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Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Truck stops

Download Trucker Path on your phone and or tablet, any information you can every want can be found on there. That and they also make a little guide book as well, dont recalk the name of that, but I am sure most truck stops carry it near where the atlases and maps are kept.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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No more OTR for me...Hello US Foods!

Get ready to deal with some cranky chefs, lol. Every US Foods driver i dealt with in my 20 years in the kitchen has always been a good experience. They are going to be a bit rough around the edges thougg, just a fore warning, lol

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Reaching Out To The Professional Truck Drivers Here

I find a big issue with him fiddling with the phone if he is driving like you stated, there is no way in hell you should be having to tell him to stop the truck once, let alone 3 times.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Job search advice

I agree with you as well on your points, maybe it is different in different states, i don't know, lol, my friend just got hired on by Old Dominion on Friday after being with Schnieder for a year, and down by me in New Jersey, Estes will put you right in a truck if you are hired, UPS has been doing a huge hiring phase the past month for their shuttles, CDL A. It probably just depends where you live and the demands of the company where you are. But sometimes you have to start off at the bottom and take that hit, to progress and be successful at a company. But how ever you go about it Good Luck with the search!!!

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Look for those day cabs you see running around close to where you are, probably Estes, XPO, NFI, ABF, Old Dominion, Saia just to name a few who run local here where I am. Even give UPS a go as well, not sure if they are unionized down where you are, but every driver I talk to around 15 or so a day, are happy with what they have and are doing. And see if there are any local Hubs for any companies around you as well. But that is just how I would go about it, I'm sure there are better, more efficient ways to find something.

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This is true. But most LTL companies (those are the companies listed here) prefer to get their drivers from their dock. In other words, to drive for them, expect to be driving a forklift for several months or years before you get to hit the road in a semi.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Job search advice

Look for those day cabs you see running around close to where you are, probably Estes, XPO, NFI, ABF, Old Dominion, Saia just to name a few who run local here where I am. Even give UPS a go as well, not sure if they are unionized down where you are, but every driver I talk to around 15 or so a day, are happy with what they have and are doing. And see if there are any local Hubs for any companies around you as well. But that is just how I would go about it, I'm sure there are better, more efficient ways to find something.

Posted:  4 months ago

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How is That a Truck Route?

Schneider provides Rand Mcnally Atlases on the 3rd week of orientation, I still have mine.

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I just do not understand why you are overlooking the Atlas as a tool

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Unholychaos, do you not have a Rand McNally Trucker's Road Atlas?

The other day you asked us about a route through Buffalo and I told you to call the customer to find out the best truck route to their facility. You wound up asking your dispatcher instead, which makes no sense.

Now this?

Come on, man. You really need to get it together with your route planning. Thus far it's only been an inconvenience but if you keep it up you're going to get yourself into quite a bit of trouble over time.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Does doing yard jockey affect your trucking experience?

The yard hostling company i work for does shuttle runs as well to Staten Island and Lancaster, PA

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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LTL Trucking - My linehaul job

Have a question for you G-Town, were you running down Rt.72 last Saturday in the afternoon by any chance?

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Cool brother! Great pic!

I saw a Wal-Mart trailer pulled off by the A&W convenience store / gas station on US 30 in Bedford this evening - only to see a Schneider truck pulling it. Was I mistaken or do you get out to that Bedford Wal-Mart as part of your route? Where are you usually running? I'm always on the hunt for Old School on the turnpike or 81. My head snaps every time I see a grey SAPA Volvo pulling a flatbed.

Hey, you'd look good in a green polo shirt!

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Rarely west of York/Harrisburg/Williamsport. Anything east of those three locations is where I spend the majority of my time. My jaunts on WB76 exit at either West Shore, East Shore or RT72. I've been to the Bedford DC area only a couple of times during blitz week (the week before Thanksgiving).

Posted:  5 months ago

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Lesson to be learned

I always check my tandem release too, never too cautious, lol.

