Profile For Justin B.

Justin B.'s Info

  • Location:
    Henderson, CO

  • Driving Status:
    Company Driver In Training

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  • Joined Us:
    6 years, 9 months ago

Justin B.'s Bio

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Posted:  6 years ago

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I swear my adventures as a trucker take the cake:)

I hit the same traffic in GA and couldn't figure out why on a weekend until we ate at the TA a couple blocks from the customer and all we could see was out of states with college apparel on. It was killer for my first major traffic. Even through LA on 101 wasn't as bad.

Posted:  6 years ago

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Training with Prime

My second adventure was coming out of what seemed to be mountains in Tennessee, and in one night I had snow, rain, fog, ice and grades. Boy was that fun. And right as we were coming out we had a stretch of curves that big trucks weren't allowed to be in the left lane and we're behind a truck going extremely slow, but I figured maybe it's the first time for him too in these kind of conditions. Finally, after that little stretch, I was coming up on a bridge that was definitely icy before the road was. I was going fine at about fifty five (speed limit for everyone including four wheelers) but then I saw some headlights racing towards me from my left and out came this little white Toyota pickup going about seventy five and he hit the concrete barriers like a pinball and I was able to come to the a safe stop about thirty yards ahead of him (his pickup was in my lane, facing me by this point) I noticed his lights were completely done for and set my brakes, turned on my hazards and called the cops. After failing to be able to move his truck, I decided to stay in the lane until help arrived because all it took was for on person not paying attention to miss his truck in the road and hit him so I stayed there.

Other than that, I've mostly just been driving and driving. Had my taste of Jersey City traffic, spring break Atlanta traffic (ugh, right at the end of my shift too) and a good deal of mountain driving.

Don't have any complaints really besides the fact I wish I cod get a couple days home time before I go company but my trainer's a lease driver and I don't wanna cost him money. I really miss my wife, especially today where it's just me in truck.

Well, that's all I can think of for now, I am promise the next update will come faster! Thanks guys!

Posted:  6 years ago

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Training with Prime

Alright guys, sorry about the long wait for an update! It seems like I've been rolling nonstop with a lot on my mind until today, I have a little breather. My trainer is spending the day at home so I'm spending the day in the truck stop and I wanted to take the opportunity to update you guys and gals on my journey.

Starting with Springfield, I had to take the sleep test for sleep apnea but I cleared and I'm good to go (just a little payroll deduction for the next couple weeks). Unfortunately, before I could request the trainer I had met through this forum, they had already lined me up with one when I was still on the greyhound. He's a good enough guy, but I'll put more emphasis on this aspect after training.

My first week out was a hard one. I still grinder gears, but that's much better now. The big loop was going from learning to downshift to my desired gear (gear by gear) the to just pushing in the clutch and braking until I reached a satisfactory speed and recovering into the appropriate gear. I had huge issues with this beginning. In California I had an off ramp onto another interstate that was an up hill loop and I just felt out of control with the speed of the truck and lost concentration. Nothing bad happened but it wasn't my prouder moments. Now, I'll slow down and get into the appropriate gear before any loop so I can worry about acceleration in the curve if needed.

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Training with Prime

So I had three quarters of my update and I lost all of it and my sleep study results appointment is in thirty minutes, so be patient with me ladies and gents and I will try my hardest to get an update to you tonight. If everything goes good, I'll be with my trainer tonight and I'll type it up before I go to sleep whenever that is. Don't lose hope, I'll be back! I do have to say, I'm gonna have to get used to the tight schedule of a lot of waiting, but I'll fill you in soon! Thanks guys!

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Prime Inc and sleep apnea

Dan! I'm here too, just did my sleep study cause I'm over weight, but I have my appointment and two thirty today. Hopefully I'll see you around! If everything goes good, though, I should be leaving this evening with my trainer.

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Training with Prime

Alright, today is Sunday and I'm currently packing for my Denver orientation tomorrow which will be followed by another orientation in Springfield, Missouri.

