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Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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Driver Facing Camera

Yes, many many debates about this all over the internet. Personal preference I guess, for me I will NOT work for a company that has driver facing, for others they could care less. To touch on Bretts point, yes some people are ridiculous.... They have every social media account on earth with pictures and video but they will not drive in a truck with a camera. Me personally, I have stickers on all the cameras on my electronic devices, phones, tv's, computers and I have very little about me on the internet. There is no expectation of privacy in public, yes you are on security cameras all over the place and such. I think there is a big difference between cameras in public and a crystal clear, color, HD truck cameras. I feel like my driver seat is my home and not public space, yes there is not someone watching you 24/7 but its just the thought of it being possible. I want to pick my nose, scratch my butt and blast and sing along to Elton John "Tiny dancer" in privacy thank you very much. Companies have every right to have the cameras, but you also have every right not to drive for them.

A side note, remember the South Park episode with people's home toilets and the TSA. And the one fat TSA guy watching all the screens. Halarious!!!

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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Life and Health OTR

To touch on the working out part real quick... Looking at me you would think I would be the last person to be giving workout advice lol. But I work with a lot of people who do have access to a gym and they have some pretty inventive ways to workout without professional gym equipment.

If prison is anything like it is in the movies, I am sure in real life some of these guys are locked up 23hrs a day are pretty muscular, I bet the have some inventive ways also with no access to any kind of equipment.

Try looking stuff up on YouTube, try searching things like " work out with no equipment" or something like that. I bet there are a bunch of videos of people in the same boat we are away from home and a gym all the time.

Maybe every 2-3 hours you see a rest stop, pull over for 10 minutes. Put on your gloves, grab a peice of cardboard and do some pushups, Jumping jacks, pull ups on you trailer, sit ups, lunges, buy some resistance bands. Between watching some videos and maybe advice from a trainer, I bet you could make a pretty sick and intense, no stop 10-15 minute workout routein on the side of the highway. Don't convince yourself you need a gym and equipment. Maybe also a pair of adjustable weight dumbells to make it real easy on you. Good luck!

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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Pro's Of Companies With Lots Of Terminals?

ugh!!! Just give me the next load assignment and leave me alone!

I think it’s important to keep in mind there’s a big difference between a terminal and what some companies (like Schneider) call Operating Centers. While I sometimes use the word terminal to describe a Schneider OC, I’ve never experienced the problems (@ Schneider OC’s) that Brett and Turtle have at their terminals.

I hope this helps.

Ha! Sounds just like me at my job right now! "Give me my assignment and Leave me alone". Another reason why I want to get in to trucking, sick of working for and around people.

Yes, Schneiders website is where I first discovered that terminals are actually places drivers can park and use the facilities over night. Some good input, thanks guys. 4 out of my 6 picks for companys have lots of terminals so if it turns out I like using them sometimes, great! If not I can just stay away and it won't affect me.

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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Pro's Of Companies With Lots Of Terminals?

Would having a terminal near my house be any benefit? Will it help with home time? Or after I get some experience, leaving dry van and switching to regional or dedicated?

Can having a terminal close to your house hurt? I read a post where this guys company said if you live less than 250 miles you can not take your truck home and he was like 245. So he had to park his truck in the lot and find his own way home every home time.

I hear lot lizards are more or less a thing of the past or just not a frequent as they used to be, and not at every truck stop like people think. But read posts where guy have said they have been woken up 3 times a night by knocks on there door. Again few and far between probobly but that would drive me nuts !!!

Yes, heard about terminal rats and that's why people avoid terminals, but I just want a shower and a place to park. I am not a people person so rats dont affect me, I dont engage.

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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Pro's Of Companies With Lots Of Terminals?

Still transitioning out of my old job so I have plenty of time to research CDL schools and companys to apply to. I have a homemade spread sheet of sorts, comparing the different companies, sort of like the "Company Review" on this site.

Anyways doing my research I discovered that some of the larger companies have lots of terminals, and some of these terminals have conveniences. I realized there are a lot of "Pro's" to this that could make a moderate deciding factor between the company I choose in the future.

*Mechanical work, I have heard (famous words on trucking forums) having your truck worked on, basically its time the wheels are not spinning and you are not making money. So for scheduled maintenance and stuff that can wait ( truck can still drive while it's broke) if you have a OC near your house, your truck can be worked on during home time. If your company does not have a terminal you must do this stuff in your work time and will cost you money because your wheels are not turning. I am sure there is compensation for this but not as much and if you were driving a load.

* Free parking, showers, laundry. During my research I discovered parking at truck stops can be a b*tch if you get there late, they fill up and your running out of hours ect. Also maybe lines for the showers, heard that can be a problem at truck stops also.

