Profile For PJ

PJ's Info

  • Location:
    Elberton, GA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

  • Social Link:
    PJ On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    10 years, 4 months ago

PJ's Bio

Retired police officer from Ca. Relocated to Ga. I was looking for a second career that will give me some new experiences in life. I have 4 amazing daughters and 7 grandkids. A lot of my friends were truck drivers and loved the job, except being away from the family. I figured I would give it a shot and see what happens. I have learned alot about myself, the industry and life in general. I love my new career. My email is pat.jerrold@gmail.com

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Posted:  20 hours, 1 minute ago

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Amazon OTR trucks

The gray Amazon branded trucks are basically an affiliate of Amazon.

Amazon purchased the trucks then leased them out to a carrier, who runs under amazon’s insurance and authority and of course their freight. The affiliate basically bought a franchise with amazon.

Posted:  2 days, 1 hour ago

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Dispatch Services in general - Genuine drivers' insights

Welcome, I’m the different one bird mentioned. I’m an O/O with my own authority.

I’m constantly bombarded by “Dispatch Services”. We do not use one and don’t plan on using one. I haul for customers in very niche markets and rarely haul general freight

I have my own customers for any hauls I do out of my home area. Depending where it is going wether I try and find a backhaul or if I come home empty. Sometimes I make more coming back empty and grabbing another customer load. I have access to several load boards through relationships I have cultivated as well as a very small group of brokers that have their individual load boards.

Basically from talking with many dispatch services they are grabbing loads off of load boards. To me that is something I or my wife can do ourselves. I also am very very pickey on the brokers I will work with. There are alot of brokers that I will not work with for various reasons.

This is just my opinion, but if an O/O is only running off load boards with brokers they will not survive long term.

I wish you well!!

Posted:  3 days, 7 hours ago

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Hello Everyone

Congrats Jason, it is always great to hear succuss stories like yours. Too often folks come in and stay a short while and we never hear the feedback as too how things went and/or are going for them.

Stay safe!!

Posted:  3 days, 7 hours ago

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Growing your fleet with truck rental services

Welcome,

Ryder and Penske both rent trucks. I don’t know their exact requirements, but a quick phone call to them will get you their specific requirements.

You will have to work through your insurance company and obtain a COI, certificate of insurance for the coverage they require.

Rental companies are getting alot more strigent on their requirements. IE: length of time in business, CSA score, credit check, etc.

Yesterday I setup a trailer rental for next week for a specific job and I’ve been a customer of the company for 2 years. My wife took care of all the details and told me the paperwork and requirements were way more stringent than when we bought a trailer from them.

Hope this helps.

Posted:  5 days, 1 hour ago

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New driver, got into an accident and need a new job

That’s pretty good damage there sir. But the citation will be your bigger hurdle.

Apply everywhere and anywhere and see if someone will give you a shot. That’s about your only option at this point.

Posted:  6 days, 8 hours ago

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Massive Layoffs At UPS A Big Win For The Union!

Things just keep getting more interesting

Ford is looking at the Ky plant that makes the expensive units going on strike again

Molson coors Ft worth plant talking strike.

All this while we have the best self proclaimed pro union president in history.

I was always told as a youngster. Follow the money and the truth won’t be far away.

We are seeing unprecendented greed all over the place. Our Gov’t, big corporations, and the unions.

Personally I think if we could find a way to curb the ability for these 3 factions to interact where they see fit, and get them out of bed with each other we all would be better off.

I don’t know the answers, but common sense should apply, but I think that will never happen.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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I've (almost) got it all, what now?

Welcome, and congrats on getting picked up by TMC.

You have gotten a foot in the door. That is the beginning of what will be an intensive time period as you learn the industry and your craft. Flatbed is a very big curve because of all the different types of freight and added regulations. DOT also scrutinzes our securement for the safety of the roads.

Don’t worry about 1 yr or even 1 month in the future. You need to take this one day/week at a time. Learn all you can each day. You are going to face many challenges. Handle them well and you will progress toward a great career. Handle even 1 badly enough and your career will be stunted or over and you will never make it to that future.

I have pulled alot of different types of freight. I have enjoyed it, but I treat each load as it’s own mission and give it my undivided attention.

Once you have gained experience you can start to think about what you want to move onto at that time. Those oppourtunties are always out there, but they tend to change over time with contract changes and buyouts.

Master each day and you will do great!!

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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A New Truckers App from TT: What Would You Like To See?

I have 2 gps’s that I fight with.

Truck installed is garmin based, but outdated. The system does not have enough memory to update it.

Rand McNally 550 does ok about 80% of the time. I always look at what they say and bounce that against the paper atlas.

I started out using a stenobook writing down all mt trip info and still use it today. If it’s a customer I know well it’s abbreviated. Pencil and paper rarely fail, unlike any electonic format.

I use the weather service app and with tracking it sends me alerts.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Experienced local driver considering CRE OTR Dollar Tree position

Welcome, I think you need a basic math class.

Your description is not easy to follow, much less show you have very much experience at all. Time with a cdl does not count. Time behind the wheel full time does. Maybe I’m missing something…

These accounts are usually very difficult and require alot of manual labor. We steer people with little experience away from them because a mishap and your likely done, ruining your career before it starts.

Time away is part of the job. Make sure your on board and the mother of your child is onboard. You probably won’t have a schedule that meshes with hers, and you need to make sure your both onboard.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Old(er) Future New Driver...

You need to be careful getting it too soon. Basically a 90 day window of going full time in trucking. Otherwise most companies will look at as stale and you’ll be going through training twice.

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