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    Portland, OR

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    5 years, 1 month ago

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Posted:  4 days, 9 hours ago

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Sharing how I got what I needed today and resolved my concerns.

True - my main reason for posting was just to encourage others tonight

“No worries bud” how about Moe. I can’t stand people that use the term bud or buddy lol. Anyways like Bobcat said definitely look into ltl. Can’t go wrong. Companies like odfl really good pay along with good low cost benefits. Can’t beat that.

Posted:  4 days, 10 hours ago

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Sharing how I got what I needed today and resolved my concerns.

Working towards local myself , right now I am just using the OTR life as a traveling lifestyle with my family having moved away and mom being sick . Soon as I land somewhere close to them I plan to get out of OTR lol

So glad I have a set 2 days off a week and do not have to jump through hoops to get it.

Posted:  4 days, 11 hours ago

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Sharing how I got what I needed today and resolved my concerns.

I wanted to pop in briefly today and just share something that I thought was important - namely an issue with home time and how I resolved it professionally with my FM. We all know being OTR drivers how important our home time is. It is when we get much deserved rest, relaxation, resupply provisions , clean clothes , spend time with loved ones and catch up on important appointments (medical or otherwise). Needless to say when something happens (weather, a late load, break down etc) right around home time, it can throw our plans out of whack and cause conflict in our personal lives as well. I am due to go back out tommorrow for a 25 day run. I usually stay out that long or longer. I almost always put in for six days off and my FM rubber stamps it without thinking or asking about it due to the fact that I do stay out longer and that I am (in her words) one of her harder working drivers. She has told me time and time again that what she appreciates about me is that she never has to actually MANAGE me like she has had to do with some of her other drivers. I am not trying to extol myself or anything with that last comment, those are her words almost exact and that she has felt refreshed by the fact that she can give me a load and will know that I will run with it or communicate why I can't (weather, delays, breakdown whatever) and we work together to figure out a solution. That is the relationship that I have with my FM and it is awesome!

Today, I received a message from her stating that since I would be out for 25 days I could only take 5 days not 6. I pondered that for a moment, reflecting upon the last few runs I have had out with the company and after a moment or two to pause and think of my response, I stated - "Look, ma'am (not going to use her name on public forum) , I don't mean to sound flippant or argumentative about this, but I did want to know where this is coming from? Because 6 days is my usual time off and I am out about the same amount or longer each month. I do realize that February is a shorter month as well, so perhaps that is it?" She then replied that official policy is to be out for five days and get one day off in return, that if the additional day had been approved in the past that I should consider that a bonus , moving forward we would need to go with five days because the company was really starting to look closely at the home time off vs earned. (not her exact words but close enough).

Keep in mind that I had already planned dental, medical and a med card renewal appointment, plus a visit to a veterans home to spend time with one of our ailing church members etc not to mention a couple of other important items to attend to, not only that I had also made plans to visit my brother , his wife and the kids whom in FL whom I have not seen for a year and we already made the date for that. I had made the date around planning for my home time times. I at that point was feeling a bit stressed, I admit (though in the long run not a huge deal, I get it). But I thought through my response and I finally settled on saying to her - "Look, ma'am I understand the policy now as you explained and if that additional day was approved previously than I thank you. Being away from home 300 plus days a year can be a challenge to balance work/life. Here is where I am at , for the next couple of home times, I made plans that would be harder/stressful to adjust by staying out an additional five days to make up for it. Is there anyway that some consideration or grace could be given these next two times? I explained to her about my upcoming FL time off and the medical card renewal, dentist et al." I also ended with "If you are unable to accommodate for whatever reason please let me know ASAP so that I can work for change on my end". Almost immediately she replied back - "No worries bud, I can accommodate and do understand will submit an exception to OPS manager ASAP" she even put a :) on the end of it!

