Comments By Villain

https://cdn.truckingtruth.com/avatars/0438179001526840534-78679.jpg avatar
  • Villain
  • Joined:
  • 2 years, 6 months ago
  • Comments:
  • 97

Page 3 of 5

Previous Page
Next Page
Go To Page:    

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

View Topic:

Enough with the Winter!

I am from West Palm Beach about 65 miles North of Miami. I used to send pictures to my friends up North of me in January in shorts & a t-shirt.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

View Topic:

Enough with the Winter!

I just received the following Severe Weather Alert:

SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 7500 FEET WEDNESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING...

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON MDT THURSDAY...

* WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 12 to 15 inches, with locally higher amounts near 18 inches, are expected.

* WHERE...South Laramie Range between Laramie and Cheyenne. This includes Interstate 80 between mile markers 315 and 345.

* WHEN...Until noon MDT Thursday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on difficult travel conditions. Expect significant reductions in visibility at times. Recommended actions. A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible.

I wish I had more hours so that I could run in front of this system. I'm supposed to be in Carlisle, PA by Saturday.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

View Topic:

Enough with the Winter!

First off thank you. I made it to Laramie, WY from Boise. I80 was challenging today. Thanks to your posts even though I was a little apprehensive, I made it through. After reading that Jakes & CC shouldn't be used in heavy rain (at least by a rookie like me) I made it a point to practice on manual during training. It paid off today. I went from rain to sleet to a few minutes of snow and back again but the one constant was the wet road.

So, all the electronic signs kept flashing that Winter Storm Conditions will be in effect until tomorrow. I was planning on leaving at about 2am. When I get up & ready for my shift what are the things I should be looking for to help me make the decision on whether its right to drive or not?

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

View Topic:

Warm Engine Before Driving

"When it is cold out (like under 20), then run your optimized idle, or some kind of idle (whatever you have) to keep DEF and fuel from freezing, as well as to keep batteries charged if you do not have an APU." - David Reid

I lived in Georgia through a winter. I would get up in the middle of the night and find that the girlfriend or kids left the faucet on. Then I would make it to the kitchen and yep the darn faucet is dripping. It had to be explained to me that's what you're supposed to do! I'm from South Florida and clueless.

Now you're telling me that the fuel and DEF can freeze. So when the forecast calls for temperatures to be at 20 or less, I need to keep the truck running?

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

View Topic:

Mystery Trucking Company

I was in the Navy during the Gulf War. I remember reading in the Navy Times Newspaper that civilian contractors were being used to drive trucks. The pay was huge. Hell of a way to earn it though, never knowing if the next section of road was mined or an ambush point. But they were part of the backbone of any operation; logistics.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

View Topic:

Warm Engine Before Driving

I have received conflicting information. Some say don't warm up the engine before driving but move slowly for a few minutes. This method is not practical when I am leaving a rest area on the Interstate. Some people tell me to wait until the coolant temperature is at operating temperature. Which is the right way?

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

View Topic:

HOS for new people

"Let me take a shot at being clear about something.......you do get paid for what you produce in this business. The more freight you move the more money you make. It's really that simple" - Brett Squilla

The subject of the post is how to get your side work as a flatbedder out of the way (not burning up your HOS) so that you can get to the part of the job that pays the "real" money. In this aspect the job is like being a server at a restaurant. Out of an 8 hour shift a server can spend as much as 2 hours doing side work like prepping table set ups,b bussing tables, prepping salad, etc. This work gets paid at the "tipped employee" minimum wage currently at $2.13/hr. Let's say that the other 6 hours spent actually waiting on tables comes out to $10/hr. So you say what's the big deal, you lost out on about $16 so that you could make $60. Well as someone who's been poor I'll tell you. $16 buys a pound of ground beef ,box of Hamburger Helper, cheap cereal and a gallon of milk! People have kids don't you know! Same reason we accept detentention pay,tarping pay,etc at a lower rate. You are not getting paid for your performance when it comes to side work.

