Profile For Jmart

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  • Location:
    Billings, MT

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 5 months ago

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Posted:  1 year ago

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A statistic

Is that the trucking job?

No, I went and tried hauling frac sand for a couple weeks. You can definitely make some $$ doing it. For me, it's about being home with family.

Posted:  1 year ago

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A statistic

Well......unfortunately I became a statistic of not making it through my first year of trucking. The main reason is family and being home nightly and on weekends. However. I am glad I got my CDL because, who knows, one day i may be back. What i have learned in my short stint driving is that drivers deserve more respect! It's hard work day in and day out whether you have to assist unloading or not. The hours are irregular (for some) and long. I do not regret giving it a try and gained valuable knowledge along the way. Fortunately, I am stepping into a growing local business and have the opportunity to help it grow. I wish the best to all of you. Don't worry, I'm sure I'll still lurk on here.

Posted:  1 year ago

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Pneumatic Tanker as a Rookie

4-20 First day of getting to haul sand. First load, made a Rookie mistake and damaged the chrome shroud covering the exhaust pipe. There was a pipe sticking up about 4' out of the ground and hit it backing up. Definitely a challenge backing on a well site, tight quarters and not a lot of room for error. Luckily, they do have spotters. Unfortunately, I didn't have a spotter because he already had me in position, but was at a bad angle to hook up the discharge hose correctly. So I needed to reposition. Second load went better. Needed to wait a couple of hours for repair on a belt on one of the sand bins. By the time we were ready to unload, it was dark. So, backing was a challenge, but the spotter helped a lot and used flashlights like they do for aircraft. Using the pneumatic trailer is pretty straight forward and had no problems there.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Pneumatic Tanker as a Rookie

4-19-18 My new bosses were concerned about my shifting. So, we did another test drive today. This one went better. I never drove a 13 speed until this week. So, I get to go one to the next phase which is actually going to a site to load with sand and deliver to the frac site. I will be following someone for this first trip. Oil well site are much different than delivering to many other places. You have to wear PPE such as flame retardant coveralls, respirator to avoid any sand getting into your lungs, H2S gas detector, hard hat, and safety glasses. I'm looking forward to getting the show on the road.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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CFI School diary

Congrats Chuck! smile.gif

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Pneumatic Tanker as a Rookie

4-17 and 4-18 I have been training the last couple of days. I've learned how to use the pneumatic tanker to blow sand. Yesterday, I went to a well site the is ready for fracking. Definitely tight space for maneuvering. Some crazy roads leading to the site. Dirt roads with some areas needing chains if it is snowy or muddy. One of our drivers got stuck late last night. It took two wreckers to pull him out. Then the well company shut the road down.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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CDL physicals repeated at schools?

When I get to CFI next week, we new arrivals will be doing our drug tests and getting physicals. If we had to do physicals to get our CLP, why do we get another physical done at the schools? I am not referring to the drug tests, as that is a no-brainer. Seems like a waste of my $$ to get a physical to get my CLP, just to get another one a few weeks later.

Don, Unless something has changed in the last couple of months, if you already have had a physical, you will not need to get one at CFI. They do then for those that need them. You will need to submit to the urine/hair follicle drug screens m.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Pneumatic Tanker as a Rookie

4-16-18 First day. Today was a lot of paperwork and training. After lunch, I was shown how to use a pneumatic tanker. I mainly will be hauling frac sand. Learning how to use the tanker is fairly easy. More practice tomorrow. Tomorrow I get to go out to a frac job on a well site to see the operation.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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CFI School diary

So I FINALLY passed the maneuvers on the the CDL test but I failed the drive today and even though I feel that I did fine and I was not at any time unsafe or took my turns incorrectly but grinded a few gears and supposedly left my foot on the clutch a couple of times which I think is total HOGWASH!!! I maintained the integrity of the truck and did not at any time drive unsafely but yet still failed!!! I missed the CDL by one lousy stupid point and before anyone asks how many practice drives I had let me tell you this. I have had lots of them but I am apparently required to be a professional driver already after only 3 whole weeks of actual driving behind the wheel. I felt that I did well enough to pass the test and get on with my training at my company since that is when a lot of the skills come into play and the learning really begins. To say that I am disappointed would be a severe understatement and fed up with this whole process and how it seems that they expect you to be perfect when it comes to driving a truck. Not to mention that I am going to be getting into an Automatic when I am done so who gives a rats behind whether I can drive a standard or not, I can tell you that I couldn't care less and before you tell me that I will need it save your breath. I am telling you this because I am ****ed off and want this to be over. The critiquing of every little detail is monotonous and way over done in my honest opinion. We are all human and grinding a gear happens and did not at any time make this drive unsafe, I even have confirmation from my instructor that the examiner told him that my drive was excellent except for these stupid things. One point, is all that stood between passing and not passing.

