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    3 years, 9 months ago

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Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Toll roads

At over $6 per gallon… I think most companies need to revisit this. 🤔

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Our company’s policy is not to avoid tolls, time saving makes up for cost

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Agreed. The only tolls we cant run are the PA turnpike and the NY thruway east of albany. They would prefer us not to run them but I havent heard a peep in 3+ years. We run alot of beer from elkton VA up into ohio and routinely end up goin 70 miles out of the way to avoid tolls on the turnpike up big hills and back roads at 78klbs. I cant see the toll costs outweighing these diesel prices.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

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First time I've seen this. This is a Swift company driver pulling a set of "Turnpike Doubles"--two, 53' trailers pulled as a set. This is at Post Foods in Tremonton, Utah.

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Does it take a driver with special skills to drive this combo? Or someone crazy?

I would argue that all double and triple drivers have a screw loose. How much crazy varies by driver but I'm convinced all of em eat coco puffs at least once a week, lol.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Electric trucking companies hiring?

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Anyone know of any electric trucking companies hiring in Columbus,OH?

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FAB Express is hiring in that area, but they are all diesel, Mack Pinnacles. Some auto's, some manuals. Might still be a few Int'l's in their fleet in that area; not sure.

~ Anne ~

Aren't they based out of chicago? I swear I see their trucks around home. Is it all day can home daily stuff?

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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At a crossroads

If your manager is willing to ask if they’ve done anything wrong, at least it’s a start.

The cynical side of me might respond; would it matter if I told you? 😆

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Just an FYI if you do start looking be careful filling out any forms online where you give out your email or phone number. These recruiters out here are savages and will not leave you alone. I filled out a form that I thought would be different because it was very detailed and I thought it was narrowing my search down to my specific preferences but nope. I hit submit and had 15 automated emails from different companies within seconds half of which were refer, tanker and flatbed which I didnt ask for. Some even contacted my company.

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Got that from my dispatcher..... that was awkward.

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We did have a good conversation because of it so it turned out well. I wasnt very serious about leaving just seeing what was out there and filled out the wrong form online.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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At a crossroads

Just an FYI if you do start looking be careful filling out any forms online where you give out your email or phone number. These recruiters out here are savages and will not leave you alone. I filled out a form that I thought would be different because it was very detailed and I thought it was narrowing my search down to my specific preferences but nope. I hit submit and had 15 automated emails from different companies within seconds half of which were refer, tanker and flatbed which I didnt ask for. Some even contacted my company.

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Got that from my dispatcher..... that was awkward.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Smith acquired by Heartland

Nothing major has changed. Pay went up slightly, they did scale back our trucks a bit by removing top bunks and tables. The biggest change was our shops cutting hours, that's the only thing that has been frustrating. My miles havent gone down at all and I have a bunch more terminals I have guaranteed parking at. Plus they've rebuilt our alvarado tx terminal, are rebuilding Cartersville GA as we speak and next up is Richfield WI when that's done.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Weird/Interesting Loads

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A few weeks ago I hauled 46k lbs of blue moon and other various miller beers to be destroyed at liquid waste plant in Wisconsin. Very sad

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A heavy beer load at Millis??? No way!!!

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Not always! Sometimes its heavy paper or carpet rolls! It's actually very wierd when I have a light load I'm so used to the 44k+ ones. I'm pulling 15k worth of smoker wood chips to eau claire and Mont Eagle felt like goin up an overpass this morning.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Weird/Interesting Loads

A few weeks ago I hauled 46k lbs of blue moon and other various miller beers to be destroyed at liquid waste plant in Wisconsin. Very sad

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Looking at different companies

I might be the worst recruiter ever, cant even get this dude to look at millis and he lives 20 minutes away from a school.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Looking at different companies

Yeah we have a terminal in cartersville that has a school. If memory serves class is 3 weeks long, after which you test out on site at the school for the state of georgia. After that its 15k miles with a trainer then you get your solo truck. I'm not sure on all the training details but I did do a whole diary on my class experience. Also pete e pothole is a trainer with millis now he might chime in.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Mileage the last 8 days 70 hours clock

That's good miles! Did you run out the 70?

