Profile For Don

Don's Info

  • Location:
    Wooster, OH

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

  • Social Link:
    Don On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 7 months ago

Don's Bio

Day cab driver hauling corrugated boxes

If you would like to contact me, my mail to use is dongoho624@outlook.com

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Posted:  2 days, 19 hours ago

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Drivers who speed up when you Pass

What is even worse are the yahoo's who pass you, then merge back into the lane about 10-20 feet ahead of you or so and then slow down! I have had a few drivers do this in torrential rains where visibility is affected, not to mention during this past Winter. That really ****es me off. Needless to say, I back off and remain wary of them until either they move further ahead.

Posted:  2 days, 19 hours ago

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Your favorite thing about driving a truck.

Unlike my previous 33 years working as a nurse, I enjoy driving for the simple fact I only have to depend on myself to get the delivery made from point A to point B, barring unforseen circumstances on the roads, that is. Haha. I enjoy the solitude for the majority of the day and not having to deal with so many different people and their "personalities" throughout my workday. It's just me, the truck/cargo and the road. When in the truck parked, I can cuss someone out loud for a few seconds if they **** me off. No one will hear me, but it helps relieve stress (wish I could do that to a few consignees, but I cannot have everything, lol). It was difficult blowing off stress in nursing. Also, unlike nursing. I know my schedule and don't have to worry about being told an hour before quitting time that "I am needed for a double shift, or to come in on my days/weekend off." The hours in trucking can be long, but I know what/when those hours are. In my mind, a big difference. Fnally, I just enjoy what I am doing now, compared to dealing with the effects of emotional burnout that my last few years in nursing caused.

Posted:  5 days ago

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Well crap, got a ticket.

Just an update. I retained an attorney to fight the Full Time and Attention citation. He has a reputation of being a solid "fighter" in Huron County, OH. I gave him photos of the Road closed 1.5 miles ahead sign I passed, the location I was stopped, alternate route I could have taken without truck prohibited signs and the actual road closure further up the street. He didn't understand the LEO's reasoning for citing me for Full Time and Attention, but he "is familiar with the LEO's in the town I was detained. He isn't guaranteeing dismissal, but he will appear in court for me, plead not guilty and then work with the prosecutor to see what can be done. Although I am still uncertain of the actual violation I committed, I could just kick myself repeatedly in the groin for putting myself in this situation. Hopefully, my attorney will live up to his local reputation.

Posted:  5 days ago

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Released from Schneider Program / Job due to poor backing

Marc, have you applied to CFI? I cannot recommend them enough.

Posted:  5 days ago

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CDL School - Backing Troubles

I cannot add anything more than the others haveexcept to encourage you to take every opportunity you can grab to get behind the wheel and practice your backing. While I was in school, I had difficulty with offset at first. While others sat around and played on their phones, I kept getting in the truck and practicing. BOOM! The "lights came on" and before I knew it, I improved drastically. Do not be like some students who think they got something and then go stand around or sit down. Take advantage of their complacency and keep getting in that seat as many times as you can.

Posted:  5 days ago

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Tuition reimbursement

This is THE truth!

Nothing we can share or suggest will adequately prepare you. Only you can measure what’s inside of you and that what motivates your desire to do this. It’s like nothing you’ve ever done in your life and will challenge your patience and resolve.

Above all else you gotta want this, apply 100% focus and be willing to set aside life’s other issues as you learn...and the learning curve is supremely challenging up to the first full year of professional driving. No joke.

Posted:  5 days, 21 hours ago

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Poor trainer

I could be wrong, but would guess that if you got off the trainer's truck before contacting someone and getting approval to do so, then in the companies view, you quit.

Posted:  6 days, 15 hours ago

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The Corn Is As High As An Elephant's Eye...

The company I work for had a driver similar to the driver in your post. I had the misfortune of his always being around when I was in the yard. He was always complaining about not getting enough miles or making enough money. I learned that he "would not work over 8-10 hours a day, or not take certain loads". I told him straight up that the reason he wasn't making any money was that he wasn't working many hours each day. His reply was "Bull****. I am not working 13 hours a day, because I want to spend time with my son." I replied, "well, that's on you then," to which he responded, naww, man. It's because they're (the company) a bunch of racists." That ****ed me off, so I told him "to get that racist bull**** out of here, he was just lazy." Needless to say, he stopped seeking me out (thankfully) after that. A few weeks later, he was fired.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Well crap, got a ticket.

Exactly. The "Road blocked" sign was in town and 100 -150 yards ahead of where the cop was stopping us. He was allowing cars to proceed down other roads to detour around. The sign I passed stated "Road closed 1.5 miles ahead." He ticketed me for "Full time and attention", which is a citation for "distracted driving". That, I totally don't understand.

