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  • Location:
    Greensboro, NC

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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    9 months, 2 weeks ago

RandyinNC's Bio

Living in North Carolina and And now driving for a tanker company. Great training, great trucks have a great group of people! It’s not easy, but it is rewarding. I was the type of person that always gravitated towards a challenge, and driving a tanker truck, certainly is that.

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Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Passed my test today

Nice job! I remember not too long ago that the idea of me getting into trucking was just a thought to consider. Now... I am writing to you from my sleeper berth in Alabama!! Who’d of thunk it! Go in with the determination to get through anything they throw at ya!

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Posted:  6 months ago

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Community College CDL Training

Sitting in the truck on the side of the road with a flat in Louisiana headin’ - frankly, it’s a great experience and we will be rolling on soon

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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Community College CDL Training

Hey Rob, first of all I love your profile picture. Looks like a tight squeeze smile.gif I decided to go with Quality Carriers. Looking forward to it and the orientation is held at a location that is about an hour from my home, which is really cool.

I beat myself up and spent lots of energy trying to figure out what company to start with. All in all, I know every company has its pros and cons; and those are different for each person. I am committed to staying with this company for a while and then I will be able to make a more informed decision as to whether I stay or go.

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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Community College CDL Training

All right... major update here. All done! I have my CDL and I actually start a job (orientation) this Monday. Seems like only yesterday that the thought of truck driving first popped into my mind. This website has been an enormous help and has provided many different perspectives on training, companies, life on the road, etc.

I see good money to be made in this industry over the foreseeable future.

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Community College CDL Training

Thank you both for the congrats! I am looking forward to this Wednesday and the actual road test.

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Community College CDL Training

All right!

Passed the PreTrip and the Backing for the CDL. Road test s next week. This has been a great class thus far and the help from the instructors has been phenomenal.

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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McElroy Truck Lines Orientation

I guess you are on the road with you trainer at this point, any updates?

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Community College CDL Training

At this point I have narrowed it down to: Dry Van: Ozark or CFI Flatbed: McElroy, Melton, or Maverick

I applied to tons of companies early on in the school process. I think this is a good thing to do because as you begin to get acquainted with the industry as a whole, you can start to ask the recruiters intelligent questions. I also stopped at Truck Stops and questioned drivers as well. What I have determined is this: All jobs have pros and cons, and the complainers on YouTube probably complain about everything. Maverick is visiting our school on Monday, so I am looking forward to hear what they have to say. Interestingly, Schneider was by on this past Thursday and described the on-road training with a driver to be only about 8 to 10 days with an initial week in their training yard, and a subsequent week in the training yard again after the on-road training.

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Community College CDL Training

Doing tons better with the driving. Went through two round-abouts without hitting the curbs. Down shifting is smoothing out as well. We went through a weight station on I40 in Mebane NC and visited a truck stop. Frankly, the truck stop was the best part of the day! I’ll have to retain some self control in those places as there is lots of cool stuff! We do our CDL pre-trip on Monday so in hindsight, if you think of anything regarding that, please let me know. Be safe!

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Community College CDL Training

Spent lots of time during yesterday’s class practicing 90 degree and offset backing. Definitely not as easy as it look, but I am picking it up pretty quickly. Once I fully grasp that the idea is to drive/steer the back wheels of the trailer, better backing is just around the corner.

Spent an 1 1/2 hours today driving I40 and some of the country roads that branch off of it in the Mocksville area. Drove by quite a few “black ice” wrecks today. Sun finally warmed up and took care of that. We are also practicing the pre-trip and paper logs.

So far this has been a pretty thorough school. On “drive days” we usually have about 2 1/2 hour seat time each. Five more weeks to go.

Posted:  8 months ago

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Community College CDL Training

Absolutely! I don’t intend on taking on anything like that for a couple of years, if ever. He just has a good deal delivering trucks around the country.

Today was pretty interesting, the trainer had us driving around Winston Salem and some pretty tight traffic. Little bit on the stressful side but myself and the other trainee both managed to survive. I’m starting to zero-in on a couple of companies and one of them is CFI. Big Scott, I’ll take a look at some of your older posts and see where you posted information about the company. Thanks to everyone for all the advice and information that I’ve gotten so far, it’s been a huge help! Now if I can just stop grinding those lower gears confused.gif

Posted:  8 months ago

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Community College CDL Training

Back at it today as all that snow finally melted away. One group of three hit the road and the remaining three of us practiced the "obstacle" course and coupling/uncoupling. It is surprising how fast you get the hang of it after doing it a few times. So far no major blunders... although once I forgot to stop the tractor while it was still somewhat under the trailer during the uncoupling process. Also had a lot of time to pick the trainers brain today. He is a huge advocate of owner operator and a lot of what he said makes sense. We will see and time will certainly tell. For now, I am more than happy to have a few pre-hire letters from some reputable companies.

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Another recruiter is coming in tomorrow and then it is our group's turn to hit the road.

