Profile For andhe78

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    Williamsville, NY

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    Experienced Driver

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    1 year, 7 months ago

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Maverick flatbedder.

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Posted:  2 weeks ago

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OTR eating healthy and economically

I stay out between six and eight weeks at a time and have a fridge and microwave in the truck. I try to buy most everything I need at a box store while at home (have a clothes hamper that fits perfectly between the passenger seat and dash that holds a large number of boxes of food.). Pretty boring, but here’s my routine. A flavored oatmeal packet and a fruit cup for breakfast. Pop the oatmeal in the microwave before the morning routine and it will be cooked and cooled by the time I’m back. I like the cherry flavored mixed fruit cup, but there are several varieties that are good. Mid morning snack are some granola bars I’ve found that are tasty and have nothing in them that melt in the heat (less mess in summer.) Lunch is a couple tuna sandwiches on wheat. You can get flavored packets, but my box store sells a box of twelve packets of regular tuna that is really good. My first couple weeks out, I keep some alfalfa sprouts in the fridge that I like on tuna, but nothing else gets added. (Mayo, gross.) Mid afternoon, may be a handful of nuts, or if my sweet tooth is acting up, a tootsie pop, or a couple graham crackers, then supper is a couple more fruit cups-nothing heavy so it’s easy to get to sleep. I like this because nothing other than the sprouts need to be refrigerated, and heat or cold doesn’t really bother any of it. Very easy storage. The big thing for me in keeping off weight is what I drink. Soda, juices, or Gatorade will pack on the pounds for me, so just either water, or my own cold brewed earl grey tea when I get tired of water. My 34 is kind of a cheat day, will go get a sit down meal then.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Happy times at TA

I'm curious where the liability would fall if the damaged truck was parked in a "make your own" or otherwise non designated parking spot. Who gets the official blame, the hitter or the hitee?

This probably won’t answer your question, but that ticket I got early last year was failure to maintain lane when I scraped a guy in well marked no parking zone on an off ramp (and he was partially in my lane.) I got a ticket, he got no ticket, but it was thrown out in court.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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New Year, New Moderator!

Congratulations Turtle. I never realized you weren’t a moderator. Can’t find two better representatives of the flatbed life than you and Old School. There’s several things I’ve learned from you both that have helped my career.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Waiting list for Maverick’s CDL Sponsorship

Hey everyone, I am in North Little Rock and start orientation tomorrow. I’m excited and scared. I’m a bit nervous Bout the agility test. I’m built like an old cadilac....low to the ground and pretty heavy. Anyway, I’ll try to keep up my posts on here. If I make it through orientation, I go straight into CDL school.

You’ll do fine, just follow the instructions. No one in my orientation class failed the agility part of the physical. I was sweating the flexibility part of the physical since the examiners seemed unhappy with my very poor results. Still made it through.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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I can never see any reason under the sun why trucks should ever be overweight.

Todd, I have places where they load me on a scale, piecemealing to get as close to 80k as possible. So 51k on my deck, without the option to slide my tandems, how do I use that scale to make sure I haven’t loaded too far forward and my drives aren’t overweight?

Oh, there is an answer, I’m not asking Todd rhetorically. Just wondering if he can figure it out.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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I can never see any reason under the sun why trucks should ever be overweight.

Todd, I have places where they load me on a scale, piecemealing to get as close to 80k as possible. So 51k on my deck, without the option to slide my tandems, how do I use that scale to make sure I haven’t loaded too far forward and my drives aren’t overweight?

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Is being a company driver competitive by nature?

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The problem I’ve seen here is that a driver’s idea of a golden driver is not the same as the company’s. What’s your idea of a golden driver?

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I'm not sure how you figure that. It seems to me the equation is pretty simple. Drivers and companies alike both win when drivers are safe, productive, efficient, and give their customers fantastic service. I can't think of a situation where a company would want a driver to perform one way but a driver would want to perform differently.

Go into more detail about your opinion. I'm curious about what you're referring to.

Huh, surprising, let me try again then.

I have met very few drivers who think it’s their fault they aren’t getting miles. Example I ran across this week. Got a great pre-plan yanked to do a short repower. I’ve never complained, just run what comes across peoplenet. (Ended up running that load, then a looong deadhead to an easy long load so it worked out well, but that’s off topic.) I weirdly ran into a driver that night after getting reloaded who I found out had been sent that repower. It was surprising and I never told him I ran the repower, just let him rant. When he got the work order he immediately called his fleet manager and ripped him up one side and down the other. “Had to put him in his place cause he’d been getting too many repowers.” He flat out refused the load, (which I’m surprised since we are forced dispatch and he wasn’t IC, but different rules for repowers I guess.) He then sat empty all day fuming cause he legitimately thought he’d done the right thing and never seemed to realize he was probably put on the difficult list. Didn’t have the heart to tell him that little repower turned into 1500+ miles.

