Profile For Don

Don's Info

  • Location:
    Wooster, OH

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

  • Social Link:
    Don On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 8 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:  4 days, 7 hours ago

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Orientation !

Good luck on your new journey and take G-Town's advice about "watch your wagon". Being hyper-aware of where the trailer is in relation to any obstacle will prevent many preventable accidents from occurring. This pertains to every aspect of driving a truck, whether backing (especially backing), turns, driving in a truck stop or at shippers/receivers.

Posted:  4 days, 7 hours ago

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Reflection upon my journey

That's not a Doctor I would be wanting to go to for treatment.

Moe,

What do they call the guy who finishes last in medical school?

Doctor!

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Posted:  4 days, 7 hours ago

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Reflection upon my journey

When I was considering getting into driving as a new career, I was convinced that I wanted to start in flatbed. I had a romanticized idea about flatbedding. Well, after my first Winter driving Dry Van and seeing what flatbedders deal with in the freezing cold, I can admit that I would have made a huge mistake if I had followed through on the idea. Same with local delivering of food, etc., on frequent stops throughout a work day. Just give me my runs of no-touch cardboard freight daily and I'll be happy.

Posted:  4 days, 8 hours ago

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Extreme Makeover

That truly blows. Too many drivers with no integrity and who don't give a crap.

Posted:  4 days, 8 hours ago

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What smartphone is best for service

For a couple of years, I have used Straight Talk on a $90.00 Samsung Galaxy J7 smartphone I bought from Walmart. With the exception of (I believe?) Wyoming, I have never had any issues with satellite reception or function. Being a cheap bast***, I am very pleased with it.

Posted:  4 days, 8 hours ago

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A Thank You, And A Promise To Our Community

I was speaking to someone yesterday who feels very strongly that unless you have driven a significant amount and dealt with the reality of trucking you don't really "know" trucking. I admitted that I am really a "non-driving f***k."

That "someone" made a good point.

Posted:  6 days, 7 hours ago

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A Thank You, And A Promise To Our Community

When I first found this site, I thought to myself that at times, comments by many appeared to be harsh and condescending. In the past 17 months, my eyes have been opened as to what type of personality is required to work in this profession. This job is NOT like working at a Walmart or some entry-level job that has a lower level of responsibility. This job requires a higher amount of emotional maturity, responsibility and accountability. I read some new posts and think to myself, "You have got to be kidding me." No, not towards those seeking assistance/answers due to a lack of knowledge about this career, but those who exhibit a total lack of self-awareness, accountability, responsibility or are in denial about their roles in a current negative situation. Sure, we could be "nicer", but I believe there is such already such a sense of entitlement in today's world, that coming down hard with The Trucking Truth is at times, definitely required. Brett and all of the moderators have kept things real and people considering coming into this profession or are already in it need that bout of realism. Thank you Brett.

Posted:  6 days, 7 hours ago

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A Thank You, And A Promise To Our Community

G.O.A.L and "watch your tandems" along with paying attention are the two most important suggestions anyone can be given. Doing so will prevent 99% of backing accidents

And the best advice of all, WATCH THOSE TANDEMS, all the time.

Posted:  6 days, 7 hours ago

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Making the leap! CFI Company CDL Training

You made a wise decision going with CFI. Terrific company and excellent training and instructors at Crowder. Although I left CFI after a brief time there, I can never recommend them enough.

Posted:  6 days, 7 hours ago

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Student Driver

Oh my God, The Grey Dog was the worse experience in my entire training period with CFI! If you survived that that experience, you can survive anything that will occur while driving a truck. NEVER again will I go Greyhound. NEEEEVVVEEERRR!

Yes, Ryan, you have passed the trucker's Initiation Rite: Baptism of the Dog! welcome into the Fellowship of the 5th Wheel!

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Posted:  6 days, 7 hours ago

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Hair Follicle Testing Question

Wait it out; the longer the better! I am not trying to sound judgemental, but your attitude or beliefs towards smoking "recreational" pot is going to have to change. In other words, never again. If you believe you won't be able - or don't want - to stay away from pot or other drugs, better not to even start a driving career.

Posted:  6 days, 8 hours ago

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Excited About Starting Orientation at CFI

You need to ask your recruiter at CFI. Things may have changed in the past 18 months since I went to Joplin. I got my haz mat before going to Joplin. At that time, you did not need your haz mat, but needed to obtain it within a certain period of time after officially being hired by CFI.

I am late to this party *looks around the empty hall now set up for Bingo* but my turn to be nervous about just WAITING to go to my training. Do I need my Hazmat before I train or can I get it during my 7 day home time after?

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Still learning!

I ran through there a couple times right after going solo with CFI as a raw rookie. Puckered up a couple of times going East toward Asheville, and that was in perfect driving conditions! I am so glad I do not have to worry about Winter driving any further West than Dowagiac, MI. Haha.

Ready to sign up for food grade tanker? The gorge on I-40 just west of Asheville,NC is always fun with 45-48k sloshing around in the back.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Saying goodbye to Prime.

Congratulations Turtle! I am sure you are excited about being able to spend more time with your family.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Two 15+ speeding tickets 2 years ago, No jobs will hire me because I'm fresh out of CDL School. Any suggestions???!?!!?

When you filled out your CDL school's application, did you advise the director or staff that you had these two violations? If not, why not? If you did tell them, I am surprised they accepted you. Stating that, they may have been more than happy to take your money, knowing you had a very slim to no chance of getting a job upon graduation.

I went to school & received my CDL earlier this summer (2019) and I've been applying for company after company with no luck. I just left this orientation on the 3rd day after hearing that the company won't be hiring me (Landair) :/ I had a 15+ speeder August 2017 and another one November 2017. Its been 2 years since and I'm just wondering if there's any company out there that might even consider me. I'm 24 years old & some companies say I have to wait until May 2020 when I turn 25. Please help! confused.gif

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Drug testing for CDL school

Why do you think "it would be a mistake to post here"? Is it because you were not told what you wanted to hear? Listen to the experienced drivers here. They are trying to help you to not wreck a potential career before it even gets started.

I kinda thought it might be a mistake to post here, I was hopeful, but now I'm too scared.

thanks again

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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FINALLY !

Congratulations, Stevo!

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Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks 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:  1 month, 3 weeks 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:  1 month, 3 weeks 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.

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