Profile For Don

Don's Info

  • Location:
    Wooster, OH

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 7 months ago

Don's Bio

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

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Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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New driver failed drug test

Your friend purposely ruined any opportunity you have of a driving career, because "he thought it would be funny"? If what you are telling us is what actually happened, then your choice in friends is **** poor. I agree with Duck. File charges on your "best friend." When he asks why you have done so, tell him "I thought it would be funny to see you get prosecuted for f***ing up my career prospects."

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Leaving dryvan to go to Flatbed

I always believed I would like to do flatbed because it was a "different breed." After a couple of years driving, I realize I'll leave that side of Trucking to those of a "different breed." lol. Good luck!

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Finished Cdl school

Congratulations from a fellow Buckeye, Tripletdad. Slow and steady beats fast and reckless any day, especially when backing. Good luck and be safe while you are out with your trainer.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Hair follicle testing??????

Doesn"t matter if you go somewhere else. Most testing is the same. You should wait at least 6 months before you are tested at lan orientation or other.

Thanks guys! Going to a different company first.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Electronic Log and 34 Hour Reset

Ummm....I think I would pass on a kiss from G-town. Or, maybe not?

And we attempt to do it with a smile😄. And sometimes a kiss 👄

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Going local

I really like the company I drive for, who hauls corrugated cardboard for two paper companies. I start my day at International Paper, at an assigned time (usually between 4 and 6 am). Occasionally, I will start my day by hauling an empty trailer to IP in Streetsboro, OH or PCA in Newark, OH and pick up a loaded trailer there. I take my first assigned load and deliver to the consignee, either a live unload, or dropping the loaded trailer and hauling an empty trailer back to my home yard. Sometimes, I get directed to another IP or PCA in another town to drop the empty and pick up a load and deliver that. Then repeat, usually hauling 2-4 loads over 11-13 hours. I rarely get pushed too close to my 14, and have only used my 16 hour exemption once due to a breakdown. I definitely like being home in the evenings, and off weekends. Relating to HOS, the only thing I really need to worry about is making sure I take my 30 min break within the first 8 hours, and making sure I am documenting my pre- and post-trips for the tractor and trailers haul. The only thing I dislike about my job is if I get stuck at a consignee for 2-3 hours. That can hit me in the wallet if it happens too often. I think of my job as a "glorified day-shift delivery boy"; except, I don't have to worry about getting it delivered "in 30 minutes, or less."

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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What would you do? Almost sideswiped.

In my case, the company driver I confronted works out of the same yard, and I know who he is.

I'm kind of surprised two replies include personally confronting an offending driver. With the types of psychos out there, seems like a good way to end up stabbed with a screwdriver.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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What would you do? Almost sideswiped.

I think that is the key consideration right there. What type of Brotherhood do we hope to promote? What type of drivers do we want sharing the highways with our families and loved ones and representing

I don't want fellow drivers thinking I could care less about them. That isn't the case. In my opinion, "Brotherhood" means helping a fellow driver if he is having issues, whether with parking, hooking up a trailer or a multitude of other issues. It also means driving in a safe manner that doesn't endanger a fellow driver and being respectful out on the road; not being "one of those guys."

Those drivers who consider ignoring illegal or dangerous behavior because "hey, we gotta' look out for each other" are in fact condoning those behaviors. That is the same as Law Enforcement Officers who are on the take or commit crimes, and their fellow LEO's turning a blind eye to it, allowing it to happen, because "we are a Brotherhood." I guess it depends on one's perspective.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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What would you do? Almost sideswiped.

I think you know what your response should have been. If that driver was a kid pulling little Susie's pigtails when the teacher wasn't looking, then yeah, I wouldn't snitch him out. Unfortunately for him, he is a grown-ass man who wasn't just pulling little Susie's pigtails; he was acting in a irresponsible and dangerous manner that could have ended up with people being hurt or killed. IMO, there is no place for that when operating a tractor-trailer. I have no reservations stating here that I reported a fellow company driver who literally followed behind me at a cars length distance, on a twisting, one lane Ohio state route for over 15 miles while a OHP Trooper was directly in front of me. No matter my tapping my brake lights and slowing down to send him a clear message, he would not back off. How that Trooper did not see that driver's reckless behavior is beyond me. I called Safety on that Mofo. We just so happened to end up at the same consignee. I verbally ripped him a new one. His response was that I "was driving too slow" (I was driving the speed limit). I reminded that asshat of the State Trooper that was in front of me. When he found out I reported him, all he could say was he "was a safe driver, and I was in the wrong for driving too slow. He also complained that "I cussed him out at the Consignee." Boo freakin' hoo. The point is, I do not feel bad in the least for "snitching" and reporting him. I lost no sleep whatsoever. I want to get back home at the end of my day, and I have no tolerance for fools who jeopardize my doing so, fellow company driver or not. I could care less about that kind of "Brotherhood."

