Profile For Scratch2win

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    5 years, 7 months ago

Scratch2win's Bio

Red blooded American alfa male. Have been a rider of this crazy train called life for 30 some odd years. adventure, fast cars, goodlooking woman and a few good dogs is always high on my priority list.

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Posted:  1 year ago

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5 year CDL Driver Striking Out as O/O

My man first thing you need to do is develop a business plan. Realistically find what margins are going to work for you to be successful. Do you have the stones to be away from your family for extended periods? Some guys start with money and some start with nothing. You are the master of your destiny. I personally been a company guy 4 years and setting up to buy my first truck this year. Take a real hard look at your situation develop a plan and see it through.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Looking for a good paying, honest company

Don't understand why folks feel the need to lie. Nobody promise you 95k. What you will make is going to be up to you at any company. I been at gp for 11 months and it took me 6 months to really prove myself. Now I basically run spot market and choose my loads with my dm. My average loads are 900 miles and do 3/4 per week. I have even been able to negotiate built-in layover or extra miles due to different situations I foresee. Instead of making excuses you need to focus on being a better at your craft.

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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What would you do after first year of experience hauling reefer for a mega carrier?

Refer can be very time consuming depending on what you haul. I did pharmaceuticals and the waiting and crazy appointment times really put a bad spin on things for me. I find dry van got me better miles without the hassle. Try to switch if that's a viable at Willson and you may get more money due to the switch without needing to find a new gig.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Paths To Making GOOD money as a truck driver?

Don't concentrate on what you can make. Focus on how much you can save.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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3rd year not a great start.

How has this affected you over the years?

You cannot do anything with a Warning Citation. There is no recourse, and you will have it show up on your DAC Report.

Try to always have a LEO write a ticket because you can fight a ticket, either personally in court, or have a lawyer do it for you.

I got a Warning Citation in NM in January of 2016 and it's still on my DAC.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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3rd year not a great start.

So after 2 really good years to start my trucking journey it finally happened. I did something I considered really stupid. I was crusin along some road in Iowa and hit the cruise control. Forget to hit set instead hit resume. I was set at 65 speed and was traveling on a 55 stretch. Low and behold I see the blue lights on my bumper. I'm thinking to myself he going to pass me. Wrong he pulled me over. Had me dead to Wright's for about a mile or so. Got a worning ticket there wasn't anything to contest because it was my fault and I didn't think a citation would be beatable. Maybe I'm right maybe I wrong it is what it is. I let my safety manager know and sent the document in. Just waiting to see what the recourse of my stupidity is going to be. It's hard to be perfect all of the time.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Backing Needs So Much Improvement

Everyone is different and learn at different pace. I only been driving coming up on the 2 year mark. Personally it took me about a year to really get comfortable and start challenging myself. I got to the point where I was actually looking for challenging spots to see if I could do it. All of a sudden it will click for you so don't trip over it right now and g.o.a.l every back you are doing.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Refinancing a leased company truck- when, where, how?

Call truck dealership's in your area and ask to talk to there finance person. Ask them what banks they work with. Then call those banks and get educated on what those loans are are looking for to qualify. Or just skip that entire process and buy a used truck cash because without already owning trucks and satisfied loans that's about what it's most likely going to take for them to even make it to the underwriters desk. With enough cash down there will be a bank that will pick up the loan that's for sure. Cash is king when talking finance.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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What type of bag/luggage should I bring for training?

Get a hiking/camping backpack they will fit everything you will need. Plus your sleeping bag can attach to the bottom of it. I got a kelty cayote and one of the best purchases I made before heading off to training. Super cumphy very well made. Spend a few bucks on something nice and it will pay dividends.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Bad attitude from a company driver

So I'm sitting at the shipper today been here 6 hours it's a cluster F### thank God for dentition. I'm just chilling out with my dog in the truck. This driver comes up to me wanting to ask me questions about gptransco. I could tell he was in a bad mood. He started telling me how his company is screwing him over and how he cussing out his DM and why he not making any money. Just going on and on about how bad it is for him. Then he asked me how much I make if it's true about what he read online. I showed him my settlement for the week no big deal. Told him it's based on professionalism and performance not cussing out the DM and working very hard even when **** goes south. I hope the fella will fix his attitude.

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