Profile For Curt S.

Curt S.'s Info

  • Location:
    Minneapolis, MN

  • Driving Status:
    Company Driver In Training

  • Social Link:
    Curt S. On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 9 months ago

Curt S.'s Bio

Obtained my Class A CDL February 22nd 2018

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Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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CB Radios

Can someone tell me what CB Radios are good and which ones to avoid?

Posted:  12 months ago

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Keeping track of miles for verification.

I have been driving now for 6 months. I have applied to a company that needs me to verify that I have driven 50,000 miles. With all of the new things I have been taught with CDL school and then on the job, I have not kept track of my miles. Does my company have a record of how many miles I have driven for them that I can use as verification for my new company?

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Floating Gears at my new job.

Hi Old School. I went to truck driving school and passed my test through them. I just took my test with a 28 foot pup with a six speed synchronized. My boss told me to skip learning double clutching because they were going to teach me to float.

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Thanks old school. ๐Ÿ˜Š I never learned to double clutch either so Iโ€™m green all the way around.

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Sorry Curt, I forgot who you were for a minute there. Now I remember who you are. You started your trucking career in, let's just say, a non traditional way. We always recommend getting some professional training like Paid CDL Training Programs or maybe going to Private Truck Driving School. You ended up having a friend train you, and somehow you passed the driving test without even knowing how to double clutch! Geez, I'm not even sure how to help you now.

I don't even know how in the world your boss got you covered on his insurance, but I hope you are really careful, because if you have an accident you may just kill any chance you have of getting hired anywhere else. I can't recommend your approach, but I hope you somehow figure it out and manage to be safe out there. I know you didn't come in here looking for a sermon, but I'm really just pointing it out so that others reading this don't get the idea that this in ideal way to start your truck driving career.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Floating Gears at my new job.

Thanks old school. ๐Ÿ˜Š I never learned to double clutch either so Iโ€™m green all the way around.

Curt, floating gears is really no different than double clutching as far as the timing and the RPM is concerned.

Here's a tip. Put a little pressure on the shifter with your hand. I'm talking about pressure like you want to take it out of the gear you are currently in. Say you're in 3rd gear, you want to be putting pressure on the shifter just as if you are about to take it out of third and go to fourth. When you get your RPM up where you want it, quickly let off the throttle and the pressure from your hand will cause the transmission to come out of third. Then as your RPM is dropping get a little pressure on the shifter as if you're trying to get it into fourth. When the RPM is correct it will slip right into gear like you're an old pro at this.

The timing is virtually the same as double clutching, only you don't need to use the clutch. You're gonna love it when you get the hang of it.

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Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Floating Gears at my new job.

Hi all Hoping for some encouragement. I just started my first driving job. My boss and trainer want me to float a 13 speed. I have had two lessons so far on floating and itโ€™s a hard concept to get used to. Progress is very slow and somewhat intimidating. Is the progress this slow for everyone? Or is it just that Iโ€™m not getting it? Thanks for any input. The good news? I Have.A Job. ๐Ÿ˜Š but very very green. Getting my CDL was just the beginning. They taught me how to pass my exam, now I have to be taught how to drive

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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New Class A driver

Hi Rob I am going to a local company here in Minnesota. A friend of mine is going to train me. How cool is that? Justman Freightlines is the company

Great job! What's next? Where are you planning on starting your trucking career?

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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New Class A driver

Thanks pj my wife even said she felt my tension roll away when I told her I passed.

Congrats, I remember how nervous I was the night before. Finally got some rest and woke up to it snowing like crazy. I was so relieved when I passed. Sleep well tonight, well deserved

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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New Class A driver

Roger that Old School ( brushing up on my trucker talk) ๐Ÿ˜Š

Nice job Curt!

I still remember that great feeling one gets when they realize they just got through one of the big hoops of getting their trucking career started. Kind of makes you wanna dance.

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It's about to get real, so buckle up and hang on tight. The start of this career is the toughest part. Count on a long and steep learning curve just ahead.

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Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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New Class A driver

PackRat.... sorry

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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New Class A driver

Thanks Pack Ray. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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New Class A driver

Thanks Turtle. After a stressful night last night, I will sleep well tonight. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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New Class A driver

Hey all I just wanted to share the good news with everyone. I took and passed my CDL Class A road test today. I am now a truck driver. I have found a lot of support from many of you on this forum so a shoutout to truckingtruth. Thanks for all the advice and encouragement. ๐Ÿ˜Š Needless to say I am ecstatic today.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Any info on driving for Dominos Pizza Supply Chain?

