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    Central, FL

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    Experienced Driver

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    5 years, 9 months ago

TommyGun's Bio

If the nature of trucking isn't a philisophical way to describe life, I don't know what is.

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Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Two Years Of Trucking (Video)

TommyGun: That was awesome!!!! Really cool how you did that. (The plot and dialogue were a little weak, though. Lol.)

Thats truck driving. xD

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Worst bottleneck I deal with now is between Gary, IN and I-294 interchange on I-80 at the Indiana/Illinois line.

Both ways, from around 0900 to 1800. Wrecks happen all the time on that stretch of road.

Same with I-465/I-865 interchange in northern Indianapolis.

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Crap Companies

I will agree at truck stops and your terminal, you will see your share of rats. Every so often I'm routed back to my terminal for training, and in the drivers lounge, you'll see the same 2-3 people *****ing about this or that. Or how this job/that job sucks, etc.

I'm of the opinion while you're on company time/property, you need to remain a professional.

I've been driving for Stevens Transport for almost 3 years. I'm holding out for Walmart because it fits my needs better as a driver.

Until then, I'm quietly doing my job and waiting for the call.

If you don't like your location/vocation; change either/or/both. It's up to you.

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Two Years Of Trucking (Video)

Took a bunch of dashcam footage and came up with a compilation. No, I don't fancy myself as the next 'trucker youtuber', just wanted to show some highlights of OTR.

You've guys have seen what I've seen, been where I've been, and then some.

Let me know what you think. Enjoy. :)

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Chicago first time




Another notch on the belt Bruce!

Way to go!




Talking about belt notches, it has been six months since I started this odyssey and at my recent check up I’ve only gained 3 pounds. But that doesn’t help with the 20 I need to lose.

But that’s a whole ‘nother discussion.

It makes me nervous when you guys tell me that there are worse places to go to in Chicago. If I get another load there I might have to invoke my stop work authority! 😝


LOOP Recycling on 47th Ave is a fun one. Not a difficult back. Right off of 290 just on the other side of 294. Just nowhere to stage. Also have to back off the road. It is a major Thruway to one of the smaller intermodal yards. So you have trucks and cars trying to race by you while you are setting up to back. Btw, the Chicago intermodal Drivers have a screw loose. Give them an inch and they will try to put their tractor thru it.

I work Chicago Intermodal for Stevens. I thought the Northeast was hard, but Intermodal you have guys racing 200 mph through the railyard. Some crazy stuff.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Resistance bands and jump rope.

Dont weight anything and easily storable.

A fitness mat might be a good choice too.

Posted:  4 years ago

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Electric blanket.

My first truck had all kinds of issues; not the least of which the heater worked when it felt like it.

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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Winter is coming!

January will mark two years in the business for me.

I still absolutely respect mountain grades, and icy/snow conditions.

Can't mess around with that stuff. Its an awful expedient way to die if you don't.

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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Approaching 2 yrs...Looking for local work.

Hey guys, in January, my 2 years with Stevens will be complete, and I'll be looking to get home for a more local gig.

I'm looking for something that will get me home every night, or on the weekends. Also looking for more pay and decent benefits. I live in Central FL, south of Orlando.

I've worked OTR, been on loan to dedicated, and currently work the intermodal circuit in Chicago. All with reefer trailers, but I have my HAZMAT/Tanker endorsement as well.

I have a good reputation with my company, never refused a load, clean MVR, clean CSA score.

I don't regret my choice going with Stevens, but its time for this road dog to go home. This job has made me utterly thankful for the family I have, and I hope to start my own family one day.

You think I can find work? :)

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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Driver Facing Camera

My opinion is; forward facing, okay.

Driver facing; no way.

There was talk of driver facing cams at Stevens, a lot of the lady truckers vehemently opposed them, and that was that.

Sorry, you have GPS, you have access to temps of the reefer, and you see what I see. On ours they have collision detection and lane detection.

Can I have at least part of my day not under 24 hr surveilance?

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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Logbook Rules: How Would You Make Them Better?

On a 24 hr clock; 12 hours on-duty, 12 hours off duty. 80 hr week.

Keep 34 hr resets.

No more 30 minute break.

Airlines have a 12/12 rule for pilots.

Its simple, effective, gives more driving time while allowing drivers to get the rest they need.

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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Interesting read on hours of service.

Always thought they should make us have similar rules to Airlines.

