Profile For Tyler B.

Tyler B.'s Info

  • Location:
    Phoenix, AZ

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Team Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 5 months ago

Tyler B.'s Bio

OTR Driver. Older, wiser. Currently driving for Carolina Cargo. Nation wide. Lower 48 I Drink Coffee... enjoy traveling the nation. I have a history, that colors my future. Work for your Goals. & don't let the world discourage you. If you want something, you will make it work. Stay Strong, #GodIsGood

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Posted:  12 months ago

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Screwed up big time, think I'm done (reefer temp wrong)

Great info here. I am noting all this. But, if it does not specify temp on Bills, you can always ask them to Print a Temp on the Bills or you can choose not to sign/accept. Normally, they will Write on the bills then a Temp. If your hauling to Walmart, KNOW THEY WILL NOT ACCEPT A Hand Written Notation! If I am hauling for Wally World, I will always ask for a new set of bills to be printed with the proper information/temp listed.

Werner if the BOL requires the load be protected from heat or cold, it stands to reason above freezing and below 85'f, maybe somewhere in between is satisfied that requirement.

If there is no temp stated and the lading is not perishable (flowers, dairy, deli, meat, produce, etc.) set the temp at 55'f. Macro your dispatcher with that info. and go.

You might also ask the shipper what they recommend before you leave their facility. Record this information in case you return to some of these places for the same or similar load.

Posted:  12 months ago

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Screwed up big time, think I'm done (reefer temp wrong)

If it's a Refer Load, & I don't get a Temp, then I call the Broker & I tell him to get me a Temp or I'm waiting. Always read the bills & always only pull away from the Dock once all your questions are answered & you have temp set.

Normally, I know if I am running strawberries, there is a Temp range I will be keeping, & if I am running Frozen Waffles there is a Range I am keeping there... but I ALWAYS get a Temp from the Shipper! Always Read The Bills!!!!

Yeah it was my bad but I've gotten loads with no temp and bills just say protect from heat and cold, then it turns into a 4 hour wait well the company verifies this is true.

Well looks like I learned an important lesson

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Ok, Werner. If I could I would hit you in the head with a soft baseball bat. But I can't, so I'm just going to yell at you instead.

Usually, not always, when they put a mark next to the product on the BoL they're making a note that the product is there. So if I'm looking over a load and I see 40 boxes of cereal product #12345 I will put a mark next to it so I know I counted it.

I probably wouldn't say anything and if they confronted me I would just play stupid. But I think you'll get away with this one only because its Beer. They only want it temperature controlled so that the beer wont be 100 degrees. They dont need it ice cold, though they prefer it.

Pray that the receiver is lazy and the dock workers dont care about their job to notice. But I would bet you'll be fine. Just try to keep it to yourself and dont give them a reason to lool at you.

Now as for the yelling part. You really, really cannot let this happen again. If you're not 110% sure about the reefer temp then do not leave the shipper until you get that required temperature with a signature of the shipping clerk. Always read everything. Must not let this happen ever again. Seriously, if this was anything but beer you would be a goner.

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Agree with Daniel 100%. Read everything, front and back. If you are running reefer, 99% of the time you will be put-on a load requiring a controlled temperature.

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Posted:  12 months ago

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My truck is sooo slowwww....

.... that I got passed going downhill on a steep grade. The Rewarding part was when I drove away from the TA & one of the Speed Demons dropped his trailer across the street in a Emergency cause he smoked his brakes, which then ignited his trailer on Fire! Yeah, I did not feel bad at all about being the Turtle that beat the Rabbit! Cheers~

Posted:  1 year ago

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My First Accident Stories

I clipped a guy's mirror backing into a tight slip at a receiver, this morning. I felt bad, but my co driver coached me through handling my first, & what will hopefully be my only accident. He then reminded me of the story he told me, of his first Accident... & how he carried on with things from there. No bad damage, the housing was the only thing broken. Thank goodness. We all will have them, the first Accident. In a career, were all going to make a mistake at least once. Just deal with it and drive on. That's why there is insurance companies & safety departments... just learn & drive on, with a goal not to repeat the mistake.

