Profile For Bobcat_Bob

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  • Location:
    Joliet, IL

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 9 months ago

Bobcat_Bob's Bio

Running linehaul for Old Dominion Freight Line for 3 years.

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Posted:  15 hours, 24 minutes ago

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Questions about local driving

So you've moved to Texas now? Didn't like Idaho?

It all depends on the company and the route.

Posted:  1 day, 12 hours ago

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Hello to my future fellow road warriors!

He didn't get into trucking but my dad's cousin was a guard at a supermax prison for about the same amount of time, he left it for sales. He figured that was better than always needing to stand with his back to a wall and not liking people walking up behind him or having people gather in a group near him.

Many people here are more experienced in life than you and make great 2nd or 3rd careers out of trucking! Heck my company has a driver in his 70s

Posted:  2 days, 13 hours ago

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New ride who dis?

Congratulations!! Keep it shiny side up

Posted:  3 days, 3 hours ago

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Considering ODFL as my first employer

Looks like I will be running between terminals in NYC and NJ as a Linehaul

That is a shuttle position it is technically a hourly linehaul run and most of the time goes to the drivers at the bottom of the seniority list. Once people above you leave you can probably bid for a mileage route and get out of the city if you want.

Posted:  3 days, 11 hours ago

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Had a moment today.

I've heard it's reviewed by someone and if they deem it important enough they send it to your local safety manager.

Our old computer system used to tell us when the camera was tripped, this one does not but I am sure this would have tripped it.

Posted:  3 days, 14 hours ago

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Had a moment today.

Dash cam in your truck?

Just the company one, I am going to invest in my own I think.

Posted:  3 days, 15 hours ago

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Had a moment today.

On 80 East coming into the Ipass booth with the merge onto 294 when a car in the left lane decides he wants to go to the cash lanes I assume ( which the toll way has signs up all over the place saying they don't take cash anymore) decides to make a lane change in front of me and come to a near stop in a desperate attempt to get into the cash lane.

So I had to apply the most brakes I ever did in a truck that I can recall to avoid slaming I to this genius. Unfortunately, there was another car to my left so I couldn't move that way and since the offender was heading to the right I figured straight was my best option luckily I was able to lock it down and come to nearly a complete stop tires smoking and all.

The genius driver then decided that he could pay online instead and speed off cuting off the innocent car that had been along side me in the process. Luckily I did not hit the car and somehow kept the set straight and headed the right direction.

Posted:  3 days, 16 hours ago

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The O/O lifestyle

I was out there in the cold and had a bunch of problems with airleaks from our rubber lines, you did the smart thing and routed yourself around headaches.

I always thought I would one day want to be a O/O but I decided I like to keep money in my pocket, seeing all of those out of pocket expenses would make me cry.

Posted:  4 days, 4 hours ago

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Considering ODFL as my first employer

I've been doing linehaul for Old Dominion for 3.5 years and highly recommended them. Personally I'd say avoid P&D in NYC especially to start, at least with lh you will probably be able to get on the open highways and have some elbow room.

Posted:  6 days, 16 hours ago

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Do you think there is a truck parking shortage?

I should mention truck drivers are our own worst enemy when it comes to parking, we complain places don't offer free parking but when a place does offer parking some drivers trash it. Why would a place want to take on the expense of building and maintaining parking when we thank them by tossing garbage and bodily fluids all over it??

The mall by my house use to let trucks park by the empty stores, until people ruined it by trashing the place, now they don't allow parking anymore.

Posted:  6 days, 16 hours ago

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Working on local O/O w/ own authority. Worth it?

My advise would be to work for a LTL company collect $25-30 a hour with paid vacation and insurance. It won't make your goal of being a O/O but it will save you a ton of money.

Posted:  6 days, 22 hours ago

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Do you think there is a truck parking shortage?

Definitely need more parking, I wish truck stops and rest areas had a few designated pull through spots for doubles to be able to park. I hate my 30 on a ramp because it's not worth the risk and time to try to squeeze into a rest area or truck stop.

Posted:  1 week ago

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What are your personal positives and negatives regarding jockeying a rig for a living?

being exposed to unsavory people: violent people, corrupt people, criminal people, mobsters, racketeers

Usually after I leave the yard I don't have this problem anymore.

Buy seriously I'm not in the mood to go line by line and answer each "negative" since it's a wasted effort on trolls. If anyone truly has these questions a 5 minute search of this site will debunk or answer them.

Maybe not number 8 though, hard to dispute a barber who used to eat at truck stops 35 years ago.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Please fill out a form for my school project

Done, I'd be interested to see your results when done.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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CDL Jobs in North Carolina around Charlotte

Considered linehaul or P&D for a LTL company? At OD in 2 or 3 years you could probably make 100k and be home everyday of you do P&D you should be able to pull in 75k+. Not sure if the felony will be a problem or not.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Dont get speeding tickets if you want to get hired easily.

You have 3 borderline reckless driving tickets in a short span, that will be a huge red flag to any company as obviously you didn't learn from the first one or even second one.

You may have to wait 3-5 years from the date of your most recent conviction, even then a lot of companies will probably pass.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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These winter storms

We got about 6 inches by my house/ home terminal Indy got like a foot and our Chicago terminal got 18 inches.

Now I'm worried about ice tonight as it's supposed to be -2 °and the roads are still kinda messy.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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These winter storms

Be grateful you got to call off. Tom tried. His boss started calling MY phone; apparently 'others' (Don Ho ???) Called off earlier; hubby's otw to Napoleon/Campbells (Thanks, Don) up by Toledo.

I haven't called off yet but I will soon. Hopefully he gets there safe, at lease he has a long box and a twin screw tractor, my single axle with a set would be interesting. Personally if I was him I'd tell the boss I'm not running if they called off cause it's not safe for them, then it's not safe for me.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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These winter storms

Who says we didn't know?

I didn't know 🤷‍♂️

I will be staying home tonight we have a winter storm warning all along my route. Suppsed to be 5 inches by my house to over a foot in someplace.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Should I keep my CDL?

Jamie OD has pretty good insurance and if you choose LH in 3 years you could be around 100k and still be home everyday.

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