Here's my recaps driving from a couple days ago:

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Nice job keeping them all pretty close, do you always try to stay under 9hrs a day?

Heres mine I did well this week staying somewhat even.

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Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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What causes slightly offset trailers and is there any way to fix them?

I see it alot here at millis. The guys in the trailer shop tell the same story as mentioned before, curbs and potholes. They also said because we haul heavy beer loads so much that contributes to the problem. Not sure how that works exactly, maybe the way some people back. I see alot of guys pushing trailers straight and the wheels not moving much. I know that tears up tires and rips chucks out of our super singles but not sure it affects axles.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Understanding Personal Conveyance

I know when we use it leaving a shipper or receiver for parking we're supposed to PC back to that spot when our breaks over and start on duty from that location, which is odd to me.

Posted:  5 months ago

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3 years in and starting to look at the neighbors green grass.

Back to the original topic/thread:

What's UP, @Noob Driver ?!?!? Did you just 'seed the lawn,' or ... buy sod, or ...

Find greener grass ?!?!?!

Hope all is well; we'd love to know!

~ Anne ~

ps: Apologies for the hijack; are you open to 'suggestions?'

Nothing yet, like I said originally I'm happy with Millis. But instead of standing at the fence looking over at the neighbors grass I'm more creeping at the upstairs window peeking through the blinds. Its gotta be a perfect situation, which I'm finding is very difficult to find. I would like something dedicated but I dont wanna do regional home weekly which seems to be all there is. I love my 3 weeks out 4 days off schedule and would like to keep that. Smith transport has a really cool fleet that's a dedicated walmart account that's three weeks out, one week off. But its PA, NJ, Ny and they weren't hiring in my area for that acct.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Understanding Personal Conveyance

The only time I understand it’s use is for an unexpected or unusual delay at a shipper or receiver to get to the nearest possible safe location.

Not sure what they define that as, but I make sure to look out for time killer places I’m going into as a precaution regardless.

For example, not into a place with 2 hours let. But having enough to your best judgement.

I had a situation I still didn’t need PC but I arrive at 1200 for open delivery until 1700. They don’t have anyone to unload until later that night.

I used PC once last year. There is supposedly a clause about traveling home from a terminal after being relieved of all duties. Seems like that’s for a very particular use case for some drivers.

I've used PC several times after my last delivery prior to hometime. Safety gave the ok as long as I logged it as relived of duty-going home. I had no idea about the safe haven being only for hazmat, oops. I've violated quite a few times and just typed in "safe haven" as a comment.

Heres my Omnitracs QC options we're allowed to use PC for.

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Posted:  6 months ago

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Food at truck stops

I'll have to agree on The Tennessean truck stop in Cornersville, Tn. off I-65 exit 22. By far one of the nicest Mom & Pop stops still available. The Creek Travel Plaza off I-65 exit 54 is another good Mom & Pop stop. 1950's themed restaurant.

Is the restaurant back open? I know they had a fire there last year.

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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Gut instincts and do you listen to them?

I don't trust my gut for anything, damn thing can't even drink a glass of milk.

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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Work day cancelled

I made it through the beginning of the mess wednesday at 1am then got a load to Pennsylvania that was supposed to deliver today at a farm in the middle of nowhere. That got pulled thursday morning because that would have been impossible. So I got switched to a load going to atlanta that can drop whenever I can get there. Ended up stuck in Wisconsin until 8am today waiting on our company to lift the illinois shutdown. Coming down I57 today looked like a zombie apocalypse with all the vehicles in ditches from Champaign to Mt Vernon.

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

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Yes, J & R Schugel out of New Ulm, MN. I went through orientation a couple weeks ago. Back driving 48 states OTR again.

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Why the change sir? I was looking at some crete dedicated stuff. Any advice?

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Well, I came off OTR to drive dedicated WM out of the Cheyenne DC for six months, then was informed I could not drive OTR for Crete any longer after I had put in the six months. I told Crete that actually I would not drive for them any longer, PERIOD.

Great company with dopey management. Even getting things in writing means nothing with them. I won't go back there a third time.

So that's a no on crete dedicated then?

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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Billboard

The bakery is in New Hampshire, that is where I live.

Well that's no good. You got my pastry hopes up for nothing.

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