Profile For LDRSHIP

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  • Location:
    Clarksville, TN

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    Experienced Driver

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    3 years, 2 months ago

LDRSHIP's Bio

I am an Army vet that served 17 1/2 years. In the military I was a UH-60 Blackhawk mechanic / crewchief. I am a licensed Master Barber in the state of Tennessee. I drove for H. O. Wolding for 2 1/2 years. I drove for a small company pulling reefer for 4 months. I’m headed back to H. O. Wolding.

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Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Just getting started, have some questions

Thanks! I will give dbl clutching a shot. I'm guessing since I've been floating that I basically shoot for the same sweet spot, clutch neutral, clutch gear. Do drivers find this easier than floating? Can anyone explain benefits of dbl clutching?

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Companies will want you to either attend their school or have a minimum 160 hour training certificate from one of their approved schools.

Also you will have to learn to double clutch not doing so is a automatic failure.

Getting Hazmat with shouldn't be a problem they are looking for more serious offenses than what you have. If you do not plan on running Hazmat do not even bother getting it as it can be a pain as it has to be reneqed. Infact I have to renew mine with in the next month.

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The sweet spot is the same. The reason for double clutching is it allows you not to have to be as precise and still get it in the gear. It is the standard that is taught and what you are expected to demonstrate. Even on road tests at companies during orientation. It just is what it is.

I find floating easier and faster. But, that is me. I’ve used floating to teach a student about listening to and ‘feeling’ the truck when shifting to improve their shifting while double clutching.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Just getting started, have some questions

I can tell you right now, any state examiner would require you to double clutch and floating gears may be an automatic fail.

I am sure there is more than just a single CDL program within a reasonable area. Look more than just next door. Look in say 120 mile radius.

You can always just call the CDL school and ask what companies send recruiters there. It would give you an idea of what companies hire in your area.

TBH, when it comes to trucking companies and CDL schools, the first rule of journalism applies. Trust no ones information, but your own. Take reviews with a grain of salt and investigate them for yourself. If something is factual it will hold up to scrutiny.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Front sensor faulting.

It is called: Assurance. It is Freightliners in house take on the On Guard system. I agree you need to get the truck into a shop to get fixed before it causes an accident.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Just getting started, have some questions

Look at Craigslist, you will be surprised at the number of large companies that post ads on Craigslist.

Other than that, call any Truck driving schools or community colleges in your area.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Just getting started, have some questions

If Roehl interests you, the simplest answer is call them. Put in an application to apply for training. The worst thing they can say is: NO!!! Ok, if that happens then move along. The list of companies that offer in house training is fairly extensive.

If a local CDL school is something you are considering, then look around. See if any community colleges in your area offer training. If they do, they may have a night or weekend type class schedule available.

Ask any the Truck driving schools or community colleges with CDL programs if they are partnered with any larger companies. Many of them do have partnerships. It would work out very similar to company sponsored training at a companies in house cdl school. The difference being is instead of going away to a school, you would do your training at whatever truck driving school or community college.

Remember there is always more than one way to skin a cat. Persistence and creativity will be your friends.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Just getting started, have some questions

Hazmat is in no way a huge necessity unless you specifically are looking to haul hazmat. If you are don’t want it, then simply don’t get it.

Not having a hazmat endorsement on your CDL with Roehl or Schneider is not a deal breaker.

Endorsements are truly not a necessity in this profession unless your looking so a specific type of job.

Tanker only if you plan to do tankers.

Double/Triples only if you plan to do LTL.

Hazmat only if you plan to haul hazmat.

Granted most LTL companies will require hazmat and doubles/triples endorsement.

But I am definitely just carrying on at this point.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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I got into a T Bone Car accident on a 2 way intersection in my personal vehicle

Good chance, if you are found at fault for failing to yield the right of way, that many companies won’t touch you for a time.

Might be a year or several. It was definitely a bone headed mistake. One that companies will see as demonstrating a lack of situational awareness and safety conscious driving.

In a semi truck pulling such a move would of ended up with you being fine and the car hitting you most likely having a white sheet draped over the people inside. Think about that!! When you mess up in a semi truck, things tend to get destroyed and good chance people die.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Just getting started, have some questions

The 16 year old felony will probably not be a huge deal breaker; especially, if you kept your nose clean since. The Reckless driving charge WILL be an issue at many places.

