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Posted:  2 years ago

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Need Advice on highway left turns (4 lane divided).

You also want to make sure you don't stop in the middle of the turn and block traffic. In many cases, stopping on a "right of way" (road) is an INSTANT FAIL.

Obviously - you don't want to cause an accident by continuing into the turn, if you misread traffic speeds and end up "in a crowd".

The best answer would be to wait until you are SURE you can completely execute the turn safely (no cross traffic), than jump in and have some 4-wheeler that's speeding, force you into making hasty moves to prevent a collision.

Rick

Got it. So effectively just never go unless you are 100% sure the turn can be made. Thanks for the information.

Posted:  2 years ago

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Need Advice on highway left turns (4 lane divided).

Are you sure you are going to encounter this scenario?

I'm not sure about the wisdom of gunning it and go during a road test. I'd think they want to see you being smooth and under control. Accelerate smoothly and make your way to your chosen lane. If someone starts coming after you've committed they can move over to the next lane.

Yes. Exit out of the school is right on a hill that curves around some thick woods. It's about 6 seconds of visibility tops. While it's not super busy, there is the what if aspect of it.

Posted:  2 years ago

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Need Advice on highway left turns (4 lane divided).

It takes a good 12 - 15 seconds to make a turn like that. Wait until you have plenty of clearance from ongoing traffic to make a turn like that.

Got it. What happens if you don't have 12 to 15 seconds of visibility? Say.. 5-8 seconds of visibility? Do you just gun it as soon as its clear? And thank you for the information.

Posted:  2 years ago

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Need Advice on highway left turns (4 lane divided).

Hey everyone! I passed my written exam! Now is pretrip and backing, Followed by the road test. I can manage pretrip and backing, but the road test has me worried. Its in the middle of the city where most roads are four-lane divided high ways.

My biggest fear? Coming up to a four lane high way from a two lane road and having to make a left turn while crossing both traffic. Keep in mind, There is no turning/merge lane. Its just a straight up cross both lanes of oncoming, Then merge into another lane of the right side.

With this being said, How do you know when its safe to do so? Any advice will be greatly appreciated. This is for the ROAD portion of the test.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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What are a truck driver's best defense against possible criminal acts against them while on duty?

I too once questioned Second Amendment rights for truckers. After much research, I learned that as much as I hated to admit it, As a trucker your second amendment right is gone. Why you ask? I have a permit for Tennessee. Well? Not every state honors that permit. And all it takes is one ****ed state trooper doing a search on me to land me a felony and cost me the job and possibly land me some prison time.

I can keep an employer from finding out my weapon. I have done it for years at my current employer. I have worked for them for 6 years. Carried my 9mm every single day, They never found out. That's because I carry deep concealed and unless you did a frisk and pat down, You would never find it. Even if you did frisk me, You'd still have to see it to know it was a gun, otherwise, I'd just say it was some very private medical device that I wasn't comfortable talking about. No employer is going to risk the legal repercussions of a strip search. An officer, however? They would be more than willing to risk it and would indeed be covered once they found the weapon.

They were trying to pass a law that forced all states to honor any permit provided by any state, But so far it has not been allowed to pass. Until that day comes where you can't be federally prosecuted just because that state doesn't honor your permit? You can't legally carry that weapon and have no second amendment right in this field of work. I am sorry my friend. That's just how it is.

Now for some who may question why you'd want to carry a weapon? Let me give you a fine example a friend of mine gave me once.

"Forced dispatch. While you can express distaste for certain areas, If they give you a load going to a particularly dangerous area such as Chicago or New York City? Well... You might as well find a new company to work for."

In my opinion, Chicago (Sorry people of Chicago, Its nothing personal) is nothing but a cesspool of crime and violence. While I have not started trucking, I dread the day a delivery to or from that forsaken place ever gets sent to that Qualcomm . I dread the thought of going there without some form of gun protection.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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How much "You" time do you have at the end of the day?

Leisure time varies from day to day, trip to trip. Some trips have more extra time between pickup and delivery than others. Some trips may only require driving 8hr per day, others you will be nearly maxing your 11hr driving clock each day. The extra 3 hrs available during the 14hr day are sometimes used at shipper/receiver, pre/post trip, breaks or emergency maintenance such as blown tire if needed. Most of this time is not paid unless you are receiving detention pay while waiting to be loaded/unloaded. You don't always use your full clock, I rarely do to be honest, most days I only use 9-11 hours of it. If you can park for your entire 10hr break at shipper/receiver it can help cut down on your used hours and help you run a more efficient clock than counterparts that believe they must always be at a truck stop for breaks, it's plain silliness to me, however not all customers allow "overnight " parking.

