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    Oconee County, SC

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Posted:  23 hours, 31 minutes ago

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Not so fun dock

Look at those tracks. The clues presented will tell you if those are active or derelict.

Used tracks will have shiny spots on them. Look at the tall weeds. if tracks used used recently you would see bent and broken stalks. Look at all the grass in the rails. If used you would see signs of week control and brown grass. Look up and down the tracks. Do you see any railroad cars at docks or docks that look maintained?

Need to remember to keep your head on a swivel when dealing with railroad tracks.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Work Zone Speed Limits

If you see a lane closed with signage, barrels, or sawhorse.. Slow Down! Slow down to the posted speed limit. If there is not a posted speed limit, slow down to the minimum speed posted. Even if you do not see workers but there is a lane closed, you still must follow the posted speed limits. From the time a shovel first hits the dirt until the last cone is removed it is still a lawful active work zone.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Hours of service

And this brings up a very important thing to remember. Log off your elog when ever you are not in your truck doing truck stuff. Especially if the truck need to be moved by a mechanic to fix stuff. When you log back in the elog will ask you if you want that time accounted to you, refuse the time and call the log department so they can get the right coding on the maintenance time.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Prime Inc is disabling Manual Mode on their trucks with the D12 Manual Automatic Transmission !

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You guys do know that you can turn off E-Coast on Freightliners??? Settings menu buried in there. Have to manually turn it off every time you start the truck other wise it defaults on.

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Ironically, Wilson has that disabled, but still allows the use of manual mode. Now if only they'd set the cruise control over/under speed to less than 5 over set speed before it starts slowing you down.

Running at 65 it'll give you an overspeed before slowing you down if you try to let it work as intended.

You can also change the setting for the cruise control in the same menu options as turning off or on Creap Mode and E-coast. You can adjust the over and under speed as well as the follow distance in seconds.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Prime Inc is disabling Manual Mode on their trucks with the D12 Manual Automatic Transmission !

You guys do know that you can turn off E-Coast on Freightliners??? Settings menu buried in there. Have to manually turn it off every time you start the truck other wise it defaults on.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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OTR or Local/regional to start off?

Sounds like store deliveries. You might want to get that clarified. It’s far more challenging than you might think...

That's exactly what I am thinking.. Store runs with potential back hauls to the DC from local vendors.Walmart uses many different 3d party carriers to move freight along with corporate drivers. Last time I checked Walmart corporate requires company drivers to have 5 years experience and clean MVR.

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Local to start?

I'm a local guy and I advise not to start local as a rookie. Local means tight space. Everywhere you go stuff is tight and little room to maneuver a long 53 ft trailer that you will have to back into multiple docks per day. You will be in a constant battle with your HOS to get stuff done quickly and safely as possible. There is no room for error. And I know many companies require 2 Years OTR experience just because how much insurance the company must carry.

Do a year or two as OTR or regional to get down the basics of time management and improve your driving and backing skills.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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EU Driver Dreams about USA Roads :)

Sorry, not trying to bust your bubble. But it is just not possible, please got the FMCSA.dot.gov website and read the requirements to get a CDL-A in the US.

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration/commercial-drivers-license

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Overweight and punished

Sliding the fifth wheel forward one notch and sliding the tandems forward one hole would put you real close. Then burning off 8 gallons or so of fuel would get you legal.

How far away is the weigh station?

Being that close, I'd run it after shifting some weight as described above. But that's me, and no one would force me to. No one should force you to run illegal either.

Good advice from Turtle. In the future, When you see weight on the BOL and its a heavy load, go to nearest CAT scale and weigh it. If you cannot get the axle weights legal or you are over gross, call your dispatch asap and inform them. A good company does not want to run illegal period. It puts too much liability on them. Most times they will tell you to return to shipper and if the shipper cannot fix it, unload it and find another load for you.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Lumpers are a pain....

Lumpers are the worst. The receiver pays for the goods, then they charge the drivers to unload the crap they ordered..

