Profile For Don

Don's Info

  • Location:
    Wooster, OH

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 11 months ago

Don's Bio

Daycab driver hauling corrugated boxes in Ohio, plus PA, NY and IN.

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Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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High-hooking a trailer

When I back under a trailer I ensure that no more than half of my 5th wheel is under the trailer. If that trailer hasn't risen, I am getting out to check my height. I high hooked one time with CFI, and it was a PITA to fix. Not going through that again, especially in the cold. As others do. recommend visually checking that the latch is locked around the king pin and to always do a tug test. Call me paranoid, but mechanical failures can occur, especially in the cold weather or where mechanical parts can get mucked up with grease, snow, ice, slush, etc..

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Fired from an accident

What was the nature/severity of your accident? If no one is hiring you, I would assume it wasn't due to a minor fender crumpling.

Sorry for the delay in a response, but I've been busy trying to find work any type of work at this point. To answer your questions:

How many miles per week are you averaging? Over the road I was averaging 2500 to 3000 miles a week.

How long have you been with this company? I went from a company I was with for 4.5 years to a local company. I had the accident at the new company during my probationary period.

How's your on time delivery performance? Well before the boss fired me he said I was actually doing really well and out of the 3 of us that were going through the training at the same time he said I was the best one. So I was actually doing really well. I know how to do time management and I apply myself the best that I can. When I left previous employer I was put on the rehire list. I'm still on the rehire list but because of the accident with new employer they now can't bring me back because of insurance purposes. I was told that after a year of the accident they can work with me again and bring me back, but only after a year from the accident. So there is hope there.

How's your relationship with your dispatcher? Was a local company so it really didn't matter what my relationship was with him. I was home daily and typically had 2 off.

Were you OTR? I was for 5 years and then went local

How did you start your career? I started my career in 2013 doing reefer. I've only worked for 3 trucking companies and the 3rd one unfortunately I had an accident with. I went from doing reefer to fuel tanker.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Greenhorn and trying to make sure I don't get in too deep

Wow! Logic, based on your initial post, I would say with 100% absolute confidence, trucking is not for you. I won't even point out the numerous false expectations you have. or your personal ideas of what you cannot or will not do, as stated by yourself. I will caution you to really do some thorough and complete research on what driving a truck as a career entails.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Reassigned to older truck

This has happened to me also. I'll be in a great tractor, then out of the blue it is gone. When I ask what happened to it, I am told "It was taken to IP- Streetsboro, or PCA Ashland. In it's place, IP-Wooster gets "Old Betsy" who has seen it's better days. As long as "Old Betsy" gets me from A to B, doesn't break down and will pass ODOT, etc., then I am good to go. Admittedly, I have not had any major issues on any tractor I have been assigned. Some of the company tractors could be older, but they are maintained well. Now, if I could say the same about our trailers!

I have terrible luck when it comes to my assigned trucks, I get one I like for a few weeks and it gets sent to another terminal or something else happens and ots gone for what ever reason.

But in my opinion the truck has the company name on the door not mine, so as long as I have something to drive it doesnt really matter. I've driven trucks with less than 20 miles all the way up to 900k miles and they all pay the same.

Remember trainers no matter the company always get priority when it comes to truck assignments.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Rookie who canโ€™t stand otr training

Agreed. Although some "local" companies - including the one I work for - will hire you right out of CDL school, I can only assume most all require experience. I enjoyed the few months I was OTR, but admit I am in as perfect a situation for my needs, driving daycab for my employer. Naj should drive OTR, Regional, etc., to gain experience and skills, but could be researching those local companies in his/her locale. That way, when an opportunity arises, apply and see if you meet their requirements.

Rick C gets lucky:

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I picked up a local job, hauling aggregate, right out of CDL school, with no experience.

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PackRat stays realistic:

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You will not immediately get into your wanted regional job driving right off the bat with no experience.

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Both comments here are not contradictory. It all depends on a company's needs at the moment. Naj, you certainly might find the job you want. I started out driving for Swift as OTR because that's what they do. Within a few months I was offered a line haul assignment where I was home every day (and had 4 days on, 2 days off "work weeks" as well!

The trainer issue you need to work out as others have explained. But your best bet for any job assignment is most commonly through driving at least a few months OTR.

Patience and perseverance will get you whatever kind of work you are looking for.

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Rand mcnally or garmin

I like my Garmin. Although I drive to the same customers in Ohio, PA or NY, and don't really need to use it, I continue to do so, along with Google Maps. I think at this point, it's just to hear someone talking to me, and to remind me "hey dummy, don't forget this turn coming up!"

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Merry Christmas everyone!

Hah! I screw up when quoting someone all the time. I see you are more active here on TTT. Hope you and the hubby have a terrific New Year!

I had a feeling I messed that up; my 'reply' is within Don's quote.. SORRY~~!!

Thanks again, all y'all.

Anne (and Tom)

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Failed drug test

If you have a prescription for the Adipex and provided it to them when you were tested, then there should not have been any issues.

Hey Don,

I do have a prescription. However the lab said that it wouldn't cause me to test positive even though we have read otherwise.

