Profile For Remy E.

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    IL

  • Driving Status:
    Considering A Career

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    1 year, 8 months ago

Remy E.'s Bio

Long time class B driver considering a class A career.

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Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Dealing with disappointment.

Really sorry to hear that. Set back, nothing you can't overcome.

Protect that license! Good luck and don't be a stranger!

Thanks, I Still plan on hanging out.

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Dealing with disappointment.

Was it a major accident? Just curious.

A small car tried to pass my on the right (through a parking lane) as I was making a right turn. She shouldn't have done that but I should have checked my mirror. In the end My rear wheels rubbed up along the side of the car. Ticketed for "improper lane use". Probably should have fought it but I didn't.

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Dealing with disappointment.

In short my one and only accident/ ticket of any kind is too recent for any of the carriers I'm looking at to take me on. Pretty big let down but it's only 7 months till they will let me in. It's not like I will be unemployed, still have my good old box trucks and packers to keep me fed until then. I still intend to hang out here in the meantime and chime in on Class B issues when they arise (even though this is more of a class A oriented forum).

Guess I'm just venting some disappointment at this point But on the bright side, I'll still have the spring and a good chunk of the summer with the Harley!

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Finding a mate after you've started trucking.

And here I am avoiding relationships like the plague!

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Advice on company trainers

I bet even the yard dogs won't notice.

Can Confirm. Most of the time I'm just happy to have a working heater in the spotter. Take your time! rofl-2.gif

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Anybody from Illinois recently go through company sponsored CDL training?

That is an interesting question. I know that all of the carriers I am looking at have training facilities in Illinois and you get you CDL before going out with a trainer. I would be curious to see the logistics behind stopping on the road to test. If it's anything like the class B procedure, you have to make an appointment well in advance and you can't be more than 15 minutes late. You also have to be empty if I remember correctly. In addition, they have reduced the number of DMV facilities at which you can take the road test. For instance, I Took my permit tests in Decatur but had to go to Springfield to take the pre trip and road test. Swift uses 160 Driver Academy and US Xpress uses Premier Driving Academy in IL.

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Illinois felonies and applications.

Right, So in the end, make sure the companies know BEFORE orientation about criminal history, which is what I've been doing. My point was that this is why it's not on those apps (The ones I've been filling out anyway) if you live in Illinois. I sure as hell don't want to be bussed out 1000 miles and be stuck because they decide then that I can't be hired and then get stuck there. Stuck at orientation with no way home is another thing I've been hearing horror stories about but I think that's a something for another thread altogether. It's not even something I'm really worried about at this point but I want everything to be known up front.

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Illinois felonies and applications.

I'm not playing lawyer at all, I've been calling the the companies I apply to after I fill out the apps to talk to them about it because the system automatically omits the section because I don't want to be caught up in something like that later on.

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Illinois felonies and applications.

So I've been putting in my apps through that Driver Pulse thing and was confused because it never asked about criminal history. Swift said that I had simply (somehow) missed the section, but US Express laid it out for me. It turns out that in Illinois an employer cannot ask about criminal history during the application process unless it is directly connected to the job. Like in this case They can ask you about driving related crimes. DUIs and the like. Just something I thought I would put out there in case anyone else is in Illinois and was confused about this section.

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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160 Driving Academy

Oh no, MATH, My only weakness!

Well I'm waiting for the final decision from swift now. Next time I talk to the recruiter lady I'll have her explain it and probably email the proper documents as Rainy suggests.

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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160 Driving Academy

Errol, are you saying that the contract is for 13 months but in order to pay it back in full it would take 26 months?

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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What's on your radio

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Audiobooks. Mostly stuff I've actually read before. I'm learning to love Heinlein again.

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Yes! I learned how to read longer books with Robert A.!

Someone handed me a beat up copy of starship Troopers the day I left Ft. Benning. I was blown away when I found out it was written in the 50s.

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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160 Driving Academy

Right, a contract in return for the training is something I am expecting. But, for example, swift will train you, contract you, and then take part of your pay to pay back the training. That's what I'm afraid they aren't telling me.

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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160 Driving Academy

I'm just skeptical of anything that's free. I just can't see them giving away 4 grand, y'know? I just need to see what they are asking in return, how long of a contract they want in return. But it's good to know someone has had a good first hand experience with them.

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Company applications.

Yup. That's the one, Susan. I actually like it. I hate typing out the same info over and over!

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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160 Driving Academy

Thanks Landion. Peoria is probably the closest location to me if not their Champaign- Urbana branch. If I go with swift anyway. I was contacted by US Xpress today offering me "free" Training at Premier CDL. It sounds too good to be true though.

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Company applications.

So are all the major companies using the same program to take applications now? Nearly all of my information is pre-filled now.

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Anyone at swift have a moment?

2. The possibility of local is higher at some terminals than others. Mine in Albuquerque only has 2 local drivers the other daycabbers do shuttle so for example 2 drivers will drive to Bushland, TX to swap trailers with the Oklahoma city terminal and then drive back to albuquerque.

I just got this weird mental image of two trucks speeding down the highway side by side, Doing some highly choreographed figure 8 drift, while their trailers automatically unhooked just before slamming onto the new trailers and racing back home side by side again.

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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160 Driving Academy

That makes a lot of sense Brett, Survival of the fittest in school form I suppose. I think after work I'm going to get in touch with them and ask some in depth questions. What are the questions you would ask if you were in my place?

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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What's on your radio

Audiobooks. Mostly stuff I've actually read before. I'm learning to love Heinlein again.

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