Profile For Jason C. aka Pirate Trucker

Jason C. aka Pirate Trucker 's Info

  • Location:
    Jacksonville, FL

  • Driving Status:
    In CDL School

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  • Joined Us:
    7 years ago

Jason C. aka Pirate Trucker 's Bio

Time to get the wheels turning.

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Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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For Wifes: Need Help Dealing with My ex wife concerning visistation with my children.

I am a new trucker, been driving for a few months. Divorced 6 years ago and have remarried 4 years ago. Unemployed for 2 years and kept up with the child support payments during that time. Now that I have started this new career I am having difficulties getting my visitation with my kids, its always been difficult because of the ex and is getting worse. I was lucky to get into a dedicated local run so I could take advantage of family time. Granted, the position is an on call position, but I have worked it out to have every other Saturday off to get my kids. I feel I have done everything to please this woman but she still treats me like a dead beat dad. My wife thinks the ex is still trying to control me, which I have to agree with to some extent. Any suggestions would be helpful. Trying to avoid taking this matter back to court but willing to do so if necessary.

Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

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Getting my bearings to set sail in a Big Rig.

Well all training and testing done. Once I finished I got to have a meeting with the Swift/Walmart Terminal Manager and he asked if I wanted to keep rolling from that terminal on the dedicated regional route. It means I would be a slip seat driver running in a day cab, it also means I will be home most nights with the family. It looks like they liked what they saw from my abilities and work ethics. Everything has fallen into place just the way I had hoped. I couldn't have made a better decision than with Swift Transport for my training and experience over the next couple years. Thanks for all the insight and practice this site has given me.

Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

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Getting my bearings to set sail in a Big Rig.

Other good news.

The Walmart DC/ Swift terminal safety manager told me that in 6 months I should apply for a local route with them. Apparently they like my work ethic and the way I drive. Keeping fingers crossed.

Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

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Getting my bearings to set sail in a Big Rig.

Well 30 hours to go. I think I am going to request regional once I have finished training with my mentor. Not so sure if I want to tackle northern snow covered mountains quite yet. Being a Florida boy all my life and doing my mentor training on a semi local/regional route I think I want to switch to OTR in like 6 months when the roads aren't iced and snow covered. Next week this boy becomes a man with his own assigned truck. Then the journey really begins.

Posted:  6 years, 10 months ago

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Having second thoughts about trucking

Hey Gary.

I am in the middle of my 4 weeks of mentoring. I can tell you 2 things. You are what you eat. It's up to you to excersise.

Sleep is something get used to. Your body will adjust to that. I learned quickly to rest when the time is available. Here is my routine.

Get up, pretrip walking around the truck and trailer a few times to see if there was anything I might have missed. About one time around the block at my house. It helps wake me up also.

Drive 7 1/2 hours take 30 min break. Rest area preferred. No chance of junk food from a truck stop.

Drive 3 hours. Take my 10 hour reset. Truck stop for the night. Eat a little junk food as the body needs energy. I will walk around the truck when I get out and after I eat, just to check and make sure everything is on the up and up. Shower at the stop. Walk the truck again. By that time if I am not tired I will walk the lot of trucks admiring and chuckling to myself at the other trucks. You would be surprised what will pass for DOT.

Then I rack out if not teaming.

I eat healthy snacks low in carbs and high in fiber.

Hope it helps.

Posted:  6 years, 10 months ago

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Getting my bearings to set sail in a Big Rig.

HEY!

Sorry to disappear. Long and short 2 weeks in Millington, TN with Swift a week in Ocala, FL for driver training and now I have 83 hours left of 240 behind the wheel training with a mentor. I will admit Swift is very fast paced but they work with those that can't keep up. Oh yeah, I got my CDL class A. The family is adjusting and every day offers new challenges. Mostly with where to park 53 feet of trailer and 24 ft of tractor, 40 acres I think the song said.

Well I only had a little bit as running team with a mentor you pretty much have time to drive, eat, sleep, and oh yeah use the bathroom.

Will check back once I go solo with my assigned truck.

Posted:  6 years, 11 months ago

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OMG the log book rules are giving me a head ache!

Has there been any tickets issued because DOT miscalculated the log? Looking at multiple days is where I keep getting messed up. Is there an easy way to remember these rules? And the split sleeper is messing my head up. I am good at math but the simplicity of this is fouling me up. Please help.

Posted:  6 years, 11 months ago

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Hauling load believed to be unstable and overweight

Maybe dispatch can have it secured better and redistributed. I know me being new I wouldn't risk safety or tickets.

