Profile For Matthew H.

Matthew H.'s Info

  • Location:
    Ottawa, KS

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

  • Social Link:
    Matthew H. On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    6 years, 2 months ago

Matthew H.'s Bio

I have been around the trucking industry since my birth in 1982. My father has been a trucker since before I was born and still pounds pavement every day and has been with the same "Mega Carrier" since 1988.

I have held and utilized my CDL since 2006. I got my start "on-the-job" as a class B driver with tanker endorsement, working for a municipal utilities department running a vacuum truck and service trucks when I wasn't busy digging ditches for pipeline construction/repair. From there I went on to drive a box van for a moving company before realizing that moving furniture sucks even when you get paid to do it. That lead me to another vac truck (honey wagon) job driving for a sewer and septic service company. Resigned that position after breaking my ankle and becoming uncertain of my future as a professional wheel man. The ankle healed nicely while I worked outside of the trucking industry for one year. I got back behind the wheel in 2013 driving for a company that provided dump trucking (straight trucks/end dumps) and dry bulk tanker services to the construction industry, hopper bottom/grain transportation services, LTL/line haul services as a CSP to FedEx Ground, and which has now shifted to more consistent, year 'round, OTR dry van work.

I started with them in a junk dump truck and progressed from there to become proficient in the operation of every truck type and driving capacity my company has available to include operating in a team rig contracted by FedEx Ground and also serving as a driver trainer for FedEx Ground. I'm oing solo work in one of our trucks leased to JB Hunt for now.

It has been a natural progression for me and I look forward to what is yet to come from my time behind the wheel!

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Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Hole in the wall food places

Joe's Diner at the Ayerco truck stop near Palmyra, Mo, West of Hannibal. South side of Hwy 36. It's a regular stop for me when I run through the area. I'm there as I type this, taking my 30. Had their tasty meat loaf lunch special with three sides for less than $10. I ordered, ate, paid, used the bathroom, bought some caffeine on the store side, and walked back to my rig and had 10 minutes left on my break. 1 minute now.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Cobra 138XLR Radio

It's been a good while since I've posted anything on here, in part because I took a brief hiatus from big riggin'.

Anywho...I'm back to being a wheel man and would like some input regarding the old school, older than I am, Cobra 138XLR AM/SSB radio.

I am buying one at a pretty cheap price that is in "works as it should" condition according to the seller. Once I have it, I'm taking it in for a bench test to see where it's at on everything.

My question for those of you familiar with these old beasts is what components should I consider replacing or upgrading due to their age? Any particular components known for failure? If needed, I'll have it recapped and also get the transciever aligned.

Any input you guys share is welcomed and greatly appreciated!

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Let's put some faces to names

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Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Who knew I'd be following in the footsteps?

I'm right there with you Turtle! Grandpa (mom's side), my Dad, and me. Uncle's and cousins on the road too. Love it! I told my twin sons that they should consider teaming together when they get to be old enough. Haha!

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Moving to JB Hunt

I'm currently running freight for JB Hunt in a hired truck. They've been doing right by me so far and I'm an outsider to their company. As far as how it is to be a company driver for them, I'm of no help.

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Show Me The Money! Article by Old School

Many legitimate points made by Old School! Great advice is definitely the "norm" here!

The first few years were rough for me, but I toughed it out because I love the job.

After several years of Class B driving, I upgraded to Class A. I almost broke 40k for that year, which was far better than the Class B work. Lol. A few years later, running Class A and in much the same way as described in this article, I'm earning almost as much as a first year Wal-Mart driver. Haha.

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Automated Vehicles Set To take Over Trucking Industry

The time may very well come when drivers are replaced by technology, but only after a lot more research and development takes place. We may never see that day and I would be okay with that because I don't want a "regular" job and I don't want to see autonomous vehicles taking over the highways and byways. I like driving too much to let a computer have all of the fun.

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Game

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Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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The Web Of Lies And Misinformation

A great/positive attitude is absolutely essential to being a successful driver for sure! I had a t-shirt as a freshman in high school that said, "Attitude is everything. The choice is yours." It took me awhile to really understand what that meant, but once I did, every aspect of home/work life improved for the better.

The people you see slandering carriers, dispatchers, shippers, recievers, etc...generally have a toxic, negative attitude and when they put their bad energy out into the world, it comes right back to them. When it does, instead of correcting their attitude problem, they do as mentioned...point fingers and blame others.

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Another Topic Just For Fun - What was your last load? How much did it weigh? How many miles?

"Finished product" pet food 41,390lbs 721 miles

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