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Don's Info

  • Location:
    Wooster, OH

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 7 months ago

Don's Bio

Ex-longtime Nurse now driving a Daycab hauling corrugated boxes in Ohio, plus PA, NY and IN.

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Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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President’s mandate given earlier today

My reading comprehension is just fine. I quoted what you stated, or did I not read where you said you "did not like Trump as a person"? And my Math skills are just fine.

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Damn. You would think I would get the quotes function by now! lol

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"I didn't like Trump as a person and don't want him to run again but I DID like most of his policies. He actually put America first like he said he would and its sad to see the current administration putting America last."

"Trump was mean and I don't like him." Oh, boo...hoo.... Which was more important to you; An America - first President who had mean tweets, or a shambles of a Country?

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Wow Don, reading comprehension not your strong suit eh? Thats 👌 I'm sure you're probably good at math or something else.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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President’s mandate given earlier today

I didn't like Trump as a person and don't want him to run again but I DID like most of his policies. He actually put America first like he said he would and its sad to see the current administration putting America last.

"Trump was mean and I don't like him." Oh, boo...hoo.... Which was more important to you; An America - first President who had mean tweets, or a shambles of a Country?

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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President’s mandate given earlier today

Maybe you pro-vaxxer's can explain why Biden's new mandate exempts members of Congress along with the Executive and Judicial Branches from requiring them taking the vaccine? I guess Politicians and Judges are immune from this "deadly virus"? Also, conflicting reports are coming out regarding USPS workers being exempt also, but currently they are not. Hmmm.... I mean, according to you pro-vaxxer's, the vaccines are safe and "no big deal." Shouldn't every single human being be required to take it, then? The most easily manipulated are also the most dangerous.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Does any companies require the jab yet?

The Tyson I deliver to has a new "so-called" policy regarding unvaccinated drivers. Supposedly, we have to jump through hoops to get our BOL's signed and drop our trailer. I say "supposedly" because I delivered to this Tyson, waited outside 15 minutes for someone to come out and sign my BOL so I could leave. Nope, no one came out. I said "screw this," went inside and asked Receiving why no one came out. His reply? "You would have been waiting all day. No one would have come out." I showed him the new policy, and he just laughed. "Oh, that is just to keep drivers from wandering around." Needless to say, I wasn't thrilled. So far, it is business as usual at this particular Tyson

Tyson may be one of the first. They require all employees to be vaccinated but I’m not sure if it applies to drivers as well. One of the chicken meal plants we load out of had 10 people quit this week.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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After 3 months, I’m quitting

If you really like the other aspects of driving, DO NOT quit because you are having difficulties backing! Practice every opportunity you can. As others have stated, do not ask your co-driver to do it for you. That is only retarding your progress! Challenge yourself that you are going to get that trailer in the hole! GOAL as much as you need. Be patient, do not get upset with yourself. It WILL finally "click," and you will soon be doing just fine.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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CFI Paid Training

I went to CFI''s school in Joplin, MO back in May of 2018. My recruitor was very thorough in explaining any questions or concerns. I thought their training was excellent. The cost was lower than most/all private schools here in Ohio. No need to worry about meals; 3 terrific cafeteria style meals each day but Sunday, along with room included in the tuition.. The instructors were top-notch and really worked with students who were having issues. If they saw you putting in the effort, but something "was not clicking" they worked with you. A lot of seat time for backing and the range. My trainer OTR was fantastic. CFI as a company was pretty good. I was only with them for a couple of months, but did not leave because of any issues with them. I highly encourage anyone thinking of becoming a driver to go with CFI, especially if you can get assigned to their training at Crowder College in Joplin, MO. Call CFI and speak to a recruitor. If she is still with them, "Courtney" will be the one to speak with.

How long are you considered a student driver? What’s the typical time out and back?

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Is my wife being discriminated against?

"I was having to learn the pre-trip inspection with my classmates, still doing that in the evenings or when they get the chance. I have almost my entire pre-trip down with no thanks to my trainer."

I am confused. Are you in school, or out on the road with your trainer? The instructors at school usually go over the Pre-trip one time with the students, then the Student is responsible for learning it for their CDL test. If you are out in the truck with a trainer, it is not his responsibility to continue teaching you the Pre-trip.

