Profile For Chuck S.

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  • Location:
    Las Vegas, NV

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

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Posted:  6 days, 16 hours ago

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Only in California

and plenty of us that were born there and got the heck out....

Remember most of the loonies you associate with California are actually born in other states and moved to California.

We wouldn’t look so crazy if y’all would stop exporting your village idiots.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

I was a boss in the casinos here in Vegas... my uniform was a suit, I ate in all my meals restaurants, not in the employee dining rooms, hung out with all the big shots, had a corporate credit card, made a crap load of money, and every day thought how nice it would of been if I had just stayed an hourly employee free of all the headaches.

30 plus years it took me to find out I should of never taken that first promotion...

lessons learned

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Hourly Pay vs Mileage Pay

It depends...

how fast is your truck

how often do you stop to go you know .... 1 or 2

I personally averaged 500miles in 8.5 hours consistently, and that helped me when my DM would call and ask if I could do a particular load... he would know what I could do and just needed to get me to commit.

it was a lot easier to figure it out that way then to try and see if I had enough hours... cause I never ran myself out of hours...

longest I stayed out on the road without ever taking a day off ... 10 weeks... even the dog was barking at me when I walked through the door

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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What are your on the road hobbies?

Sleep

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Clock Management and 34 hr resets

I have personally spun this web every way possible, and the bottom line comes to this... if you run 10+ hours a day consistently, and sit it out doing a reset, are you available to go pick up a load during a reset?

No

Can you legally drive anywhere to position yourself for a load during that reset?

No

If your driver manager calls and tells you he has a load for you a couple of hours away from where you are, but you are doing a reset, can you tell him you can head that way to be ready for the load?

No

People have responded to my post that I am wrong giving advice that I am about to give again on HOS.

My response to them... if you want to set somewhere for 34 hours and play video games...KNOCK YOURSELF OUT

if you want to make money and work everyday you are away from home ... don't work more then 8 to 9 hours on line 3 and 4 on any given day.

These truck companies will not wait for you to do your reset. They will find the next available truck to pick up that load. So if you are sitting in Wichita, Kansas waiting for someone to call you and tell you there's a load available, do you want to be that driver who has to say... sorry I am stuck here doing my reset ...

seriously ... you can work everyday and never take a day off and never need to be that driver who has to say ... sorry I can't get that load cause I can't manage my hours well enough so I can be available for that next load...

if you average 8.5 hours of line 3 and 4 every day you can work every day without taking a day off ... do the math

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Road Rage

Spaceman is dead on with this... it was my belief that if you are going to become a commercial driver and call yourself a "professional" (note I did not say expert, huge difference between the two ) you deserve a formal complaint when it comes to bad behavior behind the wheel. You have your company name and sometimes phone number all over your rig, and with the internet so prevalent in our lives today it's not hard to figure it out.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Followed GPS onto Frozen Lake

I had a young man get on my truck for his 4 week company training and instantly told me he purchased this new $500 gps just for trucking and that he was going to use it. Well I had to give him the bad news as soon as he told me about his purchase, and that was for the first 3 weeks while on the truck he will learn gettin around the country the old fashion way ... by motor carrier map... and company directions from the qualcomm ... He made it the first 3 weeks and the day he turned on his new gps we were leaving a shipper I had been to several times... late at night and he was driving. As we exited his gps was telling him to go straight, about the same time I was telling him to turn left. His response was, "if this gps is telling me to go straight I am going straight" My response was ok... go straight thru the intersection and pull over to the curb and park it... then pack up your gps, and the rest of your stuff, and while you are doing that I will call the company and tell them they have a student who needs a cab.

There was a bit of a silence then he muttered ok... I'll turn left.

I took him a couple of days to ask what it was about that gps issue the other night and I told him... it was a dead end, and I've seen a few trucks backing out of there... he got the picture.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Looking for advice

Your low tolerance for idiots is going to be a huge challenge for you in this profession ... cause there are endless numbers of them on the road.

Posted:  1 month ago

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What to do - truck weaving badly

I was behind a big truck eastbound on I 80 out of Salt Lake City years ago that was all over the road. I called Utah State Police, but by the time they finally got to us we had made it all the way to the scales coming into Wyoming. Utah State Police went so far as to calling Wyoming DOT and had this driver held until USP could get there. I was there also waiting for them to show them video of this guys driving skills. The funny thing about this outrages situation was while we were waiting for USP to arrive I was in the scale lobby where DOT was interrogating this driver and looking at his logs... he was screaming that who ever turned him in was going to be sued for everything and anything that would happen to him. Well after USP showed up and I showed them the video he admitted his logs where not correct... he showed he had taken a 10 hour break in SLC, when in reality he had been driving non-stop from San Francisco.

Now as a fellow truck driver my only concern was for the innocent travelers on that road that day who he endangered.

