Profile For Don

Don's Info

  • Location:
    Wooster, OH

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    Experienced Driver

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    2 years, 4 months ago

Don's Bio

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

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Posted:  5 days, 21 hours ago

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One of those bad backing days

Beinh a rookie has nothing to do with your attitude. Either fix it now and take responsibilty, or you won't last through your "rookie" period.

Yup, I’m that “rookie” guy.

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I don't see anything funny about running into anything, John. Then you don't report it, either? There is no excuse for either.

You are "That Guy".

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That “Guy” who failed to report damaging company equipment, failed to G.O.A.L. in a tight spit and has yet to offer what lessons(s) were learned.

Yup...that “Guy”.

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Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Fired

John, just as there are only 2 ways to peel a banana, there are only two ways to keep answering your question: what you have been advised to do, and what you want to hear.

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Fired for this?

As Turtle stated, "He should have never been touching a cell phone, Qualcomm , radio, light switch, etc while driving around a corner on a back country road in unfamiliar territory." with the technology (Google Maps, Google Earth, Qualcomm Navigation) available and the Road Atlas, there is no reason to be messing with your phone, looking for directions, etc.. If he was lost, he definitely should have stopped at the safest spot for a semi and got himself organized. Driving the twisty single lane county roads of Holmes and Wayne County, Ohio where I live, it only takes a split second to go around a bend and come upon either an Amish buggy going 15 miles an hour, deer in the the road or as happened to me twice last week, vehicles pulling out from sideroads or driveways in front of me. Those country back roads are not the time and place to be looking at anything besides the road ahead, especially in the mornings.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Is this the end on the line?

CRST fired you, but then told you that you could reapply? I am confused about that. Did they mean someday in the not so near future, or now?

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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First solo week. I did NOT anticipate the amount of stress!

As the weeks and months pass, you are going to gain more confidence and wonder what the big deal was. But, if you start getting ****y and think "I got this, no reason or need to ________________", then one way or another, you will get bit in the hiney . Always pay attention while driving, especially your speed as it can creep up on you if you are not paying attention, watch your mirrors and don't hurry while backing. Just try your best not to hit anything, whether it is moving or not). There are some places out there where you wonder "how am I going to get around that?". Your will be much less apt to hit anything if you "SLOW you roll" and watch your tandems, just like they taught us in Joplin. The trip planning, paperwork, learning to interact with receivers and consignees is confusing at first, but will all come together. It will just "click" on. When you make a mistake, own it but don't obsess over it. It's just part of gaining experience.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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My CFI training tale and solo truck assignment.

RWD, those first weeks solo can be very stressful. Being brand new and just learning how to trip plan and/or actively revise your plan, finding your shippers and consignee's for the first or only time that may be 1000's of miles away, managing your clock, and how best to manage your time so you are not sleeping at all odd swing hours are all the tip of the iceberg. If you were fortunate to have a trainer who was serious about his duties in actually training you, then consider yourself lucky. Also, lean on the veterans at CFI, including Big Scott, for opinions, recommendations and "insider tips" for routes or customers that CFI serves. Big Scott was very helpful to me any time I asked him for help. I was not OTR very long, but learned something every single day that has helped me as local driver. My current position is more like a glorified Delivery Boy, going to the same customers, taking the same routes and working the same hours. It does not come close in scope of difficulty in what OTR Driver's do. Good luck, hang in there and learn every single day.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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CFI as a rehire. Here I come.

I'm sure you feel right at home being back with CFI!

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Well today I received a new DOT Med card. :)

Your perseverance was rewarded. Welcome back to driving.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Fired for accident

I believe having a positive relationship with a trainer is very important, and can make or break a trainee's chances of succeeding. I thank my lucky stars that I had an excellent trainer. They can only do so much while the trainee is in the Captain's seat, though.

John, listen to G-town, Old School and the other Vets, and start contacting everyone and anyone and see if someone will give you a chance.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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How's Everyone Doing? How is Freight? Not Many Posts Lately

3 weeks ago, Our freight was slower than usual for a week. Since that week, it has been business as usual.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

Just following up to mention that under normal conditions, the 16hr exemption could be used only once per week. We haul boxes for food manufacturers, and I personally have not used an exemption a single time during the pandemic. Tyson's and Freshmark (Sugardale Meats) are ticking upwards again, though.