As far as getting a job, I am willing to bet that any larger, successful company will not touch you without 3-6 month’s verifiable OTR experience OR 160 hr training certificate from a driving school. Trying to circumvent the process is shooting yourself in the foot. You would be better off either going to a school or choosing a company sponsored training course. I am sure someone will post a link to “apply to company sponsored training.” Just know that link only sends applications to a very small slice of available training out there. It is not the end all, be all. It only sends applications out to those companies that pay for such advertisement.

There are a couple company sponsored training that does pay you while in training for your cdl. Roehl is such a one if memory serves me correct. All the big companies pay you during your training after you have a CDL.

A big advantage of company sponsored training is your are applying for a job at a place. So if they extend an invitation to their own school you are more or less guaranteed a job as long as you pass training. The other advantage is little to no money up front. You only have to guarantee your time. Usually 10-14 months.

To put it simply: either go to school or join a company sponsored training. Anything other than that and you are wasting your time and effort.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Question of which job I should take!?

Hi Guys sorry about the misunderstanding. I signed a W4 form . However the question still remains . How much will a mega pay me to go OTr per day. I have a family to feed

Your pay will be dependent on what company you go with as far a training period is concerned. I can almost guarantee that your “training” at a small company will be short and brief. They can’t afford for you to tag along for weeks on end.

After training you will get paid by the mile. Most of the big companies pay close to the same. Different types of freight pay differently. Dry van is the lowest pay and least additional work, Reefer pays a little more with more responsibilities, and Flatbed pays the most but has the most manual labor. So what it will boil down to is how well you “get it”. How ambitious you are. Your stamina to drive for long periods. This industry is performance based. After training bringing home $500-$800 a week at first should be no issue. By the 6 month mark you should be bringing home $700 - $1000 range. I’m sure there are plenty of people will say that my numbers are low. I’m mainly basing it on running dry van. Even then, it all depends on how quickly you figure this lifestyle out.

Honestly what you would probably make at the intermodal job is close to what you would make at a big company. But here is the catch. At the big company you will have benefits. You will be an employee and properly coded as such for tax purposes. That means your employer is paying HALF of your social security. You will have unemployment and Workman’s Comp benefits. Plus many of the big companies will do part of your pay as Per Diem. A legal way of lowering your (and the company’s) tax liability.

Working for a small company was an eye opening experience for me. The guy that owns the small company is an awesome guy and I will definitely keep in contact with him, BUT there are advantages to big companies. Like keeping your equipment up to snuff.

Honestly, I think you would be making a HUGE mistake by not going with a larger company. If the company doesn’t have a 100+ trucks, been around for at least a couple decades and is self insured, It would probably be a mistake to start with them. Learn the job where there is lots of support to help you.

If you noticed I didn’t say it had to be a mega with thousands of trucks, just a company that is big and stable. One that has been around awhile and has proven themselves successful in this industry.

Ultimately it is your choice. Choose wisely.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Question of which job I should take!?

It sounds as though you would like the one that pays less but better hours. In truth you will get used to hours if they are steady pretty quickly. As for the stay away from local and smaller companies and go with a big company I disagree. If you have found what you like I would never go to one of those big companies. Not that there is anything wrong with them but in reality small and locally owned companies are what the trucking industry is built on and if you find a good one they will stick with you better than the big ones where you are just a number.

I unfortunately must disagree. I have worked for both. There are advantages and disadvantages to each. The big company has the funds to keep their equipment in top shape. The equipment is newer and better cared for. As far as being a number I completely disagree. I can e-mail the President if H. O. Wolding any time I want. Actually, I e-mailed him personally to let him know of my return. His reply was the best news he had all week.

I personally prefer the larger company. Why I am going back. The main reason above all else that I missed working at Wolding is the FAMILY atmosphere. I know the mechanics, the dispatchers, the load planners, the training department, the safety department, fuel & logs department, load planners, operations and president ALL on a first name basis. They all know me by first name. Now tell me working at a large company that your just a number. I say BS!!!!!