This is where I will step in. Hi I'm the Mrs.. My trainer told me I didn't have the brain muscle to learn via rote memorization, there for calling me stupid. Yes my concerns were practically dismissed right out of the gate. I wasn't really being taught anything. I was having to learn the pre-trip inspection with my classmates, still doing that in the evenings or when they get the chance. I have almost my entire pre-trip down with no thanks to my trainer. I was actually willing to work stuff out. He wasn't. Thank you to those that believe a woman can work and shouldn't have to be pregnant, barefoot, and in the kitchen.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Fed-up With the Trucking Industry

This is the dumbest, most childish response yet. I don't remember my parents teaching me to wipe my b***, but I figured it out. Your little sound wave equation is irrelevant. It equates 0% to figuring out how to use a simple load bar, and only makes you look stupid for trying to do so. Do "dumb, ignorant Redneck" drivers have higher IQ 's and analytical skills than you? Since they figured out how to use one; yet, you could not, I guess we know the answer. It is not a Rubic's Cube, FGS! Driving a truck takes some thinking and analytical skills, but the job responsibilities are pretty simple. Tearing equipment up, then not reporting it is no one else's fault but yours. That will get a driver fired pretty quick. The rolling loaders may be an exception, because it is difficult to do your job with bad equipment, but, 90% of everything you have complained about was your fault. I wonder how the other Driver's who attended class with you are doing? Still in the industry? Still behind the wheel. Performing well? If so, they had the same training and instructors as you did. Interesting question.

To the guy that keeps saying, "you should know how to use a load bar without having ever been taught. It's not rocket science," Here:

2 Sound_Event /chime 80 Sound_Event /open 90 Sound_Event open 240 Sound_Event /close 250 Sound_Event /announcement 260 Sound_Event announcement 360 Sound_Event /alarm 528 Sound_Event closea 536 Sound_Event /closea

I want you to tell me what that is, what it means and how you're supposed to use it. You should be able to find out without me telling you. It's not rocket science. By your logic, next time the power goes out, I should just climb on the power utility poles myself because I should know how to safely work on power utility lines without ever being trained on them. It's not rocket science. So go on. Tell me what it means and how to use it.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Trucking companies and COVID Vaccine

This has been a fascinating thread to prove the total discord between the populace regarding COVID.

Frankly, Brett brought the hammer down on a few people here, who appear they would have preferred living in Nazi Germany under Adolf's rule. I always appreciate Brett's brute honesty and bringing the receipts to support his opinions.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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It keeps changing

Why on earth do people need yo check.up on a 33 year old grown man?! Unfortunately for the future of our Country, you situation is not unique. If they accept you, go to CFI. It seems ti be your only option to try to make a go at this considering it appears you will have to tow a 33. year old baby around fior the rest of your life.

Agree ! Thanks I really should leave him home near people can check up on him. Once I get going maybe he will want to come with me sometimes

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Tammy I feel for you in your situation. So far from what I am reading cfi may be your best shot given the details.

I’m not the lecture type. Nor do I judge anyone. But I’ve been around the block a few times.

I left home and went into the military at 17. It made me grow up. Your son has not had to grow up as of yet. It’s never too late. I raised 4 daughters as a single parent. Scariest part of my life. I taught each of them to be self sufficient, and they are.

9 years ago I retired and moved 2400 miles away from my kids. They were all grown and through college. I worry every day, but from a distance. I did what was right for ME after doing my duty to them. It was a shock, dad was no longer 5 minutes away. However they all did fine. We are always in contact and apart of each others lives, just from a distance.

You have to do YOU at this point in your life. His best place is probably where he is at, with friends around. He can learn to clean behind himself.

Training and starting in this industry is hard. No doubt about it. You need to be able to concentrate on your studies and new career with the least amount of distractions.

Just my cent and a half. Best wishes to you and your son!!

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Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Is their such a thing as a ethical or unbiased recruiter

My recruiter from CFI was very honest and upfront. I found everything she told me to be truthful. I cannot recommend CFI's company-sponsored training strongly enough. Anyone considering going with CFI, i highly recommend you drive, fly or even walk to Missouri. Anything but taking the "Grey Dog"! lol

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Mom died tonight

My condolences to you and your family. May your Mother rest in peace.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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CFI

Please, by all means and call Amanda and tell her to send you "somewhere else." I am sure CFI's management will bend to their knees to your request. You are in no position to be making demands to CFI. Not now, as a student, nor later as a possible driver hired by them. Seems the only thing you have done in this thread is complain about how awful CFI's training and/or instructors are. I trained in Joplin, and everything about their school was very good. I highly doubt there is such a huge difference between the two schools. If you are having issues, I will bet that CFI isn't the cause.

I'm to the point where I'm gonna call Amanda and tell her to send me somewhere else or figure something out. I'm not the only one.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Why has my backing gotten so bad?

