Profile For Ken H.

Ken H.'s Info

  • Location:
    Mattoon, IL

  • Driving Status:
    Considering A Career

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 2 months ago

Ken H.'s Bio

Hello Everyone I wanted to give some info on myself, I have been in a handful of business ventures throughout the years from the early 80's. In the 90's I had an opportunity to go with one of my brothers, whom were both truck drivers. I went on a handful of runs, I actually enjoyed the runs. Of course I'm single and no family so of course I enjoyed it. As the years marched on I eventually retired from a job after 36 years of service and after 18-20 years of working with my business, I thought to myself this might be a chance of getting into the trucking industry and learning to drive. :) So-o-o-o-o I finished my tests and just finished my D.O.T. physical and received my CLP, I will be ready for training, so I'm kind of looking around what trucking company and the training programs. If anyone has any feedback I would appreciate it, thank you Ken

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Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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It's Been One of Those Days...

Great Pics Old School, thank you for sharing :)

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Are you forced to drive in bad weather requiring snow chains by companies you work for?

Hello Daniel B Thank you for the feedback, I think it would just spell out "DANGEROUS" tempting fate in challenging the in climate weather and continuing to drive, ignoring the danger signs. I hate to drive in bad weather in my car let-alone a big rig. Thanks for the post :)

Heavy C, not pushing through inclement weather will not make them think any differently of you. Its not worth it for the company to risk losing hundreds of thousands of dollars just to get a load in on time. They can always reschedule. Pushing through inclement weather is just about the worst thing you can do on the road in my opinion. Driving in conditions that are dangerous will eventually end your career and maybe even your life. Would you really risk your life for boxes of macaroni and cheese?

I sure as heck wouldn't. Those boxes can wait a day. At the end of the day my goal is to be alive to be able to support my family. And I won't risk my family losing me just to prove to some guy at a desk that I'm reliable. The company also doesn't want you to push through inclement weather. They have enough accidents each year and they want to avoid as much as possible.

So please, everyone reading this. Do not think that you're any less of a driver for stopping when conditions get ugly. If anything, you're a better driver than the guy going 60 mph who will get his load in on time but risk everything in exchange. The good drivers are the ones who use their head.

I will drive through rain. I will drive through snow. I won't drive through a blizzard and I won't be driving if I'm required to put on chains. In all honesty, I don't think we get paid enough to put on chains and drive down a steep grade with 79,000 pounds behind our backs. I won't drive if I feel like I'm risking my life. I'm 22 and have a bright future with a wonderful wife, no way I'm going to risk losing what I am blessed with just so walmart can have their product.

The more strict you are when it comes to safety then the safer you'll be.

Ronald, in the end the person who makes the decision is you. You're the captain of the ship and what you say goes. Your DM has absolutely no say in whether or not you should or shouldn't drive. Drive when you feel comfortable. Go ahead and drive 15 mph with those chains on while they tear apart your tires. You'll be wasting your 70 driving and making no money in return. Ill be in the truck stop sipping my hot tea talking with my family and watching TV. Meanwhile you'll be holding onto the steering wheel with your life.

I want to go the extra mile here. I want you to know what you'll be getting paid with those chains on.

Lets say my trucks maximum speed is 60mph and I get .30cpm. If you do the math, they means if I drive exactly 60mph nonstop for a full hour I will make 18$ per hour.

Now lets say you decided to drive with chains on. A safe speed is about 20 mph so lets use that with the same pay. So if you drive with chains on going exactly 20mph for a full hour nonstop. You will have made 6$ for that hour. Lets no forget those hours spent wrestling with those chains. You also wasted time off your 70 hour clock. You risked your life, wrestled with heavy chains, just so you can make 6$ per hour.

So I ask. Who is the fool and who is the wise one? The one who sat comfortably at the truck stop or the one who is so determined to get his load in on time so he can be viewed as dependable meanwhile risking his entire life and career.

Like Brett always says. If the weathers terrible today, chances are tomorrow morning it'll be clear and perfect for driving. So why not wait?

I hope I made my point. If you don't feel safe driving, then don't drive.

One question. Brett, how many times did you put on chains in your entire 15 year career?

