Profile For Big T

Big T's Info

  • Location:
    National City, CA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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    1 year, 11 months ago

Big T's Bio

I am returning to the industry after being away since 2009. I have driven dry van, reefers, and heavy haul dry van. I have been a solo, team, lead, and trainer. I am currently jumping through all the hoops again getting my license back and starting my driving career again. I have missed the road and am finally able to return.

I have one non-preventable, not at fault wreck in which I was rear ended outside Queens, but other than that I have a clean record and value safety above all else. I also believe in the "brotherhood" of trucking and believe it is up to each of us to keep it going and to bring it back.

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Posted:  2 days, 10 hours ago

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Swift C1 Training - Indianapolis, IN

Swift as a company is pretty much all auto at this point except a few trucks that haven't been traded in yet. The schools, both academy and third party, are still teaching and testing in manuals for now.

It isn't. I heard over the interwebs that swift was auto, his last comment about "shifting" simply provoked a question, to which I then asked.

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Maybe, but I don’t think so.

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Thank you, you do not think its an auto. All I wanted to know.

Posted:  6 days, 6 hours ago

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Student Passed

Thanks guys. Yes RealDiehl this was the same student.

Posted:  6 days, 6 hours ago

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Student Passed

Spaceman this first thing is you have to own your actions. If you screw up then own it, learn from it, and correct it. If it's everyone else's fault then you will never learn from it.

Second is to listen to learn not to respond. Once again if your mouth is moving your ears aren't engaged.

Those were the two biggest attitude issues.

Congrats for getting him through. Tolerance and patience is a pair of virtues not always appreciated enough.

Since it's so fresh on your mind and I am slated for the road training Saturday, what is one thing that you can point out about his attitude for me to not act like? Obviously if it's extreme like cussing out the trainer I won't but maybe something minor that takes time to build a stressful conclusion?

Posted:  6 days, 10 hours ago

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Student Passed

My student that was given an extra 100 hours of training passed yesterday.

It was not the smoothest 100, but once he finally checked his attitude it went fine.

I don't think people realize how much of a mental game trucking is. You can have all the skills in the world, but if you're attitude sucks you aren't going to be very successful.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Good News and Not-So-Good-News! And a few questions!

Take the records and pill bottles with you. It would also be something to tell JB or anyone that you are applying with. They can tell you what their policy is. Some companies may require you to be off it for a certain time frame.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Manual or Automatic?

Dynamic transit is all manual. They are a smaller carrier with only about 250 trucks.

My automatic is ok but I would drop it for a manual in heartbeat if they offered me one at Swift.

I was a tad freaked out the one time the shop said they had to do tranny work on my truck and then never got up from a computer.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Accident scammers target trucks for financial payout

My first trip into Queens I came upon a bridge that was posted as 12' 7". A quick math equation triggered the o.s. part of my brain and I stopped. I put on my flashers and my codriver and I got out to check the clearance because it looked tall enough, but it's numbers and mine didn't match.

During this situation a car rear ended me. Shortly after that one of those pick ups with a repo rig on it pulled up and offered to pull them off my DOT bumper and I could get on my way without involving cops.

Major red flag. Tow companies, especially repo rigs, are not out there because of their heart. They want to make a buck.

Also leaving the scene of an accident in a cmv is a major no no.

The police came out, took our statements, and cited the other driver. He explained that I'm allowed to stop and check clearances and rear end collisions are an at fault for the one in the rear.

A few months later I got a notice in the mail that I was being sued, along with CRST, for being criminally negligent.

I'm not sure what the end result was, but I'm pretty sure CRST settled out of court as was common. I never heard another thing about it.

That was 14 years ago. Like I've said this isn't anything new.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Accident scammers target trucks for financial payout

G-town is spot on. These people depend on the emotional response. The simple act of saying I'm sorry can turn into dollar signs in court: "why would they say sorry if they didn't do something wrong? "

Swift's policy is to call claims first. They will guide you on what to look for, what to photograph, who to talk to etc. Never admit guilt and don't talk to anyone besides the police.

They can pull drive cam footage and telematics from the system. The amount of information these trucks generate is incredible. Speed, acceleration, deceleration, rate of change, lane control, etc.

Most important is to remain calm. Emotions do not make hurt people better, broken things whole again, or change circumstances.

It is a good exercise to mentally prepare yourself in case you are involved in an accident. What is your company's policy?

I'll post some more later about a situation I was involved in during my first year driving.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Game: Funniest negative review about your company

It didn't come across that way, but their review is exactly why I think Brett is right to not allow a "review" section.

