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Posted:  3 days, 6 hours ago

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Poor trainer

That was probably not the best way for your trainer to ease you into your training. And I'm sure I'd be angry if I was in a similar situation. However, despite that, it probably would have been a better idea to either explain to your trainer how you felt, or to have at least spoken to your training adviser to let him/her know what the situation was.

Even though I cant blame you for saying, "screw this" on an emotional level, it probably wasn't a good idea to just up and leave without at least trying to get another trainer.

I'm sure someone here more qualified than me can offer you advice. I just hope you haven't burnt any bridges by making an emotional decision.

And, No. All trainers are not like that.

Posted:  3 days, 21 hours ago

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My time at CFI officially came to an end. 😩

That is something wonderful and rare, Scott. Not that you were forced to resign - that is tragic and difficult to contemplate - but that you didn't react with bitterness toward the company you had to walk away from. Best of luck in your future endeavors!

Posted:  3 days, 21 hours ago

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New state!

Yes. Sturbridge. That's it, Grumpy! Entrance and exit are the same, and trucks in line for the pumps normally back up to the exit making it a cluster trying to get in or out.

Posted:  4 days, 21 hours ago

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New state!

There is a pilot just over the state line on I-84 that is always packed. Even if you are just getting fuel it can take forever to get out of there. Whenever I'm in that area I always seem to have a fuel stop there. Here is a photo from google maps. It is usually worse than that at the fuel pumps in my experience.

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Posted:  5 days, 12 hours ago

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My Truck Has Been Sold...What!?

I like what you're saying, driver-formerly-known-as-Rainy. Thank you.

And Errol, I'm sorry what I said wasn't exactly clear. I meant the load is going to be repowered at the terminal. That's as far as I'm taking it.

Posted:  5 days, 16 hours ago

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My Truck Has Been Sold...What!?

Yeah, Errol. Threw me for a loop when I got that msg! Not something you expect to see. Gotta pick up a load headed for California and drop it off at main terminal in Springfield, MO to make the switch. I'm praying I'm not going to have to wait too long.

Posted:  5 days, 18 hours ago

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My Truck Has Been Sold...What!?

What year - how many miles on your current rig?

Just interested in how long/old/miles they keep their trucks before selling them off.

I know (from a prior Rainy post) they had a bunch of Volvos on order - but were holding off until the local dealer got their act together on parts/service. Just wondering if they're taking delivery on the volvos yet - or if they're still issuing new Freightliners...

Rick

Hi, Rick! My current truck is a 2018 International with 268,359 miles. It seems a little early to be selling it. I thought I'd have it until it reached 350,000 miles at least.

Not sure of the Volvo situation. What they give me will be a surprise. I'll post when I get my new truck

Posted:  5 days, 18 hours ago

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My Truck Has Been Sold...What!?

Sad day and a happy day, both.

Exactly how I feel, PackRat.

Hope you get a shiny, new one with the plastic covers still on the seats.

And thanks for the positive vibes, brother!

Posted:  5 days, 19 hours ago

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Driving for Prime

If you think that being uncertain about backing and driving in tough situations is uncommon, think again. A healthy fear of these things is not only normal, it also means you are sane. Lol!

Some people think they are not the type to pick up on these kinds of skills quickly. For whatever reason: Gender, upbringing, former employment, experience driving forklifts and such...I don't think it matters. No one is predisposed to driving a tractor trailer.

In my CDL school we had a guy who was super confident. He was a diesel mechanic prior to coming to school. He knew trucks inside and out. But when it came to learning the skills needed to drive one, he struggled just like everyone else.

Dont let any doubts about your current skill set or aptitude influence your decision too much. People from all walks of life succeed or fail based upon how hard they work (or not) to achieve their cdl and become a driver. Nobody jumps in a truck and becomes competent overnight. Setbacks, doubt, and frustration are par for the course. Stay focused on learning and improving, and you will succeed.

Good luck to you!

Posted:  5 days, 19 hours ago

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My Truck Has Been Sold...What!?

Just got back on my truck after some home time. I received this message (see below). Any of you Prime folks know what the process is for getting a new truck assignment? Will I have to enter my name and wait for one that is available while dragging all my stuff to the Campus Inn while I wait? Or is the process expedited for something like this? I know how much Rainy and Susan just love switching trucks. I think i feel the same way.

