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    Poughkeepsie, NY

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Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Another couple of milestones truckin helped me reach.

Congrats. Nice work.

I was just informed that I have received my 6 month safety award. It only took me a year to get it. :)

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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My CDL Training Diary With Prime Inc

Brett, and everyone else, I’d like to share a story.

First let me say I’ve been busy trucking and have neglected my diary, but I’d like to thank everyone here, because you’re all a major part of my success so far.

Last night I called night dispatch to inform them that I was running very tight, and may be a few minutes late for my appointment time (if at all less than 30 min) but I was on time.

The night cover guy told me “ do the best you can, you’re one of the best drivers in his fleet”

Woot, hot diggity WOOT!!!

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Driving all night . Learning from mistakes

In trucking, you'll find that you learn more from your own mistakes than the mistakes of others.

If you learn from your mistakes, I’m a super trucker in only 3 months solo.

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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My CDL Training Diary With Prime Inc

Thank you g-town,

Stay safe out there driver.

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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My CDL Training Diary With Prime Inc

I’ve been lax keeping up with this diary, but I’ve been busy.

Holy cow what a whirlwind it’s been.

If anyone doubts what the people here say about trucking, DONT. The things I’ve been told are spot on 100% accurate.

I’ve learned more about trucking AFTER I went solo than I ever did in school.

After I went solo, I thought I’d not had enough practice backing, and was nervous every time. Now I have no one to advise me on how to set myself up for backing in. So I look, think, and when I can, watch the other experienced drivers do the thing when I feel uncertain. However that uncertainty is far less common now than when I first started. I look at it and are backing in without having those OMG moments. I look at it and think to myself I got this. I’m not saying this from arrogance, but from newly found confidence. I’ve backed into some very tight places since going solo, and every time I do, I let out a breath, and think to myself, “ok, I CAN do this job”. I’m still, and expect I always will, utilize the GOAL option. I’ve done the GOAL even when I’m CERTIAN I’m good, and often enough, my certainty was wrong and had I backed 6 more inches, I’d have backed into something I didn’t want to.

I’ve made some mistakes. I did damage 2 trailers slightly, and someone else’s truck, and frankly I hate that I did that BUT I’ve learned from those mistakes and have not repeated them. So they were good mistakes, because I learned. I’ve made wrong turns and had to figure out a way to turn around, once in a construction site where they were building condos. WHYBTHE HECK IS A REFER COMING DOWN A DIRT ROAD INTO A CONSTRUCTION SITE?!?! I got that bad boy turned around and got myself outa there, only losing about 20 min of my clock, and a little pride.

I’ve learned that a phone call to the receiver can make a world of difference, I’ve learned that my dispatcher, although I don’t feel he’s the best one out there, and has made some mistakes with me. Is doing his job, and we get along well, and if I ask for time, I can get it. Partly because he is a good guy and partly because I’m flexible. He’s changed my dispach in the middle and I had to change my home time to accommodate it. I did, he appreciated it. And we work together to get this thing done. I’ve also never been late, due to my actions. (A couple of 5 minute late deliveries due to unexpected traffic, or a wrong turn but that’s it.) if I’m late, it’s because they load me late, not my fault. And I keep the lines of communication open with him.

“Glenn, if they don’t have my loaded in an hour or so, I won’t be able to make my appointment time.” Pretty easy, then I go to my bunk and nap until loaded.

I once got a run where I had to tell him I didn’t feel I had enough clock to do it. We discussed it and he found some inefficiencies in my logging and we got back enough time to make the run. (Still learning that part too, I’m not too bad but without a doubt could be better).

My trip planning game is going to have to step up in December. We lost the dedicated account I’ve been doing, so I don’t know where I’ll be almost every night anymore. I’ve come so far in a relatively short time, I know I’ll get the other things too, sure I’ll make mistakes, but not twice the same mistake.

I’ll conclude sort of where I started.

The advice and knowledge I’ve gotten here had been spot on perfect, and 100% accurate, and I’d like to thank you all for sharing that with all of us noobs, rookie solo drivers, and students.

Bravo to you all for keeping this place, somewhere we can go to comfortably ask a question, knowing we will not be mocked or made to feel inadequate because of our ignorance, and know we will get a good answer, or several, to our questions.

Thank you.

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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A very stupid question

On the prime driver Facebook page many people seem to end their statements with "local"

It seems derogatory, but what does it mean?

I asked on that page and as expected did not get an answer, just sarcasm. And a stupid meme.

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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Help with controls on my truck please.

Thanks. I knew I'd get the answers here.

Auto I'll never use as you do not.

I was wondering how to get those coupling lights to work

Thanks again.

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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Help with controls on my truck please.

I never got an owners manual and had no luck on the internet, so a little help would be very appreciated. Every time I ask a question on the Facebook prom driver page I get bashed for my ignorance so I'm back among friends. I should never have strayed.

They have me a 2015 international. On the dash is a switch marked pdl it says lock at the top. Also there are 2 buttons by the headlight switch marked auto and work.

What are they for, and when/if should I use them?

Thanks in advance.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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My CDL Training Diary With Prime Inc

But before I slep I have to take the plastic off the granite hard mattress, make up my bunk, and try to sleep with dozens of trucks idling around me. Waiting for the call from them to tell me they're ready.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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My CDL Training Diary With Prime Inc

Thank you g town.

Today did not go as well as planned, but it could've been far worse.

