Profile For Marc Lee

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    Kenosha, WI

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    Company Driver In Training

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    1 year, 3 months ago

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Posted:  1 hour, 31 minutes ago

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We are hired!! US Xpress here we come!!

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Posted:  16 hours, 13 minutes ago

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Day 3 with Veriha went pretty well.

Classroom, SL backing, Offset introduced.

Today was last day to break contract w.o. penalty. Didn't!

My SL backing still not great. No one believed I find offset easier... Hank (1 instructor) thinks it is hardest of the 3 (WI currently doesn't do parallel though he said it is replacing 90, I think soon).

He taught it differently than my school instructor who was able to get those who struggled with other instructors to pass.

School teach taught it as 1.5 turns of the wheel to the right (1.0 in a Volvo) and letting it move slowly before chasing / correcting - makes it sort of a sepentine (lazy S) maneuver.

Hank (here) has us crank it all the way right, after just 5 feet (maybe a bit more) we come back ASAP. Trailer moves quickly and points towards the lane so only real error is going too far too fast. Upside is after just an attempt or two with a little coaching all 4 of us (one former driver with CDL, 2 CLP holders and myself) got it in. I was pretty impressed with his method. Hank was happy too. I did pretty well, though still oversteering a bit - mostly on the straight backing part. By doing it his way it is mostly a straight line back. We are all showing progress, which is all he wants / expects. I almost nailed one or two of the 3 or four - could have skipped a single pullup on one! Hank says he drove for 35 years, 6-million accident free miles, 7 years here.

I was assigned my trainer who runs out of Green Bay. I move Friday or Saturday and go out approximately 3AM Sunday (to be confirmed once we make contact, maybe tomorrow). I have a FB / hometown friend near there and I know a few NA meetings and a couple recovering peeps from my two weeks with Schneider.

Looks like I will get that AYCE Sushi again after all!

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If still there in December a Packer's home game with my Bro is a possibility.

Moving motorhome up here (initially to the campground) , running out of here and (eventually) buying land where I could live in my bus or a tiny or mobile home are all looking viable. Maybe a "teardown" with water, septic and electricity (large propane tank even) could work. (Farm) Land here is about $1,000 / acre.

Had several hours of homework... all done and due tomorrow.

Hoping to get to campground Thursday or Friday to check it out.

Night all!

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Posted:  16 hours, 49 minutes ago

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DOT Inspection

I thought I would share this as to ow things can go sometimes.

Today as I went through my day everything went smooth and I was 30 minutes away from parking for my 10 hr break. I had 1:38 left on my drive clock. I had last stopped 139 miles up the road and got fuel. I did my normal walk around looking for any issues. Everything looked fine.

I got to the NM/AZ stateline and was flagged into the weigh station at the point of entry. They were checking all trucks for registration/IFTA. There was an older DOT Officer standing in the center median area. The lady at the window was checking my paperwork and the officer had entered the building and came to the window.

The officer told me I had a flat on my trailer. I was very shocked. He took my BOL and license and told me to park, he had to do an inspection. I replied “yes sir”.

I pulled over and parked in the insp area. I got out to look. The passenger side front axle outside tire was indeed flat. It was on the rim and did not look hurt. A closer look at it showed a small puncture on the sidewall close to where the tread and sidewall meet. I had no indications of it and other than that small puncture the tire looked fine.

The officer came out to the truck and did a level 2 inspection on the tractor and trailer. He looked my logs over very closely. When he was all finished he put me out of service for the flat, and complemented me on the condition of my tractor and espicially my logs. He wrote up the inspection report and explained what I needed to do. He did not cite me for the flat. He told me my attitude was much appreciated. He mentioned while looking over my logs he saw detailed notes consistently, which made his job much easier and quicker.

There was a road service guy my company approved and the officer escorted me over there. I was in and out in about 30 minutes.