In a 24 hr period, you have 12 hours for on-duty, 12 hours for off-duty.

The 12 hours are split at the drivers discretion.

No more 30 minute break rule.

It would solve dock time issues, and drivers get another driving time, which should be no problem, because they are getting more rest.

Keep the coercion law in place to prevent driver abuse.

It would be very simple to implement, simple to understand, and would eliminate a lot of issues.

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Trucks & Personal Protection.

^ Sorry, Reginald Denny is who I meant.

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Trucks & Personal Protection.

Dog chain, padlock wrapped in a bandana, roll of quarters....

I carry a Leatherman Super Tool.

If firearms were allowed, I'd have a .357 Magnum in the truck.

Big supporter of the 2nd Amendment.

Company policy did not protect Reginald King. And he was the only one obeying the law that day.

Did not deserve what happened to him.

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Should I choose a company that trains on automatic transmissions and have that restriction on my CDL?

We had thirteen guys test for their driving test in school.

11 qualified on the auto.

I was one of two that chose the 10 speed.

Glad I did, but it appears for naught.

Drive a 12 speed Eaton Fuller auto now, but I'd give anything to have my 9 spd. manual back. But thats personal preference I guess.

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Reviews of Roadmaster Training

Went through the Roadmasters school in Orlando.

First couple of days you work on your permit. Then, you learn operation basics, then you start backing.

Schoolwork was typically in the morning, driving in the afternoon.

Instructors are friendly enough.

Trucks are worn out.

Two weeks in, recruiters come by to pitch.

Was about five weeks.

Anyone have anything to say about Roadmaster's training program?

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Home Time Housing

I've been OTR for almost two years now. Now that I have a bit of experience, and making more money, I'd like a place of my own.

I love visiting my family during hometime, but I am essentially, homeless.

The reason for it is that I have some trepidation in purchasing a house or renting a house that I will be in one day per week per month on average (I stay out five to six weeks at a time).

I've thought about travel trailers.

I am single. What has worked for you guys/gals?

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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A Commencement Speech For Truck Driving School Graduates - article by Old School

Mentioning the high turnover rate is not to be understated.

When I went to orientation with Stevens, we started with 32.

After going out with a trainer, that number was 12.

After the first year, 3 guys were left, one of whom I. One of the others became a contractor/trainer.

Graduating is important. But surviving the first year even more so. :)

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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A lesson in patience, Brooklyn, and Chinese takee-outee moped delivery.

I remember having to pick up some pizza dough at a place in Brooklyn on 131st street, a one way street. Knew going in it was going to be very tight.

It was Dec. 12th, and it was 14 degrees.

On the way there, O/O had an accident with a minivan. He was jughandling right, (he was an old Pete and had to), and minivan tried to sneak past.

Nobody was hurt, but 10 firefighters and 8 cops showed up.


Being a former paramedic, I shot the breeze, saying how the story Chuck Serekia inspired me to go to school.

We waved goodbye.

Back to my load. Google satelite images didnt to it justice. Cars were covered on each curb.

I did a jughandle as wide as I possibly could, touched the base of a pedestrian sign, didnt break it.

Less than a foot of space on either side.

Pizza dough guys saw me and cleared a single car space for a forklift to get through.

Couldn't even open the doors all the way because it was so narrow.

Bummed a menthol cigarette from a dockworker; my first and only in 8 years.

That was a loooooooong day, I won't lie.

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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End of a Journey - My year of trucking.

There is nothing wrong with realizing when its time to make a change.

I survived 1 year and 7 months going OTR. The loneliness is a real thing. I've been a loner most of my life, but coupled with the sleep schedule and the tight load windows, it can be downright miserable at times.

I can remember when I first started, I would go out 9-10 weeks. (I learned not to do that), because I would go crazy.

The last 10 week stretch I was out, towards the end I drove through the desert on I-40 at night in nothing but my underwear; just to do something different.

About three weeks ago, I was assigned a dedicated rail job that pays for every hour I work.

I start in the morning and go to bed at night steadily. Most of the time I bobtail to a truck stop at the end of the day. I work the rails in chicago, work as far west as Iowa, far east as Ohio.

About two days ago, I told them I wanted to be permanently assigned. Its still far away from my home, and I have to go out 5 or more weeks at a time, but the scheduling is so much better than OTR.

I'll finish my 2 years experience working the rail. The rail guys and rail dispatch are a close knit group. Way different than OTR.

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