Profile For Mini Me

Mini Me's Info

  • Location:
    VA

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    8 months ago

Mini Me's Bio

I retired from fire and rescue after 20 years. After driving locally (class B) for almost a year, I have decided to switch career paths to trucking. I'm currently driving otr with my company. Life is good.

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Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Rookie solo driver and info on Total transportation

I'm there now. Heading out in a few. But yes they are, I've had nothing but a great experience here so far.

And I'm just trying to keep any new or prospective driver up to date with factual Information. This career can be challenging enough without all of the bad misinformation.

I always seem to be at the ATL USX terminal, thankfully not today though.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Any recommendations on Roehl?

Thank you Old School. I truly appreciate it.

I was taught a long time ago that respect is earned not given and that hard work will take me where i want to go in life. I live by that and have raised my kids on the same notion.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Any recommendations on Roehl?

Thank you G town.

I wasn't going to reply, but as a complete rookie I wanted other new drivers to see the truth. It took me a long time in my previous career to get to where I started at monetarily with Total/US Xpress.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Any recommendations on Roehl?

I'm a rookie..greenhorn that's been hired on by a mega. So far they have given me a job, a truck and a very decent living. I'm averaging a little over $1000.00 a week. I can't believe they are treating me this way. shocked.png

And by rookie I mean I went solo in December. Maybe it's the driver...just some food for thought

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Rookie solo driver and info on Total transportation

Just a few months ago I was asking questions and preparing to go to Cdl school. I chose Total Transportation of Mississippi as my company, and couldn't be happier. Luckily I had a phenomenal trainer who has helped me transition into this career a little easier than most. I'm now a rookie solo driver and loving every mile of it. I upgraded the week before Christmas and have been running hard ever since.

Total Transportation is a dry can company. They are owned by US Xpress , however Total is run as a separate company. We do hire students and the company will pay for your training. After training you go to orientation for 5 days then out with a trainer for a minimum of 175 hours. When you're ready you then go back to Jackson, Mississippi for upgrading to solo driver status and your own truck. Then you're off to the open road to prove yourself.

I couldn't be any happier with my career or company choice. If there are any questions about Total I will do my best to answer them.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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You were in my shoes once so pay it forward.

Scratch2Win. I can in no way give you any advice about this career. I am just starting out with my first company next month. However I can tell you that the high road is the only testing or training material I used before going to the dmv to test for my learners. I passed without a problem the first time. So study the high road and use the training material provided and you should have no issues when you go to test for your learners permit. This is just my humble opinion, but it's the route I used and it worked flawlessly. Good luck and welcome.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Officially class A licensed

Thank you all. I appreciate all of the well wishesthank-you.gif

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Officially class A licensed

Today I passed all three portions (or trifected) for my CDL test. I am now officially licensed....woo hoo.

Thank you to all that answered my questions and helped guide me through this. The parallel was my enemy until I received the great advice here about looking for reference points. It truly was a game changer for me. Last week I couldn't back in the parallel box consistently, today I backed in without using a pull up. So again thank you all.

Now the real fun starts. Orientation, training and then driving across this beautiful country of ours. I can't wait.

Posted:  6 months ago

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Parallel Back--Advice needed

Thank you for the advice. I'm currently at lunch, so half a day using the techniques. The first 2 parallels, 1 on each side I used for gauging and looking for the landing gear. And using a few pull ups. The final 4, two on each side were much better. In the box every time using only 1 pull up. The looking for reference points is a life saver. Again thank you.

Posted:  6 months ago

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Parallel Back--Advice needed

Susan and Rainy thank you both for the advice. I will apply them today, and hopefully consistently get it in the box.

Phishtech--Unfortunately for me i found this website just a little too late to take the advice of going to a company sponsored school. So I'm in a private school. Here's a breakdown:

1. Come to school with your learners 2. Class room- here's a book read it 3. You're shown each maneuver once. by an instructor. Then it's up to you. to figure it out. Literally no. instruction after being shown. 4. On the road with a road trainer 5. Learn your Pretrip with a book

The only time I've had consistently with a trainer is on the road. Other than that it's a learn on your own situation. It may be different in other locations or schools, but this is my experience so far. However I will get my CDL and move on to a great career.

