Profile For Joe Mc

Joe Mc's Info

  • Location:
    Las Vegas, NV

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years ago

Joe Mc's Bio

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Posted:  6 hours, 38 minutes ago

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Game: What Excites You Now That You Drive?

Getting out of California and away from their 55 mph speed limits

Free coffee, showers and laundry at the Pilot/Flying J

Bypass signals

Lots of truck parking available

Posted:  3 months, 4 weeks ago

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Name three things you love about your company

I work for Knight, dry van division, Las Vegas NV, 11 western states region. 1. The people. Everyone that I deal with regularly or have just encountered once or twice at Knight have treated me fairly and with respect. That’s huge for me. 2. Patience. I am celebrating my six month anniversary as a solo driver tomorrow. My Driver Manager (dispatcher) and Driver Development Manager have been patient with me and my bonehead rookie mistakes and questions. My DM has been kind enough to help me learn this trade and I would do anything for him. 3. A chance at a new career. I applied to Knight and they hired and trained me. That doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it meant a lot to me. They took a chance on me and gave this 55 year old guy a shot. Wow. There were no lies or misrepresentations regarding training, pay, truck assignment or home time on Knight’s part. They have given me a little home on wheels. I am a gypsy, with my home two steps behind my office. I have an opportunity to travel all over the western U.S. and see things and places that make me appreciate how awesome and special our country is.

Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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So, what are the practical advantages of flatbedding for all it's hardships?

Old School, I’m located in Las Vegas, Nevada. When I hired on at Knight I asked about flatbed jobs. I was told by my recruiter that my living in Las Vegas would prevent me from working with the nearest flatbed fleet in Phoenix, AZ., and that I’d have to relocate to Phoenix to work in that division. My family lives in Vegas, so I couldn’t make the move.

Joe Mc, where are you located?

Are you aware of Knight's dedicated flat bed opportunities?

Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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So, what are the practical advantages of flatbedding for all it's hardships?

Robert, thank you for your reply to my question. I didn’t know the pay could be that good in heavy haul, wow...Your reply to the OP really rekindled my interest in heavy/specialty hauling. My plans of starting off with an entry level flatbed job kind of went awry, (long story). I wound up at Knight Transportation driving for their dry van division as my first job, instead. With what you’ve revealed, I’m considering a move to a dedicated flatbed/heavy haul company after I complete my first year at Knight. Thanks again for the good info.

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One thing not mentioned yet is the various opportunities which arise after getting your foot in the door and gaining experience in open deck work. Specialized and heavy haul divisions are much more intensive from a logistics standpoint, training and skill than other open deck operations and that's also where you will see significant advance in pay. The company I'm with has a specialized / heavy haul division. They hire primarily from within and the waiting list is roughly 8 months before consideration. There's additional training for the various styles of trailers along with familiarization with permit, escort, police escort, policies etc. Those trucks are all 4 axle rigs and company drivers average between 125-150k per year while rarely running over 1800 miles per week. Open deck offers the most options over other aspects in trucking and rewards the hard work in many ways, you just have to go get it. Oh and you'll drive really nice trucks, I know I love mine.

Excuse me, but if I may ask, what trucking company do you work for?

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Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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So, what are the practical advantages of flatbedding for all it's hardships?

One thing not mentioned yet is the various opportunities which arise after getting your foot in the door and gaining experience in open deck work. Specialized and heavy haul divisions are much more intensive from a logistics standpoint, training and skill than other open deck operations and that's also where you will see significant advance in pay. The company I'm with has a specialized / heavy haul division. They hire primarily from within and the waiting list is roughly 8 months before consideration. There's additional training for the various styles of trailers along with familiarization with permit, escort, police escort, policies etc. Those trucks are all 4 axle rigs and company drivers average between 125-150k per year while rarely running over 1800 miles per week. Open deck offers the most options over other aspects in trucking and rewards the hard work in many ways, you just have to go get it. Oh and you'll drive really nice trucks, I know I love mine.

Excuse me, but if I may ask, what trucking company do you work for?

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

Thanks for the nice welcome, I appreciate it! Movin' On is one of my all time favorite shows.

Love that, "Movin' On" avatar! smile.gif Welcome to the site.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

I'm a casino lifer. I've been in the casino industry in Las Vegas, NV since 1984. I've been a table games dealer, 21 pit floor supervisor, assistant shift manager and shift manager. Now I'm back to being a dealer, which I enjoy, much less stress and strife.

If it all breaks right, I'll be starting school with Prime Inc. on the 27th. I'm excited and nervous at the same time. It's kind of cool that I can still have this kind of a great adventure at my age.

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