I guess what I’m trying to say is I’ve seen a ton of drivers who think they are god’s gift out here and blindly don’t realize that their habitual lateness, or complaining, or whatever else is possibly a reason for their short miles. I hear all the time “I was only late three times this year,” and in the next breath wonder why they only average 1800 miles a week. Is the lateness thing the reason, who knows, but it can’t help.

So that’s what I meant, they sort of delusionaly think they are golden drivers while the company may think differently.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Is being a company driver competitive by nature?

If I am a golden driver then my reward should be no less than gold. If my output is only pot-metal level, why should I expect be paid in diamonds?

The problem I’ve seen here is that a driver’s idea of a golden driver is not the same as the company’s. What’s your idea of a golden driver?

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Do drivers often have to ride on buses?

Going a different route here, I spent thirty hours on a bus to orientation, and didn’t think it was that bad. Definitely not my worst thirty hours since starting driving.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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I can never see any reason under the sun why trucks should ever be overweight.

It’s not so much overweight as a whole as overweight on the axles.

Do you know how to check axle weights on a single scale? Do you know how to adjust for that weight? Do you even know the axle weights and what the difference is for a regular tandem and a spread?

Coming off pretty judgey for someone who I doubt has even seen a scale.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Hey newbies and other non experienced drivers.

Flatbeds May have a different setup, but dry vans and reefers have a red light on the left side at the back left corner at floor level.

No, we’ve got them too.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Truck drivers and their non truck driving (like cars)

I have my wife do most of the driving together when I’m home, freaks me out not being able to see over all the cars so I know what’s happing way in front of me. Also feel like those tiny mirrors are worthless.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Driver Legal Plans: This one looks good to me...

So for less than $3/week and $100 the cross-country ticket went away?

For me, literally yes. Called their number the day after the ticket, emailed them all the info. They had records of every time they had fought that infraction in that particular court and what the odds were of getting it pled down. I called them every week for an update on where we were with the case. After the court date, they sent the results to me that I then emailed to my company proving the dismissal.

Had to do a dataQ to get it off my psp, but pulled my psp, and dmv abstract a couple weeks ago, and both are perfect.

I’m very happy with the results, but I was also a perfect scenario too. Every outcome is surely not as peachy.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Driver Legal Plans: This one looks good to me...

If you're driving smart and safe, doing the things you're supposed to be doing, you'll never need it. The company you work for spends insane amounts of money every year to do exactly what some snake oil sales person is trying to get you to spend your hard earned money on.

I disagree with this. While perfection is the goal, I’m not a perfect creature and I got a ticket. Everyone says to fight it, but the violation happened on the other side of the country which means time off work and travel arrangements. However, I signed up for the same plan originally posted in this thread. Sent them all the info and they took care of everything. Case was dismissed and my record is still spotless. Worth it for me.

Also, my company doesn’t have lawyers that will fight my ticket.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Company driver or owner/operator?

Sorry.

You know when that allure of owning a truck died for me? When my truck died on the side of the interstate as a company driver. I literally sent in my breakdown macro, then got paid to watch tv in a hotel for the next two days. Didn’t have to arrange the tow, or repowering the load. Didn’t have to spend any time in the driver’s lounge like some owner ops that had been sleeping there for days. Didn’t have to pay the five figure repair bill. And still got paid.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Company driver or owner/operator?

I think that part of the "allure" to driving is having your own truck, and driving for a company where anyone else can drive the truck you are driving seems like it would kinda stink. Am I wrong?

Yes.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Shower credit

Anyone else ever do this..it was an emergency sit for me

Lol, more often than you know. Three hundred parking spots and three stalls is not a great combination at six in the morning.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Finally, my CDL road test appointment is set!

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Many states don't require alley docking, including mine, which I thought was crazy since that's what we need most in real life.

Don't sweat it. In your company training, they'll realize that, and should teach you. It doesn't hurt to remind them that you've never done it and need lots of help and practice.

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Thanks. I did plan to tell them, but I was worried. Good to know it is a common thing

Yeah, I just let my trainer know I had never done an alley dock, so that’s what we worked on. It was no big deal.

Posted:  1 month ago

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RECENTLY GOT MY CDL. TRYING TO DECIDE ON A COMPANY....HELP! LOL

annnnnnd the percentage pay. Which according to almost ALL of yall is the way to go

Really? I’ve never gotten that impression here.

Getting your own truck is a selling point for you? You do realize most otr outfits will give you your own truck?

If you want to get home weekly with one of the major flatbed outfits (Tmc, Roehl, McElroy, etc.), you are going to have to see if they have a dedicated route in your area.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Name three things you love about your company

I like that my company has a spot for all my equipment. Sitting here, getting loaded, and watching a guy spend fifteen minutes clearing his deck, then another thirty minutes hoisting everything to the top of the load and securing it. No tarps on my deck.

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