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Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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VIDEO: New Jersey Turnpike I-95 Crash, Black Ice

WOW, Just, I cant think of any other response other than Wow, Incredible luck for all involved that nobody appears to have been hurt....

i don't think it appears that no one was hurt. I thought that when watching it on the news but this clip is longer and shows more if you watch closely. At the end of the video keep an eye on the rear trailer. Someone hits it pretty hard.

I drive doubles most of the time and often with a single axle truck. I keep even more space than I normally do (which is a lot) in winter conditions and will pull off in a heart beat if it turns to ice. As Ralph already stated by the time most people find out it is ice it is too late. This is why it is important to keep proper distances and that includes trying to manage the space behind you.

Woody

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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Weather App of choice?

I've been using the weather channel app for some time but would like to go to something different. Suggestions?

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Joing truck driving School at Swift in Phoneix Az ~nervous jitters~ is it normal

Jacob I would only be concerned if you had said you were not nervous at all. You SHOULD be nervous!!! This is a tough career with a lot at stake for you and everyone on the road with you. Being nervous or having the jitters shows you understand this and are taking it seriously.

Everyone that I have ever spoken to had the nervous feelings when they were starting out, it is normal.

Woody

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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How much is TOO much info?

Glad to see it worked out Valky. For any other members that may read this thread I will comment on the slow response by the recruiter.

While the holiday season may be slowing down some response times even more it is very normal to have trouble getting in touch with a recruiter. It does not matter what time of year or which company your dealing with. Recruiters are slammed with applications so you must be persistent when calling for answers. I bugged the heck out of mine when I was starting, often calling multiple times a day until I got lucky and reached the recruiter instead of voicemail.

And just to be clear a good or bad experience with a recruiter is no indication of how things may be when you actually work for the company. The best indication will come from speaking with drivers that work for said company, and probably more specifically drivers that are happy with the company. I say that because as you all no every company out there has a ton of drivers ready to tell you what is bad when in many cases it may be the drivers themselves. A happy driver is doing enough things right that he can probably give you better and more honest information in my humble opinion.

Woody

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Extremely bummed out...

I totally agree with Brett, probably just the time of the year. If you really want it just stay in contact with them and you will get in.

Woody

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Getting Paid - for real?

I agree with all the numbers unless you go into Linehaul. You can make 50,000+ even starting out in Linehaul. In some cases considerably more.

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Finally flipping my placard...

Well it's official I completed my first year in trucking this week so I'm changing my title to experienced driver dancing-banana.gif

That being said I still learn something new all the time so it's really I'm just more experienced than I used to be. A big thanks to Brett and all the posters here that helped me get started. The things I have learned from being a member helped set me out way above the curve and made my first year much easier. Still very challenging so I can't imagine what it would have been without Trucking Truth!!!

Woody

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Experienced Drivers: How do you drive during Big City rush hour traffic on a major Freeway?

I haven't even started school yet but reading your post I find it hard to believe your trainer gave you a hard time on any of what you mentioned. Curious to see what the exp. guys say.

Since my odometer just clicked over for my first year I can now post as an experienced driver smile.gif

I can say the comments by his trainer does not surprise me in the least. I had what I considered an EXCELLENT trainer and received the same comments. Just watch how most truckers drive, their definition of safe driving is nothing close to mine. I will never forget a couple of my trainers comments. Both were in heavy traffic. The first I had worked myself into a perfect smith system position with plenty of room around my truck. There was a large group ahead of me and a large one behind but no one even close to me. His advice? Speed up and catch up to the pack! I ignored him.

The second we were on a three lane highway I had decent distance in front of me with a clear view in the middle lane. He tells me to move to my right so I did. Once there he pointed out the slow moving semi in the middle lane a little ways ahead and said you have to look far enough ahead to get around those guys. My reply was I would have stayed where I was because now you put me right behind this dump truck and all I can see in our lane is his tailgate.