Often times I have heard in trucking how our FMs, Drive Managers, dispatchers , ops whatever you want to call them, seem not to care about drivers. My experience (not just with this but other issues) has been in COMMUNICATION. If you take the time to think through your response and concerns, and show interest in working towards solutions, you can often get what you need/want. It may not always work, it is a give and take. But I hope this inspires some one who reads this to consider how you can better work through issues with dispatch or company policy. Our dispatchers and ops support are humans too and if we will work to be humble and communicate honestly, we can get our needs met.

That was what I wanted to share today, hope yall are good! Be safe out there, rubber side down, shiny side up!

Moe

Posted:  5 days, 11 hours ago

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We have had 2 serious collision accidents, 1fatality accident at Marten Transport this month,

The title of the post says it all. There have been alot of pile up collisions this winter, most recently in WI and earlier in Jan near the KS/CO border on the 70. This winter has been brutal for truck accidents. I am not sure if it was covered here already or not but Marten did not come through this unscathed either. Earlier in Jan we had two serious accidents back to back over the 3 day MLK Jr day holiday weekend. The first involved a semi/trailer roll over where the 16 year old operator of the car was KIA on site when the trailer rolled over on top of his vehicle, his friends were also injured severly. The second was less than 24 hours after the fleet wide message went out alerting us of the tragedy and another driver apparently did not even try to stop at a red light and rear ended a minivan into oncoming intersection traffic causing serious harm and injury (no fatalities in the second accident from what I was told).

My fleet manager reached out to me personally via phone on MLK day (a Monday) to go over them with me and wanted to thank me for being a safe attentive driver and to answer any questions I may have had about the communications regarding the accidents. I didnt have any questions or concerns really, I felt sad and shaken up by the news of the tragic loss of life (16 year old boy) and the injuries. I also noticed a higher than usual amount of Semi wrecks and incidents on the roadways this month , particularly in WY, NB. I think in those states folks tend to get complacent because of how open and boring it is. But the weather can change on you in a heart beat out in those states. The cause of the accidents were deemed inattentive/distracted driving. I cant say for sure what was the distraction, I hope not a cell phone in a hand, but the cause dosent matter. What does matter is 9 people total were seriously hurt, 1 young man died before his life could even get started and now Marten has to deal with fall out from Insurance, FMCSA and state and local authorities. Undoubtdly law suits and potential criminal charges could be incoming.

I realize I do not post much on the forum, truth be told I haven't had or made time to do so, when I am running out there at the end of the day my focus is on self care (good meal, rest and relaxing to prepare for 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night) in order to minimize my being invovled in something like this. I have also taken a closer look at better trip planning (knowing where I will stop at night exactly) and minimizing distractions while on the road (looking at or adjusting controls on the gps , etc) . That can be just as distracting too.

I wanted to lastly wish you all safety on the road, please think of your own safety and the motoring public's first and foremost. If there is ice, black ice, a severe blizzard , OR you are fatigued and having a hard time staying awake ; what ever - then I would like you to please JUST PARK and remain parked until the bad weather passes or you fell better to driver.. YES your dispatch may be upset at times, YES the appointment will or may have to be rescheduled which means you may have to do a split or something, but frankly the risk of a couple hundred dollar late fee is miniscule compared to the very real consequences of what can happen in bad weather or fatigue. I know that no one on this forum would do it, but I have seen many drivers from all sorts of carriers (even my own) driving with cell phone in hand. I try not to be a cop or nothing but if I can safely get there attention I do and and make the appropriate hand gestures telling them to put it down. Often times it works, sometimes they get mad and wave me off.

The calls and texts can wait and if need be so can the freight.

Be safe out there everyone and I hope that 2023 is starting off the best it can for each of you personally.

Happy (belated) New Year!

