Comments By Dan M.

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Posted:  6 years ago

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New OTR driver with low mileage loads

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The key to making money is to keep your doors closed. Talk with your fleet manager ask what you need to do to get more miles. Then do what he says.

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Indeed, keeping the doors closed (implies you are driving) is definitely important, but only one of several “keys” to making money at this...

I totally agree with everything Old School and Susan have said thus far. The relationship with your driver manager, and/or the person you report directly to is vitally important to your success. It’s a “process” that you must constantly work on and build upon. Do not underestimate this dynamic.

Good luck.

Hey G-Town. I actually start orientation tomorrow and am wondering about that initial meeting with my new DM and how they will go over things like that. I sure want to start off on the right foot.

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Don't forget your landing gear

Wow, I can't believe it rolled! Ugh, that's a huge bummer. It's so easy to have one moment of inattention turn into a mess out there. I think that's one of the toughest aspects of being a driver; it's hard to stay focused at all times, especially as the day gets long and you start getting tired.

Going to try and absorb as much as I can from my trainer so I'm not that guy.

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Distractions Can Kill Your Career, or Worse - article by Rainy

That was a great read Rainy. Just arrived in Kentucky earlier today getting ready for orientation tomorrow. I am naturally one who heaps pressure upon myself so I will try and follow your advice and cut myself some slack.

Couldn't help but wonder on the way through Virginia and Tennessee if any of you guys were within sight...saw all of the companies represented here. Even mine !!

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Can You Spot The Impostor?

Work hard, be humble, give it everything you have, and appreciate those who are willing to help you out. Take pride in being the best you that you're capable of being and having the courage to get in the ring and fight the good fight. If the veterans tease you, laugh with them, because they're right - you do look silly. And hey, that's ok because you're doing all you can to get better and you will get better. It just all takes time. And that's ok too.

Wow, what a simple and respectful response. Man I love this site.

Posted:  6 years ago

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Just passed my road test...PTL here I come.

Congratulations!!!

Thank you G-Town. When I went to the school today to get my certificate and talk to the owner, felt very good when I was leaving and Steve Bradway (owner and lifetime trucker) was on the phone and told them to hold on as he "had to say goodbye to one of our Professional Drivers".

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Just passed my road test...PTL here I come.

Paschall Truck Lines.

It's kind of like TMC - PTL is what they go by. The great thing about working for either one of those companies is that you'll never forget how to spell their name! smile.gif

Congratulations Dan!

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That's true Old School...thank you.

Just want to work hard and be respected by my Company and my peers.

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Just passed my road test...PTL here I come.

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Thank you Rainy and Big Scott...got my days worth of Potassium !

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Just passed my road test...PTL here I come.

Congrats. I guess will ask, what company is PTL? If there is an acronym I don't know I ask. I guess army life taught me something lol

It is Paschall Truck Lines out of Murray Kentucky. Lol I know Army...I thought some holy rollers at first with PTL (praise the Lord). Going to orientation on the 18th, then out from there. Looking forward.

And thank you guys, will be picking your brains soon.

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Just passed my road test...PTL here I come.

Thanks Turtle.

Posted:  6 years ago

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Worst Day Ever

Oh yeah.. and as we were leaving with truck and trailer in tow, just on the other side of the overpass.. the DOT officer was watching to make sure I didn't try to pull that trailer. Glad I stuck to my guns and refused when tow driver tried to convince me that my pulling that trailer was the same as him towing it.

So sorry, glad you're ok though.

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