Profile For Chris L

Chris L's Info

  • Location:
    Gouverneur, NY

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    Experienced Driver

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    2 years, 4 months ago

Chris L's Bio

Retired Military 23 Years on Active duty (U.S. Army MOS 12B40), Former School bus driver, Currently driving for Gypsum Express LTD which is based out of Baldwinsville, NY Dedicated Flatbed hauling Metal Coil From Oswego NY to Middletown NY.

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Posted:  2 hours, 49 minutes ago

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Dry van ...OR Conestoga? Your thoughts?

I guess nobody wants a forklift driving on a flatbed trailer from a loading dock..Yikes!

I haul palletized aluminum coil with a Conestoga and I back into a standard loading dock to get loaded and unloaded. Forklifts have no problems driving on and off the trailer. I just roll back the curtain. Normally my back haul s can range from Drywall, Pallets of Joint Compound, or Pallets of Bricks - which I'm currently waiting to get loaded with here in Pen Argyle P.A.

Posted:  4 days, 14 hours ago

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Anyone have an alcohol evaporator in their air brake system?

You still need to change out the Winter air for Summer air right??? Asking for a friend......rofl-1.gif rofl-1.gif rofl-3.gif

Posted:  4 days, 22 hours ago

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Got some good news this afternoon!

This message was sent out by our VP of Operations around 3:00 P.M. today. My loaded millage pay has jumped .09 cents since I moved over to Flat bed and it hasn't been a full year yet since I crossed over to the "Dark Side" .

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Posted:  1 week ago

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Million Miller yard driver

So I'm currently sitting waiting to get unloaded at Ball Metal in Middletown NY. Currently there are 5 Dry Vans waiting to get loaded and in front of me is my Mentor waiting to unload his 5 coils, me and two more from our company waiting to unload. The yard dog at this facility has a "Million Miler" decal placed on the driver's cab. I'm assuming that the operator had some OTR time and acculturated most the miles along that path. But I got me thinking how many years would it take to rack up a million miles if you were only driving a yard dog? At a large DC Like WalMart or Target I can see racking up the millage if you were working 8 - 11 hour shifts; but this facility is small in comparison. Could you rack up million in less than 20 years by just driving a yard dod?

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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In today's episode of "what makes people look down on truck drivers"

Keith A wrote:

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I'm going to play Devil's advocate here the point is if you think it is illegal than it probably is. I'm pretty sure that parking like the CR Driver is not legal in any state no matter the circumstances! Like I posted in my last post I should have added the caviot that the situation in Virginia was Pre- FMCSA HOS Rule change. I propose this scenario: What if another driver slammed into the CR driver who would be at Fault? I get it S##t happens and we all have had to park some place sketchy and maybe bent the rules but it doesn't excuse the fact that that CR driver is creating a potential hazard and breaking the law.

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If the CR England driver was stationary and is hit, it is the moving vehicle at fault.

Risk control is one thing, and I agree, the CR England driver should have had an alarm set to check to get into a proper parking spot. I've done that before.

But at the same time, if he's parking that late, he's going to /remain/ parked into the daylight hours when, barring some really specific regions, there is always room for a truck to park.

This is really making a mountain out of a molehill, especially because if there's room for trucks to pull out of the spots in front of the England driver, there's room for trucks to back into those spots.

Keith I'll have to disagree with you on who would be at fault in the scenario that I proposed. The CR driver is illegally parked! There is no other way to look at it! Thus the CR Driver is a hazard and would be at Fault! I know that we have some members on the forum that are former law enforcement I would ask them how they would determine at fault in this scenario?

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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In today's episode of "what makes people look down on truck drivers"

I'm going to play Devil's advocate here the point is if you think it is illegal than it probably is. I'm pretty sure that parking like the CR Driver is not legal in any state no matter the circumstances! Like I posted in my last post I should have added the caviot that the situation in Virginia was Pre- FMCSA HOS Rule change. I propose this scenario: What if another driver slammed into the CR driver who would be at Fault? I get it S##t happens and we all have had to park some place sketchy and maybe bent the rules but it doesn't excuse the fact that that CR driver is creating a potential hazard and breaking the law.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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In today's episode of "what makes people look down on truck drivers"

In my Dry van days I took a load of Hard Seltzer from Rochester NY the Raleigh NC. This was my first long distance run. I shut down at the rest stop in Virginia on I95 some where between Fredericksburg and Richmond VA. I was lucky and got into a parking spot and this was around 8:30 P.M. I was awakened around 2:30 A.M. to the noise of someone banging on doors. It turns out the Virginia State Troopers were making trucks move that were "Parked" in the travel lane behind other rigs. The Troopers didn't care if the drivers were out of hours they made them move.