Thanks everyone for the wisdom. I think I will heed the overwhelming advice NOT to go with Dominos for at least a year. I have a friend who is working with a company close by and he told me to apply there. The first thing i asked him if i would have to creep in to small spaces on a regular basis. He said no and it is region al and i would be able to unload (whichh is what I want). I am giving this one much consideration.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Any info on driving for Dominos Pizza Supply Chain?

Thanks Old School. I think I will follow the advice you both give here. I want trucking to be the career I retire from. So Iโ€™ll think long range. Appreciate the wisdom.

Curt, I agree with Rob on this one. It would be a good job with good pay for the right person who likes a job that is fast paced and physical. For a new driver it's going to have a lot of issues that could very easily ruin your future chances at success in this industry. If you think you'd like that kind of environment then do a year over the road first - you'll be glad you did. You will need that foundation under you for this job.

If it's just the fact that being home appeals to you, then definitely look further. I can't stress enough how many times I've seen right here in our forum, the people who sacrificed their whole career by trying to make a bee-line shortcut into these local jobs. This is a job that is going to be hyper-stressful on a new driver. It is a high risk way to get started at this. There are very solid and valid reasons they want you to have one year of experience.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Any info on driving for Dominos Pizza Supply Chain?

Thanks Rob. I am okay with the driver unload part. Itโ€™s probably the only way I would get exercise. My concern would be, as you said, the precariously tight spaces I would have to jockey through. With no experience in handling a big rig, I am wondering if I should try something else for a year and then reconsider. Because they do pay very well.

I'd advise not doing it. It's gonna all be driver hand unload. Have you seen many of the places they have their stores? Gonna require a lot of close quarter maneuvering. I'd think it would be very similar to the dollar accounts. I haven't done it or spoken to anyone who has, but from what I've seen that's what I'm assuming it is. I remember them running ads on radio a couple years ago when I lived in Eagan Mn about being home multiple days a week and saying like 60k+ your first year. But again, it's all driver unload. I'm unsure if you use roller ramp or use a dolly to run things inside. If you find out any more information on them please let us know.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Any info on driving for Dominos Pizza Supply Chain?

I may have an opportunity to drive for Dominos after school. I canโ€™t find any information anywhere. Can someone here tell me anything about them? I was told to wait until I obtain my license before I apply. It says they require 1 year of verifiable experience, but the boss said apply anyway.

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Which company to go to after school completion

Thanks old school. I am determined to be the right employee no matter where I work. Because of hearing great wisdom from everyone in this forum. The right company is the one where I will be the right employee. Thanks for helping out a brand new newbie

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Assuming they would hire me I am wondering if it matters which company I should sign with.

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Curt, as a fairly new member in our forum I realize you probably aren't familiar with my history or introduction into trucking. I learned some valuable lessons as I entered this field for a second career at the age of 53. One of those things is that the name on the doors of your truck is really not that important. We teach folks to settle in on a company that suits them, and that is really all that matters as far as the company goes. Everything else is going to be mostly dependent on yourself and how you conduct yourself out here on the road. I drive for Knight, and I love it. I also drove for Western Express and loved it. There are people at Knight who will swear up and down that it is a terrible place to work - the same goes for Western Express. What makes the difference is that you prove yourself able to adjust to this lifestyle, and be productive at it. Each of the companies you are considering would love to have a safe productive driver that is easy to work with. All three of those characteristics come from the driver. That is what you've got to focus on.

-Productivity/Efficiency

-Safety

-Being a Team Player who doesn't moan and groan

If you can prove to be good at each of those three things you will do well at just about any company willing to hire you.

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Question about equipment

Thanks for the info Patrick. I read your journal from last year and was convinced by that and my own research that Wolding is a good company to drive for.

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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T minus 3 weeks until swift

I'm in the same boat as you Bryan. I gave my notice at my job and will start school fulltime in a week. Best of luck to you. Hope you update, would love to hear a fellow travelers experience moving forward.

So I finally let my current company know I am leaving to do sometime I have always wanted to do. I canโ€™t wait to start. I know Iโ€™m probably repeating myself. But I just canโ€™t contain my excitement !

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Question about equipment

I am hoping to have my CDL by end of February and have been looking at so many companies to apply to. So many to consider and would like to know what kind of equipment a few of them have. I don't know if anyone can come right out and tell me on this site but here goes. Does H.O. Wolding have APU's and inverters in their trucks? Are they automatic (automated) or regular manual? I have looked elsewhere and even on their sight but can't seem to get any answers. They look like a really good company. Even my wife likes what we have been reading about them.

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