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    Oconee County, SC

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Posted:  1 month ago

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Working for crst

Where did you see 11cpm? I would call and conferm a cpm for teams before going.

Thanks Stevo Im just seeing alot of bad reviews on the company and the program. I know it's what you make of it. But damn .11c a mile? It's a quick cdl but the reviews kill it. Yours was one of the only posative one's of the company.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Reefer Parking

Same, when I drove refer i never pulled nose in. Its just too dangerous. Park with other refers, yup, all the time.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Currently overweight at WS

Never trust a company provided scale. Go to a CAT scale and get the correct weight. Shippers don't care if they overload you. Once you leave with the load its your problem. That CAT ticket proves they screwed you and make them fix the load. Their was this one company in Alabama that the fright bill would say 42,000 in a refer and the actual weight would be 4,000lbs heavier then what they wrote on the BOL. Shipper said run it, its ur problem. I called my company, they called the broker, broker called the shipper and they had the shipper fix the load. Big mess every time I went there. Every time the kept over loading. And had to g thru the exact process every time. Finally the broker dropped the contract with the shipper over falsifying documentation.

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Going local

It all depends on who the customers are and where you are driving to. I start at the local terminal at 3am and assigned a daycab. I usually head up to First Quality Tissue and garb my preloaded trailer and its either a single stop or two-stop run to Costco or Sam's. Live unloads and return to grab a load and drive to Atlanta, GA. Mainly NE to SW in the Fairburn, GA. Having to cross Atlanta is a challenge every day. Those fools constantly wreck. When I get down there I am dropping my trailer and grabbing an empty to head to my next pickup and drop the empty to get my loaded trailer. Then to get back through Atlanta, GA and drop the backhaul in either Greenville or Anderson SC. I always end up maxing my 14 and usually have to do use the short haul exemption every week. I get paid hourly and I end up averaging 65 hours in 5 days.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Had to Renew HAZMAT Endorsement Today

Don't you have t get anther background check completed too? Had to have it done when I first got mine. Letting mine expire as my employer does not handle hazmat freight.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Air Brake Test w/o chocks?

You have to chock an automatic. By design the transmission will auto shift into neutral to prevent damage. Say you pull into the fuel island and set your brakes but do not shift to neutral. The transmission will automatically switch to neutral. This will happen if the engine is on or off. It is a safety feature by design.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Air Brake Test w/o chocks?

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just needed to get my CDL and start getting some type of income ASAP.

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I know NYC is different - they do some crazy stuff there, but you are awfully naive to think freshly printed CDL = income. Whatever gave you that idea?

You have zero experience.

You have zero training.

You aren't even sure how to do the in cab air test.

What is it you think you have to offer?

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What do I have to offer?

Just my services as a new driver I guess...

Of course I'll need training... no one is born a trucker right?

I know there's limitations in doing it this way...

But it's the route I felt made the most sense to me.

I plan on trying to start with Western Express.

I heard on this forum... (actually from you)... that they are willing to take on new CDLs without school.

Plan is to start and train with them... get some experience... and hopefully down the road I'll have more options.

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What's he's saying is that you're going to have a hard time getting hired. Many companies aren't able to hire self certified CDL holders for insurance reasons. New drivers with no experience either get company training or go to a school to get a certificate along with their license that says they received 160 hours of training.

If you plan on going with Western Express, I would reach out to them and see if they would be able to hire you with a license and no certificate.

Have you considered going with paid CDL training? Roehl and Prime are 2 companies that I can think of that pay you while you train and you're guaranteed a job upon completion of your training.

From the sounds of things, you're investing a lot in this test. If you're using Ferrari's school truck you're probably paying them about 500 to use their truck. I'll be honest with you, it sounds like you're not ready for this. A simple mistake on the brake test is an automatic fail and you're out of all that money for no reason. That's why I told you earlier, you're going about this all wrong.

I've read over all his posts and.. He seems to have some idea that a CDL is get rich quick. Well, it aint. He thinks he does not have to get along with other people. Well, you do.

I'm gonna be blunt. This is not the career for you. It takes dedication to going to company sponsored schooled or local technical college. It takes being able to handle yourself in high stress situations. It takes being open to learning something new every day. It takes being able to get along with others because you and a trainer will be together in a tight confined space (sleeper cab) for weeks.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Anyone have birds hit their windshield?

No birds yet, Had a few bats hit the air deflector on the day cab and 1 deer run into the side of my trailer this morning. Broke the side marker light and one of the mounting bracket for the side underflow shield. My trailer ran over it, took off my fight side trailer mud flap. All kinds of nasty. I start my shift at 3am, so I scan the roads for wildlife religiously.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Are there any ever restrictions on carrying cordless power tools on company trucks?

Keep a few cans of the wasp/hornet spray nearby. That stuff can shoot out to 20 feet and acts like mace when sprayed in someones face. And if someone asks why you have it, just say bees and stuff sometimes build nests in open trailers.. Forget trying to get exotic and over think something.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Which companies are more lenient with previous tickets?

Any speeding ticket over 10mph is a red flag to a carrier. Doesn't matter if the cop reduced the writing to 5mph over but still listed the original speed on the citation. As a professional driver we are held to a high standard then the general public.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Can recruiters be trusted?

I started with Werner. They are a fine company like so many others out there. They have many different accounts and only one is not recommended for new drivers.. The dollar accounts. They are extremely challenging to maneuver in and out. I was on a home depot account and it was very seasonal. Feast in spring and summer, and due winter, very little freight.

And if you are wanting flatbed, do not over look TMC. I've had several friends whom started out with them and they loved it. Good training program and paid percentage of the load.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Parking in my driveway

Listen to Packrat..

