Profile For Moe

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  • Location:
    Portland, OR

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

  • Social Link:
    Moe On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 6 months ago

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New CDL holder running a regional NW solo route.

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Posted:  5 hours, 8 minutes ago

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In shop waiting for repairs to trailer

Thank you, unfortunately my truck is off and Qualcomm powered down as the shop guys are working on it. I did put myself on duty and its been a couple hours now. I do not know when exactly the repairs will be completed, its going slow. Is my carrier able to make edits to the logs change the on duty to off duty so I can get this time back? I know they can adjust an error of sleeper berth to off duty when I forgot to log off duty to use the bathroom and take a phone call they did that for me once.

Hopefully so, if not....I done effed up lol....

If you are on the side of the road waiting on a service truck you are on duty. If your truck is in a repair shop and you are in a driver's lounge or something like that, you are off duty. Don't burn up your clock unnecessarily.

Posted:  5 hours, 50 minutes ago

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In shop waiting for repairs to trailer

I put myself on duty, because I figured it relates to the truck. Im in their waiting room. Is that right?

Posted:  1 day, 8 hours ago

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Celebrating my 3 mo anniversary with May Trucking

And I got an automatic daily pay increase to boot! So far so good and backing has gotten way better. Hooe yall are good, bubi- Moe

Posted:  2 days, 11 hours ago

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Do owners get drug tested?

If you are gonna toke, don't get a CDL, keep it simple. If you have to wonder than its not a smart idea. Just my .02 cents

Posted:  3 days, 1 hour ago

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Association launches to take CDL driver training to high school students

I'm with you person by person basis.

Thanks for this, Dave !

I'm definitely a proponent, giving kids this option. Driving interstate at 18 ???? Hmmmm.. on the fence, case by case; kid by kid. I'd say 'yes' with our daughter, and a 'maybe' with our son. He's not yet 18, however. . . just got some maturing to do!

Dollars to Donuts, if this were an option when my daughter graduated a few years ago, she just might have opted in. She's now a machinist, thanks to our community college/senior program.

Bet my youngest kiddo (son) would've dove in,...had it not been for homeschooling his senior year, due to Covid.

~ Anne ~

Posted:  1 week ago

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A new turn on my winding road

Local companies are typically more harsh when it comes to accidents as they do not have much financial wiggle room as the larger carriers do. Ive known 2 drivers with my company that were let go from local companies, 1 for having one backing mishap and the other for not hitting production metrics during his first 3 months, they required so many loads a day or something like that.

They also can tend to be more political to work for, have to take that on a case by case basis though. Thats why going local straight out the gate is not the best idea.

Good luck Andrey, I hope WE works out for you

That seems kind of harsh, in that both accidents involved fairly minor damage to the company's equipment, not anything at a customer's location or with another motorist. They could, and maybe will, take care of the repairs without even notifying their insurer. Still, when one door closes, another opens. Keep the positive attitude and you'll be fine.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Real Drivers vs Fake Drivers - a recruiter speaks

Tammy,

I dont know how far along you are in this process of getting your CDL etc, but I do see that you are gathering intel on the industry and ill assume you don't know all of the ins and outs yet.

In short, the answer is No, you can not just bring it by the company shop for inspection. By law you are required to inspect your equipment at the start of and end of your duty shift. This is called pretrip (start of shift) and post trip (end of shift) inspections. Simply waiting until you are near a company terminal and then have the shop guys look at it is a recipe for disaster , both for the lives of others on the roads and your career. The DOT would absolutely eat you alive if they looked at your logs and determined that you were not doing your PTIs and caused an accident or hurt/killed someone.

You could and most likely would also be held legally liable if you caused an accident while knowingly running faulty equipment and God forbid, if someone were to be injured or killed, you would most likely be facing criminal charges and or jail time.

Let me give you an example of why it's up to us to inspect our equipment. The other day, I had stopped at Wells, NV at the end of my driving shift and was looking forward to a shower and some chicken wings.

During my post trip, I found that one of the tires on my trailer had tread that peeled right off while I had been driving on the hot asphalt of 6N, 15N, 215W and 80w. I assure you, the tire was not like that at the start of my day (as I had done a pretrip insoection). All in all it took about 3 to 4 hours of my evening to have it replaced, this involved the drive time to the shop, plus the wait time. While I was waiting I went off duty and took care of my shower and dinner. The tire was replaced, I parked for my 10 and the next day I was on my way to the receiver.

I did incur a 1 min drive violation that evening, but that was due to the fact that the truck had been turned off for about an hour while the technician replaced the tire and it took a while for the Qualcomm to boot up and allow me to change to the proper status in order to move, the shop however was urgent in my need to move as they had 3 other trucks waiting for similar service. So I moved the truck and in that time as Murphys law would have it, the Qualcomm finally finished booting on and registered my movement as a 1 min drive violation.

This ended up just being a quick 5 min call to safety the next morning to explain the violation and while the company can't edit the drive line on my logs, they can make proper notation of the violation so if DOT looks at it, it is properly documented and would not raise a red flag.

