Profile For andhe78

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  • Location:
    Buffalo, NY

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    Experienced Driver

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    3 years, 10 months ago

andhe78's Bio

I’ve got gas.

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Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Local driving: new trends

I'm a local driver, and you're right, a brand new driver can get a local job with no experience. But there's a hierarchy in local work (not talking about seniority.) I'll bet I can guess what you'll be doing because it's the same few types of local outfits everywhere that will hire drivers with no experience (or brand new drivers with a preventable already)-they're frankly the bottom of the local barrel. Not that that's a horrible thing though, for example, my company requires two years experience, yet I'm the only one at my yard with over the road experience-so all these drivers got their experience with local jobs, then moved on. You're just going to need to be VERY, VERY careful. There's no room for error and you'll probably be doing more city driving and backing in a day than an otr guy will do in a month. And if it's the type of company that doesn't care if you knock off a mirror, then I'd be willing to bet their equipment is barely road legal and now you're dealing with violations. Honestly, most of the new drivers that make it out of these types of local jobs did so more with luck than skill. I wish you luck, and would probably look for a night driving local gig first, if you're determined to go this route.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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A few questions from a prospective trucker (plus a little intro)

4) I have become familiar with the hours of service (11 driving/14 on duty for a 24 hour period, on top of 70 driving hours for every 8 days requires a 34 hour reset). Although, I keep reading about getting ours "back". Am I right in assuming that means if I drive less than 70 hours in those 8 days I get the remaining hours back during the 34 hour reset (ex. 65 hours driven gives me 5 hours back)? Again, I'm sure my trainer will happily show me the ropes.

The best advice I can give you about this is find the study section on this site about HOS, and study, study, study it. It took me probably two weeks of reading and thinking and practicing the study aids on this site before it started clicking. I even picked up a log book and practiced the scenarios, just to help me figure out the rules and how they could be applied. Counting on your trainer is one way to go about getting the training, but you'd be amazed at the ignorance of the rules out here. I taught both my trainers different ways the rules can be applied that they didn't know, simply from what I learned and practiced from this site. No reason to depend on a stranger for all your training, when you can teach yourself. I've scoured the web for training on HOS rules because I'm all about maximizing my paycheck, and this knowledge is one of the simplest ways to increase productivity, and this site is the best. You're already heading towards some wrong ideas based on your paragraph here. For example, a "24 hour period" has absolutely nothing to do with your hours (in the states, anyway), and a 34 will give you all your hours back, no matter when you take it.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Trucking With A Partner- Prime

I'm actually in a new Pete and would much rather be in my former '17 freightliner. Personal preference, but the Pete just seems less comfortable overall to me.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Website ranks carriers by driver pay - Sysco at the top

Sysco is much more physical than the other jobs and the speed you unload directly affects your pay. Unloading 300 cases into 1 stop you're able to earn a higher wage because you're not wasting time touching other stops cases trying to find cases coming off right now

I thought Sysco was hourly, in which case the speed you unload affects your pay, but in the opposite direction you're thinking of. I'm hourly, and make more on a three stop run than a single drop, simply because it takes me longer. It's honestly my biggest gripe working an hourly job, the guys milking it make more than the hustlers.

I could be wrong about their pay structure though, where's our Sysco guy?

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Home time for rookies!

Keep in mind though that if the truck has to sit longer than I believe 3 weeks or so you have to turn it back in.

It’s two weeks. After 14 days, Maverick will send someone to get the truck.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Crossing border as a passenger

Canadian border is still closed to nonessentials, which you are in your scenario.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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To hazmat or not to hazmat

You are also required to go through yearly hazmat training with your employer.

Your company may have done it yearly, but recurrent hazmat training is only required every three years, or when there’s a significant change to the rules.

I could dive deeper into the rules (like rr crossings controlled by a traffic signal), but since Oldschool likes things kept simple, I’ll just add a tidbit I find interesting. Putting your bol in the correct page of your erg isn’t mandatory, but is often done around here because a dot officer can ask a driver to show knowledge of his erg by asking him to look up his load in the book. Bol in the right page will solve that. And before I hear that that’s an old wive’s tale, one of our drivers got a violation just last month because he couldn’t find his loaded product in the erg-what makes this situation even dumber is the un code for all the products we haul are on our placards.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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To hazmat or not to hazmat

Got your erg?

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Best backing videos on YouTube?

I fear that backing will be difficult too for me as i suck at times with a small bike trailer and pickup

This is actually an unfair assessment of your backing skills when it comes to a tractor/trailer. Believe it or not, the smaller a trailer is, the harder it is to back since it responds so fast. I had my brother in law’s snowmobile trailer take me three pull ups the other day-turn the wheel a fraction....and it’s jackknifing! Don’t psych yourself out before you ever get in the truck.

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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First day solo snow storm coming :(

It’s going to get brushed off. I didn’t figure anybody would put a load on the 1/4 inch of solid ice I had going on. Thanks guys.

Lol, you’d be surprised. I loaded lumber in Massachusetts in an ice storm. I had built up more than 1/4” on my deck by the time it was my turn. It was so slippery, the forklifts stopped by ramming into my rub rail-annoying.

If you’re with Maverick, don’t worry about calling off due to snow. They are exceptionally forgiving about that. The only time you’ll hear anything about it, is if there’s twenty trucks in the area and 19 are moving and you aren’t.

