Profile For ZERO

ZERO's Info

  • Location:
    Bangor, ME

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    6 years, 6 months ago

ZERO's Bio

Graduate of the NTI Class A CDL course.

Drove for Prime, Inc. as an OTR flatbed driver, a local lumber company driving flatbed boom trucks, and currently drive dump trucks for a local construction company. I started OTR with big dreams but I learned shortly after being out that at the time it wasn’t for me, I wanted more time with my son and family. I’ve considered going back to OTR, and I’d love to, but I’m just gonna go with the flow. No mater what kind of commercial vehicle I drive, no matter what industry, I love driving trucks and being a truck driver. I have been driving for approximately four and a half years.

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Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Portland Maine area folks, CDL schools....

Hey there N14! I did NTI a few years back and I see it was shared on here. Can’t speak for the NTI school near you but mine was a blast. Also you might be able to get it paid for through a career center as I found that out too late after I did mine out of pocket.

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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NTI Bangor, Maine... My CDL Class A journey

Hey guys and Gals!

Yes I'm still alive! I got my class A and I leave for Prime this Sunday the 10'th. Ill be starting a new blog on that.

- Tom

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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NTI Bangor, Maine... My CDL Class A journey

Thanks Mario!

I definitely will. I'll start a new thread and let you all know what it is so you can follow.

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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NTI Bangor, Maine... My CDL Class A journey

Well here we are!

School is done!

I took my CDL test yesterday:

I did my skills test with ease. My straight back was perfect, my parallel parking was perfect even though I had to use 2 attempts and got my alley dock on 2 attempts. She said when I got my dock and parallel parking done that I couldn't get much better lol My pretrip was flawless.

My road test was awesome! I did everything good except 1 thing... I got 7 audible grinds... I was allowed 4. So that failed my road test. I'm only annoyed because the trucks we use all shift different and I don't have experience in the truck that I used. I find that in every truck I drove I had to get used to how it shifts but I tried my best.

I know the next test will be good because I'll practice in that truck and be used to it.

Other than that I'm happy and things are well. I have to push back my Prime date to start working but it's manageable.

I hope everyone else is doing well!!!

Posted:  6 years, 4 months ago

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NTI Bangor, Maine... My CDL Class A journey

Joe,

Also I forgot to mention that most flatbed loads don't have as much height as dry vans/reefers so you won't have to worry about height limits when going under stuff!!!

Posted:  6 years, 4 months ago

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NTI Bangor, Maine... My CDL Class A journey

Stewart,

Your very welcome!

Just remember how diverse the trucking industry is and that you have lots of options to explore which is awesome.

I also would like to learn to fly. Good thing is ill have that opportunity thanks to getting into this line of work and I'm continuing to make a bucket list of my own. Adventure awaits! Lol

Posted:  6 years, 4 months ago

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NTI Bangor, Maine... My CDL Class A journey

Joe,

I decided on flatbed for a few reasons:

1. No docking. I like the fact that I don't have to dock the truck to unload. I'm sure I'll have situations where I'll have to back it into places but most of what I've heard it's easier to get your truck into wherever you unload it.

2. I never have to load/unload it. You get to your drop area and fork trucks or whatever equipment load/unload your trailer.

3. Minimal wait times. Usually what you haul is always needed as soon as it gets to the destination compared to other stuff you might haul in dry vans/reefers. I don't enjoy the thought of waiting around lol I want to go go go!

4. Some physical labor. You have to handle heavy tarps and tarp your loads and secure them. I like that I'll be able to get out of my truck and put a little work in besides driving. Plus you get paid an extra amount to tarp/secure your load. Plus you may have a fork truck handy to put the tarps on the load so you just have to unfold and cover it.

The only downside to this is inclement weather but that doesn't really bother me.

5. Paid more. Most flatbed positions offer more pay than hauling other trailer types and loads. I got offered $0.42 CPM starting out for a NE regional flatbed position which is pretty amazing for being a rookie.

