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Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Truck drivers with weapons permits

The sort of situation I could see using a knife in is when I'm in my sleeper and someone is breaking in. I'd be cornered already. I'd probably yell at them to go away, and that I was calling the cops, while calling the cops with my knife out. You can't accurately swing any big weapons in enclosed spaces like that, but you can unleash a barrage of stabs. I suppose pepper spray is a good idea too, but spraying pepper spray in a sleeper will probably get me too. That stuff stays in the air, and in a confined space like that, it'll be concentrated. I used to spray it at dogs that would come after me when I went jogging until I got sick of having to pay for it - switched to rocks instead.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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I Hit a bridge

Brett,

Do you deny the existence of all of the various categories of people you just listed being put in situations out of their ability to accurately make the right decision? Because that's utter nonsense if so. Experts in some of the fields you listed acknowledge it plainly. I've even worked in one of them.

People that get stuff done don't need to burden themselves with petty things like blame. They need to try their best, and the best they can do is acknowledge when something is not totally within their control. There will always be fools willing to strap themselves to a missile without fins, and take the responsibility of guiding it at a precise target, perhaps even with utter conviction in their ability to do it.

I believe you are probably smarter than most people, and perhaps your particular talents have suited you well as a truck driver, but that doesn't mean it's the case for most of humanity, or that it's out of the realms of a possibility that you could potentially make such a mistake. In the end, you didn't hit a bridge before you quit driving, and congrats to you.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Drinking in the Truck.

Partagas,

That question did not imply that specific wording. That was a specific example to communicate a broader understanding to the question. I watched a video on youtube of a DOT inspector training recruits. Believe me, I fully understand that interpretation can be grossly mangled by dunces that can't even speak 6th grade English, but that doesn't mean a competent judge wouldn't laugh it out of court.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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I Hit a bridge

Or better yet, just some small sensor at the top of the trailers?

We need solutions instead of blaming people that have literally been setup for it to happen to them.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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I Hit a bridge

Brett,

There are, "mistakes" that a fully functioning human being shouldn't make if they are applying themselves properly. We will all make them in some manner, but we generally accept that doing so is our own fault. We could do better, we knew better, etc.

Then there are, "mistakes" that a fully functioning human can be expected to make because it is not in the scope of their capacity. Judging bridge heights at road speeds is easily one of them. Unless truck drivers are expected to drive up to every single bridge, stop and check their clearance, or idiots stop building bridges too low for legal vehicles (including accounting for repaving of roads that any engineer with two brain cells should do), this sort of thing is going to predictably happen again and again.

In the case of Errol's bridge, with that posted clearance, I probably would actually stop at the bridge completely, turn my hazard lights on, and slowly inch towards it while checking my clearance - getting in and out over and over. Doing so, I risk getting rear ended or hit by another car. Hey, I might get killed, but at least I won't be blamed right?

Yes, I'll do trip planning, but there are still going to be the poor souls that do trip planning and still manage to be the first to find a bridge or power line some idiot built too low, that just got raised at that critical point from some road work. Of course, that road work can be a clue to be more careful, so lets just hope all truck drivers are super geniuses tuned into every clue around them while traveling 55+ MPH. Yes, plenty of truck drivers don't hit a bridge, and proper planning reduces their chances, but that doesn't mean they couldn't potentially hit one if bad luck strikes.

Worse than that is power lines in the dark.

I was actually thinking about this earlier. Why not put a thin, fragile bar on the top of the cab of the truck that extends slightly above the height of the trailer, which sets off an alarm if broken? It could be done to add minuscule amounts of wind resistance, and break before causing damage to most structures.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Truck drivers with weapons permits

I asked what the most deadly weapon was a person could legally carry in a thread similar to this, and I was told it was a knife. I've gone shopping picked out a knife I consider perfect for a truck driver. It has a glass breaker, and a seat belt cutter (So I can pull someone from a burning car if I happen upon one), and a 3" blade. It's what rescue workers carry for saving people.

I'm wondering though... is this going to be generally legal throughout all states? Do companies allow it?

I don't want to waste money on it if some giant walking female parts decide to tell me I can't carry it as a truck driver. I'm already a well trained grappler, and I generally doubt I look like someone to choose to mess with, but who knows. I also like that I could potentially save a life with it.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Drinking in the Truck.

Partagas,

Not4hire already quoted this. It's right off the FMCSA's own website. Why do you disagree with their own words?

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Drinking in the Truck.

