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  • Location:
    Joliet, IL

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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    2 years, 4 months ago

Bobcat_Bob's Bio

Running linehaul for Old Dominion Freight Line.

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Posted:  1 day, 16 hours ago

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My logs are a mess

Interesting. I use Yard Move at Meet Points and it seems to work just fine. I'm swapping trailers so what else can DOT call it?

We where told in order to use yard move to has to be a fenced in yard with a guard shack or gate. I haven't tried it but others say if you select yard move outside a yard it will just throw you off it and go to driving.

Posted:  1 day, 18 hours ago

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My logs are a mess

We got ours last month, we used to be able to start hooking a set before going "on duty" can not do that any more as soon as you move at all it records it. We have "yard move" when we are in one of our yards so it doesn't waste drive time. We can not use yard move at a meet point since it isn't fenced in with a guard shack or gate.

Posted:  3 days, 6 hours ago

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Be considerate turn off your lights

When you are parked and there are trucks or cars parked across from you shut your lights off. Don't be that driver blinding others for no reason

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Posted:  4 days, 6 hours ago

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Heading to Swift in Menasha, WI Monday 9/23!

Congratulations

Posted:  5 days, 3 hours ago

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Illinois air brake test, questions for those that took it.

You will sit in the cab for both the pretrip and then brakes test. He or she should ask you about a certain break test, if you know what you are talking about they may only ask you about 1 or 2 of the tests. I had to tell him about in cab inspection then we transitioned into the brake tests and how they work.

Only tell them about what they ask for if he asks about lights only talk about lights, if they ask about in cab only mention the stuff for the in cab.

Also do not offer to do any of the tests if he asks do it but do not volunteer.

I took my test 2.5 years about but they came to my school in Bensenville it might be a bit different for you at the facility.

Posted:  6 days, 23 hours ago

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Home time and rookie driver

Depending on which comoany you work for you could be gone as much as 8 weeks during training.

Once you go solo most companies offer 1 day off for every week worked. Say you work 3 weeks straight you get 3 days off.

It varies by company and division but you should have no problem getting at least 1 day off every 6 weeks.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Hit the Driver Appreciation cookout Trifecta.

I missed the cookout because I had to meet a truck whobwas dropping off a car for me. If you time it right you can bit mulitple terminals in multiple days haveing cookouts and get free food for a few days.

We also got duffle bags which was nice.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Never Forget - 9/11

I was in 6th grade, and heard about the first plane on the radio before walking into school and remember thinking it was a accident. I remember the teacher turned on the TV and we watched some of it.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Survived sophomore season!

Congratulations. Nice accomplishment

Thanks!

I'd lose my mind driving the same exact route every day for weeks or months on end. How do you stay focused and alert especially if you're running nights?

It definitely gets old driving the same route every day, the top guy in our terminal has been running the same route to Des Moines for about 10 years now.

Any idea how you're sitting on seniority?

Funny you mention that we had to rebid today since they dropped our triples run, so everyone from him down had to bid again. I am about 29th out of 38 so my picks are limited I did take a 1:45 am run so I can get more day light.

They are opening a new terminal near Indiana so hopefully a few drivers who live out there will transfer so I can move up.

For the first time in my life I also am at a job I really enjoy and want to retire from. It really makes a huge difference in your attitude and makes getting out of bed easier.

It absolutely does! I drove a cab/limo for 3 years and hated it for the most part. Plus I worked the same or more hours 6 days for less than half the pay and no benifets.

Wish I would have gotten my CDL at 21 instead of kicking the can down the road.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Misdemeanor Who will hire me

If it is not on record yet, you should be ok. Just answer the application truthfully but only give what they ask for nothing .

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Survived sophomore season!

When I started work last night it offically marked my 2 year anniversary with Old Dominion. Since senority is king in the LTL world I am now top scale so I should be at or just over 70 cpm, unfortunately now my only raise will be the yearly if there is one.

If I make it to November I will also receive my first saftey bonus should be my second but I screwed that 2 months in.

I have no complaints about the way I am treated or about the company in general hopefully I can retire here in 36 years.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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I got into a T Bone Car accident on a 2 way intersection in my personal vehicle

I agree this will be a huge problem when it comes to finding a job. Do everything you can to fight it, if it goes on your record you may have to wait 3-5 years with no other accidents or tickets for most companies to even consider you.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Just getting started, have some questions

Companies will want you to either attend their school or have a minimum 160 hour training certificate from one of their approved schools.

Also you will have to learn to double clutch not doing so is a automatic failure.

Getting Hazmat with shouldn't be a problem they are looking for more serious offenses than what you have. If you do not plan on running Hazmat do not even bother getting it as it can be a pain as it has to be reneqed. Infact I have to renew mine with in the next month.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Front sensor faulting.

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Is it mounted to the dash like this?

Or is it built into the dash?

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Front sensor faulting.

Is this a on guard system? I had a 2020 Casscida with the On Guard that has been in the shop for 3 weeks with a similar problem. Infact we have had a lot of 2020s have had problems with it.

You guys need to get it looked at ASAP especially since it is applying the brakes.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Tyson - Rochelle Illinois

Nice job! It does not matter how long it takes parked is parked.

They have spotters there? Sometimes a offering up a Hamilton or Jackson is worth it to save some time, especially when up a against the clock.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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In truck driving school, need some clarification on up shifting and downshifting for test

With a empty trailer I would start in 3rd gear, do not skip gears on the test in Illinois it was a automatic failure they wanted to see you go through as many gears in the right order as possible. Once you pass your test and are out with a company you can skip.

You'll get it just listen to your instructors and figure out which one of their techniques fits your style.

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Question of which job I should take!?

Normally I am one of the few here who support starting local IF done correctly. Your taking a difficult path and it may lead to a short career.

Scam99 is a horrible way to be paid btw 175 a day with zero benefits or taxes taken out, will probably leave you barely above minimum wage as the ports are notorious for long waits. I have a feeling you will be working close to 14 hours a day.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Realistic beginner driver pay for regional drivers

In my brief 4 weeks otr my checks averaged 600ish.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Question of which job I should take!?

Personally I would avoid small companies especially to start your career, a lot of times they have to do some funny business to get you on their insurance or maybe even skip covering you at all.

Old Dominion has 24,000 employees 11k of which are drivers, the CEO does not know me from a whole in the wall but the people at my terminal and the terminals I go to know me. They are the ones I see and interact with daily they are the ones who help you out when needed.

So if you prove yourself to the people you deal with on a daily basis you will be more than just a number quicker then you realize. Plus you will have millions/ billions of dollars in support and not have to worry if your fuel card will work or if your check will clear.

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