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    Pensacola, FL

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Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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The new article on humility

I just wanna say thank you G-town for a well written article. I saw myself in some of that and I saw things I need to work on.

I've recently decided to drop flatbed, some of the reasons I won't go into here, but one of the reasons I will elaborate on. I'm 53. It was really hard to swallow that my older, physical, self doesn't want to get on the band wagon with those 8 ft drop lumber tarps. Talk about a hard pill to swallow. Man... Flatbed was my goal and while I did do it for a few months I still felt like a failure. Part of that was my pride.

There are other things I saw in the way I view certain aspects of my job. Like "competition". I've seen it out here but I thought I was right and I've absolutely balked at the idea to compete.

Also, the idea of change. I ran one way with my previous company and now I have to run differently. I've balked at that too. Both of those have hurt me in the long run. And I've allowed it to happen. It's time I switched things up.

If you haven't read it yet, do yourself a favor and take a look. Maybe none of it will apply to you. But it sure doesn't hurt us to take a look at our mentality and shove that thermometer up our keester and check our vitals.

I decided to revisit that article from time to time and give myself a check-up from the neck up. It's that good.

Thanks again G-town.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Should I? Or shouldn't I?

I will check that blog out!

I love audiobooks on those long stretches of highway.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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I FREAKING PASSED MY CDL TEST!!!

Congratulations!

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Is a catwalk a requirement?

Thank you for the link. I read them. If a person can reach the air lines to connect them that's a good thing. But reaching the chains and binders from the ground would require a really tall person.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Is a catwalk a requirement?

My truck had to go in the shop at one of our yards. While I was there I was talking to a new driver about his truck so we went over to have a look. I noticed, among other things, that he didn't have a catwalk...

Since a flatbedder uses the catwalk I would assume it's necessary but I don't know. I suggested he call securement at the main terminal because I didn't have an answer for him. Seems awfully dangerous not have one. I tried looking it up online for my own knowledge but I'm not having any luck with that.

Does anyone know for sure?

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Should I? Or shouldn't I?

she also told me i would never be able to write a book or sell them and i have sold 200 audiobooks and thousands of ebooks and paperbacks in every part of the world, including India and Japan.

Girl, I'm way impressed!!! I just went to audible and put your stuff in my wish list!!!!

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Having trouble with organization

Organization... Ugh... I'm no good at that. It's nice to see that I'm not alone.

I'm bad about losing things and being slow. Here are a few things I did that help me but I don't know how this would work in a team situation. I drive a 17 midroof Cascadia.

I got a cheap hanging shoe rack and hung it from the outside of the set of cabinets that have the fridge space. It faces the bunk. Each little pocket is specified for a certain item. For example, my hair is very curly and I have to wrap it in a satin cap so it doesn't friz up during the night and I have a frizzy afro in the morning... That satin cap and an eye cover goes in one of those pockets. In another pocket all of the things that were in my jeans for that day goes there. So when I empty my jeans pockets everything goes in that shoe pocket. It's the same pocket every single time. the rest of the pockets hold things like extra toothpaste, extra razors, first aid stuff, TV remote etc, just things like that so that I don't have an extra plastic tote sitting around somewhere. I have enough of those... lol

In the automotive section at Walmart I bought a... I don't really know how to describe it, it's like a canvas cup. you put it in the vent and it hangs down and you can put pens in it. I use mine for pens, my clear ruler, my sunglasses, and when I'm done driving I put my eyeglasses to the outside.

I also bought a very small center console thingy from Walmart. It's plastic and sits on the floor. My little truck stop book goes in there, with lens wipes, and vape juice. I fold up a few napkins and stick down there and since it has a place for drinks I usually put an extra water bottle down there. I used it when I was driving a 10-speed and it wasn't too bad. This truck is an automatic so there's a little more room for that. It doesn't slide around a whole lot. If I ever have problems with it I might just velcro it to the console. Like I said I don't know if this is doable in a teaming situation.

For getting a shower faster on my DOT break I've found that I had to get it out of my mind that my shower was a relaxing moment or my time to unwind.

It's not, it's just a shower. I'm dirty, I need to clean up and I'll relax later. That's what I tell myself and it helps me.

I put an extra change of clothes in my bag the morning I get up so that I don't have to do it when I stop. When I get to the shower, I take everything out and I take a shower. No looking on my phone, no worrying about hair or makeup. I wash, I shampoo, I run conditioner through my hair, and I'm out. I save the relaxing, deep conditioning and leg shaving for my 34 or if I'm lucky enough to get a night time shower with no wait. I also don't take anything out of that bag until I stop for the night.

From time I start my break to the time I get back to the truck and release the brakes is rarely over 45 minutes now and I've hit the 30 minute mark several times since I really started working on it. But I've also dropped the hair and makeup routine since I started flatbed too. The face gets lotion and the hair goes under a ball cap.

Susan, I agree with you, those cascadia's with the ladders... They suck so bad. I really don't like them at all. My trainer had one of those, and one day I slipped off the ladder... I went flying backwards towards the cab... And I landed with the armrest from the driver seat on my tailbone. Yes I broke it... My tailbone I mean lol. I'm still dealing with the aftermath of that today. Those first few months of sitting in that seat and putting in a full day were horribly painful.