I am curious what law you actually broke, since you did not go around a road block the sign said road closed 1.5 miles ahead which to me means it is open for 1.5 miles but when it says local traffic only that means you cannot get all the way through.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Well crap, got a ticket.

Friday, I was on my way to make a delivery when I came up to a sign that said "Road closed 15 miles ahead, local traffic only". I thought, "well my delivery is not that far, so I should be okay. Further up the road, I come up to traffic. A few vehicles ahead I see a police vehicle on the street, and a Semi doing a turn-around maneuver, then pass by me in the opposite direction. I am thinking, ""hmmm, what is going on up ahead?". I finally get up to the village police car and the officer tells me to pull ahead and wait. Not good. He eventually tells me the street is closed ahead (which I now plainly see, so I ask him for assist in which street to get around the closure or to turn around. He states "he will, but first he is going to cite me for failure to obey a road sign". I ask him "what sign??", and he replies "the one a couple miles back that said road closed". I reply, "the one that says road closed 15 miles ahead?" He states, "it says 1.5 miles, not 15." I am like "what?" Anyways, he gives me a citation for ORD 432.38 (b) "full time and attention" then proceeds to help me turn around. I head back to the road closed sign, and sure enough, the sign has a very small dot/period between the 1 and 5. Oh, crap! How did I miss that dot?"

I called my Safety manager and boss to advise them, and sent a copy of my citation to the Safety manager. Later, I get home and look up "Full time and Attention". That citation refers to "distracted driving ". I am thinking to myself, "I was not distracted, I just misread the sign." The citation $ amount isn't a big deal, but the probability of 2 points on my CDL is. I'll speak to a lawyer and plead not guilty at my first court appearance, but I doubt it will end well. Just a reminder to be 100% certain what a road sign says before you proceed. The defense of "I thought it was _________ , when it actually read ___________ isn't going to get us far.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Have a chance to get a manual

Personally, I love the auto's. City driving is a breeze with them.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Low Clearances Not Listed in Rand McNally - WTH?

I have only had an issue twice with low bridges, both in NE Ohio. One near Streetsboro, I had to go through a residential area to get around it. The second time was in Lorain. Thankfully, the consignee advised me of this (unmarked) bridge and how to get around it. If they hadn't, I can only fathom what could have happened. I noted a few semis (all day cabs) going around that bridge at the same time as I was. Lorain County needs to put signage at that particular bridge.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Lost my medical card. :(

I am sorry to hear of your unfortunate turn of events. As G-Town expressed, it is a blessing in disguise this was found. Make the health/dietary changes needed to correct the issues to where you can get your medical card back. If for some reason that does not materialize, maybe you will come to enjoy your current job, not to mention being home with your wife. Good luck.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Help with BACKING

It is just going to take time. Practice coordinating your steering movements with the trailer response in a big open area where you do not have to worry about hitting anything. Soon you will wonder what "was the big deal?". I took it as a personal challenge when backing into docks, etc., and it motivated me. I still do.

Posted:  2 months ago

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First Year Solo done

Thanks all for the congratulations. Now to start year number 2.

Posted:  2 months ago

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First Year Solo done

A daycab is like a Smart Car when compared to sleeper cab

Great job! Glad you enjoy what you're doing. Doesnt a daycab feel quite different than a sleeper?

Posted:  2 months ago

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Adult

AMEN!

Usually I stay out of these types of conversations...but like many of you, I am so sick of being told what I should and should not accept in our liberally contempt society.

If something stinks like sh**, looks like sh**, I avoid stepping in it and too damn bad if it offends someone who elevates their rights above mine just because I’m heterosexual, love woman, fear God, believe in the death penalty, hate communism, eat meat and will always (hopefully) stand while I pee.

Amen!

Posted:  2 months ago

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Adult

Those other men and women are either: a) your husband, wife, son, daughter, boyfriend or girlfriend, and b) you are in YOUR own home, not a public restroom where you are near strangers that you do not know.

I don't know if you guys heard about this or not, but I have uncovered a VAST, wide reaching conspiracy involving gender neutral bathrooms.

THEY HAVE PUT THEM IN ALMOST EVERY ONE OF OUR HOMES!!! Right under our noses - bathrooms that both men and women use everyday!

(Yes, I am being a smart Alec, but seriously, lets just all be adults here)

Posted:  2 months ago

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Adult

No, our "parts" determine our gender, not behavior. Our birth-gender- not who we "identify ourselves as"-determines which restroom an adult person should occupy.

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I will state directly and unapologetically that if you were not born a woman, you do not belong in a woman's restroom; nor do women who identify as male belong in a men's restroom.

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Asking philosophically... Is this because our parts determine our behavior, that is, we don't really have free will?

Posted:  2 months ago

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One year in the books

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