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  • Location:
    Fort Wayne, IN

  • Driving Status:
    Considering A Career

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years ago

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Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Still lurking and learning

So what I learned today is a huge relief when I go forward. I thought forced dispatch was when they told you that you WILL go into an unsafe area at an unsafe time of day. Old School straightened that out for me. Much relief here.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Any tips to keep cool around crazy drivers?

This is a subject IMO that I conquered very quickly. I am not CDL but I am on the road every day. I decided I would keep track of "the idiot of the day". The creativity of the "idiot people" just amazes me. Knowing I would see someone who is a special kind of stupid quite often made the usual triggers of WTF go away i.e. flip offs, cut offs, etc. This, for me, is what works.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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I AM OUT

Not going into details, and trust me I want to, but being away from my parents has scratched any ideas I had to OTR. I just can't be away very long as I am needed here at home.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Old long noses

I myself live in Indiana and hate the idea of automatic transmissions. He is already a driver and I have no experience. He will ask valid OTR questions and I will ask rookie questions. We are not the same person, trust me.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Old long noses

I don't like flat faces, cabovers just don't feel the same. Call me silly but I swear I can navigate a big nose better than a no nose in tight areas. As for automatics? I hate the idea.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Upcoming mandatory electronic logging getting close

I think I am beginning to understand. The HOS is nothing but a recording and as long as I make the load on time I can choose to take a nap if needed? All I have to worry about is that I am only allowed 14 hours a day and can spread my sleep out?

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Upcoming mandatory electronic logging getting close

Wait a sec, I am non CDL as in the weight requirement of my truck doesn't apply, eloging wont even be a concern to me I assume.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Upcoming mandatory electronic logging getting close

Then to Patrick C, do any of you have tips on how to do the much heard of "sleep on demand?" Your brain subserviently knows the time of day or night. As I have read, you CAN train yourself to sleep when YOU HAVE THE TIME. Um, that being said, a timeframe for such an ability would be very helpful.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Upcoming mandatory electronic logging getting close

Rainy D and all others PLEASE speak in simple terms. In my understanding you are limited to "shifts" and must comply to regulatory HOS of "sleep time" vs "awake time" I just don't get how when you are moving from to point A to point B how an elog will allow you to "customize" your best hours, as in fully awake, vs the mandated schedule, "sleep/rest time". I have been chastised on this before but honestly, when I am awake I want to run the load and it could very well exceed the DOT regulations, whereas, if I am tired I need to sleep. Obviously the load will arrive on time but the freedom to choose "awake time" and "sleep time" on an elog schedule appears to be unfairly regulated by sheer crunched numbers. Again, in simple terms, explain again how I can regulate to my bodies whims so that I will be a safe and alert driver with elogs. THINK OF ME AS A CHILD, EXPLAIN IN SIMPLE TERMS PLEASE. Ya'all great peeps!

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Upcoming mandatory electronic logging getting close

Rainy D, "unnecessarily concerned" is one of the reasons I am glad I found this site. All of you provide a huge wealth of knowledge that I very much appreciate you sharing.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Will reckless younger years haunt me?

OK, when I was younger I was a wild one. I loved building fast cars and blow those expensive exotic POS cars off the road. I was also a partier. My past has resulted in two OWI's and one reckless driving. My reckless driving was in 1994, I won the race but lost my license(147 in a 35mph zone). I moved on from racing and switched to four wheeling. My OWI's were in 1989 & 2006. The one in 2006 was bogus as I was on private property........four wheeling....sigh. Sooooo, should I give up on looking into trucking and move on?

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Upcoming mandatory electronic logging getting close

Huge relief to hear that elogs can be flexible.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Upcoming mandatory electronic logging getting close

@chrisL.........BAM!! That is my primary concern!!

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Overhang and "did I do that?".

Grrr, I have to read the "how to use this forum" link. Yes, I am talking about the overhang behind the rear axle. The parking strip idea is ingenious!! Gonna do it. Thanks for the comments y'all!

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Posting pics

What I did was copy and paste directly. I highlighted the old link then pasted the new one. Easy cheesy.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Overhang and "did I do that?".

I have been driving a company 26' box for a couple months now and when in cities/towns I always take off at an angle because I don't know if I will rip parts off the vehicle in the lane opposite of my turn. Should I be worried?

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Upcoming mandatory electronic logging getting close

Can anyone give me their opinion(s) about this topic?? I have heard good and bad about it. Let me point out what I consider my biggest beef with it knowing the bit of understanding I have. Taking the mandatory 10 when I don't need or want to. Let me clarify. What if I am wide awake, less than an hour or even minutes (more than 7) from my drop and the 10 makes that impossible? I have more YAYS and NAYS but I want to start simple.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Six month clock started........

Yeah, I agree, 30 years is a long time but with all the research I have done the magic number is 3 months so 6 months should be sufficient. Ten days clean.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Six month clock started........

Ok, so beer is out. Gonna take a bit to quit as I just gave up one bad habit. Its not the booze side, its the flavor, love it with a burger or steak or fries or loin or........you get the point. What about near beer etc?

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Six month clock started........

It is my understanding that .04 is the max BAC and have seen a lot of comments advising against even one beer a day while OTR. I have even seen that using mouth wash (with alcohol) is discouraged. Just things I have read.

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