NOW, let's say that I had decided to skip the post trip and go about getting my shower and wings. It'd been a long day and I'm tired, food and comfort being first on my mind. One of two scenarios would have happened. First I would have seen it on my pretrip the next day and been like OH crap, I cant head out till this is fixed. At which case I would have started my day off stressed because my 14 hour clock would be wasted waiting for the repair that would have needed to have been done or could have been done the night before. I also assure you it would be an awkward conversation to have with my dispatch as to why I hadn't seen it the night before and gotten it properly addressed. OR if I had missed it (and I don't know how you would have missed something like that) in my pretrip, gone down the road and at some point experience a blowout. My routing took me done 80W over Donner Pass which is a a beautiful, but deadly potentially mountain pass in eastern CA with alot of narrow curves. Had I experienced a blow out and thus loss of vehicle control up in those mountains, the results could have been deadly for myself or others and what kind of conversation would THAT have been iwht dispatch and safety? So whats better a 5 min call to explain a 1 min driveline violation moving the truck 200 yards from the shop to my safe parking or explaining why I missed a glaring defect that caused an accident, injury or worst case a death? If that hand happened doubtful I would be sitting here typing this on my phone today. I assure you.

Something to think about.

Can we just stop at the company we drive for and just bring the truck in for inspection when we have time off?

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Another reason why we do post trips

I'm guessing it happened sometime after I hit the hot hot areas of Utah and Nevada. My day started in a rest area off I70W in CO and took me through CO, UT and NV. It was pretty hot yesterday in both UT and NV. This is a recapped trailer tire. The shop tech mentioned he has been seeing alot of this type of thing this year due to the high temperatures.

I cant wait for the fall, I'm over the heat.

Anyway, 600 am delivery for me then back to Oregon, Klamath falls for a Saturday drop,picking up a load in Tracy for that, so bed time now up at 330 to 4.

Night

Holy CRAPOLY!

How long did THAT take to happen???

Is that what recapped tires do ?

Sheesh...

GREAT catch, man.

~ Anne ~

ps: Thanks for the Pix Assist, PackRat.... been a busy day with famdamily .. last 2! I tried sending the tutorial, Moe!

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Another reason why we do post trips

Thanks buddy!

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Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Another reason why we do post trips

I dont know it won't upload, give me your cellular and I can text to you nad you can upload, I also sent it to Packrat as I have his number, I dunno whats up and why it won't upload.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Another reason why we do post trips

Hopefully the pic uploads this time

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Another reason why we do post trips

I run mainly 11 western, as yall know everything from Texas on west to CA has been baked in a heatwave, today this awaited me on my post trip.....almost done at the shop, ready to roll tommorrow, no early AM shock or missed deadlines , straight to the customer with me.

All I will say is she weren't like that on the pretrip and it only took 519 miles today for it to end up looking like that!

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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What Company Sponsored CDL School has a Truck Simulator to train on?

I know for a fact that Schneider's training center in AZ does.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Why has my backing gotten so bad?

I have not been fired for how I back and believe me, outside of a straight back, my backing sucks......My company is just happy I get the load delivered safely and communicate along the way.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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What are current state of affairs of drug testing regulations?

Trust in old abe Lincoln, because the truth is that the State of current affairs of drug testing regulations state No Mary Jane....pretty simple if it pops on urine or hair follicles, your career is done.

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I don't know where your friend got his information, but as far as I can tell it is bogus.

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I believe he got it on the Internet but I once read that Abraham Lincoln said you can't believe everything on the Internet! :)

Thanks for the clarification.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Well my day is off to a rough start

100 percent agreed, met some folks wound up tighter than an alarm clock.

Zach, I had a REALLY rough backing at a Home Depot store yesterday, total time spent there was about an hour, 20 to 30 min of it was backing. The rest was just following that stores protocols (which were a bit on the type A side of you ask me ,but meh, I followed their instructions to the letter). The dock foreman there was simply happy I did precisely as he asked and didn't hit anything.

Count this as a 1 off and move on kiddo, there's bigger fish to fry and better freight out there. Chances are you may never even see that place again, but if you do you'll understand what to do better.

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Some of y’all need to lighten up lol.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Pilot

Yes to showers on 30 minute breaks. May does not offer fridges.

Ive parked at shippers, receivers, rest areas and mom and pop truck stops. What I won't do is pay upwards of $18 a night for PRIME parking when they already make bank off of fuel, food ,bottled water etc.

And for the record I do bring my own, but I think 18 a night is just plain greed....

Showers can be taken on a 30 minute break at a truck stop, yes. As for bathroom arrangements....I'll put it this way: I feel it's easier for males. Some drivers carry an emergency bucket on the truck. It's a 5 gallon bucket with some cat litter in it.

I think most companies equip the trucks with fridges, but not all.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Took me an hour today to get backed in today.

Not all of it was an hour but I would say a good 20 minutes of it was. It was a t a retail home depot store. The other part was spent dealing with the various quirks of the store.

After 3months, should it take me 20 minutes to safely back in? Am I being too slow or dumb? I guess I'm just doubting myself a bit today.

On the plus side I replaced grommets in my glad hands and now have reefer pretrip nailed down...but backingbhas me feeling a bit...... tarded today.....

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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About them Terminal rats ive read so much about

You hear alotta BS in this industry, just keep it forward and go with the flow.

Bed time

Night

I had one the other day and it wasn't even at the terminal. It was a hot shot at my shipper the other day. He had got there just at lunchtime and I had to listen to him complain that they went to lunch, complain about how he couldn't deliver to to the receiver if he had to wait to get loaded, and then tell me all the money he's making.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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About them Terminal rats ive read so much about

I'm confused.... I havent seen any.....

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Then again, I am hardly ever chillin' at the terminal....because I have no time to just be chillin at the terminal....am I doing something wrong?

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Ive been getting good miles and hardly ever there........

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