Chuck Sorry you've had a rough time. You will get it. Deep breath. Keep focused on the goal. When do you retest? Do you get to do some more practice driving before your next rerest?

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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T.M.C LIED! STAY AWAY FROM XXXX

There's nothing wrong with cpap machines. They aren't just for overweight people.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Pneumatic Tanker as a Rookie

I am starting a new job on Mon, April 16th. I will be driving pneumatic tanker. The company does haul frac sand for the North Dakota oil fields. However, they have diversified so they can whether the storm when/if oil prices drop. The first thing on my agenda will be learning how to use the pneumatic tanker.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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CFI CDL Training

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Good luck with whatever you choose to do. As it's been said you need to do what's best for your family. If everything goes ok it'd be great if you could tell us about it regarding your day to day activities with that.

I will start a new diary once I start. My start date is the 16th of this month.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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CFI CDL Training

Before I went back to CFI, I spent some time looking for something else. I am drug testing for a company in Eastern MT that carries frac sand for the oil fields in western ND using pneumatic trailers. So, no dangerous gasses and something semi-local.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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CFI CDL Training

UPDATE I am not going the tanker route. CFI will take me back if that's what I decide

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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CFI CDL Training

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I was extremely exhausted after being out with my trainer and was missing my family.

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Well we can all understand that. Trucking does that to you, especially in the beginning when you're trying to deal with a million new things all at once - the long days, the pressure, being away from home and family and friends - we all know what you're going through with that.

That's exactly why we always say to stick with your first company for one full year no matter what. I always emphasize that last part because I know there will be times when almost everyone will want to throw in the towel at least a time or two. It's exhausting, it's stressful, and it really wipes you out at times.

I would highly recommend going back to CFI and pick up where you left off. Get that experience under your belt and then all sorts of doors will open up to you. Funny thing is, by the time most people get to that one year mark with their first company they're doing so well they don't want to move on. They're happy right where they're at. That may not be the case with you, but at least at that point you'll have enough experience in trucking that you'll know where you want to go next.

That year will go by a lot faster than you expect.

Not so sure they will take me back. Recruiting said I need to get experience now since I resigned before I upgraded.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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CFI CDL Training

Jmart how did it go with your interview?

I rescheduled for tomorrow. Honestly, I'm thinking about returning to CFI. I think I maybe just made a snap judgement. I was extremely exhausted after being out with my trainer and was missing my family. The tanker thing does scare me.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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CFI CDL Training

I understand your concerns. I will explore other options that work with my circumstances. It doesn't necessarily mean I won't do this. It isn't a decision I am taking lightly.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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CFI CDL Training

Interesting...he can't answer for himself?

Local hazmat tanker, entry level driver...what am I missing?

Yes, I can answer for myself. Yes, I knew it was a commitment when I got in. However, it didn't work out for me and my situation. I have a meeting tomorrow with the manager of the business and have several questions to ask before I make my decision. I also am well aware the odds are against me. However, I know it can be done. I appreciate the feedback but everyone's situation is different and you have to make the best decision for your situation. This shouldn't be an argument anyway. It should be more of how to help someone out to be successful in this situation under the circumstances.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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CFI CDL Training

Jmart, we hope if you get that position you're successful. However the odds are stacked against you. We don't mean to discourage you however local driving is often above the skill set of rookies. I started fresh out of school but I went through a mandatory 12 week training period where I had an experienced driver seated next to me. Only time he drove was some of the places I had to back into were above my skill set and I asked him to get it in after I tried a couple times as we were obstructing traffic. You worked your tail off to earn that CDL, the last thing we want is you to ruin your career before you fully get started. I would be sure that this company has a thorough training program. Many local positions I've seen advertised in my area are only giving a week or 2 of training. If you are going to be starting local search indeed. In my area there's 6 different companies looking for "delivery driver trainee" that have a 12 week training schedule. There was a member here "mountain girl" that got her start doing P&D for Old dominion fresh out of school. She was involved in multiple accidents her first couple months and was ultimately let go. She had a hard time finding a new carrier that would even touch her. Again, wish you the best of luck and look forward to hearing about this however we don't want to see you jeopardize your career.

Thanks Rob! I meet with the manager tomorrow. I have a list of questions for him. I want to make sure I know what I'm getting into. Also, it isn't necessarily local, they deliver hundreds of miles away as well as some local. I will keep you all updated.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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CFI CDL Training

Local, hazmat, tanker...

You have no experience. I think you are making a very big mistake.

I'm not sure what other options I have with my situation. What do you suggest?

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