Why? Because it's what the market (drivers) accept as the price for our services.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

View Topic:

HOS for new people

@Rainy good catch. I came on Duty at the Receiver in Fort Worth at 619AM. Unloaded by 700AM went to Love's 1 exit away. Sleeper Berth 2H 15M. Dispatched Elk City. Checked in at 400PM. Sleeper Berth 412PM. Creeped back to the the gate at 1030PM put my sandals on, stiff armed the door to the guard house, hitched up my pants, blew a wad of Red Man Tobacco on the floor & said "Who the hell is in charge around here!?" Naw, just joking but after explaining nicely how long I'd been waiting,I did get assigned to a dock. Creeped to the dock. Ended Sleeper Berth at 1214AM. On Duty loading until 1240AM. Must of done the Split Sleeper right cause my hours reset & BOOM! The wheels were turning!

@Rob that was for local in 2005.

@CT That's exactly my point. There are people who you couldn't offer enough to do our jobs. They might have jobs that we would say the same thing about.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

View Topic:

HOS for new people

"You need to leave your hourly pay mindset behind or go back to a factory. We get paid for what we produce. If you can't discard the 40hr week paid by the hour mindset, you WILL ultimately fail at this." - Patrick C

I respectfully disagree. You need to have some kind of baseline for comparison. If you earn $1000 in a week for 100 hours of work then you can decide if your efforts are worth more or less than $10/hour. Or maybe the hourly rate for your work is low but the total income is more than you could make at any another job and that's acceptable. Either way gives you something to base a decision on whether your income is acceptable or not.

Let's be clear about one thing. You don't get paid for what you produce. You get paid what the market dictates. If a company makes a shirt that will sell for $30, they aren't going to sell it for $18. If the cost to produce that shirt (labor, materials, etc.) is $8, they aren't going to spend $15. Similarly,if your company could find a comparable driver (safety record, on time performance,etc.) that worked for 60% of what you currently make....see ya!

What about the O/O that cashes a big fat check. It looks good. But the truck needs to get paid before you do. I don't mean the monthly payments although that's part of it. I mean all the costs associated with the operation of the truck. What's left sure ain't the same amount you started with! The same goes for our jobs.

You couldn't pay me enough to flatbed. That's just me. On payday I would be thinking about all the heat/rain/snow I had to work in and yea I would notice how my paycheck worked out to on an hourly basis.

In school we had a rep come over from Budweiser. The workweek was like 55-60 hours. Came out to like $9.50/hr. A couple of us mentioned that we could make that much without a CDL! Why the hell would we get a CDL if not to make more money? He said you can't look at it hourly. Of course he would say that.

OP maybe flatbed isn't your thing. I drive reefer for a small company. Means no preloaded trailers, no drop and hook. I got stuck at Bar S in Elk City for 8 freaking hours! At minimum I'm stuck waiting to be loaded/unloaded every trip. Some people couldn't put up with the that.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

View Topic:

Show Me The Money! Article by Old School

"As I'm walking back to my truck I can see that the Melton driver hasn't budged yet, so I go over to his door to let him know that he can go ahead and roll on in. The truth is that I am trying to move everything along so that I can get myself unloaded quicker.

What I find upon getting to his door is that he has his curtains drawn shut and he is oblivious to what is going on out here. Now you may think I am not a nice person, and while I happen to know that I am, allow me to teach you something about being competitive out here. You don't have to wake up your competition, fix them a nice breakfast and tell them it's time to pull on your boots and get to work. No sir, out here if you snooze you lose! I rolled right on around that guy and got myself inside the gate, and parked behind the Montgomery driver."

”After I got inside the building and they were almost finished unloading me, the Melton driver came to consciousness and looked bewildered that I, the third driver in line, was the first one out of that place!" - Old School

Well done sir. Well done! rofl-3.gif

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

View Topic:

Show Me The Money! Article by Old School

As always great post Old School. A couple of thoughts; I played a little football in school, don't know how to play Monopoly for fun I'm trying to bankrupt everyone! I've fallen in love with Texas Hold'em Poker ( Doyle Brunson one of the all time greats once said ”I would bust my own grandmother if she tried to contest a pot against me!) a game that rewards aggressive play. Just the thought of competition gets the juices flowing!