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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First day solo snow storm coming :(

I’m curious about salting the deck. I know a couple of Maverick loads that would get you turned away if they saw you show up like that. Did you ok this with somebody or is this a new company procedure? A quick shovel was all I ever needed, if even that.

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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I need a new pair underwear (near miss)

Two things that surprised me was that I didn’t panic, and somehow as I rode beside the tanker unable to see with wipers icing up and defrosters cooking me, the tankers windshield was perfectly clear, with no wipers going at all. I would love to know how he did that.

Keep the cab cold in a cold snow. Only need heat in a wet heavy snow.

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Where’s everyone at what’s you 20 how’s the weather??

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My favorite weather forecasting device on the truck.

Had a bit of “freezing drizzle” tonight. Not a big deal since the salt application around here is anything but stingy. What was new, was this was going on at 15 degrees. When it first started showing up on the windshield, it looked like salt spray. Hit it with the washers and realized it wasn’t smearing, it was already frozen water on the windshield! That stuff froze the instant it hit the lights and windshield. Bet I had the cab at 90 degrees tonight keeping the windshield wet.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Questions about Maverick Transportation

Maverick trucks have an epu (not an apu.)

Maverick does not supply a microwave for the trucks.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Slip seating

Exactly what my hubby did ... stepped back from #2029 (Mack Pinnacle AMT) to #1213 (Int'l 10sp) ... NOBODY wants the ole' manual, haha!

What’s funny is that it’s the opposite at my terminal, the new autos sit around because there’s too many old timers who don’t like them. It actually gets annoying since I do a lot of preloads at night, and we don’t drop our loaded trailers because they’re so heavy. So instead of just loading on my truck (an auto) for someone to run the next shift, I have to wait for a manual to get back to the yard because they won’t drive anything else. I also find it hilarious that every old timer we have complains at least once a week that their shoulder or knee is bothering them from spending 20+ years of shifting in local, city driving.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Cold Encounters With The Elements

1.) Water in airlines? Brake chambers are pretty strong, but... not indifferent to freezing with unwanted H2o...

2.) Rocker arm won't move w/o the pancake and brake assist w/o release?

3.) Push rod is not working because no assist to arm. (ie: brake chamber and diaphragm frozen.)?

Just 'my' 2 cents, lolol~!

No, I didn't have help .. and .. yes . . . I sorda did.

Seriously . . . I just got a 'lesson' is all. . . and could be ALL wrong. PLEASE, praytell, andhe78?

Anne, it ended up being something funny because of how unexpected it was. I’m sure you know that cable dangling under the tank is attached to the drain valve-pull on it and it drains the air tank. So as I’m driving along, my compressor suddenly starts coming on. Obviously an air leak, figured I’d caught an air line on a packed snow hummock. Get out, do a walk around. Imagine my surprise to see a snowball the size of a basketball had packed onto that cable (you can see a little snowball dangling on that cable in the pic.) The snowball had gotten heavy enough on the cable that it opened my drain valve and that was my air leak. I just had to laugh as I kicked the snowball off, made sure the valve reseated properly, and carried on with my night.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Best Way/Place to Begin

Old school is right on. Example from my career-I was the “safest” driver in our fleet last month (about 170 drivers.) The company tracks a bunch of our driving stats and gives us a safe score every month. I’ve been in the top five for the past year, but it pretty much means I’m the “slowest” driver in the fleet-I don’t go over the speed limit, don’t brake hard, don’t corner fast, etc. What blows people’s mind though, is I was also the top production driver at my terminal that month-I get more done in less time. It’s really not about driving fast-it’s all about doing the job efficiently.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Cold Encounters With The Elements

Talking about snow, here’s a little test. Couple nights ago, had to do about 150 miles on unplowed secondary roads that were covered with about 4-6 inches of a wet snow. From the pictures, what surprising little issue do you think “snowballed” into a big enough problem that it forced me to pull over and fix? The pictures are from yesterday, but the clues are still there.😁

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Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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I Think It's Time to Move On

I know it’s not for everyone, but have you thought about fuel hauling? I love the job. Home every day, six figure income, union benefits. We service probably about a thousand locations across several states so while you get familiar with the area, you are constantly going somewhere different. (My trainer has been with the company over thirty years, and still had a station he’d never been to while I was with him.) We don’t just do gas stations either, that’s actually less than half our business-we service trucking companies, bus garages, farms, tank farms, airports-any place that has a fuel tank-you’d be surprised how far off the beaten path we get. We don’t just haul gas either, I actually spend more time hauling asphalt, wax, and now that winter’s here, lp. While loading/unloading is not physically demanding, you are out of the truck doing something more than just driving. And to top it off, I do surprisingly little backing. All this is of course dependent on the company and location, but it might be something to think about.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Headed to Maverick LLC for orientation

Uhhh, sorry Anne, think you have the wrong guy. There are several training diaries from the last couple years for Maverick, but I never did one-there’s been so little drama in my trucking career, that a diary would just bore people.

Two things from my time in orientation that may help: be early-the only two guys dropped from my class showed up late the second day and that was the last time they showed up anywhere on the campus. And secondly, don’t stress, odds are you’ll make it-other than those two guys, everyone in my class made it solo. No one failed the physical or agility test. No one failed the securement test, though they kept a couple guys for an extra week. No one in my group failed their final test out, though again, they kept a couple guys for another week. Those instructors honestly want to see you succeed as much as you do. Drivers start dropping like flies once they are out on their own and reality sets in.

I think Robert H is our current Maverick resident.

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