Profile For Victor C. II

Victor C. II's Info

  • Location:
    Near Winchester, VA

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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    Victor C. II On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 12 months ago

Victor C. II's Bio

Hi I am Victor Canfield II, I am getting ready to go into the trucking industry! I have worked previously at 4 farms 2 of which were dairy, one that was a apple orchard farm and one that was just a plain hay farm. Loved working at all of them. Then I went to work where I am currently working until I am out of CDL school. I really started to fall in love with big trucks when I was eight to ten years old when the first few times that I got to ride in I think either a Freightliner or Volvo Semi with my Uncle Bob who I got to go on a few rides with him on a few loads while I lived out in Colorado. I have never lost my love for trucks and equipment from that time on. I now have my CDL license as of 3/02/2017. I will then most likely to start my trucking career at Swift Transportation where I hope to do flatbed and specialized freight! I am definitely a family oriented guy here. I also like a good quality of life with good family quality time. I can't wait to begin this new adventure, because it is not just a job its a life style and a fun one at that!

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Posted:  9 hours, 21 minutes ago

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Western Express Question for after 2nd day orientation...

Okay, I just am a little nervous I have not gotten it yet. Yet I signed the conditional job offer agreement. I already made a few great aqauintances here and some wise old men to talk to and get get advice from.

It could arrive at any time, or be delayed showing up in your In Box indefinitely. Who knows?

Mention it to your instructor tomorrow morning if it doesn’t show up tonight.

Posted:  20 hours, 8 minutes ago

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Western Express Question for after 2nd day orientation...

So we got back to the hotel around like 1:30pm and we were told to wait for the employement email that would have the W-2, the direct deposit form, the benefits form and what not. I dont know when to expect that email and I have not gotten it yet. So whats the reasonable time frame to expect the email?? Im exciteddancing.gif

Posted:  1 day ago

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Western Express Journey

Day 2. Today we finished up. We watched a pretrip movie, a benefits movie, and did some paperwork for the last 7 days of logs since we need to have them for DOT. Connie says that starting out as a van driver then a flatbed driver would be better since they have a all hands on deck policy around the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. It has sort of a slow day. Just got to see when the employement letter comes in. They say its $46 a week for the Blue Cross blue shield of Tennessee for company benefits. I have never had to go to company benefits. I am not sure but Cigna probably has a lower premium with lower deductibles. Bcbst is like 5000 for high coverage and that is a lot. 1000 for low coverage with higher premium. I dont have that sitting around whats your advice? God will guide me and I am going to keep a POSITIVE attitude towards this. Lord willing I can make up my mind soon. smile.gif

Posted:  1 day ago

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Hey Everyone Guess What!

This was just the encouragement I needed and I thank you all so much for your support. God is the only true source of help, and through people like you he works great and mighty things. God is good. Thank you for your advice. Today we finished up. Sort of a slow day. Just got to see when the employement letter comes in. They say its $46 a week for the Blue Cross blue shield of Tennessee for company benefits. I have never had to go to company benefits. I am not sure but Cigna probably has a lower premium with less deductibles. Bcbst is like 5000 for high coverage and that is a lot. I dont have that sitting around. God will guide me and I am going to keep a POSITIVE attitude towards this. Lord willing I can make up my mind soon.

That's great, Victor! Your positive attitude will help you get through difficult situations. I hope future students will be inspired by reading your training diary.

Congratulations!

There will be days you are tested; patience, fools on the road, load changes, weather. But you’ll also have good in those days and, when you’ve had a rough day and make it safely to a parking spot, remember to thank Him. I’ve even noticed a ray of sunshine peaking through, after a very tough day and I know He has my back.

Congratulations!

Posted:  1 day, 9 hours ago

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REALLY Heading to Veriah (Spelled Veriha) Sunday for Training Monday. Training Plan Update...

Shoot man you would have it made. Save enough and you will be able to purchase a amazing GT500 or Shelby Super Snake and still be able to pay it off. Or maybe even a CoPo Camaro. Man would I love that how bout you?

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Start today, Marc?

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Yes indeedee!

Day one under my belt!

Not much to report. Very welcoming, family attitude. Signed contract, was told Wednesday is "bail no penalty" day. After that one is obligated to fulfill the contract. CDL getters agree to $14k if they don't honor their commitment.

Just got done moving rooms due to reservation mixup. Long day. Really cold up here. Did a so-so pre-trip on cab until my brain started to freeze... literally. 1/2 day outside tomorrow - pre-trip and straight-line backing.

Turns out I can transfer to Entertainment Division in as little as 6 months solo if it goes well. We are hauling for Mariah Carey tour.

Pays $200 / day, 3 catered meals, secure load and drive only (no loading/unloading). Bonus if you sleep in truck (not hotel).

One driver took home $1,350 his first week and he only drove 250 miles!

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Posted:  1 day, 9 hours ago

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Hey Everyone Guess What!

Thank you Millionmiler24! I am honored by your prayer and the prayers of those who surround me here on TruckingTruth.com and my family. It is only by your prayers and your advice and encouragement that I have gotten this far. I will be keeping all of you in my prayers as well.thank-you.gifsmile.gif

Posted:  1 day, 18 hours ago

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You and the equipment... Don't be that guy!

