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    Battle Creek, MI

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    1 year, 9 months ago

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Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Best Company For lease-to-own?

Leasing a truck is like gambling at a casino, so just pick whatever one floats your boat.... The end result will be the same. You're wasting your time and money in both instances.

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Turn Around

Unless there's been a drastic change in technology hair tests go back three months max. Black hair, white hair, purple hair doesn't matter. I'll reiterate what old school and Brett said, if you fall the test your screwed. Main thing is don't lie to yourself and try to blame a failed test on race or some other trumped up bs... If you stay clean nothing will give you a false positive. So if you're not clean for three months, don't test. And that means even one little toke.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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How is your year going?

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Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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How is your year going?

Just over 59000 so far this year, but it's been a roller coaster the past month or more, with more weeks below 2800 than over. So i don't think I'll have as many miles as last quarter.

Posted:  2 months ago

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What would you do?

“In the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it that America has failed to hear?”~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Assassinated Civil Rights leader & non violent activist.

According to the footage, "police said the protester MAY have been trying to break into the truck." But the reporter actual said, at the very beginning, before quoting the police, that he was killed WHILE BREAKING INTO THE TRUCK. That's what yall heard & he's guilty cause he's black.

All I know is that the FedEx driver has essentially lost his driving privileges cause insurance companies will not insure anyone with a fatality on their license. I dont have experience with self insured trucking companies & their policies so I cant speak to that.

There's absolutely no excuse for rioting and destroying property and the injuring of people that is going on...That includes being black and supposedly oppressed for 100s of years. There are countless black protestors who have protested during the day and have done so peaceable and with dignity. The problems start at night when opportunists enter into the mix. You (and others in this post) need to open your eyes to the truth and see that it is not a black/ white, rich/poor, American/vs whoever issue, it is strictly right vs wrong. More specifically it is non-believers vs believers in Christ. Tensions and issues are increasing on a world scale and it's only going to get worse. So choose whether you want to get caught up in the short term turmoil here on earth and forgo your salvation or live as Jesus told us,and showed us, to live in spite of the chaos around us.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Mega Carriers vs. Lease Operator; Tread Life Management

Rob D., Prime recommends the proper tire pressure for the tractor is 110 psi on the steers but 100 psi on the drives. I believe the difference is due to the drives being super singles.

And yes, Prime does splurge on their equipment & replacement parts. But not all megas are built the same. At the same time, not all "innovations" deliver on their implied cost benefit. Two examples come to mind, those wheel covers that hid the axle hub seals & those trailer tails. They do try & that's why I'm back with Prime.

That said, all the safety equipment in the world cannot correct stupid or ignorance! What I've learned in the few years of driving is that the way drivers are trained creates both great drivers & dangerously misinformed drivers too.

Example, I noticed a driver pull his brakes while he was on the scale. I went over & politely told his that by him pulling his brakes, his weights will be off. He looked at me like I was crazy & said that's the way he's always done it. I responded by letting him know that he's been very lucky cause that's not the proper way to scale a load & walked away.

I thought just pulling the tractor brake is the proper way to scale? If you sit with your foot on the brake then all of your axles and steers are locked up.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Starting with Roehl on Monday

When you apply to Roehl, they just slot you where they need someone? Can you apply to a specific Division?

Yes you can decide where you want to go, you just need to get it straight with your recruiter before the training starts, otherwise you have to wait three months to switch divisions. The three months rule is not cast in stone though.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Driving Manual vs Automatic

I'm with Roehl, and Swift is a much bigger company so they probably have more loaner truck selection. However, Roehl hasn't bought any manual trucks for the last two to three years. Two months ago when i needed a loaner it was a manual. I also recovered a truck while mine was being repaired and It was a manual. Had I been restricted, i wouldn't have been able to take either of those jobs and kept working. There was no option for an automatic loaner when i needed it. So personally, if swift still has manuals in the fleet I'd train on a manual. If they are cycled out it won't matter, as Old School said.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Backing does not just “click”

Aubrey apologizes...

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Sorry, i got kind of preachy there.

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Glad you apologized. It’s okay though, it happens, we all get “clicked-off” at times.

Lol... Very punny

Posted:  3 months ago

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Backing does not just “click”

Sorry, i got kind of preachy there.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Backing does not just “click”

Oh, and if you don't already, watch others back. See what works and what doesn't, and see if they set up as you would have. And don't get set on having to do one kind of set up for every back. You'll learn much more of you force yourself out of your comfort zone. If you pull into a truck stop for your break and there are three or more open spots side by side, then practice a blindside back, or if there are 5 or 6 spots then try swinging into them to cut your trailer back around and do a straight line back into the spot. I've made backs at tight shippers easy because i worked at developing these skills when there was no pressure.