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Trucking as a new career.

As a suggestion you could give H. O. Wolding a try. You are technically outside of the hiring area, but there is plenty of freight going to Tampa and Sarasota areas. You just may need to do OTR instead of Regional.

H. O. Wolding does allows dogs after training is complete and you upgrade to solo. You just have to pay a pet fee. So boarding your pet for 4-6 weeks will be a necessity.

Wolding is a great company. The family atmosphere there is second to none.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Trucking as a new career.

To give you a little hope, I have hearing aids for both ears. Although I can get along without them and rarely wear them. Just don’t ask me to find an air leak or any other high pitched noise. As a bonus, the sounds of trucks and reefers running is not so loud as some people claim, lol. More of a gentle vibration.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Have a chance to get a manual

Personally you wouldn’t catch me dead in an AMT. But, I’m a glutton for punishment, I guess, lol.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Coleman 12V cooler

Coleman’s tend to last me about a year. Big T is right about the fuse. Step one is always swap that fuse out. The 2 amp one pops fairly easy. I bought an igloo the last time and it died after 2 months. Unless you plan on getting a dometic your best bet is the Coleman.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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How much stuff can I bring?

The simple answer is what are you willing to sleep with. You will need to bring or buy bedding. That can take up a lot of space. At least a sheet, sleeping bag and pillow. Don’t forget personal hygiene items. I took a military duffle, a large and a small backpack. The large backpack was filled mostly with bedding.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Murphy's Law for truckers.

No matter what your experience level is; you WILL have days backing were the rookie with ink that has dried all of 5 mins will put it in the dock in one try while you sit there for 30 mins doing more pull-ups and GOALs then you can count only to give up and have the yard dog put the trailer in the dock for you.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Berkeley study says reducing independent truckers can alleviate climate change

A recent ruling by the National Labor Relations Board not only kicks the teeth out of the independent contractor/employee controversy, but sets the stage for some major head-butting with California authorities if that state's latest attempt to force employee status on independent truck drivers is successful.

Berkeley study says reducing independent truckers can alleviate climate change

ROFLMAO

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Posted:  5 months ago

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Truck safety group urges purges of drug abuse drivers

Come on Brett, I have NEVER had anybody take what I have said and try to skew so far in left field!

Ok here goes, I guess I have to add context.

Un American comment:. Of course the big association is NOT going to go and say: “We want more regulation so we can choke out the small American dream companies.” Of course they are going to use the guise of safety. It is politics. Whenever has anything with politics ever been honest about what the true intentions are. Big corporations don’t give 2 hoots what the public thinks for the most part, but there are NOT gonna deliberately shoot themselves in the foot. Then again who knows, with the collapse of small family owned business in most sectors of life today. Perhaps the public wouldn’t care if they are trying to do what Walmart did to small retail and grocery stores.

Collision avoidance systems. Insurance companies give discounts because they bought into the material that a PAID 3rd party tester wrote about on the product they were PAID to evaluate. DUH. Has a single insurance company executive ever driven a truck with one of these crappy, lousy systems. NO!!!!! That is why believe the BS they have been fed. If they actually had to live with them on a daily basis. They would charge a PENALTY for having them installed!!

Speed Limiting. 85???? Really? You have spent way too much time with the Bull Haulers of west Texas!!! I was talking 70 MPH. 65 vs 70!!!!! Wow, where do you get 85 from? No 85 is not safer than 65!! But 70!!! Would be. Trucking companies govern at 65, 63, 58, etc.... for FUEL ECONOMY. This one blows my mind you went there. What kinda trucks has you been driving???

ELD. They are more efficient; because, of all the telemetry data. They know where drivers are, how many hours they have left, what issues are going on with the trucks. Because of their large size, imagine the nightmare if it was all a paper system for them. It is more efficient to have real time data!!!

Economy of Scale. Why don’t small business do it. If they want to ultimately survive they DO have to keep growing. In business you are either growing or dying. Purely simple. That one was fairly self explanatory.

Public opinion. Really??? Name one share holder or High powered corporate executive actually cares about public opinion? The bottom line is ALL that matters. I give you Donald Trump. ‘Nuff said!!

