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Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Pre-Trip Inspection - My Way! A must see!

my school made a dvd on the whole pre-trip.. I Spent an hour watching it twice... thus far.. to help me.. i told my teacher earlier this week i got the engine bay down to 6.5 mins he looked at me not enough . I said well - ya know that was alot better then i was before ! ATLEAST IM TRYIN. fudge! damnit .. he's 30 yrs experienced be hind the wheel .. of course its easy for him. he'd probably do it with his eyes closed if you asked him to . says he can do it in 16mins. front to back.. all i'm saying is atleast im trying to do this.. i find it has been difficult to go up to the truck and try and say what im looking at (and remember) the parts im suposed to when theres 5-6 other people around naming off parts of the truck around me .. Sorry i don't function that way - its solitude or nothing when i am trying to learn something . and im also a visual learner ( if that makes sense) ... i've been so scared of the the whole thing - that i have just recently taking my tests at the dmv , i've taken my general knowledge - but i've failed both combination and air brake tests 3 times already.. should have went to try again today - but other priorites came first today (Drs appointment and picked up my machine for sleep apena . my plan is to go tomorrow - and try again .. On a good note - on my 3rd try on these two tests i did way better then previous testing. none the less - im chasing that cdl its in my sights . i DON'T want to give up i just have to continue to push on!

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im in cdl training now - ( just ended wk 4 of 10wks. ) THE Pre -trip scares me! THAT is alot of information to swallow in a short time frame. not to mention each truck is DIFFERENT . whos' to say your gona have the same type truck when you start with a company? granted all these companies have you go thru training with a trainer so he's gona be refreshing stuff to you and you can ask questions.. but damn they damn near want you to be a mechanic and driver! lol .. shocked.png

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Take it one at a time. Youll get it.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Pre-Trip Inspection - My Way! A must see!

im in cdl training now - ( just ended wk 4 of 10wks. ) THE Pre -trip scares me! THAT is alot of information to swallow in a short time frame. not to mention each truck is DIFFERENT . whos' to say your gona have the same type truck when you start with a company? granted all these companies have you go thru training with a trainer so he's gona be refreshing stuff to you and you can ask questions.. but damn they damn near want you to be a mechanic and driver! lol .. shocked.png

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Can I take Disabled Adult Child with me on Job?

most companies have a rider policy .. but you might have a problem with a adult child with disability .. alot of places are dangerous steel mills and the like - Even climbing in and out of the truck can be dangerous . I don't want to rain on you about bringing the adult child with you but i would ask any trucking company recruitor if this is possible ... Some may say no simply for the liability issues .. Again best thing to do is to contact a couple companies out of curiosity and ask as part of the questions you should ask about any company in reguards to pay and hometime etc ...

I Truely wish you luck.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Game - Trailer finds

one recruitor said he used to drive truck. he said sometimes the places he loaded up at sometimes "over " loaded him by a case or two .. Or would ask hey how many kids you got ? ( CANDY) they' d throw a couple extras on the truck.. But keep in mind he had a good working relationship with these places ( dedicated route i think) and i suppose he became like family to them i guess. How true this is is beyond me. I mean if you have "overage" beyond what your manifest dictates how do you explain to dot if you get checked?

anyone got any stories like that?

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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How to use inverter?

crap - 800 watt microwave? damnit- thats no better then the 700 watt one i currently use ... And i can barely cook frozen dinners meals in that 700 watt. granted the food items won't be as frozen as it would be at home being they're gona be in a 3/4 tall fridge but dang i dunno if the cooking time is gona be increased more sense im only using 700 watts.. I'm not buying another microwave lol.

is it easier to use 12 volt items like coffee pot for making hot tea ( i hate coffee) and cooking pan or crock pot type thing? whats the limits on electrical use ? say charging laptop and cellphone and maybe some tv with a dvd player? perhaps a light ?

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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What amenities do OTR trucks with large carriers have?

