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Posted:  2 days, 6 hours ago

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Helped another driver

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if they are at risk of hitting something.

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This driver was at risk of hitting something, he was very close to the truck he was backing beside and the truck up front. He was kind of like at a 45 degree angle on his blind side and his trailer was very close to the other trailer. But he did get out and look once, other then that he relied on me to tell him if he was going to hit anything.

Before I decided to help, he kept pulling up and backing up making the same mistake, so he kept getting into the same pickle.

Some people don't like to help, I personally don't mind any extra help if it helps,but if I have any doubt I'll get out and look or pull up to readjust.

I always use goal, I will also reset and pull away since I sometimes approach a spot wrong....don't worry about pulling up either, get it done right...

Posted:  3 days, 7 hours ago

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Eye Candy

I've always enjoyed taking in the sights at the truck stops. What I mean is I enjoy seeing all the different trucks.

I like to see the old "Cab Overs" - I think I've heard them referred to as "Kidney Crushers" - If I were ever going to go the owner operator route, I would get one of those old classics and run it across the country - just because I could! Just take a look at this one that I saw on the cover of a trucking publication - That's classic stuff man!

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Here's another one I spotted at a truck stop that was really neat and clean with a husband and wife team running refrigerated loads in it. If you think it is tight quarters in your condo conventional cab, imagine living together with another person in this rig!

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Here's a neat looking wrecker that I spotted this morning at the "Midway" truck stop in Columbia, MO. I was interested because of the nice clean looking graphics on the truck, but then I got a little chuckle out of what some of them said. It's pretty obvious this Peterbilt has a Caterpillar engine - you'll know what I mean when you see what it says on the fuel tanks!

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Hey, if you see a really cool truck out there, feel free to add it to this thread of "Eye Candy." You can even add your own truck in here if you like - there's no rig any better than your own - in fact I think I'll be the first to put up a pic of my own rig in here.

There she is, my home, my transportation, and my paycheck each week. We've bonded together real nicely, I''l hate to give her up one day, but then there will be another that I'll grow fond of as we criss-cross the country together on the open road!

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Ur looking at the lot lizards aren't u😁😁😁 she's a beauty ain't she...

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Posted:  3 days, 7 hours ago

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Stuck in Pendleton Oregon

Road closures on I 90 and I 84. Not getting to Kent Washington today!

I applied for a job in Pendleton once, didn't get it, managers said I was to valuable where I was😣😣😣😣

Posted:  4 days, 9 hours ago

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Decided to Shut Down

The drivers complaining of being "forced to drive"in unsafe conditions are full of crap. As a professional driver it's our job to deliver our loads and sometimes drive during inclement weather. The drivers claiming they're forced to drive have probably taken advantage of it by saying they cant drive because it snowed an inch! The company would rather inform the shipper/receiver the load will be late than be spending easily $100k+ on a totaled rig and cargo. With the new company I drive for we receive text messages from the VP of transportation encouraging us to push our departure time back if we don't feel safe going at a certain time and want to travel more in daylight. Even with the brutal cold we had over the last couple weeks all they asked was we let them know. Every snowfall he messages us, even on weekends when hes with his family at home, and tells us it's our call, be safe and thank you for the great job. There have even been times in the past due to extreme weather they shut down ALL drivers for the day. I know Susan as well as others have mentioned their companies have put mandatory shut down orders out for certain areas when storms roll in.

Prospective and/or rookie drivers don't think for one minute that you'll be forced to drive when it isn't safe to do so. All companies just need to know so they can inform customer. Most times that's the excuse those who fail at this give to make themselves look better.

My company had a shutdown order a year ago due to Ice storm, one driver ignored it, they no longer work for the conpany..

Posted:  4 days, 15 hours ago

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NEMF Files Bankruptcy, Shutting Down

Sorry, just realized I repeated post from earlier😦😦😦😦😦

Posted:  4 days, 15 hours ago

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Cargo theft

Saw this story....im on my 34 break so I'm able to annoy all of u with my posts:)

https://www.foxnews.com/us/fbi-searching-for-trailer-holding-65k-worth-of-energy-drinks

Posted:  4 days, 18 hours ago

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NEMF Files Bankruptcy, Shutting Down

Saw this online...

For 2019, we anticipate a cooling trend across the industry. The market heated up early in 2018, with companies pulling in large amounts of inventory in anticipation of impending trade tariffs. Customers realized it would cost less to store extra product until they needed it rather than to order it once the tariffs were imposed. This will lead to a softer market across the board for the first quarter until those warehouses need refilling. In the meantime, many loads will have a shorter length of haul, as much of their journey has already been done.

In response to the shippers market of the last quarter, the industry added more trucks and drivers to try to meet customer’s needs. Now that all those resources are available and the market is softer there is more capacity than needed. This gives customers the bargaining power and rates will slip. As long as the economy continues to grow, we expect things to work toward a more level playing field as the year progresses.

Posted:  4 days, 18 hours ago

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Orientation at my company changing

This is in addition to the 175 hours behind the wheel after all of this...