6. I just like the fact that I can look back in my mirrors and not see a huge box blocking my view lol You can see everything behind you!

7. Most flatbed tractors are nicer than all the others on the road lol

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That's pretty much all my reasons. I can't say this is absolutely consistent all across the board as this came from a few sources that have driven flatbed. I'm sure different situations will effect what goes on but for the most part these were the consistently similar things I was told between them all.

As far as all of your reefer questions go I'm not sure I know enough to give any feedback there. I know they refrigerate! Hahaha

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Anyway I hope this helped!

Posted:  6 years, 4 months ago

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NTI Bangor, Maine... My CDL Class A journey

Hey Stewart thanks for following!!!

Alot of local jobs are hard to come by up here but it's possible. From what info I've gathered it's best to do OTR for one year than apply local as that seems to be the trend around these parts. I was lucky to get offered a NE regional flatbed offer and I'll be happy with that. They said after orientation and 40k miles with a trainer (combined miles) I will get solo with 2 weeks away from home and that's about as good as it gets because it strikes such a nice balance for me with money and time away.

It all depends on what your willing to compromise for.

You can make it as a trucker if you really want it, just find the will and the way. Give it a shot.

I have a family including a kid and after talking it out we compromised and felt this was the best we could do to make it work.

Hope that you might give it a try so keep me updated!!!!

Posted:  6 years, 4 months ago

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NTI Bangor, Maine... My CDL Class A journey

Joe thanks for following and your welcome!!!

You got a good chunk out of the way and yes it took me about that long.

Not sure how things will go with your plan but from what I read from others in company training your doing it right.

G-Town gave some good info on that.

Again thanks for following!!!

Posted:  6 years, 4 months ago

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NTI Bangor, Maine... My CDL Class A journey

Hey all!!!!

It's been a little while since I posted, school and life has kept me busy lol

So for the past 2 weeks we have practiced yard skills and road driving consistently. I now have a perfect parallel park and my alley dock is good enough to be done within the limits allowed so I'm very happy with that!

The biggest challenge I had on the road was down shifting and double clutching but I can shift really good now. I can take it from 3rd to 10th and back down pretty smoothly. I'm a gear jammer now lol

I did however have 1 funny incident.... I managed to rip an electronic walk/don't walk sign off a pole in a very crowded rush hour part of town lol I didn't let it get to me because my instructor did 1 on 1 with turning and by the end of the next day I could take on anything!!! Progress!!!

I got 2 job offers... one from Stevens Transport and the other from Prime. I accepted Primes orientation invitation. They are offering a NE regional flatbed driving job granted everything goes as planned.

Other than that not much more to jot down here. I have 1 more week before my actually road test and I can't wait!!!!

Thanks for following all and I hope you all have a great weekend!

Posted:  6 years, 4 months ago

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NTI Bangor, Maine... My CDL Class A journey

Day 10-12 (better late then never)

Been very busy outside of school so I'll update before the new week.

The last week was very basic and we practiced straight backing, parallel parking, drop and hook and alley docking.

I had a lot of trouble with the parallel parking after a 10 hour day of screwing up. Let me tell you I wanted to give up but the next day something clicked and I aced it mostly! But I figure I can't get everything perfect in the first week hahaha

I've got my drop and hook down but I gotta keep practicing the rest. Alley docking is easy as long as you get your setup right, same with parallel parking. Straight backing is a piece of cake. Starting tomorrow we should be hitting the road. We will be doing half a day practicing straight backing, parallel parking, alley docking and drop and hook, the other half road driving.

The biggest thing I took away from this last week is not to give up no matter how frustrated and stressed you get. I did a full day of parallel parking failure and it put me down but I woke up determined to get it right the next day and I'm getting results.

I hope you all had a great weekend and a great week to come!

