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    Glendora, NJ

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    2 years, 10 months ago

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Posted:  5 months, 4 weeks ago

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Making a change

Starting Monday I will begin orientation and securement training for Swift. nothing against dry van or reefer, just always wanted to run flatbed. so, we'll see how this goes.

wish me luck!

Posted:  5 months, 4 weeks ago

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Werner Vs CRST

Well, I have no personal experience with CRST but I began my career with Werner right out of CDL school. My time with them was brief, but I feel they are a solid company. Everything that was told to me up front is how things were when I got there. As long as you do your part, they will do theirs. They don't micromanage as long as you do what is asked and make your deliveries on time. I would go with them again as well as recommend them to new drivers.

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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Put your phone down and help!

I didn't say help. I said don't stand there and laugh. and if you can prevent an accident by shouting a warning, why wouldn't you? it may not be your responsibility, but it would be the decent thing to do.

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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Put your phone down and help!

This might rub some the wrong way, seeing how I'm still a rookie, but nothing about this job bothers me more than seeing a driver struggle to maneuver or park at a truck stop and there will be at least a few "fellow drivers" standing around, laughing and making jokes or recording it on their phones so they can post it to YouTube. the thought of actually helping the guy don't even enter their mind. they're just waiting for something bad to happen.

where's the respect? we all started out the same. we've all had our bad days. we've all done dumb things with the truck. I'm not saying run over and help, but dang it you should at the very least not allow the situation to get any worse. if you see the guy about to get stuck, or hit something, maybe another truck, then do something! give a shout, wave your arms or tug your horn. why would you stand there and watch instead of making an effort to prevent an accident? what if it were your truck that got hit while a bunch of damn idiots stood around laughing? I know if it were mine, I'd be just as mad at your dumb ass as the guy driving.

just my opinion, but it disgusts me how many drivers out there just seem to take pleasure in seeing other drivers struggle and fail. this isn't an easy lifestyle. showing a little respect and supporting each other in times of need would go a long, long way.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Passed my test!

Thanks G-Town. I hadn't thought of gloves for fueling, since I never had to worry about that in school, but I imagine that crap can do some damage if you don't wash it off. all I have is a pair of old chain saw gloves I was using for pre-trip and a leather pair I use for yard work. so I'll make sure to get a pair of neoprenes as soon as I can.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Passed my road test!

Grats man! I passed my test today also. feels goooooooood don't it?

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Passed my test!

I'm now a CDL holder! excuse me while I take a few seconds to look at it again...I have a day or two to relax then I'm headed over to Werner for orientation on Monday. I'll be running their TCU Mexico division (NJ to Laredo) but that doesn't mean I'll get a trainer on that run. training is estimated 6 weeks or so, which would bring me into Dec. trying to pack as light as possible, so right now all I plan on taking for cold weather gear is 1 sweatshirt, a heavy lined hoody, gloves and hat. I have about 8 t-shirts, 2 pair jeans, 2 pair of shorts, about a weeks worth of undies/socks and a pair of steel toes just in case. any suggestions as far as clothing? I have the gear (flashlight, atlas, calculator, etc) and might bring some dry snacks in case I don't get room to store food. advice is appreciated!

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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What are my options

Hey Uriah. I'm still in school, but I know 3 classmates that went to TMC. One of them was sent home for a hernia but he had it repaired and they welcomed him back. They told us about the "stay off the grass" sign and confirmed that people were sent home for disobeying it. From what I've been told yes they are very strict and when they tell you something they meant it to the letter. As Old School said, you are under constant evaluation. However, I've heard nothing but positive feedback if you can adhere to their policies.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Failed my test...

Appreciate the replies. not the first time this ol' dog's been knocked down won't be the last. I'll come back stronger!

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Failed my test...

my own dumb fault. botched a blind-side parallel. so mad at myself right now! but, tomorrow I'll be back at school getting my work in and in 2 weeks...I WILL PASS!!!

