Profile For Jason G.

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  • Location:
    Wilmington, NC

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    Experienced Driver

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    1 year, 5 months ago

Jason G.'s Bio

When I graduated high school in 2005 I went right into the Marines. I got to serve with 2nd LAR driving and operating the turret on the 14 ton LAV-25. It was a cool job. Went to Iraq twice and once to Afghanistan. I am married, started college after getting out, and started having kids in that time too. Now I have a Creative Writing degree and have worked construction the last five years. I am not averse to hard work, I just hate getting paid very little for the wear and tear I'm putting my body through. Trucking seems like my way into a career where I can have more independence and reward for my work. I appreciate this online resource. Has been my number one spot for researching my future career.

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Posted:  6 months ago

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Which School for My (seemingly) Unique Situation?

If you are looking to go through training and get started while still living in KY, I recommend Wil-Trans, but then Wilson Logistics, the parent company of Wil-Trans also has Jim Palmer in Montana and they run in the West and Midwest, no further than Ohio I think. So when you decide to move out West, I’d imagine it wouldn’t be too hard to switch to Jim Palmer from Wil-Trans since they’re under the same company.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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I got accepted to Wil-Trans today!

I just finished my D seat with Wil-Trans. Got my CDL on Weds and am back out on the road with my trainer. You're really going to appreciate your decision to go with Wil-Trans. Best decision I made. You'll see how many people go through Prime because we stay at the same hotel as their students. But when you're in a class with 2-3 students, you really get the one-on-one attention. And I think that's why I'm the 7th person to get their CDL on the first try this year. They really prepare you for it. So congrats.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Wil-Trans-The First And Only Company I Called

So I'm three weeks into my training. Haven't updated here because I've either been too tired or too busy studying to give this attention. But now that im with my trainer and we are early for a live load I have some time to write. It took a few days longer to get me a trainer, but that's been okay because I got a lot of extra time practicing on the backup pad. But this last weekend I headed out with my trainer. He's a cool guy and have found his method of training is great for me. He sortve let's me do my thing in the driver's seat and really only says anything if we're getting into a new situation for me, like merging into the highway near Atlanta or when I've struggled finding gears when downshifting. Since Sunday that's been my biggest struggle but today I finally feel comfortable with it. Have been able to talk that through with my trainer and know what I've been doing wrong and so today has been focused on watching rpms and giving it the right splash of fuel to downshift smoothly. Only had a few instances where had trouble finding gear but was able to find them this time without my trainer reaching over and helping. You can tell he's been a trainer for a while because he is quite good at reaching over from passenger seat and getting it in gear. He says I'm doing good for my experience level and he would tell me otherwise if I wasn't. It's reassuring when he tells me I will get the hang of it. Just takes practice. Training is fast paced so I forget sometimes that they are expecting me to look like an expert right away, but just that I know how to find the gears and assess each situation and go about it safely. Have enjoyed driving. I guess normally they try not to give D seats a lot of night driving at first but that's what we've had quite a bit and it is perfectly fine with me because I actually feel comfortable with it.

So with the extra time I've had on the backup pad and with my time out here with my trainer I am feeling more confident about my driving test each day. Probably won't update much more here until I get to my driving test. Thanks for everyone's advice and support here. Later.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Wil-Trans-The First And Only Company I Called

I will give a more thorough update later but have been busy studying for permit test. It's kind of what I expected, that a lot of the work is up to us. They didn't go over any of the permit test yesterday. So have to study in my own which is understandable. But since Wil-Trans uses same hotel as Prime I'm seeing what a difference it has made being with a smaller company. It's hard to get lost in the mix when there are only three of us. And two guys I'm with are really cool, both of them have experience with gears and shifting and I don't. So they joked that with them I won't get made fun of if I don't get the hang of it right away. And the instructor reassured my inner concerns about it. Said I will be fine. And I believe I will. By the end of the week I hope to have a good understanding of shifting and operating a truck.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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On way to Prime in Springfield MO

Did you get there yet Brian? Waited all night at Greyhound in Nashville then stuck in st. Louis now they say for at least 12-24 hours. Guess trucking companies are used to this stuff. Normally instead being late for anything. But when it's out of my control and have let them know, guess it's all gonna be just fine.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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On way to Prime in Springfield MO

I am headed to Springfield for Wil-Trans orientation. But am stuck in Nashville because of the weather in MO also. Hope to get there by tomorrow night because orientation is Monday.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Family for OTR.