Tonight, I'm mostly packing and sorting things out. My emotions kinda got to me today. For those who don't know I'm a young married man. I've been married to a beautiful woman by the name of Mariah since I was 19 (almost two years). I love my wife very much and I trust her even more, so there's no issue with the trust. It's just the distance will be tough but our living g conditions were even tougher.

I know it'll be completely worth it when she can begin to live comfortably. And down the road, when I have the right opportunity to go local, I will and life will be even better. For now, it's my duty to get out there and work as hard and as safe as possible.

I'm pretty stoked otherwise to start my driving career. My head is racing! And I just had my 21st birthday party last night so I got to say goodbye to a lot of my distant family (don't mix sugar/cake with drinks.... Ugh).

This will be all tonight, if you have any questions about my private schooling, shoot me an email burnside.justin@gmail.com because all of that is on the old forum. But I will do my best to log my journey with Prime to become a solo driver. Have a good night everyone and see you tomorrow!

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Passed my Skills Test!

Ernie, definitely shooting you an email! Thank you for the opportunity! I gotta say it's pretty cool to have a better chance of getting a trainer you know isn't in it for the money! And I will probably start a thread on there tonight because I would really like to help as much as possible and I love to write! I'll see everyone there!

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Passed my Skills Test!

Man it's been a loooong week and I'm exhausted, so I apologize for not going into too much detail. But if any potential students have questions, feel free to ask!

Anyhow, today, but I took my driving exam which included pretrip and alley dock. Man, was I nervous! (Maybe cause my instructor is bigger than me haha... Not used to that concept). I made mistakes I hadn't made since day 2 of driving, but I did well enough, but I will redeem myself at orientation. I was so nervous my instructor told me my lips were white! (I get dry mouth bad when I'm nervous.) To make things better, at the end my instructor said, "Today, Justin, unfortunately... Your passed." I hit him :). He did the same thing with an overpass we went under. He asked me what the bridge said so I said low clearance. Then he says, second sign. And I panic trying to remember. I stuck with low clearance and was right haha!

But anyways, I have my CDL now, scheduled for Orientation at Prime on Monday. Can anyone tell me what orientation drive tests are like? Are they a little less nerve wrecking than exams?

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Sobering 15 Seconds Saturday

Thanks guys! And I tried the brake thing and I think it may have been the problem. Rightfully so, our instructor stressed heavily on no rollbacks and I don't think I trust the clutch enough.

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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4 point airbrake check

My school had us test the brakes before this procedure so you don't have to wait for the pressure to build back up to resume testing. But this sounds exactly like what I just did, maybe just worded differently, but I'm not gonna say how. That's the last thing you would need. Just stick to how the school is teaching you for now, and it sounds like you're doing great!

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Will I be fired for hitting curb?

That snow was crazy! Monday morning on my way to school had at least five cars in the median or ditch and then a Cola truck jack knifed almost in the median and another truck completely on its side in the median! Talk about a late winter here in Colorado

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Sobering 15 Seconds Saturday

I forgot to add why my instructor said that. It sounds kind of negative in the wrong context, but today, fate had its way with testing me. Two that pops out were a really tight turn the other students were lucky enough to get without a car in the lane and this Mustang cut me off just to slow down and turn right 50 yards ahead and even slowed me down!

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Sobering 15 Seconds Saturday

It seems to be amplified when they see that big lettering "Student Drivers". My instructor today said something along the lines of, if something bad happens, it's gonna happen to Justin. Monday was a similar day to any other. Because of the snow, the morning was all pretrip studying and the afternoon was driving in Brighton again because it cleared up pretty good.

Today was pretty nice and smooth. My issue seems to be still clutch control. We drove east of Commerce City, much of nothing, a few suburbs an but I still stalled twice. Learned that the left turn lights are my nemesis, considering my issues with the clutch, I try to be slower, but that simply won't do with the left lights. But I'm feeling otherwise confident. I mean, we have all been driving for short of a week because of the weather. I've been going hard on myself since the incident Saturday but I've finally let loose and forgot about it (not the lesson) but because that's just what I have to learn to so in this career.