MCT I Spoke with today - i asked about amenties .. and they said you can put a fridge and microwave.. I asked about direct tv and such i believe that she said no you can't install a tv in their trucks. BUT i think she said their shop can do it ( im not 100% sure )

I DEF want a fridge and microwave. i want a tv - but its not gona be perminant mount .. i'll get a shelf/table unit to watch and just put on my bunk while driving with a blanket and bungee to hold in place while driving. amazon fire stick is on my list of things also to get - can watch pretty much anything as long as you have wifi . .. might be worth expanding your data plan or pickup your own hotspot.. Also you have to provide your own cb ... My jaw dropped when my teacher told the class that today.. lol i thought cb's were standard in trucks.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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What do truck drivers do on their 34 hour reset time?

some of you guys are lucky- Meaning the ability to rent a car .. Those who do not own 1 credit card (nor can get one) are kinda screwed unless we (or i) can be able to come up with the $ to get a money order in the amount of 300$ deposit.. just reading that made me cringe.. enterprise changed their policy on renting with the regards to using prepaid credit/debt cards. So that leaves me either stuck or forced to uber or taxi which is still a bit of coin. I THINK ideally any shopping needs (food) will have to happen while enroute and if i want to treat my self to a pizza - they're gona have to take my word for it and believe i am where i am to deliver it ! LOL ..

don't think many if any companies will allow you to use the tractor to scoot around sight seeing in esp on a 34 hr reset .. your not suposed to be driving the rig to begin with .. thus why its a 34 hr reset.. lol.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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The end of my trucking career

bucket .

if you went to my cdl school you could have called the career advisor there and told her whats up , she would probably go to her file cabinet which is full of truck companies for you to call and check into .. Don't give up on the fight - if you got your cdl then just start applying at every company that you are interested in .. MAKE THEM FIGHT for you . did you know there is a 900.000 shortage of truck drivers right now? Go get that money man !

My truck driving career just ended.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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What companies don't have driver facing cameras?

i've been told by recruiters that have come to my truck driving school that they do not have cameras facing you . Thats invasion of privacy that is your HOME away from home ... .. there was 1 ( i recall ) that said they do have cameras in the truck but like previous poster said it faces traffic and some even turn on once going over rumble strips or are always on to record any wrong in the means of say a accident .. Sometimes it will get ya outta trouble but if you did wrong boy better be ready to own up to it and the consequences (termination if it comes to it ) .

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Internet In Trucking

If my cdl happens i plan on running - As much as possible.. But at same time i don't want to be a tired , and greedy miserable person either .. I've been used to a yearly ( i laugh at this honestly but its true) income in the 12k to 15 k base range . 2016 my income only was at 3grand Employment sucks here in ohio i can honestly say i spent more time unemployeed then employeed. plus i spent bout 6/months in florida taking my mother to drs apointments for cancer treatment so yea ! Last year really sucked for me .... my teacher at school says you want to make 70g a year? me personally i'd be happy with atleast 30-40k a year anything over would be gravy For me.. I've never had a job that paid more at most 22k a year. but as it stands i have nothing holding me in place in the state i live in now no family ,gf no kids here . and NO HOME. so i'm planning on running as much as possible and hope for loads to where my gf lives to atleast try to see her atleast 2 or 3 times on the low end a month .. Other then that on the road - hopefully making some serious bank. I won't have time to be mr spendy and spend money like crazy . You won't catch me in a bar . and i don't do drugs. And lot lizards ? uh no - not tryin to get hepatitis or worse aids, so they can knock all the want i ain't opening my door . and damn sure aint tryin to get stung and get jail time either by under covers! lmao.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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How big was your truck driving class?

in my class we're endin our 4th week (10WK course yikes!) . when we started we had 21 students.. now we've lost 5 students. one guy right off the rip of starting class ( like within 2 days ) quit or couldn't do it for some reason or another .. And 3 this week 2 were a m/f couple .. something with his license or personal problems took them out they left mid day tuesday . monday one guy from cleveland had to put the brakes on the schooling cause he couldn't handle the weighing both school and work ( he was driving 1.5hrs to and from school. and was consistantly late to class every morning 1/2 hr . another guy this tuesday who hasn't been there sense monday hasn't come to school tues -thru thurs... they give you like 32 hrs something like of missed class allowance then your on probate .. you can't make up that time if you go over 32hrs .. so we're down to like 17 students . there are a few other students (like 3 besides my self ) whom i dunno if we're gona pass whats left WE'RE learning..

not tryin to jinks us but i know i'm having some difficulty..

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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How big was your truck driving class?

You be suprised how much drugs and the bottle over take peoples lives .... Til one day they say hey man im gona get me a job driving truck .. But self says to self hey but you been smoking a crap load of weed ( for example) for like ever .. Ahhh it'll be ok - ill pass i got this . Guess again cowboy .. partying days are over - you need to stop at least 120 days before considering going to cdl school....... if you want to pass the drug screen.. And even then - don't consider going and smoking that crap again if you get hired cause randoms are a b*tch if your caught . Unles u get lucky and get a company that will take a second chance with you IF and only if you go to rehab.