My trainer had one of those organizers that hang off the back of the seat like you're talking about. Hers was black and she got it from a truck stop. I'm planning on getting one of those too, it was very helpful.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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New women drivers !

I'm 5' 1"... I never considered my height, in this case "shortness" until I started flatbed. I just never thought that being shorter made a difference lol.

I learned that not everyone can just stay be there and rest their chin on the deck of the trailer lol.

I can't always reach the d-rings to bungee my tarp so I bought a step stool and finally a ladder.

The first time I picked up a coil I couldn't reach the snap binders from the ground. I had to figure it out, so I got up on the trailer and attached my bar to snap binder. Then I bungeed a chain to the handle and ran it off the side of the trailer and then I could close the binder from the ground by grabbing the chain.

Throwing a strap over a really tall load is a challenge. I'm getting better but I envy those 6' something guys with their long arms.

Pulling a tarp off also poses a challenge because of the angle of the tarp to the ground because I'm so short. It's like pulling the dang thing straight down.

Getting lumber from my headache rack... I have to climb up to the top of my rack to get it.

I'm sure I look hilarious but I don't care, I just have to make adjustments. I've been really lucky to get some good advice from other drivers.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Frozen Brakes

Thanks Grumpy!

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Taking a shower on the road

I'm so sorry, but I laughed and laughed... lol

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Backing Question

I have talked to drivers who loved the simulators. They said it's like playing a video game.

I don't play video games... so the simulators made me uneasy and dizzy lol. But you might really like it. It's a good way to practice without hurting anything.

Why don't you give them a call and get the scoop? No reason to worry if it's not necessary :-)

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Frozen Brakes

Good thread.

I'm guessing we chock the wheels because we have to release the brakes before we tap them?

Posted:  4 months, 4 weeks ago

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Western Express Flatbed Orientation Question

If you can get that it sounds awesome. The guys in securement training are very helpful.

Here are a few tips.

Make sure you are up early. Breakfast is at 0500 and be on the first shuttle at 0530.

Yes, you'll be very early. But it will speak volumes to your dedication to learn and your commitment to the job. Do it every day. Stay away from the complainers and the know-it-alls. Start your career by standing out in the beginning.

The hotel is not the greatest but it's a bed, a shower, and you aren't paying for it. Be thankful, don't be like some who whine and complain.

During securement training pay attention, take notes, and make sure you aren't hanging back and neglecting hands on training. DON'T BE LATE. If you're late they will send you back to the hotel and you'll be an extra day in training. It will not look good. You'll immediately start building the reputation that you can't manage your time and that you aren't serious.

You'll get phone numbers to contact securement when you're on your own, put them in your phone asap so you don't lose them.

When you get back to the hotel, immediately go to the front desk and have your key card reset. They turn off at 0900 daily.

The Walmart runs are not usually scheduled so if you need to go, ask the afternoon shuttle driver if there is one of them going.

There is a waffle House across the street, Subway next door, and a dollar store just up the road within walking distance.

Good luck and congratulations on your new career!

Posted:  4 months, 4 weeks ago

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The clock and parking

Thanks Grumpy!

Posted:  4 months, 4 weeks ago

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Flatbed and driving help needed, long post

I finally did get a ladder. I was close to a Lowe's Thursday night so I emailed dispatch to see if I could stop by there in the morning since it was on the way to the shipper. They were ok with it. I made sure I left early enough to be at the shipper on time.

I forgot it was Black Friday...

Luckily I got there before the line was long and was able to get a much better ladder than I had budgeted for due to the sales. Ran in, ran out before everything got crazy, and headed on my way.

I haven't had a chance to use it yet though... I got to the shipper and they were closed. That was Friday morning. Contacted my DM who got in touch with the CSR and found that they are closed until tomorrow.

Four wonderful (sarcasm inserted here) days of sitting. But, I didn't complain and I said thank you for finding out for me.

I've watched TV, done my laundry, cleaned my truck, and had a shower everyday lol. Who knows, I might be running really hard the next few weeks so figure I better take advantage of it.

Posted:  4 months, 4 weeks ago

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Congrats to Donna & Kim!!!!

Congratulations!!!

Posted:  5 months ago

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My first solo run part one

You did well. The most important thing for any driver to remember, is when things are Rocky, maintain your cool, take a deep breath and think things through to figure out how to deal with the situation.

Best advice ever. It can't be said enough.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Protecting Your Freight

Trailers don't come with their own locks. At least none that I hauled... When I was hauling reefer I always carried two padlocks. One to lock the trailer and one in case I inadvertently left one on the trailer if I had to drop it. It wasn't a requirement but I didn't want anyone stealing my load.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Western Express Flatbed Orientation Question

If you decide to go with Western let us know. I can give you pointers on getting through orientation.

Posted:  5 months ago

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The clock and parking

If you’re with Western Express flatbed you can probably park at most Lowe’s stores without a problem.

I didn't know that! Thanks!

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