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Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Tyson - Rochelle Illinois

Dang, that's tight! Spread some mortar in the cracks between trailers and you could build a wall. Lol!

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Update

I will start by saying that your success and happiness with any company is almost entirely up to you. You can achieve both with any company you choose.

A couple ideas to help you decide.

How long do you want to be out with a trainer? You can ask each company how long they require you to be with a trainer before going solo. If you want to go solo as quickly as possible, choose a company with a shorter requirement, and vice versa.

Ask companies if they pay fuel and/or safety bonuses. If you want to drive for a company that offers these bonuses, this may also help you to narrow down your choices.

Ask how much you will be paid during training.

Ask about home time policies. Most are pretty standard but some, like Roehl, offer many options.

If you would like to bring a pet or a person on the road with you, ask about their pet and rider policies to see what suits you best.

If you are interested in driving reefer, flatbed, or tanker, find out what companies have these divisions.

Think of it like you are interviewing them. Gain as much knowledge as you can, for your benefit, before making a decision.

If you receive answers that you have doubts about or you feel were not adequately explained, dont hesitate to post your questions here. Hopefully someone will be able to give you more clarification.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Weirdest thing happened (truck bucking)

Next time that happens, try to get a POV video of yourself getting slammed around, please.rofl-3.gif

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Seriously, sounds like a rough week, Rob. After just having had a difficult day myself, you have my sympathy.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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This Will Be A Challenge

And Murphy strikes! Was on the road and making good time going south on the NY thruway. That is until I got close to 287 and New Jersey. Didn't get to my first stop until 09:45. The place was tiny and packed. I had to sit in the right lane (blocking traffic) for 20 minutes until there was enough space for me to turn into the lot. I didn't get out of there until a little after 13:00 so my second stop (@12:00 and 2 hours away) had to be rescheduled for tomorrow morning. Not a good day. Especially since I was supposed to be heading home after delivery.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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This Will Be A Challenge

Here's what I woke up to this evening:

Pick up: 9/4 @22:00... First stop: 9/5 @09:00... Second stop: 9/5 @12:00

Looks pretty straightforward, right? Last stop will be 14 hours after pick up. I'll run out of hours there but I can use P/C to a truck stop afterwards. The only problem is that I was over 100 miles away from my pick up location.

I went on duty about 19:30. I was over 100 miles away from pick up and needed a fuel stop along the way.

I'm currently at my pick up location (drop/hook). I went into Sleeper at 22:11. I really need to be able to take 8 hours here to pause my clock and then get going to my first stop which is 160 miles away. Otherwise my 14 will expire at 09:30 tomorrow and I wont be able to make my second stop. What has me worried are the signs here that say "no overnight parking". Well, I'm hiding out and praying nobody comes along and kicks me out of here.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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NYC? 5 stops by 2pm? Challenge accepted!

No, thank you! I've been into Boston and Chicago in the past month. I wouldn't want anymore city stops period. Especially several in the same day.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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So I have Hypothyroidism but haven't taken any medication for it lately?

Yup. It has mostly faded though. The surgeon did an excellent job stitching me up. For a week after surgery my brother thought it was funny by referring to me as Frankenstein's Monster because of the stitches around my neck. Lol

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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So I have Hypothyroidism but haven't taken any medication for it lately?

Amazing! Sorry for doubting you, Donna.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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So I have Hypothyroidism but haven't taken any medication for it lately?

"I had mine removed about 8 years ago and never been prescribed any medicine. Actually I was much healthier after having it removed. "

Wow, Donna! I *respectfully* find that difficult to believe. You had a complete thyroidectomy? Just to be clear, you aren't talking about having a goiter removed or something like that?

My meds started running low recently and I've gone to taking one every 3 days for the past month to stretch it out until I get home. Just from the reduced amount I'm taking, I already feel minor effects: lower core temperature, minor, occasional numbness in my fingertips.

If your thyroid was removed and you dont take meds to do what your thyroid normally does, your quality of life will be significantly lowered.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Truck Data Recorder

I received a call from an International in-house representative telling me I have to go to a terminal to have my truck's data recorder removed and mailed to (I think she said) Navistar. Anyone else drive an International and ever had to do this? What exactly is a data recorder?

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