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    AR

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    Experienced Driver

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    2 years, 4 months ago

Mikey B.'s Bio

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

fazhamikey@yahoo.com

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Posted:  19 hours, 20 minutes ago

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Im giving trucking another chance

I'm also not used to having to make so many decisions myself, from the Military to the oilfields to construction I've always had somebody telling me what to do and how to get it done so I feel like I'm lacking a very valuable skill needed out here

You are indeed in a tough spot, I read somewhere recently that people that have only ever had someone telling them what to do and how to do it have a hard time in trucking. This is one job where you are pretty much on your own. The valuable skill you're missing is critical. The ability to think on your own is harder than some people think. To look at a situation someone else is in is different than looking at a situation you yourself are in as it is happening. It can be learned however and once you get it it will serve you well. This is gonna sound cheesy but here are some ways to develop critical thinking skills.

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The main thing however is to remain calm at all times while the bad stuff is happening. When we get angry, scared, frustrated, stressed out and generally worked up the decisions we start making are rarely the best decisions. Slow down and really ask yourself if it is really worth the stress and if there is another way of handling the situation, a better way. This job is indeed stressful and initially quite difficult for those that aren't used to making your own decisions but you eventually gain enough confidence in the decisions you make that you settle into the job. Stop worrying about if you're gonna be fired. Don't cuss your DM, don't get into a physical altercation with anyone, don't threaten anyone and don't have a serious wreck and your job is safe. Western Express is very forgiving, especially for new drivers.

Posted:  20 hours, 7 minutes ago

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Organization Tips For Living On Truck

I have this in the passenger floor, also makes a larger platform for my dog. 0753518001611505656.jpg

And this at the foot of my bed. I'm 6 foot even and i can stretch out comfortably. It came with a second small drawer but I had to remove it to fit. It leans back slightly so it never tips over.

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Posted:  20 hours, 16 minutes ago

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Thought I was going to die

My driver side window switch died last night, with the window in the down position. It was 22 degrees at 18:00, with 30mph + winds.

My company would have sent out road service, but what is the chance they would have a 2015 Freightliner window switch assembly?

I’ve carried a set of Torx screwdrivers for 2 years. I almost took them out a few months ago since I’ve only used them once but decided they didn’t take up much room so I kept them. Thank God I did.

I took the door apart, and switched the wire from the driver side switch to the passenger window switch. Problem solved until I can get to the shop.

On a side note, I’m parked at a closed receiver. Easily 100 empty spots. I was looking forward to a nice quiet night. Prime reefer pulls in and parks right beside me. This happens to me all the time.

Are these guys lonely or something? LOL

Excellent!!! This was on the only available empty yesterday where I dropped . Seems several other drivers left bobtail. I have a small tool kit and various nuts, washers and bolts onboard just in case. I managed to reattach the crank handle enough to raise the landing gear the got an appropriate bolt at a Loves Speedco. Now I'm on a 970 mile run instead of sitting the weekend out. I also managed to reattach the broken right side arm rest on this truck instead if having to wait for the body shop at a terminal. DIY repairs are great!!!

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Posted:  1 day, 13 hours ago

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Im giving trucking another chance

After having a horrible week of getting lost, breakdowns, qualcomm issues, being stuck in a Lowe's parking lot in a horrible neighborhood for almost 4 days while my trainer was on home time, not being able to back in to tight spots, my girlfriend ending up in the hospital, qualcomm macro instructions for loads that make absolutely no sense what so ever, getting sent to the wrong shipper 3 times in a day, not being able to eat for 2 days not having time to shower or do laundry and all the other BS that comes with team driving and a million other issues I had had it with trucking but I've decided to try and stick with it if they will let me. Most of these problems were caused by my own stupidity and lack of understanding this business, my trainer didn't teach me as much as he should have, we pretty much just team drove so I've pretty much been thrown to the wolves. Hopefully they don't fire me I know I have royally ****ed off my DM, and if I don't improve my backing skills soon then I will probably start looking for something else but only time will tell what's going to happen

Hey Zach, first, I'm glad your cooler mind has chosen to give it a full shot. I mean this with respect and am not trying to run you down or belittle you but you might need to check out some ways to control your temper. It seems like you are a bit of a hothead and a hothead without the ability to control the anger and aggression can be dangerous, even deadly in this profession. There are many things that can pees us off out here but clearer heads and calmer thoughts are needed. Trust me when I say that I understand being easy to anger however I've also had to learn to control that anger. Good luck, if I can help let me know.

