Profile For Dominic P.

Dominic P.'s Info

  • Location:
    Statesville , NC

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    9 years, 3 months ago

Dominic P.'s Bio

New Driver, starting a new career wanting to enjoy this job and keep safe.

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Posted:  9 years ago

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Unexspected struggles

Well something else Indid not really notise till I was gone alot, was how much the family depended on me not just my girl amfpd her kids. My girls grandfather her mom all talking about me being gone all the time and everythings Inwas doingbefore I left and the hollidays staying out 5 weeks this time just to make sure I can get home as close to xmass as i can. S

Posted:  9 years ago

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Unexspected struggles

I knew going into this time away from home was part of the deal and growing up in a military family we moved around alot. I did not exspect the leaving par song you like some reason why I'm sure it to himt to be as eard as it is. I love driving truck I do i may just have to work into something with a day cab or find something where maybe you can get home weeklyish. Or maybe if I can get my better half o out with me some it will help out some. Their are many things I do enjoy about the job but alot I am needed toget used to. Also another topic, I am waver SO if you all run past dark blue werner freight shaker and some dude puts his handup dats me lol. I have seen so many gruff unhappy looking drivers in the little bit I have ran around we need to change that get some comrodery back in to the indestry like I hear their used to be I bet that might make life a bit better out their to. Just my silly Idea

Posted:  9 years ago

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Unexspected struggles

Hay all I am home on my first offical home time. It has been and intresteding three weeks have had alot of down time and also now on my second truck. All that aside, I am struggling with heading back out I feel like I just got home and already have to head back out. I did not plan on this being this hard, like almost wanting to give up the job hard. Dose this get easier or are you always going to feel like your missing out on your familes life with you are out on the road. Be safe out their

Posted:  9 years, 1 month ago

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So I finaly got my truck back

Thank you this site and the people here are just the best. Everything is good on the truck. So far so good have been running my butt off the past few days. I am really enjoying the job so far.

Posted:  9 years, 1 month ago

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So I finaly got my truck back

Taking off tomorrow for my first real trip excited as anything, my first truck is a 2010 pro star with a few plus and minus options the biggest draw back so I have been told is the transmission. It has the auto ninth gear but it is the Cummings engine with out DEf that to me is a big plus i do have a question the windows in the back are big and i like that but are their a curtain or blind for them to get a bit more privacy? I have not been able to find anything on the Net but not sure if I am looking for the right thing any ways will keep every one posted on the first few months of driving. Be safe

Posted:  9 years, 1 month ago

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Would love to be driving.

Ok so been home since last monday, was issued a 2010 prostar for my first truck. As of right now I am not in love with this truck had 5th wheel probloms, from not locking fully to road service having to come out to unhook me from my first load. 5th wheel has now been replaced and on my way to pick it up cross my fingers that is the end of the probloms and her an i will now get aling just fine. Wish she had a 10 speed not the 8 with thr auto 9 but that I will get over she has the cummings engine with no dEF that I do like. So now I have two questions. One is the 8 speed trans that big of a problom as people have made out? The second question as much as I love the big windows in the sleeper dose any one know of a shade or blind to put over them to get a bit more privicey when needed? I have looked around the net and have not found anything, but I may not be lookingnfor the right thing thanks in advance.

Posted:  9 years, 1 month ago

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New driver

Thank you I will do my best to keep the truck running it is 2010 int. Prostar wit 518k . I have already made the comitment being safe this winter,I am sure Inwill have a question or two over this next few months .I am glad ,I have a place to come if I have questions . I am exsited about this new career,and I just want to make as few mistakes as possable .Werner dose cable chains i ned to put a set on other driver have said normaly if you have to chain up with Werner you probaly do not need to be driving so they have said .

Posted:  9 years, 1 month ago

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New driver

I am done training, I have done my first load andI am currently on my first home time after training. I have also relised i am going Solo otr and i am heading in to my first few monts of driving heading into winter and with out ever trouching the mountians . All this has really intemidated atme, I know I have done all the training on the computer and class room. I also know that doingnit for real is way diffrent. I just hope I can get thought this winter with out any probloms .

Posted:  9 years, 1 month ago

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Update

Thank you so much old school, I am nervous as anything at this point. I am exsited about getting out on my own soI will just take it slow and make sure I get it right

Posted:  9 years, 1 month ago

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Update

So just finished my 5th week training with Werner and to my suprise My trainer got a phone call to get his approval to let me move on, I was shocked to hear him say I was ready to go solo so their waving my last 40 hours of training amd Instart monday prossing outnof trainingnto get my truck feels so weird exsited and nervous at the same time. I so hope i am ready

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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Almost finished and struggling

Thank you both for the kind words, I will not claim skill as much as survival. And I so know this exsperance will help me out in the long run.

