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No Bio Information Was Filled Out. Must be a secret.

Super top secret it is indeed.

Not much to say really. If you want to know, all you have to do is ask. I enjoy driving (it's what lead me to this profession), I.T. (with mostly a focus on programming which I plan on getting more into on my down times), and photography. Um....that's about it.

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Posted:  9 months ago

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Well Hell....

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they said it could POSSIBLY be done tonight, but more than likely tomorrow. So I'm stuck in the hotel for another day. Frustrating, but at least I have a nice place to stay.

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UHC, I've found that you'll see a marked difference in the way truck drivers react to things like this. I've learned to make the best out of the never ending changes to my plans. There are so many variables to success at this career, and it seems like we never have things go according to our best laid plans. You'll see some guys that just get all bent out of shape everytime they hit a snag, and then you'll find some drivers who never seem to let these things bother them.

Your ability to easily shift from plan A to plan B or maybe even C or D, will make your life much less frustrating and stressful on the road. If I get stuck in a hotel for a few days I'll find something interesting to do for that time. Dwelling on the problems or the frustrations never eases the frustration of them but usually intensifies the frustration.

To be Zen like in these situations is a practiced discipline, but it comes easier once you commit to practicing such things. My experience has been that it makes life on the road much more enjoyable.

We've all heard long time drivers trying to convince their friends or relatives to never become a truck driver, even after they've spent their whole career on the road. Those are the guys who never allowed themselves to enjoy this lifestyle, and I think they squandered a great opportunity.

That's the truth. I've taken up moving mobile homes. Our days depend on a number of things, one of them being weather. Winds over 30 (usually 20 to 25 we call it, visibility, time of day, permits. Most of those can change the day before. I've had plans change for the next day 2 or 3 times on several different occasions.

Posted:  9 months ago

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Well Hell....

One caused the issue with the other. I don't have experience with large diesel engines but, definitely related. Like the others said, the pump could have seized and caused the problem with the belt or the belt not turning the pump could have thrown the pump warning light. If you're lucky it's something as stupid as the tensioner.

Best of luck to you and by all means stay warm.

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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Thank you!

Try not to over think it.and worry too much. Learn from it and you'll do great.

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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CDL STUDENTS BEWARE!!!

I doubt it's changed but, when I was speaking with recruiters for company sponsored training, CR England recruiter told me they ONLY train in automatics. It was the disclaimer since it would be a restriction on the license.

Don't know about any others, Prime would be a decent choice (going off of others posting above) since they offer pay advance during training so you have some funds. Isn't a lot though, mostly just so you can eat while in training. Might also speak with Rhoel, not sure about their training to be able to do only automatic transmission training but they do offer paid training.

Also, as others have said, there are tons of options for government assistance for people in your shoes. You just have to swallow your prude and apply.

Best Wishes to you and hope all goes well.

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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Good Cell Phone Companies to use OTR?

.......I'm not a real tech savvy person and have no idea what all uses data. I use my phone mainly for texting and talking anyway. I have no clue as to video calls. My daughter called me that way only once. I'm surprised I even figured out how to answer it. Lol.

Anything (assuming it's a smart phone and I'm guessing that based on the video call) that is NOT talk OR text, WILL use data. This includes the video call and any app. that is installed and running on your phone (not all apps need internet and those won't use data but this is where being tech savvy can come in handy because you can find out which ones do and which ones don't use data) uses data to some extent.

Since it sounds like you won't be using a lot, and you can find out how much you do use, you can adjust your plan to fit your data needs. Depending on how you receive internet for your tablet will make up for other factors in figuring all that up.

Best Wishes.

On a separate note....I found a spot in Rush, Co. that has a Verizon dead zone.

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Share A Cool Moment From Your Day

Saw this guy recently. He wasn't moving very fast either.

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This guy (or girl) had spent a part of just about everyday of a summer tapping at the back sliding door. Towards the end it would usually being a friend.

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Posted:  9 months, 4 weeks ago

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Good Cell Phone Companies to use OTR?

I'm going to start this off with a story or two. Once upon a time, in a land exactly where I am now and in the not to distant past (we're talking a few years). My wife was still under contract with Sprint. While she played on her phone she received sudden interruptions.....in a data stream. It would just stop working for no reason. Would require to restart the phone and/or the data each time. While connected to WiFi it would work just fine but, for some reason not her data that she paid her monthly fees for.