I certainly appreciate the mechanics a lot but I am also thankful for the truckers who choose to help out and fix whatever they can fix. I want to go to school and get a certificate in Diesel Mechanics so that I can just fix the truck myself instead of waiting around for a day or two. Maybe thats impatience, on the bright side it would/will save a lot of money.

Posted:  1 day, 20 hours ago

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Hey Everyone Guess What!

PJ I certainly will. God is so good and faithful.

Congrats Victor!!! Keep that attitude and your faith. You will do well

Posted:  1 day, 20 hours ago

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"Exaggeration Is The Key To Graduation"

You could exaggerate the amount of distance you look up the road as you drive. DON'T just look a quarter of a mile ahead look three quarters of a mile, that way you can prepare for whatever the action you will need to execute when the appropriate time comes and also on that note, look in your mirrors more than every 8 seconds make it every 6 and always scan in front of your truck between mirrors cause you NEVER know what might or can come in between you and another vehicle while scanning the mirrors. It only takes a millisecond to have something really bad happen. Stay safe for others and for you and your family. Thats why you exaggerate everything safety related.

Posted:  1 day, 21 hours ago

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Hey Everyone Guess What!

Thank you all thats really neat to see what God is doing. Now I am seeing the bigger picture. You know before I got discouraged because many companies including one that looked promising turned me down and then I was told about Western Express and I gave them a call and man I have not looked back ever since. I have heard a lot of good things about this company and I am looking forward to this year. God is good. Im excited even about the little changes from Swift. Like for instance they are family owned, they have a 66 mph governor, they are willing to give you a second chance and send you out with a mentor again. Orientation for dry van is only two days so that means we can get out on the road sooner. I like the Internationals and Volvos a lot. Their Frieghtliners are not to bad looking too!

Congratulations!! Hope it all continues to go well for you!good-luck.gifgood-luck.gif

Victor C. II

CONGRATULATIONS! IT'S amazing what trust in the almighty God can do for you.

Raptor

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Posted:  2 days ago

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Hey Everyone Guess What!

Thank you Packrat! Im so happy that I did well. I was nervous but it sure was for nothing.

Posted:  2 days ago

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Western Express Journey

Day 1 paper work, Backing, Road Test.

I got the paper work portion done really easily praise the Lord. Then we ate lunch and started the backing and the road test this afternoon. It got really interesting from there. People did good and alright. I did good and Bob was happy, happy, happy. Then came the backing. So I am on my first day of orientation at Western Express and I am really excited!! I just went through the conditional offer of employment. We did our backing and road test and I mean to tell you what. I remembered the words of G-Town and Old School and many moderators, telling me about my underconfidence and my lack of discipline and I took it to heart and mind and remembered how BIG my Almighty God was and is; and I was nervous but I rememered that I needed to be confident in my abilities and my desire for trucking and that God gave me this opportunity. I remembered that it was also very arrogant and proud of me to not trust in God Almighties power to help me do well. I got in the truck and started backing, and it was to my left. I GOALED so many times its not funny and I stopped before continuing to back and I backed very slowely. I got that 53' monster trailer in that lane like YES!!!! I am so happy and so blessed and so amazed by God and his help. You all are also such an inspiration to me too. Praise God Almighty Maker of Heaven and Earth! This is what I needed to get me back into the game. God is so, so good even if he did not give me this opportunity he is so, so good. Im satisfied.

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Posted:  2 days ago

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Hey Everyone Guess What!

So I am on my first day of orientation at Western Express and I am really excited!! I just went through the conditional offer of employment. We did our backing and road test and I mean to tell you what. I remembered the words of G-Town and Old School and many moderators, telling me about my underconfidence and my lack of discipline and I took it to heart and mind and remembered how BIG my Almighty God was and is; and I was nervous but I rememered that I needed to be confident in my abilities and my desire for trucking and that God gave me this opportunity. I remembered that it was also very arrogant and proud of me to not trust in God Almighties power to help me do well. I got in the truck and started backing, and it was to my left. I GOALED so many times its not funny and I stopped before continuing to back and I backed very slowely. I got that 53' monster trailer in that lane like YES!!!! I am so happy and so blessed and so amazed by God and his help. You all are also such an inspiration to me too. Im going to post this in my diary for Western Express training. Praise God Almighty Maker of Heaven and Earth!

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Posted:  3 days, 14 hours ago

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Western Express Orientation Ashland vA

Holy wow. You know for 2 years 2.4 months I have not driven a semi truck for a mega carrier. The only time I have driven a truck is at C1 Tractor Trailor Training and that was only for maybe 2 days at most. That was about two weeks ago now, and Connie Maynard at Western Express said they would bring me on and send me out with a mentor and then I would work with them for a year. My orientation starts on the 11th and man doing a 90° back seems to be daunting right now. What do these videos entail? Safety and operation of the trucks? I was planning in going flatbed right after training but right now on the fense. I definitely am interested in it.

Posted:  3 days, 15 hours ago

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REALLY Heading to Veriah (Spelled Veriha) Sunday for Training Monday. Training Plan Update...

