Profile For Donna M.

Donna M.'s Info

  • Location:
    Waynesville , GA

  • Driving Status:
    Company Driver In Training

  • Social Link:
    Donna M. On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    9 months, 2 weeks 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:  1 day, 14 hours ago

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Regrets

Kim I can only add what I’ve learned in my eight weeks out. First as a company driver I’m pretty much based out of Georgia. I run Atlanta at least twice a week. Atlanta Petro is my home away from home. I’ve had one trip to Illinois and picked up a load coming back to Atlanta. I’ve learned the roads, routes and shippers. I started keeping a log on best places to stop at . Like tonight I’m going to mebane nc this will be my fourth time to this Walmart. It will be about 22:00 when I get done so I reserved a parking spot at the pilot on that exit. A few days out and with Rainy’s constant “be prepared “. I got the hang of it. Home time is different as well. Last week I was home two days yesterday I stopped by and had lunch with my kids. Company solo is nonething like tnt or teaming. In a few weeks of being out here u fell so much more comfortable with all of it. Couple nights ago I was in Kissimmee a six hour unload. Kissimmee is a resort area not truck friendly I sent fm a message gonna have to drive at least 50 miles for a truckstop do u have a preplan ? 5 minutes I had a preplan so I was gonna head to Tampa Petro stopped at first rest area two spots left was set for night. Having a plan takes the stress out of it. If I can do this you can. Remember I was the last person that wanted to go solo and now I won’t go back . Do I still have problems and struggle with backing heck yea but that’s trucking right?

Posted:  3 days, 1 hour ago

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Why would anyone park like this?

I turned into the wrong entrance at pilot couple days ago was on the other side of parking lot . Was good dirt area I was only truck out there when I went to bed. Woke up 15 trucks had drove across curve of parking lot to park beside me. One guy even lost his bumper. When the lot gets full the creative side ventures out!

Posted:  4 days ago

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How ignorant!

Should have got his truck or trailer number and reported him. No company allows that. He's driving an 80,000 lb missile and obviously has no respect for it. Glad you're safe. But next time do everyone on the road a favor and get him off the road.

I really wish I had of . However I was paying attention to getting around and away from him.

Posted:  4 days, 1 hour ago

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How ignorant!

Today traveling down 75 I notice this JB Hunt truck in front of me. He’s real close to the center line so I’m paying attention. He starts crossing the line cars are blowing their horns. So he brakes and slows down. Crap now I’ve got to pass him. I pull out, sure enough here he comes over to my lane. I blow the horn he snatched back. I pass him and he’s texting on his dang phone. Playing with lots of people lives just to text!!!!

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Upset Mother

I’m a trucker driver but I’m also a Mother to five children and have 8 grandchildren. There is 3 facts missing from this story. 1. This guy didn’t just start being a jerk once they drove away. 2. This was a rocky relationship from the beginning . 3. She didn’t ask your permission to go so she is a grown woman. She needs to grow a set of balls and get out of an abusive relationship. But she won’t they will fight she will call u and whine and tomorrow be all kisses and smiles. I was in Chicago few days ago a couple in a swift truck parked next to me. I heard some loud noise and this guy is just cussing this women telling her to get off his f— truck. She is standing there But Baby, But Baby. Really t’d me not that he was cussing her but because she was allowing him to do so. I’ve been married 27 years and never would I allow my husband to disrespect me that way.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Hub gaskets

I have had the craziest dealings with hub gaskets. Three weeks ago doing my post inspection I found oil all over tractor rear passagager tire. Prime sent me to ta which was 80 miles away. Six days later same tire oil everywhere back to another ta. It was still covered by warranty but lost time. Then today I get to my 90 and this time it’s the drivers side back to ta when I’m suppose to be deadheading home. This guy said it was because it’s a new truck and they weren’t torqued to spec. Not sure about that explanation!

