Profile For Linden R.

Linden R.'s Info

  • Location:
    RI

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    Preparing For School

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    2 years, 2 months ago

Linden R.'s Bio

I'm an 11-year-old aspiring truck driver from Rhode Island. Only 10 years to go... I wanted to do auto transport with United Road, but they don't do a lot of OTR, and it gets rid of the "fun" of backing up to docks. Now I want to do Owner-Op with Landstar, after a few years driving company for Western Express. Yes, I'm 11 and already have my future planned out. I consider myself very... Let's say, well planned ;). Already have hundreds of hours on simulators, and am nonstop studying the industry. I'm not very good at keeping up with profile bios, so at this point, I may be older that 11 ;).

"The secret to happiness is freedom... And the secret to freedom is courage." - Thucydides

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Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Your Favorite Truck Stop

Wv has a lack of truckstops , pilots/flying j anyway. That combined with mountains means you should try to get fuel before you go through there. I was a complete rookie, low on fuel and time due to poor trip planning. Got through Charleston and all that on 64. Almost out of time and pull into this pilot in nitro. It has about 15 spots, half of those being reserved and directly behind the fuel island. I had to wait in line to fuel, then back through the island to park, AND pay because it was a reserved spot. Lesson learned

I actually just got back from a long road trip (17 days) yesterday, and we stopped there. Trucks lined up down the street, and the car fuel islands (it was huge too, at least 14-15 pumps) were all lined up through the entire parking lot (which both the truck and car sections were TINY.)

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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Situations Where Truckers Did The Right Thing

Couldn't think of a good title, basically, just experiences you've had with other truckers doing a good job at avoiding an accident, helping out, etc.

Here's mine: Last summer we went to Florida. On I-81 north on the way back, we were cruising along about to pass a Swift truck, and then suddenly he puts on his turn signal, gives a hand signal out the window, and moves into our lane. At first, I wondered why he did it, and then I looked out the back window. There was a huge tire in that lane, kind of near the shoulder so he couldn't have gone onto the shoulder. The tire was upright, and an old owner-op Columbia a few trucklengths behind him hit the tire and wrecked into the embankment. Had the Swift truck not done that, he would have wrecked himself and us. Also, it was nice that not just my mom but also others behind us saw the hand motion and backed off to let us hit the brakes to let him over. As for the Columbia, well... yeah. Also, not that it matters, but that Swift driver was a Diamond Driver and million mile driver for Swift.

Posted:  6 months, 4 weeks ago

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Got cought with weed

Old skool u pay to much to details might get u in trouble one day but it is good to stay sharp.

You just said that one of the, if not the, hardest workers in this forum will "get in trouble one day" for paying too much attention to details. This thread is getting out of hand.

Posted:  7 months ago

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Advice with long nose trucks

You officially drive the coolest truck on the forum haha

I second this. Pretty cool for a company truck. That thing's awesome.

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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A Little PSA

Today and tomorrow the RI DOT is putting up the toll gantries for commercial vehicles. As of Monday, the $20 toll will be in effect. Just figured I'd let y'all know.

Posted:  7 months, 2 weeks ago

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2018 Best Fleets To Drive For

Nevermind what I said... I wasn't thinking when I posted that. If you could take that down I'd appreciate it. I do get what you're saying though.

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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2018 Best Fleets To Drive For

Last year there were many common names, now most of them are small companies that nobody knew existed. That makes sense; Bigger companies (some, at least) are caring less and less about you. All they want is your butt in that seat. Smaller companies are, on the other hand, getting better and better.

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Any info on driving for Dominos Pizza Supply Chain?

Adding on to what OS just said, there will always be people quitting. People will always figure out they don't like it. This is what we don't want happening to you. It's pretty much half and half, no matter the company: Half quit, half don't. Assuming us humans don't suddenly become all-knowing and know that the career isn't for you even before you start, you'll always have opportunities.

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Mountain grades east vs west

Never been any further west than Erie, PA in my life, but have been to every part of every state east of there, north or south. New Hampshire-Vermont have brutal grades. 3/4 mile long 13% grade with a sharp end at the bottom at one point, very short 14% with an even sharper curve at the bottom. Both of these were in NH, but VT is brutal as well.

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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How is That a Truck Route?

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Most all routes that are not interstate or US highways make me wonder.

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There are a few US Routes in PA that can be pretty hairy. Like, most of them. Especially the 3 digit ones. I particularly remember some serious butthole clenching the first time I was routed down US-322 south off I-80. I don't remember where I was heading to, but I do remember I wasn't doing it very fast. Nothing like having a 15 mph CURVE at the bottom of an 8% grade to put the fear of God into you.

