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    Buffalo, NY

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Do I go to Background Screening before going to DMV for Hazmat Test?

Definitely call your dmv. My state had you take and pass the test first, then they would give you a form to take to get your background check and fingerprints, then you’d have to wait to get your approval in the mail, which then you’d take to the dmv to get your temp hazmat, then wait to get your license in the mail. Annoying process.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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HOS for new people

Kevin! Good to hear from you- been wondering how things were going. First couple weeks solo is hell, isn’t it. Still with Maverick?

Don’t know what division you’re in, but here’s what my trainer taught me to do as a USA driver, and it works good. Get to your receiver/shipper, go on duty, run in your bills, see what you need to do, etc. This takes about five minutes, get back to your truck and go off duty/sleeper. Do the work. When you figure you have a half hour left, go back on duty. Try to show at least a half hour on duty. I mix it up, 32 minutes, 48 minutes, etc. What I’ve been doing lately is doing all the work off duty, then going on duty to send my macros, transflow my bills, clean up, trip plan, grab a bite-easier to keep track of the thirty minutes. When thirtyish minutes are up, hit drive and go. Doing this actually gives me enough hours to drive a full 11 every Saturday before I reset Sunday.

Two things to note doing this: it will screw you if you want detention . Maverick wants you on duty to get detention. Personally, I’d rather have the hours to get miles instead of using them to chase detention. Secondly, my trainer told me you can get questioned about the off duty by dot, so be prepared to tell them you hung out in the truckers lounge or some other story. I’ve also been told however, that dot can call the shipper/receiver to check the story, and if there is no lounge you are sol. It’s why I’ve been thinking of going sleeper instead. I don’t know, I’m just a rookie too.

And it’s been said, get used to no set work hours, even with flatbed. Two weeks ago, all my appointments were super early mornings, then last week all my appointments were late evenings. Just got to go with the flow. Hang in there though, it does get easier.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Scared of that Perverted, Creepy Trainer? - an article by Rainy

Interesting how when I click the link to read about creepy trainers, a picture of a Maverick truck pops up. Trying to tell us something Brett? 😄

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Signs, Signs, Everywhere A Sign

Lol, G-town, second time this morning my sarcasm has gone over your head-guess it’s time to get serious. Of course I follow every no truck sign, just that company’s interpretation of the sign still makes me laugh.

As for being called an idiot, those situations usually end up pretty humorous for me too, due to my size. This time it was a dock worker who came storming over ranting, but calmed down shockingly fast when I got out of the truck and top of his head reached my nipples.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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T.M.C LIED! STAY AWAY FROM XXXX

Andhe78 laments...

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My trainer made me answer every question with a yes or no “sir”and never called me by my actual name-this has scarred me for life and really ruined flat bedding for me.

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Somebody, please get me a tissue...

He made you do this? NO, you chose to comply with his wishes. Dude I am embarrassed for you...

Unless you are kidding, very thinned skinned. Trucking is an incredibly competitive and "tough" business. If that's all it takes to "scare you for life",...you are going to have a very, very difficult time with any form of trucking.

Of coure I’m kidding. It was five weeks, I can put up with almost anything for five weeks. Nothing my trainer did was a big deal because I knew it wasn’t for forever. Trying to use sarcasm to show what I think about the OP. Here’s what I really think, feel free to delete if too harsh.

I’m not like the rest of the respondents on this thread, I think the OP couldn’t hack it and is taking his petty angst public hoping to do a tiny bit of damage against a company that hurt his precious snowflake feelings. I think he’s pathetic and am glad he’s not trucking, don’t need him in the industry.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Signs, Signs, Everywhere A Sign

Sign story-second week solo. Two driveways into the location, slowed down at the first one and saw a no truck sign, the one that has a truck with a red circle around it and a line through it. So naturally went in the second driveway. Got chewed out for going in the wrong driveway. Pointed out the no truck sign. Was called an idiot because the truck silhouette on the sign was clearly of a box truck and this meant while box trucks couldn’t enter, flatbeds could. I’m dead serious.

Valuable lesson learned, have ignored every non flatbed specific sign since. 😄

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Road Carriers Atlas is HUGE and what is your favorite GPS?

I’ll give another recommendation for the RM 740. This is my first gps so have nothing to compare it to, but I really like it. Took a few weeks to get the settings where I wanted them, but has been pretty dependable for several months now. It did try to take me over an underweight bridge a couple weeks ago, but it was marked in the atlas as a truck route too, so sometimes you just have to use common sense.

I’ll usually use the 740 to get to the general location, then company directions and google satellite to fine tune the last couple blocks.

