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    Oconee County, SC

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    3 years, 6 months ago

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Posted:  5 days, 20 hours ago

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Know anything about Forward Air? (RE: CDL-B gig)

You asked about Forward Air? I deliver to their Montgomery, AL location weekly. They do final mile delivery service to many smaller stores like GNC. They also do LTL for smaller shippers like UPS,FedEx. and the like. The drivers have to unload or load the truck at each stop using pallet jacks and hand trucks. They work 12 hour shifts. They are paid by the hour. They have a set schedule the drivers must follow.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Total Transportation of MS

Hey have you tried Werner Enterprises?? They have the Home Depot account in Columbia SC. I had problems with Schneider when I first started and left to join Werner. IMHO, Werner has a better training program. The account is mostly drop and hook delivery to all the Home Depot stores in the Carolinas, Southern Virginia, and Eastern Georgia, and a few in Florida. It is a good account and will help you in backing skills.

Hello needing some advise. My situation currently is I got my CDL in September 2019. I decided to go with Schneider to team drive. Well went through all the training, which was a little fast paced for me(3 weeks total). Classroom, practicing on the yard and 1 week on the road with a trainer and another student driver. I asked for an additional week with a trainer but was denied. Everyone was sent home and was told to contact our DM to finalize when to come back to work. Well it's going on 3 weeks and I have been playing phone tag and sending emails with no response. My roommate is going through the same thing. Now I do know the person I was suppose to team with did not show up, but I suggested to team with my roommate, but no one is saying anything. So now I'm frustrated and need to start working, looking at applying with another company. I left a job of 20 years to start trucking, not feeling that was a good ideal now.

Looking at Total Transportation of MS, if anyone has worked for them, please give me information about the company. Thanks

Posted:  1 month ago

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Question for the experienced drivers hug the yellow or the white

You see the tractor is centered in his lane nicely. But he failed to realize is, we are drive the trailer. He was not constantly checking his mirrors for road hazards or to see how his trailer was tracking. There are roads like this all over the country side that trucks deliver to.

On a road like this, what's the right answer? Slow down and use some of the other lane, or make sure you don't end up going down it in the first place?

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Posted:  1 month ago

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Question for the experienced drivers hug the yellow or the white

Learn to ride centered in your lane. I know a guy who was taught to always ride the white line. And he got fired after side swiping a jersey barrier in a construction zone. The onboard camera was constantly going off filming him riding the paint. He had muscle memory set himself up for failure. Learn to ride center and you can adjust if needed.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Gut Busting

The easy way is to walk.. Park in the back of truck stops and walk briskly. When waiting to get loaded/unloaded, put on a vest and walk the yard or a fence line. Just don't sit and eat junk. Oh and drink plenty of water, stay away from energy, soda, and other carbonated drinks.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Celadon Bankruptcy Imminent

Unfortunately, I don't think this is the case. They are closed for good and will be liquidating all assets is what I have seen on several news outlets.

Im sad to here that they will have to close their door for right now. Do you think there is a way they can reopen later? I have seen stores and other businesses come back to reopen. Like Ashley Furniture did. Are the perpetrators/ suspects going to be made to repay it back? Those greedy snakes aught to be made to pay it back.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Werner job questions?

I started on the Home Depot account out of Columbia SC. Home Depot is a very good account to cut you teeth on. All the stores in my area where drop and hook in same door. You will get good at backing and gain confidence in your skills. I thing about 1/3 of the stores where blindside backs. Like others have said, no dollar accounts your first year. Those stores are in tight areas and take skill to get in and out without tearing stuff up. I made good money but the freight on Home Depot/Lowes drops in the fall and winter.. Spring time is wide open run as hard as you can.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Trip Planning Practice #1

And 1 more thing that should not be overlooked.. the weather at the pickup, the weather forecast for your route and the forecast for the receiver. Interstates get plowed and treated before secondaries do.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Trip Planning Practice #1

Truckers Path app is great for information on truck stop layout and available parking. Now parking can get full earlier then you expected in large busy cities so you need to plan for that too. Don't just roll into a truck stop and think you can find a spot at the Fling J in Tulsa at 3:00am. Parking gets full around 5:30pm. Call the receiver to get exact instructions into a new place and ask about estimated unload time and parking on-site or close by if you run out of hours.

When planning routes, you can use google maps satellite views to take a peak at roads.. is it a multi-lane divided highway? a 2 lane highway or a road? narrow or wide lanes? are there houses on it? blind curves? hilly?

This is a skill that will take alot of trial and error to get it down. The truly successful drivers are the masters at this and it did not happen over night. And some never master it.. I'm still a work in project and getting better every time.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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What's the most exciting thing you've ever seen or done as a driver on the road?

Driving to a mine in Nevada on a 20+ mile dirt road through the desert, just beautiful..

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Dedicated

I switched to a dedicated GNC refer account with my job and I love it. I only work 4 days a week (2000 miles) and still make bank. I run a loop from Anderson, SC up to Indianapolis, IN then down to Montgomery, AL. I either get a backhaul from Montgomery or I run empty to Atlanta and do some LTL pickups for the west coast teams. Fridays I run local.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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When does LTL shut down?

I know with my company, AmCan, if you don't feel safe just stop and tell us. No freight is worth loss of life or property. Appointment times can always be changed..

Posted:  4 months 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:  4 months, 1 week 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:  4 months, 2 weeks 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:  5 months, 2 weeks 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:  5 months, 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:  6 months, 2 weeks 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:  6 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:  6 months, 3 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.

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