Marc I really hope you have a blast and do very well in this career. Junkyard Dog I have never seen you in my 2+ years on here. Well I am Victor and I sure am glad to make your acquaintance! Look forward to seeing your posts.

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Look forward to following your progress.good-luck.gif

Posted:  5 days, 7 hours ago

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2nd Chance

My record is way worse than yours. Believe it or not, I had 4 accidents with in 5 months 😨. Thats really bad already and to top that off, I had been terminated for it too. So what do think they saw when they called my previous employer, and found that the 4 accidents were my fault so they were preventable, so they became incidents not accidents; and then found that I was terminated for those incidents🤦‍♂️? Not a good record by any stretch of the imagination. None whatsoever. No matter how trivial or how small they all came from my folly from not getting out and looking and taking the time to care more cause well "I'm tired😴" excuse. Believe me it was REALLY hard to find a new carrier.

Your record as far as you described, is far better than 4 incidents in 5 months 😁. You have had 5 accidents in over a year. I implore you and encourage you to apply to Western Express also and again Pam Transportation. Now I would call them first and talk with them explaining everything before you apply to try the waters and see if you can get in. Thats what I did to make sure I wasnt just wasting time just to be turned down another time. Now thats how I did it you dont have to. Call Connie Maynard or ask for her. The number I have for her is 615-846-5919. She was my recruiter. She was real good about being right up front with me about whether I had a chance or not.

I love trucking, I am not sure but I think you do too and so I want to give you at least a couple companies I think may give you a chance at getting back in and I dont know how it will go with you when you call but like everyone said, BE HONEST and very descriptive. They wanted me to do 240 hours with a trainer. Thats 6 weeks. Im excited for the experience and God knows how much this means to me. I hope you find someone to take you on soon. God knows and I will pray you get that job soon!! good-luck.gif

Posted:  6 days, 3 hours ago

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2nd Chance

Like G-Town and Errol V. have said, I would like a little more information. I am not sure of any company that does not use the hireright.com DAC report or psp or DOT dataqs. I to was looking for a second chance comapny and found that Western Express was willing. I have had zero dot reportable accidents, speeding tickets, citations, or anything on my record for 4 years and how I know that is that I checked them out on the websites. www.hireright.com and then go on the dot website and look up psp ( preemployment screening). Helps a lot.

Posted:  6 days, 3 hours ago

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Got an Idea for the Forum that Might Make it Even More of a Experience Brett if You will about it....

Thank you Brett and yeah you are absolutely correct it definitely is not easy. Praying for Gods wisdom in the matter.

Victor, you have a good idea about videos or audio recordings, and it was an idea I have been considering myself. I think it would help people get to know us a little better if they could see and hear us. Unfortunately, it's no easy task making a professional-quality recording of either sort. Sure, you can just hit "record" and start talking or shooting video, but I'm concerned it won't produce professional-quality sound and video.

I appreciate the idea and I will continue pondering this myself.

Posted:  6 days, 4 hours ago

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Got an Idea for the Forum that Might Make it Even More of a Experience Brett if You will about it....

Moohahahahaha..You'll NEVER get put. Lolol.

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That way I may not be seen as mean.

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Or you could lose the Dungeon!

(Thinking THAT might help too!)

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Posted:  6 days, 4 hours ago

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Got a question about what I should do after training.....

Thank you all for your advice. You know thats true that it does come with the business and I will probably stay out with the trainer if he so chooses.thank-you-2.gif

I would suggest asking your fleet manager (your trainer's fleet manager) about that. There is a possibility they don't do securement classes (flatbed) for a couple days around Christmas anyway. The fleet mgr should be able to help you decide what is best.

That’s a tough question Victor. Been in similar situations...more than once on the WM account. Busiest times are around all the major holidays.

Family is important, no doubt. Holidays with family are priceless.

All things considered...

However...(I know you’ll were expecting a “but”)... it’s an opportunity for you to show your employer you want to work and start things off on the right foot, putting the trials of your past,... behind you. A lot of your brothers and sisters at WE will want time off during Christmas. If you are available...and able to get things done for your driver support management, you will shine and get immediate positive attention. I think you need that Victor.

What is your priority? Only you can make that call. Talk with your driver leader to get a feel for their freight levels during Christmas week, use that information to help with the decision.

My 2c. Good luck!

I agree with G-Town. There are drivers who would threaten to outright quit if they didn't make it home for the holidays, but here you are volunteering for it. That's a gesture many couldn't overlook. Good luck with whatever you do.

The reality is in trucking YOU WILL miss some holidays, and spend them out on the road. Unfortunately it's just the nature of the business. Many times pulling a van they're able to get you home for christmas no problem due to freight being slow as most customers are keeping a low supply to make year end inventory easier. The exercise you get from flatbed is more than you'd get from pulling a van but when it comes to staying in shape theres much more to it. Personally I'd do as others said and offer to stay out to make yourself stand out in a good way.

For those considering a career, I've heard many companies will get you home thanksgiving OR christmas but can not guarantee both. I believe it was Prime (?) That even gives drivers an incentive to stay on the road through the holidays by offering them extra money.

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