The day started with me locking my keys in my truck. Luckily I was at the terminal and they had one for me. Then they didn't have a trailer for me so I had to bobtail 40 miles in the opposite direction to pick one up. (And 40 back to square one). The trailer I picked up was in a dirt lot so there's now dirt from my feet on the floor of my freshly detailed truck. I had to find a washout, because of course the trailer was filthy. I got there and had to wait over 30 minutes because they had one Bay and the truck in front of me had flower leaves and paler fragments galore. Sweep, pressure wash all sooooooo slowly. Unneventfull drive to the shipper BUT when I got my used truck I was pleased to see 2 load locks I now don't have to buy them. I dropped my trailer then hooked up to the loaded one. Went inside the trailer to put up the load locks, BUT THEY WERE BOTH BROKEN. The guy said it was ok if I assumed responsibility for the celery, I did not so I had to unhook, bobtail to the pilot (thankfully it was less than a mile, and buy 2. (Cheaper than the company store, but by now even my off duty was eating into my drive time. I have to drive from Schenectady to elasabeth NJ in 3:09. I can make it, it's about 180 miles.

I made it to the receiver violating my clock by 9 minutes. Now there's about 7003 trucks there so I have to wait. I'll get some sleep, unload off duty, and can roll again by about 10:00 am.

I said it could have been worse, but I had hoped it would go better.

Rinse and repeat

Oh, I got into a fight with my wife on the phone too. Stupid 💩, but ain't it always?

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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My CDL Training Diary With Prime Inc

I'm on my first solo dispatch

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Trucking At Night Versus During The Day?

I am finishing up training and have driven both nights and days. Each has its advantages, but I've found that even having a good "night" sleep I'll still be drowsy until the sun comes up, them I'm fine. I think it has something to do with the circadian rhythm, but a 5 hour energy and roughing it out for a bit I've done it. I've never felt that I was dangerous driving. If I did, I would take a nap.

That actually seems to be that one thing about this industry I came as a surprise to me that being a complete lack of any type of sleep rtthm sometimes i sleep during the day sometimes I sleep at night sometimes i sleep in the afternoon sometimes I sleep in the evening there's just no rhyme or reason but the loads going to get there so you got to do what you Gotta do

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Advice for staying happy on the road.

Thank you. all very good advice. My preference for mellow music is Pink Floyd. I also have an album of Led Zeppelin music performed by the London Philharmonic orchestra. I love it. I keep nuts and fruit in the truck. My fruit of choice are apples, clementines (easy to peel while driving), and bananas. I do drink a ton of soda though and I love coffee but try not to drink it as it drastically increases my pee stops.

I intend to get a freezer and cook at home, and eat a lot of home cooked meals reheated in the microwave. I'll make a ton of rice, some stir fry, some stew, some eggplant parm, and portion them in ziploc bags, and I'll have a home cooked meal in minutes. I'll also have a number of hard boiled eggs. They're a good snack and egg salad can be made easily.

I have a culinary education and have been in food service for 35+ years so bulk cooking is easy for me. It will also be much less expensive.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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My CDL Training Diary With Prime Inc

Thank you all for your motivational comments. I hope I can be as good a citizen here, that most have proven to be.

I've read most of the articles and the weekend dispatch email links.

This site has helped me to get where I am in this process.

Thank you Brett.

My only beef is that you took down my "nickname/handle" regarding sitting apparatus royalty 😜

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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My CDL Training Diary With Prime Inc

I've been approved for upgrade. We finish this load, then go from Ohio to Connecticut, then (I hope) deadhead to pitston so I can upgrade on Sunday

I got a critical event yesterday it was a hard braking event. I got off the highway and had to move to the left lane. I signaled, checked my mirrors, and when I looked up the light was yellow so I stopped hard. I'll have to speak to safety about it, but after speaking with my DM, was approved for upgrade. I was told I may have to endure additional training as a result but that's not the case thankfully. If I had to, it would have left a very bad taste in my mouth. It would mean they valued avoiding critical events more than safe driving. The roads were dry, and I felt (without thinking, just driving instinct) it was safer to stop than to continue through a yellow light with a 70 foot vehicle, that I was uncertain how long it had been yellow. My trainer told me I had handlers itroperly. I explained myself, without being belligerent or confrontational. I prayed I was not going to be given an additional 10,000 miles ESPECIALLY since it occurred after I achieved enough miles, but due to timing she was unable to get me to upgrade before the weekend, so we got additional loads.

My next post in all likelihood will be from a "rookie solo driver".

Woot woot!!!🎉🎊🎂🎼🎉🎊🎂😂

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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HOS violation question

What will probably happen is you'll get put "out of service" if you are currently in violation, and you will get fined. As to how much that fine will be, is going to be determined by the state you are in when you get caught.

One of our drivers recently got a nice little 750 dollar fine for a minor infraction in the state of Connecticut.

I lived In connecticut. Ant they are expensive for tickets.

In one week years ago I got a ticket in New York doing 92 in a 55. It was like $75 I got doing 71 in a 55 in Ct it was over $250.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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HOS violation question

Old school, were you on 70 )I think) yesterday in Missouri (I think). I got passed by an empty flatbed looked like a black or dark blue tractor and had "old school " on the back of the tractor ?

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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HOS violation question

Thank you for all the information. For the record, I said. " tongue in cheek" so didn't really expect an atta boy,

But the question still remains what will Joe law do to me if I'm caught?

Fine? How much? Or what? I can't imagine I'm arrested if not in an accident.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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HOS violation question

What happens if you get caught driving when you're out of time. (by law enforcement, as Well as your company) Is there a difference in if you're 10 min over vs 3 hours?

My expectation is a fine/ticket/csa entry from law

From the company, I'd (tongue in cheek) expect an "Atta boy". You did what you needed to do to get it there on time.

Thanks in advance 🌵

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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How many and for how long?

My first tnt trainer (the guy who kicked me off his truck for farting). Is trying to leave prime. He's applies to several other companies and I just found out from my dispatcher he's still with prime. He told me he's left prime 3 times and always returned. I guess that's why no one else wants him.

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