Profile For Giovanni U.

Giovanni U.'s Info

  • Location:
    streetsboro, OH

  • Driving Status:
    Preparing For School

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  • Joined Us:
    9 years, 2 months ago

Giovanni U.'s Bio

I was a local steel hauler for a company in cleveland Ohio. Was there for about 6 months and due to family issues I haven't been back on the road since. Now 16 years later I have taken care of everything except me. Back to the rig, where I belong. I miss the road and can't wait to see it again trucker style!

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Posted:  8 years, 10 months ago

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Harris trucking

saw this company and am trying to find out if anyone knows anything about them. I went to their website ( http://www.harristrucking.com ) but i noticed there is no information on truckers truth about them. HAs anyone worked for this company? anyone know the reputation ? Would they be a good starter company? any input would be appreciated. Thank you thank-you.gif

Posted:  8 years, 10 months ago

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C R ENGLAND

I've been doing a huge amount of research lately. I will say though I have no experience with any company, just thinking about my options at this point. I have seen a lot of bashing about many companies and you can generally get a feel for the BS part of most of it. However I will say this; By far the most negative comments about any company I have yet to see is against CRE. Most have to do with the failures of getting pushed really hard to take a lease right out of training. Many though talk about the pay and how much their attitude changes when you turn a lease down in favor of being a company driver. The only CRE drivers I encountered at truck stops were either company drivers that went through their program years ago or owner ops. I asked about the new company drivers and was just laughed at. Evidently they have a pretty bad reputation for treating you like crap in the company sponsored program, pushing you too hard and fast thru the program, and hard selling brand new people into leases. It sounds like they are completely aware that only 1 out of 25 will actually make it the 9 months but dont really care (especially if they got you on a lease and you have to turn it back in). I want to state again though: " I am not a class A CDL holder and I do not have any personnel experience with CRE." But due to the nearly 5 to 1 complaint ratio they have compared to all other companies, I will not be choosing them. I just dont see that many people being wrong or lying. Plus I never ran into a new company CRE driver at a very large and busy truck stop.....

I have personal experience with England I was a trainee with them I would be happy to answer any questions about them. They are very safety conscious and was a good company. I had to leave for personal reasons but would go back in a heart beat.

Posted:  9 years, 1 month ago

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C R ENGLAND

has anybody worked for them are they a good company for somebody new to start with

I have heard a lot of rumors against CR England, they are far from true! They are a good company. Very safety conscious, they are a great place to start your career. I went to school through them, and started my otr training. their equipment is solid and in excellent condition, they work with their drivers to get them the loads they want. My trainer got a load from PA to California, (for example) So there is good money and many miles to be made here. They were not rude, they go out of their way to help you succeed. Again Safety is a big thing with them. Any questions I may be able to help with I will be happy to answer. The crap your reading on line simply isn't true. I saw many people go home because they were caught in a lie, be honest with them! In my opinion...Excellent company to start with.

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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Schooling Expereince at CR England

My memory is a bit foggy because I was there over a year ago but I immediately left the company after getting my CDL and so did a lot of others in my class. Some even went as far as to immediately have a cab waiting for them to take them to the bus station on their way home.

Are you there now or have you already gone threw the process of getting your CDL form them?

I have cdl already but need a refresher course. What about it made everyone jump ship?

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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Schooling Expereince at CR England

Well Being they are my only option at this point I took their offer. I need the refresher and trainer really bad. I din't have much luck 16 years ago mainly I was way too immature at the time. Now looking back on it, I know what some of my issues were and intend to utilize my trainer. If they suck that bad oh well its 9 months. If not I'll stay. But either way when I get the chance I will come back here and let all know how the experience was. Hoping for a good one.

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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Distress factor of living with a trainer?

Crazy as it may sound I am looking forward to having a trainer. I am getting back in the truck after 16 years. When I came out of TDDS in 96 I was far from ready. # and 4 students in the truck all talking at once does not make for good driving lessons. When I went to the company there was no real training, it was local steel hauling immature and scared ****less I lasted 6 months and had nothing but trouble.The trainer they put me with was a nice guy but i never drove. I made sure to write down every Issue I had back then so my new trainer can show me how to fix it, I am going to soak up every thing I can and question my poor trainer to death! I know where some of my weakness are and I intend to utilize them to the fullest! Jerk or Not!

