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Posted:  9 years, 1 month ago

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Looking for company-sponsored training

Not trying to be a recruiter but Central gives you the option of team or solo.

yeah, but what they will do is put enormous pressure on you to lease. And if you dont like the idea of leasing well they will put you into team driving. If you complain too much they cut you loose altogether and find someone else.

with margins so small and competition being what it is in trucking, there is no company out there that is going to do anyone any favors- take it or leave it thats basically how it is. Recruiters, dispatchers everyone in every company has been told the same thing and that is put your emotions aside and do it this way or maybe one day nobody here will have a job.

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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HOS question.

I am presently in CDL School, does the HOS rules apply to me as well

no it doesnt. you are not formally employed so the answer is no

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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Personal safety.

does anyone else have any points on safety?

Thanks, Keep it safe out there, Joe S.

thats why a lot of truckers whether they admit it or not carry a piece. Its for self protection. Think about it, you are pulling up to a back dock at 3AM and you get out of your truck, you might be surrounded by 5 hobos ready to rob you and steal your truck. Some of these bad areas even the police wont go into so you have to take matters into your own hands.

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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High Road Training Program Question

In the training program regarding Accident Procedures 2.17,

"If you have a CB, put out a call over the emergency channel before you get out of your vehicle. If not, wait until after the accident scene has been properly protected,..."

but the order is

Protect the area Notify Authorities, Assist

If you have a CB, put out a call over the emergency channel before you get out of your vehicle means that you notify authorities first but the questions asked on the quiz specify

Protect, Notify, Assist

in this order

Am I missing something? Can someone clarify this for me? Thanks

just memorize the answer they want and if its on the test just answer that.

the NY State Manual looks like it was put together by somebody who never drove a truck in their life, much less professionally. I just skimmed thru it and used Bretts High Road Program here on this site. I passed everything with flying colors and the Tanker part I got 100%.

some of the stuff in the NYS CDL Manual is so vague, or ambiguous, after getting through the first part I just basically tossed it in the garbage can.

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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The latest Rumor ....

Im not sure about the number, 30 but read the other posts on sleep apnea. Many companies are doing tests, and I think bmi of +30 is a factor.

well, that would mean about 50% of truckers would lose their jobs.

that and if it happens the 55 age limit, both of those seems to me would raise qualified drivers salaries substantially.

thoughts?

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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Weights and balances

Hi all, I am on the weights and balances section on the high road quiz. My question is what does it mean to slide your tandem trailer wheels forward and backward? or moving the 5th wheel? I know to some this is a really stupid question.. I know there are no stupid questions, just stupid people who ask questions... lol... I would like an idea so I can almost visualize what that means.

Any and all info, as always, is greatly appreciated. Thanks,Kevin

do you ever see trucks and the trailer wheels are all the way back toward the doors or all the way forward toward the nose of the trailer? the reason is because the wheels can be slid back or forth to distribute the weight that you are hauling (take more weight off one set of axles and put more on another set).

same goes for the 5th wheel. it can be adjusted which is why you sometimes see a big gap between the nose of the trailer and the cab and other times its smaller.

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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The latest Rumor ....

Somebody once told me, if you don't hear a good rumor by 10 am ... start one. And from what I read on here, rumors abound on HOS, companies folding, etc etc etc.

Anyway ... been talking to my family about going into trucking, and my Brother-in-law who was a Dispatcher for a union company says he hears rumblings about BIg Brother Government (FMCSA ?) putting an age limit on truck drivers 55 .. for 'safety' reasons.

Is this just another 10am rumor? or does this have any legs? Is the government kicking this idea around?

Thanks

I heard another rumour.....anyone with a body mass of more than 30 will not be able to drive a truck. This is per the US Govt and for 'safety reasons'.

Can anyone substantiate this rumour?

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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If truckers cook...

If truckers cook in their truck, how does a trucker wash any dishes?

paper plates, plastic forks spoons as for the pot, its easily cleaned with water

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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Looking for advice

Guyjax knows his stuff

anything that breaks it costs 10 times to replace that means you have to do 10X the traveling or selling to make up for the lost costs

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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Looking for advice

The profit margin is 3% and thats why companies push that owner op thing because it raises that profit margin up plus gives the company a few more advantages. Think about it, the driver pays for the maintenance and upkeep of the truck while hauling the company's freight. It reduces the company's expenses.

a lot of times the expenses for the o/o will be more than he makes so hes going negative and going into a deeper and deeper hole as time passes. Some have made the analogy that an o/o is like YOU the driver paying the company to work for them.

and when you cant take it anymore they will repossess the truck, cut you loose with something negative on your DAC and you will be unemployable. Then they find another guy to come in take over the truck and the process starts over again.

