Profile For PJ

PJ's Info

  • Location:
    Elberton, GA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

  • Social Link:
    PJ On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 7 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:  1 day, 3 hours ago

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Living in the Truck

My hats off to ya’ll. I can’t bring myself too that point. I like my truck, however I also like my home and all my toys. They need a good home too. I run as long as I feel its worth it. Load dependant. Then I go home for a few days or so. I actually have a friend who lives at the house taking care of it for me. It works for us both. I know when I’m ready its there waiting for me. I need the occassional normal life style. The first of the year I am going to hire an employee, which doubles as my girlfriend so I can have a more normal life. My motorcycle has felt neglected the past several years, so I need to correct that....

Posted:  1 day, 3 hours ago

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Interesting Driver Recruiting FB Post!

KB is an all reefer company as far as I know. That tri axle is definetly not theirs. They have been doing the guarantee thing for quite awhile now. They seem to be mainly a midwest company and all their equipment looks to be newer from what I have seen.

Posted:  1 day, 4 hours ago

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Two Days With No Load

This is the reality of our business. Feast or famine... They sent me to cali, again. I got here and did some short regional stuff and got to visit a total of 4 days with my kids/grandkids, plus a reset. The reason given was “things are a little slow right now”. It happens. I made the best of it... I pickup at 0300 and head to ohio.

Posted:  1 day, 4 hours ago

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Terminated by Schneider

I read through this and it makes no sense to me either. First off your stuck for the weekend, not forever. Fighting city hall today won’t get you anywhere. I think your best bet is to head home and as soon as you get there contact the safety folks at the closest terminal. They should be able to investigate the situation. At a minimum it sounds like someone was neglegent by letting so many CE’s pile up before addressing it. You need to own your parts as well. This is a snowball rolling down a steep hill at this point. No matter what, you need more resolution than this if you want to stay in this business. As an employer I can guarantee you if I saw a DAC with that on it I would be very cautious to say the least. I drove some older trucks with the safety stuff on them, however it’s been awhile ago so I’m not up on that stuff.

Posted:  4 days, 5 hours ago

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Meal prep on the road

What exactly are meal prep services???

Bruce Ga is a very beautiful state, but we do wear cloths in public. Generally cammo colored, lol

Posted:  1 month ago

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Best route to california

Steve I go out and currently on my way back. It is about 100 miles further to take 40, but well worth it. 70 west of denver is steep. I too pull a non baffled tanker.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Air compressor tank for air tools?

I have a setup for air up a tanker just in case my pto driven compressor goes down. It takes forever so my guess is running air tools is a bad idea

Posted:  1 month ago

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Georgia CDL holders with TWIC card & Hazmat

I live close to the SC line and went to Greenville SC for the application and fingerprinting.

Posted:  1 month ago

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APU and air conditioning

I will throw this out there. The emissions systems do not like idling. The more you idle the more it tends to fill up the dpf filters. It gets costly normally maintaining these systems. Also wear and tear on the engine. My truck burns approx 3/4 of a gallon of fuel to idle. The apu uses approx. 1 pint. I change the apu oil when I do the truck engine. My apu has had some regular issues, water pump and belt. It is 9 years old and runs strong. Plus in those states that have no idle policies I have no worries. Customers have granted me permission to stay on site as long as I agreed to not idle. That preserves time on my clock for getting another load for the week most of the time.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Random acts of kindness

Thanks Bruce, I feel the same way, it’s funny to an extent, but very sad also. I’m always willing to help someone out if I can. This proffession used to have much more of that, and I find that very unfortunate

Posted:  1 month ago

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Random acts of kindness

I ran across a very new driver that had scaled a load and was overweight on his drives. I noticied him because he was driving in a big circle in the truck stop. I had just stopped to grab something but saw him and after about 3 rounds he stopped close to me. We were in Canada at a Flying J off the QEW. I walked over and asked if he was lost. He showed me his weight ticket and said he had spent the last hour driving around the lot to burn fuel so he would not be overweight going into the states.

First and foremost I was stunned. This guy got a cdl and some sort of training and did not know how to slide his tandems on a box trailer. I held class there in the lot and gave him a quick course in it. He was very happy.

There are people among us from all different backgrounds and all different levels of training. Never assume just because someone is driving a truck they know what they are doing!!!

Posted:  1 month ago

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The Road Less Traveled; Governed Truck Speed

Different companies look at the speed situation similiar, but yet different. The feds have been kicking around the idea for awhile now too govern all class 8’s at 65 mph as they do in Canada. It has been debated alot. Personally from my experience’s the different speed limits between trucks and others are far more dangerous. Most states that did have them have gotten away from it because the crash stat’s showed it was unsafe. Of course the biggest holdout on this is Ca. No suprise.

My company is set at 65 for company trucks, O/O’s is unrestricted. We use a computer speed tracking software called speedgauge. There are many that argue its accuracy. I can tell you from working with it, it is very accurate. The company has it broke down by amount over the posted limit and for how many miles before it becomes punitive.

Progressive discipline over a rolling 3 month period. Simple if you hit the thresholds 4 times in that period your fired. Hit 80 mph or above your fired.

It takes alot of intentional speeding to get the first letter, much less 3 more within 3 months. We have had drivers test the resolve of the company and they have been fired.

Posted:  1 month ago

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$.29 per mile

GP negoiates contracts year to year. I ran one 4.5 years ago and it paid .30. The companies pay the drivers based on the contract. I would never recommend doing their fleet. We did get a bonus at the end of the year if you drove enough miles, but that wasn’t anywhere near the lost revenue of the low cpm

Posted:  1 month ago

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Watch your wagon... G-town

We have a customer in Detroit that actually put it in their safety video we have to watch, “ Do not hit the power pole”. That one has been hit countless times.

I fully agree with Brett, G is a basic staple around here. He can be a little brash at times, but we all have that ability. Bottom line is he is correct and tells it straight. Thanks G👍

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Got my first raise and a safety letter

Congrats well deserved dancing-dog.gifdancing-dog.gif

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Question for you men.....

Go for it Rainy!!! My girlfriend and I had a talk about this. She is a new driver and a very good looking blonde. I told her what to expect at some point, but I don’t think she fully believes me as yet. Some men are just A holes. But there are still a few of us good ones around. I look forward to reading the finished product then sharing it with my girlfriend

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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J.B. Hunt- Personal Conveyance

Every company has their individual rules in this area. My company allows 50 miles every day for it. That is for company drivers, lease ops, and owner operators. I put forth a good scenario and safety granted me 110 miles. My girlfriend is a company driver with a different company and they have no policy for lease ops and do not allow it at all for company drivers. You would need to ask someone at the company for their policy.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Roehl Transport & Forced Dispatch - New CDL graduate needs more information

Roehl has a flatbed division in so cal. Was in Fontana unless they moved it. Roehl is a good company, don’t get hung up on the forced dispatch issue. We all have our likes and dislikes, but we still have to do our job. There are alot of factors that go into dispatch assignments, so just be thankful they are getting you miles and home on time.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Canada

You do have to be careful. Our peoplenet units automatically switch over to canadian hos, which I hate. You can be good until you come back into the states then be in violation. As long as the company and or customers do the paperwork correctly crossing is pretty easy, but if they mess it up can be a disaster.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Walmart Dedicated

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