A week or two had passed while struggling with the situation before we finally gave in and took it to a sprint store. After some moments had passed the associate informed us that there was nothing wrong with the phone but suggested a reset. So home we went to back up the phone and factory reset. Once it finished it's thing we loaded everything back onto the phone. Very next day, what would you know, the problem had returned.

A few days later we returned to the Sprint store. Yet again to be told that there's nothing wrong with the phone and that the problem is on their end. The feeling of re-assurance washed over us as we discovered that it's not us, it's them. As we point out that we are overwhelmed knowing what a great and reliable service she has that we pay money for each month.

As soon as her contract was up we opened up a line on my plan. Verizon, of which I have had for 10+ years. I have only had minimal complaints since (when they dropped unlimited data, when I discovered that they no longer do contracts with reduced phone cost, and the cost of service).

One more quick story. My mentor had AT&T I believe it was. He would be in the middle of a phone call and his call would drop in certain areas. Meanwhile, I would be streaming music from the web. Only a couple times had I lost data, while he kept losing is phone calls.

Verizon, while it has been very costly, it has been worth it on several occasions of not losing service. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of dead zones out there. I've seen even more dead zones from other carriers.

One more quick Sprint bash. Years and years ago a company I worked for had supplied a company phone with Sprint. I'm not sure how many times my calls would drop just in the city. (Note: this last Sprint bash was pre smart phone era so it has been a while.)

Posted:  10 months ago

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Swift Edwardsville CDL School and my journey through OZ.

I figure it's time for an update. I swore I would see this post through to the end.

I didn't make it. I've felt ashamed that I didn't so this part has been put off for a while. Between living in a shoe box with someone I can barely tolerate only for short periods of time and being homesick, I didn't last. So I came home.

Still wanting to drive and now heavily limited on options, I began my search with extreme determination and severe limitations. These limitations made it difficult. I had many many offers but it was all OTR. All the local stuff (I say all but it's really more of an all that I saw) required a 6 month minimum with most requiring a year or two. I had originally started looking at regional stuff. Something that would get me home on weekends seemed ideal especially being new to the field. Turns out the wife wasn't keen on that idea. She would accept it but would prefer I didn't. So, searching became increasingly limited.

I did manage to find a local courier service that has a few tractors that I would be able to fill in for when the occasion arose but, most of what I would be doing is non-CDL type stuff. However, while I was on day one with these people I had received a call about a local company I had applied for. They move mobile homes. They also have roll offs trash bins and portable toilets that they rent out. I'll mostly be on the mobile home side of it but, there will always be something to do.

I have just started with this company and I am still in training. For now, I'm just learning the ins and outs.

So that's my story for the last month. I'll update some as time passes. So, until tomorrow....or later........

Posted:  11 months, 2 weeks ago

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Bed Bugs and Other Creepy Crawlies

I beleive that this link about Bed Bugs is what you're looking for.

Posted:  11 months, 2 weeks ago

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Swift Edwardsville CDL School and my journey through OZ.

Today started early...ish. I wanted to get up so I could take a nap later in the day and use the restroom before I would be to far from one.

Since I'm still resetting I just hung out and did some Swift University stuff on my phone. I'm realizing that the 12v outlets in this truck don't put out a lot of juice. Not enough to charge or at least hold the charge while on my phone or even if it's just playing music. I went ahead and plugged into the inverter with my fast charger and had it charge while I was doing the Swift University stuff. I'm pretty sure I've got them done.

We had a live load of some Bose somethings on a JIT run to a Costco DC in Maryland.

I got some sleep, surprisingly, since I wasn't sure how I'd sleep in the sleeper of a moving truck and since I had slept last night. Made myself some PB&J. Now I'm just waiting to finish my reset and him finish his drive. Which time nicely with each other.

Nothing to exciting going on. I've pretty much kept my distance and limited my interaction with my mentor down to only what's necessary. Mr. "I'm not a sleeper sleeper" (another thing he repeats) has me concerned that he'll just hang out and micromanage. He has a spot he wants to fuel at, which is fine since the cost is his. Which makes me wish I had a company driver for a mentor. Seeing the differences that an O/O can do compared to what a company driver has to do. Makes me wonder how much of my training it's going to ruin. Oh wells. I'll do what I can to own my training and control what I can.

