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    Huntingdon Valley, PA

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    5 years, 10 months ago

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Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Accidents and Getting a New Job

I must thank for your feedback and direction. Western Express will work with me in spite of my history. I'll go out with a trainer for 240 hours and then be solo on a Richmond to Maine dedicated route.

My first month solo didn't go well and I was terminated by US Xpress. On my first day I was in a rush, didn't watch my trailer, and swiped the rear corner of two cars parked outside the gate at my first pickup. The same day I didn't ask for help backing into a dark dock (the type inside a garage) and ended up ripping the right trailer door off the hinges. I also got a ticket (this is only day ONE) for turning down a street with a 4 ton weight limit (I was using Google to find a Petro and made a wrong turn leading to the illegal turn). Finally, last week I hooked high and my truck hit the trailer (didn't GOAL to check 5th wheel and trailer height when backing to my trailer). I was terminated just last Wednesday.

I still want to drive but have been rejected by SWIFT and most companies want a very clean record in the past 3 years. Covenant's minimum requirements suit my case so I completed an app today. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!

All you can do is apply everywhere. If you can get a hire you'd better put your game face on and make it happen this time. Otherwise you are done.

You may already be done, but hopefully someone will give you a chance.

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Accidents and Getting a New Job

Thank you for your feedback. I have no expectations at this point but I will look at some suggested companies.

All you can do is apply everywhere. If you can get a hire you'd better put your game face on and make it happen this time. Otherwise you are done.

You may already be done, but hopefully someone will give you a chance.

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Accidents and Getting a New Job

Thanks. I've had these thoughts many times myself. I don't know if this is right for me but I worked very hard to get into a truck. I'd still like to drive. No one is to blame for my actions but me.

Ok.... let us put it all on the table....

In one year you...

Quit Trainco paid by Schneider right before testing

Did a lot of complaining about manuals

Argued with us about team pay at CR England

Argued with me about Prime training pay

Got depressed

Went to Smith & Solomon, got CDL

Got sent home from Werner for meds

Went to US Express

Complained they didnt pay you and posted it on Facebook

Complained about backing the automatic

Didn't GOAL causing 2 accidents, got a ticket

Got fired

Your trainer didnt GOAL so its his fault

The truck bucked cause its an automatic so its the trucks fault

Google didnt warn you of the weight limit, so its Google fault you got the ticket

You said something when you were in Trainco.....

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Some people simply don't have, and may not be able to develop, the skills for handling a truck.

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Think about it.

Good Luck.

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Accidents and Getting a New Job

I tend to rush and it causes problems. I was with my trainer for a month and all went well enough. He never once did get out and look. That example didn't serve me well.

Only thing you can do is put in applications to everybody and be prepared to hear a lot of “No’s”. Your record is abysmal in an extremely short period of time. We’re you trained at all?

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Accidents and Getting a New Job

My trainer never did GOAL when hooking to a trailer and there was never a problem. Generally, I tend to be in too much of a hurry, trying to get there and impress everyone. It's a life long challenge to slow down and I know trucking is all about taking your time until you're due for an appt and you've got to make it.

Though I'm not a Class A myself or in the industry so take it with a grain of salt but these accidents seem to show a lack of attention to details or just no focus . The 5th wheel hit is pretty bad and acknowledging you didnt GOAL on 2 of these is telling . I trained on 48' flatbed in the Bees and was drilled on that routinely so I think it speaks more to your training than you . I feel for ya though but these were very preventable accidents and to have that many is a rough sell . Try CR England as well , they seem a bit more forgiving . Hope you find something.

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Accidents and Getting a New Job

Thank you. I will do that.

Send applications to Jim Palmer/Wilson Logistics. Maybe, they give you a chance.

Their requirements: NO more than 2 moving violations within the last 12 months. NO more than 4 moving violations within the last 3 years. NO license suspensions for points in the last 3 years.

Those are the basic requirements of Knight Transportation: No more than 2 moving violations in last 2 years No more than 2 accidents/incidents in the last 3 years

Or you work in the warehouse for three years and then come back to trucking.

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Accidents and Getting a New Job

My first month solo didn't go well and I was terminated by US Xpress. On my first day I was in a rush, didn't watch my trailer, and swiped the rear corner of two cars parked outside the gate at my first pickup. The same day I didn't ask for help backing into a dark dock (the type inside a garage) and ended up ripping the right trailer door off the hinges. I also got a ticket (this is only day ONE) for turning down a street with a 4 ton weight limit (I was using Google to find a Petro and made a wrong turn leading to the illegal turn). Finally, last week I hooked high and my truck hit the trailer (didn't GOAL to check 5th wheel and trailer height when backing to my trailer). I was terminated just last Wednesday.

I still want to drive but have been rejected by SWIFT and most companies want a very clean record in the past 3 years. Covenant's minimum requirements suit my case so I completed an app today. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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My first lot lizard encounter

FACT: Some of those ho's are trafficked teens.

Last night I bobtailed to a pilot in Salisbury NC at midnight. It was of course full but I made room by a tower but figured someone may wake me because they can't get out. At 2 am I'm awoken to a knocking on my door, thinking a driver can't get out I roll my window down and to my aggravation it was a lot lizard looking to make some money. Geez, now I finally understand how everyone else feels as this was my first time being woken up and first time being propositioned by a ho. You think a no lot lizards sticker would prevent it happening again and where can I get some? (Stickers not ho's..lol)

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Kenworth T680 Automatic in Manual Mode

I am a new driver and I always need guidance when backing other than straightline. Part of the problem is reverse on the Eaton transmission makes the truck buck like a bull. It throws me off. The other day another driver who used to be a trainer said there are slower reverse speeds in manual mode. I checked the manual in the truck and cannot find out how to do this. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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US Xpress and Getting Paid

Actually, I'm 56 and use FB daily to update friends on my new way of life. They really like hearing about it. Thanks for the advice just the same.

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don't get too caught up in FB.

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^^^this^^^

I am assuming you are "young", as in under 30. My advice to you is GET OFF of "social media". It is a sewer for the most part. I am shocked at some of the things that people post on these sites. That s#!t will follow you for the rest of your life. Just some advice from an "old man". You will thank me, and others in my generation, when you see the ripple effect on people down the road!

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