Profile For Donna M.

Donna M.'s Info

  • Location:
    Waynesville , GA

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 10 months ago

Donna M.'s Bio

Happily Married will be 27 years in August. Have six grown children and 8 grandchild. Have driven a school bus for the past 4 years and really sick of it. I love big powerful trucks. Can’t wait to get out on the road. Have lived a life of doing for everyone else and fulfilling others demands and now I just want to challenge myself. Want to be appreciated when I decide to come home and not just cause I’m always here. Sounds selfish, however it’s time to be.

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Posted:  17 hours, 35 minutes ago

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Arizona new driver home time.

Old School, I read your first response. I thought that doesn’t sound like Old School. Then u came back with the second response. Yep that’s Old School explaining the basics.

Posted:  5 days, 16 hours ago

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Magnastop??

Hey guys,

I'm finally getting my own truck next week after upgrading a while back. I'm currently ordering/thinking about everything I want on the truck. I heard about the device called a MagnaStop from another recent upgraded newbie at Prime. It supposedly allows you to get the pins in the correct hole every time on the first try.

Does anyone use this? Its 50 bucks...not bad but still thought I'd get a couple other takes on it if I could. I've never guesstimated when sliding before. Not sure how good I'll be at it.

https://www.magnastop.online

A lot of prime trailers have the stop bars on them. But after a couple of months u won’t need that stuff. You will get a feel for the movement of the trailer. I wanted one when I first started , glad I didn’t buy one.

Posted:  5 days, 17 hours ago

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Truck Parking; Carpe Diem

Oh sorry , is this still trucking?undefined

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Not having a ton of fun this week

Why do u have so much on duty time?

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Not having a ton of fun this week

I run 2700 to 3000 per week on 70 hours . I reset when I go home about every 6 weeks. The thing to remember about recaps is , yes u only get x hours today but u have 14 hours to use that. Take the load that u spent the extra day on. If u would have started at 18:00 drove to 24:00 got your recap u could of drove 5 more hours all in one night. I’m not even sure this makes sense to anyone else.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Stresss

Actually it not the planning it’s the unplanned. The shipper that should take 4 hours takes 6. It’s all the things that could go wrong, that usually does go wrong, and suddenly having to replan. I’ve done well so far, only one load had to be re-powered due to an excess long unload. It just makes the hurry up and wait game more painful. LOL

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Stresss

Perhaps for the last year my fm has been guiding me through the process. I get a load run it and get a preplan for next load pretty much matching my hours. However in the last month much of the time I have two or three preplans on me. Now, it’s up to me to plan the loads so I will make the next load and then the next load. Maybe this is a new learning phase for me, but dang it stresses me.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Prime Inc upgrade simulation?

I’ve never passed a sims test. Rather took a road test for upgrade. Did my annual safety last week. Mr Wally remembered me, and did make me do any sim stuff!

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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My first aggressive truck driver.

That’s what scared me the most, I had no way out. Once I saw him swerve I flipped my hazards on , so people behind would be aware I was slowing down. But I had traffic beside me and behind. I -10 in that area has no emergency lanes.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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My first aggressive truck driver.

So today I’m cruising down I 10 headed to Jacksonville. I’m in the right lane black suv pulls beside me. He’s just riding right next to my door. I glance in mirror semi coming up fast on him. Semi gets on his bumper and starts blowing his air horn. I tap my break to come off the cruise. I can’t really brake to much traffic. SUV is still beside me. Now I’ve give them enough room either could have gotten in front of me. Finally suv gives and moves over. The semi first with his truck and twice with his trailer tried to push the guy off the road. Scared the crap out of me. Crazy people!

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Upgrade question!

There is a kiosk in the lease room, has different trucks to look at. Find one u like they will give u the keys to check it out. If it’s the one! They will give u an inspection sheet. Inspect it carefully, then u turn sheet into shop. They will fix any problems. U will sign off that every thing is good . Also if u want extras like refrigerator or whatever get that done as well . All that’s left is to sign lease.

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Upgrade question!

Man, I’m company and reefer only thing I can tell u is listen carefully in that class. U aren’t committed to anything yet! Once u complete the class , u have to get a truck , inspect it, and then sign the lease.

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Can a company driver be forced to pay for fuel?

Wow! I learn so much about other trucking companies, here!

Posted:  2 months ago

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Rookie driver

G-Town told me when I first started to “Watch your Wagon” , man every turn look in your mirror make sure your trailer is clearing. Take turns slow and easy. Okay u turned into terminal sharp but why didn’t u stop before u hit something? I had only driven a school bus before I got my CDL , I was and still am overwhelmed at the size of my truck . I take every inch of space available. We have automatics so I didn’t have to worry with that. But don’t get side tracked with that and not watch that trailer. U take out a car or something and sorry but your career will be cut short. Not trying to sound mean. Maybe walk around the truck and trailer a couple times till u get the feel of just how long 90 to 93 ‘ is. I’ve only been out one year, and I still have plenty of times I get nervous, I just slow down and make sure I don’t make mistakes.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Requesting A Fleet Manager After TNT

It's my understanding that Prime hooks you up with your trainer's Fleet Manager after upgrading. Who can a student talk to to request a different FM upon upgrading?

Being I was trained by a lease driver and I went company, I asked the company fm that I want if I could come on his board. Once he was okay with it, I told lease fm what fm I wanted. Are u trying to save your student some pain ?

Posted:  2 months ago

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What to do?

U go to exit onto a highway and cops have the exit closed. This happen in Atlanta last week I knew enough to go 7 miles down and then got on I-85. But today I’m in Indy go to exit on I-70 blocked. I go to next exit , left then left and try exit to 70 it’s blocked. Weather bad, traffic bad, no time to goggle nor look at map. Got to move! I done the only thing I could think of, follow the other truckers. About 4 miles down the road we are on 70. What is the best way to handle this?

Posted:  2 months ago

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Trying to narrow down schools

At prime u are not employed until u get your CDL.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Trying to narrow down schools

When I went with Prime I filled out an online application on a Thursday night and was on the bus Saturday morning. The process has changed some now. U will need your permit from your home state. Just make up your mind and go for it!

Posted:  2 months ago

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Show some respect and gratitude

Hey, to me that’s what this site is all about. Some very experienced drivers willing to give advice. I’m very thankful and grateful for each person here that gives up there precious time to help the rookies !

Posted:  2 months ago

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Trying to narrow down schools

Welcome to trucking truth! Here are some of the links Donna mentioned

and Apply For Paid CDL Training

There are others not listed such as Swift, CFI, Schneider and Prime you can apply to among others. If you're not sure if company sponsored or private school is the better option for you look at this great article Brett wrote : Why I prefer paid CDL training

Please stick around and feel free to jump in with any questions you have.

geez, glad u guys helped me out! I was trying to help her but didn’t know exactly how !!!

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