Profile For PJ

PJ's Info

  • Location:
    Elberton, GA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

  • Social Link:
    PJ On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    6 years, 9 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:  21 hours, 44 minutes ago

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Well I screwed that up. Accident and lessons learned.

Bill you made a rookie mistake, no matter the reason really at this point. You did everything right afterward. As said many drivers woukd not have. Here is another possible scenario.

You didn’t report it. Customer will notice, then check cameras. Their next step is to call your company. Then you start getting phone calls from the company asking what happened and why you didn’t report it. Major difference in final outcome.

These things do not go unnoticied. Things can and will happen at times. As said learn from it and move on. You will never make that mistake again.

Posted:  1 day, 10 hours ago

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Be careful at the truck stops

Guess I pick the wrong truck stops.. Always trucks running, usually the loud ones and I seem to have a knack of getting around folks that like to talk loud. When I hauled headstones I got spoiled taking my breaks in cemetaries. Nice and quiet at night. I go to several customers that do let us shutdown there that are actually in the woods. I appreciate them alot.

Posted:  1 day, 11 hours ago

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The OTR life and bug has gotten to me!

Hi Brian, I understand your post. I have one initial question. Have you ever done OTR, or just the local gig??

Family is always the most important in life. Being gone all week will put alot more on your wife at home. I certainly don’t want to imply she can’t handle it in your absence, only do you want her too. Sometimes the honest answer to that is not an easy one. Sometimes spouses are supportive outwardly, but internaly not so much. It can lead to jeaously and resentiment.

I get your feelings. When I go home, within 2 days I’m ready to go back to work. Its not that I don’t have things to do at home, but I just get antsy. Maybe I’m just weird. However my kids are all grown and live 2600 miles away and I’m single.

I was married for a few years and had a special needs child at home. I took a local job at home working 4-5 days a week and home every weekend. After she decided marriage wasn’t for her I went back to tankers.

In your situation I would stick to the local gig.

Posted:  2 days ago

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Progression as a rookie

4k miles for a team is not good miles at all. Are you guys on some type of dedicated loop or something?? I understand the weekend thing. My company is like that, if your not planned on friday for the weekend, your dead in the water. Transfering may or may not work out for you. Steve drives for them and transferred to gardner and it didn’t work out so well so he transferred back. Take a good look at it before leaping into it. Hopefully Steve can help you more since he has first hand experience.

Another question comes to mind. You seem to be doing well, but is your co driver?? The company is looking at the truck productivity as much as the individual driver.

Posted:  2 days ago

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Be careful at the truck stops

Moe your customers are noiser than truckstops??? Paper plants are usually quieter than that. However it is good your customers allow you to park. It will save you alot of time on your clock. I do it when possible, my problem is alot of our customers don’t allow it. I do use reserve parking at truck stops alot.

Backing is always a challenge. Some are just bigger than others. Some days I do very well and some I struggle, espically at the end of a long day and I’m tired. Always be vigilant and take your time.

Posted:  2 days, 16 hours ago

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Are these new LED flares legal instead of triangles?

Mike those have been around for several years. They are a replacement for road flares. They work great, but do not replace the triangles.

Posted:  2 days, 16 hours ago

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Best Company For lease-to-own?

Jeff I highly encourage you to rethink your idea of leasing. There are alot of reasons but I’ll hit the biggie’s here.

Any company leasing trucks are doing it to make money. They usually lease tractors they have run 1-2 years. This is now a used truck with who knows how many different drivers. They charge a weekly fee that normally is higher than what a truck payment is if you go buy one. Why?? Your paying for their new company trucks.

Leases can and do vary greatly believe it or not. You would think they should all be similiar, but they are not. Why?? Each company does things a little differently and those leases again are crafted in favor of the company making money off of it.

You mentioned benifits in your post. If you lease your not a company employee, you are your own employee, so any benifits are yours to purchase for yourself.

Pay!! This varies as well. Some companies pay mileage rates. Some pay percentage of the linehaul. Mileage rates and percentages vary from company to company. Also freight type is important. It all pays differently.

Here is something else to consider. Are you wanting to purchase the truck at the end of the lease?? If so plan on it probably getting close to needing some major work by lease end. Also if you leave prior to lease end you will loose all you put into it. This could be you getting ill, or any host of other issues.

While your leasing the truck you will be solely responsible for the maintance. Hopefully it will have some warranty left and cover anything major. How much is an oil change?? Depends on the model, but it starts at around 350.00 and goes up. Tires are another big expense.

Also companies still own the truck and will dictate what you can and cannot do to the truck. Payments don’t stop because of breakdowns, hometime, or slow freight times.

These are the highlights. If your looking to get into a truck without having anything to invest, you don’t need to be getting into it. Save your money and buy your own truck and lease your truck onto a company.

I don’t intend to throw cold water on your idea, just pointing out how these programs work.

Posted:  2 days, 19 hours ago

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Papa Pigs Zainy Rookie Solo Adventures

Make sure you stay hydrated in the heat. I carry water and plenty of gatorade. Leg cramps are a sure sign of dehydration.

Trailer issues are abound. Too many lazy drivers or ones that just don’t care, not sure which. I seldom get a trailer there is nothing wrong with. Ironic part is our trailers are shop inspected every 90 days. I have literally picked them up at the shop and found issues, and not small ones. It happens, but do your job the right way so nothing comes back to you. It does get frustrating.

Good deal getting an easy one on the way home.

Posted:  2 days, 21 hours ago

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Papa Pigs Zainy Rookie Solo Adventures

There are always days like that. Thank god they are the exception rather than the rule. Sounds like you handled it real well. As far as the wrong trailer type you did exactly what you should have done. You read the notes and identified the problem and let someone higher up the food chain make that call. Had you just rolled with it, then you accepted all responsibility. If you would have got there and not been able to get in, your fault. The way you did it relieves you of that responsibility.

