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Posted:  7 years, 5 months ago

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Control your future

Not sure if other drivers out there are keeping pace with what's happening in America so I want to bring this issue to the forefront of everyone's mind. Regulation, bad trade agreements, the "great recession" have all effected the trucking industry over the years. Still truckers have stuck it out and the trucking industry as a whole has been resilient to economic downturn. Thanks to some huge multi-national conglomerants like Alphabet which basically run the world and the elected government (take a look at Jared Cohen who is employed by Alphabet & US Secretary of State) we have seen jobs disappear through the west. Technology & wealth are the weapons the billionaires behind these companies are using to rob us of our rights, freedom, liberty, healthcare and ability to provide for our families. These companies have targeted transportation with the goal of eliminating the human element. That's right driverless technology which is being marketed as a "convenience" is really being developed to eliminate jobs from the workforce and make these rich *******s even richer. They want driverless trucks and driverless cars & want to eliminate all car ownership across the globe. Some of These same people are behind the push for universal healthcare and the obummercare we have today which has failed many drivers & their families like myself & left us with medical bills that cost more than our homes and trucks. These people want to create a welfare state not to help the world but to fill their pockets with more dough. If they win here and eliminate drivers the last of the holdout industries will have fallen to technology but more importantly it will end freedom. We will have to pay rent to these *******s for the right and ability to transport anything including ourselves. Whether we have to collectively unionize or go to even more drastic measures we have to stop this from happening. We must be masters over our own destiny. It's "one nation under God" not "one nation owned by Google".

Posted:  8 years ago

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Bad trainers

Well whether I am being politically correct or not, not all trainers are good. My trainer slept majority of the time, wouldn't let me so any backing, never did pre-trips, taught me bad ways to tarp & handle tarps, wrong way to center loads, and lied about company policy and when start time was. It's a small company with a short training window so turning to someone for help wasn't really an option. I ran out west with my trainer for three weeks with my trainer before I was cut loose. There may be some good trainers out there but my warning to other newbs I think needs to be said. Just be aware and talk to other drivers, other trainers, other trainee's etc. Not saying to not trust your trainer but if you have a bad one and can't get another one then look for other ways to inform yourself.

Posted:  8 years ago

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Bad trainers

I recently posted something about not being able to get Mile's or good loads. today I got to the root of my problem. I have been starting out a day behind every week. Being new to this and expecting my trainer to be a standup guy and give me accurate information I hadn't questioned much of what he told me until things didn't add up when I got out on my own. So today I wastalked to by a dm about starting out late every week. I was told by my trainer we weren't supposed to head out until Sunday every week and that I should aim for hitting deliveries EARLY like 7 am early. Well every driver but me has been starting on Saturday and they hit deliveries about 8-9 am while I hit mine btween 6-7 am. And I was wondering why I can't get miles lol. He also taught me the worst way possible to roll up tarps and how to place your load on the trailer. For my fellow newbs don't trust your trainers because not all trainers are good and some may just set you up for failure.

Posted:  8 years ago

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How on earth can i get the miles?

When you get those loads it does pay a little extra I found out even if you dont get good miles on it.

Posted:  8 years ago

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How on earth can i get the miles?

By the way, no I can't choose my loads. I'm force dispatched and have to wait just like you. Not sure what you mean by waiting for clearance however.

There are some places you will be sent where you need permits, escorts etc to get through. Or you may run into a special event which has the city shut down when you're picking up a load inside of it, like building equipment off a high-rise on a one-way street with no outlet for blocks, right next to the arena and some pop-star is having a concert right then and everything is shut down LOL. Looking back it'll be a fun story at the time though you'll be staring at your DOT clock and those flashing blue lights with a pounding migraine. It's not an everyday thing but it happens.

Posted:  8 years ago

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How on earth can i get the miles?

That was by far the best reply I could have gotten.Thank you Old School.

Posted:  8 years ago

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How on earth can i get the miles?

Idk if you can get your own loads but i can't. That may help you. I have to wait to be given a load, wait on the crane operator loading me, wait to be given clearance through the city etc. Tarping/untarping isn't an issue though I never get small loads to tarp lol. I guess being new I'm going to get the brown end of the stick and I have to prove myself. I've only been going three weeks so far...maybe this week will be different.

Posted:  8 years ago

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Class A or Class B? Not sure what I want to do.

Definitely get your class A cdl and pay for it out of pocket from a reputable school. If you don't want otr and you have local positions open for a good hourly rate then go for those positions once you obtain your class A. Don't waste time or money on a class B. Otr has a lot of drawbacks and if you're a greenhorn you will most likely make less doing otr than a local job paying 17 an hour or more.

Posted:  8 years ago

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How on earth can i get the miles?

New flatbed driver here. Company won't give me any miles. Always early for deliveries, no incidents, good with paperwork, run a minimum of 5 to 6 loads. Run the loads others cant run & trying to be a go to guy. Company won't give me any good runs though. A bunch of short east coast runs into big cities or multiple drops. how can i start geting miles? Or will I ever? Havent even seen 2000 a week yet. I asked for more because i have a family to feed and bills to pay but got me nowhere. Any advice other than "quit yer' *****'n"? If I wanted to hear that I would pick up a CB or call dispatch or a broker.

Posted:  8 years, 1 month ago

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Being sick in a truck

Double ear infection and going to be out for 3 weeks. Any ideas for remedies??

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