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    Oconee County, SC

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    3 years, 2 months ago

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Posted:  1 day ago

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Tools needed?

A good set of chock blocks if you drive an auto.. you will need those when you do the Leaks, Alarms, Buttons portion of the pre and post trips.. Also lubricants, WD-40 & PBlaster. Cannot tell you how helpful a can of PBlaster is when side rail pins are jammed up or rusted. Or when you need to slide your 5th wheel.

Posted:  6 days, 23 hours ago

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Released from Schneider Program / Job due to poor backing

I went through inexperienced driver orientation at Schneider's Charlotte NC terminal a few years ago and my experience with them was awful. The only positive part out of the experience was the backing trainer. He was amazing. I had difficulty understanding the set up and seeing how the backing motion worked when alley docking. He did a through walk thru and explained it in great detail. It just clicked and I still do it the way he taught me today. Now why I did not go with Schneider was the pay.. The recruiter told me 38cpm but that ended up being 26cpm by the time I finished orientation. But I was kinda forced to pickup my first load to get paid for orientation. So I picked up the load and drove it right back to the terminal in Charlotte NC. I quit right then and there.. Called Werner and started orientation with them 2 days later..

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Hazmat loads and scales

Short answer is Yes. If you have any doubt, just remember, there is no fine for going into a weight station but there is if you skip it.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Murphy's Law for truckers.

On one of the hottest days your a/c will up and quit and leave you in a hot box for days until you can get it fixed. Bring plenty of water.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Fridge, 12V cooler, or Ice cooler?

My truck has the factory installed fridge with an apu. The apu will keep the batteries up so it runs all the time. My previous truck had a fridge but no apu. After 10 hours it would automatically shut off or sooner if voltage drops below preset threshold setting. That truck was not set with optimized idle system and it would idle all night if the cruise was set. So on weekends I had to empty it and restock it.. got old fast..

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Detention Stamps

Every company does things differently.. I don't use a stamper. I get paid detention after 2 hours. Just remember to hit "arrived" when I get there and "departed" when I pull off their property on trip message device. It adds up quick and they round it up so if I am there 2-1/2 hours I get 1 hour detention pay. I'd rather not get it and keep the tires rolling and make more money, but when I have to sit 5-1/2 hours on a tire unload it helps..

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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ELD mandate deadline looming, many still not compliant

And some of the new ELD systems are complete junk. We have Omnitracs XRS system installed. When it was set up as AORB and it worked well. But now it is a hot mess of garbage. It crashes 2 to 3 times a week, has other glitches when you will be in Drive and in motion and it will auto change your status too either OFF or ON Duty. It is made by the same company that owns the QC. It is supposed to be a low budget plug and play system.. but its not. All the drivers hate it, even the log department and the breakdown staff hate it. We are pushing for the company to go back to the Qualcomm.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Advice please - started solo and second time this is happening.

Rain, You have gave really good advice but you did something very dangerous with that bad trailer. I have seen too many trailers have their tandems ripped out from under the trailer from not being properly locked. Loaded or empty, still very bad. Tag it out of service and fill out maintenance forms for it. Communicate with dispatch and breakdown/roadside when you find equipment that is not in top shape lets the company know you are being safe and through with your inspections. A trailer in that bad a shape should be towed in by a wrecker, they have the tools to manually lock them so they won't slide.

Another time I picked up a trailer 80 miles from Springfield and was supposed to pick up a load and run it into the terminal. Instead i told them i was bringing the empty trailer to be repairs. The door hinges were broken and it nearly fell off, and the tandems wouldnt lock and were sliding back and forth when driving. I didnt want a new driver picking that up.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Getting hired with a ticket and misdemeanor

Old School is correct.. its that speeding ticket that hurts you. Many companies will only accept no more then 3 minor speeding tickets and 1 or zero chargeable accidents within the past 10 years. Any ticket 10mph and over can be a automatic disqualified depending on the company. And speeding in a construction zone is equally bad. They show a pattern of unsafe actions and those make the companies insurance costs go thru the roof. There are second chance companies like Western Express. Call them and be totally upfront with them.

If you don't mind me asking, where are you stationed? I know in Georgia they have a program where military vets that are in the process of ETS'ing they can get a wavier on the CDL-A road and skills tests with unit comander's signoff if they operated similar equipment. They just need to take the Pretrip and general knowledge portions.

I have a good friend did that a few years ago.. He retired from Ft. Stewart GA. He learned the pretrip watching you-tube videos and the general knowledge from the state handbook. He tried for months and could not get hired either, he called me and I advised him to look up local technical college that had CDL course and talk to them. He was able to use his GI Bill and get trained on what he missed and was able to get a job with TMC as a student. His diploma from an accredited school helped him.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Kingpin laws

Shame on you.. You should open it when you plan every trip.

