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    Oconee County, SC

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    3 years, 5 months ago

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

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