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    Clarksville, TN

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    2 years, 2 months ago

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Posted:  5 days, 23 hours ago

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Another Accident Thread

You weren't determined to be at fault, correct? I don't think it will affect your chances however, talk to a recruiter(s) and let them determine that before you even have your CDL. They will pull your records and be able to tell you yes or no within a day or two. Goodluck and glad you and your wife are ok!

Posted:  5 days, 23 hours ago

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Argh! Need help! I Panic During Testing!

Muscle memory. Touch everything and say the same thing every time for each component respectively.

Sometimes with situations such as this, you just need to lighten up and try to take some of the seriousness out of it. Remember competence builds confidence, so if you know it then you should have nothing else to fear. It's just you and the truck and what you know. Goodluck!

Posted:  6 days ago

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Study suggest that the ELD Mandate causes unsafe driving behavor.

So basically it confirmed that the HOS is the problem... not the ELD?!?!?! Say whaaattt?

Posted:  1 week ago

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Does living near a terminal allow for more hometime?

I don't know if that will get you more home time with whatever company that is. It could possibly and then again it may not. It really depends on what lanes your company runs most often and where your home is.

One advantage to living near a terminal with a shop is that you can have work done to your truck while you sit at home.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Got my own truck

That's awesome. It is a great company for sure.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Retiring Military - When Should I Get CDL

Study for the permit and go in and take the written permit test with your waiver. Once you pass the written test you will be licensed. No driving test required.

I agree with the post above about school though. Attend school a couple months before signing out on terminal leave, if your schedule allows. If not, then knock it out during terminal leave.

If you are using your GI bill to pay for school, there are a lot of companies that offer tuition reimbursement which is paid to you, usually in increments covering your first year or two of employment. Goodluck!

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Anti gel additive

I only ever use it if I fuel in the south and head north during the winter. Maybe somebody else can elaborate but I thought fuel in the north was already pretreated? I've not ever gelled either. Thanks

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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So this happened

So from what I have learned over the last 3 weeks is that you load the stops when you can but that can get you in trouble depending on the units. You may not be able to get under legal height requirements. Obviously bridges are of a concern when you are loaded at 14' but also of concern are trees! Where you may have been able to just scrape your dry van or flatbed load under low hanging branches, now those low hanging branches scratch up 80-100k mercedes.

You also have to load in such a way that will both fit your trailer and meet legal axle weight requirements. This may also require you to reload your trailer to redistribute the weight in between stops.

The transport(truck and trailer) seems like a puzzle of hydraulic pumps, straps, decks, pins, and posts but once you break it down into individual sections run by the levers that control the decks, it's not so hard.

The transport, depending on model, will be 80' long and if the allowable 4' front overhang and 6' rear over hang are maximized, then you will be 90' long. You will only have 6-8" of ground clearance also. You have to account for the overhangs and ground clearance during turns and even when stopped at the limit line at intersections. Truck stop also are a huge concern. The next time you see a car hauler making his own spot at the loves or TA and you think to yourself, "why is this guy being lazy and parking over by the curb?" Just remember he is possibly 90' long and bumps and scrapes can no longer be brushed off, now they are incidents and accidents.

Let me know if you got anything else, I'd be more than happy to answer especially once I start rolling on my own. Did I mention that USAL gives you 136 hours of paid time off if you are hired during the month of January? I don't even know of a 9-5 type job that offers that up front. Home on weekends and depending on where you live you could be home 1-2 nights during the week. Goodluck to ya Bill and be safe.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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So this happened

What ya want to know brother? There is a lot to know and being that I haven't even started on my own, I've only just begun to scratch the surface.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Help your fellow driver

That's good stuff right there. Definitely need more of that

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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So this happened

Awesome, looks fun! Enjoy it JuiceBox

Dude it's amazing. I was seriously questioning my decision to haul cars the first week but my second week has put my mind at ease. We have a great trainer who has been hauling cars for over 30 years and he is a great teacher. Once he broke it down to its simplest form, I immediately started to understand just how it works.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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So this happened

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Orientation has been great and I learned a lot during my first week of training. Hauling cars will prove to be quite the challenge from everything I've learned so far, but I look forward to it! One more week of training on the yard and then I'll head back to Nashville to be assigned my truck and go out with a driver trainer on my truck for two more weeks. Definitely super excited and I can't wait to get out there on my own. It's been almost two months now since I've got behind the big wheel and its killing me! Just wanted to leave ya'll with a little update. Be safe out there everyone.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Got my own truck

Congrats. With melton correct?

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Into. Company to o/o

This will hopefully end well but my question is, why would you have the cc on when there was a possibility of black ice? Or did your truck just randomly slam on the brakes with no cc? Just curious.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Fired for accident and not sure what to do.

I just started orientation yesterday and for a company that requires a minimum of 1 year experience for some drivers and 2 years for most. I am the least experienced driver in my class with one year experience. Several have 3-5 years, and one of the drivers has about 15 years.

I say all that to say this... today we watched many safety videos much like yesterday. I immediately thought of this post when, in one of the videos, sleep deprivation and fatigue were covered extensively. It was part of a distracted driving video. We had a conversation about it and even took a quiz. We then reviewed said quiz. Did your company maybe do something to this effect and you just don't remember because it was over a year ago?

I highly doubt the company you previously worked for, is any less or more safe then the company I am going to work for and vice-versa.

Oh and the last company I worked for had almost an identical orientation with the same videos. They too were highly safety oriented.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Metal Coil endorsement

Idk about AL but do you have an NY CDL? If the answer is no, then you do not need the endorsement. If the answer is yes, then you will need it if you intend on hauling coils. That is my understanding of the NY coil endorsement but I could be wrong

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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This... I'm completely stunned. 2nd year in a row

Sweet! Congrats

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Fired for accident and not sure what to do.

That is one long excuse and you did some serious mental gymnastics to absolve yourself of all responsibility.

Sounds like the accident was so clearly your fault, that you are looking for anybody and anything else to blame, other than yourself.

My son who, at the time, had just obtained his drivers license, rear ended another vehicle in adverse weather. When I asked him what happened, he told me "it started raining really hard and everybody slammed on their brakes so I couldn't stop in time." He went on to blame the other "stupid" drivers and even the rain. He was an emotional 16 year old.

The moral of the story is, don't be an emotional 16 year old. Goodnight

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Fired for accident and not sure what to do.

The company didn't educate you well enough on the consequences of driving while fatigued? What in the actual hell are you saying? You rear ended somebody while driving a CMV when you had no business being behind the wheel. Honestly, you're lucky you didn't kill somebody.

Accountability will serve you well going forward. Whether you were able to determine if you were fatigued or not may be an issue if you so chose to continue trucking. Do you have a medical condition or something that hinders you from making that determination? I'm trying to make sense of this.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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I've just received an unsolicited email message from a CDL recruiter.

When it comes to Todd's post, I mostly look forward to the comments. Sometimes I only read the subject line and skip the entire original post just to get to the comments. I mean at least its entertaining I guess

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