From a student to anyone considering a career. Take the advice of the many experienced drivers and moderators here. Go to a company sponsored school.

Posted:  6 months ago

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Parallel Back--Advice needed

So I'm in the last week of my cdl school and i am having trouble performing the parallel back. Any ideas or helpful tips would be greatly appreciated.

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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Advice needed to start this career

Steve L--I am actively applying and looking through the offers. I was just thinking i could use the extra time finishing school to make a better informed decision. But the problem is i can't really find a "bad" choice. That's a great "problem" to have in my humble opinion.

Simon--Thank you fur the insight. And as far a the 8/2 split, you're funny. I've got to learn to shift these machines first. Well down shifting is my biggest hurdle, but I'll get it.

Really though that's more great advice. I was wondering where you would use the split to your benefit. Now i understand.

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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Advice needed to start this career

Thank you all for replying. Once i finish up school it's going to be a tough decision. And I'm sure that's when the majority of my questions will arise. I will keep you updated on the route i follow and look forward to learning from you all.

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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Advice needed to start this career

Old School---Actually it was you who gave me the advice to steer clear of tanker in the beginning. So for that piece of advice I thank you.

But it all reality i had no idea it would be so hard to pick a company. At least for me it's like being a kid on Christmas morning. Which one to pick. I'm not looking for a special gem, to me there's just so many great options to choose from.

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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Advice needed to start this career

I'm definitely not closed off to any aspect of this. It's all brand new to me. So I'm open to learn any and all aspects of this career. Im just leaning more towards pulling dry van freight. Truthfully I haven't given flatbed a thought, I figured I was too old or maybe just too tired to give it a shot.

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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Advice needed to start this career

It wasn't a good fit for me. I just didn't enjoy the work. Now it was class B work, so that's all I have to go on. It could be a completely different story on this side of the fence.

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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Advice needed to start this career

So in a previous post I had a question about rookies and tankers. I understand and have taken the advice about getting experience driving a van first. So here's where I am now. I am a week away from completing my school and testing for my class A. The company that I planned on going with has been great, even though I'm not an employee yet. However they don't run dry van. I truly have no interest in running a reefer, previous experience in the class b world wasn't very good. So should I just suck it up for a year to get to the tanker position with that company. Or is it just as acceptable to get my experience with a dry van company and switch companies after a year or two.

My ultimate goal is to run tanker, unless I completely fall in love with dry van. You never know. Anyway thank you for any advice.

And on a separate note. I have used the high road training program and it is fabulous. It helped me to pass all dmv tests and all endorsements with 0 missed questions. I'm truly thankful for this training tool you have provided.

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Tanker specific for new driver

G-town---For the majority of my career I was driving smooth bore tankers between 1500-3000 gallons. Fire engines and water tankers for the fire dept.

Old School----That's pretty much what I was thinking. I am comfortable In a tanker, I just have 0 experience in driving a combination vehicle. I'm thinking my experience in smaller tankers is what prompted the recruiter to offer the tank position. I'm just looking to make the best of my new career and hopefully make the best choices to lead me in that direction. I'm definitely open to driving reefer. Thank you for the response.

Side note. Great site with a wealth of knowledge for new drivers such as myself.

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Tanker specific for new driver

So I will soon be a new holder of a class A license. I have been offered a conditional position with prime in the food grade tanker division. I have been reading the previous posts on tankers, more specifically the concerns with rookies in tankers. My situation is that I have been driving tankers (class b) for 21 years. So I do have the basic understanding of how the liquid reacts, albeit on a much smaller scale.

Do you think that the experience in driving small tanks will make for an easier transition in to handling a large tank? Or should I still consider reefer for the experience and learning curve?

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