Profile For Don

Don's Info

  • Location:
    Wooster, OH

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

  • Social Link:
    Don On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    9 months, 4 weeks ago

Don's Bio

Baby Trucker

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

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Posted:  2 days, 2 hours ago

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Hello from TN ! Newbie starting CDL Class Soon...... Overwhelmed !

I second Turtle's suggestion.

Welcome Robert. The best advice I can give you to start with is to read everything you can here at Trucking Truth, and to get involved in the conversations. There's a wealth of information to be had.

Also, take a look at these articles:

Posted:  2 days, 2 hours ago

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CFI just announced an improved 401(k) deal to us.

Hey, then go to Prime.

Recruiter told me Prime matches 80% of first 5%

Posted:  3 days, 9 hours ago

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Professionalism

I cannot agree more about acting in a professional manner. You catch more flies with honey than vinegar. I am certain this is why it so frustrating when I come upon those receiving personnel who act in a disrespectful manner towards me for whatever reason. Could it be due to how drivers have behaved towards them in the past? Possibly. Probably. Thankfully, I do not have to interact too long with those customers who act In such a manner. I get to spend most of my day with me, myself and I, merrily performing my job. Now, about those free donuts and coffee?

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why can't the shippers and receivers act like they actually give a damn, not treat show contempt towards drivers, and act in a professional and courteous manner?

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The overwhelming majority of people react far more often than they act. In other words, why do you think some act badly toward drivers? You've seen enough drivers to know that answer.

And to be honest, there aren't very many customers I would say don't give a damn. They may not have fancy facilities or go out of their way to serve free coffee and donuts, but would you expect them to?

The more professional we act the more professionally we'll be treated. That's the approach to take and it's the only thing we have control over.

Posted:  3 days, 16 hours ago

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Professionalism

What you say is true about sloppily dressed drivers with poor hygiene. Let's turn part of your comment around and ask why can't the shippers and receivers act like they actually give a damn, not treat show contempt towards drivers, and act in a professional and courteous manner?

Here’s a pet peeve of mine. And I know everyone’s different. If you show up to a shipper or receiver, why don’t you try and look like you are ready to work? What ever happened to looking capable, competent and professional? Take pride in your appearance at least a little and maybe if we did that the trucking industry wouldn’t be so looked down upon.

Posted:  5 days, 1 hour ago

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I FREAKING PASSED MY CDL TEST!!!

Way to go, Marc!

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Posted:  5 days, 20 hours ago

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Just Checking In

Yes, I might do that. If that doesn't work, I may need to add some holiday cheer to my thermos (just kidding, of course). Hope all is well at CFI.

Hey Don, glad to hear all is well. This is a perfect time of year to change the attitudes of those cranky regular customers. Stock up on some candy canes and start handing them out with a smile and some holiday cheer. Keep up the good work.

Posted:  5 days, 20 hours ago

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Just Checking In

I miss that Louisiana boudin. Haha

Hey glad to hear things are going well for you Don. I thought of you last week as I was at Don's Specialty Meats in Scott, LA, and almost took a selfie to match the one you took lol. Love that place.

Posted:  6 days, 19 hours ago

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Just Checking In

No, I wasn't on US 30 at any time on Friday. Shocker I wasn't though, because I run US 30 a lot. I was in Solon (Nestles), back to Wooster, then Strongsville and Hudson followed by Streetsboro (Internation Paper) in the late morning. Last load was Streetsboro to Church & Dwight in Old Fort, mostly I-80. I was on I-71N/271N, 480 and I-80 much of my day.

