Profile For PJ

PJ's Info

  • Location:
    Elberton, GA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

  • Social Link:
    PJ On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    7 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 week, 3 days ago

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Just want to let you know I am hanging in there

Good news Moe. Keep up the good work. All of us around here wish you the best sir!!

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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So you want to own your own truck?

Hey ya’ll. Sorry been super busy lately. I agree with all the above info. Driving is probably my least amount of time invested these days.

Costs just keep going up. From trucks, parts, fuel, etc. and the price we get on the freight makes it hard.

Now the federal gov’t is trying to enact in effect AB5 on the entire country. If that passes it will really make a huge impact on those of us that lease onto big companies. We do it to save money mostly on insurance. In my case I already have a 5m policy because of hauling hazmat. I pay less than half going through QC as what I could it for on my own.

The stress and constantly rising costs really isn’t worth it anymore. People have all kinds of reasons they do it, and some will always try.

I have seen so many folks try and fail it is unreal. I have always said new drivers espically, have no business jumping into this end of the pool.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Wrapped it up

Wow Mr C, this is mixed news for sure. So sorry about the health issues. Happiness on the new home. Wishing you all the best towards the future. Please stop by when you have a chance. You will always be an inspiration. May God Bless you and the family!!

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Long time no see

Hey Bud, good to hear from you. Sorry to hear things at QC didn’t work out for you. We did go through a rough patch back in late 19 for sure. Don’t be a stranger sir!!

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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A "wet and reckless" in the eyes of potential employers

Welcome Garrett. Your going to be fighting an uphill battle for sure. Your reference to wet reckless in out of the ca vehicle code it appears. Trucking companies are going to treat it just like a dui I am fairly sure. In ca that is a plea bargain on a 23152 original charge and they advise in taking the plea it will be considered as a prior if charged with dui in the next 7 years.

I wish you would have been here before you started school. You would have gotten a better idea of how to go about things. Moe gave you good advice above.

Wish you well in your search

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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So How Is Your Day Going?

Dang ya’ll make me feel alot better. Last week was a challenge, but no where near what ya’ll have gone through.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Overweight and punished

This is a situation only the driver can make the call on. Turtle outlined the best possible solution in this situation already. Once a driver accepts the load and rolls, it becomes your responsibility. Dispatchers come in many shapes and forms. Some good, some not. A call to the safety dept can often cure dispatch problems.

When I pulled a box I had that happen once. Long story short the shipper put an extra pallet on and expected it to fly. It was 2200 lbs over gross and they tried everything to justify it. It came down to they would not remove one and gave me the choice to run it or not get the load. I backed into the door and promptly told them to get their stuff off my trailer. They were shocked. So their attitude made that load very late to the customer because they had to find another truck.

I don’t know what your experience level is, but never feel bad about staying legal. If your company does business this way, maybe it is time to find one that values excellent drivers that run legally.

Wishing you the best.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Tanker/Hazmat

Some of that depends on where you live. The largest chemical haulers have all gone to shorter routes and less long haul, however some of that is still available in some parts of the country. I work for Quality Carriers and we are staying busy. Dana and Heniff are 2 other big players in chemicals. Schneider does have a tank division however their history has kinda been up and down. Again the part of the country you live depends alot on what is going on.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Starting with Pride Transport SLC on 15 Feb 2021 ask away!

Congrats Sir!!! Things do not always go as we plan, but you seem to know how to roll with it, no pun intended!!! Stay safe. dancing-banana.gif

Posted:  1 month ago

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Running on recaps

Jose the miles your talking are possible, but not probable. I did 4200 in 8 days once and the most of it was one load, ca to chicago then 2 other loads were preloaded and I grabbed them and went. I also don’t drive a goverened truck. That was alot. I had 1 minute left on my 70 when I was finished. That also included fueling/pretrip or post trip being combined and scrimping on the other. I know DOT would have frowned upon it. For a rookie I don’t think it would be possible, just my opinion.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Citations

Hmmmm, never heard of anyone getting cited for a misunderstanding. Much less 3 in a month. That is alot in my opinion. Paying attention to details is extremly important in this industry.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Feasability of buying a truck and hiring another driver to keep the wheels rolling - CDL but no current experience

Possible yes, feasible probably not so much. Being the owner your experience level will be a big factor in your insurance rate. Employee’s records are taken into account secondarily. Your rate will be sky high. Also unless you have your own customer you won’t make enough to cover all the expenses on an employee. I would need to know much more about your 3-5 yr business plan to offer any specific suggestions.

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Running on recaps

Math is great to make a plan. However in real life it is very difficult to make that happen. Customers time schedules will most often get in the way. I rarely run recaps, but the last 3 weeks I have and it gets annoying looking at the appt times, then figuring up if you have the hours. It is always your responsibilty to ensure you have enough hours to make the appt’s on time.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Application approved @ May Trucking, pending call from recuiter for orientation date.

That is awesome Moe!!! Congratsdancing-banana.gif

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Things Are Bad, Running Out of Time

Eugene take tonight and do alot of thinking about what is going wrong. Something is. We all have struggled with backing and some days are better than others. Take a deep breath and figure out where it is going wrong. You have to know the problem before you can correct it.

My guess is your getting anxious and the anxiety is what is wrong. My gf has that tendency. Once her back starts to go wrong she stress’s herself out internally.

When anything goes wrong just stop clear your mind, take a deep breath and identify what needs to be done.

We deal with a variety of situations everyday that we just have to figure out. There is no magic wand, just assessment and finding a solution.

They are looking at the last part just as much as they are your actual backing skill.

We wish you the best tomorrow.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Roehl training: phase 3 (solo)

Andry I really don’t know what to say on this. I never saw anything like that when I was there. It was many years ago. Did you get your cdl through them?? They used to be fairly lienient.

Keep your chin up. Start applying everywhere. Someone else will pick you up. Be open about what happened.

Keep us informed how it goes please.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Motion sickness caused by simulators

Congrats!!! Great job!!!

Now you know first hand they are not that scary. I really enjoyed my time working with them.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Lumpers are a pain....

I can remember those days, and everytime I even think about going back I have fladhbacks, lol. I much prefer the tanker world, espically the routine customers that let me in, sign the paperwork, and let me do my thing. In/out usually under 2 hours tops. That’s not all loads, but I do get my hands on a good bit of them.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Bad experience or am I the problem?

Yes the eld mointers much more than the old ABORD’s did. It even mointers any engine codes. We also have a program called speed gauge the gives a very detailed report of speed. Companies can set their own parameters inside it of what sets of bells and whistles to safety, your DM and terminal manager. Cruise control is my best friend!!!

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Covid 19 Vaccine Unavailabe to Drivers

We have always prided ourselves on helping people with the truth about all aspects of this industry. Purpose and goal. However as things unfold these days alot does effect this industry and we strive to have an adult debate about certain issues. Usually it serves well, sometimes goes off the rails. We are all different, many reasons go into that. Many, many of us come from other proffessional backgrounds.

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