I did Get Out & Look... I thought I was clear... Life still happens. We just deal & roll forward. Feel free to share your "First Accident story", & then please note how many years since that you have driven on with a safe record. Proof, that we all will in the end if we persevere, will reach a point of professional fulfillment & success. You just have to "Overcome". Cheers~

Posted:  1 year ago

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Trucking At Night Versus During The Day?

I am a Greenie, with about 3 months of time under my belt. I run in a Team truck, so I have already found that sleep schedule will rotate as after 12, & 10, your catching 2 hours of the previous lunar day compared to a standard Drive day. Always be safe. I have a CPap machine, so I HAVE TO show that I use it for a minimum of 4 hours every day/night. Means, I schedule sleep. I try to land a minimum of 8 hours of sleep during that 10. I average 7. You really have to Schedule your sleep in this game. I did Time in the service, & watch times also rotated. So I got real good at scheduling rack time & making sure I got sleep. With Refer, I have found that drop/Pick-up days can run longer, normally maxing out the 14. Again, learn to manage your Hours of Service. But on those days just expect to not have a Max day behind the wheel, & be comfortable with getting what you can, getting to a safe stop to take a 10, & then rolling from there. If your flexible, responsive, & "Always Ready" when the DM/Dispatcher says game on, your going to earn a lot of good loads. But if you are unable to adapt, your going to be mediocre & find rough seas ahead. As Bruce Lee said, "Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless - like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. be Water my Friend." He would have been a very successful Trucker

Posted:  1 year ago

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Question for the Reefer pullers

I am new to the Fridge Game, but I learned a few things that I am applying now... I have learned from getting burned that if there is Question about a receiving schedule or time, BE THERE AT 2-4am! Twice, I had a Receiver lay me over for another night as they no longer take loads late & they start receiving between 2 & 7 am. 2: Count your Pallets. I have a little Click Counter, like one used to count laps or people in attendance. Wear a Hoody or a Jacket with a Reflective vest, & watch what they load at the dock. Because Refer loads to a large degree are not going to be "SLC" loads. So if there is shortage, guess who is Paying? Always Count your Pallets. 3: just roll with it & be respectful. If your "Cool" in their Refrigerated Dock, the lumpers & staff will be willing to work with you. Compliment them & thank them; they are doing a job in a inhospitable condition, for long hours... a little extra respect can actually carry you a long way.

Every brand of trucking is going to draw a specific brand of Trucker. Refer loads require "Cool Cats". Just be patient & life will go better. If your a Hot head, don't have a long fuse, or are unwilling to adapt, "Your gunna have a Bad Time". But remain positive, & you will not have to break a sweat while on the Clock.

Posted:  1 year ago

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Refer, Van, Flat,???

Well, I Drive Refer. Food for thought: usually I take Dry Van loads from East to West, go to a Blue Beacon to get Washed out, & I take Produce or frozen loads back east. Miles are really going to depend on your dispatch or your carriers overall rep with the Brokers.

Really, take the advice, run the loads that your going to jive with. If you don't mind loading docks & backing in, refer or Dry box works. But I do believe that Flatbeders are going to agree that most their loading & drops are either Paralllel or Pull Throughs. Flatbed you have to secure your load. Where with Dryvan & Refer, if it's not SLC (Shippers Load & Count) your responsible for Counting the product that they are putting in your Van. All good to think on. Welcome to the Industry. Cheers

Posted:  1 year ago

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Reefer is more night driving?

I concur. Now, I have been running a Month & a Half. I am still a greenie.... but I am running teams in a company that does specifically produce loads going East on our return trips.

Nights have there advantages. But the man is right when he says that pre-sunrise hour is the most challenging. I find myself slamming a second cup of Joe & listening to some music 🎢 (rock) to keep my focus sharp. Refer loads I have found will often start drops right around either 2-4am or in the early day before noon or as late as 2. Logic: afternoons are hotter & loading docks need to be temp controlled. Easier when outside temp is cooler? Possibly.

If you ever half to question a Drop Appointment time (let's be real, receivers are sometimes real shifty about times... & when I say Sometimes I mean Most of the time) you might want to take the load over there if there is a question at 2 & double checking the appointment time.