Twenty years ago I lived on a private dead end road. The neighborhood was all 2 family duplexes with small kids everywhere. I came home from work on a Friday to discover some jackass had dropped a loaded semi trailer in front of my duplex. It was blocking half the road making it hard for everyone to drive around it. I was the owner of my duplex. I went around the neighbor hood and nobody seemed to know who it belonged to. I called the sheriffs office and a deputy came out and he called the highway patrol and they came over. There is a big sign as you turn into my street that says "No Trespassing, Private Property, Residents and Guests Only".

I called the trucking company many times and they just did not care. The jackass did this every weekend for 5 weeks straight. He'd back in down our private street and drop his trailer and drive a mile away to his house.The last time he had a tire in my grass and I got the county to impound his loaded trailer. In five weekends of dropping his trailer in that spot he destroyed that section of our private road. Myself and the neighbors had to get a lawyer to take him and his company to court and force them to pay to have the road repaired.

When his trailer got impounded and towed off he came into our neighborhood and threatened to shoot the place up. Had to get the cops again to arrest him for trespassing and threatening everyone.

Again make sure you have written permission. Don't be that guy..

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Jump to Local

I made the jump to local shift driver with a new company last month. Money is up and getting more time off. And being home every night. The only downside is, I am in Atlanta every workday. But that's OK. If I have to sit in traffic, I'm still getting paid. And like yesterday there was a bad wreck on the I-285, so I went downtown on I-85. Nobody questions a daycab in the city.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Lost dedicated route

When someone files for unemployment, I am sent a letter from the unemployment office notifying me of their request. I then either fill out the paperwork or go onto my online account to approve or deny the claim. If I have work available and claimant is not willing to come in, I report claim as denied and file is closed. I highly doubt his employer would approve the claim because the employee doesnt want to work there anymore because he is being moved to a different division.

That is not completely accurate. Its not closed and the applicant can appeal the process and it is reviewed with more input from both sides. I recently worked for Cardinal Logistics Management and the center I worked for lost all their contracts but one. They went from over 200 company divers and owner ops to less then 20 company drivers. They refused to lay anyone off and either fired or forced drivers to quit, including me. They denied my claim and I appealed and won. I am now getting full benefits. You have to take notes and record everything you talked to and what was said. Keep good records. But you can do it.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Trucker Expenses have to pay ?

Paid parking lots are sometimes company paid with a fuel card or reimbursed with receipt or at drivers expense. All depends on the company.

Tolls are up to the company. Some have PrePass EZpass or another transponder and those are company paid. Sometime driver has to pay and get reimbursed by the company and some are on the driver. Don't go out of route unless authorized by the company.

Cat Scales can be on the company fuel card or you might have to pay it. And get reimbursed from the company with a receipt.

The best answer on tickets is, DON'T GET A TICKET. Never speed. Never speed in a construction zone. Scale every load over 30K on a cat scale to make sure you are legal. Unsure if you should pull into a State DOT weigh station, pull in.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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How's Everyone Doing? How is Freight? Not Many Posts Lately

Well, for me it has been a disaster. It is a small division of cardinal logistics and freight has collapsed. And to make matters worse they recently lost contracts and never found a replacement for the lost business. They released all the Owner/Ops. And are turning in lease trailers as fast as they can to get them off the books. The only account they have running is a small PODS group of a dozen drivers, and tire loads from Tire kingdom, and a dozen flex drivers that work short term contract, and 6 box trucks delivering windows and doors. And what loads the do get they are brokering them out at $1/mile. So out of 200 drivers they are down to less then 50. It is ugly and the office staff is very toxic. Not a good place to be. I asked if they would furlough me as I ran the Midwest which evaporated and is gone. Last week they said no , you will run wtf I tell you to run and the sent me to NYC with a tire load. I got put on a load for this week again for NYC and New Haven CT. After being yelled at and cussed at.. I said No thanks, I quit.. It has been a very ugly week with just disdain for a job I used to love. And the kicker was when I turned my truck in today, " you cannot quit.. your fired" The place is bleeding money.. Its gonna be a nasty downward spiral.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Which type of trailer?

Get a used metal mobile home trailer frame and build off that. A drop deck or flatbed trailer is deigned to carry a static and flex in the center to accommodate the weight. A van or refer trailer does not have a true frame under it and in fact is a giant bridge truss. If you mess with side rails or the top and bottom long rails it will fold with weight. So I'd advise sticking with a mobile home frame and build what ever you can dream including side outs.

Posted:  7 months, 2 weeks ago

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Define Drop & Hook

And sometimes you get the double drop. This is when you have to drop your trailer in the same dock door as the trailer you are picking up. Still not a quick and easy task. You first start by dropping your trailer out of the way and then hook to the new trailer. Pull the new trailer out and drop it also out of the way. Then go get the original trailer and drop it in that loading dock. Then go get the new trailer again.

Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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Well that was weird....

I would call breakdown and report the problem and notify your FM as well. These new trucks have miles of wiring in them and the electrical systems are crazy. When I worked for Werner Enterprises they issued me a brand new freightliner and it stopped regenerating in after I had it two weeks. I had to get towed to a dealer to get it fixed. Techs where not surprised and went to do a forced regen. The tech walked away to use the bathroom; and whie he was gone, it caught on fire and burned down to the frame. I always take electrical issues seriously form then on.

Posted:  8 months, 4 weeks ago

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Atlanta Today

I'm in ATL every week. All you can do is just go with the flow. Expect asshats cutting you off, and keep a safe following distance. Safety is the key. It as taken me 4 hours before to get from the south end I-85 by Fairburn, GA around I-285, up To northern end of I-85.

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