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    Oconee County, SC

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    4 years, 8 months ago

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Posted:  4 days, 21 hours 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:  1 week 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:  1 week, 1 day 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:  2 weeks 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:  1 month, 1 week 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:  1 month, 2 weeks 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:  1 month, 2 weeks 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:  1 month, 3 weeks 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.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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What's wrong with this picture?

One a single axle day cab doing local , send it. But if going anywhere near DOT scale house.. take it back to shipper. Over on drive and trailer tandems. Even if the trailer was a spread axle it would still be over. Remember, 20k on single axle and 34k on tandem, and 40k on a spread axle.

And yeas that much of a weight difference makes for a crappy ride. Imagine it as Andre the Giant as the trailer end and PeeWee Herman as the cab and they are on a seesaw.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Trucking School vs Paid CLD Training: Survivor stats?

Not all private CDL schools are equal. Many try to cram as much stuff in you in 3 weeks and get you out the door. Hopefully with a CDL but no guarantee. Technical Colleges are generally better as they will cover more and take longer. A good school will have a good selection of recruiters to come in and visit with students. But you will still need to go out with a company trainer to get the fine skills down. Now both do have failures.. SO you have to go in with the mindset that you can do it and focus on the tasks at hand.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Motion sickness caused by simulators

Now I can give you some perspective from my point of view. I have sensitivity to some light frequencies. The large monitors on the simulators make me nauseous, but not to the point of needing a trash can. But on the other hand, cops blue LED strobes rapid flashing during darkness after a few minutes and I'll be needing a 55 gallon barrel. I have been cleared by doctors so it's a none issue, just something to be aware of and plan accordingly.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks 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:  5 months, 2 weeks 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:  5 months, 3 weeks 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:  6 months, 1 week 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:  6 months, 1 week 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:  6 months, 2 weeks 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:  6 months, 2 weeks 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:  7 months 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:  7 months, 1 week 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.

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