Companies like Swift, Knight, Schnieder, Prime and a few others have 15-30+ terminals and lots of them have convinces like showers, vending, lounges, some if the same stuff as truck stops. So if you have food in your fridge you can bypass the "truck stop hell" sometimes. Also guessing company lots don't smell like ****, have beggers, lot lizards and the riff raff that goes with it (besides company drivers). I read a few posts where guys are deticated, regional or OTR and just trip plan well and they are at terminals 1/2 the time. Also read a post where a guy hates the terminals and does truck stops exsclusivly, don't understand that one.

What are your experiences with overnight parking at terminals vs truck stops? What are some other Pro's, can you see any Con's of a terminal? Also what will this do if I have a OC near my house? Will it help my options with other work besides OTR, like local, regional, dedicated or LTL? If this turns out to be a positive, companies with lots of terminals could be on my top 5 deciding factors behind things like CPM and Benifits.

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Big vs Small Company Pay Difference?

Anyone one of you "Trucking Truthers" have a Youtube channel?? Hey Rainy, have you seen that guy Junior Honduras who drives for Prime? He has a great channel that I have been learning a lot watching. Where is your channel Rainy? I wonder if he makes a lot with referral bonuses with that channel.

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Big vs Small Company Pay Difference?

Old School, great response, thanks! Yes I am not even driving yet just trying to get a better idea of the buisness, I know I'm not at that level yet. BTW I believe all of what I see and 95% of what I hear, And 100% of what I see and hear on YouTube trucking channels. smile.gif

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Big vs Small Company Pay Difference?

I have heard for the most part smaller companies pay higher CPM than mega carriers. Yes I am sure you can find an exception or an example to contradict this, but for the most part is this true? If so what percent more? As a base line we will say a Solo, dry van with 5+ years experience. What % or how many CPM are we talking here as an average? Is it a 2-3 CPM differance or more like 5-7 CPM? Just curious, weighing my options on whether to go big or small company.

Do you find that money wise mega carriers make up the difference in other ways like better and cheaper health benefits and high 401k match, bonuses and other things? Or do you find smaller companies have the edge money wise all around. I know there are tons of other differences between big and small but just speaking about the money aspect here.

Posted:  10 months ago

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Reading my Atlas, Truck route, STAA

Orange and yellow.mutlianes are good. VT will have a few roads.

US 7 to US4, to VT 100 to VT 107 to I89.

those are good and traveled often. where you headed?

Nowhere yet, just picked up my Rand Mcnally and getting a jump start on learning before I start my CDL school.

Posted:  10 months ago

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Reading my Atlas, Truck route, STAA

Did the last 2 paragraphs stump some of you old school, truckers? confused.gif

Posted:  10 months ago

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What are the longest lasting working gloves?

The forums software **** the word D I CKIES clothing rofl-3.gif

Posted:  10 months ago

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What are the longest lasting working gloves?

I wear gloves 24/7 at my work now, I wear like 6 or7 different styles, what ever come in through work or what ever I buy. My favorite are from Walmart, they have them at everyone I have been to. They are in the clothes section by the orange safety vest and the ****ies work wear. On the Velcro tab it says " Wells Lamont, hydro Hyde" dark blue stretchy back and a yellow leather Palms and inside fingers. Not to thin, not to thick but feel thin, form fitting, and stretchy, but they last long and wash well for there thickness. $12.95 Least favorite "mechanix gloves" way to expensive, wear too fast and come unstitched when wet. But the again I am very rough with them and put a lot of hours on them.

Posted:  10 months ago

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Reading my Atlas, Truck route, STAA

Learning on my own and with YouTube about how to properly read the Randy McNally Motor Carriers Atlas. So everything highlighted orange is a route designated for vehicals with STAA dimensions. What does STAA stand for?

Pick Vermont, there is VERY little highlighted orange STAA, even though VT does not have a lot of industry, there has to be stuff that needs trucks beyond the highlighted orange. Can trucks go on the pink "principal highway" or orange and yellow 'Other multi lane highway" they just have to check for low bridges? What about the grey "other road" is it go at your own risk or stay off all together?

Page "A12" "State access policy" under distance allowed in miles from national network, and under "comments". Does this tell me how far I can drive with my truck off/away from either the STAA routes or principal highways? I just have to check for low bridges and now truck signs on my own?

Posted:  10 months ago

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Forum lurker

My response will be limited due to the fact that I am not a trucker yet. My little knowledge comes from reading trucking forums and articals. The biggest hurdle for most (not all) is the not being home a lot, and being alone. For me its easy, for others it is very hard and depressing. You sat you do t mind being alone, but just remember it can be different in a truck 24/7 on the road, not just at your house alone. There are ways around this a little if you know about trucking and have been reading articals on here such as the carrear guide. Dedicated, local, and regional trucking can get you home weekly or daily. Opposed to OTR where you are out for a month give or take.

