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New to trucking excited big career change

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Posted:  21 hours, 15 minutes ago

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One on One CDL Training School in Arizona

I second everything old school an kearsey are giving you freely friend.. I went to Pheonix truck driving school you’ll get your license and be out the door in 3 weeks then you’ll go somewhere to drive with a trainer pretty much team driving then you’ll get your rig and start running trying to figure out how to do your books right plan your trip being on time how to back into some crazy docks just a lot of stuff I can’t tell you how much more there is to know than just driving I wish I would have went another rout everyone on here will shoot straight with you good luck

Something to realize is that " schooling" and "training" are two completely different things

Schooling teaches you enough to get your CDL. Training teaches you everything else. Hours of Service, DOT rules, mechanical issues, routing and trip planning, dealing with bills of lading and customers, refining your driving skills.

Many people are under the misconception that a local CDL school teaches you enough to be a trucker. It doesnt.

It is also a misconception that company drivers are slaves or micromanaged or at the mercy of the company. I am essentially my own boss without the hassle and liability.

There is way too much more to know.... Spot markets, leasing freight contract, load boards, high risk downpayments and interest rates for first time buyers WITH years of experience

Good luck.

Posted:  21 hours, 29 minutes ago

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Happy Thanksgiving to all

Happy thanksgiving yall

This is a quick thank you to everyone here on TT. From Brett, every moderator, driver, newbie and wanna-be I wish you all a very safe, happy and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. It has been a very trying year for everyone considering the Covid-19 pandemic and the election. Hoping that the vaccines work well and are readily available to help us get past this horrible disease. Also let's move on past the election, stop the blaming and bad feelings about who won or lost and give the winner the chance to do his thing just like we always have done. If he fails there is 2024. I again hope everyone is safe and healthy and able to celebrate with family.

Posted:  21 hours, 32 minutes ago

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About to start my first driving job and have never driven a 53 foot trailer before. Any advice?

Use all your space when making turns don’t cut corners you got this tell your trainer you need backing good luck

I'm about to start my first job as an OTR driver st May trucking company and I have never driven a 53 foot trailer before. I grew up with bumper pulls and but I know that doesn't count for anything lol and my school only taught us with a 10 speed freightliner, one was a sleeper and one was a daycab both with 28 foot pup trailers. I'm worried I'm not even going to pass the backing and road test the first day of orientation, does anyone have any advice? Maybe someone was put in a similar situation

Posted:  1 day, 18 hours ago

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CDL school update, I'm officially a commerical driver

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Well it's been a long month, between driving over an hour to and from school 6 days a week, struggling with ally docking, struggling with shifting, and getting my head screamed off a few times by frustrated instructors but I passed. A special thanks to Anne, Kearsey, Rob, Old school, Brett, Steve, and the rest of you that have been there with you're valuable advice for improvement and encouragement when I wondered what the hell I had got my self in to and if it was for me. As for as work goes I've narrowed my choice down to May and will be leaving on a very long bus ride for orientation in a few days. Like always I will keep you guys updated on how things are going and plan on being an active member of this group, I'll probably be too busy with training the next few weeks but but I'll let try and find some time to post little updates here and there. Be safe out there

Posted:  2 days, 17 hours ago

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Learning another language

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Hey all, it may have been asked before but in looking for a direct answer 😁. I have been wanting to learn Spanish for a while now. I'm thinking 10 hours in the drivers seat is a good time to learn. Anyone know of a friendly language program that doesn't require video that can be done while driving? I know I could do the normal route and study a program on my breaks but theres always so much other stuff to do on breaks like sleeping.

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ROFLMAO~!! Which word 'WAS' wrong ?!?! The 'suck' or the 'knee' part ?!?

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I'm going to guess knee.....I could see Kearsey stealing the quote from G.I. Jane when Demi Moore tells them to suck her D*** rofl-2.gif

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SOOOOO right, sooooo... true. We need a *thumbs up* on here~!!! (All in that 'Joisey/Spanglish~!! I can HEAR it now, haha!)