I was on US 30 near Mapke Heights yesterday, saw a FAB daycab and wondered if it was you.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Just Checking In

I visit The Truckingtruth daily to read new posts, I don't post much anymore because, quite frankly, there isn't much about my job that I can comment about to really contribute in any way. It has been just over six months since I received my CDL-A and have been driving. The first two months were OTR with CFI, and the past four eithFAB Express driving locally in Ohio, and occasionally Erie, PA, Buffalo or Dunkirk, NY. I definitely prefer my current job with FAB. Pro's are I go to the same customers (mostly in the Northern half of Ohio) and as previously mention up I-90 to PA and NY, I know how to get into their (sometime crazy) docks, start and finish times are predictable, and I bring home fair compensation for the daily hours I work. Not to mention, I am home every afternoon/evening and weekends.

The Cons? I go to the same customers, some docks are almost impossible to fit a 53' trailer into and the days are predictable. Haha. Some of the places I deliver to, the personnel there are extremely rude to the drivers. I don't understand their behaviors/attitudes, but maybe it is a conditioned response. Stating that negative aspect, I definitely made the right move in choosing to get my cdl and start driving. I cannot see myself ever returning to my nursing career, or any other. Really nothing else to report. I am "just doing my thang", as the kids say.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Adventures in Stupidity

Don't forget to disconnect your airlines and pigtail also! I started pulling away from a trailer when I saw my lines starting to look like clothes lines. Lucky for me, I look out the rear window of my day cab each time when pulling away (and backing under) from trailers, or the lines would have been ripped right off the cab. Being in a rush or getting complacent will get you in trouble every time.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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New local job

I haul to Nestle in Solon, OH. 20,000 lbs of boxes, not water so no surge to worry about.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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So what's the deal with Junior Honduras (Prime)?

When I was getting ready for school, I watched some of Junior's videos. A few were educational, but most just seemed like self-promotion.

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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What's everyone doing for Thanksgiving...

Spending the day with my Mom.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Update on my backing

I have found as time has passed and I gain more experience backing into docks or between trucks, the better I have become. It will come to you.

I thought I'd give an update since I made Nervous Backing At Truck Stops.

Well it's been about a month now and since then I have forced myself to park at truck stops, as I'll never get better without doing it. I don't stay at rest areas to often anymore, unless its just more convenient mostly on those toll roads. I've been doing a lot better since creating that thread. I'm currently at a flying j in Joplin Missouri.

I've better planned my stopping places, I always try to park at the bigger truck stops with a lot of truck parking. I've even paid for parking a few times only because I was low on hours and couldn't go anywhere else without running over. Nonetheless, I'm not so nervous parking at truck stops as I was. I've had a few close calls with getting to close to trucks, but that's about it. shocked.png

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Windshield washer fluid additives?

There are brand new winter blades on. I bought some "purple" rain-x and will add it to the reservoir in the morning.

Get better wipers/winter wipers.

But seriously, putting on good wiper blades last winter solved most of my problems.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Windshield washer fluid additives?

I had my first experience driving in snow and slush last week. Seeing through the windshield was difficult at times due to the slush, grime and streaks left over after using the wipers to clear the windshield. Is there. anything I can add to the fluid that will get rid of the road salt, grime and streaks that seem to be a constant? The washerfluid only just doesn't seem to be cutting it.

Posted:  1 month ago

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CFI

CFI is a very good company. In my short time with them, they kept me moving, got me home when requested and I had no issues with pay, etc.. Their company sponsored training at Crowder College was excellent also.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Winter is coming!

As a rookie driver, driving in my first Winter is something I have some trepidation about. Those rolling two lane county and state roads are more of a concern to me than the highways.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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I have nicknamed my FM OH Great One.

Here at FAB Express, my dispatcher keeps me moving throughout the day. There is definitely no sitting. By the end of my week, I am pooped!

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Finding a Consignee Can Be a Guessing Game

Why, shut my mouth Harry, we think alike! I do the same thing. I write the directions, where we are to go to get to shipping or receiving and dock once I get there and any other tidbits I need to know that will help me at each consignee.

Then I created an index card system for every load I delivered or picked up to have for reference. An index card file box, a couple of index card packs and you always have your directions handy

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