Yeah. My goal is to start making better money, then get off my prepaid cell plan and onto Verizon or something else and get an iPhone like my wife has and then it will be really easy to FaceTime them

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Family for OTR.

I too have been discouraged from an otr situation because I have a wife and three kids under the ages of five. But current job situation has kept us under the poverty level. Trucking is something I can see myself doing well and gives the opportunity for a stable income. Even if I only make 35-40k my first year that's better than what I've been doing. And I worked construction where I'm home every night. But that's been long hours where I get home and my kids are going to bed an hour or two later after I get home. So I think being in the road they may not see me those two hours they'd see me each night, and weekends, but like it's been said, they are motivation. I got to keep a roof over their head. Also, I used to be in the Marines and that putme in Iraq and Afghanistan where for weeks at a time I was unable to email.or call my wife, so like she says, 'its not like you'll be in another country"

It's sad that some guys get to work a job and see their kids every night, but someone's gotta drive these trucks, and somebody has to serve their country in the military. Everyone has to make sacrifices to make a living and provide for their loved ones. So it all depends on if everyone involved supports and appreciates the sacrifice that takes.

My one concern is that we can say well be alright and make it work, but once we actually get into it I'm sure there will be days when my wife tells me on the phone how hard it is at home without me. Just hope I have the right encouragement and love to throw her way when those kinds of phone calls happen.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Wil-Trans-The First And Only Company I Called

Thank you. They have been great talking with on the phone. When I called Roadmaster they were pretty impersonal. Talked all about the money I'd make and how they are the Harvard of trucking schools. But then that recruiter didn't care about my questions about what companies recruit through their school. He said it didn't matter what your first company is your first year. But that's a load of crap. I'm all about loyalty and sticking it out with employers, so my first choice will ideally be my only choice, at least for a while. Not one of these guys who uses a company to get trained only to ditch them after my one year commitment. I'm hoping that I love working for them longer than a year because they care a lot about retention and I think it shows in how good they are in the initial hiring process. If you're treated like a number I think you treat them equally with the mindset that it doesn't really matter how long your commitment is. But with a smaller company like Wil-Trans they treat you really good it seems like and so you don't feel like a number to them and you don't feel like it will only be a year thing to get you where you want to be after. It would be cool to stay with them for good after the first year. Because I've looked for jobs before in other fields and it sucks going through the job search. So I really hope my job searching days are over and I'll be with these guys for a while.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Wil-Trans-The First And Only Company I Called

Hey guys, my name is Jason. Am a husband and father to three kids. I started looking into trucking about a year ago, surprisingly at the suggestion of my wife. Not because she wants me out of the house, but I am the main bread winner out of the two of us and she mostly stays home with the kids. When I first started looking I called Roadmaster. A year ago and then in last two months, and have to say I wanted that to work because have heard it can be better to pay your way than go with company sponsored training. But that's until I discovered Wil-Trans.

First I called Jim Palmer but since they are also under same company as Wil-Trans, they are putting me with Wil-Trans because I live in East coast and Jim Palmer is west coast.

My experience has been great with these guys. Initial phone conversation they tried to deter me from getting into trucking, but after talking and seeing that I am former military and know what I'm getting into as far as being away from home is concerned, they've found me to be a good fit for their company. And I find they are a great fit for me.

The training is longer but I feel much better with the safety aspect of getting longer training because I'd hate to be put through a month or few weeks of trainer time and then get my own truck. This way there is more time to get me good at being self-sufficient when I do get to solo time. I called them beginning of December and start next Monday for orientation, so as long as they have the spaces and you're ready to go, it can be a really smooth process. All my background checks went fine. The only thing that hung us up was getting a hold of employer and past employers for employment verification.

Have been hustling this last week at my current job and doing other side work to get some money before I go. Only get 200 a week advance for the next 3 weeks they said, and then 600 minimum after I get my CDL for training time. Have been working through study materials for CDL permit but has been hard to make the time, so have to really cram it in over the next few days and then especially when I get there next week. Have been through college, and do well on tests so I'm not too concerned. But hope that's not me just being overconfident.

I will keep updates here as I go through the program. But if youre looking into company sponsored training and it's only a one year commitment, and that's how you're paying for it. They don't take anything out for schooling but forgive it after one-year with them, this is a great company so far. Initial impressions have been awesome. They are friendly, focus on the whole family involvement in your decision to do trucking. They even called my wife to get to know her a bit and to ensure she's on board with my decision. So if a company is taking those steps I think they have your interests at heart and also their own. So it's a win-win. Talk to you again next week after orientation.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Nervousness

This question is for drivers.