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Posted:  2 days, 17 hours ago

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Driving the western 11

Got it thanks guy I will try this tomorrow morning

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I normally get all lined up for the dock, or drop spot, then slide the tandems to the rear.

As long as these are back before you bump the dock, that's all that matters.

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I typically do as Packrat as well, Even if they won't allow you through until tandems are back. When you get through slide them back up if you need to just don't forget to put them back!

Posted:  2 days, 23 hours ago

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Driving the western 11

Thanks pack rat I’ve been told not to for the most part because how tight the the drops have been but tj max and 2 Home Depot’s and ikea up in span away Washington have told me to slide them back

It's a good idea to always slide the tandems before loading or unloading, unless you are directed not to.

Posted:  3 days, 4 hours ago

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Driving the western 11

Yep that’s the problem I’m having I forget just stupid stuff I try to make a cheat sheet and I make it wrong just dumb stuff an my qaulcom acts up and it comes on but the screen won’t stuff like that mike b and Georgia mike been helping me with everything from that to driving situations I just need to get better at the qaulcom com my backing is horrible lol but it’s coming went to dc that for the 1st time asked me to slide ransoms back before I parked trailer oh man that took forever I got it and I’m getting better just need to be more confident at qaulcom trip planning etc

What issues are you having with your QC? I'm sure we have quite a few drivers here who are familiar with that system. Also, you should have a "cheat sheet" that shows how to do everything with it which is actually a DOT requirement.

For me I always would forget something such as putting in the trip number. What I ended up doing that helped me was creating a list of everything I needed to do before leaving. Do it all the same way everytime and it's much easier to remember.

Posted:  3 days, 9 hours ago

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Driving the western 11

Thank you Anne I appreciate it I’m stuck in Pheonix az doin a 34 pulled in here last night with 5 mins left on my clock me and night dispatch had a nice chat about it lol so I’m stuck here things are goin good gotta get better about using qaulcom it kicks my a$$ lol

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Well I made delivery in fife on time I caught some crazy weather from ely all the way to fife but I made it y’all Georgia mike and Mikey b are top notch any other new truckers out there listen to all the advice given on here those 2 in particular literally saved my bacon!! Can’t say enough good about them they really had my back!!! Pj your right I would have much better liked goin up the 5 but that’s not the way they sent me ive gone over cabbage pass !! And several other beutiful places from Nevada Idaho Oregon and Washington !!! I’ve got a crazy drop tomorrow in east Pali alto ikea tomorrow in a parking carnage for diesel truck an trailers I’m super trippin on it but we shall see ... more to follow

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I hear ya brother I’m working on it hunkered down in ely ng at that spot you found me thanks again slept till about 230 am wind rocking me awake lol like to give mike b a shout out too thanks for reaching out an giving me hand yesterday as always thanks to everyone here for all the guidance

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Failure is not doing something wrong Failure is quitting when something is difficult.

Mistakes are not Failures Mistakes are learning tools.

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I'm excited (and HAPPY a/f) for you!! (Means as FLIP, guys..haha! Ask my kids!)

Feel like an old momma hen, following you... happily!!

KUDOS, you!

~ Anne ~

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Posted:  3 days, 15 hours ago

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First year is in the bag.

Congratulations

CFI is a good company to work for. Like all trucking companies they have a few quirks. But all in all I have enjoyed working with them.

Posted:  5 days, 18 hours ago

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Driving the western 11

Well I made delivery in fife on time I caught some crazy weather from ely all the way to fife but I made it y’all Georgia mike and Mikey b are top notch any other new truckers out there listen to all the advice given on here those 2 in particular literally saved my bacon!! Can’t say enough good about them they really had my back!!! Pj your right I would have much better liked goin up the 5 but that’s not the way they sent me ive gone over cabbage pass !! And several other beutiful places from Nevada Idaho Oregon and Washington !!! I’ve got a crazy drop tomorrow in east Pali alto ikea tomorrow in a parking carnage for diesel truck an trailers I’m super trippin on it but we shall see ... more to follow

I hear ya brother I’m working on it hunkered down in ely ng at that spot you found me thanks again slept till about 230 am wind rocking me awake lol like to give mike b a shout out too thanks for reaching out an giving me hand yesterday as always thanks to everyone here for all the guidance

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Failure is not doing something wrong Failure is quitting when something is difficult.