I test Friday morning, but I do have to go to the DMV Thursday to remove my K restriction because tomorrow I finally turn 21. That's all I have really for today, sort of a mellow day, thanks for reading!

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Sobering 15 Seconds Saturday

I'm just gonna go off my thread on the old forum. For those who didn't see it, it's just kind of a blog, entry style account of my time in school so others can read about it, get some insight.

Well, Friday was a good day. Started alley docking and I loved it. I love the idea of being able to point to a tractor trailer and saying "I can move that suckered anywhere" so I'm working really hard on the foundation of how to get from facing it at 12 o clock to 3 o clock into a dock. And then some driving in traffic. Ive already covered this day I just realized so I'll jump into the meaning of my title.

Saturday, we drove into Commerce City, right next to Sapp Bros and practiced turns and corners (really improved on that level) but I volunteered to drive back. I was in a left turning lane to get onto interstate 270. First of all, that light was QUICK but, no excuse... I'm also a little slow on my take off with the clutch (any advice? haha) but I was in the middle of the intersection by the time light turned green for everyone else. I had my tractor about to to clear it when a green Jeep Commander is coming at me at at least 30 miles an hour. This would be the slowest 15 seconds I've ever experienced. I saw her, she hadn't seen us yet. I didn't know what to do. I think I stopped or slowed down significantly, and she finally saw us and hit her brakes (thank baby Jesus for her good conditioned brakes) I was told by my shaking passengers she came within a couple feet of drilling my fuel tanks. I was freaked, and guess what, I still had about thirty miles of interstate to drive. At the end of the day, no vehicle collided and my future career was still alive.

Sobering lesson: Look the f*** out for everything! The asterisked bad word is necessary, if you ask me. It's a hard core lesson I learned, guys. If you think you're looking enough, look some more. You're not only driving for the company and yourself, but you HAVE to compensate for everybody else's (excuse the negativity) stupidity, laziness and selfishness. This is what I have concluded. In front of me were four lanes. Three were packed but the fourth was empty. Why? It became a turning lane after that light. Well, this lady, seeing the fresh green light, decided to beat the other traffic that properly prepared and merged already. It was my fault for being slow, but that's my point. I should have seen her and done everything I could to adapt and speed up. However, I am a student nonetheless. I am having issues with my clutch, but I also learned a lesson as a four-wheeler, be safe, observant and patient. Besides, how hard is a 13.5 foot tractor trailer to see in the middle of an intersection?

Anyways, no matter what, everything would have been my fault. MY career would have been gone and she would have gotten a new car... For being impatient and trying to cut the other cars off when her lane became a turning lane. Cover your butt, students. It's your safety, other drivers, and your career and maybe even your livelihood. And when a close call happens, shake it off and keep trucking.

Thanks guys! I'm enjoying my day off and test in three days. See you tomorrow!

Oh yeah, this lady had a blue heeler in the passenger seat that was in the floor board by the end of it... Poor puppy saw us, but she didn't (nobody saw how she was distracted).

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Why did you become a truck driver?

I'm currently in school, but I learned I wanted to drive professionally when I started to deliver pizzas (I know, I sounds silly) and I not only love to to drive, I see it as a craft that I can get better at and maybe one day master. The OTR lifestyle also appeals to me in the route planning, Maneuvering in a dock, and the challenge of being a 100% safe driver.

I not only want to be a truck driver, but a professional driver. I think driving is a craft too many people ignore once they have the license (in a four wheeler, I mean) and that's why there are so many selfish and dangerous drivers. They think they're "good drivers" cause they can speed or steer with their knee (I am guilty of this one occasionally in my Camry) but I see a "good driver" as one who can be defensive, maneuver well, and is adaptable. That's my goal.

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