I am kind of like you, sick of the people I work with. I want drive a truck, because basically you don't have to deal with other people at work (for the most part), just you and the open (or bumper to bumper) road. You still have to have limited dealings with the office and other drivers in the road that might **** you off more than the people at your manufacturing job. Though you are leaving the job you hate, make sure you are ok with the reality of truck driving. Not just being alone and away from home, but also driving 11 hours a day, crazy sleep times, traffic frustrations, eatting different, sleeping in a truck, truck stops etc. Truck driving sounds cool because I always picture it in my mind as driving across the open, flat, highway in the Midwest with no one around (to many movies). In reality, its not like driving your Jeep down the highway doing 65 then going home to sleep. Driving a 53' into a major city which is barely car frindly, then sleeping at a truck stop in a bad area with some very sketchy people walking around. Its a lot more that just driving, lots of trip planning also. But you said you have been lurking around here a reading a lot so I am sure you know all this. Just want people to really think hard about the realitys of trucking and not the Hollywood version the think they know. Sorry to hear about the situation with your kids and family, sounds very sad. Just watch yourself because trucking can be very depressing for some because of the isolation and it can just add and build to an already not so good situation. Or on the other hand the isolation can be joyful and liberating, just depends on the person. Best of luck!

Posted:  10 months ago

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Garmin Dezl truck GPS.

Ill start off by saying.... yes I have 2019 Rand Mcnally, laminated, motor carries atlas, I know its the most important tool in my cab, and I have been studying how to use it with youtube videos.

Some people don't like GPS because yes they screw up sometimes, and because they are ment for cars. Now the new Garmin Dezl is designed for trucks where you can enter you trucks size and weight and it will keep you on the roads where you can fit. Has anyone heard stories or first hand of the Dezl or the Rand Mcnally designed for trucks screwing up. By screwing up I mean under a low bridge or a local road your truck is not suppose to drive down after you had entered your trucks size information. I know they screw up by not finding addresses or taking you the long way. I can deal with that, but going under a low bridge or local road that's a real screw up. I

Posted:  10 months ago

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Knight-Swift merged but still different?

Gotcha, great because there was one thing that bothered me about Swift that I was hoping I wouldn't get if I drove with Knight. Not Swift bashing just something that didn't work because if where I live.

Posted:  10 months ago

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Knight-Swift merged but still different?

The Bass Pro Shops analogy is pretty much spot on. Basically, the corporations merged into a single corporate entity (Swift-Knight holdings I believe but don't quote me on that), but the two companies are still being run as separate operations. The biggest change was that Kevin Knight now runs both. But we don't use Knight equipment or facilities as Swift drivers.

Is it safe to say as a Swift driver you feel like you work for them and not a new merged company? What I am getting at is... Example, say on the website I like Swifts policy on home time or something, now I join and find out the merge changed this policy and it is now under Knight or vice versa. So I can work for Knight or Swift and it will fell like two different company's, different Trucks, Pay, Policys, Training, Terminals etc? Just because on "Trucking Truths company reviews" and other things I have heard makes one company my 1st choice and the other my 2nd choice. Just want to make sure the merge doesn't change these things.

Posted:  10 months ago

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Knight-Swift merged but still different?

Researching company's for when I finish my CDL school, looking at Knight and Swift on my list. From what I have read they merged, but they have two different websites. I'm not a buisness major so I don't know how these things work. How does this affect drivers and workers, is it like your working for one company and you would never know it used to be two? Or are they still there own companies Trucks, Terminals, websites ECT. And they only thing that changed with the merge is money, and paper that employees and drivers don't notice much? Kind of like Bass Pro Shops bought Cabelas, but just on paper, they are still keeping the stores and the brand names separate the way they are.

Posted:  10 months ago

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Trucks MPH and Money.

First, you are correct, there are many things to consider when choosing a company and how fast the truck goes doesn't matter. Most companies dispatch at around 50 mph. That gives you plenty of time to get there. There is traffic or construction everywhere. When I was in school one of my trainers shared a story. He started his day and while driving in his governed truck a bright yellow truck blows by him. A few hours later, same truck blows by him again. This happens a couple of more times. When he was pulling off the exit to park for the night that yellow truck was right behind him. There are so many variables between point A and B that will make a difference in how fast you get there. Good luck.

Great point, I didn't consider what the dispatcher calculates at.

Posted:  10 months ago

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Trucks MPH and Money.

Stop over thinking everything. There is so much for you to learn just to drive the truck.

and to answer your question... No. Im governed at 62mph and usually lock in at 60. I make plenty of money and spoil myself rotten with hotel rooms, good dining and tourist attractions. Plus i get fuel bonuses... my highest fuel bonus in ONE week was $250. so figure just by driving 60mph, im 500 miles ahead pay wise.

So you think it is safer for a new guy to drive 75mph cause one idiot on the road isnt bad enough?

sorry.. couldnt help it.

$250 fuel bonus smile.gif now you have my attention! I will have to read up on fuel bonuses and how those work. Yes I do tend to over think things, but I do think there are things between companys that can make or break it for some people. Some people its transmitions and APU's others it is pet, rider policys and areas . Thanks guys!

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