Moe

Posted:  3 months ago

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And count me out now

Thank you Chris, prayers and well wishes are always welcomed. Its very sobering watching those we grew up around get older, face health challenges and subsequently move on to the next stage of life. I hope your trucking journey has been going well and prosperous! :)

sorry about your mother wish her well and your mother will be in my prayers

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If this I’m response to what I said to BK (Bruce?? His name?? I’m trying to keep track of names correctly) about his incident in checking on a fellow driver who was in some sort of distress, I’ll apologize for how I came off, I’ve been dealing with a very ill family memeber (mother) and yesterday we went to her palliative/hospice/ end of life care doctor for a sobering appointment and I was not in the best of moods, going forward I’ll limit my responses to times when I’m not consumed by family life, I came off more blunt than I intended.

Ryan - this is an excellent forum, the information I’ve been given and the challenges have helped me to realize almost $65 grand this year and we haven’t hit 12/31 yet. Please man take it in stride, Brett, Packrat, Gtown et al really just want people to excel in all they do in life (not just trucking).

Take care man

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Bruce expressed frustration as to some of the rhetoric on this forum. I didn't post anything in response because it would have only inflamed the issue without providing anything of value to the forum. Nonetheless, I have similar feelings.

This forum is just becoming too draining, for me. Every time I post something, I have to anticipate what I am posting being taken to an extreme. I am tired of posting comments, someone responding and coming at me because of something that I have written, and then my legitimate response gets denied by moderators. I don't mind legitimate discussion, to include being challenged. I have a serious problem with being challenged and then my honest response being foiled. It's not a matter of false information because I have had comments not pass moderation where I am stating thoughts that are similar to those posted by moderators. The final straw for me is someone calling Bruce's integrity into question and that being a perfectly acceptable post while me pointing out that posting frustration with signage doesn't mean that I am not doing my job with trip planning.

As to why people go out this way instead of just disappearing from public forums, it's to prevent people from wondering or speculating what happened to so and so. You have it straight from my virtual keyboard as to what happened to me.

The handful of people who have recently started training and those who have made decisions to start soon, I wish you the best. Trust your trainers and let them be your first source of information sought. The safety officer at your company/terminal is also a source of valuable information. Ask safety about any questions you have. This safety officer will never lie to you about anything pertaining to the legalities of safely operating your truck, so when you are not sure about something being legal, talk to your safety department. This forum has an immense amount of quality information and there are many drivers here who have already faced any difficult situation that you may encounter.

Might I be back, at some point? It's certainly possible. For the time being, I am going to focus on my family, my career, and myself. Take care all. Be safe out there drivers.

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Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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For all you 1980’s babies, look at my new mascot!

All a man needs is his truck and a good dog lol. 🐕. You can tell where the inspiration for Optimus Prime came from

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Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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For all you 1980’s babies, look at my new mascot!

Remember how the movie traumatized some so bad that their parents complained to Hasbro? That was what got Optimus revived in the 3rd generation cartoon lol…..first world problems sheesh lol

That brings back a lot of memories right there. I was “made in the 80’s” myself and loved the transformers as a kid. LEGO just actually came out with an Optimus Prime set that actually transforms. It’s in my to build pile but will probably be one of the next ones I build. Thanks for sharing!

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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For all you 1980’s babies, look at my new mascot!

Bj and the bear was a little too early 80s for my remberence, it I do believe his truck was the inspiration for Optimus prime at least state side, dunno about Japan

Remind some of BJ and the Bear

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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For all you 1980’s babies, look at my new mascot!

Got this as a gift from a friend of my mother’s for my birthday this year! Way cool, he rolls up front with me……..

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Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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FMCSA

If you no show, it is counted the same as if you were to refuse a request for a test after an accident and is reported. As for cancelling, I dont think there is a time frame, if for example you get legit sick or there is a disaster or something then you would work that out ASAP with the carrier. Common sense and communicate, communicate, communicate. When we communicate and explain we can avoid alot of these pitfalls.

The FMCSA pretty much ties a carrier's hands with the rules in regards to drug/alcohol/testing requirments - very narrow in scope and specifics as to what must be reported.

For my own future reference what is the protocol for this? Is cancelling an appointment that is a week or more out ok if you decide to look elsewhere? How close to the appointment can you cancel/reschedule and not get a refusal?

