Profile For JD

JD's Info

  • Location:
    FL

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

  • Social Link:

  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 4 months ago

JD's Bio

No Bio Information Was Filled Out. Must be a secret.

JD's Photo Gallery

Page 1 of 3

Next Page
Go To Page:    

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

View Topic:

Why can't we message people directly

I want to talk to certain people directly but can't why? JD

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

View Topic:

Werner Vs CRST

JD Good luck on your new gig. I've been doing race car transport for the past 12 years and it is still fun most days. If it was me I would give my old company at least 2 weeks, but different strokes.... Like all the other segments of trucking, there is a real shortage of drivers if Werner doesn't take you back. Let me know if I answer any questions. JM

double-quotes-start.png

double-quotes-start.png

double-quotes-start.png

I am just learning how this business works today. I don't do anything without learning how the game is played first. I don't ask for raises I let my work ethic do that for me most new Werner drivers start at .36 cents a mile for the 1st year I live in Florida so they told me .36 cpm was starting pay, some states it's .38 cpm but I've earned an increase of .05 cents the 1st year without asking so werner is a good company in my opinion they take care of drivers who make the effort. I will drive those trans am cars to mid Ohio for the August 11 race if it cost me my job with Werner so be it there are other companies that I can drive for as well as one of the guys that will have a car in the hauler. But he is a local company in south Florida and I like running all over this nation but he will advocate for me if I lose my job with Werner. Like one of my clients once told me who was a very successful lawyer in palm beach he said " John! A good lawyer knows the law a great lawyer knows the judge!"

I really was asking if it was ethical to you guys to do this I guess.

JD

double-quotes-end.png

double-quotes-end.png

What is best for you is not for others to decide.

Good luck in whatever you decide to do.

double-quotes-end.png

Thanks my dispatcher says he'll cover for me but to call him an keep him informed so I'm going for it. I like running for werner they have good equipment and loads all over the country. I couldn't have chosen a better company to drive for, if the beat this lawsuit I have a business proposal I'm going to propose to them now that my knees are fixed I can race again and want to put a national championship roadrace car in there museum in Omaha. That's the main reason I chose to go with Werner although I get daily text from "Ivannia" from knight wanting me to "join their team" but I'm sure most of you do also. I'm just out here having fun an seeing the country....

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

View Topic:

Werner Vs CRST

All I'm saying Stella if you choose Werner you made a good choice but any of the top companies are good they need drivers that are willing to make the effort that is what there looking for. If you make your company money then you'll make money.

I'll be in mid Ohio for the trans am race if anyone wants to come by a see me....

Especially you mods, would love to old school you on how it was when I frist went otr

JD

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

View Topic:

Werner Vs CRST

Dac not fav dam spell check.....

JD

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

View Topic:

Werner Vs CRST

Lol I haul a tanker now and make more than .48cpm.

Maybe I should apply to your company after werner lets me go my fav is clean. Who do you drive for if you don't mind me asking.

The mods are ignoring me I guess

JD

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

View Topic:

Werner Vs CRST

double-quotes-start.png

I am just learning how this business works today. I don't do anything without learning how the game is played first. I don't ask for raises I let my work ethic do that for me most new Werner drivers start at .36 cents a mile for the 1st year I live in Florida so they told me .36 cpm was starting pay, some states it's .38 cpm but I've earned an increase of .05 cents the 1st year without asking so werner is a good company in my opinion they take care of drivers who make the effort. I will drive those trans am cars to mid Ohio for the August 11 race if it cost me my job with Werner so be it there are other companies that I can drive for as well as one of the guys that will have a car in the hauler. But he is a local company in south Florida and I like running all over this nation but he will advocate for me if I lose my job with Werner. Like one of my clients once told me who was a very successful lawyer in palm beach he said " John! A good lawyer knows the law a great lawyer knows the judge!"

I really was asking if it was ethical to you guys to do this I guess.

JD

double-quotes-end.png

So to answer you more throughly. When my contract was up with CRST my wife called the day after. She had been planning this trip with her mom for months. She was going to drive an RV from NC to WA. She's never driven anything that big. She called and asked me to if I could watch our "kids" cause she just couldn't drive it. She was going to buy plane tickets for herself and her mom.

I quit CRST to stay at home and watch our three Parrots for a week. I could've went back but I wasn't a "team driver" and the next job I went to started at .48cpm. My first check was 1400 and unless I was going home most of the rest of them were the same.

Wow you're doing great I guess I should ask Werner for a raise, but having owned a business for 35 years the employee that makes the most money I expected the most from so that's a double edge sword besides I like upping the bar if I'm doing this at low wage and the top money makers aren't then werner will stick with those like me. I'm sitting on a load that's going from Wisconsin to south Florida because my dispatcher knows I'll get it there. It's a jit load so she trust me an I won't let her or werner down, if you want to be the the best you can't worry about the pay.