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Someone's day is always worse

Actually, he stated it was full. He was taking it to a dock for unloading when it happened. I overheard him mentioning to another yard dog that he "heard the fifth wheel latch."

I haven't operated a shag truck, but it seems quite difficult to drop a trailer. I mean you have the connection right behind you and you should be able to hear it latch.

Before I started where I'm at we had a shag driver get fired for dropping trailers. However it was 3rd with the shag truck that did him over! My employer will keep us on after the first occurence with a week suspension without pay. I've been told my employer is more forgiving then many others though. For that shag drivers sake I hope that trailers empty!

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Someone's day is always worse

The Consignee's Yard Dog dropped it. I don't know if that is an instant termination for all companies.

Ouch, that’s rough. Makes me feel better about my day if waiting at ****s though

I know for my company that’s an instant termination. Is that also a trucking career killer or are there companies out there that would overlook a dropped trailer? Just curious.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Someone's day is always worse

Just when you think your day is bad, someone's day is always worse. Always check your fifth wheel.

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Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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FABulous Don

Well, I am late to the party, Bobcat Bob. FAB Express does take inexperienced drivers, but I would advise your Dad to contact FAB Express to get information regarding hiring in his area. The regional Manager for his area can provide him all the information. I am hesitant to mention starting pay here without consent from FAB Express. Don't want to ruffle feathers. I like working for them. The dispatchers keep me moving. The mechanic at my yard makes needed repairs in a timely manner and if I have any issues, I have no trouble getting answers from anyone in LeMont, IL (the home office). My pay is correct, but if on that rare occasion it isn't, with a phone call payroll corrects it right away. If there is a con, I would say health insurance is pricey. Also, at times I may get dispatched early to an appointment, where I end up sitting at a consignee. Pro's far out way the Con's.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Lost my first trucking job, rather resigned ( a longish post sorry for length)

Hi Navypoppop. Thanks. I am indeed still driving. I don't post here much due to nothing I have to say is really informative for those who are just starting out. The last two years have gone by fast. It seems like I was just in Joplin learning how to drive. That photo that Anne put up is actually the truck her Husband drives. The one I use is similar, but it's only a single axle, rather than a double. Hope all is well for you.

Hi Don,

Glad to see your still here and at it. I always enjoyed your step by step adventures with CFI and your honesty about your training and progression. And I am and was a true Mack fan from my first trip in an A40 in 1970 until I retired in a CH in 2012. I like your rig too.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Lost my first trucking job, rather resigned ( a longish post sorry for length)

Yep, still at FAB. I wonder when Wooster drivers will start getting the newer trucks. I am in my usual singke axle 1271 with 310,000+. Those "green" trailers are getting age on them as well, but as long as they are maintained, then all is good.

What a beauty! smile.gif

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Okay if you REALLY have to see it: Here's our 'FABulous truck; similar to Don H.'s but ours is twin screw. . . . READY ???? Ready ???? ready?!?!?!?

Simple, sweet...Mack attack~!

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I know, right?!?!? ;) Tom's been fortunate enough to hang on to ole' 2029. He loves that girl~!!! You get a twin screw yet? Still good w/Fab?

(notice the horrific trailer, hahaha!!) rofl-3.gifconfused.gifrofl-3.gif

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Lost my first trucking job, rather resigned ( a longish post sorry for length)

What a beauty! smile.gif

Okay if you REALLY have to see it: Here's our 'FABulous truck; similar to Don H.'s but ours is twin screw. . . . READY ???? Ready ???? ready?!?!?!?

Simple, sweet...Mack attack~!

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Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Lost my first trucking job, rather resigned ( a longish post sorry for length)

In my view, CFI was "top notch" in training new drivers. From their CDL program to the trainee phase, they did all they could to thoroughly train new CDL holders.

Moe

I've read this thread with great interest.

I recieved my CDL on 19 June. Was to begin orientation with a company on 29 June. After about a week of orientation was to recieve my own truck and on the road with maybe a total of 50/70 miles under my belt and none of those few miles solo. I withdrew from the orientation after just over three days.