I hadn't even thought of this possiblity as showing up as a refusal.

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Was there an actual appointment time set up for a drug test and if so did you not not attend? (IE: you decided to look elsewhere and therefore did not go to said testing appointment?) IF that is the case, it would be perceived as refusal to submit for drug testing, which is report able yes. Did you communicate with the company prior that you were going to back out of the hiring process with them and look elsewhere?

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I was just told by A LTL company I will be reported to FMCSA for not following threw with their hiring process and getting a drug test. Any way to dispute this question I never worked for the company just talked on the phone twice and got second thoughts of working for them.

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Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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FMCSA

Was there an actual appointment time set up for a drug test and if so did you not not attend? (IE: you decided to look elsewhere and therefore did not go to said testing appointment?) IF that is the case, it would be perceived as refusal to submit for drug testing, which is report able yes. Did you communicate with the company prior that you were going to back out of the hiring process with them and look elsewhere?

I was just told by A LTL company I will be reported to FMCSA for not following threw with their hiring process and getting a drug test. Any way to dispute this question I never worked for the company just talked on the phone twice and got second thoughts of working for them.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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And count me out now

If this I’m response to what I said to BK (Bruce?? His name?? I’m trying to keep track of names correctly) about his incident in checking on a fellow driver who was in some sort of distress, I’ll apologize for how I came off, I’ve been dealing with a very ill family memeber (mother) and yesterday we went to her palliative/hospice/ end of life care doctor for a sobering appointment and I was not in the best of moods, going forward I’ll limit my responses to times when I’m not consumed by family life, I came off more blunt than I intended.

Ryan - this is an excellent forum, the information I’ve been given and the challenges have helped me to realize almost $65 grand this year and we haven’t hit 12/31 yet. Please man take it in stride, Brett, Packrat, Gtown et al really just want people to excel in all they do in life (not just trucking).

Take care man

Bruce expressed frustration as to some of the rhetoric on this forum. I didn't post anything in response because it would have only inflamed the issue without providing anything of value to the forum. Nonetheless, I have similar feelings.

This forum is just becoming too draining, for me. Every time I post something, I have to anticipate what I am posting being taken to an extreme. I am tired of posting comments, someone responding and coming at me because of something that I have written, and then my legitimate response gets denied by moderators. I don't mind legitimate discussion, to include being challenged. I have a serious problem with being challenged and then my honest response being foiled. It's not a matter of false information because I have had comments not pass moderation where I am stating thoughts that are similar to those posted by moderators. The final straw for me is someone calling Bruce's integrity into question and that being a perfectly acceptable post while me pointing out that posting frustration with signage doesn't mean that I am not doing my job with trip planning.

As to why people go out this way instead of just disappearing from public forums, it's to prevent people from wondering or speculating what happened to so and so. You have it straight from my virtual keyboard as to what happened to me.

The handful of people who have recently started training and those who have made decisions to start soon, I wish you the best. Trust your trainers and let them be your first source of information sought. The safety officer at your company/terminal is also a source of valuable information. Ask safety about any questions you have. This safety officer will never lie to you about anything pertaining to the legalities of safely operating your truck, so when you are not sure about something being legal, talk to your safety department. This forum has an immense amount of quality information and there are many drivers here who have already faced any difficult situation that you may encounter.

Might I be back, at some point? It's certainly possible. For the time being, I am going to focus on my family, my career, and myself. Take care all. Be safe out there drivers.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Truck driver troubles

BK - I don’t mean to sound like an Ahole , but I sometimes wonder about some of the stuff you post, it’s like too much EXTRAordinary circumstances too often man…..

If this is legit, I hope all affected come out well and get the help they need…..

On Saturday I got a call to check on a company driver who was unresponsive. I was the only driver in the area, so I re-routed to get to her location.