Mistakes are not Failures Mistakes are learning tools.

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Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Driving the western 11

I hear ya brother I’m working on it hunkered down in ely ng at that spot you found me thanks again slept till about 230 am wind rocking me awake lol like to give mike b a shout out too thanks for reaching out an giving me hand yesterday as always thanks to everyone here for all the guidance

Failure is not doing something wrong Failure is quitting when something is difficult.

Mistakes are not Failures Mistakes are learning tools.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Posted last week about struggling in CDL school, many of you who replied asked me to keep you guys updated on progress

Well then if you’ve ever been on long fast wiper trip you know it takes smooth movement and timing to get all that pipe back in the hole!! So when your shifting find that groove with the clutch and rpm you’ll get it !!! P.s just imagine how that driller in a nice voice kept you in time.. 😆😆and it’ll become a reflex ..where did you roughneck if you don’t mind me asking ?? You got this just get smoother and more confident as you go..

I remember you Anne, also if Kearsey finds this post you have been very motivating , I found you're youtube channel lol. Old School is another one. I've wanted to do this all my life and I'm only 22 so I know being so young the sky is the limit for me in this industry and I plan to do this until I retire. Also I forgot to mention my pre trip is flawless and ohh hey Jammer if you make you're way back over here I was a roughness for a little while too lol.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Posted last week about struggling in CDL school, many of you who replied asked me to keep you guys updated on progress

There’s a lot of trials to this life I was a roughneck most my life and I switched careers I was very good at my job which was very hard and stressful thought trucking would be a breeze and I’ve learned it’s a whole new beast it’s not gonna get harder but it is gonna get real.. as p.j will point out to you but every mile becomes a great accomplishment stick it out and see how beutiful the country is hang in there you got this

I posted last week about struggling in CDL school and was discouraged and ready to quit and many of you that replied asked for an update so here it is. I've been doing alot better, my ally dock still sucks a little but I'm able to do it. My parallel both blind and driver side is damn near flawless. My shifting still sucks and I have had my fair share of ass chewings and had my had screamed off and called plenty of things by my angry instructor that would probably get this post removed more times then I can count these past couple of weeks lol, however I'm not stalling the truck anymore and am able to keep up with it but I still loose gears and hit the clutch a little too soon downshifting. I'm test later this week at DMV and am nervous as hell about it, but I think I will be alright. Also I'm in the pre hire process, Werner, SWIFT, Schneider, Melton, May, Covenant, and Western Express have all contacted me. Covenant was the first but I chose not to go with them as team driving didn't sound like it was for me. I have narrowed it down to May Schneider or Western. May already has my background check completed and ready to give me a ticket to Salem for orientation when I pass. I will let you guys know once I have my class A and plan to be an Active member of this community. Thanks for all you're encouragement this hasn't been easy and I know it's only going to get harder from here.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Driving the western 11

Copy that thanks and I will I’m goin for it just want to be successful so tomorrow I’m gonna learn lol thanks again anne

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Well y’all it’s jammer I got my new load assignment today pick up at tj max distribution center in north Las Vegas deliver to fife Washington I’ve never driven anything past car truck or semi anywhere past northern ca don’t know what rout they’re gonna send or what to expect anyone! I mean anyone with info on this particular run good ol jammer here would humbly take all advice given ... not scared of driving only failing 🤨 so please all info and knowledge much needed y’all be safe god bless and thank you in advance

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Ouch that isn’t a easy run for sure. I’m sure company will give you a route to follow. Simplest way is shoot into cali over techappi and up I-5. Its a little farther but alot better road than running up US95.