And don't get lazy like these guys do when driving forward. Just because there is no car in the left turn lane, or there is a big shoulder past the white line to run over in a right turn... Don't. Make a point to always clear the lines on the road and you will learn a lot more about setting up your trailer for backs as well. Also stay off of the truck skirt in roundabouts unless it is actually needed. Many are not.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Backing does not just “click”

You're right, it's not really a click. You, and no one else who drives or has driven a truck, will not someday have a magic click and be able to suddenly execute every back perfectly in the shortest amount of time possible. The click is more like a series of small ratchets that culminate in a final click. The final click being a knowledge base that you can coordinate with your motor skills and make the trailer do what you want it to do (most of the time). Backing over and over begins to ratchet you closer to the final click. Each back is different, but we as humans always recognize similarities, so you gain a new piece of knowledge after seeing the trailer react in the same manner in different situations. You also learn muscle memory which helps to take some of the thinking out of the equation (as in which way do i turn the wheel, how fast do i turn it, do i have to slow or stop the truck, etc.). Those things will become second nature and let more of your brainpower go toward seeing where the trailer is going.

I'm not saying this applies to you, but one of the biggest errors i see people make that messes up a good set up or start into a back is too much steering wheel movement. They run from stop to stop when just a minor correction would fix the situation. That's the bad thing that studying for the cdl road test instills on my opinion. The offset back and the 90 ingrain the habit of working the steering wheel from stop to stop. In the real world where we can set up on a dock at an angle there is no need for such aggressive wheel play and doing so id usually what results in ruining a nice set up and costing us more time to back in.

Speaking of time. Don't time yourself, and don't think about the time it is taking you to back. We always think it is an eternity and then rush, mess up, and cost ourselves more time. If you take it intentionally slow from the beginning and practice that for a number of backs you'll find you will take less time to back. Actually you will become quicker at backing because you're fixing mistakes before they happen rather than after.

Hopefully this makes sense and will help you out.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Look for advice

Go with a company program, any of the ones on here you like or will accept you.

Stay with that company for at least a year whether you like them or not, and even if a supposed but money job comes along.

Never lease a truck.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Eating In Truck Stops

Fast food is still being served but you can't sit down inside to eat it. Roller items vary by truck stop and State, but most have at least something hot to eat.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Roehl CDL program reviews

Hello all, Im wanting to get some of your thoughts on Roehl's CDL program. Also avg. Weekly pay. They offered me Dry Van national at .36 per mile. The recruiter said i would do about 2300 miles a week. Per my calculations this is far from the 60k a year they advertised. Thanks

There are no GYCDL drivers at Roehl making 60k their first year, and I don't think you're going to find any company where a trainee makes that. Roehl has a good training program, good customer base, good equipment, good insurance, and is showing growth in an industry where companies are regularly going bankrupt or closing now. To me, these factors and the training and experience I've gained balance out the low first year pay.

My w2 was just over 32k for last year at a pay rate of 38.5cpm until november when I went to 41cpm. I started dec 31 of 2018 and went solo on february 20, 2019. I put in over 100k miles and finished my 120k contract the last week of january this year. I'm currently a bit over 130k miles. All of my pay and mileage is posted in the above link if you want to look closer.

You have to get experience and pay your dues somewhere, and Roehl is a good place to do that. I was just raised to 43.5cpm on my last paycheck and I am due for a supposedly more significant raise at the end of April.

A note though, apparently recruiters are still telling new hires that they will get a penny raise after 3 months and 2 cents after 6 months, this is not true and the DRG has been changed as of last April or May to reflect this.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Friday Short Haul - Self-driving yard trucks, Knight-Swift partners with Truckstop.com, Security guard shoots driver

Oh Goody! What could go wrong?

Silent yard tractors, driving themselves, probably still going 25 mph faster than everybody else. Since there will be no human, who will we ask for directions, or the location of that elusive empty trailer?

right, or to pull out a trailer that's parked too close to another to get to the landing gear. because in some yards all the trailers are parked that way given the limited space.

I wonder how the remotely operated tractor will cut door seals, open trailer doors, close trailer doors, raise and lower landing gear, etc. there's not even going to be an efficient and quick way that they can come up with to hook up the electrical line and airlines the way they're set up now.

There are certain jobs that should only be done by humans. further I can't understand why as the population expands we keep trying to come up with ways to eliminate jobs for that population.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Roehl GYCDL program first year numbers (pay and mileage)

Do you numbers work out to be approx. $41,750.00 from 2/7/19 to 2/7/20? In that time period does this indicate approx. 310 on the road and approx. 55 days at home?

Yes that should be about right.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Question about sitting with power on

Depending on year make and model, holding or weighting the fuel pedal down should idle it for about half an hour instead of five minutes. If it's an auto the brake thing won't work on the new ones because you'll be in neutral instead of drive.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Roehl GYCDL program first year numbers (pay and mileage)

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Sorry, the mileage did not post as I had formatted it. if you need clarification let me know.

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In order to space things out, you have to hit enter twice to drop two lines instead of one.

Like this.

Thank you. I was trying to be lazy and cut and paste...to no avail. lol. Tried a different avenue with the snipping tool.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Roehl GYCDL program first year numbers (pay and mileage)

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