Profile For Matthew W.

Matthew W.'s Info

  • Location:
    SD

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    6 months, 3 weeks ago

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Posted:  3 days, 20 hours ago

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Trying To Deal With My Driver Manager

So, at my previous job the training was similar in a way to trucking in that you feel thrown off the deep end so to speak. What no did there was give myself a time window. If I can't solve the problem myself in 15 minutes, I seek help. Now when I seek help, I go first to me trainers. So me personally id suggest contacting your trainers first if you have a problem, and then try dispatch if they cant help you with it. I am a rookie driver here, so feel free to take my post with a grain of salt.

Posted:  4 days, 11 hours ago

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Looking For Answers With High Promises

Wil-trans and Jim Palmer are more or less the same company, you can work there at 21. As a current employee I speak very highly of them, they really do want you to succeed and will work hard with you as long as you are willing to do your due diligence as well.

Posted:  5 days, 8 hours ago

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Random acts of kindness

Helped a fellow driver not too long ago myself, I noticed she was having a lot of troubles backing and I just watched her back under a trailer that I knew was too high. I walked over and talked with her a bit, helped her pull out from under the trailer without high hooking it and explained where she should stop backing under it to check height. I also gave her a few more tips and was sad to find out her trainer refused to get out of the truck and train during her training period. In fact the guy just sat in the passenger seat and made her do blind side backs so he could guide her in from that position. I don't know how she passed her cdl exams, but that isn't really important. Hopefully I got her going in the right direction so save her career without overloading her on too much new information her trainer failed to give her.

Posted:  1 week ago

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The Road Less Traveled; Governed Truck Speed

I know a lot of people complain about the 62 mpg speed govern on some companies, I personally rather enjoy it. It helps me to have good fuel milage for the my company and since I am going slower then traffic most of the time all the accidents tend to happen somewhere else and then I go by them. It's also a bit harder to have an accident going too fast around a turn when you're 8 under the speed limit. I know to some it just seems so slow, me personally I prefer to look at the positive side of things. I've got a higher chance of making it to that truck stop at night in once piece since I don't have to slam on the breaks to go around curves and then jam on the gas to get back up to speed again afterwards. I just cruise along, watch my mirrors and pull in to park safe at sound at the end of the day.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Wind & Carelessness

My guess is that Prime driver should have parked. I agree with you in that he was light, thats why his tandems where all the way forward. Hadnt heard about the t andems thing, but that does make a bit of sense, I'm on i80 as well with my tandems in the 9th hole. Didn't really feel all that dicey today, had some shoves but no lateral movement on the trailer with 40k in the box. I didn't take 680 though, I kept going east on i80.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Getting A Lot of Walmart Loads With Prime

I've rather enjoyed my walmart runs so far, they have all been drop and hooks. Makes life real simple when you can show up, drop the trailer and head on to your next load. Maybe just lucky so far, my trainer did have a live unload walmart run that I woke up and hooked back up to our trailer and left for.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Wind & Carelessness

My trainer told me for wind if you have the space the safest park is to put you truck as close to a 90 from trailer as possible. This way even if the wind changes direction it will be incredibly hard for the trailer to tip and pull your truck with it or vice versa.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Saw this on my travels.

My apologies if my jest was in poor taste, I tend to make light of accidents to keep peiple from beating themselves up too much. We are all human and we all do make mistakes, I just like to put a little humor into the situation.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Saw this on my travels.

Some truck moddels and trailers have it on the passenger side, its not a carrier specific thing that I am aware of. That awesome tire job is a Swift thing though. No offense to any Swift drivers on here. 😜

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Question for you men.....

Let's hear it Rainy, I look forward to reading your articles. They are always entertaining and insightful.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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How EXACTLY do you pull up satelite views of destinations?

I use google earth app to do this on my phone. I will click the search icon(looks like a magnifying glass) and type in the address of the shipper or receiver and then let it zoom out and back in on the location. From there you can look around the area and get an idea of what you are coming into, or in some cases I am looking for potential parking spots so I don't need to start my clock until after I am loaded.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Jim Palmer Wilson Logistics training Montana

My best bit of advise from my own experience so far is slow down. By far my biggest opponent has been myself, I came from a career that was go go go before this job so I was used to just blazing a trail. It is very easy to wind up in a rough spot when you don't slow down and think through what you are doing. Take it slow, and pick your trainers brain every chance you get. You're only on his truck for a short amount of time, and there is a large amount of information you need to attain to be successful in this career. That being said I believe anyone can be a trucker as long as they are willing to put in the time to learn to do the job. Also, no matter how good you think you are at backing... GOAL(Get out and look) every single backing maneuver for your first 6 months solo. You're still learning perception and you really don't want any preventable accidents, most of your accidents are likely to happen at truck stops. I had a really silly accident at a truck stop during my solo week which resulted in a sit down with our training coordinator here at wil-trans. Luckily it didn't result in me having to do another 10k miles with a trainer before another solo week and I still got to upgrade to A seat right away. However, he told me to always ask myself 3 questions as I go through my day. I'll list them here for you to use as well.

1) What could go wrong? This can be anything from bumping into a truck while backing into a truck stop to tire blow outs etc. Ask yourself all the time what can go wrong right now?

2) How can I prevent this from happening? Obviously for the backing bump you want to get out and look. For tire blow outs you can check your tire pressure every morning during your pre-trip, etc.

3) When should I do this? The answer here is always right now. Do you're pre-trips every day, even when you don't think you need them. Always get out and look when you have even the slightest question as to if you're gunna hit something. And even sometimes when you think you have it perfectly in there.

Hope these 3 questions will help keep you safe, they're doing wonders for me.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Jim Palmer Wilson Logistics training Montana

Hey there Kelly, I am a solo driver for Wil-trans. Nice to see another thread on here for our company, good luck to you in your training period. I should correct a tiny bit of information here, your trainer actually can have you drive nights during D-seat. The reasoning behind this from what I was told is that since he is in the passenger seat next to you he can help keep you out of trouble, I don't necessarily agree with this whole heartedly. especially if you are driving one of the '15 or '16 vehicles as they have some pretty crappy dim headlights and there is no way the trainer can save you from making serious mistakes, just try and coach you out of them from the passenger seat. Anyhow, I did some night driving when I was in D-seat so figured I'd pass that bit of information on to you. As for the loads, you get some good ones and some bad ones. That's just kinda part of the job. Best of luck on your training and keep us posted!

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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Can't Find Drivers

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I don't think it's about you being a female owned company at all, here is proof of a female owned trucking company, in fact, you can find reviews on them on this very site. There are a large number of reasons you might be having troubles, you might just need to do some more research into your issue and figure out what is actually going on. Such as you are not being competitive enough with what you offer or maybe you just aren't putting your company out there to enough sites to get a hit or something.

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