So I think before getting into trucking everyone probably feels a little nervous about the idea of driving a big truck for the first time. I'm not too nervous about driving forward once I learn how to shift gears and everything. But probably more nervous about learning how to back up the truck. So I know I'll be outside my comfort zone and thats fine. That's part of life and part of this job. But my question is, were you more nervous in your head before your training, or more nervous when you were actually sitting in the driver's seat for the first time learning how to do everything?

My other life experiences have led me to believe that it's all in my head and that when I actually get to school next week, it's gonna be cool and I'll find my comfort zone in these situations that take me out of my comfort zone. It's all mental right?

I start with Wil-Trans and recruiter told me they have simulators we get to practice in. I was excited to hear that because that's how I learned stuff in the Marines before actually going on a live fire range and doing stuff for real. Simulators are really cool for getting some muscle memory before actually getting into the real thing.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Vent: Winter the past two weeks has sucked.

When I was a teenager in IL I started behind the wheel day after a snow storm. So now that I'm on my way to trucking and it's winter I hope I get to learn how to drive in winter weather while I'm with a trainer who can give me some help adjusting to driving a truck in winter. A car is one thing, but after watching plenty of winter pile up videos I don't want to get into trucking and be one of those truckers in a hundred car pileup. So I see that itsucks to drive in but am looking forward to learning how to do it right in a few weeks.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Patience...How do you deal with it

In the Marines it is a common saying "hurry up and wait." You get yourself where you're supposed to be early and in the Marines you have to wait a lot. It's really boring and feels like we were getting the run around a lot. But when I look back on that job, I remember a whole lot of things I loved about it.

I think when I become a trucker and am in these situations I will focus on what I love about the job and not let the waiting bother me. Plus, like the comments above, I'll watch TV or something. And trust me, waiting and having those amenities is way better than waiting in the Marines where you're sitting on a pack waiting for something and that is boring.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Truck Accident in Cali

It looks like what everyone is saying is that as a trucker you are held to a higher standard. Sucks that this happened. You're human, and humans make mistakes. So my empathy is with you in that. But your attitude, you need to chill. And I'm not saying that as a trucker obviously because I haven't started yet, but as a former Marine, dude, chill out. The laws the laws the laws you keep saying. What, is it all about the money to you? So it's 50 dollars they take out in increments? So each time they take out 50 dollars let that be your reminder that you are held to that higher standard. Let it be the reminder to you that you are so blessed to not have it weigh on your conscience for the rest of your life that someone you hit got killed, because this time they didnt. Because what's amazing to me is that you didn't mention feeling thrilled to death that those people survived getting hit. I'll tell you a non trucker story. We are in Afghanistan and a rocket was just fired at some of our guys, and so then we see this vehicle driving from where we "think" the rocket came from. So we open up on this vehicle with our 25 millimeter guns and 2 TOW missiles. Rip the roof off this thing. Well then we drive up to the car and there's a dead kid inside. We assumed, we didn't know, but guess what, I get to be reminded of that a lot. Maybe play it off sometimes that I wasn't the only one shooting, maybe it wasn't my rounds that killed him. But hey that's war.

You on the other hand, live in a crazy civilian society where people.drive crazy. We all know that and see that on the road.what everyone has tried to tell you is that you need to be humble. Just drop the excuses, forget about fighting this thing. Move on and let those 50$ installments be your reminder each time that you are incredibly blessed to not have it on your conscience that two people died by your truck. Take it from me, I mean think about it, if they died, you'd not be on here telling us how stupid they were and how stupid your company is for punishing you. but hey they didn't die, so just chill man.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Trucking as a way to help pay for college?

I guess another question is could you do trucking more than a year and do some of the college stuff online? But since I'm not started in trucking yet, maybe I don't have a good sense of if it's doable to drive the truck and get some schoolwork done before getting the 10 hours of rest.

I'm on the opposite side of the spectrum. Military paid for my degree (Creative Writing) so I'm looking to trucking to give me a stable income and hopefully work on writing a novel and screenplays in my downtime. And if I ever sell a screenplay for six figures or more then I'll say goodbye to trucking and live the writer life.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Trucking as a way to help pay for college?