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Wow, yeah.. just chatted the other half up on that one.. what a RUN for a newbie~!! I googled it ..and it looks 'challenging' for sure! Jammer, I've got faith in you. Some of the folks on here have more faith in YOU .. than you do in yourself, methinks! Chin up, stay safe, and persevere. Safely.

Hang in, Captain YOUR SHIP.

Wishing you well from Ohio . . . ! (Nowhere close; sorry. . .!)

~ Anne ~

ps: MANY peeps have emails or someother contact info in their profi's ... if you need somebody to yap at. . . jsyk!!

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Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Oldies, but dang goodies! Trucks, songs, etc....

Nice👌

Saw this on a Reddit sub today; awesome and gorgeous.. no clue WHAT it is, but an amazing bull hauler .. perhaps?

I just thought an 'oldies' thread (since many of us ARE getting . . . well . . . 'mature' here, haha!) would be COOL~!! Trucks, pics, songs, whatnot... reminiscing is often fun.. at least for me!

I'm not sure how to post music on here, but was listening to some really good stuff w/ my ole' guy last night, and just got 'inspired!'

So, G Town ... anyone else?

I.D. this sort of COE ?!?!? I love this stuff~!!!! THANKS, y'all~!!!

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Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Driving the western 11

I hope that’s where they send me I heard that too

Ouch that isn’t a easy run for sure. I’m sure company will give you a route to follow. Simplest way is shoot into cali over techappi and up I-5. Its a little farther but alot better road than running up US95.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Driving the western 11

Well y’all it’s jammer I got my new load assignment today pick up at tj max distribution center in north Las Vegas deliver to fife Washington I’ve never driven anything past car truck or semi anywhere past northern ca don’t know what rout they’re gonna send or what to expect anyone! I mean anyone with info on this particular run good ol jammer here would humbly take all advice given ... not scared of driving only failing 🤨 so please all info and knowledge much needed y’all be safe god bless and thank you in advance

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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1st week of training for western express

Yeah I tried to find a number too them but the 1 on qaulcom wasn’t it lol this next weeks gonna be better I’m not gonna be in such a hurry my trainer gonna meet me at truck stop in the morning with bubble sheets for me and laugh at me a little lol thanks for the input this forum y’all have helped me a lot I’m truly thankful

I need to make me a cheat sheat thanks for the advice I’m not giving up I’m just gonna buckle down more and get it straight thank you pappaw

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Jammer, I did the same thing with my solo load. Dropped the landing gear and was so nervous and in a rush I forgot to disconnect my lines . There was no damage , thank goodness but I took about 10 minutes to berate myself on how I almost got fired the first day. After that I did what was mentioned above and drop n hooked the EXACT same way every time and if there is ever a doubt I will get out and recheck. With Qualcomm I wrote a couple of cheat sheets and put on my dash. Which macros to send and when, reminder to certify my logs and send post trip macro at the end of the day. Etc..that helped me greatly as I have tbi and my memory is crap.

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It happens, and your dm was correct. They see alot worse things all too often. Learning experience. Also when you encounter closed off roads, the shipping/receiving office of that customer can usually help you out getting into them.

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Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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1st week of training for western express

I need to make me a cheat sheat thanks for the advice I’m not giving up I’m just gonna buckle down more and get it straight thank you pappaw

Jammer, I did the same thing with my solo load. Dropped the landing gear and was so nervous and in a rush I forgot to disconnect my lines . There was no damage , thank goodness but I took about 10 minutes to berate myself on how I almost got fired the first day. After that I did what was mentioned above and drop n hooked the EXACT same way every time and if there is ever a doubt I will get out and recheck. With Qualcomm I wrote a couple of cheat sheets and put on my dash. Which macros to send and when, reminder to certify my logs and send post trip macro at the end of the day. Etc..that helped me greatly as I have tbi and my memory is crap.

It happens, and your dm was correct. They see alot worse things all too often. Learning experience. Also when you encounter closed off roads, the shipping/receiving office of that customer can usually help you out getting into them.

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