Profile For Brazen

Brazen's Info

  • Location:
    MO

  • Driving Status:
    Preparing For School

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  • Joined Us:
    6 months ago

Brazen's Bio

Havent started trucking yet. For those curioius, I've been a legal consultant lately. Politically I'm a Voluntarist. My religion is atheism, except for Odin of course....

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Posted:  5 months, 4 weeks ago

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Why do you want to become a truck driver???

A lot of reasons, but it's not going to happen because i dont have 3 years of verifiable work history, even though I've never stopped working. ive lived in Hawaii the last 6 years, and people use cash and trade out there. they dont like government involvement or taxes, and neither do i, so I'm pretty screwed. Maverick wont even consider my application. Not sure why any other would if this is a requirement in the industry. im pretty screwed. bummed out about it.

Posted:  5 months, 4 weeks ago

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Padlocking trailer doors

Im a newbie so forgive my newbieness, but what if they use bolt cutters to break the lock?

given how cheap technology is, what about a battery powered motion sensing IR camera under the trailer that could at least record someones attempt to mess with the doors? hell, any spare cell phone can get a free app to do this... if it shined a light when sensing movement, that would do some good too obviously... I could do it for about $30. sure they could steal the phone, even if it was in a case, but i doubt theyd go to the trouble, especially if theyve already been in front of it.

also, a camera could be put on the inside of the door at the top, facing down. i use a cell phone in my bedroom connected to the wifi, when im gone. if anyone goes in, not only does it alert me and start recording, i can see whats going on and speak through its speaker.

tech is too easy and cheap to have to worry about locks. all that said, id like to buy one thats too big for most bolt cutters if im going to be held liable

Posted:  6 months ago

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Waiting list for Maverick’s CDL Sponsorship

Another future Maverick student here. I finished the online app yesterday and will be calling the recruiter as directed tomorrow morning. Looks like I'll be waiting a couple months too. Wish I could start tomorrow. I'm looking to get into the reefer game, midwest otr or regional.

Enjoying the cdl training threads, keep it up and best of luck.

Posted:  6 months ago

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Flatbed and driving help needed, long post

Brazen you are showing your lack of knowledge here. Please read my reply. Her load was NOT illegal.

How would I know what illegal is or not? I havent even started school yet. I was only acting on IF it was illegal, I wasnt making a legal determination because Im not qualified obviously.

An audio recorder used professionally is not a joke or a waste of time. It takes less than a minute to prepare, and eliminates all "he said she said" about any incident, period. Again, I'm not suggesting anyone did anything wrong in the story, I'm saying IF someone needs to protect themselves from any attempts to force an unsafe and/or illegal load, an audio recorder is the best option. Keep in mind, turning it in to someone in authority isnt required. Just recording can be good enough. Have a sense of humor and blame it on a less that 100% accurate memory, this isnt a confrontational act.

Posted:  6 months ago

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Flatbed and driving help needed, long post

Great story. im not even a newb, so i dont have anything to offer, but just curious, why did you switch from reefers? if any shipper tries to get me to accept an illegal load, I'll politely decline, record all interactions with an audio recorder around my neck, while getting their names, and go on to the next job, or wait for them to make the load legal, whichever dispatch wants, but i agree with you, risking the cdl and the motoring public is 100% out of the question.

youll be surprised how much better people behave when theyre being recorded with a simple audio recorder. if challenged about it, you can say its for your own benefit so you dont have to rely on your memory alone, and to improve transparency and accountability for all actions taken.... while smiling.

Posted:  6 months ago

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Just introducing myself, (pre cdl newbie) and asking for very specific advice...

So... many people are saying I don't have a proper perspective about all this, that I'm somehow not realizing that hard hard work will be required... that the learning curve will catch me by surprise. There's a very unique reason why that hard work has zero intimidation points on me. This isn't something I lead with ever, pretty much, but just to settle this issue, I used to be a pilot in the Air Force. Flight school (14 - 18 months) would make the toughest trucking school and first 2 years look like a tea party. There are no HR departments or feelings to be protected. There is no democracy or off time. It was both unbelievably fun, and the most difficult thing I've ever done. There were 24 people in my first class, each trying to achieve their dream career, and competing like wolves for the choicest assignments. I finished 6th. 25% of the class washed out. During my second jet, I finished 2nd out of 21. (First place already had 1000 hours in a jet.) The rest was easier, as you'd expect. I'm not trying to toot my own horn, or "tough guy signal", I'm trying to quell any challenges to whether or not I can cut it, or know what I'm getting myself into.