For now, onward to Maryland.

Until tomorrow.....

Posted:  11 months, 2 weeks ago

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Swift Edwardsville CDL School and my journey through OZ.

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I'm also discovering that Swift's kiosk are usually not working properly or at all. I've got some training stuff I have to do on them and the two here don't work

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You can access all of the training through Swift's driver portal. Driver code and last 4 of the SS# gets you in. I haven't used the kiosks in years...

Been having issues from my phone due to flash player no longer being supported but so many sites still use it. Think I got it and then some. The site seems a little confusing to a rookie like me. From the development plan, the top has some courses but in the section below that's says assigned courses it doesn't show any or any completed on that page. The ones list at the top never clear out. My transcript shows what I've done though. I'll get the hang of it in time.

Posted:  11 months, 2 weeks ago

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Swift Edwardsville CDL School and my journey through OZ.

Today was simple, wake up, drive less than a mile and wait. We were parked right outside so all we had to do was turn around and head in. So that's what we did. While sitting there I got caught up on my paper logs (required by swift for students to have training logs).

They finish up right after I finish catching up my logs (copied from Qualcomm). After that we made our way for the terminal. It's time for my first 34 hour reset (ever) so we can hit the ground running. That and the fact that I don't have any hours left and would need a couple days to get enough hours back to do anything. I have maybe 2 hours left on my 70.

First thing, I wondered around to see what and where stuff is. Each terminal is different and gets a little confusing being the new guy trying to figure stuff out. People are generally nice enough to help out if you have a question. Some people will even jump in with conversation like they've known you for years. I typically just wish to be left alone. I'm not a social person. Then it was time for a shower. I usually like to enjoy my showers. Now more than ever do I enjoy and take my time.

I spent most of my time with headphones plugged in sitting in the lounge watching Netflix. There is a little Mexican stand outside where they make your food on the spot. It was delicious.

I've grown quite fond of the looks of the new Freightliners even tho I think some of the Internationals are quite the lookers as well. Out of the only two I've been in between Freightliner and Volvo, I think the Volvo has a nicer interior appearance and feel. Haven't driven the Volvo under weight to really tell the difference and from the (very few) trucks I've seen, the Freightliner typically has more cubby holes and what's it's. Just MY opinion anyway. So far, a trucks a truck doesn't matter the badge. I'm just yammering to fill up space and kill time. Only so much you can stand (or sit) to do.

There is definitely something to be said about maneuvering a trailer. No matter how good you are on the range it is completely different out in the real world. No situation is the same. No lines drawn out for you. Sometimes there isn't space to get the setup you want.

I'm also discovering that Swift's kiosk are usually not working properly or at all. I've got some training stuff I have to do on them and the two here don't work. Two out of four in Laredo barely worked but I only had time to set up my direct deposit. Those are a must before they expire or you get put on a safety hold. I still have time before they expire but, do I have time once we hit the road as a team. Also, guess there's something about simulator for snow which was briefly touched upon by my "mentor".

I think I'm done rambling.

Until tomorrow......

Posted:  11 months, 2 weeks ago

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Swift Edwardsville CDL School and my journey through OZ.

MNGH...Okay, I feel as though an intervention might be helpful.

Obviously there is a personality conflict with your mentor. Happens all the time. I get along with almost everyone...but based on what you described, I'd avoid a person like him. Of the two of you, it's far easier for you to adjust, then it is him. Pick your battles with him, only a few of them are worth "fighting". Try to keep in mind, in 3 weeks you'll likely never see him again. But in the mean time, he and the element of time are the only two things that stand between you and a triumphant introduction to your assigned truck. If he is doing something contrary to furthering your learning, then stop him and advocate for a better explanation and/or a "show-me" moment. If he mumbles something, excuse yourself and ask; "is it important for me to hear that?" In a respectful way, hold him accountable for doing his job.

Try not to lose your cool, ...remind him (frequently if necessary) you have never done this before and are relying on his skill and expertise to get you to solo status. Try some positive reinforcement with him a bit. I know that is difficult to do...totally get that if the guy is a jerk. Use him for all he is worth...get from him what you need and if need be, finesse' it "out of him". But above all else, you must maintain your sanity and not allow his quirky behavior to distract your focus. Not suggesting that is the case, but I can see this coming off the rails real quick,... I can see how his annoying habits could lead to an angry exchange. Focus Man...focus.

