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Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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I shut down and ruined my service record due to fatigue!

I think it's incredibly important for us to point out to new drivers the difference between being safe, and being lazy. We need to point out how important it is to have high expectations of yourself because trucking is no ordinary job for ordinary people. New drivers will come across these types and they need to be able to recognize when someone is taking the wrong approach so they don't follow the wrong path themselves.

Couldn't agree more. This is the essence of Trucking Truth itself.

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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G-Town has his first article published!

Great tips. A must read. Thanks G-TOWN.

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Trip planning practice??

Hey guys,

I'm heading into my second week of training at a school outsourced by the large carrier that accepted me. We planned only 1 trip in class, the minimum required, and I did well, but I want to get more practice in before I head to my company's orientation in two weeks. We're pre-tripping and in the truck here on out.

My question is, do you know of anywhere on the web I can find example loads as set by a major carrier, with their expected fuel stops, load/unload appointments, etc? I can make up some trip, but I don't know if it even would be realistic or not because I only have the one example in class to go from, and they kept all the materials after we tested out on it, so here I am.

TIA!

Great idea.

I always ask myself would be great to have some training or info regarding trip planning.

This could make another great thread/article/podcast from Brett.

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Terminated from CR England

A lot less hectic. But, I am willing to do what it takes to get the job done. I want to be the go to guy the load planners look at, when needing to get a hot load delivered that doesn't require a team. Simply put, I want to be considered one of my companies top tier drivers. I will do what it takes to get there. I take every load offered. I do favors for the load planners when need a load rescued. I want to be that driver that gets it done when others can't or won't.

Yes the 8/2 split is there to help us wen it suits us.

For the rest of your post,I totally agree... it is a must for those who want to be in the top tier driver's.

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Terminated from CR England

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Same with the company I work for... no line 5/personal conveyance, and also no 10/2 split sleeper berth allowed. Company policy is to take a 10hr break. Can't say that I've needed either however; definitely haven't been challenged to the point where the 10/2 would have proven useful, and I must admit I don't fully understand the 'personal conveyance' rules.

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It is an 8/2 split sleeper berth provision. It has saved my hide more than I care to admit. I had to do almost an entire week with a rolling 8/2 sleeper. That week sucked.

And how that week would be without the 8/2 sleeper ?

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Schneider

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I had a phone interview last week with a Schneider's recruiter from across the border. It is very different from the US side from what I've been reading on TT. 500 miles radius from terminal, eastern seaboard at .37/mile first year then .39-1/2 for year 2,3. $10 each border crossing. Different choices for home time. 6 days out 3 days home 14 out 7 home. In both options you have to take your stuff with you home. Only Manuel trucks to start. Options for your own truck are 11out 3 home or 12 out 2 home or you can stay out longer if you want. Cab has no fridge, no microwave, no apu, no electric connections. It only has lighter connections. Training first week mostly paper work and some yard training , second week out with trainer for local deliveries, third week more paper work Qualcomm, logbook and in cab training then road test.

I need alot more training then this for me to be comfortable.

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While you do only get 1 week doing actual deliveries while training, you can, and definitely should, ask for more training if you feel like you didn't get enough.

I was trained by a chicago local. I never went further than 150m from the Gary OC. Being hired on as Midwest regional, I didn't feel like I got the necessary training I needed, so I asked for another week. I was paired with a driver who did Midwest regional and I felt a lot more comfortable afterwards. It also helped considering he constantly kept saying, "I don't know why you're still in my truck. You're doing just fine." Of course my backing still sucked throughout that week and to this day, I still can't do a 45° back to save my life, but the opportunity for help was there.

Thanks, it's good to know. I didn't go to a training school, I did a non vocational course training in yard. You basically pay as you drive, training is very basic as trainers spend more time on cell phone then training you. All the study is on you, you only go there to drive.

That was before July 1th. Now law changed you need minimum 107 hours total training. I was able to pass my road test with less then 10 driving hours.

So I need to have real training with a real trainer for at least a few weeks driving only. I might go back to school for a refresher course since I already have my CDL.

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Schneider

I had a phone interview last week with a Schneider's recruiter from across the border. It is very different from the US side from what I've been reading on TT. 500 miles radius from terminal, eastern seaboard at .37/mile first year then .39-1/2 for year 2,3. $10 each border crossing. Different choices for home time. 6 days out 3 days home 14 out 7 home. In both options you have to take your stuff with you home. Only Manuel trucks to start. Options for your own truck are 11out 3 home or 12 out 2 home or you can stay out longer if you want. Cab has no fridge, no microwave, no apu, no electric connections. It only has lighter connections. Training first week mostly paper work and some yard training , second week out with trainer for local deliveries, third week more paper work Qualcomm, logbook and in cab training then road test.