I actually had to do some detective work at the truck location. I got some info from the CEFCO location and relayed that to the company. They eventually found the driver. She was wondering around. Either drunk, sick or on drugs. Unfortunately, before help could arrive, she wandered into traffic, on foot, and got hit. She is now in the hospital in critical condition. Very sad situation to say the least.

I just wish I could have gotten to her sooner and I know she would be ok if I had been there to help her. Her name is Susie and I hope she survives.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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A new recipe to share - Cowboy Beans

I did freeze some, we had some for dinner last night and tonight , leaving some here and then taking the bull of it in my freezer on the rig!

Moe,

Did you freeze any of it? That really looks good. I'll have to make some of that when I get home in a couple weeks so I can take it out on the road with me.

Laura

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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A new recipe to share - Cowboy Beans

I’ll swing by later and clean up the ingredients list, I don’t know why it jumbled it all together like that when I spaced things out line by line, unless I did something wrong I am not aware of,

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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A new recipe to share - Cowboy Beans

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Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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A new recipe to share - Cowboy Beans

I put together a new dish, new to me , not necessarily new new to the cooking world; last night and wanted to share it as it is really slamming good!

You will need: (Please note that this is for a VERY large portion that has fed 2 people the last two nights with plenty to leave at home, plus take some out on the road in my fridge, you can and probably should adjust the recipe to your individual need(s) if you want to try it out)

1/2 pound of bacon -preferrably Applewood Smoked -though I suppose hickory could work in a pinch 2 pounds of Ground Beef (Turkey is good too, in fact I did a one to one Turkey and beef since I made this for me and mom) 1 chopped white onion 1 chopped green bell pepper 1 chopped red bell pepper 1 Large can ( I used 55 oz of bush's original) 1 15 oz cans black beans - drained 1 15 oz can of kidney beans- drained 1/2 cup of brown sugar (less if desired or omit) 1/4 cup worchester sauce add your favorite bbq sauce to taste garlic powder (to taste)

How to bring it all together:

Take a large frying pan, peferrable one with a deeper dish/thicker walls - I used a ceramic lined pan as mom doesnt keep cast iron.

1) Chop the bacon into bite sized pieces and fry it up in the pan, do not drain the grease.

2 Add the ground beef and turkey and stir the meats really well

3) Once the meat has been cooking about 2 minutes - toss in the onion and peppers, cook the mixture until vegetables are cooked

While all of that is going, open up your cans of beans and drain the kidney and black beans.

Once the meat and vegetables are cooked to desired consistency, add the beans and stir them up.

4) add the brown sugar, worchester and bbq sauce and stir

5) add in your garlic powder and stir, you can also add black pepper if you like (I did)

Stir it on the stove for a bout 2 to 4 minutes - then toss the pan in the preheated oven and cook for 30 to 40 minutes to get the mixture nice and thick.

Goes good slapped on a low carb tortilla or just as a meal, prep time is a bit long but its a tasty meal! :P You can also add tobasco or whatever you want after serving it. Versatile and tasty!

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Taking son's old dog on the road

Don't be a cuck, first its the dog, then something else with the ex to get in your way while trying to get this new career going. Im with Steve, leave the dog out of it as a new driver, and not just any dog, your ex's dog?? Nope, just asking for distraction and pain man....my blunt .02 cents.

Ex wife needs me to take old dog on road with me but I don't know what to do if it dies in the truck..I want to help them out but don't know my options

Posted:  4 months ago

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Looking for the truth from the professional’s

Def check with May Trucking - they were my starter company before I got on with Marten. They are typically very forgiving (no gurantees as each person is a case by case basis).

The plus side is they do offer a reimbursement program for your CDL once you get it and they do offer LOGs , backing and driving training - you have o get your CDL PRIVATELY as they do not have a school. If you have any ?? About May trucking ask away!

May Trucking is also a company that may be willing to give you a shot. I spoke with them during my own search and I personally am not qualified for hire, but a felony conviction is not an automatic disqualifier with May Trucking.

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Questionnaire for Volvo Truckers

Second that motion

Don't put me in with the Volvo group.

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