I am 46 years old and have not had an accident or even a ticket since I was 20. One of the hardest things for me while with my trainer was having someone try to tell me how to drive. I'm not talking about how to handle the truck, or take corners, or back up. I'm talking about basic safe driving practices.

My trainer also hated the fact that I drive the speed limit. He said I was the first person he ever trained that he never had to say slow down. In fact it was always speed up. In my third and final week after I was pretty comfortable with him we were driving down 76 in PA. I passed a sign and just as I went for my turn signal he asked what the sign said. I replied trucks in left lane as I was moving over. Just a short distance later was a speed limit sign. I asked him what did that sign say and he never commented on my speed again lol.

It is one of the many things you have to figure out how to deal with when your training. its a fine line between following instruction and doing something you know is not as safe as it could be.

Woody

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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LTL Trucking - My linehaul job

Good luck on the rebid 6, I hope you get something that fits what you need. Our bids came up a few weeks ago. There was still a couple available when it came to me but I decided to turn them down and try my hand at the extra board. For me I have found good and bad on both sides. I am not high enough yet to get a turn so I would have had another lay down. It was nice knowing what time I had to start but I did 3 lay downs a week which had me in the truck at least a few hours every day. I also live about an hour away from my terminal so if I can get out for 2 or 3 days at a time it saves me gas money. Doing a turn bid where I live now would be tough on me both driving back and fourth after the long work days and feeding the gas tank.

I really missed being OTR and going to different places so I was hoping the extra board would be a little closer to what I enjoyed about trucking. So far I am much happier. I get to drive more during the day than I used to and I am in a lot more states. We are the same in that at most I am out for 3 beds and back on the 4th day, usually quicker than that. I can now take a couple days in a row off which is nice LOL.

Woody

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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An

There are actually quite a few bridges in the Northeast that are arched or slanted in such a way that you have to go under a certain part of it to fit, otherwise you'll hit the bridge. Sometimes they're marked that way but most of the time they're marked as being too low. I've seen bridges where one side of the road was like 13' 10" and the other side was like 12' 6". If you knew that you could go under the low bridge on the wrong side of the road. But it certainly confuses the heck out of someone when they see a sign on their side that says 12' 10" and then they see a dry van make it easily under going the other way.

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I will never forget the first time I saw one of these signs. I was driving and still with my trainer coming down I believe 76 in PA. I look up and see a sign that says 12'6" shocked.png

After tightening my butt cheeks and going under the bridge I realized it was an arch and the number was to the lowest point on the shoulder. But still totally freaked me out LOL.

Woody

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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[A Certain] Trucking School - An Honest Review

Daniel thanks for still talking to me even though you are still mad. I don't have anything figured out. You guys are the experts out there on the road not me. If you re read this thread maybe you will see I was just standing up for someone I felt was unjustly attacked because he gave an honest review of his experience. Just facts. He probably felt the same way you did when you thought I questioned your integrity. Think about that for a second. And it looks like we ran him off so all this is a mute point anyway. He came here trying to help and look what we did. Oh well, he never would have made it out there anyway right?

I got about half way through the second page of this thread and decided I am not going to read any more. But I did want to make a comment about what I had read so far. You seem to think Old Schools reply and judgement was based on this one review. I could be wrong and maybe it was, but I doubt it. I thought several of the exact same things Old School wrote. I question if this is the right choice for him not because of this one review but because I have read several of his threads over the past few weeks.

In reading the review a couple things really stuck out to me but I will just mention one. He said they did not honor the promise of letting him choose the morning or afternoon class. Then followed that up stating when he asked about it the response was "we will try". There is a BIG difference between saying it will happen and saying we will try. It is a small point, but one that is important when considering the entire review.

Sorry if these things were already mentioned but after driving all night I did not want to read 3 pages of what I had already read.

Woody

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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On duty/off duty

Was it freaking out because you were unloaded or because you started driving without logging some on duty time for your pre trip?

Woody

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Options for mounting antenna?

Glad I could help.

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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A little windy in New Mexico Today!

