Profile For Kevin L.

Kevin L.'s Info

  • Location:
    Scranton, PA

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    7 months, 3 weeks ago

Kevin L.'s Bio

I have held a Class A chauffeurs license prior to the CDLs. I later went to CDL school at Porter's Drive Rite at the time it was located in Glen Burnie, Maryland and earned my Class A CDL. I worked several jobs back then driving a box truck before moving to NJ and Driving a tractor trailer for a while then dump trucks. I changed careers a couple times and ended up working for a major university for the past decade or so. That job paid for my daughter to get a great education. Recently I found a need to take on a second job just to make ends meet. That pressed me to go out and get one with a School Bus company. The bus I drive is equipped with air brakes and an air seat which made me realize how much I missed driving a truck. It is a 2015 IC 3000 CE series I believe. Now that my daughter is graduating I am looking to go back into trucking to make more money until I retire. I am preparing to go to orientation at Maverick Transportation Feb 2018.

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Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Restoring cdl

I have been talking to another driver here in PA and we have been debating what he will need to do to get his cdl back. I have an idea but he has another so I want to ask here and find out for certain.

He had a Pennsylvania class A cdl when he drove a regular car and broke enough laws he had his license suspended for one year that began last July. His CDL expired in December. Now he knows he will need to pay a restitution fee but he thinks that’s all he needs to do or pay. I think he will need to pay the renewal fees and may need to retest entirely as it will have been expired over 6 months by the time he can have it reinstated. Can some of you out there please clarify the process.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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HOS for new people

Thank you for all the replies. Yes I am still with Maverick and I believe they have treated me very well overall. Brett is right that my own stinking thinking is a problem I have been working through. The idea of putting down 15 min for no tarp and 20 min if tarp will solve the 70 hour problem. But it will create another problem as if I don’t get faster soon at this I may not be able to get proper rest either. I spent probably about 5 or 6 hours just getting loaded and securing a load of slinky’s in the pouring rain Friday. Simply because I was uncertain of what I had to do watched a video for 6 mins then did it. I was at a shipper that does not allow you on the trailer. This is my first load of slinky’s and I have 15 of them going to NC from CT. Once I got rolling it was rush hour through nyc. Got as far as bordentown NJ for a 34 now made it to emporia va today. I have been thinking maybe glass or reefer is a better fit but have to give flatbed a fair chance in my head. I have mixed feelings about the pay in general because I’m used to being paid for my time at work not just half or less of the time.it really is a change in mindset as well as lifestyle.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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HOS for new people

How do you view your HOS when your new to flatbed for example? It goes for all forms of trucking but when you get paid by the mile your not paid hourly for securing or tarping or double tarping other then maybe a small tarping pay maybe. As a new person it can easily take several hours to properly secure a load even longer if it has to be tarred. Experience will make you faster at it but that really just reduces the basically free time you give to the company. Even if you just take the time you need to do it right then you blow out your 14 or 70 hour clock and then can’t drive. If the wheels are not turning you are not making any money.

My fleet manager basically wants to see as few hours on duty not driving as possible. I see off duty as free to do as I please just like I can at home. I have come to a conclusion that even with eld we are expected to alter our actual hours worked to suit others needs but I just don’t know how much.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Need a bit of encouragement today

I agree with the going to a company sponsored training program. I would suggest researching different companies to find one that offers the type of trucks, cargo, training, environment as well as commitment. It is always best to not leave your first company within the first year some may have less commitment than others. Also you may look for hidden expenses and training pay. For example I drive flatbed. The company I work for provides drivers with everything they need to properly secure a load. I have been told that is not always the case with all companies. Also, keep in mind not all companies require training as a team driver (where one sleeps while the other drives).

Best of luck be safe

Posted:  1 month ago

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CDL Permit Holders Getting All Endorsements?

Just to reiterate these points.

I just showed a birth certificate with an official seal and a valid Illinois Drivers Lisence and I was good to go. Name on the DL and BC must match identically.