I've won races many times running on tires my competitors took off because I don't run new tires they use to think I was cheating until they got to know me then they said that dam country boy can drive!

Anyway you knew drivers take notice you put forth the effort and you'll do well. I was a instructor at a school in Florida for a year while I was getting my knee fixed and I kept it simple with my students. Simply told them if their front bumper was going to the left so was their dot trailer bumper if front bumper is going right so was dot trailer bumper driving these things is easy because there so big an long try backing an 8' foot trailer with a pickup that's way harder than these

JD

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

View Topic:

Werner Vs CRST

I am just learning how this business works today. I don't do anything without learning how the game is played first. I don't ask for raises I let my work ethic do that for me most new Werner drivers start at .36 cents a mile for the 1st year I live in Florida so they told me .36 cpm was starting pay, some states it's .38 cpm but I've earned an increase of .05 cents the 1st year without asking so werner is a good company in my opinion they take care of drivers who make the effort. I will drive those trans am cars to mid Ohio for the August 11 race if it cost me my job with Werner so be it there are other companies that I can drive for as well as one of the guys that will have a car in the hauler. But he is a local company in south Florida and I like running all over this nation but he will advocate for me if I lose my job with Werner. Like one of my clients once told me who was a very successful lawyer in palm beach he said " John! A good lawyer knows the law a great lawyer knows the judge!"

I really was asking if it was ethical to you guys to do this I guess.

JD

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

View Topic:

Werner Vs CRST

double-quotes-start.png

I drive for Werner I can tell you this if you manage you clock efficiently you can run 4,000 plus miles a week because I do it almost weekly. I'll admit my average is 3,800 miles. But I like Werner very much took them awhile to learn to trust me but my dispatcher now knows he can trust me safety on the other hand is always on me but I understand that. It takes awhile for them to believe I can handle their truck without getting them into a lawsuit. If you choose to go with Werner you won't be sorry their a good company with top equipment and always have loaded trailers anywhere in the country.

Now I have a question for the mods and the rest of you experienced drivers. I have been ask by some friends that I have road raced with for over 20 years to drive their hauler to mid Ohio early next month they have always helped me race honestly I couldn't have done it without them. Their normal driver has had his Cdl suspended for medical reasons so their in a jam that I could help resolve but I need to take 11 days off to do it and could cost me my job. What you you guys do?

double-quotes-end.png

I don't mean to pry but what do you make a mile? I ask because you seem proud of the 4k miles a week? And that is ok but do you "need" to run that a week? And is it sustainable?

I used to run pretty hard when I started then I found more cpm and less stress.

Aside from that you pretty much made it sound like your risking your job for a bro favor. Asking advice is kinda pointless. So you either stay out 11weeks to drag someone's toy temporarily and risk your job or they find someone else?

I've been with them for a year. I make 41 cents a mile only, but that's my nature to go full bore in anything I do. I have earned their bounty bonus almost every week. The money I make doesn't matter to me I've made money enough to play with race cars and take care of my responsibilities as a father to 3 children and 3 beautiful granddaughters I'm out here just having fun and seeing what I can do driving a truck again after a long time achieving goals in other endeavors. I sold my contacts from my former business because of medical reasons and wanted to drive trucks again I loved doing it when I was 16 and I love it now except for the e-logs. But that is part of it and I work them down to the minute most days I like the challenge they present. I've won 6 championships in road racing in Florida and as with most everything I couldn't have done it without these guys that are asking me to now help them now. Maybe I shouldn't have posted this maybe I'm just asking for justification of what I'm going to do anyway

JD

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

View Topic:

Werner Vs CRST

I drive for Werner I can tell you this if you manage you clock efficiently you can run 4,000 plus miles a week because I do it almost weekly. I'll admit my average is 3,800 miles. But I like Werner very much took them awhile to learn to trust me but my dispatcher now knows he can trust me safety on the other hand is always on me but I understand that. It takes awhile for them to believe I can handle their truck without getting them into a lawsuit. If you choose to go with Werner you won't be sorry their a good company with top equipment and always have loaded trailers anywhere in the country.

Now I have a question for the mods and the rest of you experienced drivers. I have been ask by some friends that I have road raced with for over 20 years to drive their hauler to mid Ohio early next month they have always helped me race honestly I couldn't have done it without them. Their normal driver has had his Cdl suspended for medical reasons so their in a jam that I could help resolve but I need to take 11 days off to do it and could cost me my job. What you you guys do?

Posted:  4 months ago

View Topic:

Hazards of truck stops

0950168001531778699.jpg

Posted:  4 months ago

View Topic:

Hazards of truck stops

Saw this today at the loves on moody creek road. Guy was inside the store and came back out to find this. The POS that did it wasn't around to own up to it....