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Orientation at West Side Transport

Hello Susan D. Thank you for posting you're progress :) :) I enjoyed reading down through, kind of gives a person a heads up, what one can be aware of in the training :) does WST hire drivers from IL? I have my CLP/D.O.T. cert, only thing its from Illinois. Thanks Ken

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Got my truck today

Hello Brett I was reading your book and wanted to ask, when you mentioned you were 21 and you had to back all the way on a 4 lane to get to another road, cars were zipping around you were there any accidents? That's always been my concern if I got on to the wrong road and having to back up. Also like the story about getting on the Parkway, thanks for giving that tidbit of info about Parkways are for cars only :) You're book is a wealth of information, thank you for posting the book, we can all learn from the information :)

Nice!

We need pics! Send us some pics!

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Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Got my truck today

Congratulations Wick, drive safe out there :) !

Got my truck today.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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First week out with my Swift Mentor

Absolutely Matt S. Nice to have some sort of heads up to the things that might happen :)

I'm glad you're sharing your experiences because we can all learn a lot from you. I think you will probably go quite far!

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Is trucking worth it anymore?

Hello Heavy C Thank you for the realistic information post, you hit it on the head, if people rely on "reviews" as the only piece of information to make decisions on, well, they're getting off on the wrong foot. I happen to look at some reviews online of a hotel in St Louis Mo. The reviews were horrible, well, when I was in St Louis I checked the hotel out. To my surprise the hotel was a 5 star location and was outstanding in service. So I don't know about the bad reviews, they were wrong. I also checked some reviews online at a couple of hotels in San Diego Ca. same thing happen. In a business meetup in Champaign IL I attended, focus was marketing for business, a co-peer told me that competition gets down and dirty and deliberately post negative feedback to push people away from them and toward the other, in this case hotels. Also, you might have a disgruntled ex-employee, which will get on the review sites and post horrible reviews. Everything in life no matter the opportunity, takes the individual putting they're time and effort into the situation, if people put a small amount of time into something, that's just what they will get out of it. I have a friend, who always wanted to have a business, make a lot of money but put a fraction of time into that business, well, needless-to-say that never happened. We've heard the expression "you are what you eat" well, you'll only get out of something what you put into something.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Passing The CDL Road Test: What Are CDL Examiners Looking For?

Hello Brett Just wanted to say thank you for posting all the topics including the Passing The CDL Road Test: What Are CDL Examiners Looking For? I really enjoyed reading and learning the the information, great preparation for the change into the trucking industry :)

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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I shut down and ruined my service record due to fatigue!

Hmmm...."screw this load I'm not driving !" is a bit harsh, I would have grabbed the load and headed toward the destination, now, I would try to focus for on-time delivery, but situations such as being a "ROOKIE" because of road construction, wrong turns or traffic and weather delays the load might be late getting to destination. However, I wouldn't say "screw this load I'm not driving !" in my past years of conducting business in some different business industries, which focused on customer service and satisfaction I never said screw the customer.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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I laugh at myself and you can too.

Hello Big Scott Thank you for posting the information, something to look forward to. I just obtained my CDL permit, I need all the information I can grab so I can expect the worst. I was thinking I hope I don't make a mistake, didn't want the trainer to get mad.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Terminated from CR England

Response to G-Town Thanks for you're response.... So basically each day is an 11 Hour Driving day Limit? Once I have driven a total of 11 hours, must be off duty for another 10 consecutive hours before driving the truck again? So lets say I start a trip on a Monday morning at 6:00am, I can drive until 5:00pm Monday evening, then I would log in the log-book off duty until Tuesday 3:00am (10 hours) then start out and log in to log book on-duty? Thanks for the feedback Ken

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Terminated from CR England

Hello Trucking Truth I'm glad I found this thread, boy, if the guy got fired in training, I'm a little leery about learning to drive a truck :( might have to switch my interest, I thought it would be a challenge and interesting opportunity but if there are possibilities of being fired on an oversight especially in training, that's harsh not worth the hassle, I mean we're all only human.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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How many questions are on the cdl permit test?

Hello Forum I'm mid-stream obtaining my CDL, also going for my P, N, H and maybe X endorsements. I think I'm a bit ambitious, considering I will then need to take behind the wheel/hands on training and take that grueling examiners test. But, since I'm in Illinois CDL costs $50.00, all endorsements are free or included. I have a clean background so I should hopefully pass/obtain my TSA certs for the H endorsement requirement. The thing that DINGS against me I have zero miles of driving a truck. Companies don't want new and green students, but since I already paid for it thought I would just go on. Thanks Ken

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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How many questions are on the cdl permit test?

CDL in ILLINOIS costs $50.00 I think I'm putting the cart before the horse because I'm taking my tests CDL/endorsements first, I sent another message but forgot to enable the "Notify Me Of New Comments"

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