Had a run in with Crapstone Logistics at the Dollar General DC last week. Truck load of dog food from Nestle Purina. The load was picked up by another driver and dropped in the local yard where I work from 2 days before. Its set for a 10am unload appointment and I arrived at 9:15 and get checked in. Called with door instructions at 11am. So far so good.. Door was occupied, reassigned to another door only to see it occupied aswell. 5 doors later I am backed in and they start unloading me. 7 hours later they call me telling them I have to pay $875.00 fee. Um, NO. This load and all the other loads we haul are prepaid lumper by Nestle Purina. No, Crapstone refusing to listen and still insist that I pay them $875. So called our customer service rep, who called Nestle Purina reps and so on. So I sat there 3 more hours before they release my bills to me. And there I was, completely out of hours and extremely frustrated, tired and hungry. I went and edited my elog to give me a 7/3 split and got the hell outta there.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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CB Antenna for a Peterbuilt with plastic mirrors

It is all that background electrical noise from the microwave, TV, game consoles, inverters, and refrigerators in trucks. Something else to be aware of is the low power that most CB radios utilize, just 4 watts. You will need to get it properly set up too and get the radio and antenna tuned together.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Game: What are your goals?

Retire at 62.. Spending the rest of my life getting fat and happy with my wife. Its the simple things that make stuff so wonderful.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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To hazmat or not to hazmat

I used to haul hazmat cross country with my previous employer. You are also required to go through yearly hazmat training with your employer. And make sure they give you a current copy of the ERG Book, it updates every 4 years. Like others have said put you bills in the ERG on the correct page for what you are hauling and have it within arms reach from buckled in drivers seat. And when you are not in the drivers seat, out your paperwork in your seat. And one last little bit of info. Stop at all railroad crossings and pull into all open weight stations, even if you get the bypass.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Questions about local driving

Are local driving positions with carriers tougher to get than OTR positions? What is the typical work schedule of a LOCAL driver? What is the greatest distance from home traveled on the job for a LOCAL driver? Are there plenty of good Local Driving opportunities in Texas right now?

Maybe I can help, I drive local with a mid-sized company of about 90 drivers.

Yes, most carriers want 2+ years experience otr.

I work 3am until I get done. Sometimes i get done earlier and sometimes later but I have to be parked and off the clock by 5pm.

All depends on my schedule for that day, anywhere from 300 to 550 miles. I am in either Atlanta GA or Charlotte NC and sometimes I am in both on same day.

Don't know about Texas.. Don't live there.

Posted:  3 months, 4 weeks ago

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Camera's aren't the only way you're monitored

My truck has its quirks, mainly a bad computer that Penske refuses to fix. Always getting phantom low air alarms when I have good air pressure in the system. Collision alarm with nothing in front of me. Adaptive cruise faults. Phantom following distance alarms with nothing in front of me. It gets old. Good thing the camera picks up the errors and they just ignore them when the see events going off. The important thing is that I continue to get my weekly safety bonus every week.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Trucker Humor: Trucking Company Name Acronyms

So many hard to remember then all but a few oldies..

CRST: Crash & Roll Stunt Team Swift: Stevie Wonder Institute For Trucking Send Wrecking In F***ing Trouble

Posted:  4 months, 4 weeks ago

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Got fired from Western Express

This is not the end of your CDL. You still have many options open to you. B class truck driving jobs should not be over looked. City trash trucks, concrete mixers, dump trucks, and food and beverage services, and don't over look buses either, just get the passenger endorsement. I know several guys who also deliver to the Costco's in my area that deliver beer and wine in double axle box trucks. These B truck jobs are always in high demand near me. Don't just give up, keep grinding.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Automatic Truck/ Engine Break in Rain??

I drive an autoshift crapcadia daycab and it is easy to drive. The transmission will shift up and down on its own depending on engine rpms. You can downshift the truck easier then a manual, just push the paddle down. You do not need to select manual mode to do it. The truck will not miss a shift. The only difference is that a manual truck will accelerate faster. You will still need to control your decent using stab braking, just like a manual trans.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Comfort while driving

Those seats do wear out quick and the cushions are not the highest quality either. And if a larger person was driving the truck before you they could have easily worn that seat out much faster. But as suggested properly adjust the seat first. Your feet should be flat on floor with shoulders relaxed and you arms relaxed bent at a 90 with hands in the middle of the steering wheel. You can adjust the seat cushion front and back so that the seat supports your thighs, but not so forward that your butt hangs out the back of the seat. Seat backrest should not be so far back that you are doing the "low rider pose". More upright is better for you ergonomically. My 2016 crapcadia daycab is adjusted perfect for me. A few weeks ago I had to drive another guys truck while mine was getting a PM done. He's a big boy.. 400 lbs and his seat was badly worn out. Unfortunately that is more common than it should be with so many truckers significantly overweight.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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What is a good,bad or great pay if you are getting paid percentage pay instead of mileage?

And the only way to know what you are getting paid is to get paid by the hour. I know my hourly rate and I know how many hours I work each day. When I was regional, I was paid by the mile. Not actual miles, but zip miles and it was always less than what I actually drove.

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