Then he'd have to consider the reserves in military so they could pay for college while he does one weekend a month and two weeks in the summer. If wanting to do trucking for a year he might not want to do military for three years.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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DOT physical

Yeah, just overturning it. Although since I haven't seen a doctor in so long i am curious about my BP because when I got out of Marines the doctor was concerned about my blood pressure. Was gonna prescribe me some medication to help with it but I was also smoking a pack of cigarettes a day back then and he said medication would help or quit smoking. Day I got out of Marines I quit cold turkey because I wasn't around it so much. But since getting out and working construction I haven't smoked but started using one of those Valerie things. So will see what happens at this point but I'm in good shape. Construction has helped me stay a little fit, so I will definitely need to figure out a workout routine since I won't be as active.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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DOT physical

So with all the research I've done to see if I think trucking is for me, I haven't put much thought towards the physical I will have to get. My situation right now is that I haven't seen a doctor in about 7 years. And that was when I was getting out of military. I got my hearing tested then also because it would've been the only thing I would have been able to claim disability for but when I took the test they said I wasn't legally deaf but that my hearing dropped since my initial hearing test when I joined military. And having not seen a doctor and not feeling anything wrong with me to feel the need to see the doctor, I'm now just a little anxious about going through that process not being sure how thorough they are and if they end up finding some reason I'm not fit for trucking. I don't feel like I have any hearing issues after getting out of military and it not being bad enough that they would compensate me. And haven't had any concerns in last 7 years, so I believe it's safe to assume I will be fine. But just wondering if this is common that guys are like me not regularly seeing a doctor and such and this physical being the first time in a couple years that I'll have been seen by a doctor. I wear glasses too and have had an eye exam in the last two years and nothing changed much there either. I've had kidney stones before and have heard that those can spring up every we run couple years after getting them before, so not sure if that is a medical concern they would be iffy about.

Maybe I'm thinking it too much. Company I am in application process with had me do a medical interview on phone but those were all general questions that I easily passed. And go start training in three weeks.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Family Resistance

Not having started my career in trucking yet, I don't know that I can add too much here, but I can relate to that feeling of people assuming things and saying things to discourage you from pursuing something you want to do. When I had joined the Marines at 18, a lot of my friends were surprised and would say things like " you're too nice to be a Marine." They'd say that because they have this stereotype that Marines are all mean and rough. And I wasn't like that before the Marines, and maybe wasn't as rough after, but I said to them, " maybe the Marines could use a nice guy." So I did the Marines. Went on three deployments. Had to get shot at and fire back at times. People thought I was too nice of a guy for Marines but I did the job just as well I believe.

So I say all that because people. Ight think you can't be a trucker because you used to do hair or you're too...Fill in the blank. But you know what you can handle and what you're willing to go through for this adventure. And I think you're going to do it just fine if you know you have it in you.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Both sides of the " home time" coin

I've been thinking about this issue a lot because I have three kids and a wife and logically i know when I get home I may want to unwind and veg out on TV, but as a family man I know my mindset will have to be different than that. I've told my wife that once we get into it, my goal on home time will be to be accessible and giving to their needs when I am home. If they want to go to the aquarium we have a membership to or go out for dinner one night, I'm all about it because I know I'm gonna be missing doing that all the other weeks I'm not there. There will probably be things I will have to do when I am home that I won't want to do. Like making sure my wife's car is in good shape. She doesn't normally do the oil changes and such, so I do dread the times where I might have to do the honey do list instead of relaxing and just playing with my kids, but I'm thinking of ways we can make it easier so that she doesn't have to bear the burden of all the home stuff and then I don't have to bear a lot when I'm home for a few days. Like right now I rent so I dont have to do yard work. But I guess if we eventually own that is something I'd have to do on home time or she would have to do. But maybe there's some neighborhood kid who wants to make some money and you can pay them to do this for your spouse and then not having to pay higher price of a landscaper. Same with car stuff, I think my father in law would be willing to help with if she ever has to take the car in for repairs and he know more about that stuff. And he's retired, so told my wife is be willing to pay him for his time if he ever had to help her out taking the car in while she stays at home with kids. She can't take the kids to a mechanic and wait on repairs with three young kids tearing the waiting area up.

So maybe it's just a nice picture in my head that our hometime can be entirely devoted to just family time and enjoying being with each other, but I think it's doable.

My wife was curious with how it would work when our one daughter needs to get eye surgery, like will I be able to get hometime when I want it for those dates. So I assume for a surgery, and it's one where she doesn't have to be in the hospital long, that I'm sure my company would help me get hometime to where I'm not missing out on being there for that. Thats what I told my wife. And then she is also curious about when we want to start looking to buy a house someday, how do we do all that when have to work around my schedule of just a few days each month. But I think that's one of those things we'll figure out.

Overall I think home time can be mostly fun and all family time, but ill try not to get my hopes up too high in the event that my hometime end up being a mixture of chores and family time.

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