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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Looking for advice

best longevitity and profitability. One of the reasons that i was talking about wanting to be an o/o is because after i have gained experience i dont want to stay making 30-45k a year i want to be around 80-100k+ and the only thing that i have seen that was anywhere close to that is in hauling crude oil. Joe

thats true you can 'make' 80-100K as an owner op, but that is gross income meaning its before expenses. Your expenses as an owner op will be so much higher. If you are grossing 100K but your expenses are 120K, guess what you are losing 20K a year. What if your truck has engine failure? Guess who pays for that? you do. Not to mention lost driving time

Central has on the front page of their site make 75K after 6 months. That is very very deceiving- I would proceed with caution. They want to get you in and sign the paperwork, then after that like some others have said its nothing but headaches and lawyers.

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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Schneider Bulk New Hire Experience

I think you are right with the plausible deniablity thing. I understand pay rates change in trucking very often. But any prospective hire would understand that. If recruiter do not want to give something in writing, that to me means they have something to hide.

And I am sure I intimidated a lot of recruiters with my huge list. But honestly... we are making a career decision, and a LIFESTYLE decision, these questions need to be answered. If the recruiter does not want to help me choose the right company... then again that is NOT a company I want to work with.

Just remember, don't be inconsiderate or anything when asking questions. Be professional and courteous and tell the recruiter that you want to make an INFORMED decision, that you want to find a good match for yourself and for the company.

thats very correct. Some people make enormous sacrifices to start out like quitting a job, putting stuff into storage, selling their car etc......

then if somebody goes through all that to go out to Springfield MO or Iowa from NY and they find out the pay isnt what is promised or they require you to drive in teams- its going to be a huge disappointment. Then your stuck out there and if you leave on your own you have no return ticket.....not exactly a good situation.

In my opinion the more questions asked the better and also, recruiters to a certain extent should not be made to feel they can push new recruits around by telling lies, misleading or deceiving.

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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Log book quiz

When I have time I will find them and tell you.

I do remember one off the top of my head and it was a 2 day example...then the question was 'what violations occur in the below example'? There was an 11 hour 14 hour and 30 min break violation. So 3 violations altogther.

then in the list of anwers one was 11 and 14 hour violations and the other was 11 hour and 30 min break violation.

so which do you choose? both are correct. I simply memorised the system wanted the 11 and 14 hour answer even though both were correct.

like I said when I have time I will go back and find the ones with mistakes.

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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Log book quiz

Ive gone through the High Road Program 100% and the log book thing was frustrating me too. I couldnt understand why then I noticed 3 or 4 of the questions have WRONG answers.

I meant to bring this up in case anyone was having problems. That was the only section in the whole Program that gave me any trouble.

What I did was I memorized the incorrect answers for those 3 or 4 questions, then deliberately answered incorrectly- otherwise you go into a halt over and over again.

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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What should a truck driver expect to make first year. And then from there on

I think what the original poster is looking for is how much he can save the first year or have left over for his expenses.

Im no expert and some guys like Brett will chime in but...

1)how much you make or earn gross is a lot different than what you earn or make net. Gross (without deductions) if you are making lets say $3000/month but spending $3500 month you are digging yourself into a whole everyday

2)some companies will tease you and advertise 'well you will make $100000 after 1 year'- yeah you will gross $100000, but if your expenses as a lease owner op are more, you are losing money every month

3)as the other guys said, about $30000 is a good estimate for 1st year earnings as a company driver. How much of that you keep and send to your family is another question- and it depends on the individual.

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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Schneider Bulk New Hire Experience

That is a great list of questions, thanks for sharing

as far as communicating by email so as to have it in writing, that is a great idea. Now I know why a recruiter from CRST never responded to my emails but was very keen on calling me several times a day.

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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Aspiring driver

Ok, Im going to do my best to avoid an arguement.

first off tel me what company would take him? I know of no company, and I mean NO COMPANY that would take him on right now. Maybe Brett can chime in and support what Im saying.

as far as his driving record, 'taking out a utility pole' isnt exactly a minor accident.

alcoholism- once an alcoholic always an alcoholic. You can stop drinking for 20+ years. Your still an alcoholic. People dont change, the inner personality of a person always stays the same- and the inner persona will always manifest sooner or later. That means they will start drinking again.

So all things being equal between 2 potential hires, why choose someone with alcholsim in his/her past vs someone who is and has been clean?

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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Aspiring driver

The original poster was honest in his post I am going to be honest too.....

no company is going to take a chance with you right now. as you have stated, you have no verifiable work history (no W2s). You have a crappy driving record and on top of everything you mentioned alcoholism.

driving a truck is dangerous- dangerous to yourself and other people traveling around you. There is no company out there right now that will take a chance with you based on liability issues alone. Ask yourself why would a company choose you when they can choose from hundreds of others with a clean driving record, verifiable employment, and no alcoholism?

if you even want a chance at professional driving:

1)establish a verifiable work history of 3+ years 2)no alcohol or drugs allowed PERIOD 3)get yourself in physical shape 4)establish a clean driving record

It amazes me how many people with alcohol/drug issues and bad driving records want to break into professional driving.

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