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When you say "a 16 hour day" what does it mean? You still couldn't drive past the 14 hr limit. Right? I am asking just so I understand how it is done.

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as Marc Lee touched on there is a special rule that applies to home daily drivers but I still can't drive over 11 hours. I often times debate whether or not to mention using the 16 rule because I dont want to confuse new drivers and someone get a violation thinking they're able to use it. Usually I'll post it to help others see that local driving usually isnt the "banker hours" most people think it is. I wont get too in depth but there are requirements that must be met such as returning to home base for the previous 5 consecutive work days among others. An OTR driver isn't allowed to claim this so you won't need to worry about it when you get started in this career. Also, currently in my line or work (delivering groceries) ALL hours or service rules have been suspended by the FMCSA while hauling certain loads due the 'Rona. My employer is allowing us to take advantage of that but the company is still requiring us to take the 30 minute break and 10 hours off before starting another run to help avoid fatigue. Last week I went over my 14 hour clock 3 of the 4 days. 2 days ended up being just over 16. In those 4 days I put in just shy of 57 hours.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Fired

I interpreted John's post as admitting he made a mistake and accepting responsibility for what occurred. Some people cannot immediately adapt to rotating or sporadic sleep patterns in their first week with a trainer. As G-town stated, even more so that John should have GOAL. Now, if he had been driving say, 5 months or so with 60,000+ miles under his belt and hit a mountain, and been fired a couple of times within his first year driving, then I could wonder if he was cut out for this.

Usually when ppl say something is 100% their fault they don’t go on to blame it on someone else

Posted:  2 months ago

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What kind of drug test?

Mike, if you "can't go 90 days sober (and stand to be) with your woman", then you have a hard choice to make if you want to start the process of getting your CDL. I understand many do hair-follicle testing, but am not certain all do. Just my opinion, If you are serious in wanting to drive a Semi-tractor, you are going to have to give up the pot and any/all recreational drugs.

Aloha to all. I'm just a covid refugee holed up here in Hawaii. Got laid off for covid March 25th and been going crazy staying home, my girl and I both smoke weed, we argue too much if we don't. It don't make us all lovey-dovey, just makes it possible for us to live in the same house without bloodshed ;0). When I heard the paid training programs are still running I was ready to go, until I read the program I was headed for used hair follicle testing. I got no problem giving up the weed, but now I gotta wait 90 days, I can't go 90 day's sober with this woman, and I don't wanna poor that much alcohol down my throat either, seriously I'd need detox by the time I was done......Do all programs use hair follicle testing?

Thanks MM

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Why do you need a CB?

""Yet", what?

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This is a horrible accident, but in this situation, I'm not sure having a cb or not is relevant. I am only guessing, but this type of accident could have been due to driver inattention/distraction. If traffic was slowed or stopped due to an accident, the SWIFT driver would have seen tail lights/brake lights. No doubt, LEO would have had their lights on. I don't need to use my CB to know that I need to slow or stop ahead.

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This is why. This accident happened yesterday on 70 at the Ohio/Indiana border. Traffic was stopped for another accident, this driver was still running 60mph right into the back of the stopped flatbed. The driver of the Swift truck died, the impact was so hard that it broke the kingpin on the flatbed driving the trailer into the truck and knocking the cab off the frame.

Get a cb, use it and pay attention while driving. This should never happen.

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You left one word out, Don:

"Yet"

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Truckers report in on their treatment during these COVID-19 times

I have not experienced too many issues related to the pandemic. Sure, I have to fill out questionnaires at a couple of consignees or shippers; receivers only allowing one driver at a time in a small space; kept distances from others (hell, I've kept my distance from strangers while out in public for years!). Using common sense will get us through this. Unfortunately, it isn't my using common sense that is an issue. You are always going to have those morons who cough while walking by you, insist on getting up in my grill like they want to kiss me or something, or doing stupid stuff just to prove some point of "I ain't scared of no virus."

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Why do you need a CB?