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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Almost finished and struggling

Thank you, I hope your right I love driving. I plan on going over the road some one else can dothe dedicated runs for now do not like going down into the cities like you have to do with target, so hopefuly otr Inwill not have to do that as much have had to go into atlanta a few times so not fun at my skill level. I just keep focusing on the little joyes I will have like the silly ass gaxlay CB radio I want for my truck lol. I want this to work out I realy think I could enjoy this life style and career.

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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Almost finished and struggling

Ok so i am almost done with my 275 hours of training has not been the best exsperance but has not been the wrose. I am having a bit of a struggle with what acualy happens next, I have been training on a target dedicated account. I will say that i can normaly get in and out of the parking lots and thought most of the streets with out running over curbs. I think in the long run it will help me to be a better driver. Right now all I can say is I have no desire to do what I have been doing when I am solo I am ready to be dome and just hope it gets better from here I know their is the next level i Of challenges as far as getting deliveries on time and the like. Gess I am At the point of am I ready and canI do it

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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The things the new Drivers will never know they have missed

I like the idea of drivers looking out for one another and helping each other out. As a new driver I see what I will call contempment for other drivers, I would like to see more hand rasing light flashing and drivers looki g out for other drivers. I have also heard my trainer say he dose not even bother turning on his cb because their is nothing but a lot of trash talking. I have turned on the cb the few times I have spent the night alone in the truck all I heard was static not drivers chatting nothing. I know we drive when we are not driving we are sleeping. I would at least exspect to hear drivers passing by on the highway chatting but I do not know. I have also only been on the road for 3 weeks.

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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I'm Out

I am also a new driver Phillip so I can understand the struggle. Take your time make the right dession for you but on that note do now made a rash dession and sell your self short, trust me being away from your family is the hardest part of this job for me but maybe look at it like I try to is me givingg upnand goin home going to be the best dession for my family at this point . In the end you have to deside what is best for you, but we all struggle with being away from family being new to the indestry us rookies may struggle with it abit more because at this point we are way out of our comfort zone and way far away from any saftey nets we are used too. Their are pleanty of local and dedicated routs once you have some time under your belt. So the time away from family maybe just a tempary thing keep strongnand do whats best for you best of luck

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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Week 4 with Warner

So I have been training with Warner for 3 weeks no, I will say I enjoy the job and really enjoy driving trucks I have been strughling with one thing hours of service stuff. My trainer has talked about running almost 6 months with out doing a 34 hour reset. One is that acualy possable and two do you have to run like that to be a TRUCKER. I am trying to sort out how much down time should you take and dose it make you less of a driver if you do want to see a bit of down time. I do not wantnto burn out with in the first six months tryingnto be some super trucker thatIndo not need to be. I do want to be a good safe driver. So what is a farnsplit between the job and down time ?

Posted:  9 years, 3 months ago

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Trucks

I have driven the Freightliner and the volvo. I like the Volvo, think it would be great for a first truck. But at this point compleeting my training and being safe. Is top of the list, but I do like the Idea of a few of the better trucks

Posted:  9 years, 3 months ago

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Trucks

As I am starting with Werner I have a question about. Trucks. I have a good idea about the big three. The Petes the KWs and the Freightliner but what about. The volvos and prostars.I hear people say they do not like them. But never say. why. So. What is so bad about the. Volvos and the prostars that make them so bad?

Posted:  9 years, 3 months ago

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Driving school

I just finished driving school with Roadmasters Truck Driving School in Dunn nc , over all I would say it was a good school. I will offer a few points I am sure it is with most schools like Roadmasters. You the studentnhave to get what you want out of the school if you want to set their and not practise and learn how to drive a truck they are not going to hold your hand. On the other hand if you put forth effort you will learn the basics of driving a truck and have your cdl. By no means would I say you can jump out their and start running the roads. Thats where your first company comes in I thinknthats where your acualy going to lean how to handle that truck correctly, that to me is a bit of a double edge sword your going to be out with a trainer who is working to make money, so he or she has to be able to split traning you with the need to make money. But that i feel is another topic all together and in making this career change the time with a trainer has been my only worry becauae I have read some horrer stories about trainers . So to sum things up I enjoyed over my time with Roadmasters and getting my CDL, i am exsited about acualy gettong on the road I have plans on being and asset to my company and safe amd helpful as possable to other drivers.

Posted:  9 years, 3 months ago

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Company trucks

Cool do not mind a preowned truck at all planned on having to clean it up and the like just the hole funky matress thing lol .I am wicked exsited about starting this new career. Sorry for all the silly questions .

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