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Which Lane is the Proper Lane to Turn Into ?

>Bump< The road test course in Syracuse NY you have to make a left hand turn from the outer turning lane. The tests starts at the NYS Fairgrounds parking lot you get on Interstate 690 heading east for about a quarter mile the you get off the Hiawatha exit. At the bottom of the exit are two Left turn lanes. My instructors at NTTS couldn't stress it enough that you had to make the left turn from the outside lane to compensate for your trailer off tracking. It's a automatic fail if you were to turn from that inside lane. When I took my road test I was sitting in the outer turn lane and another driver pulling a step deck pulled up next to me on the left inner lane when the light changed he started off and off tracked the car in the opposite lane had to back up so his tandems would clear. I took the turn wide so I would have room to react if the other driver moved into my lane. I probably lost a couple of points because my tires rubbbed the curb but I finished the test and passed. So all was good. I guess every examiner has their own judgement on which lane to turn from. I always go to the outside turning lane.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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1994 Freightliner FL-70 air governor cut off and parking brake PSI questions

Bob I'm not sure how it goes in Washington state but as long as you test in any commercial truck that requires a Class "B" License you should be good. In New York if you plan to drive a school or passenger bus you must test on those specific vehicles otherwise any commercial vehicle should be fine to test on. When I drove School bus some of my fellow drivers would drive dump trucks during the summer break they didn't have to go through another "Road test" to operate a dump truck. Is it possible that another department in your village / town might have a vehicle that you could use for your road / skills test. Maybe reach out to a neighboring town/ village that could loan your department a vehicle for your test. Never hurts to have your supervisor reach out only thing you risk is getting a No. Keep us posted on your progress and good luck.

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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I went solo this week at Schneider .. 😅

Jared Congratulations on upgrading to Solo status. It's a great feeling when you head out the first time. Starting out on a dedicated account will help you get your feet under you and will definitely help you develop a rythem. Stay safe and keep the shinny side up.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Just passed my 2 year mark last month

I've been so busy as of late I haven't had time to post. As of March 18th I completed my full second year with Gypsum Express. My annual evaluation was positive and I got a 3 cent raise. I'm still on a dedicated account hauling coil but now I have back hauls assigned instead of running back to the yard empty for another coil reload. Total cumulative millage to date 192,675. I'm now focusing on getting a full year of experience on Flatbed then I'm going to look at moving South within the next two years we have terminals in Georgia and South Carolina. Momma wants to move to a warmer climate She is tired of Snow...lol.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Drug test/feel horrible.

First and foremost don't get yourself worked up. You provided two samples I assume that the first was rejected because you couldn't give the required amount. The second sample was accepted even though in your opinion it "Looked diluted" and the opinion of the person who collected the sample is a moot point! The only option that will count is the lab that tests your sample! If that specific lab rejects the sample you just give another sample. The big takeaway is you didn't refuse to provide a sample or were evasive. Just stay calm and good luck in your training.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Real Word Question: What type of equipment is used to haul live elephants over the highway?

The real question would be what kind of transport vehicle did Carol Bascome use for the Tigers that ate her first husband???? rofl-2.gif rofl-1.gif rofl-3.gif rofl-1.gif rofl-2.gif rofl-3.gif

Posted:  2 months ago

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Would experience as a school bus driver be relevant for a Waste Management garbage truck driver?

I drove School bus for 3 years before I upgraded. The most common school buses are between 46' - 48' in length depending on how many children passengers. So a school bus is a bit longer than your average trash truck. You just have to make sure you obtain a Class " B" cdl license with air break, School and Passenger endorsements.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Wide swing on a right hand turn.

Errol V wrote:

You are driving a vehicle that is 4x longer than the usual car. You'll often need more room around you to get safely down the road or around that corner. Keep this rule in mind:

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I was here first.

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Don't mind the people who don't know how to drive a 70 foot long car. You have a job to do, and are doing the best you can without crunching cars or telephone poles. One-finger or Boy Scout salutes ("read between the lines") don't help you and could lead to a driver complaint getting phoned in.

I don't even think the guy in the 4 Wheeler even saw me he just laid on the horn and booked. I always keep an eye on trailer for off-tracking especially when making a right hand turn. This past summer im Watertown NY a driver from R&L was making a right hand turn at a busy intersection his trailer off tracked and he ran over and killed a woman. I don't know if the driver was a Rookie or experienced but one thing for sure he didn't as G-Town says " Watch his Wagon" and a fatality was the result. That's why I always take a little more time and extra space when I turn.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Wide swing on a right hand turn.

