Profile For Jason K.

Jason K.'s Info

  • Location:
    Demotte, IN

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Team Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    6 years, 3 months ago

Jason K.'s Bio

Born and raised in Indiana. Served 12 years in the U.S. Army as an Infantryman, Combat Engineer, and Military Police Traffic Investigator. Received my Bachelors of Science in Recording Arts, and my Masters of Science and MBA in Entertainment Business. I started my CDL journey in September of 2016. I only worked for about 2 months for Schneider National before I left due to some health concerns. I have gotten, and still, continue to work on my health. I plan to return to the trucking industry by 2018-2019.

I have been a sponge for so many years and I'm filled with my experience and knowledge from my perspective. Always willing to answer questions and help out where it is needed, however, there are plenty of vets here that know far better than I. If I don't know an answer I will find it, or just allow the trucking vets to handle it.

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Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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My Return to Trucking

Hey been running my face off. 6500 miles in 6 days with my teammate, nice paycheck to accompany it also.

I’ll add to my diary here when I can.

Hope you all are ok out there

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Laugh at yourself

Hey all, I've been busy in training, and have about a week left. Headed to L.A. tomorrow, 2-day trip.

I wanted to share my "rookie" mistake. It was hilarious, to say the least, but without the knowledge gained in school and during company training, it could have gone really bad.

I was bobtailing/deadheading on the I-40 from eastern Tennesse to Lebanon Tennesse. Tennessee has rolling hills and a couple of grades down that corridor. I had the Jake brake on and my trainer abruptly shut it off and said don't use a jake while bobtailing. I said ok, noted, and kept trucking.

Now I must have forgotten that it was off, and each time we would hit a rather steep hill, I would notice the speed of the truck increase and would flip the Jake "Level" into the position I thought I needed. I wasn't turning it on, just changing the amount.

I did this for about 40 miles before I mentioned it to my trainer and his response was he was wondering what the heck I was doing because the Jake was shut off.

LMAO!!!!!!! The truck, being light as a bobtail, and the cruise control did all the work, but for that 40 miles, I thought the jake was doing it. Boy did I feel dumb for a few minutes, but boy did I laugh, even days later, even now as I type it.

Here is the takeaway, if in fact the cruise or something wasn't working it could have gone really bad, but this is why we have the knowledge and training we get. I still had options if something wasn't working. I could lightly use my brakes and downshift, just as you are taught. Last resort is to actually turn on the jake.

That is my quick post, hope everyone is doing great.

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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My Return to Trucking

Hey everyone. I’m a week in now, I have about another week left. Trainer has hometime this weekend, so I’ll be in a hotel for a couple days then back out to finish up. Ran most of the east this week. Got some great experience in snow, also driving on 5-7% grades, and have seen some amazing parts of this United States of America.

I don’t think most people realize the significance of us as humans and our capabilities when we are just a very small piece in the world.

Smile still hasn’t disappeared, well maybe a couple times.

Lastly, my teammate that I’ll be driving with after training, and I, were offered a dedicated Harley account running from PA to the west coast.

Hope everyone else is doing great, if not find the positive in your situation. Life’s not an emergency always try to stay positive.

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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My Return to Trucking

I’ll do my best rob.

I’m on the truck now. Took about 15 minutes and felt like I was at home again, so to speak. My trainer is awesome, kinda lucked out, everything is still falling right in line, and couldn’t be more happy, with due regard, always bumps in the road but I’ve just dealt with them as they come.

I honestly don’t think I’ve smiled this much in awhile.

Headed to the Carolinas, after that, we shall see, hope to get out West maybe.

I’m only required to do a partial training of a couple weeks which is good.

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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My Return to Trucking

Yeah, I set it as my profile pic, maybe the mods don't want company logos or anything in pictures, my apologies if that is the case. Everything is well, leaving Friday morning for 2-3 weeks of training.

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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My Return to Trucking

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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My Return to Trucking

Hey everyone!

Wanted to make sure I give an update. I'm getting started sooner rather than later. I start orientation at Werner on the 16th of March in Joliet, IL.

Some changes - I'm Teaming!!!! That may seem like a poor move, or not one many of you would suggest, but I thought it through and decided on it. I'm not just teaming with a random person, it is a very good friend of mine that I went to CDL school with and also worked at Schneider with. His name is Jeff. Since we have been friends we have always wanted to team drive, but never got the chance and now we do.

We both understand the lifestyle, we have established boundaries, and have both agreed that we need to have open and honest communication. We both have the same goals in mind, and rarely ever have issues with each other. Lastly, the biggest one for me...We trust each other.

This is going to bring in a lot more income for both of us. He has 2 years experience already which is helping us both in multiple areas. He is running Solo now until I finish up my training. They have put him in a Brand New 2018-2019 truck that they typically use for Teams ONLY so the transition when I get done is as close to seamless as possible.

Things are always moving along, still staying positive in my times of tribulation.

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Well, here goes nothing.

I will most certainly stay in touch OldSchool. I sound like a broken record, but thanks again. I have this site/forum saved as a quick access app on my phone and bookmarked on my laptop, so I will make sure to reach out on here first when I run into discouragement.

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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My Return to Trucking

I chose Werner Enterprises. I will have to give my recruiter a call back on the 19th to set my orientation for the 28th since I need the next couple of weeks to get my things put in storage, and ensure other things are handled and in place while I'm gone.

My start with Werner is at the Joliet, IL Terminal, yes, the brand new one. LOL.

I will be choosing the OTR position at $0.38 CPM instead of the dedicated option they also gave me.

So, here goes nothing. Wish me luck, I'll need a little bit. You may not see many posts from me for a couple months.

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Well, here goes nothing.

I chose Werner Enterprises. I will have to give my recruiter a call back on the 19th to set my orientation for the 28th since I need the next couple of weeks to get my things put in storage, and ensure other things are handled and in place while I'm gone.

My start with Werner is at the Joliet, IL Terminal, yes, the brand new one. LOL.

I will be choosing the OTR position at $0.38 CPM instead of the dedicated option they also gave me.

So, here goes nothing. Wish me luck everyone, I'll need a little bit. You may not see many posts from me for a couple months, wishing you all safety, and positivity. As always thanks to everyone that heard me out, contributed information, and more.

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