Profile For JuiceBox

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  • Location:
    Clarksville, TN

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 3 months ago

JuiceBox's Bio

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Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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So this happened

Couple questions for you Juicebox. What has been your average length of haul? How many stops are you doing per load or really all depends? Thus far what would you say is the hardest part for you? And I'm assuming most (if not all) of your loading/ unloading is being done during the day?

Bro I just typed up this lengthy response, answering all your questions, and then i hit the wrong button and lost it all so I'm going to be short and drop my email at the end so we can communicate that way or by phone.

Average length of haul is around 250 miles. There is a lot more involved though with regards to pay and miles per day so to speak.

Stops average out around 3 per load. Units come off a lot faster than they go on and I'm paid for all stops.

Hardest part for me has been finding hotels with adequate parking for a 90' long transport. You cannot turn as sharply or Jack knife transports like you can a regular semi. Honestly though, everything is tough from loading to unloading but it's a very steep learning curve.

Company policy is all loading/unloading will be done during the day for your first 90 days for inexperienced car haulers. You'll make your money loading and unloading whenever you can though, you have to stay ahead of the game if you know what I mean.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Clock Management and 34 hr resets

It sounds like you just need to plan where you will stop for your 34. If you need to do laundry, shower, eat, and whatever else then you should probably not do a 34 at a rest area...

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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OH Slow Roll attracts 40 trucks - “I feel the slow roll went great” says an organizer!

What are they even protesting? If I can make 2-3k a week hauling cars, I wont protest anything... ever lol

Posted:  1 month ago

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Your Favorite Truck Stop

As of late, I've grown very fond of the hotel! Paid for by my company of course.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week 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:  1 month, 1 week 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:  1 month, 1 week 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 month, 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 month, 1 week ago

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Got my own truck

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

Posted:  1 month, 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:  1 month, 3 weeks 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:  1 month, 3 weeks 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:  2 months 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:  2 months ago

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Help your fellow driver

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

Posted:  2 months 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:  2 months 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:  2 months ago

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Got my own truck

Congrats. With melton correct?

Posted:  2 months, 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:  2 months, 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:  2 months, 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

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