February 11, 2019 We are excited to announce that we are revamping our orientation process here at TOTAL Transportation! For each driver, orientation is the beginning of your journey at TOTAL. Our goal is to make sure everyone has the necessary knowledge to be successful out on the road. The key to that success is quality training.

To get you rolling sooner, we’ll be streamlining all preliminary testing and class schedules. Additionally, we’re building a new training facility where all training and orientation will be held. The new facility will include a state of the art driving simulator, a brand new computer lab for classes, a kitchenette and much more. Upon completion of orientation, we’ll have a small celebration congratulating our new drivers and welcoming them to the TOTAL team. We view our drivers as a family and want to ensure they have everything they need to be successful!

Safety is key. After completing a week of orientation, all drivers will complete another week of driver training on our brand new driving range. We look forward to this change and hope it will better serve our drivers and the company.

Posted:  4 days, 19 hours ago

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Decided to Shut Down

Well for the first time since I started with Schneider, I decided to shut down 72miles short of my delivery. I left PA early this morning going to Rochester New York, drove for 200 miles in this bad weather before deciding to shutdown.

During the last two hours or so, I lost traction to the road 5 times and almost went into a full blown skid twice. Already let Schneider know, and they just said thanks for the update and your inform them if anything changes.

I find it funny, I hear all the time how these big carriers make you drive in unsafe weather to make appointment times and what not. This will put me back about 20 hours assuming the weather is fine to leave in tomorrow.

Be safe...

Posted:  4 days, 19 hours ago

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Pop that hood during your pre/post trips!

Just got my truck out of the shop at our terminal yesterday for some PMs and APU repair.

Took one load down to GA after getting out of shop.

When I opened up my hood for my inspection after my delivery I was greeted by this.

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Been sitting here for 5 hours waiting on road assist to find a mobile repair tech willing to come do the repair. But that's sure better than it breaking going down the interstate and leaving me stranded on the side of the road.

You mean we half to pop the hood, How do you do that.....????

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Posted:  4 days, 19 hours ago

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Laughs

I go to this website for laughs every now and then...

www.peopleofwalmart.com

Posted:  4 days, 20 hours ago

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Study suggest that the ELD Mandate causes unsafe driving behavor.

That seems to some odd conclusions. They used a small sample and yes of course there were an increase of service violations the paper log cheats are now getting caught. As for the increase in accidents there could be no cause or collation or it could be the cheats being more reckless since they have to play by the rules of service.

That site seems to be the home of the super trucker in my untrained/experience opinion.

Brett is the only super trucker I know of:)

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Posted:  4 days, 20 hours ago

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Smashed cop car by Truck in Wisconsin

Winter weather bringing out those crashes...https://www.foxnews.com/us/driver-miraculously-survives-terrifying-ohio-freeway-crash

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Posted:  4 days, 20 hours ago

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Smashed cop car by Truck in Wisconsin

Https://www.foxnews.com/us/semi-truck-slams-into-wisconsin-police-officers-vehicle-after-running-red-light

Posted:  5 days, 6 hours ago

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New avatar

Go to the menu for your profile, then select "update my profile" then upload your new profile pic or avatar.

Hopefully that will help.

Fixed, think it was internet 😁😁😁connection...

Posted:  5 days, 6 hours ago

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Argh! Need help! I Panic During Testing!

SERIOUSLY NEED ADVICE! My first issue today with training and testing! When I test on paper or computer I have almost zero test anxiety, but verbally testing in front of someone I freeze up and cant remember things! When I practice the pretrip inspections out loud by myself I nail it everytime, but doing it in front of my trainer not so much. Must get past this before I test in front of the examiner!!!!

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Posted:  5 days, 17 hours ago

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New avatar

Trying to upload new avatar? can't seem to get photo to upload?

Posted:  6 days, 15 hours ago

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Dropping trailers

Been to this one Amazon, cvg2, a couple times, every time they give me a parking spot that u can't park the trailer in with a sleeper, but each and every time the yarddog is pulling up as I get to the spot telling me to drop right there, he'll park it. Most places that have spots like this i have go up and either try or go to guard shack and ask for another spot. If I have a repeat offender at this, I drop in an empty spot and tell the exit guard where it went....this Amazon so far is pretty good😁😁😁

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Sick

Maybe get a hotel room? I know I would feel better with extra room and a private bathroom.

bunch of hotels around at exit I'm at....probably will...

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Pallet fell over

While I just got to a big lots store not to long ago to deliver this load near Gary, IN. First it took me a good 15-20 minutes to get the lock off the trailer water froze in the key slot, then once I got my key in there after banging it with a hammer... Then the key wouldn't turn, the manager suggested using hot watet, which we did and it worked. I was trying to use a lighter at first but since it's so windy here, it didn't work of course. rofl-1.gif

Then I go to open the trailer doors to my surprise, one of the pallets fell over in the trailer and some of the water bottles were frozen but they never mentioned water being on the load, nor did I really know what was on there as the bills just had a lot of numbers, etc.

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Were u secretly hauling hemp, u were in Colorado weren't you:):)

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