Profile For Robert M. (Opey)

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  • Location:
    Wise, VA

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 5 months ago

Robert M. (Opey)'s Bio

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Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Fourth Time is a Charm

Congrats!!! And Good Luck!

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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The thoughts from a 75 yr old retired driver of 45 yrs OTR

Same thing with me my father in law drove for over 30 years and he said almost the same thing to me. Lol

Now my momma always did say I was part gypsy... In the fact that I can't stay in one place to long, guess she was right have thought about driving off and on my whole life never would because of the family. I worked in a factory for 15 years then went to work in state government for 15 years.

Now that my daughter is grown and has a family of her own, and me at 50 years old I'm gonna do what I want to do for me. The woman in my life supports me 110% she has even said that she would take off work from time to time and ride with me.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Tested Out Today!

Tractor Man right now I don't have anything... LOL. Hopefully by the end of the week, but I haven't seen any new FB tractors here at Greer unless they are gonna bus me there to pick it up. But I know I am ready to hit the road...

CT I think a lot of more of them are in the west, Phoenix and Loredo are big FB terminals Greer SC is kinda small compared to them, but I think may be the only FB terminal in the east. Yes you are correct my friend FB is definitely no joke and being a rookie to to boot is just gonna make it that much tougher. Take my time and pay attention.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Tested Out Today!

Thanks everyone!

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Thumbs up or like?

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Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Tested Out Today!

May I ask who you drive for? Just curious. I'm also flatbed

CT I'm with Swift.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Tested Out Today!

Haven't been on here for awhile, so here's an update as to what's been going on. Came off my mentors truck July 26th went home to attend my daughters wedding.

Came back to Greer SC yesterday and tested out this morning passed everything and ready for upgrade.

Flatbed securement class the rest of this week and if everything goes well I should get my truck assignment, and be solo by the weekend...

Almost there.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Swift Solo Upgrade!

I will be testing out in Greer on August 8th. I have some things at home that need my attention at once. Then my daughters wedding next week. And they said that since my home terminal is Greer and I will be in flatbed training there on the 8th they would just test me out there.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Swift Solo Upgrade!

Thanks Devan and GTown.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Swift Solo Upgrade!

Upgrading tomorrow in Decatur GA.

For those that went before me what can I expect on the tests?

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Thanks.

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Upgrade Questions

Something I forgot to mention is use the High Road Training Program. Here on this site and you won't have any problems at all.

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Upgrade Questions

Hey Detroit, from KY myself and just upgraded to Class A from class B, 2 months ago. In KY all you will have to do for the permit is the combination and any endorsements you may want. If you get endorsements at time of permit test there is no additional charge for them. It will cost you $85 for the permit. Your DMV skills test you will do everything all over again. Pre trip, Skills, and road test.

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Questions?

Thanks TM.

I was looking at both and they sounded like a no brainier, was just curious if anyone had any personal experience with either.

The PerDiem I'll take weekly as that would benefit me the most. Nothing special on tax returns just the standard form and deductions.

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Swift Solo Upgrade

Congrats Tractor Man, good luck and stay safe... dancing-dog.gif

Not to far behind you as tomorrow is my last day of orientation here at the Greer terminal in SC.

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Questions?

In orientation today was shown a couple of things to partake of and was wondering what the consensus was on the two subjects.

1) CDL Defender from US Legal...

2) Per Diem?

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Backing Practiceβ„’ 13

I'm a rookie solo driver, so I'm qualified to answer, right?

Stay as far right (from the driver's perspective) as possible and do a U-turn, pull forward to straighten as much as possible, and back into door 6. If you picked door 5, it would be difficult for the next driver to back around your tractor sticking out of the spot without hitting or running over stuff on the right.

I would do the same as Paul W for the same reason!

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Truck driving for the ex-IT pro

RocketMan little over 2 years ago I to was doing IT work desktop support and network administration being burnt out with the same mundane duties day in and day out, I changed jobs within the same company. I worked that job for 2 years all the while considering a career as an otr driver.

Well long story short 2 months ago I finally made the jump I went thru a company sponsored training program to get my CDL A. I am now in orientation and by the end of the week I will hopefully be on my mentors truck.

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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I can't believe this.

Devan this is a great post as I read this one and many others like it, and being in orientation this week I know that I have definitely made the right choice this is where I belongwish I had done it years ago. I have to admit tho at 50 years old it was a bit scary to start a new career, as Tractor Man said hopefully this will be my last.

Like you in my previous job I had no control as to how much money I could make it did not matter how good of an employee I was, and the slackers, complainers and whiners were going to make the same money as me. I like the fact that in this profession your salary is based on performance, you will get out of it what you put into it.

I want to say thank you for sharing your journey the highs as well as the lows with us here on this forum.

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Me and My Big Mouth! (How to start a fight at a terminal)

OS as many others have said please do not let that deter you from giving advice to help others some of us actually consider it to be very helpful,and are very thankful for it.

I have seen exactly that same type of individuals, we hadn't even finished school yet and there were some talking about how they weren't going to do this or that, and how they wouldn't take loads if it was less than X amount of miles. All I said was "well when you turn down the load just tell your DM to give it to my DM for me if I'm free I'll take it." He got mad at me.

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Orientation!

I was figuring everything on the list, and about a weeks worth of clothes.

And plenty of socks!!!

Thanks Mr. T

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