Posted:  6 years, 11 months ago

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Swift School In Memphis

Got my bus confirmation by email. I leave Sunday at 9:30am an will pull in around 11:30pm in Memphis. I am missing the last Swift shuttle by half an hour so I have to pay for a cab to the hotel, might get reimburse. See ya there James. Maybe we will room together.

Posted:  6 years, 11 months ago

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Getting my bearings to set sail in a Big Rig.

Well it's official. I set out Sunday at 9:30 from the bus depot in Jacksonville, FL for Millington, TN for two weeks and then to Ocala, FL for a week with Swift. Getting things squared away here at home. Changing breaks and getting the wife's car up to snuff for my absence. Packing clothes and toiletries and everything I may need for training. Got to get some cashiers checks for school fees. Trying to get my thoughts in order for the beginning of my new career. Wish me luck.

Posted:  6 years, 12 months ago

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Cooking and eating good on the road

I have gone solo in a 4 wheeler cross country and have come up with some awesome ways to cook while on the road.

Engine Shish-Ka-Bobs/Hot Dogs

Wooden skewers(adventurous types use the oil dip stick) Choice of meats chicken, steak, lamb... Choice of veggies red and green peppers, onion, yellow squash... Three sheets of aluminum foil for each skewer Secret ingredient (not promoting) Montreal steak seasoning

Put food items on skewers. Liberally season to your preference. Enclose in foil, flip it over and foil again, flip and foil. Lay on the engine block while at idle for 10 min for steak, 15 for chicken. Less time for shrimp. Remove and let cool on a paper towel/plate. Enjoy.

Mind any grease on the first outside wrap of foil.

Posted:  6 years, 12 months ago

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Swift School In Memphis

The recruiter can arrange a bus ticket. You have to pay it back once you go solo, pay deduction. If you drive keep your gas receipts and they will refund. At least that's what my recruiter told me.

Posted:  6 years, 12 months ago

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DOT Drug Testing: Urinalysis or Hair Follicle?

So what's the list up to? Just curious.

Posted:  6 years, 12 months ago

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Swift School In Memphis

Are you joining Swift because I start October 7th also in Millington, TN.

Posted:  6 years, 12 months ago

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Date set to start school with Swift in Millington, TN

I just got my CDL learners and am stoked to start October 7th. This weekend my inlaws are taking the family to Disney.

I was wondering if any of you lads or lasses have been to the Millington training grounds. I understand the rooms we are stYing in have a full kitchen and I want to get a few groceries to cook, since I have had a little culinary training. Is there any stores nearby? What's the temp like nearby? And maybe what I can expect with them?

Any info would be great.

Posted:  6 years, 12 months ago

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Getting my bearings to set sail in a Big Rig.

Apparently I will be running out of the Ocala, FL hub which is only 2 hours from where I live, so it should be okay till I can find something local in about 26 months from when I go solo. I am for sure taking advantage of the tuition reimbursement starting on month 14.

Posted:  7 years ago

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Getting my bearings to set sail in a Big Rig.

It's official I start on with Swift October 7th. I am excited, scared, and shocked all at once. Excited to start a new career. Scared if how this will effect my home life with the wife and my three kids. Shocked that the universe is starting to throw me what I need to get by after so much bad karma.

Posted:  7 years ago

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Getting my bearings to set sail in a Big Rig.

Well after a few disappointments from companies not hiring from Florida it looks like Swift Transport is taking me to Tennessee for schooling. I got my CDL learners permit today using the High Road Online CDL Training Course here at TT. Man it was a breeze. There was one question that I missed out 150. So I am now waiting on a return call from the Swift recruiter.

Posted:  7 years ago

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Getting my bearings to set sail in a Big Rig.

Okay, getting frustrated. Driver Solutions is a crock, or at least that's what I think so far.

Maybe it's the one recruiter I am working with. First he has not been upfront with me, I ask specifics and get genaric answers. If I don't qualify for training with one of the companies that sponsors the paid cdl training, tell me that. I am 35 and wear big boy pants, but to tell me that the company doesn't have any available openings for training at this time, it sounds like the past two weeks has been a waist of time. Second, he should have told me exactly all info that I need to fax in at the start, not tell me after getting all my ducks in a row that more info is needed to find out that the online processing disappears and then give me the BS reason I just mentioned.

Brett I took your advice and applied to four other companies on Friday the 13th. All these companies have routs that run through my state of Florida. Should I call or wait for them to call me from my application?

Posted:  7 years ago

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Getting my bearings to set sail in a Big Rig.

I only applied with them about a week ago. Is it a good idea to apply to several at the same time? Obviously this is a first for me.

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