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Posted:  10 years, 7 months 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:  10 years, 7 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:  10 years, 7 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:  10 years, 7 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:  10 years, 7 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:  10 years, 7 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.

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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?

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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:  10 years, 7 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

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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.

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