Trucking just ain't for everyone. You have to be wired for it. 1st day solo, 1st dispatch. I'm sent already an hour behind schedule. Get there: blind side alley dock, no one around to help. I push the seat all the way back, steering wheel all the way forward, docked the truck standing up so I could see where the hell I was going. Delivery scheduled for 7am. I remember reading one of your posts about parking at customer location. Had just enough time to make it (okay, I had to creep for the last 2 blocks). I'm Sleeper Berth at 8pm. Get a call at 10 asking how far away I parked. I tell him 75 feet! Pause on the phone. You're there? Yep. Empty - ready for assignment at 630am. Now I'm on a 1900 miler! Coincidence? I think not.

Thing is, you veterans are always telling us what's what. Just got to be willing to listen. Or you can be like that fool that called Old School a Super Trucker and eat Ramen Noodles for the whole week!

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

View Topic:

Throw The Dog A Bone

Congratulations on becoming a Grandpa dancing-banana.gif

"That's how you make this career rewarding and enjoyable. You keep the team that's dispatching you happy, and they'll keep you happy. At times they even surprise you with a tasty bone when you're least expecting it.". - Unfortunately for too many people (like a certain Terminal Rat!), you might as well be speaking Chinese. I've come to accept certain Universal Truths, one being life is 10% what happens to you & 90% what you do about it.

Keep posting Old School so I can keep learning!

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

View Topic:

3 Questions

1) My signature on the shipping papers means that I certify that the load quantity is correct. Now I understand that no one wants to actually sit there for hours watching the trailer get loaded even if they allowed it (all the doors leading to the warehouse floor I've seen say No Drivers Beyond This Point). But what happens if a load comes up short. Am I the scapegoat?

2) I've noticed that no one locks their trailer. Doesn't anyone worry about theft?

3) I forgot what the 3rd question was confused.gif

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

View Topic:

Closest Scale?

After loading, am I required to go to the closest scale or the closest scale along my route. For example, I am heading North from the shipper and the closest scale North is 20 miles but there's a scale 10 miles South.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

View Topic:

Finally a solo driver !

Congratulations! Now the fun part begins.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

View Topic:

I Did It!

I am sleeping in my own truck tonight! I am so glad that I found this site. You guys were there every step of the way. There wasn't a question I had that you didn't answer. From snow to descending to windshields! Thank you for helping me get this far.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

View Topic:

Favorite Truck Stop Chain?

My company's fuel card only works at TA or Petro unless we call for an override. So 90% of the truck stops I've been to are those. With my limited sample size it seems like TA has nicer truck stops with better amenities than Flying J or Love's. I like the Iron Skillet and Country Kitchen, nice lounge area/TV room, clean showers. The few Flying Js I've been to were kind of run down. The 2 Love's looked like gas stations with the trucker side being an afterthought. Been to Cenex they were really small. I'm at a Sapp Bros right now and it's a nice one. What's your favorite truck stops?

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

View Topic:

Dirty Windshield

@ David Reid "Most truck stops have long handled squeegees. Love's are usually on the shorter side. Typically the best ones are at TAs and Petros".

My company's card only allows us to fuel at TA or Petro unless we call for an override. I must have bad luck cause we're only going to the ones that have 5-foot squeegee handles.

I'm going to learn how to use the Quote Button correctly one of these days!

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

View Topic:

Dirty Windshield

The person who took the picture just had to get the Swift logo in the frame. LOL.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

View Topic:

Dirty Windshield

Okay first off, what's the deal with the short handle on the window squeegee? I'm 5'8" & I feel ridiculous trying to clean the windshield, I feel like a midget. Second, what's the trick to getting a clean windshield? Scrubbing away with the squeegee doesn't do a damn thing.

Page 3 of 5

Previous Page
Next Page
Go To Page:    

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More