- Tom

Posted:  6 years, 4 months ago

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NTI Bangor, Maine... My CDL Class A journey

Alright that's awesome Mario! Keep studying until you figure out what's best and it's good your planning. Best to take your time anyway. Keep me updated!

And thank you both!

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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NTI Bangor, Maine... My CDL Class A journey

Day 9 (Yesterday)

I had my permit test at 9:00 and aced it! Got my permit with doubles & triples, tanker and hazmat.

The rest of the day was spent at the truck yard practicing straight backing and drop & hook.

Had a great day!

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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NTI Bangor, Maine... My CDL Class A journey

Yea that is a lot to balance. That is one of my biggest hurdles right now is trying to keep living on bare minimum right now. I work weekends and it's just enough to to get by. Plus the amount I paid out of pocket was a lot of work. It's all about what your willing to do and what works best and this just happened to be right for me. Glad to see that you've been mapping it out because if anyone just jumps into things like this a lot is bound to go wrong.

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Permit Test...

Thanks everyone!

I got doubles & triples, tankers and hazmat.

YEEEEEAAAAA!!!!!

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Permit Test...

I figured I'd jump on here real quick and let you all know I passed my permit test and got all my endorsements!!!!

Now I'm at the truck yard and hopefully will be driving in a bit!

- Tom

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Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Time is finally here.

First off, good luck and have fun!

Second, to reinforce Errol, definitely post! I have a thread in the diaries and thought for a while I was just talking to myself on here lol But I have a few followers that post on my diary thread and follow it now.

Also I started my diary thread for anyone who might search "NTI Bangor, Maine" like Errol said because sooner or later someone will look for both to get info. I didn't find any specific info for the Bangor NTI but I did read a 2 year old thread on NTI in Scarborough and enjoyed the story and the info.

Definitely post because people will read it. I read tons of posts and every so often I'll drop a comment. So keep in mind people are probably reading it.

- Tom

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Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Recruiters VS Applications for getting Pre-Hires

Thanks for the info all! I'll start contacting companies this coming week.

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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NTI Bangor, Maine... My CDL Class A journey

Thanks guys! I'm having a blast and I can't wait for Monday lol

Definitely review it, you don't have to remember everything. My biggest suggestion is to not worry about all 31 placards, and really focus on safety and regulations, for example like knowing that you cannot park with 300 feet of any flame with combustible loads, knowing that the shippers are responsible for all proper safety regulations with loads and giving you the proper paperwork and placards, knowing what you need from the shippers for paperwork (missing paperwork is bad juju), knowing what and how to load various hazardous loads, etc.

From experience, just going in with some knowledge is better than none so don't drain yourself trying to get everything memorized. No matter what route you choose to do just knowing the basics of your sections will lighten your workload in any training. But if it comes naturally to you soak up the knowledge. Airbrakes just seemed to click with me and I've got that section memorized front to back, hazmat not so much lol Doubles and triples I have a hard time with when it comes to the Airbrakes which is weird since I do so well with just the airbrake section. I get confused mostly with stuff like what happens when you cross airlines, what's the effects on the trailers, how does it effect the tractor etc. But once I'm in the yard and experiment and see it hands on and visually instead of reading it I know I'll get it.

So I'm curious... what are you two leaning towards doing? Are you considering attending a school or applying to a company to get training through them, or do you have any other ideas on ways you might get the ball rolling and obtaining your CDL?

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Recruiters VS Applications for getting Pre-Hires

I was wondering if it's better to contact a recruiter to start an application with companies as opposed to just submitting one through their websites?

Is there any difference to completing an application with or without a recruiter besides obtaining information about the company that you will receive from them?

I want to start putting myself out there for getting pre-hires out of school so I have some potential chances with companies with little experience and a few things on my driving record. I just want to be sure that I qualify without unintentionally missing anything. I feel like the recruiter is my best shot since I'll be speaking to someone but I'd like your opinions.

Thanks!

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