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  • Location:
    Huntington, NY

  • Driving Status:
    Considering A Career

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    2 years, 5 months ago

Seabee-J's Bio

Navy Reservist Equipment Operator /PT Transit driver. Class B CDL w PSNWMHX endorsements . Currently training for Private Pilot liscence . Avid traveler .

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Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Mom of 3 under 5

Actually, I think that perhaps School Bus driving would be a good fit in your case . I don't know about your area but many School bus companies will pay you to get your class B plus P/S endorsements and train you not dissimilar to the Company training programs in the A world . You usually have to stay about a year commitment. The plus for you is that most have fulltime part time or casual jobs and flexibility in what hours you can work AM PM midday to accommodate your home life. Pay can be ok to pretty good in quite a few places. One driver I know makes $26/hr he averages about 35 a week not including charters . Just something to think about .

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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What kind of company should i apply to as a No Experience/Rookie Driver

A larger company would be best. More resources and usually are more lienent on mishaps as the are typically self insured. These two reasons are why I would pick a large organization as an inexperienced driver. The learning curve will be steep so you want to have as much going for you as you can.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Is This List Of Companies That Offer Paid CDL Training Complete?

Just wanted to give this a bump very helpful for the site . Also I'm not sure how relevant but Greyhound also offers paid training for those looking to go the Passenger route . It's only a B but it's run just as the A programs . It's actually a very good program and there are many similarities to OTR driving .

Posted:  1 month ago

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Mom of 3 under 5

In a word . NO . Young children need structure and stability. Being OTR is not a good nor honestly a responsible idea . 3 under 5 years old in the cab with you 24/7 is not going to work out .

Posted:  1 month ago

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Husband fired for something he didn’t do.

Not enough information provided to really give any useful advice. Is there anything more you can elaborate on ?

Posted:  1 month ago

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Three top carriers sign up for 6,775 TuSimple self-driving trucks

Autonomous trucks , always reminds me of Maximum Overdrive 😆

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Good bye Pepsi

That's what I use on my bus , but when no one's on down it comes . Its really becoming a charade at this point. Those blue masks dont really protect against it anyway says right on the box .

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Nation catching on to consequences of truck driver shortage

Great another Crisis to look forward to 😏 but it looks like I'll have a lot more riders on my routes though . 👍

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Is my class A still any use?

Most Class B jobs will certainly be available. I'm not sure why you'd think it's off the table. Transit jobs are out there most definitely would be open for you as well as many Class B local jobs or with a sanitation or towing company. Your license is still a ticket to many opportunities. Just keep it clean. 👍

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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What makes local truck driving so appealing to drivers VS Over the road?

Had a coworker some years back go from local to OTR , reason being , to get away from the wife. 😉 .

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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So you want to own your own truck?

Excellent info PJ , this is the type of info I look at when bringing up the future of O/Os in the industry here in the States . Like OS said there will always be entrepreneurial spirit in some truckers out there and I agree I just think it will be nowhere near as prevalent as it was a few decades ago . Its seems like it would be a hard sell to most younger generations getting out there and even experienced vets can see it's not a overall profitable endeavor. Again with razor thin profit margins and being a commodities industry its who gets A to B the cheapest .Unlike a particular trade or owning a restuarant where some may pay more for a specific company or Individual who can stand out as the best like a highly skilled carpenter or mason / Chef .How would one "stand out" and justify a higher price as an O/O ? Being safe and in time is expected, so is it better service/communication or as OS said go into a niche market but again they don't stay niche for long . I'm just trying to keep the convo going . It's a very interesting type of independent business .

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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OTR or Local/regional to start off?

I'd stay away from those dollar store type of accounts or food service if your new , waaay too much risk involved with too little experience. It's a lot of physical work as well and the days are just as long . I'd don't think I'd ever really recomend those anyway . Had a buddy who did it for some time and his back is shot . It CAN pay well though but it's definitely a tough grind everyday . I did some local training for a minute and it was no joke . I stayed safe and had no incidents but again I was fortunate but had to leave before too long . Regional would be a good way to go . It does give you a bit of a more "stable " schedule if that's important to you.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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So you want to own your own truck?

I would love to hear his take on this . It seems in this industry at least that the entrepreneurial spirit will cease to be with the exhorbinat costs and government regulations to be your own boss . I believe most O/O are well over 40 and the next generation is not going to be able or willing and even strongly dissuaded from this route . After all , the megas started out as small operations themselves and grew but will this exist in the future . I think it's a reflection of our time really . It seemed a lot more reasonable to be an O/O decades ago just looking at fuel and insurance costs alone . I understand there are a lot of small companies and O/Os out there but from all I hear is most are treading water .Anyway , Thoughts ?

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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First official load turned down....

Absolutely did the right thing , The bronx is a NIGHTMARE for an OTR driver in a 53 with sleeper especially when new . If at all not very confident in your ability I would not attempt this . You don't need to mess up your driving record for load . I live in this area and transit buses. I see day crabbers struggle. Add in aggressive traffic and yeah .You made a sensible call .

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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So you want to own your own truck?

Good post . It begs the question of whether the O/O will cease to be in America. With rising costs and sooo many recommending AGAINST this idea of ownership in your own vehicle and business even if you are a knowledgeable veteran of it . My father was an O/O for a while many years ago when I suppose it was a little more profitable but with the way things are currently and the direction we seem to be going in it makes me wonder if an independent trucker will go the way of Blockbuster video. Personally i'm a bit sad for that .

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Endorsements: Hazmat and Tanker

I would reccomend getting a TWIC as well especially if you get a hazmat it may even save you some money if you already have the HAZ endorsement. I'm actually renewing mine tomorrow.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Senators propose legislation to promote women in the trucking industry

Where is the push for more male kindergarten teachers , receptionists, nurses , clerical workers , home health services?🙄

Posted:  3 months ago

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Should I keep my CDL?

Definitely keep it , theres a lot of possibilities you can have with a cdl . There are construction companies that NEED guys with it simply to transport equipment or paving compartments with dump or cement trucks. You invested in it so it's in your best interest to hold on to it.

Posted:  11 months, 1 week ago

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I'll Be Live On Road Dog Trucking Radio This Thursday

Very cool , I don't have Sirius but hope to find a rebroadcast after . This should be good especially with some of the newer rules recently. Itll be interesting to hear some opinions. Good luck!

Posted:  1 year ago

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ABF DDP experience

As far as the equipment goes it's a mix bag of Macks. KWs , Freightliners and a few Sterlings . The newer tractors go to the Road drivers and older are P&D . It's a mix between Autoshifts and Manuals but ABF seems to be phasing out their manuals in the near future . I did my training on a 10 speed Mack myself though and I believe they still train everyone in the DDP on standard shift tractors presently . The Maintenance Program is pretty good but I think this varies based on location and Terminal size more than anything else . I think I've touched on all the main points so if you are looking to get into LTL I would say that ABF is a pretty good way to go with a caveat though . You may not do much quality driving after you complete training and depending on your terminal location it could be a while before you drive regularly , again filling in when necessary while spending most time loading and unloading trailers and that might not be the best thing in the beginning which is what I saw from guys ahead of myself. Some terminals may not be as busy so you may be considered a casual worker not working every day . I recommend researching your terminal as best you can to see if work is consistent. Anyway I believe that covers it and hope it helps out some folks considering LTL and ABF .

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