Lol awesome! Back in ‘94-5ish the landscape company I worked for had one of those. Actually ran pretty strong, aside from the “slight” play in the steering wheel. Let’s just say the boss liked to shop for discounts when he purchased his trucks. I used to call the ‘82 Ford p/u “Roulette” because whatever gear it happened to slip into was the gear you were using for the day.

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Getting started in trucking with felonies

Hey Wilde, two guys I went to CDL school with had felonies and ended up going with RoadTex. they're a Russian owned LTL company and at the time they only offered team driving, but they were growing like crazy and I believe they have a couple terminals in TX so they may be a company you want to check out.

Best of luck!

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