Second as you are about to go "team", try to take some control of trip planning for the "leg" you are responsible for (cause it sounds like he runs by the seat of his pants). Read all of the trip information that comes across the QC and/or the paperwork picked up at the shipper or at the terminal. Don't let him keep all that to himself, you need to see it and understand how-to extract important and pertinent information from it. It's part of your training.

Once you are teaming, forget about him when you are in the first seat, "clear the mechanism",...focus on you and what you need to accomplish. It's temporary...try your best to make the very most out of it because there are no "do-overs".

Good luck!

Thanks a ton. I never really thought about personality conflicts. As soon as you said it everything started clicking. I won't deny that I'm not an easy person to get along with (especially living in tight quarters). Doesn't help that my routine has been completely uplifted and the way we would do things are completely different.

I've thought about checking to see if I can't get a dedicated driver for the last 50 or so. Just to make sure I get my backings in and see how someone else does things.

Hilariously, the whole time I was typing that, the one thing that kept popping up in my head was '#thestruggleisreal'.

Again, thanks a ton.

Posted:  11 months, 2 weeks ago

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Swift Edwardsville CDL School and my journey through OZ.

Days are really kind of a blur anymore. Wake up, drive, break, drive, sleep, repeat.

Woke up about an hour after the 10 was up. We got on the road and drove. Nothing really to tell.

Maybe some more venting. I may be wrong, who knows. I know I'm not the greatest to get along with. One of the many reasons I wanted to get into trucking. I don't really have to deal with people.

Start off with the fact that this guy is like a broken record. "I'll get us the loads, you'll get your truck. Get it done quick. You'll see". Something along those lines. Says it two to three times a day. If I have a question it seems more like a lecture than an answer. If I question something....lecture. It's not something that gets dropped either. 10 minutes later it's talked on again as he brings up another point on it. Rarely is anything truly informative, I have to eventually piece together what is being said to get a clue as to what he's talking about. A lot of times it's about choosing loads (of which I won't get to be picky about since I'll be company driver). Sometimes he's complaining about something.

Between the frustration of L.A. traffic and listening to him I started getting irritable. He then (he's a backseat driver, sometimes it's useful directions others it's him pointing out an exit, see continued complaint below) tells me to start slowing for an exit and miscommunicates something. Causing me to get off at the wrong exit to have to detour around.

Earlier today I asked if he got a hold of a drop off to see if we could deliver early to which he responded they won't let us. So I used 'trucker path and 'Google map' to look for nearby areas to stop for the night. Had one spot (though, looking at it more later it looked like it was just a parking lot foe a business for trucks and trailers, not really sure). As we got closer he apparently decided and didn't tell me that we were going to go ahead and try to deliver early. To which I got annoyed and even more so when he asked me if the place I found was a place for trucks (before I looked at it with satellite view). I wouldn't have mentioned it if it wasn't. I'm going to look at a place to park that our truck isn't capable of parking at (see continued complaint #2). After not being informed of the sudden change of plans and the question I got annoyed again and complained about the sudden change of plans and not being informed. He goes into some shtick about how I'm just in it for the hours (not sure where that came from, if I wanted the hours I would have pushed my drive even longer), and then some nonsense about his financial sacrifice (when we went to Omaha) and the fuel we've put in and how he's got his expenses (or whatever along those lines) to think about.

In the end, I think that he's just a lease operator so he can chose his loads and then (as is usually mentioned here) takes on a mentor role for the extra income. In fact I think I figured it out. He sets it up so we burn up our clocks as soon as possible to hit the 50 then he runs teams and mentors with coast to coast runs for the miles.

The stresses though, cause me to be even more homesick and just want to drop everything and go home. Powering on. Friday we pick up our first team load. Is a must team and have to make 200 miles before we can make our first break/stop. Going from California to Maryland. Should be fun.

*Continued complaint #1: One day he told me me that the exit we'll be getting off for, three or four times. Yes, exit 127, I got it. *Continued complaint #2: This guy will ask me to do something (i.e. put him on off duty as he steps out to smoke) then sell me a little later if I did, then ask me again a little later if I did and, one more time for safe measure. Sometimes he would still check himself.