^ this is what I'm talking about on this road lol

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Most all routes that are not interstate or US highways make me wonder.

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There are a few US Routes in PA that can be pretty hairy. Like, most of them. Especially the 3 digit ones. I particularly remember some serious butthole clenching the first time I was routed down US-322 south off I-80. I don't remember where I was heading to, but I do remember I wasn't doing it very fast. Nothing like having a 15 mph CURVE at the bottom of an 8% grade to put the fear of God into you.

^ this is the exact place I was talking about. South was mostly downhill, north uphill.

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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How is That a Truck Route?

Although I'm obviously in no position, this one was literally marked "truck route". On our trip over April Break last year, we stopped in Hershey and stayed the night in Clearfield. This meant going down 81, and coming up on a route that goes northwest. That was US-22 to US-322 to PA-140. The entire thing was brutal, but the portion that was 322 was HORRIBLE. 9% or steeper grades everywhere (heck, our loaded up minivan was only barely making it. We were right behind a truck (I forget which company, but it was based out o Harrisurg, so just like us was going up to 80. We followed the poor guy all the way there. Very skinny roads, can't hardly see any oncoming traffic, lots of highly banked turns (with not much run-up to gain speed to feel comfortable that you aren't gonna tumble down the mountain. We both actually stopped at the lone TA at a slight break in the mountains, and congratulated him for making it that far (he said he was fully loaded at about 43,500 and struggling).

That was just brutal.

Posted:  8 months ago

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Intermodal

Well, I'm late, but this thread has been brought back up. I'd just like to add on to what was said about city driving - you'll be doing lots of it. The other day I went to the Boston convention center and saw a poor Prime Intermodal truck with a 53-foot reefer trying to pull out on to Summer Street at one of the busiest intersections in Boston. I wouldn't want to be doing that lol.

Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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NY 75 to NY 5 from I-90 Truck Legal?

Sorry I'm a bit late, and I have no clue on restrictions here, but (assuming you're coming from the south) I'd say take the Ridge Rd West exit (not numbered?) and then take Ridge all the way back to North Gates Avenue, which is the driveway that goes back to Sonwil.

Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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Ice Covered Flatbed

Also, for reference, in the past on flat surfaces with thick layers of ice I use an ice scraper (or something sharp if there isn't one around) and saw an outline on the edge of it. Then I slide the ice scraper underneath, and it usually becomes un-stuck and slides right off. Key word: Usually

Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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Should a rookie driver become a lease operator?

3 posts above this: "I leased a truck with Swift"

and in that post he said he regretted it and was not making money. Basically what happens to anyone. Especially for a rookie, short answer: no

Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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STORM WARNING!

It's the only truck stop in the state, but it's not like we can't just stop in Connecticut or Mass lol. Confirmed: Raimondo hates trucks. And its not like we have freight trains... We rely on the boats at this point lol.

Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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Share A Cool Moment From Your Day

Yesterday we went out on a day trip [my siblings, me, and my mom]. The first stop was mom's doctor's appointment and the doctor's office is not even a mile from the airport. There is a cool little park tucked behind the airport, and the road leading up to it goes right along the fence, you get an awesome view of the planes. Yesterday it was 5 degrees out, 45 mph gusts and -15 wind chill. Because the road wasn't plowed, we parked right at the entrance of the road. Well, that just so happened to be right under where the planes landing on the nearest runway went. And, due to the wind, they had every plane landing there. In 10 minutes we saw 5 planes. You could hardly see the runway because the wind was blowing the snow everywhere. 2 out of 5 planes were special liveries, both pictured below (not my pics). All were completely sideways coming in, I wouldn't want to be riding in those planes!

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Also something unusual I saw on the way, was that going the other way on the highway was a truck with his hazards on and pulling over. Then I saw that his aero skirt on his trailer had fallen of in the middle and back and was hanging on from the front! Was pretty crazy, must've been all the ice and snow either freezing the bolts or hitting it.

Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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Advice from a rookie...

I believe that someone would be you.

Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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STORM WARNING!

Also, a bit irrelavent, but the governor has temporarily lifted the HOS regulation 395.3 for trucks carrying oil into the state. This is in effect until the 9th.

Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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STORM WARNING!

This is a bit late, but if you are in/near New England, I'd advise you shut down asap. Here in RI, We've already had 9 trucks jackknife about 36 go off of the road. 14 inches of snow already, and it's set to keep on going. Sustained wind of 25mph, gusts up to 60mph. The Governor has banned all trucks from entering Rhode Island. From what I can tell, anywhere from NJ up on I-95 is dangerous.

Stay safe, be smart.

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