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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Nationwide trucking shutdown Oct 11-13 ??

Folks, I just ran across this article, which discusses a nationwide trucking shutdown from October 11-13.

http://www.activistpost.com/2013/09/convoy-to-dc-truckers-to-shut-down.html

Here is another article on the subject:

http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/09/1-million-truckers-protest-barack-obama-shutting-america-3-days-october/

Here is a Facebook page on the subject:

https://www.facebook.com/truckerstoshutdownamerica

For those out on the road at this time, a serious subject to consider.

I have been watching FB closely on this. It was nice to see Canada and Germany jump on the band wagon. Whether they will be able to pull it of or not, I can only speculate, I sure hope they pull it off. Country is overdue for a wake up call!

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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Mental illness & driving

Hey that's great!

But what you need isn't for us to pray for your success. What you need is to prepare for your success by starting with our High Road Training Program and our Trucker's Career Guide. I don't know if you've read the career guide yet. If not, make sure you do. And I know you haven't started the training program yet so start on that immediately and make sure you get through at least 75% of it (preferably 100% of course) before you leave for training.

CR England's training is very fast paced. It's a tryout more than a school, as are most of the Company-Sponsored Schools. And that's not a bad thing as long as you understand the nature of it.

A lot of people show up to the company training programs completely unprepared and many have horrible attitudes. Only about 25% of your classmates from day 1 will ever make it out on the road with a trainer. Most will get sent home and will wind up on TheTruckersReport, RipoffReport, and other sites blasting the company for being the cause of their demise. Baloney. Show up there well prepared with our reading materials and our training materials. And show up prepared to face a really tough challenge. Plan on being one of the minority that make it through to being a successful driver.

And I would stop trying to get opinions from people on the Web about companies. They're junk. If you want to learn more about CR England, go to a truck stop and speak with some of their drivers while they're fueling or walking into the truck stop. They'll be more than happy to give you a few minutes of their time. Those are the people you want to hear from - the people who are out there working for the company right now and getting the job done successfully day in and day out.

one of the main reasons i was considering elsewhere was because a driver from this site says steer clear of them, because they try & force you to go OO. Says they have a huge suit against them for this, and that they tend to say they have no trucks so they can try to force this on you. I know that everyone's experience with the same company is going to be different, just don't want to go through all that, be in contract & be screwed. Would love to hear some good feed back on this company

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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Sorry did not know how else to reach him, Hey Old school!

It was suggested in a PM that i reach out to a driver on here named Old school. Could you PM me please?

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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Schooling Expereince at CR England

Ok So apprently these guys are not a good company, i have a PM going with a driver who has has a run in with them and they try to push u into OO saying they have no trucks available AFTER you have completed their course and signed the contract. OUCH

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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Mental illness & driving

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The prescription medication you're on has to be reported. They'll have to know what you're taking and why because it will show up in a drug test. You also have to make sure that the prescription you're taking is approved for commercial driving. You can ask any doctor that gives DOT physicals if it would be approved or not. If not, you'll have to have your doctor switch you to something else.

I'm just going to throw this out there - there's a lot of pressure in trucking and you'll often find yourself holding up a lot of angry people while you're trying to maneuver that rig. You have to be able to ignore it. You'll be backing in off of busy streets, pulling wide around corners in busy intersections, and doing all kinds of other stuff that's going to bring a lot of attention to you.

I have a book that's free to read online called Becoming A Truck Driver: The Raw Truth About Truck Driving and it has a lot of stories in there from my time on the road. Some of them are about times when I had no choice but to have part of an interstate closed down to get out of a predicament or the police had to close down all of the streets around City Hall in downtown Phoenix so I could get backed in - things like that. Have a look through my book and you'll see how much pressure there can be in trucking. I just wanted you to be aware of that.

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Thank you, Brett. I have my own share of anxiety issues, as well. The bad side, as you pointed out, is that many drivers will get ticked off at the trucker. Plus, the anxiety of making difficult backing maneuvers, and the like. The good side of trucking is that the driver is by himself - not like being in an office where he may experience dozens of uncomfortable or unpleasant face-to-face interactions every day. That's what got me out of the office and into trucking.

