Profile For MAC

MAC's Info

  • Location:
    Loveland, CO

  • Driving Status:
    Considering A Career

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  • Joined Us:
    6 years, 6 months ago

MAC's Bio

Newly retired. Worked 30 years for the State of Colorado.

Considering truck driving as a 2nd career to supplement my pension and allow me to travel the country.

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Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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Per Diem Pay For Truck Drivers?

Thanks Old school, maybe indeed "his statement was devoid of reality", I'll be careful of trusting what I hear from working drivers from now on. I've just taken to heart some of the comments I've read on this sight about the value of speaking with real life, working drivers for advise on entering the profession.

But he claimed it has happened twice to him in his 13 years of driving, so now he always takes per diem when it offered.

An average of once every six years is more often than I would have thought, as I was under the impression that the industry was a solid place to work. Maybe he's just been unlucky.

I get the message that it is rare, and a lot more of a possibility when working for a small company, and probably non-existant when working for a major carrier.

That's why I love this forum, I can get my misimpressions of the job cleared up.

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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Per Diem Pay For Truck Drivers?

For what it's worth......

I was chatting up a driver the other day for advise and he suggested that if a company offers per diem pay then take it! But for a odd reason that I did not expect.

He said it is really annoying to be out on the road somewhere and suddenly get a phone call telling you that the trucking company that you work for has just gone out of business!

Then, apparently, sometimes you won't get paid for those last days that you drove since your last paycheck.

It seems to happen more often than you would think.

He said if you're getting per diem pay, at least you'll have a little something in your pocket to help you get thru that last week when you might not get a check.

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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Calling all rookies.....

Even though I'm a brand new member, I too can state that this site is indeed a fantastic learning tool and provides great usable information.

The high road cdl training, Bret's book, the various blogs and articles, the glossary, the company reviews, the ability to ask specific questions....it's all GOLD!

I don't even bother with other sites now.

I may not be posting much....but I'm a daily reader!

Thank you all, as this site is the single most important part of my researching the industry.

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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Researching new career

Hi Ryan, while company sponsored school is indeed a good option as you will probably have a job waiting for you, you usually will have to contract to stay with the company for a year. If you want the freedom to choose from any company to work for, with no year commitment, go with a private school, and do consider looking at your local community colleges' CDL program.

If I take the plunge, I'll be attending Aims Community College in Greeley Colorado.

The month long CDL school only costs $3500......half of what your school's tuition seems to be.

State community colleges are not focused on the higher profit margins that the private cdl schools are after.

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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Atlanta woes.

Because of your troubles there..........666

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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Atlanta woes.

10,000lbs

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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Military retiree starting new career

Hi Brian,

First of all, thank you for your service to our Country!

I have recently retired and I am also considering truck driving as a second career, if it happens, I too might be starting CDL school after the first of the year.

So far, Schneider is my first choice for a job, but I'm studying Western Express as well, as they seem to be the primary recruiter of graduates of the Community College CDL school I would be attending.

So I am definitely looking forward to following your posts!

Any way, I just wanted to say hi, and even though I am brand new here myself, to welcome you to the forum, and wish you the best of luck on your new adventure!

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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Babysitting the Rig.

Thanks ChickieMonster, good tip! I had not considered that drivers can sometimes stop at will, (HOS permitting) and check out something they see by the side of the road. I just thought that once you got a load, you had to drive straight to the receiver without any unscheduled personal stops or delays. Good to know! Truck driving as a working retirement job is looking better all the time!

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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Babysitting the Rig.

Yes, Errol, I have, it was very informative.

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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Babysitting the Rig.

Thank you Old School for your thoughtful reply, I appreciate your comments. Although now I regret using the word Babysitting.

It just seemed better topic heading than something like:

"Is a company driver allowed to lock up and leave his truck parked somewhere unattended in order to participate in personal recreational activities when he knows he will not be driving for a significant amount of time?"

And I got my answer: YES!

Which is great news to me, as my primary motivation to possibly take up truck driving is for the opportunity to travel the country. But I wanted to confirm that I would be able to slip away from the truck every now and then, for some local exploring during an extended down time.

And thank you for those who commented about how you don't really sit idle all that much. This too is great news. It's great to hear that down time could well be not be such a major concern.

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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Babysitting the Rig.

My main concern about becoming a driver, is that it seems to be a inescapable fact of life that drivers often are stuck for several hours or even a few days waiting to be loaded/unloaded or being assigned the next new load. Down time that you may or may not be getting any pay for.

Are company drivers expected to stay with their rigs 24/7, even at times when your not being paid?

If a driver knows they will be parked for a while....like say 4 hours or more, do you have the freedom to lock up the rig and slip away to do something?

Providing of course, that you don't need some extra sleep.

Thanks....

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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Schneider part-time (flexible schedule)

I too am thinking of part time driving as a retirement job. Probably full time at first for a year to learn driving, then go part time.

I met with a Schneider recruiter at one of their Denver career events and asked him about if they expected all of their drivers to always work full time and drive hard.

Told him about how I am considering working some seasonal fun jobs mixed with part-time truck driving.

He said no problem, they have many part timers.

I thought he did say though, that you do have to drive a minimum of 6 days a month to be an active driver.

Also: If you are researching less than full time driving options........check out "Knight Transportation" jobs for your area.

When I search Knights' Denver area jobs, it lists their Western 11 State Dedicated job info, that offers various different home time scheduals to choose from, like 1 to 4 days on, 1 to 4 days off.... in any combination, 7 or 14 days on then 7 days off.....a nice mix of non-full time options.

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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About Moving Rear Tandems...

I've read a few posts here about moving rear tandems to balance the weight of the trailer, seemingly to comply with state regulations and to tweak how the truck handles.

A while back I thought I remember where someone wrote about having to slide tandems back because a receiver had some rule or requirement that all trucks coming onto it's property had to have their tandems slide all the way back.

Is this really a common rule, and why would a receiver have such a rule?

So, are drivers commonly sliding tandems for each new load?

Thanks.

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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Sitting

"Simply adjust you NAT accordingly."

What is NAT?

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