Posted:  1 day, 18 hours ago

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Biden suspends new oil and gas drilling permits on federal land

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Bro get real I really want to stay away from the conversation but you have no clue what your talking about 50,000 jobs

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STEELE CITY, Nebraska (Reuters) - In the heated debate over whether to build the Keystone XL pipeline, the energy industry and lawmakers have predicted that the project could unleash an economic bonanza in the Midwest, and provide jobs for up to a half-million people. Kansas pipeline worker Jeremy Rippe knows better. "Short term, there will be jobs for everyone around here. Then, not many at all," said Rippe, who helps maintain a gas pipeline on the Nebraska-Kansas border.

https://www.businessinsider.com/r-insight-beyond-the-hype-keystone-would-yield-few-permanent-jobs-2014-14

However, don't you think people would have liked to have one of those great paying jobs for 5 or so years while it was being built? Doesn't matter though, Biden has recommended they all learn code and become programmers.

Posted:  2 days, 19 hours ago

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Truck Stop Follies and Assorted Stupidity

I didn't get a picture but 2 days ago at a Pilot, pump 29, as I was walking up to the store a truck was pulling forward from the pumps, he was eating a sammich he probably just bought and I stopped for him to get to the yellow line so he could finish his 30 (I know right) well as he is moving up I ran up and banged on his passenger door for him to stop. He got out and walked around and there, hanging out of the fuel tank was none other than the entire hose he forgot to remove from his tank after fueling. Didn't want him to go driving down the highway like that. I was nice enough to snitch on him when I got in the store. No, I did not end up with stitches or in any ditches.

Posted:  2 days, 19 hours ago

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CYA question on local road weight limits

Just last week I had a delivery that took me down a 17ton weight limit street. The first sign you see is about halfway down the block, if there was one at the beginning of the street it was long gone. By the time you see the first sign you can do nothing but continue since you cannot turn around. I just watched for bridges etc., had no issues. I've had the Qualcomm alert me to being on truck restricted streets before, usually a side road leading into a truckstop, also the only entrance/exit. Often the streets will be restricted for all through traffic, local deliveries only.

Posted:  2 days, 20 hours ago

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First week off my trainer's truck is my last

The advice you have been given is spot on. Qualcomm's go down all the time, I've had times where it went off while I was driving once an hour at 1 hour and 5 minute intervals . Basically hourly but it took 5 minutes for it to come back on by itself and reset all the info. Still drove. Use your atlas to plan your trip and google as a backup until you can afford a backup device. Most of your problems shouldn't be problems, I think they are only issues because 1, you don't know how to fix the issue and 2, you are angry all the time over the teammates situation ( I would be too btw) call someone immediately and get solo. Your DM is not your boss he is your co-worker. He has a boss, call him, get a decent DM.

Reach out to someone with experience, some of the problems you've had are so simple to solve...if you know what to do. The tandems...if the pins are not all releasing...rock the truck. Move both forward and backward, they should release. The Qualcomm, pull the fuse and put it back in, it resets it.

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See the red fuse the pen is touching? That's it. But dont drop it down under the fuseblock.

Most of your issues are on you. IF you want to drive, GET OUT OF THE TEAMING SITUATION. Most of the stuff you just learn how to solve eventually, we have ALL dealt with the same type of things yet we overcame and are still driving. As far as the food issue, that's entirely on YOU. I have at least 2 weeks if food on my truck fir me and my dog at all times. We dont always get to stop somewhere where restaurants are attached, be prepared. Good luck whatever you chose to do.

Posted:  3 days, 3 hours ago

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Biden suspends new oil and gas drilling permits on federal land

I look toward $5 per gallon gasoline again soon. Bidens Transportation Secretary Pete Buttgig has already mentioned the possibility of raising the fuel tax to pay for new infrastructure plans.

Posted:  3 days, 3 hours ago

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How can I calculate fuel of my Driving?

Hey truckers, I am new to the trucking business and also new here in this forum. I have started trucking in the past 2 months. But recently I have noticed that the fuel economy of my second-hand truck is decreasing. So I decided to try and calculate fuel by myself. Tried to search online for a solution. found an optionfuel calculator online, I did get some idea of how can fuel be calculated. I just want to know more methods from all of you professionals, how I can maintain fuel economy.

You are asking for two things no? To calculate your mpg take down the milage or reset a trip meter when you fill up. Next time you fill up divide how many miles you went by how many gallons you used. That's your miles per gallon. Do that every time you fill, write it all down in a log and you'll have a running record of your mpg.

As far as maintaining fuel economy, lighter loads, fewer mountains and slower speeds.