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Now Brett, you mean to say there's folks that would be less than truthful on there application or even fail a drug test that they know is coming??? I am shocked.

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Ya know, one time I had a physical and drug screen at 8:00 a.m. and part of it included a breathalyzer test. I asked the guy, "Are you telling me people who are trying to get a trucking job sometimes actually fail a breathalyzer test at 8:00 in the morning???"

He said they sure do. Can you imagine?

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How can people be that dumb? It's hard to believe the world is full of people that want to work but don't want to give up a drink for 48 hours to get that job. Is it stupidity or do they just not care?

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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What to do about parking?

i dont like philly and ny city as a prospective new cdl driver simply for fact of cars parking on street both sides and alot of streets are 1 way and or tight. Its bad enough trying to navigate thru philly in a car as someone who doesn't frequent it alot. as a soon to b driver it makes me even more nervous alot of people look for easy targets for bump accidents . and a new driver is easily spotted and they are like game on.

just make sure you pay attention to the no parking rules on street signs . Don't need to see the truck on PARKING WARS Philly edition lol ..

Posted:  2 years, 8 months 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..

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!

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Sleep apnea question

i took a dot physical 3 wks ago. Dr said - i have high bp , need eyes checked , and He took my neck measurement and said oh ya you need a sleep study for sleep apena cause my neck is big. I've gotten eyes checked , and glass's now .. Just seen my dr last fri for bp issue .. he gave me a script for that plus he took blood work ( rule of thumb for new patient cause drs are nosy ) . monday past they called and said dr wants to know if you want to try a new script for cholesterol i said ok. So now i have script for bp and cholesterol and a vitamin d12 ... i took my sleep study - 1st time they got details .. then said i needed to come in to do another based on the results... The second test i did last thursday eve. that is to see what my machine will need to be set at for me. today i called them and asked what is up with the machine and all . its in the insurance programs hands now to say yay or nay on giving me the machine.. I think that i'll get it tho.. so as it stands today i have a 3month dot card (errr paper) now .. i guess i have to get a physical everytime it expires or ready to expire to get a new card ... IDK.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Internet In Trucking

honestly your not gonna havve the time to game like you did at home. i KNOW its easy to wrap your self in a game and be lost in it for hours without even realizing it ... You have 10hrs of down time . you just spent 14hrs driving time ( well 11 hrs plus 3hrs for breaks, lunch, and load checks etc) .. you will be tired- you need to get your shower , eat , and get some sleep cause before you know it you're due to be on the road again.. Your reset 34 hrs will fly by too , especially if you tend to catch up on sleep -its easy to sleep on your reset and not get anything home life ( if you get home) done like cut grass , paint , repair or build something etc. Time management is something you have to learn to do .. Sounds like you've mastered being a gamer to pretty much professional level ... and that does eat up time esp playing over the net with multiple players.. Might be best to learn to skim it down ween yourself off the gaming so long on a constant basis.. once you start driving you will see how you feel towards end of your "shift" of driving .. i'd bet you will see that you will want to get in your bunk after a long day of driving..

im not trying to down you by anymeans.. but i think you're gonna have to start getting yourself adjusted to trucking life quickly.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Orientation with CCC Transportation (Comcar Industries)

new cdl Student with 5wks left (grad date may12th.)

Comcar's Mtc divison is talking with me ... They were determined ( i guess all of the recruiters are who come to the driving schools looking for students) To talk to me badly on the phone ... I called them today.. My down fall? not having experience with having potential employers who are looking call me about possibly joining their company.. The recruiter said that she currently has a reefer position avail in my area .. Asked the usual thing that any recruiter asks when do you graduate? i told her may 12th. she was telling me they have 3 and a half days of orientation and then i'd be set up with a trainer ... Orientation is in the ATL! Perhaps i might get to see my uncle while down there idk. So anyways she said that its 38 Cpm for reefer truck and they average anywhere from 2100 to 2500 miles. orientation pay is 100$ per day .. training (with trainer ) 100 a day or $500 a week starting off ... Looking after the phone convo - i was looking at their panfelete and it says with trainer $ 630 a week ... And solo .35 cents per mile with guarenteed weekly minuim of $ 735.00 a wk... Um - thats kinda different then the .38cpm and 500$ a wk with trainer ... but why would you back step 3cents per mile once on the road after training? so am i asuming that 730 weekly pay would become into effect once i get on the road on my own?

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