All of these companies have one major flaw. They all employ humans. Humans are known for screwing up from time to time.

It amazes me sometimes though that these reviewers don't realize these companies have hundreds of million mile drivers. If the companies were as bad as some claim then they shouldn't have any let alone hundreds.

I didnt mean to come across as poking fun at the companies... but the terminal rats. Hope it didnt come across that way.

i thought it was hysterical the guy was mad that he wasnt getting free vacations lol

Posted:  1 week ago

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Game: Funniest negative review about your company

We had a driver at one of our terminals complaining that when he walked up to the t call window the people got up and left and didn't help him.

Slob would have been being nice when describing this guy. You couldn't smell the smoke in the smoking area over his bo. I finally lost my cool after listening to him bad mouth the company for almost 20 minutes straight and suggested he go shower and put on some clean clothes. It might help if he wasn't making people physically sick.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Hourly Pay vs Mileage Pay

You need a tad bit more information to answer that question. Information like what is the hourly rate and what is the mileage rate.

With only a few months experience why are you already looking to change?

Im looking at swithcing companies only been driving a few months wich is better miles or hourly? How many miles are averaged within 8 hours?

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Swift C1 Training - Indianapolis, IN

8.5 hr car ride vs 22 hr bus ride seems like a plan to me.

Good Morning y'all,

Today's the big day but we made a change. The bus ride from Charlottesville to Indianapolis was expecting to be around 22 hours with two stops but I do not know where and for how long.

We decided to go ahead and drive me up to Indianapolis because it is only an 8.5 hour drive, opposed to the 22 hours, and just to stay the night up there, tonight, and then check in to the hotel that Swift has allotted me. We've checked the weather and looks like rain and, so long as my wife and son jet out of Indianapolis quickly tomorrow, they should be in the clear and miss the snow (if any).

I will let you know what tomorrow is like, once we get there.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Swift C1 Training - Indianapolis, IN

Welcome and good luck.

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Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Double clutch struggling in lower gears 2nd to 3rd and 3rd to 4th!

Might check to see if the engine brake is on.

In general the rule of thumb is out at 1500 and in around 1100 when up shifting. Opposite when down shifting.

It sounds like you have a timing issue. Listen to the Adam's family theme song. The snaps are almost a perfect timing for double clutching. Get a plunger next to a chair and pretend it is the stick. Then you can practice your timing with your left leg.

Most importantly take a breather and relax.

Another trick is to listen next time you're in the truck. What does it sound like when the instructor shifts. I have found a lot of my students were able to shift better when they started going by sound instead of watching the rpms.

Best of luck.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Driver Facing Cam Question

think we are just being viewed as the next big easy target

There is no next to it. Trucking companies have been targets for a while.

Drivers aren't a target at all. Yes we get listed in the suits, but our pockets are not deep enough for the lawyers to care about us.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Driver Facing Cam Question

We have had drivers fired for texting and driving distracted because even though we do not have driver facing cams the forward facing cam pics up the reflection on the windshield.

A couple weeks ago my student had a cam event when he broke hard to avoid a cow on the road and I got in a little trouble because I had sat down to smoke a cig (I have a no smoking in the sleeper rule) and it saw the reflection of my phone on the windshield. I was logged in the sleeper berth at the time.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Swift Took One For The Team :-/

Maybe that voice on the CB was “The CB Savage”. Look it up on YouTube, youngsters. Great, old trucking song.

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Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Swift Took One For The Team :-/

Definitely the driver's responsibility. You are responsible for knowing and following the law. If you choose to break it then you are making the choice to pay.

No one but me drives my truck. Not my dispatcher, not Billy big rigger, not dot, and definitely not the magic voice on the cb.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Crash mitigation system

With swift's new safety ranking system a following too close is worth 21 points. He may have moved over to ensure not getting tagged with one.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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It has been one of those weeks.

If you have the phone number for those aliens I have a "business venture" for them. Lol.

Hey, you didnt hit anything, so life is good.

My FM just laughs at me no matter what. I could say "My truck was just stolen by aliens" and it would be "10/4 sorry lol"

but when i first started he would say "you got there early, didnt hit anything, and communicated with me your issues.You had a great day!"

It was -39 in WY and i blew a head gasket in my 2015. Drove it 300 miles to deliver then it died and never truly recovered. Some of.my bolts froze and broke from being brittle...even on my wheel covers.

Extreme temperatures is no joke and better to be sitting and safe than having parts fly off your truck.

And your student is still learning..how to get repairs, what life is like at times, what its like in severe temps, etc.

So great job Mr Trainer!!!

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