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    Oconee County, SC

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    2 years, 10 months ago

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Posted:  3 days, 8 hours ago

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European truck driver (German) Driving in the US?

Hello people.

This might have been asked before, but i havent been able to find anything about it, so here goes. Ever since i started trucking, around 2-3 years ago, i've been wanting to try, the American way of Trucking. My sitiuation? i can't find anything any where, on the requirements on drivers liecens or any rules, regarding. I allready have a CDL (CE as it's called here in the EU) And i've have had it the past 2-3 years, plus i've been driving the past 2. My normal drivers licens for car (our B as it's called here) ive had for allmost 10 years, both with a clean history. No damagde, no DUI, no accidents and so on. My drivers liecens is German, allso categorized as International Liecens, and i allso have a "EU allowens" as it's called here, wich Basically just allows me to transport goods thats no mine so to say. Could i actually just get over there, with visa, job and so on in order and start driving?

Thanks ahead people, have a nice one :)

And the short answer is NO. Please go to the FMCSA website.. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Truck Crash Colorado - With Videos

More information has trickled out in the last few days. For starters the driver had only been employed at his company for 2 weeks prior to the accident and has held a CDL for less then 6 months total. His company had 5 trucks and in the past 2 years stacked up 30 citations. Ten for out of service brake issues, 2 citations of drivers lacking enough knowledge of English language.

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Truck Crash Colorado - With Videos

The driver had to use an interpreter at his first court hearing. He does not speak, nor can he read English.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Empty Trailer Had Damaged Freight In It

I pull in front of the empty row and go do a pretrip and inspect before backing under and connecting to a trailer. Somtimes you have to go thru a row to find a good trailer.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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What a week

I know how you feel. Been a terrible week for me too.. Wife works in nursing home and got sick with a stomach virus and it spread to me and our kids, we all had it at the same time. And to make matters worse, our home is in the middle of a bathroom remodel. I could not kick the bug that got me until too late in the week to get a run.. so zero miles this week. The only good thing is that we don't live paycheck to paycheck. I'll run hard the next few weeks to make up for it. Like I told the family when I started driving, some weeks will be good and some might be skinny.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Omg, locked my keys in my truck again

I have a key in the ignition, 1 in my pocket, 1 on my badge lanyard, and 1 hidden under the hood. As for those customers that demand the drivers keys, I have a handfull of old toyota forklift keys I hand them.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Game: Name something funny or stupid that happened recently

This was kinda funny to me.. I was driving on a back country 2-lane highway out in North Carolina the other week and I remember moving over to miss a possum in the road. Well about 5 hours later I heard a loud bang on the back of the sleeper. I pulled over when I could to do some investigating. Apparently when I moved over, the possum got stuck between drive tires and got slung out on the back of the sleeper. Helluva mess, good reason as any to hit up the next truckwash.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Axle weight question

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Unless otherwise specified it goes by the tire size. Watch out in Mississippi they have the lowest I know of.

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What do you mean by size

If the steer axle is not listed and shows NS (not specified), then you go by the tires max allowed weight listed on the sidewall of the tires. Add both tires to get max axle weight.. Simple just to never go over 12k on steers and even better if you can keep it lower. Also take good care of those tires. Don't drive in trash, don't jump curbs, etc.. never fun to blow a steer and have to fight the steering wheel.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Clean

I have a 1 gallon shop vac in my truck, one of benefits of having a 2000 watt inverter.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Jake brake question

Jake/Engine brakes are there for a reason. I can say for sure he has never been on I-40 east of Asheville, NC going down hill to Old Fort, NC. The posted truck speed is 35mph and is heavily enforced. Constant S-curves on mountain side going down a 7% grade for 4 miles. I have seen many a truck on the Old Fort turn off with a brake fire.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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CB radio issues, any ideas?

