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    Oconee County, SC

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    5 years, 2 months ago

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Posted:  19 hours, 30 minutes ago

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Have you ever spotted something scary and/or exciting while driving at night?

This past spring I was on the south side of Atlanta GA on the outer loop of I-285. Between I-75 and I-675, about 1pm in the afternoon.

I saw a nekkid homeless man skipping alongside the jersey wall with a pair of black trash bags in each hand waving them like flags. He had to be on some high speed chicken feed to do some crap like that. My truck has a video camera mounted high center in windshield and I hit the record button to send it to my company. They all had a good laugh that day.

Posted:  1 day, 17 hours ago

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Anybody have info on RV transport?

Google Horizon RV Transport

Posted:  4 days ago

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Changing Driving (Bad) Habits

Keep working on those good driving habits. Another one that some don't think about is to remain calm and aware of those around you. Stay relaxed and anticipate the actions of others. Expect others to cut you off, because they will. especially in big cities like Atlanta GA. Regain that good following distance.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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I'm Changing Jobs

I'm curious how sitting in a dock counts as on duty time. Specifically if your logged in as on duty unloading/loading in the qc will that eat into your 70? Or will the company pay you from your arrived at Shipper/final macro but allow you to stay off duty to conserve clock.

Its a different mindset altogether. From the time you log in for the day until you log out to go home, you need to be On Duty to get paid. Think of it as a time clock. Everything you do is job related in one way or another. Driving to get a load and driving to deliver load. Waiting at a customer getting loaded/unloaded. Fueling.. etc.. Have to realize most days will be 12 hours and not 14.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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USA Truck - Dollar Tree

Don't do it. It's not worth the wear and tear on your body. It's not worth risking you good driving record. AN the lots are so tiny that some are street unloads. Just don't do them.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Trailer brake

My 2018 Cascadia daycab has it. I just use it to test the service brakes on the trailer when doing a PTI. Other then that never use it.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Gaming and Trucking

I'm a gamer at heart too, but do yourself a favor leave it home until you have been solo a few months. You have so much to learn in a short amount of time and no space of your own while training.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Another example of U-turn gone wrong.

Typically U-turns are only acceptable in yards and roadways that are designed for truck u-turns (like in NC mountains). But you must complete it in a safe slow speed, 5mph max. There are 2 main reasons to avoid u-turns. A CMV is extremely easy to rollover in a tight u-turn. And trailers need overhang space when u-turning to avoid hooking and hitting objects. it is very easy and there are plenty of videos all over youtube where a driver has destroyed someones property.

Posted:  3 months 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:  4 months 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:  4 months 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:  4 months, 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:  4 months, 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:  4 months, 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:  4 months, 3 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:  5 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:  5 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:  5 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:  6 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:  6 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.

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