Bottom line is ... this is one of the reasons we are now blessed with electronic logs.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Top 10 things you absolutely have to have in your truck

I am going to take a crack at this top ten list

cb radio

gps

half a dozen work gloves, boots, heavy coat, stocking cap

cooler 12 volt

2 weeks of clean clothes

back pack for all your personal items to take to the shower (not a walmart bag)

2 weeks of food non perishable

small tool box with assorted small tools

a good phone with a good network with GOOGLE MAPS

lots of trash bags ... walmart bags are perfect

I know I added a few extras

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Ask for new trainer, or suck it up?

Unless this company is desperate for trainers, this behavior will catch up to this trainer. Fortunately for me I never had anyone of my students ask for another trainer, but I did take several students from other trainers. Eventually companies will either take these trainers off their list and put them back as drivers, or fire them if things get ugly like a fight or something of that nature. Having a great trainer will make of break you in the training process so if you are serious about this career and you feel you can do this training with the proper trainer your company will know who can get you where you need to go. Your training department will help you get on a good trainers truck if you can convince them you are worth it. So put on your persuasive shoes, call your training dept. and ask to get on another trainers truck.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Ice storm warning Chicago

Ice is nothing to play around with. Park it a wait it out.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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The Guys Who Do The Most Complaining Put In The Least Effort

I would witness drivers in the office repeatedly complaining they can't make any money. Over time I would learn why... so many people think this career is easy money, they get to drive from town to town looking for a party at the end of the day... maybe party for a couple of days if they think they can get away with it... and I say that because this career isn't like a normal job. First of all a normal job usually has a boss breathing down your neck making sure you are doing your job, cause if he's not keeping an eye on you ... you are probably going to start goofing off... cat's away ... mice will play sort of deal... are you all with me. I have lived in Vegas for 40 years, and over ten of those years was driving big trucks all over the country. You would be amazed at the number of times I would be asked by my driver/manager to go pick up a trailer that is attached to another tractor and get it delivered, cause THEY CAN'T GET IN TOUCH WITH THE DRIVER FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS... REALLY! I banged on the door of a company truck here at the TA in Vegas for 45 min. trying to wake up the driver who was wasted. He finally poked his head out the window and ask me why I woke him up, I told him the company had been trying to call him for a couple of days about the load he had. I told him I was there to swap trailers, but I realized this guy was in no shape to do anything but go back into the bunk. I asked him if I could swap the trailers, give him my empty and he could go back to sleep. He agreed.

Now do you think this guy needed some supervision? Well he wasn't going to make it as a truck driver if he kept doing this.

I don't know if this was a one time thing for this guy, I was just telling the story because so many people in this world need constant supervision. If you want to be successful as a truck driver, you need to be a self starter. You should be that person who doesn't need to have their hand held all the time. You need to be the person who doesn't need you boss to be breathing down your neck all the time, because you can't get your head out your butt and do your job...

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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The Guys Who Do The Most Complaining Put In The Least Effort

The title of this says it all... and the other side of this coin should say... the hardest workers don't have time to complain ... right

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Routing

When I was new to trucking our company would route us around every big city in the country (before we all started using gps) then one day I decided to drive right through St. Louis on s 70 and not take the bypass. Well that was the norm for me if there were no restrictions and it wasn't rush hour. Atlanta was no exception.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Ask for new trainer, or suck it up?

It's sad we can't put down our phones...even truckers. I was headed up to Seattle with a student and happened to be following one of our company trucks when all of a sudden cars started spinning and parts started flying everywhere. Turns out my fellow truck driver from my company who happened to be a trainer and was driving at the time (after the accident it was told to me by an investigator that he was texting at the time of the accident) rear ended another semi who was slowing down for someone on the side of the road. When the texting trainer reacted his first instinct was to hit the brakes, problem was he didn't have time to hit the clutch. The transmission exploded into a million parts all over the road.

Fortunately everyone survived this accident, a good career was lost in the aftermath

Moral of the story ... yea you guessed it

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Real Old School Trucks

Olny=only ... sorry

and I forgot to say... that was loaded or unloaded

Chuck, that's hilarious!

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Real Old School Trucks

62 mph uphill or downhill hammer down... didn't matter ... olny two problems... you needed to put your foot on the dash to get in out of gear, and if you missed a gear you needed to stop and start all over again

Posted:  2 months ago

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Boredom on the Road

If you have an excellent work ethic you will not be bored. Keeping busy is easy in this career. Approach everyday with a willingness to do the best you got and then take it to the next level beyond that, and the only thing you will be thinking about is parking at the end of your day hoping you stay awake long enough to get a couple of bits of food before you pass out.

Boredum is a strong theme in my life right now and i am worried about being bored out of my gourd when i get out there. I am hoping that audiobooks and my phone will be enough to keep me sane, but i get bored easily and i tend to get sleepy when i am bored. What do you guys do to ward off the mind numbing spectre of dullness or are you mostly content to watch the universe move around you while you stay stationary?

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Truck parking during home time

Every company is different...best be upfront with them before it's too late. Most companies are concerned about their equipment. They don't want it stolen or vandalized. Parking tickets are going to be your responsibility.

I asked my neighbors ... they just didn't want engines running all night ...

never had a problem

good luck

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