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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What trucker gps is better? My qualcomm keeps getting me into trouble...

At prime the last mile (macro 19) since I really can’t read and drive. I like to dry erase the directions on the corner of windshield.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Starting class tomorrow, anyone else?

While at prime campus I called it the hurry up wait game. Now on the road it’s the same game with a little more stress.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Six weeks

Glad to hear it is going well.

Your like 20 miles from my house, we take trailers to the Michelin DC near there.

I can see the back of the Michelin plant from where I’m parked at Petro. I looked it up on google earlier cause it’s just such a large facility. I delivered some butterball turkey over there at the cold storage place.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Came up 40 minutes short.

I hate 55 mph two way traffic roads. Especially at night. U can’t tell what’s around the next curve.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Six weeks

The one off monee road?

No I can on out to Wilmington.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Six weeks

Six weeks out solo! As many of u remember I sure had my doubts. I’ve been in some messed up situations. Like pulling into Walmart employee parking lots. Geez. There have been many times Rainy has stayed on the phone to talk me out of my newest screw up. She has been my life line! Today I’m in Chicago it’s raining and cold and I’m about unloaded and gonna head over to Petro and wait on that next load. Perhaps I’m just nuts or really like trucking. Still figuring that out !

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Time to go back

I’ve been home about three weeks, first time since I left in July. Went to see the optometrist was having a little night blindness got some new glasses. Went to regular doctor to renew prescriptions she was shocked I had lost 36 pounds s since going to Prime. My children were like “ I thought u were suppose to gain weight truck driving?” I have very much enjoyed spending time with my children, and grandchildren. However it’s time to go. I am saddened returning to Prime three of my friends that upgraded with me have quit. Each of these women worked very hard to obtain their cdl’s but....I will truly miss them.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Can I Physically Handle Trucking?

I’m a 56 fixing to be 57 year old woman. I reach a grand total of 5’3. There are things in trucking that can cause a pause in your day; however u will quickly learn easier ways to do things. Trucking is a very fast growing career for women.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Congrats to Donna & Kim!!!!

Last night was awesome such an accomplishment to get here. Rainy has given me more strength and confidence in my ability than perhaps my own family. She really knows what it’s like out there and sometimes just knowing I’m not the only one that feels that way does helps. But today is downtime and I’m thinking these people are gonna give me a truck to go out an do this demanding job by myself ..0h my goodness.

Posted:  4 months ago

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To all the ladies

Yah! I meet Rainy !!

Posted:  4 months ago

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To all the ladies

Happy Thanksgiving 🦃

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Prime CDL training

I would like to know if any prime drivers who went through their training knows if you have to get the Missouri permit or if you alreadt have one is the one you have ok. I'm going throught the processes with a couple companies. A few require you get your permit first. I am waiting on a call back from prime today. Also CFI and Millis. Who are processing my application. And western dairy transport says I have to have it before they will processes it. They are hiring for local drivers and would send me to a school about 20 minutes from my house in bryan/college station Tx. So I guess what I'm asking is if I decide to go with prime will I be wasting money getring my permit for those othwr companies.

As always I appreciate thw help

I had a Georgia permit when I came to prime had to take it over for Missouri.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Rough ride to California

That's not a dumb question at all. In snow heavy areas, they'll have swinging type gates (think of a park gate when the park is closed) that blocks the entrance ramps.

Always be prepared with several days of food and water for that type of situation. I also keep a sleeping bag rated to 35 below, just in case my bunk heat went out or I ran out of fuel etc. I once got stuck in a rest area for almost 2 days when a blizzard hit. The squall came on so suddenly.. complete whiteout.. I literally used my GPS screen to find the ramp going into the rest area. The 2nd day, state workers showed up with shovels and heavy equipment to help dig and pull us out.

That sounds scary. Is there enough parking spaces for everyone?

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Rough ride to California

Dumb question how do you know when they close the road ? What if there is no where to go ?

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