Profile For Bobcat_Bob

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  • Location:
    Joliet, IL

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 11 months ago

Bobcat_Bob's Bio

Running linehaul for Old Dominion Freight Line for 3 years.

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Posted:  2 days, 11 hours ago

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Being fired for safety violation

I have 1 safety write up from 3 years ago for moving a dolly without putting the safety chain on. Ever since I got caught that 1 time I make sure to put it on before driving no matter how short of a distance I move it. Roehl probably thinks you didn't learn from the first time in addition to what ever happened in the yard and decided you are not upto their safety standards and decided to move on.

Unfortunately, you can not go back in time and fix it, all you can do is move forward and apply to as many companies as possible. Somebody will probably take you on, just be humble and tell them what you learned from this experience.

Posted:  3 days, 14 hours ago

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Million Miller yard driver

It would have to be a pretty large place to get any miles in if anyone even keeps tracks spotters mileage. For P&D a 10 year safety award is equivalent to a million miles, I'd imagine it is similar for spotters.

Posted:  5 days, 8 hours ago

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Inspectors on the road for International Roadcheck this week

It doesn't seem like as many trucks got inspections this year compared to years past. I was surprised when I passed the scales they where closed, Indiana has a inspection building on 65 and I didn't see it being used. In years passed the parking lots at scales would be full this year they had only a few trucks in them.

I will be interested to see the numbers when they release them.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Good bye Pepsi

You'd definitely look snazzy in red!

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Good bye Pepsi

It used to be that finding a local gig was hard. Now, all of these LTL companies are offering bonuses and starting people at top rate. I called Saia today and they said I can start linehaul ASAP, bid on a set run and start at top rate which is 0.705 CPM because I have experience. They told me that currently I can expect 2200-2500 miles a week.

That is a really really good offer, I'm at .7088 after a little over 3.5 years. The I bid on and just started Tuesday gives me about 2,600 miles a week and I'm 23rd out of 40 on the seniority list.

I know you are not a huge fan going to the same places everyday but you'd basically being skipping 3 years of work since they are offering you top pay and pretty good miles.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Studying for permit

I haul Hazmat multiple times a week usually, most of the time it's batteries, paint, lighters, matches, or food flavoring (yes the stuff we put in food is sometimes corrosive or flammable in large quantities ).

Like Old School said the really dangerous stuff is done by special carriers. That said you still need to be careful however it's not something I give much thought too.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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A summary of my first week

Sounds like a decent start to me, keep up the good work!

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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In today's episode of "what makes people look down on truck drivers"

If you have to search far and wide for a justification for your actions and you arrived at anything other than "I did it right" you did it wrong. The rest is stink on the wind. That's the difference between a true professional and someone paying lip service. Again you do, you. You can settle for it and lie to yourself and everyone one else about how you're top tier. But you'll know your not.

Awful full of yourself for a greenhorn driver, hopefully when you do something someone else deems "unprofessional" they'll call your company and let them know their disapproval.

If you let little things like this bother you to this degree you will have a short career.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Good bye Pepsi

A little silly to implement those rules now, while a lot of places are ditching or not enforcing masks.

you should be able to find something pretty quick every company seems to be hiring now.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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In today's episode of "what makes people look down on truck drivers"

I've done this before, since I can't back a set into a spot if there are no pull through open. I was even sticking out like that because not everyone pulled forward enough for me to be straight.

We are all supposed to be on the same team out here I really don't see the need to run and call someone's company over every little mistake. Personally I'd rather he park like that than at the end of rest area or ramp where the cab is 2 feet from the travel lane.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Old Dominion

Unfortunately, it will all depend on what runs your home terminal has generally the bottom of the seniority list will get the worst runs which may mean dock work, shorter run, or more difficult than other runs. Generally any run over 100 miles is mileage and under is hourly.

At the start of the year they collect everyone's vacation sheet and grant it based on seniority the guys high up usually take July 4th weekend, memorial day, and then around Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years so those weeks could be difficult to get off for awhile. You can ask for vacation anytime however if they have openings they will have no problems granting it.

The biggest change will be everything is on a schedule you leave your yard at a certain time make it to the next by a certain time. Rinse and repeat

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Old Dominion

They are a great company to work for, after a couple years you can make over 100k and still be home everyday. What would you like to know?

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Are manual Transmissions dying?

I'd say just get a license without the restriction, while true most companies are moving away from them not all have or will.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Save my cats!

Maybe securing the parking lot? That might be the best way.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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XPO Local LTL For New CDL Grads?

Yes, since you have a CDL as long as it is with a approved school you'd go out for 4 weeks with a trainer.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Downshifting a 10 speed

Try 900 and in at 12 to 13 that usually works for me on a 2019 Freightliner with same trans.

At least I think I've been doing it almost 4 years and kinds just do by feel and don't pay attention to the rpm gauge lol.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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XPO Local LTL For New CDL Grads?

Howdy neighbor! I live in Joliet and work linehaul for Old Dominion, at XPO you'll be doing a LOT of dock work. More than likely you will drive Aurora work the dock for a few hours and then go back. We had a couple drivers who worked there for a few months and only did 1 real run. That said XPO is a good company and it would be a good start toward making 100k a year.

Not to toot our own horn too much but at OD we start at $25 a hour and require very little to no dock work we have a few runs that require it but generally it's only 2 hours while you load your trailers then scoot.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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I swear it was there during my pre-trip

Great save! 👍

I had a guy blow a steer tire while passing me between his swerving all the debris flying and myself trying to get out of his way I definitely wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of one of those.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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I finally ran into one of "those" people

This is all the fun I miss out on doing linehaul, generally I thought Rvers as pretty reasonable people you must have really angered him trying to stay cool and all.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Truck Stop Follies and Assorted Stupidity

If my insurance company is paying them they'll charge for tow based on distance, storage and every other fee they can throw in. If I'm paying out of pocket it'll be a flat fee based on distance and they'll call it a day

While that's true, around here no matter who's paying it is going to hurt Chicagoland tow companies are notorious for it.

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