Profile For Suicide Jockey

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  • Location:
    NC

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    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    4 years ago

Suicide Jockey's Bio

(Formerly PlanB)

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Posted:  1 week ago

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Suicide Jockey, Tanker Yanker Division

All going well.

Definitely a completely different animal than OTR was, but I'm enjoying it.

More manual labor than OTR, but since I personally load and unload the truck myself I'm no longer waiting at docks for hours. Still driving roughly 500 miles a day, but with several loadings/unloadings.

We found out our driver who died recently wasn't wearing his seat belt. He was ejected during the wreck and suffered major head trauma. Such a shame.

Neighboring fuel hauler had a rollover a couple days ago. Car ran a red light in front of truck, and truck went into the ditch and rolled over. Tore open the tanker and lost all 9000 gallons of fuel. Fortunately the driver was ok.

I'm actually on my way out the door for work now, so gotta run. Ty for asking!

Posted:  1 week ago

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And so it Begins...

While at Prime I never noticed a slow down of freight during winter. The only slow downs would be weather related, such as I80 across Wyoming shutting down. Its important to get some training during winter while you have an experienced driver with you.

As for chains, make sure to practice putting your chains on routinely in dry conditions. Do not throw them on once and then put them away forever. You'll regret it if you ever have to put them on in the dark during a blizzard.

That being said, If the weather was bad enough for chains to be required or appropriate, I would always park my truck until the conditions improve. No load is worth me risking my life or livelihood. Remember you don't just have to worry about your own winter driving skills and judgement, but the skills and judgement of every driver on the road around you. All it takes is one drivers error to cause a major pileup in poor road conditions.

After you first major storm out west, take notice of how many cars & trucks are overturned or otherwise wrecked on the side of the road. Personally I never wanted to be on the same road at the same time as they were.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Weight Ratings

I'm simplifying it here, but both a class A and class B allow you to drive a single vehicle over 26k lbs. Class B can only pull trailers up to 10k lbs, while class A can pull trailers over 10k lbs.

A 23k lb trailer requires the driver to have a class A.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Mistakes I've made in trucking

Slow down!

After every mistake I've made, no matter how minor, I try to figure out how it happened. Every time it's come back to me getting into a rush for one reason or another. My mind ends up more focused on what I'm going to do next, instead of what I'm doing right now. If you feel yourself getting rushed, STOP, regather your thoughts, and make sure you are entirely focused on your current task. Don't ever let anyone rush you.

Taking a few extra moments to recheck yourself will prevent you from wasting hours or longer correcting an error.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Suicide Jockey, Tanker Yanker Division

I work that same 4pm-4am, although today became 4-6am due to multiple allocation issues at the racks followed by retains at the stores. Not fun.

The little mom n pop stores are horrible. Lots so small the truck sticks out into the road on both sides of the store. Odd sized tanks with finicky flapper valves. Definitely keeps you on your toes.

The fuel hauling companies are getting competitive with each other for drivers, and they've all recently increased pay. I'm just a couple months out of training, and haven't experienced the seasonal ups and downs yet, but if I maintained my current weekly average id hit 85-90k my first year. During my interview the terminal manager said to me that his lowest earning drivers make around 60k, his high performers are well over 100k. If I could land in the middle of that my first year, id be very pleased.

I am loving being home with my family daily.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Headset

I've used a Blue Tiger Elite and a Blue Tiger Advantage Plus. Loved both, but they both broke. Maybe I'm just a bit to rough on them.

Still using what's left of my Advantage Plus until I replace it. Probably will try another brand.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Headset

Most yes, definitely not all. I know of two in my area that forbid even handsfree headset use while driving.

Pretty sure they ALL do Bruce, as long as it's hands free..... Funny, 1st time I seen "Texting Zone Ahead" signs in the Virginia mountains and elsewhere, lol rest areas for cell use

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Suicide Jockey, Tanker Yanker Division

Hey all, PlanB here, been a bit since I posted much or updated.

Earlier this year I hung it up with Prime and started a local job hauling fuel. Me living so close to a fuel terminal and seeing the fuel trucks constantly go by is what first ignited my interest in driving. I thought about changing my name to PlanA since this was my original plan "A", and Prime was my plan "B".

