Profile For Michael B.

Michael B.'s Info

  • Location:
    AR

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 2 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:  3 days, 15 hours ago

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My first 8-2 split

That's awesome Michael! Is it easier to understand by seeing it happen?

It actually was Rob, before you do one you kind of wonder if you're doing it right etc but watching it happen on both ends, when them hours available bars light up...priceless. They finished unloading at 1700. 6 freaking hours. They were all about to go home for the day when someone noticed I was still in the door. The dock boss kept apologizing saying they forgot I was there. To top it all off though the girl that took my BOLs had gone home and they couldn't find them. They forgot me, took 6 hours to unload me and lost my BOLs. Crazy daze.

Posted:  4 days, 1 hour ago

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My first 8-2 split

I went to a reciever last night in New Jersey about midnight thirty hoping to either be unloaded or allowed to park on property. They turned me away on both accounts as I had an 11:00 appointment today. So I parked at a dirt lot the guard told me about that was maybe 2-3 hundred yards away. If I waited all 10 I'd have been 1.5 hours late so I did my first split, got here about 10:45. Yay for me worked out great. Without all the information shared by this site and yall i probably still wouldnt have known exactly how it was done. THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR KNOWLEDGE!!! Only negative is although i made my 11am appointment I'm still sitting here at 16:16 as I'm writing this but i am almost unloaded.

Posted:  6 days, 21 hours ago

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Trucking Truth Driver Productivity Leaderboard

Just my 2 cents, in theory a leaderboard here may initially sound good but in actuality I feel that it's best left to each of our companies rather than here. As others have said, too many variables to be equitable and I feel each person here strives to help each other be the best, professional driver they can be. Mileage competition amongst us is unnecessary and could, I believe, put undue pressure on newbies trying to compete and prove they can hang with the experienced drivers possibly causing accidents.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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What smartphone is best for service

Its time to upgrade my phone before heading to Joplin for training for CFI. Any advice on phone carriers with best service throughout US and does one smart phone have advantages of another for a driver. I havent figured out how to respond to comments on here yet so thank you in advance.

As far as the actual phone get a decent phone with a really good camera. If you transflo paperwork in by phone or report breakdowns or truck issues by phone with accompanying pictures an average or lesser camera wont cut it. Good case is a must! I dropped a phone back in December while exiting the truck, it bounced off the top step, hit the ground on a corner and broke the screen (no case on that one) but the replacement has a good camera and a good shock case. I just use Straight Talk wireless from walmart and haven't had any issues with reception or service and it's much cheaper than most major carriers. They all use the same towers. I even watch hulu and netflix without issues.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Driving with a dog.

I thought about this one when I was considering bringing a Bassett Hound with me. 40 pound weight limit but her fat butt was 49 pounds. I didnt bring her just in case.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Work boots or no work boots during otr training??

I brought some Army boots leftover from Iraq I got new on base for $10 (they had pallets full of them) but never use them. They take up a lot of space in a duffel or truck and arent very comfortable to wear for 14 hours a day. I wear tennis shoes at customers (I do recommend all leather, no mesh), flip flops for showers and usually drive in socks or barefoot. Unless you are flatbed or your company requires them I wouldnt spent the money on boots yet. If you get out and decide you need or want them you can always pick them up then. For me the limited time I spend outside of the truck doesn't justify boots, even in winter weather as leather tennis shoes work fine and I've never had a customer deny me entry however dont wear sandals/flip flops on customer property. I did have to drive over 40 miles looking for a hardhat after being denied entry at a paper mill once, they wouldnt lend me one because too many drivers stole them.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Red light traffic cams

Yes I definatley will fight it and not ignore it if I even get anything. Great reply Rick, thanks. I was mostly wondering who they sent it to and if they could even tell a tag # from a semi. Hopefully it wont even get sent but if it does i patiently await my day in court. A few days earlier in Carlisle Pa i was empty and I stopped for a similar light, the trailer tires locked and smoked during what i considered a fairly mild braking. It was an older trailer without abs. Oh well, it's just a waiting game now.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Got asked to train

Last week Ryder asked me if I would like to help out with trianing new hires.

