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Mikey B.'s Bio

Living the dream. Living in the truck, company driver, no bills.

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Posted:  5 hours, 14 minutes ago

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Ever feel like you just can't win

Sorry hit the wrong button and there is not an edit button. Take two. Here is what I find one tire is flat. One tire has the tread ripped off. One has very little tread and another has a huge bulge in it. When I go to contact breakdown on my app I realize I have no service. So I send a breakdown macro the Qualcomm and one to my dm both informing them of the issue with the tires and phone. My dm sends a email to breakdown as well. I ask my dm if i should drive to the safest place I would have service at or stay put. I dont here anything from him so I stay put. Four hrs later after a nap and binge watching offline ( thankyou disney+) he tells me to move to a place where I will have service only because he hasn't heard anything from breakdown either. So we get everything squared away and loves comes out and as hes trying to change the one coming off the rim the guy from loves tells he can't change it because one of the stud is broken inside of the rim. So now I have to wait until morning for that to get fixed. From the CAC hose to the water in gas,body work, dead battery from last week and now this i just start laughing and say you have got to be kidding me. I know i can't control it its not my companies fault. Griping at them won't help so Im not mad. Im a little frustrated but I am very blessed he found the broken stud because that could have been bad.

And now you know...the rest of the story

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Just be happy YOU found them before DOT could.

Posted:  5 hours, 50 minutes ago

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What Would Cause a Trainer to Kick a Student from a Truck?

I've made this answer easy...I just dont train. I like many others appreciate those of you that do however I just have no desire to share my 7ft×8ft box with someone else. Besides, where would they sit when I'm driving? My dog sits shotgun 😄. I don't have the patience for it, I can't sleep when the trucks moving and I just dont think I'd like having a new person in my home every few weeks. I was asked to train for a while but they gave up on asking me. Selfish of me I know. But without those of you that are willing to do it none of us would be where we are today so hats off to you all!!!

Posted:  6 hours, 2 minutes ago

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Anyone have birds hit their windshield?

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I was driving through Kentucky today, maxed out against the governor and as I went under a bridge I saw a flock of pigeons start toward my truck, probably a dozen or so. I had at least 3 hit the windshield and maybe one or two hit the cab above that. Let me say, luckily they werent big enough to break the windshield (or maybe I just got lucky) but it scared the crap outta my dog sleeping in the passenger seat. Other than the mess from innards, did you know a pigeon hit leaves a silvery blue sheen where they hit, I guess from the feathers, the same color as the birds...weird. If you can see the three whitish looking spots, that's it. Thats my first multi-bird hit. Anyone have a broken windshield from birds or are they not big enough to cause breakage?

Posted:  6 hours, 22 minutes ago

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There are no dumb questions. Right?

Hi triplet dad,

You get 70 hours of drive time in a rolling 8 day period. So, if you run out of time on a day, you can take your 10 hour break and always get time back to drive. In your example, of running out of time and still needing to drive 20 miles to get to a more comfortable place to take a 34 reset, you have a couple options.

You can stop where you are and take a 10 hour break, get time back, drive to the Iowa 80, take your 34. You can also use "personal conveyance", which is recorded as off duty. Personal conveyance has a lot of strings attached to it because it can be easily abused. To use personal conveyance, you can not be under a load, and you can not be dispatched for a load. You can not use personal conveyance to advance towards another load, you can not use personal conveyance to go home. Many mega carriers will not let you use personal conveyance at all as a company policy.

hopes this helps.

I use personal conveyance when I am loaded. Not to advance my load but if I am shut down on either a 10 or 34 loaded and need to do some shopping or go to a laundromat or just go to a lake or something fun. Sometimes I will take the trailer with me other times I'll drop and lock it and bobtail. Are you saying I'm not supposed to do this? I've had conversations with our logs department where PC has come up and they didn't take issue with it, one time in particular as I had logged 3 different PC uses in one day as I went to 3 different stores. My call wasnt about PC however it was about my Qualcomm not logging drive time the day before. I had to paper log that day but my PC was logged on the day in question as Qualcomm started working again.