Is Tammy a CDL holder who is out here working, or looking to get into driving? I am confused.

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Ya I dont know why they are pulling your posts apart. I get the jist of all your posts and I would be ****ed if they were doubting me. I like this forum and it seems you do too. I think your posts are genuine and your really looking for ideas.

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Tammy, you have been here only a little over a month, so are unaware of what we have been dealing with regarding Zach, his problems and his drama over the past 8 mths. The guys are trying to help him not only with trucking issues but also with life. I have no patience for his drama, so have quit dealing with him.

Laura

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Why has my backing gotten so bad?

This, right here. "Speed" will nip us every time.

When I pause for a minute at setup and actually look at the trailer, ask myself, what am I trying to accomplish and where do I want it to go, it works.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Why has my backing gotten so bad?

Zach, I have seen less drama at a High School Prom than what I read in your posts. You "were banned," but then "you weren't" until you were just "partially banned." It would be helpful to the Veterans here if you would get your facts straight before you come here asking for opinions. The Veteran's here do an excellent job trying to assist inexperienced drivers with their issues that they present, and exhibit patience when doing so. Old School is one of the most honest and patient with his opinions/suggestions and when he appears to grow frustrated with a fellow driver here who seems to not want to listen, then there is an issue, If you cannot get your act together, then don't come here asking veterans for opinions, to then just respond in a combative manner as though they have no idea of the situation you are dealing with.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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CFI

"Truck Dynasty does suck." "I learn by doing" CFI's training was excellent. When I trained at CFI's school, they went above and beyond to try to help thoses students who were struggling to learn, comprehend and succeed. They gave plenty of seat time to students. If you are struggling, instead of whining on the internet, speak to your instructors about getting more help. Bottom line is, they are not at fault for your inability to learn; YOU are. Your Pre-trip is "learned by doing".....over and over and over until you can do it in your sleep. Again, stop blaming CFI for your inability to learn and not taking the training seriously. Fault lays squarely where it belongs, which is yourself.

Bottom line is that I need more time because it take me longer to learn, in other words I need more of a 6 month program than a 3 weeks program. Btw truck dynasty does suck and barely have time to operate the truck. They want us to learn while looking but I only learn by doing.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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CFI

Oh, God! I can tell you horror stories about my experience with Greyhound during my travels between Joplin and my home both before and after training with CFI.

Funny, I finally made it near the hotel sadly the gray hound was so late that the cab company that was supposed to come get me was closed. So I had to wait an hour for someone to come get me lol.

Considering how dangerous spring field is... Yeah well it was alright I guess 🤣

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Well my day is off to a rough start

The only time I heard a driver get banned from a Receiver/Consignee is because theywere being belligerent to the Consignee's employees, and this was at our biggest customer. Doh! He was promptly terminated. Being banned for "taking too long to dock"? Wow!

I’ve certainly never heard of somebody getting the boot from a shipper/receiver because they took awhile to back. That’s just the nature of the beast. I have however heard of drivers getting the boot for being confrontational or not polite. But maybe that’s just me.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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End of CFI Training

Congratulations. Glad your trainer is doing a great job. My trainer at CFI was really great! We got along very well and he taught me a lot in those few short weeks. The idea of backing may seem daunting to you now, but I believe all new drivers feel that way. Your backing will improve weekly. My only suggestion is take every backing opportunity as a personal challenge. When backing, give it your 100% attention and take your time! I cannot stress this enough. Getting in a hurry will only cause more anxiety and could lead to a big problem that could have been avoided with patience. Also, If you have ANY doubts about where your trailer is in relation to an object or another tractor/trailer, do not become complacent and tell yourself ahhh, it will be fine"," because the next thing you may hear is a sickening "crunch." G.O.A.L...G.O.A.L....G.O.A.L!

I still love challenging myself when backing into a dock or space I have not been to before. Some places, you may think to yourself, "there is no way I can back into this spot." If you take a moment to get out of the truck, look around your surroundings for obstacles or something you have to contend with, you will feel more at ease. And once you get that tail "into the hole," you will give yourself a big "YES!" and high-five!

I’m on my last five days out with my trainer, and if all goes well, I will be upgrading July 6th. The journey has been challenging and exciting at the same time. I’m nervous and looking forward to driving my own truck. My only apprehension is my backing. I still struggle with backing and is turning me into a nervous wreck. My trainer at CFI has been great and patient with me, and he says that with more experience my backing will improve.

I want to thank the members of this website for their wealth of knowledge, which made my decision to join CFI and easy one. Any tips for backing? Again, thank you all!

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