That is interesting. My CDL lists my middle initial but my birth certificate lists my full name. I applied for a passport and used my CDL AND Birth certificate as ID and put on the application for the passport my middle initial so it would match my CDL. Then when I got my TWIC only required the passport for ID (CDL was optional) the lady was going to put my full name on my twic application until I pointed out the middle initial was optional and both my passport and CDL only listed the initial. Now all my ID has only middle initial except my birth certificate.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Charter bus does not count as experience?

I think you may have found one of those companies that does not want to accept any training other than their own. Class B motor coach drives different than a straight truck or a school bus for that matter. The is also a difference between OTR and local driving. Another thing to consider is driving bus your cargo loads and unloads itself unlike a truck.

I drove straight trucks for plumbing supply houses for years when I was younger. I left the industry for over a decade. It was not till last year I drove a school bus for about 6 months. Now I drive a flatbed class A truck. The pay is far better but you will work for every bit of it.

I would suggest you simply apply elsewhere and keep your head up you will find something if you don’t give up. If you want to become more marketable simply work on improving and protecting your CDL. The more you can drive the more valuable and versatile you are to business.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Working for Coke

I think we all go through similar experiences. If you would have asked I’m sure others would have told you driving for food and beverage companies can be very physical work. I went flatbed and can tell you it is far more work than I expected. Especially when I came to the realization I only get paid for driving all other work is not compensated as I get paid by the mile. I had to look at it from a bigger picture my weekly paycheck is for everything I do. If you stick with it you will find faster easier ways to do it and make more money. Most people around here will tell you to stick it out for a year minimum. Personally, I strive for 6 months right now. If I can make it 6 months I will work on 8 or 9 then I believe I will have my own system down and just keep going. From what I see around here coke and Pepsi are union jobs and money can be made there.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Slipseat boxes

How many of you remember having boxes with your electronic equipment installed in it so you could easily carry and setup your cb or radio in the truck. Maybe you would be in more truck in a day or a week? I ask this because I have been thinking about a particular two way radio I dont think will fit in the overhead compartment of my assigned truck. The company has a rule prohibiting drivers from installing cb radios. I understand this is to prevent damage or modifications to their trucks. I completely agree with said rule and have no intention of modifying their property. I was considering having them install the antennas and me building a slipseat box then simply connecting to the wires overhead to the box which could be secured to a seat base with a bungee cord. I could also simply get power from a 12v outlet. I’m not sure if that would be frowned upon by the company or not as long as their property is not damaged. I was thinking of putting a cb a scanner a gps maybe a car stereo in the box that could be connected with appropriate leads.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Qualififed - Account Approvals

Back in the days when I was driving straight trucks for supply houses, many of them would lease trucks from Ryder. Even though I was paid by the supply house I had to go through additional testing with Ryder to be qualified to operate their leased trucks. Ryder actually issued the drivers cards certifying us if we ever got pulled over. We were supposed to provide police with in addition to our license. Their testing usually was simply a depth perception eye test a hearing test and a basic driving skills road test. I can imagine things may have changed but that practice may be common among large leasing companies as well.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Another Topic Just For Fun - What was your last load? How much did it weigh? How many miles?

Aluminum coils,45k, 898 miles

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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DT-12 transmission

CT, They gave me a 2018 with under 77k on it. It has a few light scratches on the passenger side.

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Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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DT-12 transmission

I got a call a few hours ago from fleet net saying my truck was fixed. I got a ride to it and they had not even looked at it. I waited anyhow to find out what was wrong with it and they seemed unsure after looking it over. They said I had about 20 error codes on the transmission clutch actuator not sure when it will be fixed or even if they will have to pull the trans or not. Guess I’m home for Easter

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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DT-12 transmission

Got it towed to freightliner but not making any money while its in the shop like that and no idea how long it will take to get fixed. Personally i think its an air pressure sensor in the trans but im no expert

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Flatbed newbie.