Had to move into a loading dock so I didn't get a chance to finish my first post. So this right hand turn maybe if I was still pulling a dry van and my tandems were all the way up I could have cleared the corner easily but not with a fixed triple axel no way! I think that allot of people don't understand what it takes to make a turn and everything you are watching for especially off-tracking of the trailer on the turns. I'm sorry the delayed the 4 wheeler and extra 90 seconds NOT!! But I'll always do what is the safest course of action.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Wide swing on a right hand turn.

So this just happened to me I was on my way to my next pick up in Buchanan NY. The route I take is Route 9 south and it basically takes you directly into Buchanan. The route takes you across the Hudson River once you get across Route 9 takes a sharp right hand turn. (Intersection with a dedicated right turn lane with a permanent green arrow). The road becomes a two lane. Anyway since my trailer is a triple axel heavy haul I'll swing out wide into the second lane clear the corner and get back into the right lane. Today there was incoming traffic so I stopped and waited for the lane to clear before I turned as soon as it was clear I made the turn cleared the corner and got back into the right lane. Well some 4 wheeler displayed his / her displeasure with a horn salute because I stopped and waited for traffic. Needless to say I let them know that they were Number One in my book!

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Thus goes the best laid plans of Mice and Men

Donna M wrote:

Did u take the 7 hours and 6 minutes in the sleeper? Must be in the sleeper, not off duty, no pc, no yard movement.

I put put myself into "Sleeper" when I initially shut down. I managed to get 7 hours and 6 minutes before I got the call to back down to unload. When I left the Pilot I had 10 hours and 10 minutes of Drive time and 12 hours and 45 minutes HOS. When I shut down at the Rest stop on I79 I put myself in "Sleeper" again for the three hours When the three hours passed my HOS adjusted to 3 hours and 30 minutes. From where I was I need approximately 4 1/2 hours to make it to the receiver in Syracuse. Since I was already in "Sleeper" I didn't change my status I shut down at 01:30 A.M and I completed the full 10 hour re-set by 11:30 A.M..

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Thus goes the best laid plans of Mice and Men

Just walked into the door about 10 minutes ago. It was a long day. As I posted earlier I was shut down at a rest stop on I79 42 miles south of Erie Pennsylvania. My plan at that time was to shut down for 3 hours and satisfy my "Split Sleeper" requirements. Since I was delayed unloading at the Mill in Fairmount WV I was able to get 7 hours and 6 minutes in before I got the call to head to the Mill and unload. Well I completed the 3 hour break and I only gained 43 minutes back on my HOS Clock (When I stopped I had 2 hours and 47 minutes of HOS after the 3 hour shut down my HOS Clock showed 3 hours and 30 minutes not enough time to get to Syracuse so I had to do a full 10 hour reset. So I could not move until 11:30 A.M. I would not make it to the receivers by 2:00 P.M. So the delivery was rescheduled for Monday one of the local guys will take it over. Even though I miss that appointment I was able to get my Middletown load preloaded so I will be able to spend a little more time with my Sweetie on Sunday. Hopefully she will feel better right now she is battling a stomach bug.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Thus goes the best laid plans of Mice and Men

So about 2:00 P.M. Yesterday I get a call from my FM and he told me that the crain at mill will not be operational until sometime after 7:00 P.M. So my FM and the FM of the OTR Flatbed division were debating weather I would take the coil load up to yard in Alquippa and swap out for an empty flat bed and head down to Captina WV and pick up my load of dry wall. At that time the decision had not been made yet so I stood by. No more than 10 minutes after I had talked with my FM I got a call from the security guard at the mill and he told me that the craim was repaired and that I should head down to get unloaded.. So I called my FM back and told him that the crain was operational and I was heading down to get unloaded. I was back on the road by 4:30 P.M. heading to pick up my next load. I arrived at the plant a little past 7:00 PM. Dropped my empty trailer and headed over to the shipping office to get my BOL and find my Pre-Loaded trailer. Found the trailer hooked up and secured the tarp and got back on the road by 9:00 P.M. I'm currently sitting at a rest stop on I79 42 miles from I90 I did the split sleeper option so I'm sitting here for three hours then I'll continue on and get back to Syracuse and make my scheduled delivery time and then close out the week. Next week it will be back to my regular run.

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