Profile For andhe78

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  • Location:
    Buffalo, NY

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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    2 years, 11 months ago

andhe78's Bio

Former Maverick Flatbedder

Currently running around NY and Canada pulling tri and quad axle supertankers full of petroleum products (gas, diesel, oil, propane, etc.)

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Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Best (?) LTL Carrier for Linehaul

I'm with the teamsters, and honestly don't get the hype about unions.

First off, I did not take the job because of the union, it just offered me the exact same shift and days off my wife have, so was a good fit when I wanted to come off the road and spend more time with the family. This job is also different in that all drivers do the same work for the same pay, so there is no bidding for routes and seniority means absolutely nothing.

The only good thing about the union is the health benefits-extremely good benefits and very cheap for the drivers. There is no pension, and we have many 20+ year drivers whose retirements were ruined when it went bankrupt. We now have a 401k offered through the company (and while the company match is the best I've ever seen, that has nothing to do with the union.) Also, while the pay is good, it's not all that much more than what non union guys are making in the same type of work. Back in the day, the union may have been a powerhouse that could get workers higher wages, etc., but now days it seems to be more interested in collecting dues and politics.

The downsides for me: since we're paid hourly, guys who milk the job can actually make more than those who work efficiently (so annoying that there are guys who cannot do a ten hour run in less than fourteen hours, and there's nothing that can be done about it.) The grievances that are filed with the union over petty things can get way out of hand too.

The long and short of it for me-I'm very happy where I'm at, but it has absolutely nothing to do with the union. I'd never take another union job.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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How's Everyone Doing? How is Freight? Not Many Posts Lately

With everyone staying home, fuel hauling slowed right down. My company offered voluntary layoffs for anyone that wanted it, which a bunch of the senior guys jumped on after the $600 increase. Fortunately, we’re diversified enough that they had work for anyone who wanted it, so I’ve been enjoying the change of pace. Spent a couple weeks hauling propane and butane. Then a while hauling asphalt, a couple days of wax, then some carbon black for a week. Just picked up a new contract for storage on the other side of the state, so the last week have been turning and burning across the state-don’t even have to load, just jump in a new tractor and go. Finally managed a 700+ mile shift for the first time in my career the other night. I’ve hit my 70 every week since this has started. Life is good (although I am looking forward to getting back to 55 hour weeks.).

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Parking does anyone else care?

A couple blocks under the drives of one side or the other can help a lot. But yeah, there were truck stops I’d refuse to park at because there wasn’t a flat spot in the entire lot.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Not sure what the next step is

Three months isn’t a very long time in the grand scheme of things. My fm had a board with a hundred drivers, a couple dozen of whom had had perfect records for years, if not decades. Takes a while to stand out in a group like that, but it will happen with time. It was about a year before I noticed I was being treated better, load-wise.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Company driver orientation and training

Back to the original question about training time, something interesting I didn’t know in my career, that just because you’re an experienced driver, depending on the field your going into, the training can be even longer. I had two years otr when I switched to a local job, but had to spend nine weeks with a trainer because of the rack certification process. Kind of funny that after five weeks as a brand new driver, I was allowed to go solo, but it took twice as long to go solo as a driver with a quarter million miles under my belt.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Potential new Tanker seeking advise

Wow, I’ve really got to question a company that would even talk about putting someone with an hours old cdl on a b-train!

If you don’t mind my asking, what does “this really good job” pay? I have a feeling that your idea of a really good job in this particular field is not accurate.

That being said, I won’t talk anyone out of doing what they want. You know which racks you going to be pulling out of? I haul out of a couple on the other side of the state and on both sides of the border around Sarnia.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Potential new Tanker seeking advise

Yeah, I know a lot of the guys hauling in MI, NY, and Ontario pull heavy. I'm usually either dragging a quad axle or a train when hauling propane. When you've got over 15k gallons in an unbaffled trailer, you're going to feel it. It's going to be a very steep learning curve.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Does anybody here haul gas/fuel?

I’ve looked into hauling gas locally and just want to know if anybody here does it and what their experiences are.

Ive done it for the last six months and love it.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Flatbed Variety

Anytime I hauled a load like this on a flatbed, it literally came down to the receiver’s inability to unload a dry van. It’s the same reason I hauled tons of palletized freight that would have been easier in a dry van-the receiver only had the ability to unload from the side or from above.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Going north!

Turtle, let me try a different way of getting my thought across. This pic, taken at work:

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Because I know this road very well, because I grew up literally a few miles from here, because I've spent my whole life dealing with this weather, because I was loaded heavy, because I have the best snow tires all the way around that money can buy--I was doing 45 mph on this road on this night. Does that make me a supertrucker? No, I'm just very confident in my abilities in this situation. Do you think a Donna is going to do 45 on this road on this night? Doubtful. So is it unfair to be annoyed when I come upon a Donna doing a speed that she's comfortable at and I have to either follow her for the next twenty miles or work on passing her and creating an even more dangerous situation?

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Going north!

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People were driving up the MIDDLE of the road

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No, that is not what you said in your original statement

Jesus Christ, does everyone have a reading impediment? "White knuckling it up the dotted line." What do you think that means. Maybe gripping the steering wheel so tightly their knuckles are white as they are driving up the dotted line (which is usually up the middle of an interstate, last time I checked.)

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Going north!