JD

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

View Topic:

Deer hunting

Bagged a good size deer this morning around 3am on I-81 north bound at mile marker 98

JD

0411946001531086842.jpg

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

View Topic:

Deer hunting

Bagged a good size deer this morning around 3am on I-81 north bound at mile marker 98

JD

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

View Topic:

Update On Hubby (ElmerFudd) on the forum..

Hey, that all sounds like good news!

Thanks for the update, we are all glad to hear things are going well.

Another flat-bedder is born! dancing-banana.gif

Man do I have some stories about them flatbedders.........

One dry van guy told me once that a flatbedder parked on each side of him one evening and the next thing he knew he was neatly tarped and and strapped and was half way across the country and they were singing Willy an Waylon songs to him, scary stuff....

JD

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

View Topic:

Truck Stops And Old Time Trucking

I'm not being suprised at your ability to reach such speeds, but the fact that you decided to go that fast anyways.

Well; when you're 16 years old you aren't real smart at least I wasn't but I'd not even try that today even if I had that same truck

JD

Posted:  4 months, 4 weeks ago

View Topic:

Truck Stops And Old Time Trucking

double-quotes-start.png

once a Tennessee deputy stopped me for running 117 on I-40 between Memphis and Nashville it cost me 5 cases to continue on.......the good ole days are gone......

JD

double-quotes-end.png

117. Is that mph? In a truck?wtf-2.gif

Yes, with the alfalfa it would run 117 with the heavier mine supply only around 92 unless I was on a down grade I loved that old kenworth. Aubrey Paul owned it and built it to run

JD

Posted:  4 months, 4 weeks ago

View Topic:

Automatics for Millenials?

Welcome aboard Eri, I hope you don't mind us giving you a hard time - it's all in fun!

But seriously, going to all automatic transmissions will not flood the industry with new drivers. This is a very challenging endeavor, and shifting gears will be the least of a millennial's concerns. If you're interested in a driving career you've come to the right place.

Join in our conversations and read some of our materials - you will learn a lot by hanging around with us.

Very true old school there was a time I said I'd never drive an auto now I like it just fine takes a little getting use to but you always have to adapt to change or be left behind

JD

Posted:  4 months, 4 weeks ago

View Topic:

Truck Stops And Old Time Trucking

I have posted on the topics page under Truck Stops for some conversations regarding this topic but haven't received any replies. Do you all think that a new forum on just truckstops, favorite or hated brands, foods either sit down or fast food, parking,etc. can be addressed here on Trucking Truth? After all almost everyone out here driving for a living has at some point had to frequent truck stops for all that they are or are not. It is just a thought and I was hoping we could start a talk about them as it is also an important part of OTR trucking. I for one have been driving since Pure Truckstops became Union 76, then Truckstops of America and now Travel Centers of America, the mergers of Petro to TA, Flying J and Wilco into Pilot, the growth of Loves and the closing of so many Mom & Pop operations. There is a lot to talk about and probably more to come. If not I'll understand and stay in the background and do my truck stop information searches in private. I hope I have not bored or offended anyone.

I first drove across the country in 1974, the only truck stop that was around then and now I've seen since I started driving again is the 76 fuel center on I-75 exit 76 I stop there every chance I get. I know the old stucky's resturants were also a place that didn't mind truckers stopping but back then there was no rules for the most part, you ran as long as you wanted. I'd haul alfalfa hay to Texas and bring back mining supplies to the Virginia's. When I turned 18 I'd load the sleeper with around 50 cases of lone star beer that cost me $4.50 a case and I'd sell it for $8.00 when I got back home I thought I was quite the business man........once a Tennessee deputy stopped me for running 117 on I-40 between Memphis and Nashville it cost me 5 cases to continue on.......the good ole days are gone......

JD

Posted:  4 months, 4 weeks ago

View Topic:

I got my CDL

After what has felt like forever, I finally tested out and obtained my Class A CDL. I am going to the DMV tomorrow morning to add Hazmat and Tanker endorsements. I will be attending an orientation next Wednesday in Joliet, Illinois.

Thank you to everyone on this forum for all the advice they gave given me during this process. This site and it’s wealth of knowledge has helped me immensely!

Werner is a good choice.

And Joliet is a brand new terminal JD

Posted:  5 months ago

View Topic:

Companies that offer true OTR driving

I run solo and have been sent to California with loads from Kansas and Texas the only states I've not been to are Oregon, Washington and Maine and those 2 little areas they call Vermont and New Hampshire. Werner will send you anywhere you want to go.

JD

Page 1 of 3

Next Page
Go To Page:    

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More