As for keeping it on the magnetic mount, mine is mounted in one of the cup holders and the mount holds it facing more up instead of out. So gravity helps hold it down a bit. If that makes sense.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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T.M.C LIED! STAY AWAY FROM XXXX

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I scored a six figure car hauling contract with my 2015 dually lest than a week after being told i couldnt switch trainers and sent home.

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Wow, I'm dumbfounded!

I guess Brandon showed us a thing or two. We thought he was a reject, and now he's making six figures with a one ton pick-up truck.

Hopefully he will come back with more details so we can learn a thing or two from his success story.

Right?? I actually already own a one ton and am now seriously thinking of quitting Maverick this week. My trainer made me answer every question with a yes or no “sir”and never called me by my actual name-this has scarred me for life and really ruined flat bedding for me.

I can’t wait to meet a 500 lb flatbedder!

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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HOS & Qualcomm Questions

My Qualcomm will give an alert when you have one hour, half hour, fifteen minutes, or zero minutes of drive time. It also will only show my remaining drive hours when I’m actually driving (safety thing), so I have a digital kitchen timer on my dash that counts down my fourteen (but that’s just me, my memory is horrible at trying to remember what time I start my day.)

Don’t worry too much about the time zone thing. I thought it would be a bigger deal too, but it really isn’t. You’ll have the same number of drive/work hours no matter how many times you cross from one zone into another. You look at it as I still have six hours left to drive instead of I’ll stop driving at five pm. Also, my rand McNally gps unit will actually give my arrival time having already figured in the time zone, so that is handy. If it says I’ll arrive at 0700, it will be 0700 in that time zone.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Decisions!

Wolding has an hourly gig in the Niagara Falls, Rochester, Syracuse stretch of the thruway.

I’ve seen that job and seriously considered it, but wanted to give flatbed a whirl. You know any of the specifics of that job?

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Long hair policy

Maverick has a long hair policy on paper, but I went through orientation with a guy that had hair and a beard down to his waist. So don’t know how strict they are about it.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Speed and lane etiquette

New driver here and have noticed some things that make driving easier for me but I have to question if it's rude to other drivers.

First off, my truck is governed at 65 but I've found running 62/63 is less stressful. I'm not coming up on someone doing 64 and having to spend ten minutes passing him. When creeping up on someone while doing 62, have plenty of extra speed to get around him. Plus traffic is always moving away from me so easier to maintain proper following distance and I'm not constantly changing lanes. However, this does mean I'm one of the slower guys on the interstate, so I get more passes. Is it proper etiquette to run full speed so not everyone has to pass me?

Secondly, once the interstate turns into more than two lanes or comes into a city, I'll run at the speed limit-if it's 65, I'll do 65, if 55, I'll do 55. However the middle lane is the easiest to run to keep out of the right lane drama, but doing the speed limit in these areas really does mean I am the slowest one on the road again. I'm not going to speed, so is it proper etiquette to just suck it up and run the right lane, or is the middle lane fair game while running at the speed limit?

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Flatbed newbie.

Got to put in another good word for Maverick-I love it here.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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TEXAS LAWMAKER INTRODUCES BILL TO FIX HOS

3 hours to take a break and pause the clock I can see where someone can benefit from it OTR but it’s not going to “cure” the whole whining trucker complaining about the Electric Logs.

This is my feeling too-I don't think anything would ever make these drivers happy.

Now it may just be because I'm a rookie who has never known anything other than electronic logs, but have never understood the whining about them. Are they great, no, I've had issues, but it's part of the job, deal with it or find another career. There are more annoying things in my daily trucking life.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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DT-12 transmission

Make sure you keep track of what time you broke down and what time you got back into your truck and send in your breakdown macro. I’ve had no problems getting breakdown pay from Maverick. At least it’s something.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Another Topic Just For Fun - What was your last load? How much did it weigh? How many miles?

7 coils of braided cable. 45530 pounds. Tennessee to North Dakota. 1132 miles.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Game: you first felt like a real trucker when....

First felt like a real trucker.... today, when I managed to strap and tarp (8 foot drops) a load in under an hour. Only problem was they overloaded me, so had to unstrap and untarp, and do it all over again.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Do I have what it takes? You tell me.

If a 65 hour work week wore you out, trucking may not be for you.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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On the home stretch of deciding...

Melton would not be my first flatbed choice if hometime is important.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Deciding between Roehl and Swift Flatbed

I've waited a few days to post on this thread because it looked like you were really set on those two companies. Any reason why you haven't mentioned any other flatbed companies? Specifically maverick? Biggest downside is probably the fact that you don't have a clue yet. Our school we use has quite the waiting list. But don't limit yourself to just 2 companies. Lots of options out there.

Lol, I’ve been wondering the same. Every one of my loads for the last two months has either started, ended, or gone through Ohio.

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