Well I might have gotten Lucky! CR England says they will take me, they are aware of all issues, all meds. Scary thing is im hearing a lot of bad **** about them, Just praying it goes smoothly. I spoke to Dr Hendrix @ CR England personally and all I need is a letter from my DR that says its safe to drive. Crossing fingers!

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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Schooling Expereince at CR England

I was just there-will give you an unbiased assessment of what it was like-I got kicked out for having 20-50 vision in one eye-the chart they recommended to test your eyes was not very accurate. Was only there for not even a day as a result of that-but can tell you my impression of it the short time I was there and let you be the judge. You get there to Gary IN-the place is a slum-at the bus station-they load you on a shuttle bus-they want you at the school as soon as you arrive-the bus will take you to the school and you will immediately be asked to start your physical-before your arrival at the room-be prepared for that-did not get to my room till close to midnight-next morning have to be up to catch shuttle back to school-it is a good half hour from motel to school-not much around motel in terms of places to eat-most are more than a mile away. You will not be given an opportunity to eat anything before you go-be prepared for that-have some snacks handy. School begins at 630am sharp-whatever you do dont miss the shuttle in the morning and be late-it left at 5 am. I can only tell you about the first morning-make sure you have all the required documents with you-make sure you are ready for the written exams before you arrive as you will likely be too wiped out to study for it there. A lot of paperwork involved. Make sure your vision is up to par as well as blood pressure or you will immediately be sent home. The inprocessing instructor was on the ball. I did get my vision corrected that very day at a mall 10 miles away-but decided not to return. I am telling to you like it is-this is what I genuinely experienced a mere 2 days ago. I spent the night at a motel and got a bus ticket to another school which is likely going to accept me with my corrected vision. That was done at my own expense as well as getting the eye exam and glasses. That brings me to my next point-make sure you have enough funds because they will not cover your food expenses and like what happened to me unexpected things could come up. I hope I dont sound like I am bashing it-I just want to share with you what my impression was of it. I wouldnt go back there.

God I hope my experience with them is better. They are sending me to Cedar hill TX. I have talked to quite a few companies and unfortunately coming off ssdi after 2 years for psychological reasons everyone else seems to be afraid to take me. On top of that i have my CDL but haven't driven in 16 years. SO Simply put I am the mutt nobody wants to take! They are the ONLY takers... hope I dont regret going with them...

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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Buying or using companies truck

Got a question , I'm in the position to buy a new rig as i decided to sell my house and get on the road . Question is to anyone : Would you buy a new rig to start out on the road or use a companies truck?

Company truck! Give yourself some time to accumulate some money. As an OO you pay for everything on the truck, plus the truck payment and the fuel! In a company truck, they pay for fuel, repairs and pay you to drive it. To start out, a company driver would be wiser

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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Mental illness & driving

Any one know of a company that will give me a chance even with coming off disability? I explain things but i don't seem to have any luck. I really wanna get back on the road but seem to be hitting a wall here. I need a refresher too so that makes it even harder, I could really use some suggestions. Thanx

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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Help,Help Help

I agree with Red Gator. I had a gap in my employment for the past two years, and Prime did not even contact me after I applied with them. Their loss in my opinion. FFE contacted me and only required three letters of attestation from people that could verify that I was taking care of my elderly mother, and had no problems. Swift is pretty liberal in that regard as well. As Red Gator stated, keep trying and applying with other companies.

Any suggestions on which are good companies? I have been out of work on SSDI since 2011, and am trying to get back to work. With my particular situation truck driving is a perfect fit.

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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Mental illness & driving

I don't think that would disqualify you. When you're a solo driver there's no one around to talk to and no one around to judge you. Some days you don't even talk to a single person.

What I did see happening is that your training will be more difficult for you. You're under constant judgement and criticism and fear that you'll be booted from training will make your life harder. The instructors are constantly looking at your performance as well as your trainer. So you might have a few problems along the way to becoming a solo driver but I don't think this will stop you if you are determined.

As long as the Ohio DOT can't disqualify because of it, I will be good! That damn physical with the mental questions is my most concerning.

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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Mental illness & driving

I am on medication so I can get through the classes my main concern is the ODOT questions and having to tell a company that there is an anxiety issue.

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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Mental illness & driving

Will being diagnosed with social anxiety bar me from getting back on the road?

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