Of course during all this my clock expired so I off duty drove to the closest safe haven to park, with notes on the log. Paperwork already submitted to safety and I will still make on time delivery in Phoenix.

Lessons to be learned: Anything can and will happen out here even when you do all the right things

Attitude is a key to how you may be treated

Details on logs are important

and, If you have extra time in a load, never waste it.

Enough of my rambling.

Awesome report PJ. Sorry it ruined an otherwise great day but clearly it went as well as it could have.

You Pros continue to amaze me... especially the part where you take the time AFTER ALL THAT to share it!

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Posted:  16 hours, 53 minutes ago

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Damn deers...

Glad you’re okay, and minimal damage.

Ditto!

Posted:  16 hours, 58 minutes ago

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Another odd / bad test question...

Old School explains:

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I'll give a hint. A "full" trailer is not a reference to how much is in the trailer. A "full" trailer is a type of trailer, just as a "semi" trailer is a type of trailer.

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Exactly like Rick says, these questions are designed to trip you up, and O. S. and I were too. But on my third or fourth reading, I realized the key phrase was that the vehicle in question was not the towed vehicle but the one doing the towing with no weight resting on the towed vehicle! So it's not a trailer of any kind but a power unit, or tractor.

Now on all the tests I've seen*, no question has no more than one correct answer. So either you'll never see this question, or the "D. Conventional tractor" is correct.

* I teach the CDL permit class and have seen almost all 300 questions used.

Errol, if Conventional tractor is correct so is COE isn't it???

(This is a JJ Keller text classroom exam).

My submission:

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Posted:  18 hours, 36 minutes ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

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FYI... They have about 6 new Freightliner Cascadia's in need of experienced drivers. Oldest in fleet is said to be a 2017.

Entertainment division was started in May with 40 new Volvo's and new trailers.

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Where is that? Looks like the place I saw on the way to Appleton

Tastebuds Smokehouse & Spirits part of truckstop at entrance to Veriha HQ in Marinette, WI. 25% discount on food to Veriha employee's... apparently if you check the bill and get waitress to deduct it.

Now if they just knew how to orient the corned beef before slicing!

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Posted:  18 hours, 40 minutes ago

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Look what I brought home today...

Congratulations!

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Posted:  18 hours, 42 minutes ago

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Another odd / bad test question...

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Fun until you have to get to the motor, and all your stuff in the cab/sleeper wants to visit the front floorboards.

Rick

Not to mention a head on collision!

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Posted:  18 hours, 44 minutes ago

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Another odd / bad test question...

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I consider the correct answer to be "C"

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And you would be CORRECT!

Difference between a semi-trailer and a full trailer

Which is even MORE BIZARRE. A full trailer has wheels front and rear of the trailer - and is DRAGGED. But it's WEIGHT IS BORNE BY IT'S OWN AXLES.

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Can't honestly say I've seen one of these. Another example, might be a double on a dolly.

Rick

BUT FOR THAT TO BE CORRECT ISN'T IT NO PART OF ITS WEIGHT RESTING ON THE TOW VEHICLE * NOT * TOWED VEHICLE ?!?

Pretty sure I know the difference between those two vehicles!

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Posted:  19 hours, 19 minutes ago

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Another odd / bad test question...

Read and THINK!

The clue is TOWED VEHICLE. A TOWING vehicle - doesn't put IT'S WEIGHT on the TOWED VEHICLE.

These are SO SIMPLE - they are designed to screw you up. It's sad they resort to that kind of trickery - but there you have it.

The object is to see IF YOU ARE PAYING ATTENTION.

Rick

Rick, do you agree B and D are correct?

If so, B and D is not an option! The question assumes a single correct answer!

Posted:  19 hours, 23 minutes ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

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FYI... They have about 6 new Freightliner Cascadia's in need of experienced drivers. Oldest in fleet is said to be a 2017.

Entertainment division was started in May with 40 new Volvo's and new trailers.

Posted:  19 hours, 37 minutes ago

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Another odd / bad test question...