Posted:  8 months ago

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Community College CDL Training

Hi Grandma Day, I’m at DCCC (Davidson County Community College). We lucked out with a really small class and get plenty of one-on-one. The in-state resident tuition deal works out nicely as well. We’ve been out since Wednesday because of the snow, but the weather is looking pretty good this coming week.

Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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Community College CDL Training

Thanks PackRat. That is one thing the trainers emphasized; slowing down early on. It's funny... as a rookie, there is a different sensation with speed when slowing down. It feels like I am going much slower than I actually am when approaching a stop sign - you know you are going too fast when the instructor says, "slow... slow... SLOW..." Anyway, we are back at it on Monday after getting pounded by snow recently and that gives me six weeks to get this down before graduation. I already have three hire commitments from trucking firms so needless to say I am excited and remaining realistic with my expectations. Thanks again!

Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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Community College CDL Training

Hello all! I will be starting my second of eight weeks on Monday. Interestingly, the recruiter at the college told me to act quickly before the class fills up. So, in about one week I did my DOT and CDL permit and paid the college 1800.00 - which, from what I have seen out there is pretty darn good. First day at school was just an overview and it was then I realized that there are only six students - with three instructors. This too is a good thing as we get plenty of seat time. he instructors said that the lack of students is due to the economy being as good as it is and that people tend to put "truck driving" on the bottom of their list of jobs they would like to have. I have already ground through all ten gears on I40 and some back country roads in North Carolina. The three instructors have 70 years combined experience and are good at what they do. My biggest concern is down-shifting when approaching a stop sign/red light. Any ideas that will help it "click" would be greatly appreciated because I cannot simply put it in neutral as that will be considered as "out of control". We have recruiters coming in on a regular basis. I will be posting twice a week or so to keep it up to date.

Sitting it out today as we are getting hit pretty good with some snow.

Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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When is it OK for a trucker to get a second opinion on a DOT physical?

I just did my DOT a few weeks ago (early December 2017) in preparation for my CDL training at a local community college. The Doctor gave me a three month card because my BP was elevated. Instead of taking it when I first walked in, they waited until all of the other testing was complete, which probably elevated my BP a bit as some of it was a bit stressful.

He said to get a "note from my primary care physician stating that my BP is okay and my meds do not need to be modified." He said if I do that, then to bring the note back to him and he will issue me a card for a year. I thought cool - no problem. So I go to my Primary Care Physician, get my BP checked (which was fine) and get the note and bring it back to the DOT physician. Come to find out that his DOT certification had expired during that 10 day period since I last saw him! Therefore, he couldn't give me the newer card. I tracked down another DOT physician within the same state-wide medical practice and I told her about the note. She said that she wouldn't accept that! At that point I simply fell on my sword, accepted my fate, and asked what it is she needs from me in order to update my medical form to a year? She told me that I need to do is go back in and have her check my BP again.

One thing I noticed and found a bit concerning was that during the "forced whisper" part of the test, the physician stood about 20 feet away. I could swear that I read somewhere that this portion of the test was to be done "no less than 5 feet" from the person. Also, it was actually kind of funny. When she did the whisper test (20 feet away), she covered her mouth with a notepad. So I'm looking at her like, "what did you say?" Ah... had to be there to appreciate it :)

I guess like any new system there will be a time where folks are not yet on the same page.

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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Share A Cool Moment From Your Day

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Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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Losing water weight. Salt water?

I am not a driver yet... But did get my CDL permit today! Whooa!! Anyway, one go-to solution for me over the years has been a program that some of you may have heard of. It is the NHS Couch to 5K program. When I lose the weight, I have a bad habit of remembering where I lost it and putting it back on again! This program however, will get anyone - no matter what their weight is, running for 30 minutes straight within an 8-week period. Burning calories is key. The program only takes about 30 minutes every other day. Here is the link: https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/c25k/Pages/couch-to-5k-plan.aspx

And of course a healthy diet. For that I would suggest you take a look at a video on Netflix called "forks over knives."

Hope you give it a look and good luck!

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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Share A Cool Moment From Your Day

I thought this is pretty cool. I am buying this fireplace insert from a friend of mine. My plan is to clean it up (refinish and polish the brass) and insert it into my fireplace. I move from Maine to North Carolina and, don't get me wrong, I LOVE NC! but some of the homes have insulation the just doesn't cut it. I miss my old Oil Burner and now I have to deal with a heat pump. Well, this insert is gonna turn things around fer sure!

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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30 year old DUI(s)?

Not being one to wait, I went and got my DOT medical card today and started calling some companies and "spilling my guts" so to speak. Wow! many were very positive about my situation. I made sure to stress that I did not want to jump on the greyhound only to get there and be thoroughly humiliated by HR saying, "thanks, but no thanks." All of the folks I spoke to assured me that a complete approval would be provided before they brought me down to their location for orientation and training. Thank you Fellas! What a relief.

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