Profile For Bobcat_Bob

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  • Location:
    Joliet, IL

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 1 month ago

Bobcat_Bob's Bio

Running linehaul for Old Dominion Freight Line.

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Posted:  18 hours, 38 minutes ago

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Slip seating during this pandemic

We where provided wipes and hand sanitizer, so I just wipe down the wheel, shifter, buttons, handles, and seat belt. I also use hand sanitizer throughout the day. Personally I'm not too concerned with a few precautions it shouldn't a problem.

Posted:  2 days ago

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Blew a tire!

Our auto inflation light comes on when we first hook up if the trailer has been sitting for awhile most of the time it goes out before leaving the yard. Funny enough I ran over what looked like a bolt and had a tire with a air leak, I heard it when I got out unhook at the end of the day. The auto inflator light never came on.

I'm guessing you ran over something since it was 1 tire and then the one directly behind it.

Posted:  2 days, 10 hours ago

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Papa Pigs Zainy Rookie Solo Adventures

I am impressed with your journey so far, when companies came into my school trying to recruit for a DG or DT account I stopped listening at hand unload. I can not handled heat at all so id be passed out in the trailer while the employee wonder why the boxs stopped coming.

Keep up the good work.

Posted:  2 days, 10 hours ago

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Truck flips, crushes SUV

I got to pull 2 long boxs this week and feel like a real trucker at least I didn't do that with them.

Get real lucky nobody was seriously hurt or squished.

Posted:  6 days, 21 hours ago

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Practicing Pretrip is hard.

Make flash cards for every category and have someone ask you the category and then you rattle off what in that system you'd check.

Posted:  6 days, 21 hours ago

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D.A.C. Some Clarity Please

Applying for jobs won't have any negative effect on you.

The biggest problem will be quitting your first job at orientation, any company you apply to might be hesitant to offer you a position since they are not sure if you will stick around.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Early Fireworks--Blown Steer Tire

Great job keeping it up right and out of a ditch!

Hopefully that is one thing I never have to experience.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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New to the industry and looking for help in Northwest Louisiana

Your going about it in probably the worst way you can to try and start a trucking career. With out a certification from a certified school no reputable company will hire you and finding any insurance company to cover you should you try and be a owner operator will be next to impossible.

As for finding someone to let you ride along to gain experience driving again you are uninsurable for the most part. If their insurance company did allow you on the policy it would cost a fortune, so more than likely they wouldn't put you on any insurance and one accident no matter how minor could result in jail time for both of you.

I would consider scrapping your plan and trying either a private school or a company school.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Manual transmissions in Illinois

Most states if you take your test in a auto you can only drive a auto, if you take it in a manual you can drive either.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Friday Short Haul - Congress passes Moving Forward Act, YRC gets a bailout, and trucking jobs on the increase

When my dad worked at Con-Way a few years ago they called him on the weekend and told him to pack his bags, there was a strong rumor YRC wasn't going to open on Monday. They wanted him to travel and inspect YRCs equipment to see if it is worth purchasing or not. He told them he sees it on the road and it's mostly junk and it would probably cost more to fix since they are not maintaining it than it would be to buy new. YRC got a last minute loan and that never came to be fortunately.

Saia around here has a mix of older trucks and brand new. They can at least afford to maintain their equipment while YRC can not.

Moe you made the right decision not to work for YRC I can not imagine how toxic their work environment must be since you don't know if the company can afford to open their doors the next day. I remember a story a few years ago were they couldn't afford fuel so drivers had to look for a truck that had enough for their run, also one were they couldn't afford snow removal so they were praying for a easy winter. If you can't afford fuel for your trucks I'd imagine your pizza budget his pretty small.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Friday Short Haul - Congress passes Moving Forward Act, YRC gets a bailout, and trucking jobs on the increase

Had the government not bailed out YRC I doubt they would have made it to the end of the year. They were behind on their employees insurance payments so as of this week it was going to be canceled.

They have been circleing the drain for at least 10 year might be time for places to cut their loses.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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New Guy Questions

Personally I would thank them for the opportunity and walk away. No company should put a new driver on the road with no additional training, I would be worried about any legal liability this would set me up for. I have a feeling you won't be legally insured as the cost of insurance on a new driver is astronomical especially with no training program.

Bird One and myself both live in the Chicago area and unfortunately this not uncommon in our area.

Don't take offense at my remarks about "playing games." We all are willing to name the company we work for. The fact that you don't feel comfortable with that should be a huge red flag to you.

Not everyone here named the company they work for, I was hesitant the first few times I came here. Heck a well respected moderator did not name his new company when he changed companies a little while ago.

Personally, I do not see not wanting to name your company online as a red flag for the most part especially after hearing about places finding your online posts and firing people for them.

The sad reality is there are companies that operate like this we have seen them in the Chicago area infact they are locally famous.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Is it just me?

my husband has a line for Yard Move on his Qualcomm. Granted, he is intrastate/local, so not much need for personal conveyance. Do any of y'all have THAT option?!?

We have the "Yard move" option but it can only be used on company property or in a property with a fence all the way around and either a gate and or a guard shack.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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I got fired

Yes any and all accidents in the time period it asks.

What kind of accidents? 3 in 8 months is going to be difficult to over come.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Is it just me?

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That Loves is a pain to park in, you should see where I park on the rare occasions I stop there.

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Hard backing the doubles into a spot, keeping both trailers inside the lines?

Haven't mastered that skill yet but parking between the lines is overrated.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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A Week in the Walmart Private Fleet

At least you caught yours Turtle I can attest to the loud bang the trailer makes when it fall to the ground.

A good lesson learned with no damage just a little self pride.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Is it just me?

That Loves is a pain to park in, you should see where I park on the rare occasions I stop there.

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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One of those bad backing days

You should have reported it, what happens if the next driver takes that trailer and reports it damaged so they come looking for the last guy to pull it?

At OD you wouldn't be in trouble for the minor accident but definitely would be not reporting it.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Out of the Truck

Glad to hear you are starting to mend!

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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I've had two accidents and I'm having trouble finding work. Which second chance trucking companies will hire me?

A accident that is not your fault shouldn't count towards your accident allowance.

When I drove a Cab someone ran a red and hit me in the intersection. All I had to do was submit the accident report and all the companies I applied to where ok with it.

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