This is really more of an on boarding process since we are currently only hiring drivers with a least 2 years experience. I will take them out for a few days and show the the procedures on some of our most common runs, how to do their paperwork, ELD, etc.

I am no where near being one of the senior drivers in our fleet so I had to ask "Why me?" Safety driver gave following reasons: 1) In 18 months and over 200k miles I have had zero issues, not even a single HOS violation. 2) I communicate well. 3) I'm not an "A hole".

Not sure how often I will be needed but I said yes. I have to admit that it feels good to realize that they appreciate my preformance.

I find it sad that #3 has to be included but from what I see on a daily basis from some of our fellow truckers...well, let's just say there's a lot of type A personalities out here.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Red light traffic cams

Hola, I have a question someone may know the answer to. I was on 11W in Tennessee earlier around 20:30 or so with and empty trailer. Speed limit was 50 I believe and I was at 42-43. I was coming up on the intersection when the light changed yellow, I was indebted to the light as trying to stop wouldnt have been safe. As I went through I saw multiple flashes I assume was a traffic cam for red light runners. I know with cars they mail the tickets to their address. Should I be concerned about a ticket and if so who do they mail it to? I really had no choice but to hit through on yellow with the trailer passing through on red or I would have ended up in the middle of the intersection. I'm pretty good about stopping when safe and anticipating changing lights but this one was a quick changer. Anyone have this type thing happen to them or can shed some light on it for me?

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Still learning!

43,000 pounds of cooking oil...that's a LOT of deep fried turkeys for the holidays. That sounds good, I think I'll take Thanksgiving off.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Olive Branch, MS ?

Upon reading reviews on those weigh stations I would use the truckstop. Several say they were run off the WS lot.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Olive Branch, MS ?

I've never noticed but according to truckers path they have overnight parking.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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EFS Check, how to cash?

How would one go a out cashing an EFS check? I have the money code but wasnt sure if I put my name in the pay to the sum of, and if I needed to authorize it or what. I've only ever had to use two EFS checks in the past to pay plumbers, but this one is the money I was paid for orientation st Crete.

You had to pay not one, but two plumbers with EFS checks? Wow, bad luck with them pipes!

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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What's the most exciting thing you've ever seen or done as a driver on the road?

Bigfoot or UFO, uh, no. However while running up I-64 toward Ohio today I spotted a small squirrel as it ran out on the road a ways up in front of me. He bounced joyfully as he frolicked across the road. Once he spotted me his movements became frantic to the left, stop, back to the right, stop, which way to go? Must chose quickly.......he chose wrong. Poor squirrel.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Trucks batteries

About how long do the batteries last in these trucks? By last I mean how long before they need to be replaced because they wont hold a charge overnight. I know some do better than others but just a rough average is good.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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When you get picked to go to the boss's house

A little modest for my taste but whatever, I guess he just likes smaller houses. smile.gif

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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No loads

I guess I've gotten lucky so far, although miles have been lower (about 1800-2000 wk average) the last month or so I haven't had to wait days on end to get a load. I do however sometimes get loads 150-200 miles away or get routed to a truckstop that distance away to get in a higher freight lane for a 10 or 34 but it's all good since empty miles are paid. I think the main reason for my fewer hours is a few trailers needing repairs ( I refuse to pass them off to the next guy), slow PMs keeping me at a terminal and more live loads/unloads that are slower than a turtle. A couple shippers seem to have 60 workers but only one loading trucks, or that's how it feels when it takes 8 or more hours to load.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Are trucker strikes a thing of the past?

My guess is that very few truckers are union workers anymore.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Quick unload

Looking at the condition of his trailer sidewalls tells me everything I need to know about him....funny though. Can you imagine the phone calls we company drivers would get about hard braking events and accompanying video?

Posted:  1 month ago

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Am I out of line to expect decent equipment when paying almost 7000 at CDL school?

$7000..sure hope that's for both of you. If not $14K...yeesh. when I went to CDL school I believe the freshest truck had 900,000 plus and the others had 1.1 million or more. For the few weeks you need them they serve their purpose. Hang in their, once licensed and working you should have much better equipment.

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