The lab said they keep the sample for months and that I could pay to have it sent to an independent lab to be tested. Thing is, I have to get the company that ordered the test originally to okay it, and they won't.

That's why I'd get an attorney involved. Something that's going to be on my record for years, and can't even pay it of pocket to get it retested.

Doh

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On what basis could Jeremy sue for failing a drug test? I may be wrong, but labs should have an A/B sample. He stated that he takes a medication that can cause a positive for amphetamine, but did not state whether he has a prescription. Under those circumstances, I cannot see how sueing would end favorably.

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Jeremy

If you are being honest in this, and they will not let you have a retest then get a lawyer to fight their refusal for you to do the retest. It all comes down to how much you want to drive and have this great adventure.

Good luck

Raptor

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Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Failed drug test

On what basis could Jeremy sue for failing a drug test? I may be wrong, but labs should have an A/B sample. He stated that he takes a medication that can cause a positive for amphetamine, but did not state whether he has a prescription. Under those circumstances, I cannot see how sueing would end favorably.

Jeremy

If you are being honest in this, and they will not let you have a retest then get a lawyer to fight their refusal for you to do the retest. It all comes down to how much you want to drive and have this great adventure.

Good luck

Raptor

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Merry Christmas everyone!

On this Christmas Eve, I would like to wish Merry Christmas to you all. Whether having to spend it parked at a truck stop, driving tomorrow or at home with your families, take the day to reflect on how fortunate we are to be able to provide for our loved ones (this includes our beloved furry friends), while doing what we love (and hate, haha). There are 10's of thousands of people in this country alone, who are less fortunate than we are. If you have the opportunity, "pay it forward" in any way you can to give them a smile on their faces this Christmas.

Merry Christmas

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Favorite truck stop chain?

Well, considering our company only allows us to fuel at Pilot/Flying J, I guess I'll have to vote for Pilot or Flying J. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Training with Veriha updates...

Marc, I am sorry to hear of your situation. Take Brett's advice after the holidays. See if you can get a position as a yard dog. You will get so much practice backing that soon you will become very proficient, turning a weakness into a strength. Also, take Annamarie's suggestion and contact the company her husband and I drive for. International Paper has locations in Madison, Fond du Lac and Manitowac, We also haul for Packaging Corp. of America.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Question for the experienced drivers hug the yellow or the white

Here in the parts of Ohio that I frequently drive that are truck and weight legal, these roads are similar. Ohio St.Rt. 83 South through Wayne and Holmes Counties is similar in spots, not to mention other routes. There is no way of avoiding them, unless I want to add much more time and miles to a route. Thankfully, I know where along the routes to be more alert.

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On a road like this, what's the right answer? Slow down and use some of the other lane, or make sure you don't end up going down it in the first place?

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I'd bet money that particular example was not a legal truck route, and/or highly restricted by either weight or total length.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Failed drug test

Sorry Jeremy , I did not mean to imply that a company would give you the option to retest. I was stating that you had mentioned your were going to test yourself, thus the use of the word "retest." Adipex can trigger a false positive for amphetamine. You mentioned You stayed that "you told them about it", but do you have a prescription by a MD? I do not believe a prescription is required for buying it online, so if you did so (without a prescription), then that may very well be an issue.

Didn't give me the option to retest it, whether I paid for it or not. But yeah was told I tested positive for meth. Was a hair test, and supposedly that stays in your system for 2 months - told them what medications I was taking: Phentermine, Lisinopril, Pravastatin and Metoprolol - said the phentermine could give a false positive for amphetamine, but the rest shouldnt do anything.

Don't really know, I'd pay to retest if they gave me the option, though. I'll call and ask. But I was going to do my own hair test to see if i tested positive for sure - if there was a chance I could still apply elsewhere for school.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Question for the experienced drivers hug the yellow or the white

Me? Going straight down the road, drive center. Going around a curve, drive high side and peek -not stare- in the mirror to be sure my tandems are not going over center line. I can see what is ahead of me, so I always "drive my wagon". Some of the County and State roads in Amish country seem narrow. I certainly do not want my trailer tandems going into a ditch while driving some of these single lane roads right hand curves.

Posted:  1 month ago

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What status should we use in stopped traffic?

I am confused about taking breaks while being unloaded. If we are not allowed to remain in our truck while being unloaded, and have to wait inside in a driver area or lounge, can we not be "off duty"? I have logged such, and have had two inspections by ODOT without any issues.

Posted:  1 month ago

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My Railroad crossing violation - DISMISSED!

Great news, Rob! I fought my ticket I received in September, and even though I didn't get it dismissed, I did get it reduced to a minor, non-moving violation. Like you, fighting it cost me more $$, but it was worth it.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Just finished my first solo run

G-Town beat me to it.

โ€œGet Your Motor Running...Head Out On The Highway...etc., etc.โ€

Posted:  1 month ago

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Failed drug test

Did you get any information of what you tested positive for? Getting retested may help give you peace of mind, but I am not sure how this will benefit you in any way.

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Making the leap! CFI Company CDL Training

Good luck with CFI. They are a great company.

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