Profile For Jason K.

Jason K.'s Info

  • Location:
    Demotte, IN

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Team Driver

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    3 months, 3 weeks 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:  3 weeks, 6 days 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:  1 month, 3 weeks 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:  1 month, 3 weeks 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:  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:  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:  2 months ago

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My Return to Trucking

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks 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:  2 months, 3 weeks 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:  2 months, 3 weeks 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:  2 months, 3 weeks 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.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Any Werner Drivers?

No, I don't think I have spoken about my school other than it being an extremely positive one. With it being in Gary, Indiana a lot of people get all these assumptions that it is a bad school. That is by far the most false statement.

I know of at least 2-3 options total that the school offers for anyone that attends, but if you've done your research then you may know better than I. The most important thing, with regard to Drive-Co, is they work with people as long as it is within reason. They are an extremely great school. Dare I say a fun school because I don't want them to seem unprofessional. They take things very seriously, but some of the instructors are quite funny during the process.

They are their to help make sure you succeed, so...IF...by chance a person is struggling to understand things they can get a reasonable extension before taking their road tests. They have several different company recruiters that visit the school to tell you all about themselves, this is great because you can ask a bunch of questions like you'd do during a phone interview, as you should, but before you ever apply.

If you have anymore questions regarding the school I will do my best to answer.

I noticed you have recently joined the site so as a quick ending here I want to encourage you to go through the links below so you are prepared even before going into school.

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Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Any Werner Drivers?

Yes, Zengrump. I went to DriveCo out of Gary. Might we know each other?

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Any Werner Drivers?

Oh, Oldschool, you da man, LOL.

I'm sorry if my statements were worded in a manner that may have formed your conclusion that my mindset is in the poor place you have described, and I appreciate you addressing it regardless. I don't believe it is a "Us against them" thing. It was more of a cringe moment, like a..."Really?"...moment, and just thought, maybe I should make sure I see what these other 2 companies have to offer before I put all my eggs in one basket. I completely understand what you are saying though.

I have done all that you mentioned. I haven't been sitting on the computer/couch, though, I promise that. I do have a lot of time to spend on a computer, but when I'm not on it I'm always super busy. I've been pre-hired by PTL, and Werner, just waiting to hear from Titan, and I just want to know my options.

There isn't much I can do until I decide on a company and schedule the date I'll start orientation. I must wait until the end of March to the Beginning of April before I start so that I can organize/orchestrate my departure. I have to get a storage unit for my things, sell some other things, ensure that what and where I'm leaving is handled.

Prior to, basically in this moment up to when I leave I also need to go back to my CDL school for a free 1-day refresher since I have been out of the industry for 1.5 years. Lastly, I'd like to go through my old papers and information from school and Schneider and refresh myself on all of that. Should I forgo this last part?

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Any Werner Drivers?

I understand both of you, and thank you.

It is not the CPM that is bothering me. I just don't appreciate being slanted so they can put an a** in a seat. That tells me they don't care about the driver. I was just mentioning that if I take the $0.38 CPM option, I could go to Titan, May, or PTL for the same if not more, and they didn't/haven't lied to me.

It's almost if your friend or family member lies to you, you lose respect for them when they do that. I understand they are recruiters, it's a mega-carrier, etc... but they have moved down my list.

I'm not saying I wouldn't consider them, but I think I'm going to see if another company can be straight with me and rule everyone else out before I plunge to Werner.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Any Werner Drivers?

Don't believe everything a recruiter says. Dan is correct dedicated means delivering to different stores in a region you most likely will be doing dollar general or Home Depot accounts I highly suggest just doing OTR until you have the experience to handle a "regional" account. You can run 4 weeks out and then go home for 4 days straight to rest and spend time with family being home for a weekend is not what you think, you will sleep more than anything else and not have much time to spend with family or friends. Remember this isn't a job it's a life, I love it...

That is why I wanted to clarify, thank you JD. I think I will take the $0.38 CPM but more miles OTR Option instead then. I don't have a family to come home to so I'm not worried about home time. Most of my home time will be spent in beautiful, and awesome places that I end up along the way.

With all that said, I actually may continue to look at the last 3 companies on my list because they may offer more CPM.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Any Werner Drivers?

Sorry, I don't mean to repeat myself, but you all keep mentioning dedicated accounts. I know what those are, but I was advised differently by the recruiter.

I was advised it would be a Dedicated "REGION" and no particular account. Mostly Drop & Hook, all no touch freight. They advised I would just stick to the following states: MN, WI, KY, IN, OH, IA, IL, MI.

I need to know if that is a thing in Werner, or if that is their way of slanting the truth that it will be a dedicated account instead. If so, then I will take my 2nd option, OTR, all 48 states. I'm not ready for dedicated accounts, and I'm under the impression that it isn't, so I would like to find out what the truth is. If I can't get it then I'll have to go with a different company on my list, that isn't going to slant the truth.

I know what I want and a dedicated "account" is not it.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Any Werner Drivers?

Also I don't recommend doing dedicated accounts unless you are very good at backing in tight places. Because most are very difficult small stores that are full of obstacles. Time management is key to making money.

I was offered a dedicated region, not a dedicated account. Is that common for Werner?

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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CDL invalid if not put to use after graduating CDL School!?

Welcome, Ken

There will be a moderator that will post some links for you soon also, but I can't really say if that is true or not, it would seem understandable though.

Even though everything they said sounded like rainbows and unicorns, doesn't mean it was all a lie. You have to do your research and ask the right questions. You've come to the right place to get those things done.

Good Luck to you.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Any Werner Drivers?

That's ok, this thread is probably the best bet for those in the future, I like the open platform for everyone.

So, you've been there a year? Hopefully my questions aren't to personal, if so, just let me know you can't answer them.

What terminal do you mainly drive out of? I was told I'd be going to the Joliet Terminal for my Orientation, then out for 3-4 weeks with my trainer, then my own truck. I should be running Midwest dedicated so only (MN, WI, MI, IA, IN, OH, KY, IL).

How have you liked it so far? What has been your experience?

Any pointers, or words of advice or knowledge you can drop here for me with regard to Werner specifically?

Thanks

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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My Return to Trucking

I will do just that Rob, thanks.

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