Posted:  21 hours, 8 minutes ago

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Molded cargo

I've never heard of them...I would have remembered that name. I sure hope they dont Transport food and produce....lol.

Posted:  21 hours, 11 minutes ago

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SmartSense mitigates collision and 'sitting duck' situations

Sounds like they are creating solutions to issues that aren't a problem. If a driver cannot tell if he is going too fast for the current weather conditions he should not be driving a truck. I for one don't need a computer telling me it's raining etc.

Posted:  1 day, 11 hours ago

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Get off the truck

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Ya so I did my 34 in Montgomeryville PA this past weekend and went to a flea market. I got me a few toys

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Cool toys but how are you able to fit the two taxidermy pieces and the parrot in your truck? 😆

So Sunday I was stuck in Ohio for a 34. I was bobtail so I drove the truck to Cowen Lake State Park. My dog and I had fun but I had passed some canoe and kayak rental places on the way there. I drove to one on the Little Miami. There was around 100 or so people standing around waiting their turn. I had no reservation but they were willing to take me because it was just me, not a group, which was nice. I mentioned it was just me and my dog. Apparently Ohio politicians covid19 mandates makes it illegal for them to rent me a kayak because of the dog because someone might pet my dog and get covid19 from her....seriously??? I tried bribing them with a 20 spot, then 40, then 60...no can do. I called two other rental places and got the same reply. I was livid. There are 100 plus people standing around with ZERO PPE being worn, not even by the workers but I cannot rent a kayak because someone might touch my dog that cannot even contract covid19? AARRRGGGHHHHHHH!!! of well, at least the lake was fun but we didnt stay long because we went to kayak then I didnt have enough PC to go back to the lake and still make it back to overnight parking.

Georgia however allows dogs!!

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Posted:  1 day, 16 hours ago

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Road to Trucking

Welcome Luke Appleberry.

You wrote "As you could probably deduce by now I'm interested in becoming an OTR trucker, very much interested". Since this is your first post I don't see how we could have deduced that. If I am wrong forgive me please but I suspect you name is perhaps Todd?

Posted:  3 days, 4 hours ago

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Are there any ever restrictions on carrying cordless power tools on company trucks?

Moose, I do carry a 60 volt blower in my truck so I guess if attacked in the middle of the night I could ask them to hold on while I grab my blower then I could mess their hair up really bad. From what I've read, and I mean no disrespect, if you were a truck driver and someone broke into your truck, you could just start talking and ask a lot of questions that have no real relevance to the robbery and irritate them to the point they take their own life just to get away from your questions.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

Took this but now forget where. I thought it was a pretty cool building and meant to look it up and see what it is.

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Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Well crap

For some reason I seem to get a water in fuel warning almost every time it rains REALLY hard. I push the OK button to clear it and it goes away until next time it rains hard. I drain fairly often and it never has water or any debris to speak of. I don't know I tell ya.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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ELD being hacked. FBI warning.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has released a warning that Electronic Logging Devices can make companies vulnerable to hacking by cyber criminals. The potential damage that could be caused is enormous. And ELDs which are vulnerable include those provided by large, well-known companies.

As the FBI points out, there were no security checks or even quality assurance requirements put in place for ELD suppliers as part of the regulation that mandated them in CMVs. Because of that, the FBI says that most ELDs, including those produced by “well-known companies” did “little to nothing follow cybersecurity best practices” and are considered “vulnerable to compromise.”

ELDs are a vulnerable point through which hackers can access vehicle data remotely. Sensitive data like position, VINs, user IDs, and carrier information like load contents can be pulled in real time from them. Depending on the ELD integration in a company’s network, ELDs could give hackers access to all of the company’s data – potentially including personal information, business and financial records, and more.

Even more concerning though, ELDs provide a point through which hackers could directly “affect functions such as vehicle controls.”