Wow andhe78, that's a statement I wouldn't expect to hear from you. Spoken like a true SuperTrucker.

It's a pet peeve of mine, Turtle. People freaking out over snow, and I mean pant crapping freaking out. You're entitled to your opinion of me, I've never fully drunk the koolaid at this site, anyway.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Going north!

I'd rather them drive whatever speed they feel comfortable than shutting the roadway down for several hours or worse, killing somebody. Not everybody grew up in areas that get snow. I usually drive slower than other traffic on snow and ice covered. And you know what? I dont give a **** if it ****es anybody off. If they're close to the white line why does that prevent you from passing? Its "only a couple inches" of snow on the shoulder, it wouldn't affect your driving would it?

I'm not trying to come across as an A-hole but with how many rookies or prospective drivers come by here all your post is doing is encouraging them to drive faster than they feel comfortable because you want to drive faster. If you think drivers that are uncomfortable in snow should stay in the south how do you propose they make that happen? As a unproven rookie (I'm NOT talking about Donna, she's a rockstar) how do you suppose they approach their dispatcher and tell them they wont drive in the north?

So excited to call me out, you can't even slow down to read my post. People were driving up the MIDDLE of the road (on the white dotted line). How is that safe?

I'm not encouraging them to speed up so much as to pull over if they are that uncomfortable. Isn't that what this site preaches?

Honestly, if you go OTR, driving in winter conditions is one of the things a professional driver has to do. Can't do it, maybe go regional instead.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Going north!

So where do the newest drivers gain experience driving in the snow? What a dumb statement.

All I'm saying is if the just the thought of driving in snow freaks a person out so much that it causes them to act irrational (and we both know drivers like this, that have got themselves so wound up over the fear of snow), maybe they should stay in the south.

Afraid to pass them???

Nope, but hard to do when they are white-knuckling it up the dotted line at fifteen mph. (Three times last Saturday over a couple inches.)

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Going north!

I’ve driven in the area several times but it was in the summer months. I’ve not driven snow and ice any!

I know drivers need to experience snow, but sometimes wish they could do it elsewhere. So annoying to be tooling around on a normal winter day and come up behind someone who has never seen a snowflake before. If you feel it’s the worst snowstorm you’ve ever seen and feel unsafe doing over 40 on the interstate, park somewhere, so us local guys can get our work done. Please. 😄

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Trainer kicked me off the truck tonight!

I’ve got to assume then, that unless your trainer is Jesus Christ himself, he isn’t going to live up to your high moral standards?

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Trainer kicked me off the truck tonight!

It’s interesting to me Jay that you chose to write a detailed reply directed at a member having no trucking experience and far less knowledge than you.

Too funny, almost mentioned the same thing, but figured I'd already been mean enough.rofl-2.gif

I honestly can’t think of one thing I did. I honestly wouldn’t change a thing.

"Reason I got kicked off my trainer's truck for $500, Alex"

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Quick Update (Sorta)

Over use the Jakes as his only real slowing or stopping source, down into 3 even on flats, or in rains etc. NO ONE ever scares me driving, but HE did! Told him 3rd jake is worst case scenario use dumbazz you're gunna break something sometime lol

Good thing you don’t work here, everyone runs level three all the time. What is he going to break?

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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What's the strangest "rule" you've encountered at customer?

No hoods on your clothing.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Trainer kicked me off the truck tonight!

I know we're supposed to have a soft touch these days, but I read posts like this and have to ask "so what?" My trainer and I would go days without a word between us, we just didn't get along real great. So what? I got what I needed from him and moved on-we haven't said two words to each other since the day I got off his truck. My trainer thought my backing was horrific and would shout and wave his arms too. So what? I'd hop out, run back and say I don't understand what he's trying to signal me, what do I need to do different. My trainer would also tell me that I should be doing a lot better for how long I'd been driving. So what? I actually agreed but then added what I was having a hard time with and question him about what he thought I should do to improve, then I'd hop back in and try to show that I was applying what he told me. My trainer also wanted to kick me off the truck my second week. So what? I sat down with him and hashed out what he wanted from me and what I needed to do to make it work (and I made it work.) My trainer never did a single pre trip. So what? I'd get up early and do one every morning anyway. My trainer would also just hang out in the bunk at times with his headphones on. So what? Every time he did that, it gave me the opportunity to try to learn on my own without him breathing down my neck. The trainer at my current company would call me an "idiot boy" every time I made a mistake. So what? I made the mistake, he called me out on it, and I stopped making mistakes.

This will probably get me deleted, but looking at your two backing examples, I know you think you're in the right, but are you? He wanted you to pull up and back out of the way. You didn't, he started waving his arms and instead of pulling up and trying again, you just stopped "since it was out of the way." The second example, he's right, you don't always have the space, what better time to practice a tight back than when you have the space to try it. Three tries and you give an excuse and give up? When he snapped back it in, why didn't you just say yep, hop in the seat, and keep trying till the trainer actually comes up and says "get the **** out of the truck, you'll never make it." (Exact words from my trainer, so what? I just said not making it wasn't the plan and could I keep trying.)

I know you're being lauded for your "commitment" here, but I'm not seeing it. You give up way too easy over the exact things thousands of us have gone through. Are you committed? The only way I'd have gotten off my trainers truck was if he was sexually abusing me. Since he wasn't, I fought tooth and nail to make it work even when he was throwing my bag off the truck.

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