Profile For PJ

PJ's Info

  • Location:
    Elberton, GA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

  • Social Link:
    PJ On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 11 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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My logs are a mess

LMAO, I’m sure I won’t packrat. I’ve been asking for 2 months what is going on with it because they have not said a word yet. I’m sure I will have to amend the way I do certain things embarrassed.gif

Posted:  1 day ago

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Convoy

LMAO, I remember the movie from when it was first released. Maybe that’s why I became a tanker yankerembarrassed.gif

Posted:  1 day ago

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My logs are a mess

Interesting stuff. Thanks for sharing everyone. I’m still on abord and not looking forward to the switch.

Posted:  2 days, 14 hours ago

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Your favorite thing about driving a truck.

I enjoy the challenges each day brings. No matter if your going the same places over again down the same route the challenges are always different. I always strive to learn at least one new thing a day and challenge myself to improve.

Posted:  2 days, 14 hours ago

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Tools needed?

Packrat my list probably matches yours pretty close, lol. Guess its the old navy in us.

Donna dry vans have a wooden floor that sometimes get securement nailed into it.

Posted:  2 days, 15 hours ago

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Newbie problems with trip planning..

Kim it would help if we can narrow down how your company operates in this area. I.E. do they provide you with a route you must take?

Do you use a gps such as rand mcnally or garmin and is it a truck gps, or does your truck computer give you routing.

I don’t want to bore you if it is something specific we can help with. If it is the entire process then we can do that as well. Steve gave some great suggestions above already.

Also if you have a smartphone do you have google earth app? If not download it.

Posted:  2 days, 15 hours ago

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How To Prevent Drivers From Tailgating You

Sounds like hog heaven to me shocked.png

Posted:  2 days, 20 hours ago

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Just got accepted!!

Congratsdancing-banana.gif

Posted:  2 days, 22 hours ago

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Drivers who speed up when you Pass

Can you spell duma**. There are plenty out here for sure. The industry has a vast amount of steering wheel holders instead of proffessional truck drivers these days.

Posted:  2 days, 22 hours ago

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How To Prevent Drivers From Tailgating You

Very effective I should say. I wouldn’t want to get fuel or park at the same stop with that one either, just saying

Posted:  2 days, 22 hours ago

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Had my Six month evaluation this morning

Congrats Chris. That is great news. Time has a way of flying by when you stay busy.

Posted:  3 days, 2 hours ago

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Please help! New CDL and accident of personal vehicle

Law Enforcement generally will not get involved with private property fender benders anymore. They just don’t have the time for it. They just let insurance companies handle it civilly and depending on the agencies policy there may not even be a report. When you apply to companies answer their questions honestly, but just answer the question. For example: Have you ever been involved in a serious traffic accident. The correct answer would be no in this case and leave it at that. Example 2: Have you ever been involved in a traffic accident. The correct answer here would be yes. Answer only what is asked, but honestly. As said each company has their own weight they give to aspects of the application. Best wishes for you going forward.

Posted:  3 days, 3 hours ago

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Test date on the 26th. Looking like I’ll be a professional truck driver. Questions on trip planning

I also use the Rand McNally TND 740. Guess its a thing with us mature folks, lol. I agree to disagree with it about 20% of the time. Always google earth view your location. It only takes a minute of your time. I am a visual person. I look at any directions and find them on the map so I can see exactly what I’m getting into before I get into it. Also my company gives gps coordinates. Don’t always count on them being correct. I have one customer if you use those will land you at a middle school 3 miles down the road. Just a word of caution. Also like packrat said nothing trumps a road sign. Tried and true method.

Posted:  3 days, 18 hours ago

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Thinking About Leaving Schneider

Jaime you have expressed some interest in tanks. Ya’ll have a tanker division, have you talked to anyone there?? What specifically is intetesting to you?

I’m around alot of your tanker drivers. Ya’ll pull chemicals, not food grade. I know you guys as well as all the other tanker companies have much more tanker freight that is regionalized. The long haul loads are there, but the exception rather than the rule. So wanting OTR with long miles is not going to be there. Mostly runs are 600-900 at best. Chemicals still pays decent in comparison to dry van and regular flatbed. We do tend to get alot of empty miles also just because of availabity of tank washes. It isn’t for everyone. It’s kind of like flatbedding. You either love it or hate it. I love it, but that is just my personal choice.

Posted:  3 days, 18 hours ago

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New here, making a career change.

G my bad back then it was class 1. They changed the numerical to alpha designation in the 90’s. Sorry had to dig back in the memory for that one

Posted:  3 days, 18 hours ago

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New here, making a career change.

Welcome Rolex. I’ll give you credit for living in LA. I lived up in the central valley by fresno for 40 years. When moonbeam got reelected gov I retired and moved.

G back in the 80’s cali had a class A that was a chauffers license, which covered trucks.

Posted:  4 days, 14 hours ago

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Heading to Swift in Menasha, WI Monday 9/23!

Congrats Marc great news. dancing-banana.gif

Posted:  5 days, 11 hours ago

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New state!

Chemical companies have alot of rules, but for good reason. Some don’t even let us all the way in. We drop at the gate and they bring our empty back to us.

Posted:  5 days, 13 hours ago

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Another trucking company closes.

The market largely is in a reset of sorts as has been said. Rates are self-correcting after the boom last year. I have been seeing changes since about June 1. After watching things 2 weeks ago I met with my regional operations manager for a brief meeting. To my suprise, he appeared to be very open and honest. I also know there are other things I’m sure he didn’t share with me, but that is expected.

Bottom line is we started our normal freight slowdown period approx. 2 months earlier and we have lost some rates because of a two-prong effect. First is the rates self-adjusting and second we as a company have entered into cheaper contracts with 3 very large customers to keep their business because our overall drivers lack of performance.

I have noticed a lot more drivers disappearing. He confirmed they are cracking down on performance and shedding drivers that do not improve.

We are in for a bit of a rough patch. I knew the good times were not forever. I have money in the bank and I have been very strict on my extras. I’ll keep doing as I have and I’m sure everything will work out just fine.

I think it was insane to keep drivers that were poor performers, but that is just my take. I guess it was better to hang onto them to fill a seat instead of hiring new ones. Until it has snowballed to the point it is costing them in having to lower the rates.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Got my Training Engineer and Driver Business Lead Assignments!

Comgrats Marc dancing-banana.gif

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