Profile For Michael B.

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    AR

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    10 months ago

Michael B.'s Bio

My plans are to live out of the truck and take my home time when I hit a cool place to check out. Maybe some diving if I am near the ocean.

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Posted:  4 hours, 11 minutes ago

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Free shower every day

LOL!You could probably save a bit more money and use it for traction AFTER it's been used for other things ;)

But then it's no good for traction...they call it a SKIDMARK for a reason....lmao.

Posted:  16 hours, 57 minutes ago

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When did you decide you were an experienced driver?

I would also like to add you are at least getting close when you have been driving long enough and have picked up enough to truly see and understand why lease OP is a really bad idea...πŸ˜†

Posted:  2 days, 15 hours ago

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Free shower every day

See there Junkyard Dog, I didnt know that. I'm guessing TA/Petro has something similar? I guess then what it boils down to is try to fuel at the same chain to gain the daily showers. If the biggies all have a program for daily showers how do people not get to shower as often as they want to?

Posted:  2 days, 19 hours ago

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Doing The Happy Dance.. My sweetie is doing better

Glad to hear he is doing better and congratulations on the engagement!!!

Posted:  2 days, 19 hours ago

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Free shower every day

I have seen several articles including Robsteelers "last day" regarding being unable to shower every day. Now some people already know this but I am choosing to share for those that dont. Disclaimer--- I do not work for Pilot/Flying J or get anything out of this article except maybe helping other drivers. If you have a choice where you fuel Pilot and Flying J have a program on the mypilot app called showerpower. If you fuel 1000 gallons of diesel at those stations in a month you will get 1 free shower per day for the rest of that month and the following month. So if you fuel 1000 gallons each month thereafter you should get 1 per day basically forever, well, at least until you stop getting enough fuel. The app also knows what location you are at and tells you how many showers are available or how many in line in front of you and you can reserve a shower from your truck and not have to go in and wait around in the store for your turn or even talk to a clerk for a shower, when yours is available it tells you your shower # and gives your door code all right to your cellular device 😁. If you dont use at least 1000 gallons of diesel in a month your either in an electric truck or you dont get enough miles to make a living imo but free daily showers sure are nice. If your not gonna take a shower that day but you have to poo πŸ’© just reserve a shower and you have a private bathroom for that.

Again I put this out to help anyone that can use it and dont endorse Pilot or Flying J in any way shape or form. (But I do like daily showers lol)

Posted:  5 days, 23 hours ago

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Rick C... Here's Why I Don't Focus on Detention Pay

Very nice Rainy and that goes to show those that gripe about being governed even at 62 mph you make great money and plenty miles. I average about 2850 miles weekly, my high was 3700 and I take a 34 EVERY weekend. I like my relax time to do laundry, shower etc and just unwind but mostly my DM schedules me through Saturday but weekend dispatch is not so good at getting us loads so I 34 Sunday to Monday morning when my DM gets in regardless how much time I have on my 70 cause it's easier than the aggravation of trying to get a load from weekenders however i run pretty hard so not usually much time left. I do however feel like I waste a lot of time sitting at shippers and receivers. I will have a load within 15 minutes of my DM getting in on Monday morning so that's always nice.

Posted:  6 days, 13 hours ago

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How do people survive

Dude seriously? First, if you really wanted to do it you would find a way. Almost everyone I met during CDL school and orientation/training was flat broke or darn close to it but they seem to find a way without complaining. Secondly, if your attitude is that you aren't making any real money ($4.46 an hour) and you are just babysitting their truck, I dare say this is probably not the career for you.

Posted:  6 days, 13 hours ago

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Recovering Load Locks

It may be strange but I have never had to use a load lock or strap. I have 4 new straps just in case and haven't gotten any load locks yet. I haven't had a need for either one yet...lucky me! I did have one shipper required me to pre weight my empty truck and logistics called to tell me I needed straps but the shipper said I didnt need them for my load, I do believe it was going to Hershey strangely enough.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Lease operator

Dont do it. Company driver only. If it were so great and you were going to make sooo much money why would they want you to do it instead of keeping the extra money themselves? I have lease op drivers ask me if I'm a lease OP, I tell them hayall no! They ask me what kind of money I'm taking home and it's usually 2-3 times what they are. They will romanticize it and make it sound really good but dont fall for it.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Eye Candy

It's a trike. Not sure of the motorcycle brand but wow, pull over at the truckstop hop on the trike and go wherever you want to for 34s and "hometime" anywhere you wanted to go would be so much more enjoyable. No need to find a motorcycle or car rental nearby! And a trunk and saddlebags for walmart trips, no more trying to get the truck in and out.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Eye Candy

Not this one I didnt take the photo, got it online probably but how many time do we ALL wish we had this?