The FBI notice recommends that drivers and companies ask their ELD makers and suppliers a series of questions to make sure that they are taking proper cyber-security measures. The notice does not provide the names of ELD providers which meet the suggested criteria.

A while back I mentioned in conversation here that my Qualcomm not once, but twice in Chicago had a message pop up asking about pairing up with another device. I had it happen again in Ohio. Maybe Cincinnati or Columbus, I can't remember for sure but I did snap a pic this time. Then I see a this article this week and it makes me wonder.

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Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Bird One

Sadly this is why they are in business today.

“YRC is a leading provider of critical military transportation and other hauling services to the US government and provides 68 percent of less-than-truckload services to the Department of Defense,” the Treasury Department said.Jul 1, 2020.

It pays...literally....to know people in the DOD.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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From a Trainer: Take This Seriously!

I'm to be at Joplin, Mo. on Monday for orientation with CFI. Then, as I understand it 29 days with a trainer which is good, it's what I want. I have no solo time behind the wheel...........none at all. Maybe 60/70 miles total driving with either an instructor or state examiner. No solo time.

I want a good trainer. I want the 29 days training and have sought it out.

Ok, seems to me though the sword is a double edge, maybe? I'm an eager student, medium smart, 75 years old and been around some. Been thru learning to fly back in the stone ages. If it begins or ends with "Boat" I've done it for a long-long-long time in more than one country.

I'm no genius and sure as heck no when to ask for help and training. I want that real bad.

Ok, here's my question: How do I know I'm getting a trainer who wants to teach me as bad as I want to learn? I've been thru this with airplanes and boats. I've seen extremely good instructors ( trainers per se) and less than good ones as well.

Luck of the draw?

Hate to tell you Mike but yes, luck of the draw. It's basically a crap shoot for both the trainee AND the trainer as evidenced by Kearsy here. You throw the dice and sometimes you win, sometimes you lose and other times you get just enough to break even. Good luck sir.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Need to find secure parking

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Not much around there. Call all of the mini storage places as they often rent spots for commercial vehicles. Good luck.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Bird One

It will probably pick up some more, once YRC finally goes under.

YRC gives government 30% stake in its latest financial bailout - FreightWaves Jul 1, 2020 · $700 million loan and the government's equity stake Tranche B allows the company to fund capital expenditures (capex) on tractors and trailers. This tranche will carry the same interest rate but require all cash repayment. No principal repayment appears to be required until both loans mature on September 30, 2024.

It's my understanding this is at least the third $600-$800 million dollar bailout YRC has gotten from the government even though the entire company has only about $100 million in assets. So I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for their doors to close.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Turn Around

Here's the full article if interested.

300,000 Truckers Would Lose Their Jobs With Hair Drug Testing Says Trucking Alliance Funded Study

NEWS

A new study conducted by professors at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway has determined that almost 300,000 currently employed truck drivers would fail a drug test if they had to undergo a hair follicle test instead of a urine test. The study was funded by The Trucking Alliance, a group which counts many large carriers and American Trucking Association companies amongst its members.

Professors Doug Voss and Joe Cangelosi authored the report. Voss is a professor of logistics and supply chain management, Cangelosi is a professor of marketing.

Current federal regulations require trucking companies to administer drug tests to new hires and to randomly test at least 50% of their drivers over the course of a year. Urine analysis is the only method that is currently accepted.

The Trucking Alliance, ATA, and many large carriers have long advocated for hair testing to be recognized by the federal government as an acceptable alternative to urine testing. Many of the companies advocating for the change already conduct hair testing, but have lobbied for the change so that they do not also have to pay for urine testing. Average costs for urine drug tests and processing are anywhere from $30-$60.

It does not appear that Voss and Cangelosi gathered any new data for this study, but rather relied on two previous studies. The first was another study commissioned by The Trucking Alliance. It took pass/fail rates of drivers applying to The Trucking Alliance carriers and found that 8.5% of applicants either failed or refused a hair test. This is significantly higher than the 0.6% of applicants who failed or refused a urine test.