If you are close you to Ohio you can hit up "Moving on CB shop" off exit 99, I-75 In Anna, OH. I have been there several times and they are a full service shop with a drive in bay. Sales, service, repairs, mounting.. etc. They have the equipment to test your current setup and get it working

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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No air bag dump on my new Freightliner

The majority of the tractors at my company have the airbag dump switch. The big key is to hook and unhook a trailer the same way every time and not damage equipment in the process. When dropping I always set trailer brakes first then back up to take pressure off kingpin and set tractor brakes. Walk to the back of the trailer check to make sure its set up to dock correctly and place chock blokes. Lower landing gear until I hear the airbags hiss. Pull the release handle, unhook and store the airlines and pigtail in their holder. Never leaving them to hang as they can get caught and ripped off. Get in tractor, put it into First gear and pull forward about a foot. Then drop the airbags, that gently lowers the trailer nose to the ground and allows the gear to settle.

Another trick to help when someone drops a trailer to low to get under.. Drop you air bags and back the frame rail under the nose of the trailer and use a piece of a 2x4 to stick on the frame and then use airbags to lift the trailer up so you can jack the gear without killing yourself.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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What not to do in front of a semi truck

Agreed, all those videos full of speeding to fast for conditions, tailgating, and not driving defensively. The Smith System does in deed work. Use it keep distance and your speed appropriate to traffic and road conditions. Anticipate everyone to cut you off and do stupid stuff.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Equipment in trucks

My 2016 International Prostar ES has a drive axle weight display on my dash info screen. It is a bit off but it works good enough for most loads when I have accurate load weight from the shipper, but I always CAT scale anything over 40k.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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My pay as a rookie driver

You have been doing really well at CFI. Congrats on the hard work paying off for you. I'm just curious about how often you get home and are you running recap or doing 34s on the road?

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Anti gel additive

I use the Lucas Oil Anti-Gel 64 oz jug. Pour half into each tank. One bottle treats up to 300 gallons down to -10F, use a second bottle for -10 to -40F. Had no issues with it and the engine and apu start fine with it. Just remember to add it before you fuel so that it mixes better. Fuel will start to wax below 32 degrees and gel at 17 degrees.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Auto mated trannys

I have an International auto and mine is easy to back. I don't get the jumping like Rainy does. With mine it took some getting used to and feathering the throttle does help. I have the hill assist in mine and it is a blessing on grades. The DT-12 is very similar to the Volvo's I-drive system. So I would advise reading the manual and just learn how it reacts. Heck you may love it like Old School.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Downstream Affect of Laziness and/or Ambivalence

G-town is correct when he stated some drivers just don't care..

I have witnessed this first hand before and had to deal with it. It sucks.. I used to drive for Werner on the Home Depot account and was delivering to a store near Myrtle Beach SC. It is a drop and hook account where you have to drop the loaded trailer behind the store and hook to the empty at the dock door and pull it out to put the loaded back at the sane door. I get there and drop the loaded trailer and turn in the paperwork. Inspect the empty trailer and notice on the ground are hundreds of 2" drywall screws on the ground.. I do a good inspection and notice all 8 tires have screws stuck in them. Went back inside and spoke with the store manager and took pictures. After that I had to get my broom out and clean the area up. I had to go under the trailer and turn off the tire inflation system just so the air tanks would fill up. I had to pull that trailer out with all 8 tires wobbling off the rims and go back and clean the area to make sure I got all the screws up. Then put the loaded trailer back into the door. Notified breakdown and had to explain why I need 8 tires plus send in pictures. Needless to say I got a 10 hour break behind the store waiting for 8 new tires. When the previous driver opened his trailer doors a box with 10K screws fell out and busted on the ground and the driver just backed over them.

Posted:  6 months, 4 weeks ago

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Best spot to mount your GPS?

I have a Garmin Dzl-770 and it is mounted center bottom of windshield using the suction mount. Easy to see and does not interfere with my vision. Again don't 100% rely on any GPS, it is 1 tool in my bag. I also rely on my RM lamented road atlas, google maps, and my phone to call customers to get exact pinpoint directions.

Posted:  7 months ago

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Driver Facing Camera

I work for a local company that is owned by Cardinal Logistics and we have a dual camera. One faces forward and the other towards the driver and we are instructed to cover the driver camera. It is not a big deal and mine is covered with thick black foam tape.

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