Anytime I am away from the truck, I do a visual on the pin (with a good flashlight) once I return. Every Time! I saw a YouTube video where a dirtbag "king-pinned" a guy that he was upset with. Driver went into the truck stop, dirtbag snuck over to truck and pulled the release handle. Result was just like the above photos. Ever since seeing that, I always check.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Lesson to be learned

That wasn't me with the springs, but I see a lot in the yard I work at. Multiple driver have almost dropper their trailers, but luckily have caught them on their frames. A driver the other night drove over a curb, I guess to get some more space to back up to the spot and sank his truck in mud. All sorts of things happen, lol.

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Posted:  5 months ago

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Lesson to be learned

The Emergency line and electrical line were still hooked up when he dropped it. This was taken shortly after he unhooked them and started trying to raise up the trailer. He didn't know there was a high and low gear for that, but after about 30 minutes he got it up high enough to get back under it.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Lesson to be learned

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Posted:  5 months ago

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Lesson to be learned

Dont be this guy, always tug test and always check your pin.

Posted:  5 months ago

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New Grad, Should I take this local job?

Go for it, it is a lot of fun, I switched from OTR to that and was a good choice for me, good consistent pay, benefits, paid holidays, two full days off a week unless i choose to work more, home every night. What company is the yard jockey company and what is the pay like?

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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Logging While Being (Un)Loaded

What they dont know wont hurt them. I did many of them just so I could get home on time.

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What am I doing wrong, good, what should I change?

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Once you get comfortable with using the split sleeper berth rule you can become like a Master Jedi Trucker by taking advantage of those pesky old...

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Unfortunately, Schneider does not allow split sleeper, so I can't take advantage of that, even though there have been times when that could have been helpful.

But I will definitely take a look at that article. Thanks OS!

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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13'6" Bridges

What is the name of the place you are going in Elizabeth? Chances are I have picked up or delivered there since my park location was in Fairless Hills, they always had me grab a load in North Jersey.

Tomorrow I have to deliver my load in Elizabeth, NJ. The route my Qualcomm wants me to take will require a sharp left turn across a lane of traffic into the facility entrance. I thought, no way in hell am I gonna do that if I can't find a better way.

I found a route that would lead me straight into the entrance, however, a section of it would require going under a 13'6" overpass. Any thoughts on the matter?

Posted:  8 months ago

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Per dium pay taken away

Are you wish Schneider by any chance?

Posted:  9 months ago

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SCHNEIDER DEDICATED OR OTR

Yep day 1 is a free one, but you get paid for a full 7 days the week you go out with your trainer so you usually get back on Friday, so you should get two days with pay and no class back.

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And when you go to their OC for orientation it will be 18 days worth, you get paid each day and your second week is when you go out with your trainer with is usually 5-6 days and my trainer drove for a Lowes dedicated account which i occasionally run if our loads get slow for the week. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

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Did you get paid for day 1? They told us the first day (paperwork, etc.) was a freebie.

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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I-476 planned closure in PA.

That is good to know, ill be headed up to Mt Pocono to pick up a load on Sunday to bring down to Maryland, luckily the pick up is for between 1800 and 2000 on Sunday. Good heads up though.

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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SCHNEIDER DEDICATED OR OTR

I started out OTR with Schneider 5 months ago and switched to a new Dedicated Account the picked up for Big Lots located in PA. I much prefer the Dedicated, home pretty much every Friday and usually leave out on Sunday. Decent miles for the most part, we get paid per stop as well. There are also some pretty tight areas to slow maneuver in and some tight backs as well, so the otr would help with getting started with that. I switched accounts after 2 and a half months because it was offered to me. And when you go to their OC for orientation it will be 18 days worth, you get paid each day and your second week is when you go out with your trainer with is usually 5-6 days and my trainer drove for a Lowes dedicated account which i occasionally run if our loads get slow for the week. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

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