Profile For PacMan

PacMan's Info

  • Location:
    Atlanta, GA

  • Driving Status:
    Preparing For School

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  • Joined Us:
    7 months, 1 week ago

PacMan's Bio

I am a US Army veteran that is looking to get back into trucking. I started my career after the military in 2000 and drove until 2013 off and on. When I got my license back in 2000, an instructor told me "once that diesel gets in your blood, it's hard to get out". I have been infatuated with trucks since I was little and I am still as infatuated today.

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Posted:  5 months, 4 weeks ago

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Roehl 2018 Training: My Blog, by Professor X

Professor X,

Congrats on completing training and becoming a solo driver. I for one would love to read about your experiences with your trainer. Thank you for coming back to update us all that were following your transition. Stay safe and try to keep that left door closed.

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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I FREAKING PASSED MY CDL TEST!!!

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Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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Hello: Intro. to trucking truth.

Welcome Andrea.

I can assure you,as a new member, that there are some knowledgeable drivers on this site who will only stir you in the right direction. Any question that you have has already been asked, so pleased don't feel like your question may be dumb and let that feeling deter you from asking. There are too many people that wants you to succeed here.

Trucking is a great career to get into for all of the reason that you are looking for. It is a lot of work at times both physically and mentally. I implore you to make sure everyone is on board at home before you make your decision. The more knowledge that everyone has about the good and bad side of trucking the better. I don't mean to seem negative, but there has been so many times that potential drivers quit all because sacrifice that comes with trucking wasn't taken into account.

I pray that you enjoy your experience at CFI and that you receive everything you are looking for and more.

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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The wait is almost over!

Freak,

The best advice I can give is to be patient and to listen. A lot of people make the mistake of going into orientation thinking they know everything and then get sent home. Also, enjoy the experience. I got my CDL when I first started driving in NC from Schneider when they had their school going.

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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Rejection due to unemployment

Great job Jeff, HOOAAH!! From one Vet to another, I appreciate your service in and out of the military. I believe all things happen for a reason and it is clear you were meant to be there to help that person through his time of need at the DMV. Your determination will take you a long way in this industry as. I pray you are safe out on these roads and that you fully recover from your PTSD.

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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Passed my CDL examination today! Wahoo!

Congrats Bruce. Make sure you also use this site to review the potential carriers that you may go with. Be safe out there.

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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Roehl 2018 Training: My Blog, by Professor X

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Posted:  6 months, 4 weeks ago

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Prime CDL Training

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Posted:  6 months, 4 weeks ago

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Roehl 2018 Training: My Blog, by Professor X

I pray you pass Professor X!!!

Posted:  6 months, 4 weeks ago

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Absolutely drained, but ready for Prime

Luke,

Nice write up and very honest. It amazes me that there are still people that show up to orientation only to not pay attention. Not realizing that they are there for a job. Not to be the class clown or the class not it all. As Rainy said, don't let them deter you. Keep your head down a drive forward.

Posted:  6 months, 4 weeks ago

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Seems Schneider Is Trusting Me More

Jamie,

Keep improving and you will see your miles increase. Being safe and on time are the goals. I started out with Schneider back in 2000 and I experienced the same thing as I'm sure we all have. Trust has to be established and you have to continue to show that you can get the job done. Stay safe out there.

Posted:  7 months ago

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Roehl 2018 Training: My Blog, by Professor X

Sheesh, I missed two days of story time. Professor X, I am thinking of attending Roehl's school and I wanted to know do they have cabin facing cameras and do they have team driving positions.

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Prime CDL Training

Congratulations Kim. Great way to handle that pull through. I remember the first time I was taught to do a pull through at Schneider and it was the scariest thing. It didn't look like the truck was going to fit, but low and behold it did.

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Crashed!

Glad you and your codriver are OK Tinker.

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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CB Question(s)

I had a Galaxy 959 with too many bells and whistles. As a newcomer to the industry it can be easy to fall into the trap of having the strongest radio on the roads. When you hear how much money some drivers put into their CB choice, it can be mind boggling.

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Introduction!!!

Thx for the warm welcome .

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Roehl 2018 Training: My Blog, by Professor X

Hello Professor X,

Your diary is one of the reasons I joined this site. I would also agree with your instructor about checking the tires. There was a picture that I saw in the gallery section of some type of sharp object that was stuck through the thread of the drive tire horizontally. If that tire was covered in snow, there would have been no way to see that foreign object. As G-Town said, the treads can't be checked if they are covered in snow.

Keep up the great job and please keep your diaries coming. It is also said that instructors in any field are hard on the ones that they feel can do the job to make them better. I hope this is the path your instructor is taking with you.

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Introduction!!!

Hello Drivers,

I have been lurking on these forums for the past couple of weeks and I am very impressed with how this website is setup and how it is ran. I am a 41 year old US Army Veteran that started my driving career in 2000 with Schneider National. At that time, they ran their own school, which provided me with better training than the military did, as I was a Motor Transportation Specialist (88M) in the Army. I still believe hands down that that training is the best of the industry. During my time in the industry, from 2000 to 2013, I drove for Schneider, JB Hunt, US Express, Covenant, and an O/O.

In 2013 I left JB Hunt and got with an O/O who I thought was a "friend" as he promised me certain things that sounded good at the time. Looking back now, I should have stayed where I was. After this incident and not understanding the changes that were being implemented in the industry; electronic logs was just getting started, I felt that I needed to get out of trucking. So, I went to the DMV and surrendered my CDL to force myself to not use my CDL as a crutch to fall back on while I went to school to get my degree in Psychology. During this time, I did not keep up with trucking in the least bit, but when out and about my eyes kept being drawn to those beautiful vehicles delivering freight on the roadways.

As many of you experienced Drivers may have heard at some point in your career, "once that diesel is in your blood, it's hard to get it out," that is exactly how it is with me. I started regretting giving up my CDL, but everything happens for a reason. Although I am experienced, I see how the industry has changed and I know I need to go back through training. Not for the operation of the truck, but for the new Qualcoms and the new HOS. Now that the industry is going to automatic trucks and they are putting restrictions on license's stating that, I will make it a point to go to a school that uses manual transmissions to test on.

I pray that I am able to go to the Roehl school and drive for them as I have read nothing but good things about their program and company. My alternate is Prime, as I read the same about their program.

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