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    Oconee County, SC

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Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Red classic

Red Classic is owned by the Coke-Cola Consolidated. They are headquartered in Charlotte NC. Red Classic is one of the largest beverage haulers in the U.S. In addition to beverages, they haul food goods, paper and packaging, auto parts, building materials, pet food, home goods, and more. And they operate over 600 trucks and 2500 trailers. They run Mack, Freight-liner, Peter-built, Volvo..

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Vermont-based LTL carrier LandAir reportedly ceases operations

I know the pain all to well. My company sent out notice on 13 June that we where shutting down effective 30 June but it ended up being done quicker then that. The original owner passed away 18 months ago, and his son and daughter-inlaw took over. They ran the company into the ground and with the prices of trailers and trucks so high they decided to cash it in and retire. Over 100 people out of a job. No WARN Act notice or anything.

So with a new company that took over some of the contracts and drivers from my old company and has been a smooth transition. Still a local job, home daily. But having to use a sleeper truck until they get us new daycabs.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Improving CSA Scores

CSA violations go against both company and driver scores. I takes 3 years of clean driving to get scores removed. Every year a third of the point ranking goes off your record. Points are based off a severity rating dependent on the infractions. Every written ticket and citation; except over-weights, effect your score. So really the only way to get better is drive clean and legal and the passage of time.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Companies to avoid?

It all comes down to whom is making the lease payments. Company pays then its still wrong.

And there is a big difference between short/long term disability vs workmans compensation insurance. I'll give you an example, last year my daughter was working at the local Burger King and she dislocated her left knee. Workmans comp paid all the medical bills for her care and recovery. They paid for the ambulance. They paid for all the medications. They paid millage for all her doctor and rehab visits. They paid her a percentage of her wages for the entire period she was recovering. And when it was all over they paid her a injury settlement to close it all out.

Now imagine if you had the same injury but without Workmans compensation and only company medical insurance plus short/long term disability. All of the bills would have to be filed under your health insurance. And you would be stuck paying co-pays and deductibles on everything. You would still get paid a portion but not for the first 2 weeks. You would not get a final payout either. Just too much to risk, and they are still screwing you over, you just don't know it.

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If the company owns the tools (truck and trailer) and tells you where to go and where to get fuel and where to get things repaired, then your job does not meet the IRS rules as a contract employee. You are controlled directly by the company and therefor you must get paid as w2. 1099 companies do not pay their portion of employer taxes nor do they deduct employee payroll taxes federal, state, and SS. Your are not eligible for workman compensation insurance. Time employed will also not count towards unemployment benefits in most states either. The risk is just too high.

What those 1099 companies do is pass the burdens onto the employee to reduce their costs. They say all those wonderful things like high cpm and other stuff, buts its all a smoke screen to screw you over.

Remember to run from 1099, unless you own the truck and trailer..

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I can understand how some of them may not be on the up and up. I’m sure there may be some gray areas but there are loop holes. The company I work for does not own their equipment. They lease everything. If the irs were to snoop around they may not like it. I don’t know. As far as workers comp goes I’m not worried about that as they pay 100 percent of my short term and long term disability insurance. They spend 28k on my insurance alone. I’m guaranteed 88k this year in pay for my first year plus the benefits. I would have to find a job paying over 100k to consider leaving. Even then I don’t know if I would as I really like where I’m at. Not all 1099 companies are bad. Especially when you agree just starting out as the bigger companies who take new drivers pay like crap.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Companies to avoid?

If the company owns the tools (truck and trailer) and tells you where to go and where to get fuel and where to get things repaired, then your job does not meet the IRS rules as a contract employee. You are controlled directly by the company and therefor you must get paid as w2. 1099 companies do not pay their portion of employer taxes nor do they deduct employee payroll taxes federal, state, and SS. Your are not eligible for workman compensation insurance. Time employed will also not count towards unemployment benefits in most states either. The risk is just too high.

What those 1099 companies do is pass the burdens onto the employee to reduce their costs. They say all those wonderful things like high cpm and other stuff, buts its all a smoke screen to screw you over.

Remember to run from 1099, unless you own the truck and trailer..

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Any one hire after an accident

Report anything no matter how minor it is as soon as possible. Being in Atlanta area you know how narrow the lanes on the I-285 loop are especially near the GA-400 construction area. Had a slow speed mirror bump (less then 5mph) a few months ago and no damage to either truck. As soon as I was able to get to the right shoulder we both examined our trucks and I called it in to my dispatch. Took a picture of both and texted them to safety and back to work. Big think is just report everything..

Report everything!!!

Let them decide what is minor or not… it’s about being trustworthy with a half mil of their equipment and lading, not to mention public safety.

Follow Anne’s suggestions… learn from this and be prepared to explain yourself during an interview.

Good luck!