Posted:  4 days, 20 hours ago

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Proposal to hit up SoCal warehouses for truck emissions at their facilities

That's some stupid sh*t right there. Anything to rape a few bucks out of the industry. Next thing they'll be regulating and charging stores a carbon credit fee for all of the cars and trucks that pull into their parking lots. They must sit up all night trying to invent idiotic ways to squeeze money out of working men, women and industries. They should consider a carbon based fee for those that continually have kids they cannot support, that's where the real issue comes in, overpopulation. (Just my opinion, don't eviscerate me if you don't agree)

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Moving on after 6 Months Experience Suggestions?

I'm approaching my 6th month of OTR... and looking to switch to a higher paying company.

Does anyone know of any OTR companies that may include as much of the following as possible:

+High CPM and miles per week/weekly minimum

+Services 48 states... (like to run coast to coast)

+Able to accumulate home time... for example, can earn 1 home day for every 6 days out w/ no cap on accrual

+No/low touch dry van or reefer

+Newer equipment w/ APU's.

+Self dispatch or no forced dispatch

Thanks for your input...

That's a lot of ask for 6 months experience. The best thing for you to do is write down a list of all your wishes then start calling companies recruiters and ask them each one, write their answers down then, when done calling them all just compare their answers and pick the one that checks the most boxes.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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You know it's been a long week on the Road....

I'm usually out for 4 months then take 5 days off. Does anyone else find that when the get in their car, they turn the key and wait for it to cycle before starting it....or jam their finger on the roof trying to reach up to hold the shelf above?

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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How cold is it ? What’s everyone’s 20

Brrrrr.

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Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Is 600 miles a day good for a rookie?

Yep, anything over 500 is pretty good. I run like this and reset every weekend. This weekend I spent at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, had a ton of fun. Enjoy the long mile days since other days will run low, like the 215 I did yesterday. The business was closed so I had to sit overnight. But I'll get about 600 in today.

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Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Cold Encounters With The Elements

Well it's cold enough now that I finally bought an actual coat yesterday. I'd been wearing a cotton hoodie until now. I'll be headed to Van Buren Ohio today so I hope the freezing rain y'all are showing is long gone.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

Did a reset in Uncasville Connecticut this weekend. Dropped in Plainfield but there wasn't much by way of truckstops nearby. There was a terminal about a mile away from my drop but who wants to do a reset at a terminal? ...lol. Lucky for me the Mohican Sun casino was only 22 miles from me and has been a great reset location. Big, beautiful casino with a great poker room.

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Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Obtaining CDL and moving out of NYC

Florida with no state tax sounds good. The problem is I have no family outside NYC, only some acquaintances in FL. Are there any issues involved with taking someone “under the roof” just for residency address? I might ask them for such a favor :) That would give me some time and money to decide which place I would call future home.

That is fine just make sure they are stable because if they move a lot you have to renew your CDL with a new, current address. Also you have to trust them as some of your mail will be sent there as a default. As far as your sporting equipment...you can carry a bike and a few free weights on the truck but the rest would need to be stored at someone's house that you trust or a storage unit. Theres not a ton of space on the truck. If you do end up driving OTR, your activity level will not be the same, at least not for a while. However, when you stop for a 34 hour reset you can uber to many fun places and do/see a lot. You can also request hometime at any place you want to go as long as your company runs in the area you want to go. You can see tons of cool places and do tons of cool things that way. Want to ride your bike in Cali? Scuba dive in Florida? Hike in Utah? Etc, ask for a few days off by where you want park the truck in a safe place, rent a car and motel room and go. Many places will rent you any gear you need also like scuba gear, kayaks and the such.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Obtaining CDL and moving out of NYC

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If you're single with no kids, why don't you just move your license to a relatives house and live in your truck. You can take home time at airbnb's around the country and rent a car when necessary.

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I love that advice. I lived in my truck for most of my 15 year career. Didn't have a home or vehicle of any sort. Most of the time I could carry everything I owned in two duffel bags. I had my license at the time in Florida because they have no state income tax. My mom lived there and I used to visit her down there so I just made that my "residence." I enjoyed no state income tax and lived on the road.

I have to agree. I've lived in my truck for almost 2 years now. The last year with a dog. I use my parents address for my residency and mail. I keep liability insurance on a car to use when I take time off and stay in a nice hotel/motel when visiting family or vacation at an AirBnB property. You'd be amazed at how much money you can put away or invest! Speaking of which, AirBnB recently had an IPO...lol.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Has anyone heard?

I just queried my DM, he hasn't heard anything. He says he wouldn't pay it any attention. He is at the Nashville terminal at the moment so he should know if anything was happening.

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