FMCSA 392.5

Question 3: Does the prohibition against carrying alcoholic beverages in ยง392.5 apply to a driver who uses a company vehicle, for personal reasons, while off-duty?

Guidance: No. For example, an owner-operator using his/her own vehicle in an off-duty status, or a driver using a company truck or tractor for transportation to a motel, restaurant, or home, would normally be outside the scope of this section.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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A year of Per Diem pay - the results

C T,

May I ask what company you grossed 32k in a half a year with?

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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I Hit a bridge

It's one of my greatest fears about becoming a truck driver. It's a situation that anyone could find themselves in, IMO. Bridges and power lines SHOULD NOT ever be built over roads that are too low for legal vehicles. I think it's more obviously a blunder by the people that designed them than anything else.

But the theme for truck drivers is to take all the responsibility for everyone else's incompetence without the authority to change anything.

Failures before you hit the bridge:

1. Building the bridge too low for a truck to pass in the first place. 2. A company GPS telling you to go under it.

Yet a truck driver takes the full blame when they have the least ability to change the situation, and the least chance of judging it properly since it's flying at them at road speeds. I mean, in the dark, you're not even going to necessarily see power lines you could potentially hit. The entire situation is ridiculous.

I'm sorry it happened to you.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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A year of Per Diem pay - the results

It was more that the fact that Errol didn't account for the standard deduction on the side of not getting per diem pay confused me. It seems dishonest to me not to throw that in there when comparing pay after taxes, and then I wondered if I understood the whole situation properly since I'm well aware I am not an expert at truck driver taxes.

The fact page linked to in this thread already What Is Per Diem Pay For Truck Drivers seems to summarize it quite well.

The only issue I have a slight problem with is:

If a driver did not receive per diem pay they would do one of two things at tax time. You either save all receipts for meals and incidental expenses and deduct 80% of those at tax time. Or you would take the IRS "standard deduction" which is currently $59/day.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but it is my understanding that 1. it's currently $63/day 2. It's 80% of $63. That sentence makes it sound like you don't take 80% from the standard deduction.

Another benefit to per diem pay that I don't note it mentioning is that you can invest that money earlier instead of having it tied up until you get your tax return.

Also, can someone explain to me how a company calculates per diem pay?

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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A year of Per Diem pay - the results

Anyway, if you're out 5 days a week with that standard deduction, I calculate after taxes as being $36,199.6 not using per diem pay, using your tax rate. (I think tax rate will be lower than that actually, but I'm not going to chase that down.) I might just be tremendously confused here. Someone certainly is.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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A year of Per Diem pay - the results

It appears to me that you can take $63 as a standard meal allowance IRS 2016 Publication 463

If this applies, you can claim a standard meal allowance of $63 a day ($68 for travel outside the continental United States) for travel in 2016.

I don't know. I've never had to do taxes as a truck driver yet, and while I thought I generally understood, this thread is confusing me.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Exercise Sucks!! Kinda... not really

Joshua,

You're only sore like that if you don't bike for a long time and then do some long trip. If you stay conditioned, it's really not a problem. I know what you're talking about though, and I suspect you end up super sore even if you had padding. The trick is to start out slow, and work your way up to the longer trips.

Daniel,

Gears don't just make it easier for you to go up hills. They let you go faster on flat land, and down hills. There are simply hills one hits while going up steep terrain that no one can manage without some super low gears. On a BMX you're most definitely walking. I like some of your pictures, by the way. It's nice to see someone can go on adventures as a truck driver.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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A year of Per Diem pay - the results

Are you accounting for the standard deduction you can take off without per diem?

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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This could be You, or You or Me

Except he started at 16, which isn't possible these days. Also, he totaled a truck to avoid hitting a car in front of him, which I hope isn't me. :P

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Exercise Sucks!! Kinda... not really

Daniel,

You use a bike that doesn't have gears? Also, the photos on the first page don't load for anyone.

Cwc,

50+ miles is pretty hardcore. You must be in very good shape.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Exercise Sucks!! Kinda... not really

I never wore that stuff as a mountain bike rider. I never went 50 miles either, but I doubt you're going anywhere near that yourself. :P

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Exercise Sucks!! Kinda... not really

LOL, why do you think lycra is necessary?

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Exercise Sucks!! Kinda... not really

Nice. I've actually been pondering about how to keep from ending up fat and out of shape as a truck driver myself. I know Prime has a gym if they'd have taken me. I thought about taking some dumbells with me, but I probably don't want to add weight to the truck like that.

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