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Force of habit

Just wait until the day you inadvertently pull into the scale house with your personal vehicle. Yeah I did that a few years ago.. everybody had a good laugh on that one.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Diesel shortage especially out east

If the cat food is made by Nestle Purina, they have been having problems at their plant in Hartwell GA for the last 2 years. They are going through year 4 of a 2 year construction plan to update and increase their production of wet cat food from 1 product line to 5. My company has a contract to haul 6 loads per day down to a packaging plant in Atlanta GA. Some days we can only get 1 load out. Sofar the most we have gotten out was 4 loads per day. They recently had a visit from a VP and he was quoted as saying. "worst startup in company history". I would get that furbaby on some dry food asap.

I got a new cat a couple months ago .. she is a snob. Big surprise...her canned food is $50 for a 24 pack!!!

It's the only stuff she will eat. I think it's time to reassess our politicians

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Weird/Interesting Loads

Back in my younger days way before I though about becoming a truck driver, I was in the US Army stationed in South Korea to an air defense artillery unit near the DMZ with North Korea. I was licensed to drive the 8x8 HEMTT 10-ton truck. I was tasked to help move 155mm artillery shells from our forward ammo bunker to the port in Busan. And they where not normal high explosive shells either. We did not placard the containers and had no markings or paperwork on them to identify what we where hauling either. Its was all done very quietly. No doubt in my mind, those where nukes.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Worst Interstates for truckers

Concrete roads are actually more durable and have better wear then asphalt road when the sub-roadbed is properly prepared. Problem is the construction companies always cheap it out because concrete costs more per mile. A few years ago I-85 around Spartanburg SC had to be completely ripped up and replaced as emergency repairs where happening weakly. The original company built the concrete section to thin. Also in South Carolina the I-95 section of concrete road from I-26 interchange southward was in horrendous shape and bounced you to the moon. They fixed that by sanding it down and now its very smooth.

Rough roads? I can't tell you how many times I had to pick up things off the floor after going I-10 through Louisiana and Mississippi. They were concrete highways all the way, a total nightmare. Like riding a bucking bronco. I would love to hear they repaved all of it with asphalt.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Worst Interstates for truckers

Sure can. During construction the lanes often shift to the right on top of the emergency strip and that lane is not designed and built with a strong enough roadbed to accommodate the weight of the regular traffic flow. It is there if you need to pull off for a temporary stop. Another reason is that lanes are compressed and only one lane is truly wide enough for a truck.

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I-78 Pennsylvania from Allentown and eastward! The lanes are narrow, there is always construction, nobody obeys the truck lane restriction in construction zones

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Can you explain why trucks are restricted to the left lane through there? That one has me baffled.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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What are some tricks of the trade for checking tire pressure?

Hitting the tires on the sidewall will damage the tire just like hitting a curb will. Hitting the tread will not give you a true pressure reading. Just buy and use the correct tire pressure gauge that G-town posted a picture of. Some trucks and trailers have a central tire inflation system on them and you do not check the air pressure on them, the system handles it.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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What causes slightly offset trailers and is there any way to fix them?

Years ago I had a trailer that off tracked so bad and it was actually somewhat swaying. Turns out the holes for the tandem pin holes where actually egg shaped and wallowed out. And from talking to my current companies trailer shop gurus that it is fixable. The biggest causes are hitting curbs while cornering and u-turns with heavy loads and super singles.

Oh, and a few years ago I was in Virginia on a two lane highway and the truck in front of me had a sever dog leg. So bad that he was actually knocking out mailboxes. He keep going and never stopped. Took out about 2 miles of mailboxes.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Help a potential non CDL semitruck owner that doesn't know anything :-)

You would do better buying a rental property.

Currently, most people I know in business say we are heading to a great recession. Runaway inflation, armed conflict in Ukraine. And with the basic material costs rising. At the moment bench mark crude oil is about $120/barrel and is expected to hit the $200/barrel mark in the next 6-9 months. Do your research and look at all the information you can find. This is going to be a very rough year and I expect many trucking companies to close their doors.

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Another Round of "Is it legal"

There is nothing illegal about hitting a orange cone or barrel. Construction crews use them to help identify their safe space for their work. Most of the time they put the cones very far out to give them more room. This past summer I-85 in Georgia was being paved at night. The crew set up cones almost down the center of the open lane and basically pushed traffic into the grass medium. That is not a safe place to have a loaded CMV ride half on and off the roadway. I was going slow and cautious while running over 1 mile of cones. A Georgia State Trooper watched me run them over and ignored it. I'm not gonna roll a truck over some cones..

Posted:  10 months, 3 weeks 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:  10 months, 3 weeks ago

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Anybody have info on RV transport?

Google Horizon RV Transport

Posted:  10 months, 4 weeks 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:  11 months, 1 week 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:  11 months, 1 week 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.

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