So if I am waiting to be unloaded at dock, That counts toward my 10 hours? Why am I waiting for them to unload it? Is there just not enough space or something, lack of manpower?

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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How much "You" time do you have at the end of the day?

Well Ray not all your time will be used on any given day. Some days you'll be driving 8 and the next you may drive your 11. As far as using the whole 14, it happens occasionally but it's not typical.

A key for success in this industry for drivers is to maximize your daily clock so you can utilize it through the 8 day 70. If you drive hard and run 11 hr days you'll find yourself out of hours very quickly and sitting for 34hr resets on a regular basis. This will not only prove unprofitable in some cases it will probably cause your dispatcher acid reflux every time he has to repower your load to another driver.

I am constantly adjusting the hours I drive to maximize my time and profitability during the week. I have plenty of time to shower do laundry and catch some TV.

I see.. So I need to make sure I don't hit my 34 hour reset during a load that has a set time to arrive. So it sounds better to stretch your days out so you don't hit that 34 then.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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How much "You" time do you have at the end of the day?

I often split up the day by taking two hours either to nap or shower and eat..so I drive four to five hours then break...then drive the rest. But it is within my 14 clock. Also remember truck and trailer washouts in this time.

BTW....just because YOU can shower quickly doesn't mean the showers are available. Some truck stops have fewer showers and wait times for a shower can be ridiculous. So going to a petro or ta can be better than a small pilot for that.

The way you make.money is to learn to manage your clock to get more loads. I run reefer and am quite happy. I get paid detention if the customer takes more than two hours...and I sleep or watch movies. I use that as my break then roll out. If I want to take longer than a 10hour break it is never a big deal cause I trip plan to always be so early that I have time.

Love this job

I had heard that sometimes you do have to wait on a shower. I am fine with this. So it sounds like it really will come down to trip planning for how long I'll be driving day to day then. Generally, How is detention pay calculated?

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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How much "You" time do you have at the end of the day?

As the title says, How much personal time do you have remaining before you absolutely have to get to sleep before the next 10 hour drive starts?

I already know that you typically will be driving 10 hours a day, But that leaves the question as to what that final 4 hours is used for. What am I missing in trucking that takes 4 hours every day not driving to complete? I don't even think these four hours are paid as I have always been told "You only make money when the wheels are turning. Stay away from Refers. (Too bad on that, I'm going to be working for Stevens Transport.). If this is the case, and I am breaking my back while not being paid, I think I'll probably stick with it long enough to get myself out of debt and then get out of it. I am the kinda person who is motivated by money.

For those who say eating, dropping the deuce, showering. I can do all of those things in 30 minutes if I had to do them right after the other. For those wondering, Yes, I can take a complete and thorough shower in 5 minutes. All my life, I have had around a 20-gallon water heater. You get 8 minutes of hot water tops. If you don't finish in that 8 minutes, You get the cold water.

Regarding Pre-Trip times? I was told if you spend more than 20 minutes doing it, Your dispatcher is going to be yelling at you through qualcomm.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Pilot/Flying J Premium Wifi Questions!

Whats up guys! First off let me start by saying happy Easter! With that out of the way, I have been curious about the quality of premium wifi at the Pilot/Flying J truck stops. Before anyone asks, yes, I tried to do a search, everything I was getting information on is dated 2 years old or more!

So I am doubtful that these older posts mention much of Pilots new wifi. Allow me to post a few takes from the main website: "All Pilot Flying J locations broadcasting “Pilot Flying J Outdoor Enhanced WiFi” offer Premium WiFi service.

"We heard you. We fixed it. Try it today. At Pilot Flying J, we know how important it is to stay connected while you’re on the road. We spent millions of dollars and thousands of man hours overhauling our WiFi, and we would love for you to try it."

And...

“Enhanced Stores” have received a technology upgrade and Premium WiFI is available for purchase at these locations. Premium WiFi will provide the best experience when streaming, downloading, uploading and playing online games. “Legacy Stores” are stores in the network that are unable to receive the upgraded technology required for Premium WiFi service. FREE WiFi service is available at these locations. At these locations, you can send and receive email and conduct general web browsing."