On a more positive note, the scenery, especially SoCal. before you get into the cities and can't focus on anything but the traffic, is absolutely phenomenal.

Until tomorrow.......

Posted:  11 months, 2 weeks ago

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Swift Edwardsville CDL School and my journey through OZ.

It was raining when we woke up in middle of nowhere Texas stop. Started moving through our long journey through Texas and New Mexico. El Paso was interesting looking over the border along I-10. Very colorful houses on the other side. I'd love to come by again when I'm not driving to get a better look. I was fascinated by the fact that there were two cities pressed right up against the border.

The day was pretty uneventful, mostly. We got into it a bit about the fact that he keeps wanting me to drive slow. I don't see a point in going to slow so that we end up having to rush it at the end. I get it, he's trying to burn up the hours so I can get my 50 and we can jump to full team. I just don't see the point of pushing it so close that we may end up late or worse, running out of hours completely. Since he's on the clock with me his 70 is being burned up with mine so neither one of us will be able to drive.

Of course, after the "conversation" ended he would still occasionally bring it up mentioning little things to defend his point. In the end (for whatever reason) he told me to run it hard after we stopped for fuel.

We stopped for our 10 in Tuscon. Our delivery is straight out of Compton. Best Buy DC. 9 in the morning on Thursday. Got some LG T.V.'s to deliver. Not sure if there is a place close by we can shut down for the night and the number we have for them is apparently not useful to see if we can unload tomorrow when we get in or at the very least if they know where we can shut down for the night. We'll get it figured out tomorrow.

Tonight on the other hand, grabbed myself some Subway from the mini truck stop and walked around the building a couple times. Sitting for so long. I also need to find a seat cushion, the seat isn't soft enough for me bum for the day long sitting.

Until tomorrow....

Posted:  11 months, 2 weeks ago

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Swift Edwardsville CDL School and my journey through OZ.

Learning in a manual is actually a good thing. You'll never forget how-to shift, it will come back to you every time.

Yeah, I saw the silver lining in it. Just like I'm not looking forward to L.A. tomorrow and I think he's planning on running coast to coast so I'm not looking forward to New York if we end up there, either. I'll still tough it out since it'll be good experience.

I'm actually pretty decent, I have moments of slip up, mostly downshifting, but I can recover pretty well with minimal grinding.

Once you are in a true "teaming" status, you won't see much of your mentor. I know it's easier said than done, try not to sweat the small stuff.

I figure that no matter how much I don't like it (it has its positive moments too, so there's that) it could always be worse. I know I have read worse on here.

I'll hit my 50 tomorrow so we'll be going true team by Thursday. He's asked a couple times if I've driven truck before, he's apparently impressed at how well I've been doing.

Today's update will follow shortly, depending on when this gets approved and I get to writing the update.

Posted:  11 months, 2 weeks ago

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Swift Edwardsville CDL School and my journey through OZ.

It seems to be one of those journeys where you get the opposite of what you want. I want a non smoker, I get someone who smokes occasionally (outside the truck thankfully). I hoped for an auto so that I can focus more on the driving while trying to learn, I get a manual. I want a company driver, I get an owner operator. 170 more hours behind the wheel, yay.....

Posted:  11 months, 2 weeks ago

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Swift Edwardsville CDL School and my journey through OZ.

Caught up to today.

Woke up at our 10 hour mark and started getting around. Of course I want food but since he wants to drag our pace out in such a way that time is extremely tight, I get comments about time. All the time, nagging about few minutes here and there but then he'll tell me to drive slower to burn up the hours. I get it, he's trying to make sure I get my 50 by the time we reach L.A. There's just got to be a better way to manage time. I'm sitting and driving for over 5 our stretches.

Reminds me of back when I worked armored car. The guy I was teamed with asked me not to smoke in the truck with him. Company policy allowed it at the time (not sure if it still does or not since it has been quite some time). Yet, he would always seem annoyed the 2 or 3 times in a 10+ hour period of the day that I'd want to stop and smoke. I usually sucked them down quick enough to make me light headed, just for him because he was always in a rush.