I want to move to Flatbed soon enough. But I just got matched up with a partner at my team job that I don't continuously want to burry in a Shallow Grave ⚰️☠️ Hahaha one day at a time. Any Flatbed companies looking for a Hard running fellow, I am here for you!

it can be hot while sleeping, and around 2-5am or so is when I was the most tired. Once the sun began coming up it was good though.

Posted:  1 year ago

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Paying Dues: Enduring "The Suck"

True, on all points fellows. This is what I Want... I just have to get through this roll with a difficult individual; I Survived a year & 1/2 at a Brig, I can survive a couple more days with this dude.

It's at times harder. I am not a fan of sharing a Living Space with this guy... even in the Brig I had my cell to myself... 6 Months. Thanks Don... I shop a couple companies I want, & I keep telling myself that "6 Months, I'm moving on up". You guys are right... just got to embrace it for a "minute" & ride on through as it will get better... 7 months, & I'm getting my Dog!

Posted:  1 year ago

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Paying Dues: Enduring "The Suck"

My first company is a "Second Chance" employer. I was saddled with a Trainer, who is Rude, has less knowledge than me, & is your steriotypical "Super Trucker". Mind you, the company is Team oriented... so I don't really have "Downtime". Did I mention that this guy I'm sharing a cab with lacks all skill in communication, is rude, & very much a version of the rapper 2 short with a Nopolean complex.

I am enduring the suck. I am trying to remind myself that this is worth it... mind you I have only received my Orientation pay & due to my trainers skills in communication, have been laid over for a week total days on our second outing... I have enough Bologna & bread to last me on a Poor man's eating schedule till "Payday"... when this trip pack goes in. I have to endure 6 months, than I can start the process of applying to other companies. But I just need some positivity... someone to tell me that I was not a Sucker & joined a Industry of slave labor & "The Suck". That there is better... I can't wait to go Solo... I just have to get there. Help. Give me some Positive... the sights are cool, the few moments I get to enjoy them before I have to deal with this Anchor attached to my experience.

Mind you, he is as new to the industry as I am... man... this is "The Suck". Any encouragement would be greatly appreciated & thanks

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Welcome to the Industry...

I remember a Phrase from the Service "Don't thank me, thank your recruiter"... I had a feeling, but I put trust in what this person told me to do. I have yet to hear from anyone from "The Company". Going to get dispatches Number from my Boy in a minute.

I atleast want to figure out if I have a Ride to Orientation.

First thing that comes to my mind is... recruiters don't work on the weekends.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Welcome to the Industry...

I am at a Greyhound station in Charlotte NC. I have not heard from my Company Recruiter since I briefed her on my Travel arrangements & was told "She'd come and get me at the Greyhound Station". Long story short, I am preparing to eat a Philly Cheese with Fries @ the Greyhound bus station I have been waiting at for 2 hours... & was already told I might also be spending the night here, by a friend who contacted dispatch as he is already driving for the company. I remind myself I am here to do a Job. I have a military background & know what it is to ruff it for duty. I am just really Disappointed the bar is being set so low already, as what I can expect from my company.

How were you "Welcomed to the Industry"? Where did your first company "Set the Bar" as far as what you could expect?

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Leaving a dog in the truck

If the Pooch can't come with me, I probably Don't want to be going their either! #DogLife Pooches are great judges of character... if you won't let my Buddy of Buddy's in, than I can find a Bone to Pick somewhere Else! πŸ˜‹πŸ˜ΌπŸΆ

Having a dog along is great company, but to be honest, it does complicate things at times. Some of our trucks have apus, the rest, we are allowed to use opti-idle, although the company wants us to keep it at a minimum. If there is any problem with the regen equipment, Freightliner will pull the idle percentage records, and if they consider it too high, will void the warranty. That being said, Wolding is very understanding about keeping us comfortable, they just ask us to use common sense. When I go in for shower, etc., I set the opti-idle, turn on my little truck stop fan, and pull the curtains. My dog is quiet unless she sees things going on outside. I try to be as quick as possible, because I worry that something will go wrong and cause the AC to stop working. As long as the truck is really cool inside to begin with, it stays tolerable for 20-30 minutes with the curtains pulled. Being out west in the extreme summer temps, I need to be aware of hot blacktop burning her feet, because my little 65 lb. girl is too much for me to carry across a parking lot. I try to park as close to the side as possible. If there is ANY grass available, and maybe a tree, we go sit under it for a while just to give her some out of the truck time. As for watching a movie, that would be a video on my computer in the truck. I am not comfortable being away from the truck for long, I am paranoid about someone stealing her because she is a pit bull. We have gone hiking together on 34 hour resets. Pretty much, if the dog can't come with me, then I don't go there either.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