With pilot posting about this new "Enhanced Wifi", can anyone tell me if its any good? Are these enhanced stores hard to find? Would anyone be willing to do a speedtest.net measurement on the wifi?

To anyone that helps me reach out and see an updated answer to this question, Thank you VERY much. For all others wondering why I don't use my verizon Hotspot? That hard throttles to 600 Kilobits/s after you use the 10 gigs. So that means its slightly better than dialup at that point. I'll be driving reefers, So thats for those 4+ hour wait times to get my truck unloaded. I need to use Truck Stop wifi as much as possible and save the hot spot for times when truck stop wifi is an impossibility.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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No Second Amendment for truckers?

Hey guys!

Any chance this will ever change? I want to carry while out on the road, but I also don't want to be given a felony just because some state doesn't accept my Tennessee Gun Permit.. It says the right to bear arms shall not be infringed, but some states won't even let you apply for a permit for them unless you live there. That means I cannot carry through that state with out risking a felony should some DOT officer decide to search me. As an OTR, my right to bear arms has been infringed.... What do you guys do?

For any one wondering, I carry deep concealed. You'd have to physically search me to find my gun. I DO NOT OPEN CARRY.

Those who would question the need to carry a firearm need not waste their time with a response, thank you anyways though. Its a dangerous world out there.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Any Drivers for Stevens Transport here?

This should help: Stevens Transport

Good luck!

Thanks for the info!

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Any Drivers for Stevens Transport here?

Hey guys! Ray here again. Today I am curious to see if anyone here has driven for Stevens Transport. They are the company I am going to attempt to work for. With that being said, I would like to ask a couple questions!

------The company says they pride themselves on having the finest trucks in the industry. Is this true? I also read that the trucks have built in wifi. If true, Is the Wifi in the trucks any good?

--------How does the company treat its drivers? I went to Indeed.com and the reviews were mixed. Most of the bad reviews tend to come from people who were expecting to be home more than twice a month, so its hard to tell if the reviews aren't slightly biased.

--------The pamplet I am reading for them says the trucks have a place for a microwave, minifridge, and an HDTV. Does the truck have to be running to power all that, Or is it run by a built in generator?

-------Is it true that 90% of your loads will be Reefers? Is it true that when dropping reefers, That you sometimes have to wait several hours for the trailer to be unloaded? (This is not a bad thing for me, I will have a way to keep myself entertained.)

Sorry for so many questions. I tried to format them the best I could. THis website base doesn't seem to have much in the way of text editing tools...

Feel free to give me honest opinions about Stevens Transport.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Internet In Trucking

im not trying to say quit gaming entirely - But reduce the amount .. the original poster pretty much sounds like he's a serious gamer.. Ones who are known for playing hours . Nothing against them what so ever .. But once you start driving your gonna realize the following ... One day your gona either over sleep or Your gona play all night and your suposed to be driving the next day . Not a good thing.. understand 11 hrs of driving in a 85 thousand pound rig puts stress and makes you tired while working... 3HRS of your 14 hr day is wrapped up in your pre trip , post trip and lunch and breaks , and misc non- driving duties .. I am still in school my self for another 5 wks yet .. granted i really have no foot to stand on talking about this but from what my teacher has taught me is your gonna be tired after driving 11hrs ! .. He said do your paper work and get your shower and a hot meal and hit the sleeper berth.. you could opt to spend 1-2 hrs (3 max ) doing calls home or internet time or "gaming" but ideally you need to get your sleep.. Truck driving is a lifestyle. Your not gona be home alot . 2/3wks sometimes longer if you want it ..

as for me i am gonna chase the $ i don't own a home nor rent a place anywhere .. I've been living in a friends basement was paying 500$ a month to live in there ... but being outta work for so long i'm in a hole deeper then the nastiest lot lizard you can come across . i have no ties here in the state i live in no family or gf here , no place ( of my own) So i'm pretty much a "free bird" .. ideally i am gona put what little i own in storage once i make money on the road and take somethings in the truck and road it is . im trying to get money together to buy a nice little spot with about an acre of land with a nice pole barn to put my rig in and some "toys" once i start making a check..

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Michael,

I wanted to suggest something of the sort as well, but I know a ton of people would dogpile on me about how I'm not a truck driver yet, so my insight can't possibly right, and if it is, it's just pure dumb luck. :P

I also imagine there is sometimes a lot of time to kill? Personally, I'm not at all worried about home time, and the truck will be my, "home". I'll need something to do while resetting the clock!