(I have a laminated atlas... just haven't been in it in a while)...

Posted:  3 months ago

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Game: What Excites You Now That You Drive?

I prefer the simple things in life. Sitting my fat butt on the sofa next to the wife watching some boring crap on the idiot box. Now my wife has other plans. She cannot sit, she is a doer and it drives me bonkers sometimes. But its that little stuff I love the most. She says I'm boring..but I have seen enough and done my fare share of stupidity in my youth.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Kingpin laws

Majority of newer trailers have a 3" from the trailer nose to the center of the kingpin. So with a tap measure.. 9' from the rear of the trailer is 41' from kingpin. Use a thick sharpy and mark it. And yes the scale house computers take pictures and determine your measurements.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Kingpin laws

Thats is a good general site but Virginia is wrong.. Virginia per their DOT is 41' to center of rear axle. https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/webdoc/pdf/dmv109.pdf

You can SEE THEM on this site, or they will be happy to sell you a downloadable pdf for the $5 you speak of.

You should ALWAYS HAVE a current Rand McNally Motor Carrier Atlas. What if your GPS breaks, or your QC goes down - or you need to look up trucking-specific laws for a particular state you need to travel to?

Even if you're drops are close to Interstate Highways - if you're traveling multiple states, you need to know the laws for those states. WI - 43' to center, tandems all the way back - you're ILLEGAL. MN too.

Rick

Posted:  3 months ago

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Kingpin laws

You do know that the position of the trailer tandems can change the turning radius of your rig and cause you to hit something you would normally miss.. I have seen it way too many times when some driver does not swing wide enough the runs over a car hood or worse. Take the extra effort and do it right the first time. Its the little things that separate the professional from the rest.

After I unload (assuming I'm empty or couple pallet backhaul) I'll slide my tandems all the way to the rear to save time back at the yard. Well then I'm not abiding kingpin laws. I guess I've been lucky to not get ticketed.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Which company would offer regular home time?

I drive for a smaller company, 125 trucks, that is owned by a bigger company with a total of 3k trucks. Home time is never an issue. When I need time off, like in July when I take my oldest to USC for freshman orientation They gave me Monday & Tuesday off. And in August when we move her into college they will have me home so I can do that as well.

I am home weekly except when they need someone to solo a team trip. I am the goto guy and I get it done. They help me and I am always helping others even in our yard. You have to have the right positive attitude in this industry and you have to not get flustered by traffic and remember safety is king. My normal run is 2 trips a week from South Carolina to the midwest and back. (Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, & Michigan LP) This past week they needed help with loads to Florida, SO I helped them out. Being flexible and staying positive is key.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Long Haul

Oh no, it had a backhaul. My backhaul was at the mine and I took it to our terminal in South Carolina.

Dan, was there a backhaul load in that situation. The way you worded that makes it sound like you went to the mine and then came back empty. That's going to be highly unusual. I'm just curious.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Long Haul

Had my first long haul this week. Left last Thursday from South Carolina to a mine in the Nevada desert and back, got home today. Round trip of just over 5000 miles. The last 20 miles to the mine was a dirt road. That was an experience. Normally I am two trips a week from South Carolina up to either Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, or Michigan LP. Head out on a Sunday and finish up on Friday.

What other long runs have the rest of you done?

Posted:  3 months, 4 weeks ago

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Barr nun drivers

Run away from amazon accounts. They don't pay enough to make it worth it. Bezos will run it so cheap and screw over all his "contract" drivers. I have heard many of the current o/o are leaving amazon over the lowered freight rates.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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European truck driver (German) Driving in the US?

Hello people.

This might have been asked before, but i havent been able to find anything about it, so here goes. Ever since i started trucking, around 2-3 years ago, i've been wanting to try, the American way of Trucking. My sitiuation? i can't find anything any where, on the requirements on drivers liecens or any rules, regarding. I allready have a CDL (CE as it's called here in the EU) And i've have had it the past 2-3 years, plus i've been driving the past 2. My normal drivers licens for car (our B as it's called here) ive had for allmost 10 years, both with a clean history. No damagde, no DUI, no accidents and so on. My drivers liecens is German, allso categorized as International Liecens, and i allso have a "EU allowens" as it's called here, wich Basically just allows me to transport goods thats no mine so to say. Could i actually just get over there, with visa, job and so on in order and start driving?

Thanks ahead people, have a nice one :)

And the short answer is NO. Please go to the FMCSA website.. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Truck Crash Colorado - With Videos

More information has trickled out in the last few days. For starters the driver had only been employed at his company for 2 weeks prior to the accident and has held a CDL for less then 6 months total. His company had 5 trucks and in the past 2 years stacked up 30 citations. Ten for out of service brake issues, 2 citations of drivers lacking enough knowledge of English language.

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