I was discharged from the USCG on less than honorable terms, got burned by the system really. I Worked as a Travel Agent, making vacation sales. There was no Up in the industry, & the man who I worked for was a Snakeoil Salesman... try to sell you on a Bill of Goods that you know Down in your gut is flawed. I was burned out on working for People. Getting used to either get someone promoted or get someone else rich while I struggled & just worked hard cause I know nothing else. I was in a Spot, my father had asked me to leave his house by the end of March... I made some calls, marketed myself... with a record, everyone was under the thinking that I was done, pigeon holed to work for Peanuts for the rest of my life. By the end of the third week in the Month, I had 2 hard Job offers, & also only needed to show up on the following Monday for CDL Class if I wanted to Truck. I made my choice, based on what I felt God had spoken into my heart. A lifestyle I am already accustomed to due to 9 years in the Service... & a hunger to Work with no Glass Ceiling to where I can truly develops & grow into the industry based on my own desire to work hard & excel. I will hopefully own my own company in a couple years, a few trucks & some trailers. I can work for it.

Add to that, I'm a dog guy. For YEARS I have seen the holy Grail of a Job being something that I can get paid & have a Dog 🐢... well, I have the Phoenix Bassett Hound Rescue on my Phone, & once I get my own independent Truck, I am getting a Furry "Co-Driver". That was really the Deal Maker... you put a Dog in my Future & I am ALL ABOUT DAT! Don't tell anyone... last thing I need is some woman knowing the way to my heart is Through my Dog!

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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How has the YouTube generation changed trucking???

There is a need to educate the public on how we work, & the lives we live. I came out of a Military background; I am more a fan of solutions and answers, than trying to cry about what's wrong.

There's a Drivers shortage; it's those YouTubers who inspired me by sharing their experiences, to join the industry. There's a Issue with Pay & Benefits; They publicize our stories & give voice to the topics, on a forum through which we can as a Community Come together & work for change. The image of the Trucker of old, some lone wolf fellow hauling freight & getting away from his demons at home (be they warrants or other problems) is progressively being Put to Bed thanks to the YouTube generation.

There was a Video of a fellow, who was told to Drive when he was MicroSleeping. I am not saying how he set the stage for running was right, that's on Him... but his carrier would not have fixed a serious problem with their Night dispatch or their safety department if he had not taken the steps to make it Public. As a Solo Driver we have little power. But These folks are giving us a Zetgeist, a United Public Persona & voice.

If you have no issue with meager pay & being seen as a dreg, ok... or even if you just complacent & happy with where your at, alright. But I will say YouTube is helping our industry More than its hurting. When someone brings up automated Trucks, I show them the videos of Backing, of Driving in New York Traffic, of Trucker Josh & Allie Knight, of Trucker Brown & J. Canell... I show them what we do daily as reason I am secure in myself & in my industry.

If your here to Player Hate, cool, do you Boo Boo. But I am here to Move Freight & congratulate. As a Philosopher once said "I'm here to Kick Ass & Chew Bubble Gum, & I am all out of Bubblelicious".

Big Ups to my YouTubers. Who's Driving Hard? #Cheers

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Ex-Felon Looking For A Truck Driving Job

Angel, I feel you on this end. My background is still fresh as well. This is a forgiving industry, but often times that forgiveness often does not come with a willingness to sponsor a training program, atleast not before 5 years or 7 years from conviction date. But all hope is not necessarily lost. Now, yes, if your willing to take out loans often times a driving college will attempt to link you with a second chance employer. Yes, your looking at student loans, but 7 or 9 G's in debt, in exchange for an opportunity in a career where you have a far more open glass ceiling, I find it worth it. I recommend American Institute for Trucking; they have a Campus in Vegas by the way. they linked me with a second change carrier that was willing to overlook my criminal background. Starting, first 6 months your not really looking at making a ton of money, but after 6 months, you have a proven work history that you can either use to develop as a solo driver, or you can use that to jump to another company that might be williing to take another look at you once you have made it through the initial honeymoon period of the industry.