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Thank you for the information on it. I appreciate it. I am not as serious a gamer as I sounded, I was mainly just worried I would never get to spend time with my online friends again. 1-2 hours a day is fine, I can live with that, I can accept that. I was just worried that I'd have to say goodbye to them. From the other posts regarding Reefers and having to wait to be unloaded (Ill be driving for Stevens Transport if I get my CDL), so it sounds like I might have quite a few hours sometimes. Do you think this will be the case when hauling reefers?

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Internet In Trucking

It really depends on the freight you haul. The first 6 months to a year, yeah your gonna be too tired to worry about doing much after your done driving except eat, shower n go to bed. After you get used to the schedule and you get used to working long hours then you will find a bunch of extra time. Unfortunately it tends to be in small 10 to 15 min increments unless your a reefer or van driver that gets live unloaded alot. For example I spent 4 hours sitting in a dock today and 2-4 hours is normal for me if I could afford the data I would have no problem breaking out a computer n playing some games. I have a wife and family to support so I have to be careful what I spend but the OP doesn't have those issues. As far as truckstop wifi goes it's pretty crappy, if it was me I would use a 3 or 4G Hotspot. I'm not sure what the ping and speeds are but im sure it's better than most truckstop wifi. I would definitely say that the Hotspot idea would work for farming and daily questing on wow but I'm not sure it would work too good for raiding.

Provided I am able to get my CDL, Ill be driving with Stevens Transport doing majority reefers. Sounds like I might have more downtime than I was expecting.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Internet In Trucking

From my experience with gaming you may find there won't be enough time between work and trying to get sleep for much playtime, as well trying to meet up with your friends on line at regular hours won't be very easy. I'm not a driver yet but I have been thinking about recreation on the road and any serious gaming seems impractical. I found with world of tanks at least that 2hrs would go by pretty fast and it took will power to shut down. I won't say how long some of my sessions lasted but with on line gaming I don't think I was regarded as a heavy user. Unlimited does sound like the way to go though.

Yeah, I was figuring this. I am sure I will find something. I know for sure I won't sleep the full 10 hours. Even if its just an hour of gaming and spending time with the friends, Thats all I'd need really. Besides that, I can only work up to 70 hours a week before having to stop for around 30 something hours right? I would just use that to game on.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Internet In Trucking

Whats up guys. Ray here. In a few months, I'll be going to school to get my CDL. I have been researching and studying quite a lot about various things regarding the trucking life. One of the things that I have not been able to find good information on is the quality of internet that the trucking life brings with it. While at home, I tend to game quite a lot to keep myself entertained. I have no cable or anything else of that nature. Most of my friends are long distance friends who I usually game and chat with.

With all that being said, becoming a trucker worries me a bit, but not what you would think... I am not worried about always being alone. I am not worried that I will be in a truck for weeks on end without being home. I can accept all of this. What worries me is that I am going to have to let go of my gaming passion because either there will be no internet, or the internet that IS there will be so bad that it's basically useless.

With this all being said, Here are my questions: 1.Can anyone tell me what the internet at truck stops is like? 2. If possible, Could someone run a speedtest.net test to see what the upload, download and ping latencies are? 3. I have been told some stops charge for wifi. Is it possible to pay for a faster wifi connection, one that you can play games on (basically, Do they sell "good" wifi at a premium price)? 4. I was told that trucking companies like Stevens Transport have wifi built into their trucks that can be used. Is it any good? Are there any data caps on it? 5. I currently use verizon's unlimited plan, But am unsure if their 3G service is enough to handle the stuff I want to do. Anyone here game off their verizon phone while its a hotspot?

The games I'll be playing include World of Warcraft, Planetside 2, World of Tanks, Various steam games. While these games do not require MUCH in the way of internet, An ideal connection speed would be 3 Megabits up/down with pings ranging from 100-250ms. To anyone who says I am jumping the gun on these questions because I don't even have my CDL yet, I am not worried about doing bad in school. I have a few truck driver friends that have helped me learn the basic ropes and have taught me some invaluable lessons, even going so far as to let me practice in their truck in an empty parking lot (Guys if you ever read this, Thank you so much. You know who you are.)

Thanks to anyone for answering my questions. Being away from home does not bother me. Dropping off the face of the world with some of my close friends online due to never being able to find wifi that works at truck stops does (Some of them are high school friends who live far away now). Truth be told? The biggest fear is that I'll have to say goodbye to these friends because I will be gone so long all the time. This worries me more than anything.

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