I was coming back from Charlotte on Monday and the wind was strong enough to make me nervous. If I had been much lighter I would have pulled over for sure. I was west bound on SR35 in Ohio and the east bound lane was shut down while the tow trucks were clearing a jack knifed truck off the road. It may have been simple driver error but I would not be surprised if the wind was what put him in trouble.

Woody

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Options for mounting antenna?

There are several quick release mounts that slip seat drivers use which you could clamp onto the mirror. Most are basically a plate mounted to vice grips. You mount your antenna to the plate the clamp the vice grips to the mirror arm.

I have seen several but one drivers really caught my eye. When I asked him about it he said he really liked it and had used it for years. It is made of stainless steel so hadn't rusted at all in all those years.

I am pretty sure it was THIS ONE.

Woody

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Pay?

As a fellow linehaul driver I second the above post smile.gif

Woody

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Do you feel this way?

Well in my opinion there is no way to know for sure if being away like truckers are is something someone can handle. I think everyone that goes through school has thought about it and has decided that they can handle it but until you are out there doing it you and your family will never know.

My current job I will only be out for 3 nights at the most, and that is nice. But for me I can honestly say there are things about being OTR that I miss. For others they will find it is just too much of a struggle for them or their families and they need to find another way. The good thing is with the driver shortage there are opportunities open now that get drivers home more often that used to take years to have available.

I sure do not judge or look down on anyone that comes into trucking and then finds they just can not handle being away from their families. And I do not think they didn't consider it before hand. I think the reality just hits harder than some expect.

Woody

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Time sensitive! Breaking the news to the Family that I'm becoming a truck driver!

Sean, I got news for you. It doesnt matter how old you are you will always want your father to support what you do and be proud of you. Sadly I lost my father years ago to a heart attack and we were not close when he left us. I wish he was alive today to see how I am doing as I was the unsuccessful one of the family. I have finally found something I enjoy and I make a good living.

The best thing you can do is use his comments to motivate you. He stated that he knows guys that tried and couldnt cut it as a trucker. Truth is MOST people can not make it in this industry even though everyone seems to think it is easy. If you give it your all and make it he will see that you were able to do something that not many people can. No smoke up the behind here bro, it is tough! But you can do it!!!

If you are determined and use the people on this forum for support and guidance you will do just fine. The advice and comments here may not always be sugar coated or what you really want to hear but believe me they are sincere and will get you where you need to be if you listen.

Woody

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Trainer Theft??

{I copied my reply from the other thread}

Man I hate to hear that, but I know the feeling. A couple weeks ago I checked into my room and went to get my ipad out of my bag to realize it was not there. I never take it out of my bag other than in the hotel and my bag was only unattended when at my terminal. I am pretty sure someone on the cleaning crew helped themselves to it while I was upstairs doing paperwork.

Does it have a locating program on it like find my iphone? Using that to find its location is really about the only recourse you may have. I had the program on mine but did not have my ipad set up to auto connect to networks and did not have cell service turned on. My tablet was also pass code locked so who ever has it had to reset it and wipe everything off to get in. Since it would not connect to a wifi the locator would not work.

My wife is at the store picking me up another one as I type this. My new one will be set up a little different this time.

Woody

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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I LEFT TRAINERS TRUCK!!!

Man I hate to hear that, but I know the feeling. A couple weeks ago I checked into my room and went to get my ipad out of my bag to realize it was not there. I never take it out of my bag other than in the hotel and my bag was only unattended when at my terminal. I am pretty sure someone on the cleaning crew helped themselves to it while I was upstairs doing paperwork.

Does it have a locating program on it like find my iphone? Using that to find its location is really about the only recourse you may have. I had the program on mine but did not have my ipad set up to auto connect to networks and did not have cell service turned on. My tablet was also pass code locked so who ever has it had to reset it and wipe everything off to get in. Since it would not connect to a wifi the locator would not work.

My wife is at the store picking me up another one as I type this. My new one will be set up a little different this time.

Woody

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