Agree

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Posted:  19 hours, 39 minutes ago

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Another odd / bad test question...

B and D

What I thought too.

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Posted:  20 hours, 4 minutes ago

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Another odd / bad test question...

Anyone please!

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Posted:  1 day, 4 hours ago

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Going Great With Crete So Far

Yeah just added my miles up for this pay period, and it totals out to 3596. This includes my current load which I will deliver Friday morning, and I am paid the same for both loaded and empty miles so it's a pretty nice paycheck. By far the best one I have gotten so far.

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Posted:  1 day, 15 hours ago

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HazMat test question...

Sorry... question may be Driver is responsible for displaying correct placards.

If the driver knows they are wrong can he just display them (his job) because the shipper provided them (and they are incorrect)?

I display "Flamable" knowing it is "Explosive"?

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Posted:  1 day, 16 hours ago

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Sobering Winter Weather

Well, being I'll be with a trainer in January...wondering if this was a right choice, but hey...I can be a sponge & listen. I'm actually a bit scared of a loaded tractor in snow.

Empty would be worse!

Cold for training sux! I figure I need to learn to drive in snow. Personally I prefer to do it WITH a trainer than on my own.

JB Hunt trainer asked how I felt about driving in the snow. I said I didn't want to lose my CDL and end my career in my 2nd week or so. I said I wasn't sure if that answered the question or not. He said it did and it was fine because he had NO INTENTION of letting me drive in about 5 or 6" that soon. He just wanted to see what I would say!

Coming back he attempted to climb (and backed down) "The Hill" about 6 or so times before waiting for LEO to help him back and the plow to clear it. At the bottom of the hill in the "leg of the dog" (dog leg turn) was (and still is) a gas station with pumps very close to the road.

Could have taken out most of a small town!

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Hoping to get some experience this time, but only if the risk is reasonable!

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Posted:  1 day, 16 hours ago

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HazMat test question...

So... Shipper is responsible to provide correct placards. Driver is responsible for applying them. Correct?

Test question: True or False: Shipper is responsible for displaying correct placards on vehicle.

In practice if I could determine the placards given were not proper for the load I would message or call my Fleet Leader and not move the load until the issue was addressed. Just not sure what the right answer to what looks to be a bad question.

Anyone???

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Posted:  1 day, 20 hours ago

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Do not make enough monthly for Prime to accept my application as a CDL student.

Shelley,

As the Pros here will tell you... apply everywhere!

I had been self-employed for about 10 years.

JB Hunt (my 1st CMV gig) wanted 3:years of tax returns but did not care about income. Schneider and Veriha needed the full 10-year employment history (Federal Regulations) but neither asked for income or records. Veriha (probably through their 3rd-party processing company) sent Me, the employer, an employment verification for Me, the employee. Yes. I had to verify my employment OF myself BY myself! wtf-2.gif

Maybe you need to look somewhere / everywhere else!

Quick apply from Truckingtruth.com can start the process in minutes. 10 Street / Driver Pulse let's you do a full app and save it and modify as needed as you send it to multiple companies. Typically takes 5 -12 minutes to send a full app. (Veriha and Schneider do not use it).

Posted:  1 day, 20 hours ago

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Warnings vs. Tickets - NEVER ACCEPT A WARNING!?!

Got this from instructor in yard today...

He said he was stopped for speeding in IN. The LEO said he was giving him a warning. Hank was confident he was going 55 or less where the speed limit dropped. LEO said "You don't understand... I'm giving you a warning!" Hank insisted he wasn't speeding and added "I can fight a ticket. I can't fight a warning!"

It took him 3 trips to court. When he asked for the in-car video he knew they shoot, Keo said he didn't have anything. When he said "Well, I have some! " - (Veriha has forward and driver-facing DriveCams in all Power Units), the Judge viewed it and dismissed the case!

My take-away - NEVER accept a warning (as it goes on our DAC and can't be removed).

Anyone?

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