Don’t rule out Maverick they have been very good and fair with me anyhow. Their training is excellent.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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DT-12 transmission

Anyone out here experience any issues with a DT-12 Transmisison popping into neutral then though it errors that indicate sensor or trans air pressure to low? The truck in question has under 80k miles on it.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Completed Maverick Student program

Here is an update. As many of you know I went to orientation at Maverick on Feb. 4, 2018. I did the orientation and flatbed securement classes. Then I went out with a trainer. Maverick does not believe in team driving or training as teams. The first few days I was just a passenger then I got a lot of road time in. I was in the trainer truck till March 15 when they routed me back to Little Rock for evaluation which began Sunday and I was assigned a 2018 Freightliner Cascadia on Tuesday afternoon. I am currently doing my first solo load from Malverne Arkansas to Fairmont, West Virginia 46 miles MT 898 loaded miles. I am pretty happy with my decision to go with them at this point. It was very hard work though.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Reinstating suspended license

Please correct me if Im wrong but I was under the impression the OP stated his license was suspended for a financial responsibuility which came from an accident he was involed in while not insured. My understanding of that type of suspension is the OP had a judgement placed against him 30 days after a hearing. The state in which he resides suspended his license until it is paid. There was not set amount of time given for his suspension other than that.

The reason it has not been reinstated simply because the bill has not been satisfied. Now he is filing bankruptcy to have the judgement removed which would satisfy that financial obligation.

In my case NJ suspended me because i was behind on child support not because of a ticket or driving infraction. Then when the child support was paid in full they would not reinstate it till I paid them a reinstatement fee even though at the time they suspended me and the time I got it reinstated I did not hold a NJ license.

How is back child support suspension so different than the OP financial responsibuility suspension?

Posted:  3 months ago

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Reinstating suspended license

Kevin wrote:

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Im not sure if ot would hurt you or not.

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What is the first record they look at when vetting a candidate? The Driving Record. The OP doesn't have one for the last 10 years. Of course this will affect his chances.

Gtown I know the first thing a company looks at is driving record. I also know once a person is granted a license in a state that number is never reassigned to another driver. People are not supposed to be able to have multiple drivers licenses either and part of the concept of the CDL was to prevent that. Now i recently had an experience where my CDL was suspended in NJ since 2006.I had no idea it was like that. The entire time I held my PA CDL. I renewed it and obtained learners permits added endorsements, medical cards, got tickets went to court, registered cars, without anyone saying anything along the way. Oh did I forget to mention I was also working as a school bus driver. My recruiter at Maverick. was the one to tell me and as soon as I found out I took care of it to reinstate it in that state. I never lost my CDL in PA. As soon as i paid the fee for NJ to reinstate it my recruiter ran my mvr again and offered orientation and securement training as well as going out with a trainer before I go solo.

So for you to comment back to me like im some sort of an idiot for not knowing if his license suspension would effect his abuility to be accepted to company based training is kind of offensive.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Reinstating suspended license

Im not sure if ot would hurt you or not. It seems that while your lic was suspended a long time you did not indicate if that lentgh of time was ordered or if it was simply suspended that long because you simply did notpay dmv their fees.

I would not go to second chance companies first. As you know it is sispended I would hey it reinstated first then. I would simply look at the companies available to find the best match then apply to them. If its a problem they will tell you. Look for the best fit for you. To me training was very important. I went to Maverick not knowing my license was suspended in another state till the recruiter told me. Asked on here and old school told me to simply pay the reinstatement fee. I did and a few days later the recruiter ran my license again it ead cleared and after one minor paperwork issue i was approved to go to orientation and flatbed securement training. Maverick also offers a program to help people get their cdl as well and i believe it is only a six month commitment. They never run teams at maverick because they believe that you dont learn if you or your instructor are sleeping while the other driving.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Working on the road

Im not quite in solo yet but when i do i will have my gf riding with me. She will likely be doing a lot of crocheting or knitting projects that she can sell online and we can ship to customers as the projects complete. Making a blanket can take a while to complete. She also made a lot of jewelery in the past but i think that would take too much space at the level she did it.

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