Profile For PJ

PJ's Info

  • Location:
    Elberton, GA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

  • Social Link:
    PJ On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    8 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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Posted:  2 days, 14 hours ago

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Starting a company

Yes sir, the other thing that alot of people fail to realize is the amount of time spent on reporting requirements to the various fed and state agencies, staying up on maintance, and securing loads and neogating rates.

Driving as an O/O is actually the least amount of time spent. Mess up on reporting requirements and they can put you out of business faster than you went into business.

I want folks reading this to understand that I am in a specialized niche market, and haul the overflow their own private fleet can not do. I do not run just any type of flatbed freight. If I was running off load boards I would not be doing what I am doing.

Posted:  2 days, 17 hours ago

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Qualcomm Went Haywire

Tablets are not all that expensive. I have one I use for my ELD and scale house bypass software. I’m certainly not a big company.

Posted:  2 days, 17 hours ago

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Starting a company

Owning a truck and/or trucks is riskey business for sure. I carry very good insurance and for 1 truck and trailer I’m paying 18k a year. That is with a good csa score and a spotless license.

Posted:  3 days, 21 hours ago

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Starting a company

Anthony welcome to the forum.

Your post is sort of specific as to your goal, but nothing else. I have been an O/O for a bit. I started out leasing onto a company, and now have my own authority. Last year I ran 2 trucks and I sold the 2nd one simply because I did not need the extra headaches. I have my own customers that I haul for and 2 brokers that I have known for a long time as backup.

You need to satisfy Federal requirements first then your state requirements before you can do anything.

The current economy is not a good for starting a new business, unless you have some serious capital and a niche market. Even if you do equipment prices are very high right now. Parts are also in short supply. My mechanic has been telling me for a year how he spends more time locating parts than he does installing them.

New startups also have a hard time finding good drivers. That process alone is a major headache. Someone can look good on paper and be a complete nightmare. Insurance the first year is also expensive. There are a ton of variables getting started. Contact an insurance agent and get a quote. I got my best price through Progressive.

Your first step is a written 3-5 year detailed business plan. That answers several required questions. IE: Type of equipment needed, freight sources, personnel requirements, office/business requirements (other than trucks/trailers). and several more areas.

My email is in my profile. I’m happy to answer any questions I can for you. I’m not going to tell you what to do because I don’t know your situation, but I can share what I have done. Because it has worked for me, doesn’t mean it will work for anyone else.

Posted:  3 days, 22 hours ago

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Driver seats

Seats are all different for sure and expensive. I’ve never heard of a company driver buying their own, but if the stock seat is that bad can never hurt to ask the company about switching.

I have Legacy Lo profile seats and they run about 1200 a seat. I find them very comfortable. The driver seat is getting worn so will be getting it redone before long.

Posted:  3 days, 22 hours ago

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Hurricane Ian

Our prayers are with you and your family. Stay safe!!!

Posted:  3 days, 22 hours ago

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What to do?

Welcome from one Georgian to another. I agree with the advice given alteady so won’t retype it.

Just do what you have too to get through it and on your own. Stay on YOUR course, because that is all that effects YOU.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Can truck drivers bring pets on the road?

The answer is yes!!!

When someone leases onto a company they will have a contract. First rule is your running under their authority you MUST follow their rules.

I agree with G. I don’t see anything stating what your experience is at this time. Stay away from leasing a truck, espically if it’s just to go around a policy. Bad idea…..

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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General question

You should only have to take the hazmat test. You will have to get pre clearance through TSA. Check with your state office. Some require the clearance before you take the test and some let you test and issue after getting the clearance.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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I spoke with an Owner-Operator Yesterday

Once you get experience depending where you live it is possible to do just what that driver has.

I have been mostly over the road for 9 years. I moved into a gig where I run about 1200 miles a week, run 1 load and work between 2-4 days a week. It’s my way of slowing down.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Do you have to log a road test?

Job interviews are just that. Your not an employee usually during the time a road test is done. You have no company information to put on your log. Your not that company’s employee, you don’t have your own authority, and if your still employed by another company the road test and driving is not apart of them.

Testers are all working under the 150 mile exception and that extends to the person being tested.

In my case since I do have my own authority a better case could be made for me to need a log, but most folks taking a road test with a company don’t have that issue.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Are Authorities held responsible if improper maintenance of roadside greenery contributes to an accident?

Well sir I am an owner operator and I go to PA regularly. I much prefer to pay the tolls up there and save time and minimize risk, especially when the weather can be bad. I carry great insurance just in case. Yes both cost me a good amount over the course of a year but it is cheaper than just 1 major claim.

Another point is accessorial charges such as tolls are factored into the rate or charged back to the customer. No need for the company to short change this area.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Are Authorities held responsible if improper maintenance of roadside greenery contributes to an accident?

Your company insurance agents will deal with the issues you bring up. The legal folks will get all the relevant facts and discuss a settlement. If they do not agree then it will go to court and a judge and/or jury will decide what is reasonable.

I guess I'm more confused why you would take that route to save a few bucks in tolls, especially when you say your experienced and these conditions are not unusual.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Are Authorities held responsible if improper maintenance of roadside greenery contributes to an accident?

I’ve read through this post a couple times trying to figure out if it is real or not. The opening statement is one that people often use as deflection from their own mistakes or to prompt interest in the writing.

A pretty far out there thought process that this was a setup by a township.

IF it happened then it’s on the driver. Several good points already made toward this conclusion.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Railroad Strike Looming

Fox is also reporting a tenative agreement. The fed’s need to stay out of it, we all know what happens when they meddle.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Engine Oil Recall ???

Not a word. Just had mine serviced. I use shell rotella.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Trucking Company Requires Driver to Drop Truck Off At Terminal

QC also had a policy trucks and trailers had to be parked at a terminal. I had a 90 mile one way commute when I was a company driver. It was inconvient for sure.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Flatbed rookie here, fixed spread Q&A

My first question is this trailer a flatbed or stepdeck??? They turn differently. And you load them a little different for proper axle weights.

Hauling pods you will be fine anywhere you go. I haul both with granite on them, and heading to Maryland tomorrow in fact.

I have a dump valve on my rear axle. It makes the turning easier. It pivots off the front axle. Mine is electric. I have a second pigtail and the hot wire is run to the center pin. Switch on the dash. You just have to make sure you remember to turn it off after completing the turn.

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The light green cord is my lights and dark green is the dump valve.

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On the trailer left connection are lights, right is dump valve.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Loading Boards / Brokers

Load boards and brokers are normally a pain. If your going to be in business find yourself some dedicated type customers yourself. Figure out what lanes you want to run first, then start looking for the customers.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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I am without an assignment

I’m in complete agreement with G on this one. There are tons on manuals still in this industry. The only ones jumping in completely to the auto pool are large truckload carriers. They make up approx. 10 percent of all trucks on the road.

If you want to limit your career choices to only 10 percent then take the easy road and drive an auto. If you want to make yourself marketable across the industry then learn to drive a manual.

It comes down to personal choice.

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