I have no wife, (the divorce actually happened during flight school... I wouldve done better if it hadnt) and my kid is 19. All I'm going to do is hit the road and put out the same 100% effort I did in flight school. I'm not worried, I already know what I'm capable of, against the toughest standards and competition out there. So please, stop assuming every individual fits your preconceived mold of the average rookie. Some of us might surprise you.

Someone asked about my avatar. I chose it because I've already committed to Maverick as a start to this career. Hopefully it will be the first and last company I work for.

Many sincere thanks to the many positive intentions and words out there. I'm listening to everyone like a sponge. I do realize the the best attitude to have is a humble one. I got a lot out of the suggested articles. please excuse the unimportant story above, it couldn't be helped. Happy gobble gobble day

Posted:  6 months ago

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Just introducing myself, (pre cdl newbie) and asking for very specific advice...

@andhe78 I wouldn't have been able to make that decision in a day if i hadnt already put weeks into becoming familiar with various schools, styles, reviews, and income potentials. Have you looked at Maverick's pay structure, commitment to their drivers, and pay stubs in youtube videos? The proof is there in writing. People are saying more good things about Maverick than any other I've come across, and that counts for a lot in my book. 60 - 65k per year isnt unrealistic for a first year driver off the street, for less than 2500 miles per week.

I actually have zero problem signing a 2 year contract with them, after not preferring contracts at all. THATS how good of an impression theyve left on me.

Posted:  6 months ago

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Just introducing myself, (pre cdl newbie) and asking for very specific advice...

Thanks for the info, I'm taking a look at it, but how being locked into a contract is better than not being locked in one is beyond me, especially given the risk that if for any reason you get fired, the tuition is due in full. If they prorated it, I wouldnt be saying that, but anyway, I'll def look into that info with an open mind, thanks.

Posted:  6 months ago

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Just introducing myself, (pre cdl newbie) and asking for very specific advice...

Thanks Big T and David. Ive been researching all day, then came across Maverick. I'm 100% going to drive for them and train with them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shEWNVbQ4gU. I'll start a CDL Training thread when I do.

Posted:  6 months ago

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Hey guys i'm thinking of driving a truck?

I just got off the phone today with Roehl and they would answer those questions, but I'd start with the FAQ on their website. the pya is so much more than just cents per mile, that the other details can make or break the position. also, you can look up youtube videos by searching for Roehl.

Posted:  6 months ago

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Just introducing myself, (pre cdl newbie) and asking for very specific advice...

Hello everyone,

I'm Aces, 40, currently living in Missouri, just started studying for my CDP, and have listened to about 50 hours of youtube videos on beginning a trucking career. I am 100% set on becoming a trucker, so there's no hesitation about that decision. I currently live in Missouri. This forum has been an amazing resource, which is why I joined it. Thanks to everyone who contributes and shares.

I'm hoping to get some feedback on my next decisions... I spent 2011 - 2017 in Hawaii, which can drain ones savings. (Totally worth it) I'm back to the paycheck to paycheck life. I can qualify through job center to attend a CDL school free of charge, but cant go 6 weeks without a paycheck. This leaves me with TMC or Roehl, as far as I know, because they pay $500 per week while in training. TMC only does flatbed, and I dont want to start there, so I'm looking at Roehl. Their contract for the $7k training sucks. It's all due, even if you're fired for nonsense, even if youve completed 99% of the commitment. They require 120,000 miles as solo before the commitment is up. If you get shafted into 1500 or 2000 miles per week, that will take 15 months to fulfill at best. This is option 1.

Option 2 is to get the CDL without a school... pay about $500 for the physical and some rig time. This will get me done asap, but will not going to a formal trucking school hurt me with employers? Will they consider that legit? I REALLY like the option of NOT having to sign a contract to work for X company for a year or more. Will the training loss be soaked up by the orientation team time with the first employer?

Lastly, If anyone knows a job I can apply to in the trucking industry around St Louis, I'm all ears. Everything about my driving and criminal record is 100% clean.

Thanks again everyone. Great forum.

Aces

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