I'm a FNG with zero experiance and about the same (zero) re trucking knowledge but I do have medium functional brain and some life experiances.

It's beyond my understanding how it's allowed to have someone with no solo experiance on the road with a truck and trailer. I cant bring myself to understand the rationale that permits that?

I've just completed my one week orientation with CFI in Joplin, Mo. I go out with a trainer tomorrow for the majority of a month on the road. I've already passed an internal driving test with a CFI driver before I leave with a trainer. Going on the premise I'm Ok with the CFI trainer for three to four weeks I then have to pass another internal testing at Joplin before I have my own truck. All in all at least three times I have to pass the CFI standards spread out over a month before CFI considers it responsible for me to be solo in a truck. In my very novice view CFI has it down right. How it could be expected that someone with no experiance in the real world solo in a truck is acceptable is beyond me and I wonder how the laws and regulations permit that to happen?

A mother with her children in front of me, zero solo experiance, eighty thousand pounds of truck and trailer, going down a hill is Ok?

Maybe I'm missing something here........you think?

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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What about diabetics and hair follicle test

And I couldn't comprehend any of the three.

How did he post three times in one minute?

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Hair Follicle Testing

In one post you, you are complaining about two things you don't like:

1.Not enough tuition reimbursement. 2. Having to take a Greyhound bus.

You haven't even finished school, yet, you are complaining about what companies do or do not offer? How about you actually complete school, pass your CDL test, apply to a company and actually pass their drug tests before you grumble about what that company does or does not offer.

I can tell you horror stories about my multiple experiences with Greyhound. They were absolutely ridiculous. But, I survived. Even so, What do you expect? A company isn't going to provide you a stretch limousine service to school or orientation. Your cutting out a company for consideration because they "don't care for their drivers" if you travel by bus to orientation warns me that you are going to be an "entitled" employee who is constantly complaining about the company you work for.

You had better get use to the fact that at first, you will be nothing but a number to a company, especially large ones. It will be up to YOU, and not them, to become more than that.

My only problem with them is you can not take the Truck home during home time and the FL office is 2h20m from my house so that is about 5 hours it takes away from family and i would pass by my house on the way to the yard to park the truck. Windy Hill is the company and i like everything about them .. well i wish they gave a little more in Tuition reimbursement. but .40cpm and $25 every time i open my doors after my first stop.. if you know of any decent companies in North Florida that do not HF .please let me know .. Waiting Longer isnt really an option. Definitely dont want to work for a company that is going to put me on a Grey Hound . because to me paying for a Bus tickets does not show you care and only means i am not a number and just a name ..

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Do not go to a company if you could come back positive. We have a list of whether a company does Hair or urine testing. Typically its recommended to wait 90 days for urine, 6 months for hair depending on how heavy of a user you are. It's possible these companies have changed to hair or will change just before you go so proceed with caution if you choose not to wait. I'd highly recommend you hold off on school for now. A possible test will make it all but impossible to get started. Have you considered a Paid CDL Training Programs? Most of these companies will buy you a bus ticket (or reimburse rental car due to the 'rona), put you up in a hotel, possibly feed you and a couple even pay you to attend school. If you're accepted into their program you're guaranteed a job with them upon successful completion of your state exams and as long as you were honest on your application.

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Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Hair Follicle Testing

Does the school you are going to attend require a drug test?

So my only Concern about when i first get into the industry. i have been an avid weed smoker for most of my life i do not believe in taking pills because they just create a more problems . i do not Drink , weed was my only thing , now 2 weeks about i decided to get into the trucking industry and Quite smoking . i have 0 problem doing that because Money and jobs are more important than smoking . i start trucking school in a month from today , by time i get out of school and get a job for a company i will be about 2.5 months with Nothing in my system so a urine test will be no problem. but i do not want to apply to a company and get a hair follicle test and be denied a job for something i did before i was in the industry. Do companies denied you the job because they seen Marijuana in your system 2 months before you started working for them or in the industry? i get why they do the testing because they're hard to bypass unlike Urine and Mouth Swabs . how does it work . are they looking to see how recent it was before you last used or they looking to say hey you used in general so we dont want you? i cant really find any clarification on it . would suck for me to spend 7k on school get a job than be denied and have it go on my DOT that i failed a drug screening. for something i did before i was in the industry! i know ill probably get those people on here who will give the " should make better life choices" but i know for a fact there are plenty of Truckers who drink in there down time , wake up and get on the road when im sure the booze are still lingering in there system. that is there business not mine.

Thanks for any information in advance!

Toby

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