Always read any/all notes or special instructions. Alot of time they are outdated or just wrong, but we as drivers seldom know if that is the case. Until you go back subsequent times to that customer.

I have a load monday going to NY. They have had issues with drivers having large heels left in the trailer. They sent me up there to evaluate the site. It is miserable from start to finish, however doable and you can get all the product off. Just alot of extra work. The notes in the system say all the wrong things to do. I reminded them of that fact and will do it my way. The dispatcher told me that is why I’m sending you, I don’t end up with issues afterward.

Keep the faith and good work ethic.

Posted:  3 days, 21 hours ago

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Brand New CDL.............TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We have several drivers in their 70’s still driving and crawling up and down tankers. We have one that just retired a few months ago at 82. Age is just a number. If you take care of your health you can pretty much stay as ling as you wish!!

Posted:  4 days, 11 hours ago

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I'll Be Live On Road Dog Trucking Radio This Thursday

Very good show Brett!! I got interrupted and missed a little but listened and enjoyed the most of itthank-you.gif

Posted:  6 days, 10 hours ago

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Titan Transfer Inc

Congrats!! A small class is always good. It will be fast paced. My cdl class had 4 in it. Enjoy the next 11 days and fasten your seat belt after that.

Posted:  6 days, 10 hours ago

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Best trucking company for a woman driver (new)

Welcome Rita, your situation sounds very familiar to me. You are still brand new. Old School is telling you exactly the way it is. Work hard and prove yourself and communicate with your dispatcher. You didn’t say if your under a contract or not.

My gf had a similiar situation as you describe. I coached her along and she proved to the company how good she was. She must have wanted to quit a dozen times during that first year. She stuck it out, completed her contract and they even offered to make her a trainer. She went to the terminal and turned in her notice to come to work for me. They have tried several times to get her to come back, but that isn’t going to happen. Point is use their time and dime, learn to be productive and after a year you will have alot more available options.

None of what you describe has anything to do with your gender. It is just the nature of the beast. Trucks breaking down happen, packrat almost had a catastrphic event right after his shop worked on his truck. Things can and will happen. It is mechanical and we put them through alot. Sometimes a particular truck is just a lemon. Luck of the draw. Just be glad your a company driver and the company is paying the repair bills.

This life can and will be frustrating at times. Foscus on those things you can control. Your productivity and safety. Communicate effictively with your dispatcher. As you prove yourself your miles should pickup overall.

Posted:  1 week ago

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What reefer unit is best for a 30m³ box truck?

The two main companies are Carrier and thermoking. They both have various sizes depending on cooling size and needs. Both have a good national network for service.

Posted:  1 week ago

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I'll Be Live On Road Dog Trucking Radio This Thursday

Awesome, I’ll arrange my schedule for sure. I follow tim ridley and kevin rutherford regularly. HOS is always something good to cover.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Early Fireworks--Blown Steer Tire

OMG!!! I’m so glad your ok. That is the extreme for sure.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Thinking about career change from law enforcement to truck driving

Welcome Danny. And thank you for your service sir!!

I retired 7 1/2 years ago. I was with a small agency in central Ca. I had a wonderful career. After 10 months I decided to go to school and get my cdl and have been driving since. Since you have 8 years left to secure your pension that is what I would do. That is security for your family that will always be there no mater what else happens in life. You are on the downhill side. My retirement pays all my household bills and trucking is all extra for me. Which translates to a lot less stress in my life. I am also single, so that makes my situation far different than raising a family.

I understand how difficult the job has become lately, but things will improve. These days remind me of the state of policing in the late 60-70’s. That was before my time, but my brother was in LE in the 70’s and we have had many a conversation.

Think back about the reasons you got into LE to begin with. Those of us that have made career’s out of it did so because we wanted to have a positive impact in our community. With your experience level you are looked up too by the junior coppers and this can be a great teaching moment to help shape them. 2 of the best I ever worked with and help train are now the leaders of my old agency. You never really realize the impact you have until much later.

Entry level trucking you can expect to be home roughly 40-50 days a year and make approx 35-40k. After that first year income will increase but you can expect approx. 3-4 years before your back to what you currently make. These are general expecations, some do better and some worse.

I hope some of these thoughts help you make a good decision for you and your family. I am just speaking in general terms because I don’t know your specific situations. I am always hanging around if you have any questions feel free to ask.

Stay safe!!

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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How Many Miles Should A Rookie Driver Make

Generally once you make your 1 year mark you are considered an experienced driver. Alot never make 90 or 180 days so 365 is a true accomplishment.

Too your first question. Sounds like they are going to run you regional once you complete training. The miles depend on alot of factors and can vary week to week. Most companies have a good routing loop on those, however things can and will change time to time. A friend of mine ran regional awhile and his miles were right around 2600 a week.

initially they will move a bit slower while you are first learning. Your miles will be lower, but pickup as you gain experience. The main thing you always need to remember is concentrate on the moment. Don’t get ahead of yourself. That is when bad things usually happen. This is a complex industry. Many things go on behind the scenes most drivers never know about. Keep the lines of communication open with your dispatcher, learn your craft well and good things will come too you.

Right now concentrate on starting school and soaking up the knowledge. Remember school and orientation is a drawn out job interview.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Happy Birthday Kearsey

Happy Birthday Rainy🎉🎉🎉🎉🍰🍰🍰

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Titan Transfer Inc

Congrats. I see their trucks alot but haven’t ever talked to any of the drivers. Now you know when the real work begins. Keep us posted. good-luck.gif

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