I have NEVER said large carriers are the scum of the earth. I said: “They are trying to eliminate the small company competition.” It is BUSINESS!!! I mean, come on. I have already stated I give two shakes whether they accomplish it or not. I WILL have a J O B!!! I don’t know where your stream of rhetoric is coming from. My ENTIRE point was SIMPLE. Safety is NOT their primary concern for what they are trying to get accomplished with regulation. Getting rid of the small town competition IS!!! I’m just calling it like it is. I don’t care if they pull it off!! I really don’t. Claiming safety is nothing more than a ruse..

I don’t think deregulation was bad!!! I was saying the companies fighting for it wasn’t thinking about the big picture and what it would cause. It was THEIR mistake, NOT an economic one!!!!! They were only thinking about what they wanted to do. Wanted to set prices on transportation fees, set up lanes where they want, etc... do you think they would of pulled for as much deregulation. as they did, if they knew what was going to happen? They ALREADY had their authority to transport goods from Uncle Sam!!! I really do NOT understand how everyone keeps wanting to think I am trying to bring up whether those changes were good for the U.S. economy as a whole or not!!! They were. That simple. What it was NOT good for was: allowing over competition driving down profit margins and forcing severe stagnation in driver pay. Being a truck driver used to be REALLY GOOD money. Now it is just decent!! Hell, soldiers make as much truck drivers. Being a soldier has NEVER been looked at a great way to make money!!

I am NOT saying the government or big corporations are evil. Again, I am saying using the guise of safety is BS!!! NOTHING MORE, PERIOD!!!!! That was ALL, I said, EVERYBODY ELSE IS TWISTING IT INTO SOMETHING IT IS NOT!!! INCLUDING YOU, BRETT.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Truck safety group urges purges of drug abuse drivers

Deregulation is what it is. I did NOT say it was bad for the economy. I’m saying it opened the door for extra competition . The big companies want that competition gone. It is purely that simple. I am not trying to get into an economics debate or even type of government we live in. Yes, I am making it simple. Yes, I am pointing to only one particular aspect of what all deregulation did.

I’m not saying safety is bad, but I firmly believe that isn’t the underlying goal of proposed changes. It is to stifle the small company. There will never be a “level playing field”. The large companies already hold the advantage with the economy of scale. Being able to leverage fuel, maintenance and purchase discounts. Having a larger pool of drivers to make up for harder enforcement of regulations. This just the latest attempt to drive smaller companies out. In today’s day and age there are even big companies that can’t keep up. NEMF and Falcon to name 2 this year that closed up shop.

I guess in the end it will be an agree to disagree. I don’t think big companies care what the public’s perceived image of the industry is. People keep buying stuff, so....

The big companies are fighting for regulations that don’t even effect them. They already use ELDs. The already have Collision Avoidance Systems installed, they already govern their trucks to under interstate speeds, etc... nothing they are fighting for will effect them. It is all aimed at eliminating the smaller competition. It really is that simple. Of course the big companies don’t want the small companies to be able to cheat their logs. That is how the small guys are staying in business.

If you want to keep the American way of business with lots of competition then these regulations are bad. If you want trucking to go back to a time with loads of regulations and fixed prices, that is exactly what will happen if the big companies get what they want.

Of course the big companies aren’t going to get regulations passed by saying they just want to squeeze out the competition. That would be un-American. So they say it has to do with safety. Then the moron public at large shakes their heads north and south and say what a great idea it is.

Big companies don’t have collision avoidance systems on their truck just for safety. No, they have them on their trucks for an insurance discount. Big companies don’t regulate their trucks to 65 mph for safety. They do it for the fuel savings. Big companies didn’t start using ELDs long before it became mandatory for safety. They did it because it increased efficiency. This industry survives on pennies. You have to rub those pennies until they shine. Big companies don’t join whatever “green” project with trucking because it is environmentally friendly. They do it for the tax breaks and the additional fuel savings.

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First Beer Load

If the shipper has a scale on site, you WILL scale in. That is determine how much they can put on. They will put as much as they can on. I’ve done Budweiser loads out of Colonial Heights, VA. Very heavy. You scale in so they can determine how much product they can ship

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