Hey NavyPopPop! Yeah, I don't post often or comment a whole lot. I come here daily to read new posts, though. I just do my job delivering corrugated product (aka, boxes..haha) to our customers. With the exception of some slight changes relating to social distancing aspects at consignees, the pandemic hasn't really slowed down our work, nor drastically changed our routines. We are delivering to our customers as usual. And yourself?

Don,

How have you been? Don't see much of you here on TT anymore. I followed your progress faithfully from beginning to now. Hope everything is going good for you. Keep safe in these trying times.smile.gif

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Why do you need a CB?

You are on point. A CB is very useful, but would having one on have prevented this accident? Who knows what the driver was doing to cause him to slam into the back of the flatbed ahead of him. Were there skid marks indicating he even attempted to apply the brakes?

This should not have happened with or without a CB. We all come upon stopped or slowed traffic at least a couple times a week. If you are paying attention to the road ahead of you, you should be fine. If you need a CB to alert you to pay attention to the road ahead of you, find a new career. Often times, there are electronic signs along sides and above highways that warn of situations coming ahead to be cautious of, if drivers must have advanced warning to begin paying attention to the road rather than phone, radio, passenger, pets or whatever they deem more important than their actual job of driving.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Why do you need a CB?

This is a horrible accident, but in this situation, I'm not sure having a cb or not is relevant. I am only guessing, but this type of accident could have been due to driver inattention/distraction. If traffic was slowed or stopped due to an accident, the SWIFT driver would have seen tail lights/brake lights. No doubt, LEO would have had their lights on. I don't need to use my CB to know that I need to slow or stop ahead.

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This is why. This accident happened yesterday on 70 at the Ohio/Indiana border. Traffic was stopped for another accident, this driver was still running 60mph right into the back of the stopped flatbed. The driver of the Swift truck died, the impact was so hard that it broke the kingpin on the flatbed driving the trailer into the truck and knocking the cab off the frame.

Get a cb, use it and pay attention while driving. This should never happen.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Should I become a truck driver or keep working as a nurse ?

I was a Nurse for 32 years. I KNEW it was time to get out. No one can - nor should they - tell you what you "should do" when considering changing careers. We have no idea your likes, interests, skills, aptitudes, etc.. Stating that, I am glad I changed careers, but I did so for my own reasons. I enjoy what I do now. Regarding your differences in income between Nursing and truck driving. If you are making $30.00/hr for a 40 hour week ( you probably work more than that), $1200/week as a beginning driver may be a reach. There are many variables that can affect your weekly pay driving a truck, which you have no control over. Truck breaking down, delays at a shipper or consignee, weather causing slow downs and delays, waiting for loads. All of these can affect your pay for a week.

You need to consider one thing regarding your Nursing license. If you do start the procedure of a trucking career, you will need to deactivate your Nursing license, since you will not be practicing. At least in Ohio, we do. Depending on how long you continue in your new career and remain out of Nursing, if you decide you don't like it and want to go back to Nursing, your State board of Nursing will no doubt require you to take refresher courses It's possible they could even require you to repeat your education. If you have not done so, you should check with your State's board of nursing about their guidelines/requirements on deactivating your license. Your State may have a grace period where you do not have to make it inactive until after a period of time you have not practiced. That way, if you decide to go to school to attempt to get your CDL, and either do not complete the training or decide you do not want to continue, you could jump right back into another nursing job.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Getting hired with a 15+ over the limit ticket.

Breezie, being that you have been driving for 15-plus years, I would assume you have experienced dry spells in the past and learned how to deal with dispatch and/or management on how to rectify them. Is there a slow down in the demand for what WE ships? Are other WE drivers in your region experiencing the same lack of miles? Maybe there are issues occurring at WE that you are not aware of, that are contributing to why your loads and/or miles are low? If none of the above, then you need to find out why you are not getting loads. PJ's replies make complete sense, both in general, and in particular to the driver/management relationship. I am sure with your experience, you already know that your condition may not change until you have a heart to heart with management and/or your driver manager. Having not done so due to being with Western Express for such a short time and "not wanting to rock the boat", could certainly be understandable. Yet, you will be the one that suffers If you do not discuss your concerns with them. Consider PJ's suggestions. If not, your current situation may not change.

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