Profile For Sid

Sid's Info

  • Location:
    TX

  • Driving Status:
    Considering A Career

  • Social Link:

  • Joined Us:
    9 months, 2 weeks ago

Sid's Bio

Farmer/Rancher as a youth with fond memories of driving a Peterbilt cab-over with Timpte SuperWagon grain trailer as a 16 year old.

Considering becoming a hotshot or possibly an OTR refrigerated driver.

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Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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Past mistakes, should I move forward and get My CDL A?

Ashley, whether you think things are your fault or not, whether 'we' are being fair or not, your past and the records associated with it are what they are.

I would be fearful of seeing you in the lane next to me in a small 4-door sedan based on what you have posted. I can't imagine seeing you in an 80,000# truck doing a speed governed ~60MPH. Fair or not, your record is what it is.

Now, what employer is going to risk an expensive truck and potential lawsuits for you to pursue a career that takes you away from a good stable 'desk job'? A good paying 'boring' desk job would be something many of us would appreciate after being away from friends and family for major chunks of our and their lives.

I wish you the best in getting your life on a better path but, seriously question whether a career in the cab of a truck is a step in the right direction.

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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Duty hour log book cheating?

Thanks Old School! I read on or two of those yesterday but, rereading them was certainly helpful after reading these posts.

With the elogs, no cheating without consequences. Got it!

Comments regarding attitude at shippers really strikes home. In other jobs, it was obvious the people who where a "pain the #$#" or just plain unpleasant to be around always had a difficult time versus the pleasant people who just did their job smiling along the way, reaping the rewards whether it was going to lunch on time or getting a 'coffee' break others missed.

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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Odd question

You do have better 'sight lines' out in the open for 'situational awareness'. You can't avoid what you can't see.

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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Rejection due to unemployment

I'm glad to see your success story. A lot of times, posts like yours never get any follow up so we never know what happened, good or bad.

After all your service, I'm glad to see things are headed in the right direction for you.

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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Odd question

If the parking area is that open, sure. Otherwise, no.

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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Duty hour log book cheating?

I'm not really understanding what you mean by "on duty hour limits".

But I will say with elogs there is NO cheating.

My father drove from California to Oklahoma City non-stop several times and then waited for his log books to catch up.

I'm thinking about being out of legal hours of 'drive time' and being an hour away. Do I take a mandatory rest period and miss a drop and then start over the next day with a 1 hour drive and unload or, chance it and unload late in the day, rest overnight and move on to my next pick up point.

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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Odd question

I'd be concerned about crime first and secondly about being confronted about messing with a trailer, possibly criminal activity, etc.

Is it really too much effort to walk to the end of the row where you have good visibility and the chance to be seen by everyone else?

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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Steering wheel cover

The ones I used in the past that were sewed on didn't shift on me.

Driving gloves work pretty well too!

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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Duty hour log book cheating?

After reading the ~87 page, "so you want to be a truck driver" mini-book, I was curious about the discussion of shutting down per the rules versus driving an extra hour or so to make a drop and 'fudging' the books. I'm not looking to be a total cowboy or anything but, I could see where this might have significant financial impacts.

~30 years ago, I watched my father 'lie' on his logbooks and stay out of service at home until the calendar caught up with him; I have no intention of doing that as I found it pretty reckless to drive that way even though he had multiple awards for the most miles driven with 'no accidents'.

With electronics logbooks, is this even possible today without running into immediate fines and other trouble? Then there is GPS tracking, cameras, RFID, weight scales (and associated electronic tracking), etc. to consider.

How do you balance 'on duty' hour limits with the realities of earning a living and being close to a destination?

TIA, Sid

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