Anyway, we made our way to the destination. Of course there's a line, (see complaint below) and of course it's one of the smallest areas to work with. I'll have to post pictures later when I have time and assuming I remember. I'm sure seasoned drivers can make it look easy. Took me probably 45 minutes (that's what it felt like anyway so that's what I'm going with). Not only did I struggle getting it backed into this tiny yard (of course my getting flustered causes me to make more mistakes causing me to get more flustered, etc.,etc. Then of course the spaces between trailers is super narrow and only had two spaces available for the dock each with trailers on both sides. It's my worst nightmare right here on day 4 out with mentor and only my second shipper dock. Yay me. =(

Finally manage it in there and a little while later they start to unload.

3 hours later we return to the Laredo terminal and drop the empty to pick up a trailer carrying Best Buy stuffs going to California. Burn up most of the rest of the clock and stop at a rest stop for the night in middle of nowhere Texas.

So, we were trying to find the shipper. I see a row of trucks and trailers but GPS says we still had .1 of a mile left. He says there's still some distance that the place probably wasn't it. I pull up, no longer in line. Sure enough that was it. In an area vehicles are constantly going through, making it impossible to just back up. There were no spots to turn around without going way out of the way. So we wait, more trucks pull in in line. Wait some more. Still waiting. He then of course saying he doesn't feel well and lays down in back but he wants me to sit and wait in the driver's seat (the spot I had moved from to be a little more comfortable while we waited) to see when the trucks are gone that I can back up to where the line was.

I hook up my phone and play some iHeart radio. He then decides to talk. I can barely have a conversation because he will start to talk over you.

Sorry, just venting. I could probably nitpick quite a few things. All in all, I suppose it's not too bad. I think it's made more difficult missing family at home and being stuck in a box with someone you might chat with at work but would never actually be friends with. I think team mentoring is a terrible idea after a certain point.

Posted:  11 months, 2 weeks ago

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Swift Edwardsville CDL School and my journey through OZ.

Next morning we shot right back down to the Edwardsville terminal. Apparently this is something he normally does and it works out in such a way that when we get to L.A. that we start running teams. After picking up the trailer we started to make our way to Laredo. Since he's an owner operator he does things a bit differently and he's very picky about where he stops for fuel (nope, not because he cares aboit the quality bit the cost per gallon). We stop at a Trex for a quick fuel up.

As I reach the end of my 11 hours we stop in Edmond, OK. for the night. Loves lot was full so we ended up in this, what appears to be a locally owned stop. Just after 10 hours we got up, I ate (not sure if he does, he snacks throughout the trip). This is something that is starting to bother me. He always seems to be in a rush when it comes to breaks but then he will tell me to drive slow so I can eat up the clock (since I need 50 hours before We can start running as team). I wonder if he's a robot, I never really see him go off to use the restroom, only see him snack while I'm driving, and see him make a drink about 20 ounces or so last all day. I'm beginning to realize more and more that I would rather chop off all of my limbs than to run teams with someone.We fueled up then made our way to Laredo. We stopped at the terminal for the night and getting a much needed shower.

Posted:  11 months, 2 weeks ago

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Swift Edwardsville CDL School and my journey through OZ.

Friday started out the same as Thursday. Wake up, eat, shuttle to terminal, sit and wait. She told me that if my code didn't come in that she would just send me home and call me when it was in. For the second time I was excited and disappointed. I wanted to go home to see the family but, I also wanted to just get started and get this bandaid ripped right off.

I was looking forward to going home and was getting excited. I knew that today would be the day I get my code since that's how it works. Sure enough, my code comes in and my mentor is there in a couple of hours. He called me as he was on his way to the terminal. Things started looking good, he is set on getting my 200 hours done as soon as it is possible to. That and the 40 backs. The backing may need a little bit of effort squeezed in since he wants to go full OTR to get my driving hours. I calculate that if I'm out 4 weeks then I just need to manage 10 a week. Assuming I run hard to need a reset then I just need 2 a day. If anything, I'll just have to back in places I would still be able to pull into. As soon as I was loaded up and in the truck we left immediately.

First stop was 16 miles from the terminal. Batteries going to Laredo, TX. He thought it was going to be a simple preloaded pick up. After being ignored by several employees we found out what We needed to know. Turns out it's a live load. Three hours later and 40k lbs. heavier (sure is much different than hauling an empty) we are able to depart. We came back and dropped it off at the yard. Once it was dropped we bobtailed to Omaha, NE. There we stayed the night. He lives up there so he went to his house whole I got to experience my first night in the truck by myself.

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TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

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Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

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