I need alot more training then this for me to be comfortable.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Waiting on an express code

So much invaluable information all over the place. This site is something else. The gift that keeps on giving. Soon I will be in training, hope to give back as much as I got.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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IMPORTANT: Please pray for me.

Just Focus on the task ahead. You know what to do, just do it. Like G Town said, Focus Focus Focus

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Exciting Announcement! Four people in our forum have been promoted today!

Great news. This place keeps rocking with all the super mods + Rickypedia. There's also the experience driver's/posters with all the info to help newbies. Thanks to all of you for making Trucking Truth The Bible for those seeking Real knowledge on a trucking career. A special thanks to The one that made all of it possible... Brett Aquilla.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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A Husband and Wife Trucking Journey

I'm very glad you're enjoying Cornelius!

Needless to say the adventure continues! We grabbed showers at the main terminal, did laundry, dropped off the truck we were delivering, swapped all of our personal stuff over to the trainers regular truck, and developed a deeper understanding as to why drivers hate going into terminals. We then immediately received a load assignment and took off. We are to pick up a trailer in Atlanta, Ga and then grab the load and head for Salt Lake City, Utah. As I'll be driving tonight I went to sleep. I awoke to the truck stopping over and over as my wife and trainer yelled out the window repeatedly attempting to get directions from people. I sat up to find myself in the middle of this MASSIVE rail yard here in Atlanta, Georgia attempting to find our trailer under an absolutely gorgeous sunset. The place is miles long and filled with thousands upon thousands of trailers. As nobody can find the damn thing we are still, at this very moment, driving through rows, upon rows, upon rows of trailers hunting for it as dispatch attempts to obtain more information as to it's actual location.

Thanks for posting Larry. This is helping alot of people. It's always interesting to read different takes and experiences from different people. Please keep sharing with us. Be safe out there.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Game: Backing tips From Trainers

Great tips, keep them coming.

Thanks for the idea Rainy D.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Healthy Eating

Healthy eating is a personal thing. I mean what's healthy eating for me differs from people that don't have autoimmune diseases. But in general there's a lot of myths about healthy eating.

FAT

To simplified it... We need fat, good fat like olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, and the best fat of all... fresh avocado. None of these needs refrigeration.

VEGS

We also need vegetables, I do a mix of cauliflower, broccoli, carrot and zucchini. Steam in a pot Will last me 3 meals. To complement we also need starchy vegetables... the carrots are one, so is sweet potatoes and any type of squash. I prefer butternut squash. They can be boiled,steamed, I prefer roasted. Wen I roast a batch it last me for a week. Ideally between 1 to 3 cups of Vegs per meal and a 1/3 cup of starchy Vegs per meal depending on your appetite. Wen your body says that's enough your full, you have to stop.

PROTEIN

Protein is also important, about the size and thickness of the palm of our hand. It's easy to cook. Or buy some pre cook Protein. I also love canned food. Tuna,sardines, seafood, ham...

THE MEAL

My go to meal... 3/4 cup steam vegs 1/3 cup starchy vegs 1/2 avocado 1 radish 1-2 tbsp sauerkraut 1 medium tuna can in olive oil mixed with kalamata olives. ( reddish brown olives) Fruit in season.

I sprinkle good quality evoo (extra virgin olive oil ) on top of all vegs then sprinkle mineral sea salt on top of all vegs including Sliced radish and avocado.

This gives me enough energy to last 5 to 7 hours without having snacks between meals. I do this 3 times per day I only change the protein.

Lost 30 pounds first 3 months. 5 pounds the 4th month.

After one month stoped cholesterol, high blood pressure meds. Reduce half of meds from psoriatic arthritis.

If we want it... We can.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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I am a rest area attendant. Ask me anything.

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you'll eventually get pulled in for a random drug test/sleep test and you'll be busted.

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Random sleep tests . . .

. . . this really is a GREAT CAREER! ! !

You can't blame the carriers and the insurance companies to protect themselves from people trying to cheat their way into this GREAT CAREER.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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How shady is the industry really? (Multiple logbooks and unplugging GPS trackers?)

Bud,

Sorry, I guess that was over the top insulting.

Life will not be easy on you. You can't just insult people and everything you disagree with. Take a break, look back... analyze it and a knowledge what you're doing wrong, then fix it. Lots of hate in you boy. Take care of that.

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