Profile For andhe78

andhe78's Info

  • Location:
    Buffalo, NY

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 9 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:  4 weeks 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:  1 month, 3 weeks 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:  2 months 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:  2 months 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:  2 months 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:  2 months 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:  2 months 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:  2 months 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:  2 months 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:  2 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:  2 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:  2 months, 1 week ago

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

No hoods on your clothing.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week 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.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Dean of Mack's CDL Training Diary

Surprised you got a two year medical card if you’re on a cpap.

This site does promote company paid training, but it’s not the end of the world to go the private route. I did and had no problems being successful in this industry.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Paper logs

They are plain and simple

This argument for paper makes me laugh. Nothing simpler than hitting a button only four times an entire shift. So glad I’m not logging this on paper:

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Press log in at start of shift, press log out at start of break, press log in at end of break, press log out at end of shift. Literally that plain and simple.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Choosing A GPS System

You can punch in all your preferences on the rm no dirtroads or all the other places you wouldnt wanna be with truck

This right here is some of the best advice about gps units. Took me a couple weeks to get my preferences how I wanted, but it actually never led me astray in two years once I had it dialed in.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Fired from an accident

Tip 1: Don’t casually downplay a rollover accident.

Right?? Rolling a fuel tanker is kind of a biggie.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Trip.Planning Practice #05

Whiteland? It’s been a few months but isn’t there a pilot right next to the loves and a good sized J on the other side of the interstate? Always had good luck at that flying j, even late.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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What would you do? (Icy roads)

I still have to deliver the groceries because Sysco don't care

Lol, same here with this outfit-someone’s got to get fuel to the plow trucks.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Expiration of DOT physical

When I was over the road, the company would literally call me up on the day it was expiring and tell me to pull into such and such and get a physical. Didn’t matter where in the country you were.

I think the fleet managers planned it out-always happened to have a load with a lot of time on it on the day I needed a physical.

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