Don't ever give up hope or think that your locked out due to your background. But, I do recommend that you need to put on the armor of god and get ready to go to battle for your future. If you want this, its here. You just have to Really want it. I will be praying for you. Cheers

I'm trying to find out if there is anyone out there who has heard of a violent offender obtaining a trucking job. I have 2 felonies. Aggravated assault & person not to possess firearms. The conviction is 5 years old. I have been out for 4 years & I have been employed as a machine operator ever since my release. So I have 4 years of consistent work history since my release. I finished my parole/probation 2 months ago. I can't find a company sponsored CDL program to give me a chance. I am willing to take a loan out & pay for the training myself but I'm trying to figure out if it is even possible to get hired with a violent gun crime. Please, any response will help. Does anybody know of a friend or associate who has been hired as a violent offender?

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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What do truck drivers do on their 34 hour reset time?

"try to Take Over the 🌎 World"

The same thing we do everyday, Pinky...

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Carolina Cargo....yes or no

How much do you Want it? that's the question. is it worth it to you to pay your dues with a second chance company that is willing to give you a go? I have a Felony. I am also someone that is not going to let my history of bad decisions hold me back. with any career your going to have to pay dues. You do it in the service painting air castles and grinding running rust... you do it in the Trucking industry proving that your willing to Run. Yes the company is a second chance company, but I am one of those that is Thankful for the second chance. I have an offer as well from Carolina Cargo. and I am thankful for the opportunity to prove myself. Down the line I will see about finding something better; but you can't walk 1000 miles without someone giving you a pair of shoes to start walking those first steps in this industry. Thanks Carolina Cargo for giving me a Gothank-you.gif . and Thanks All for the support guys, as I did my due diligence on a career in the Trucking Industry. #Cheers~ I just want to Rundancing-banana.gif

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Werner vs. Swift

Would any of these companies or schools give a go to a guy with a criminal background? Schnider, Swift, or Werner? if its a situation where you can pay for the training program, would they take on a Driver at the end of the program in spite of the fact that he had a criminal conviction?

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Exercise while trucking....

With the way that the industry is going, due to safety regulations and security concerns, the Trucking industry is going the way that the Military has gone for years... That being incentive's folks for taking care of themselves. Everything from being able to qualify for a longer version of a Health Card, to the fact that if your Big (I am 6'2" 270 heavy set muscular build) you end up getting tagged for Sleep Apnea screening; the test is going to run you around $400-600 bucks and if you end up with a positive test your looking at $500-$1000 for the machine.

I work out twice a day, Cardio in the morning with weights in the afternoon after I clock out from the office. I am looking into Trucking as my next career as I am just getting burned out of working the office life in a dead end job where I am hard under the poverty. I was in the service before this & appreciated the job security & the paycheck... I find that working out really helps me to maintain my productivity. If I use the C-PAP, I wake up refreshed vs. waking up still groggy and tired. I watched a trucking "Vlog" the other day where they questioned is it worth paying a little more for quality food. I respond to that with this: You put in #RealJunk, and your going to feel like Real Junk. Your Body is a more expensive machine than your Rig (really your health is priceless); If you wash & fuel your truck well, why are you going to allow the most critical piece of that truck to get fueled with Junkfood... in case its not obvious the most critical part on that Rig is YOU, the Driver.

Firefighters are not the only ones that should have calendars! I mean, they call them "Trucker Arms" for a Reason! πŸ’ͺ

I am betting we are a rare new breed. Trucker that exercises daily? Really? ROFL! I am going to try and do it! Baby steps first. I have got to decide which school to go to. Then once I get through the training, figure out how to exercise. Wonder what would happen if you were on a truck with a fat trainer and you hop out and go for a run? wtf-2.gif

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