Crucially, the Voss/Cangelosi study finds that the failure rate of 151,662 applicants to large carriers are to be considered “representative” of the failure rates of all commercial truck drivers currently working in the country. As any trucker knows though, it’s a serious stretch to say that an applicant to a megacarrier is the same as a veteran trucker.

Despite that, the study’s authors say that there is “a high degree of similarity between The Trucking Alliance sample and the national driver pool.”

The second study that Voss and Cangelosi analyzed was conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics which sought to determine whether hair testing could produce racially biased results

“Utilizing independently provided urine and hair pre-employment drug screen data, University of Central Arkansas researchers were unable to find disparate impacts of hair testing among the ethnic groups,” reads the study. “Given these findings, we find no disparate impact among ethnic groups by testing method.”

According to the BLS study that Voss and Cangelosi used for their data however, a black applicant was more than twice as likely as an Asian applicant to fail a hair test. Critics of hair testing point out that due to differences in the porousness of hair, drug tests produce more positives amongst certain racial groups than other. In fact, the ACLU has repeatedly lobbiedfor hair testing not to be used because “it is widely known” that hair testing has a racial bias, and can return a positive result for drug use even when a person “was merely exposed to, but never actually ingested” a drug.

“Most of us share the road with motor carriers on a daily basis,” write Voss and Cangelosi in their conclusion. “We all hope that commercial truck drivers are well-trained, well-rested, and drug and alcohol free as they pilot 80,000 pound vehicles traveling within a few feet of our vehicle.”

The conclusions drawn in this most recent study seem in our opinion to read less like an academic paper, and more like what someone might possibly write if they were being paid to arrive at a pre-determined conclusion. Which is not a claim that is being made.

“They’re fantastic companies,” Voss said of The Trucking Alliance carriers according to TalkBusiness. “And they want to do things the right way.”

 

Source: truckinginfo, talkbusiness, ilitchbusiness

By Samuel Barradas.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Turn Around

It's ironic you posted this after this came out in an article in Truckers Report today.

The second study that Voss and Cangelosi analyzed was conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics which sought to determine whether hair testing could produce racially biased results

“Utilizing independently provided urine and hair pre-employment drug screen data, University of Central Arkansas researchers were unable to find disparate impacts of hair testing among the ethnic groups,” reads the study. “Given these findings, we find no disparate impact among ethnic groups by testing method.”

According to the BLS study that Voss and Cangelosi used for their data however, a black applicant was more than twice as likely as an Asian applicant to fail a hair test. Critics of hair testing point out that due to differences in the porousness of hair, drug tests produce more positives amongst certain racial groups than other. In fact, the ACLU has repeatedly lobbiedfor hair testing not to be used because “it is widely known” that hair testing has a racial bias, and can return a positive result for drug use even when a person “was merely exposed to, but never actually ingested” a drug.

Personally I call BS as the test wont show drug use unless you used drugs. How is the test discriminating if you actually used them?

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Should companies be required to issue you a clean truck?

I am curious as to yall's expectations. When a company assigns you a new/ used truck to move into or use, should it be clean? Or is it normal for the driver to clean someone elses mess? Thanks.

That is the preferred method but some people are willing to do it themselves so they dont have to wait for a truck. Are they at least offering you a place to clean it and cleaning supplies?

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Be careful at the truck stops

Having looked at the police drawing of the trucks positions I have to wonder just how bad of a driver you have to be to back into the only other truck on that row. (Kidding of course, there was probably trucks in all the spots). I do not usually spot other trucks unless they truly need or ask for the help but NEVER ever get between two trucks. I chose whichever side needs spotting and always within mirror view. I always decline if someone offers to spot me as I'm pulling up, occasionally someone will just be walking by and start to spot as I'm backing but I ignore their instructions then thank them for "helping" when I'm parked. I don't have any problems with backing though. For those that do have trouble with backing do you like it when someone just starts helping to guide you back and would you prefer someone offers help spotting or would you prefer to do it on your own?

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