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Posted:  1 week ago

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Accidents and Getting a New Job

I have to agree, if you DO get another chance, SLOW DOWN and think about every move you make. When I was in CDL school I kept hearing one thing from the instructor while driving. Slow the f*ck down! I was trying to drive the truck like I was in a car. I quickly learned and practice the long lost art of having patience. The few seconds you saved by not doing a GOAL cost you dearly...twice. I even weigh how much time and distance I can gain to determine whether or not to pass a slower truck. I notice everything and everyone around me at all times. While driving a truck I feel like I've taken the drug from the movie Limitless, I'm always thinking 3 moves ahead. In conclusion, slow down and think about your moves and what is going to happen if you make them and FFS never use Google maps directions as it is not for trucks. I only use it to verify my trucks directions for the last couple miles if needed but never blindly follow them. Good luck.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Alternative medicine for Barometric Pressure Headaches?

That things called the Navage Nasal Care. It runs about $90.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Alternative medicine for Barometric Pressure Headaches?

I have to agree about the CBD oil. Respect and protect the CDL at all costs, although not illegal I have heard of tests coming back positive from its use. Kratom although not illegal has similar effects as opiates (although not nearly as strong) in smaller doses it is said to have a stimulant effect but in higher doses can cause one to fall asleep. If hubby is driving and took a dose to him that is considered large even without realizing it was a large dose and falls asleep at the wheel...goodbye livelihood.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Trucking companies that don’t care about background check

Like the others here, you probably wont get any company or O/O to hire you with that pending. Even if someone personally liked you and wanted to give you a chance their insurance would say no.

My suggestion? Dont even waste your time applying for driving jobs until and/or unless the case is dropped.

I give this advice although I'm not a legal expert although I did park pretty close to a Holiday Inn Express last night.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Spotty work history in last 1 year and half/ Worried about bad references

I would probably lay it out and let the chips fall, but I would lay it out without bashing or negativity toward the employers and jobs and possibly omit the walking off the jobs or just not showing up part. Trucking companies dont like it when people do that kind of stuff as they lay out a lot of money and time through the hiring and training process. Ghosting an employer or job abandonment does however reflect poorly on work ethic like it or not. I can however tell you that if you do get hired and trained by a trucking company and you follow your own admitted pattern and quit by walking off the job and leaving a truck behind you will never work work for another trucking company again.

I have to ask, if the jobs sucked so bad why did you even apply for them? You cannot use desperation as a reason because if you were truly desperate for a job you would have continued working it even if you didnt like it as it was at least a job.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Smallest/lightest load you have hauled?

I had 1 pallet, 480 pounds. Drove past the shipper twice looking for it. Turned out to be a little place with no dock and for some reason the same one pallet was delivered to them by another of our drivers the day before...the same one pallet..alone. I drove it almost 400 miles. Weird.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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What really irritates you?

I have to agree about reefers...sometimes. On a 10 they dont bother me but I'm at a NJ flying J idleair for a 34 and a reefer pulled up beside me...geez. keeps going into high gear kinda like the air dryer trucks. Soooo freaking loud. I guess I notice more because I'm awake watching tv on the 34 and on a 10 im sleeping.

I'll add, and I guess I just dont understand the reasoning behind it, when traffic is backed up and slowed down to 10-25 mph and a truck has over 3/10ths of a mile between himself and the car in front of him. I get some distance so you dont have to keep stopping and going but I have seen two trucks one time with over a half mile of empty space combined in the left lane and traffic was steady moving, no stopping.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Detailed accident report

Too funny, I laughed a good few minutes over this. The facial expression on the deers face in priceless!!!!

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Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Driver paid 180k in back pay and rehired

I see Freight Right is forbidden to take any retaliatory actions against him when he's working for them again. Yeah, I bet he gets plenty miles and only the best loads....NOT. If I were him I would seek employment elsewhere.

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