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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CDL test...SET!

well, I'm all set. test date is MONDAY! got all my endorsements (except passenger) and TWIC. all I have to do now is pass the test. I've got my pre-trip down pretty good. I can do my maneuvers pretty well and my shifting is decent. got some extra work in today since it's my last chance before the test. if my nerves don't bite me I should be good.

wish me luck!

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Werner TCU Mexico??

My CDL test is scheduled for 9/26. Trying to decide between running OTR flatbed with Western Express, OTR 48 reefer with May, OTR 48 dry with Werner, or Werner's TCU Mexico run from Laredo to NJ (where I live).

Does anyone have info on Werner's TCU Mexico run?

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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GoCool 12v ac unit

Hey guys, was checking this out on Amazon (along with other units like it) for about $439. Anybody on here know if they are any good? I don't know of any truckers who use them so I'm looking for some input.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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CDL-A, Passed My Test!

Hey man, you go right on ahead and toot that horn as loud as you want...you earned it! grats!

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Western Express here I come!

Hey guys! Just got confirmation yesterday that my application to Western Express was approved. Whoo-hoo! hopefully I'll test out around the end of August and start orientation 1st or 2nd week of September. lot's of good info on here about WE, especially Old School's post where he did the daily diary was a great read and really set my mind at ease going with OTR flatbed. now, back to my pre-trip...

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Progressing well...

been awhile but have been busy with school. in my 3rd week at S&S and loving it. I really think I made the right decision. it was kind of overwhelming at first, but I took it one step at a time. got my permit, just basic endorsements for now but plan to get my TWIC and hazmat, doubles and tanker within the next week or two. doing maneuvers now, straight back then alley. might be starting offset next week. studying my pre-trip. like I said, a lot to take in but slowly getting more confidence with the trucks and my pre-trip...practice, practice, practice!

I have a pre-approval from Werner but haven't committed. waiting to hear back from Roehl and Western Express. lots of local/regional options in my area (NJ), but definitely want to start out with OTR. I'm interested in flatbed, even though I know it will probably kick my arse. Werner's recruiter told me they don't have many flatbed runs available, but WE does. but hey, first things first...gotta get that license!

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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And so it begins...

haven't posted an update in awhile but glad to announce I'm officially enrolled at Smith and Solomon! I go for my DOT physical on Tuesday and class starts on the 27th. I have a pre-approval from Werner that I hope is still on the table in 8 weeks or so WHEN I get my CDL.

wish me luck!

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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One step closer...

Yeah, I'm not taking it personal. It was just funny because the email from Knight's recruiter had a line about their CDL training, but here the girl on the phone is telling me they don't train. What can you do, right? Their decision. But, I agree. Werner is the only one so far to actually give me an approval. They're willing to give me an opportunity to prove myself. When the time comes, if their offer is still on the table I'll remember that. Good luck at Stevens!

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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One step closer...

Errol, all the companies I've applied to so far offer sponsored CDL programs. Unfortunately, they've all turned me down to this point although I'm still waiting to hear back from a few. the past 2 1/2 years I've had some personal/family stuff to deal with so I've only worked less than a year total. Prior to that, I worked 13 years for the same company. From '92 when I started working thru 2013 the only time I was unemployed was when I got home from boot camp and that was only about a month, but that's all too far back to count. Most of the companies seem to want at least a year of steady employment over the past 3 years. Prime Inc wants 24 months. Maverick Transport was the only one that seemed willing to flex a bit but not enough. The Knight Transportation recruiter actually told me they don't offer training. The Swift Transport recruiter told me they can't offer me training because I live in NJ. I been trying to reach someone higher up at all the places I applied to but no luck. I don't give up easy!

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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One step closer...

Hey Old School! I live in southern NJ about 10-15 minutes across the Walt Whitman from Philly. Scranton is almost 3 hrs north of me. beautiful up that way. I love driving thru PA, but the damn tolls are insane so I haven't been taking as many trips as I used to. the S&S school I'm going to is in Bellmawr, NJ.

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