But my first day out of training just before I went to load my first load of gas, one of the nicer senior drivers pat me on the back and congratulated me, "Welcome to the Suicide Jockeys, Tanker Yanker Division." This hung in the back of my head because the driver whos open position I was filling died in a rollover just a few months prior.

Last night that senior driver died at work. Details are still unknown, but he ended up rolled over in a ditch and passed away at the scene.

I'm in a bit of a funk, and maybe I'm being a bit overly dramatic with the name change. But that driver patting me on the back and welcoming me to the "Suicide Jockeys" is on repeat in my brain.

Hence the name change to Suicide Jockey

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Best Trucking company to get your CDL

I don't know anything about Roehl or Wilson specifically. But Wilson does pull a lot of Primes trailers, and I 100% endorse Primes training program. If you haven't considered Prime, I highly recommend them.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Overcoming Fear

Most modern trucks will have on each aide your standard large flat mirror with a convex wide angle mirror below it, plus a convex wide angle mirror set out on the corners of your hood. Set those mirrors up appropriately and you can see anything along side your truck easily.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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OTR training after being local?

When I trained at Prime I had two different students that I would pull up to their house to pick them up or drop them off for home time. One was in a tight area, so I'd leave the trailer at a customer and bobtail to his house.

Posted:  11 months, 1 week ago

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TNT PHASE WITH PRIME

There is no company expectation on how many hours or miles you drive. The only expectation is that your team delivers the load on time. Every truck runs slightly different, as does every team. Your trainer will be in charge, and they may just lay down their rules without discussion, or they may have a discussion where you two will come to some type of agreement of how you will function. Some may do fixed shifts of 10-12 hours. Others may alternate shifts so one driver is not always on nights. Another option is each driver just drives their clock out and stops during their final hour whatever time that may be, and the other driver takes over. You'll never know until you meet and speak to your trainer.

10 hours is the DoT requirement to reset your daily drive time.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Anyone have birds hit their windshield?

Close, but no windshield hits. Have had plenty hit the top of the cab. They make one helluva thump. Had a large black bird hit my A pillar, just barely missed the glass. Had another bird hit right in front of me just a hair below the windshield. I honestly thought he was coming through the glass into my face, but luckily hit low enough not to damage glass. Also had one fly by low and hit directly on the deer guard. That was a bloody feathery mess.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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New Article Now On TruckingTruth: Truckers And Guns

Does anyone know of a single instance where a trucker saved himself from harm because he had a gun on him?

Here's one from yesterday

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Official solo Primate soon with questions!

+5cpm for lightweight as has been stated.

You get +5cpm for being NE regional. You don't get any +5cpm for being otr and getting a load to the NE.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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What would you do?

Roseville on NE side.

Was originally hoping maybe the placards would scare off someone who wanted to crack my trailer open lol.

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But that ended up not a concern as the shipper took so rediculiously long. Drove 7 hours straight through from shipper and didn't arrive until 06:15. If anyone had been out last night, they had long gone home.

Had zero issues coming into town.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Planned protest 80/94

My wife found these online. They putting some serious effort into keeping the interstate clear.

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Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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What would you do?

*** Original post was asking about*** not original pay was acting about.

Sorry for the extra post but I can't edit my previous...

I was drawn to this thread because I'm going into Minneapolis late tonight with a hazmat load. I thought maybe I may find a resource our an idea from another driver that may prove beneficial since that's what the original pay was acting about. Instead I see our members going back and forth at each other arguing personal political views.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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What would you do?

I was drawn to this thread because I'm going into Minneapolis late tonight with a hazmat load. I thought maybe I may find a resource our an idea from another driver that may prove beneficial since that's what the original pay was acting about. Instead I see our members going back and forth at each other arguing personal political views.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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What would you do?

Alright what's going on here.

Time and time again I've seen topics shut down because they are not trucking related and are not benefiting the community. Now we have a thread that has clearly gotten off the topic of trucking and ventured into politics. Instead of taking about trucking we have members grandstanding their personal political views.

I asked that we bring the topic back to trucking and my post gets deleted???

Who's fanning there flames here?

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