Profile For Chris L

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  • Location:
    Gouverneur, NY

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    6 months, 3 weeks ago

Chris L's Bio

Retired Military 23 Years on Active duty, Former School bus driver, Currently a Rookie Solo Driver for Gypsum Express LTD which is based out of Baldwinsville, NY Regional haul Eastern Seaboard, and Central region.

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Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Freezpak, Clifton NJ

G-Town I've skimmed through your post I plan to give it a good look over this weekend. I already have my load assignment for Monday and I'll be headed back into the Lions Den so to speak I'm delivering to USTC in Edison and then probably a back haul of Coffee from RPM.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Freezpak, Clifton NJ

Update I'm currently sitting at the TA in Columbia, NJ it took so long getting me unloaded that I only had time to get to Secaucus drop my empty trailer and pick up the loaded one and get up the road before I ran out of hours. I sat a Freezpak from 11:40 to 2:30 because there was a descripency on what the vendor thought was ordered and what I brought down. What I had in the box matched the BOL so I was good. But the vendor wouldn't release me till he reconsolided the descripency with the supplier. So another missed Friday night with the wife! This will cost me big time! Flowers and a Pedi aren't going to cut it this time..... lol

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Freezpak, Clifton NJ

It's been a while since I have posted to TT. I've been keeping busy. Well anyway I currently getting unloaded at the Freezpak warehouse in Clifton which is located on Delawanna Ave. Has anyone had the pleasure of driving to this place? And tried to go east on Delawanna Ave? Yaha ya can't get to the place that way!!! The railroad bridge is 12'9" so you have to go in the opposite end of the Street and that's also deceiving because it's a residential section and Freezpak is located down the street. Well I went in from the western end of the Street and got hung up big time instead of staying on the Delawanna Ave I went up a side street and that's where the nightmare began!!! It took me about Twenty-five minutes to get my self out of that mess driving down streets I shouldn't be. There is a landscape business at the end of this one street and the guys working there were helpful giving me directions to un-f@#k myself they told me driver's get stuck up there all the time. When I finally got over to Freezpak the drivers told me that happens all the time. The Irony is I did my planning and did my recon with Google maps ( I like using the Arial view) and I checked my Atlas this particular bridge is not listed at all. I had both my Garmin and Qualcomm GPS running and Ms Qualcomm sent me down the wrong side of the road. My Garmin sent me the right way but I thought it had screwed up because it had me turn down and drive through a residential section to get to Freezpak warehouse. Oh and my Company didn't have any directions for me either I think I'm the first driver to come here. Now I'm waiting for them to finish unloading me so I can get over to Secaucus to do a drop and hook and get home.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Going from a school bus driver to a tractor trailer driver

Rob R wrote:

I’ve been a school bus driver, in upstate New York, for several years. Now I’m thinking of getting my CDL-A. If I attend a company sponsored training program, will the training be any shorter/easier since I already have a CDL-B?

Thanx,

Bob

The one habbit I've found difficult to break was transitioning from Push - Pull steering to plaming the wheel to steer especially when I would make a turn or when I back up spinning the wheel fast enough when I need my tractor to chase the trailer. I'm either too slow or too fast.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Tough local backing for a newbie

So this was my challenge yesterday I was at the RPM Warehouse in Edison NJ picking up coffee. Normally I load on the other side of the building but there was construction going on on that side so they sent me to the other side. The door was second to the end and there wasn't much room to pull up and get the trailer close to the slot. So I had to pull forward and down the back road and get as close to the Orange trailer then basically do a jack knife to get the trailer to kick right into the slot all the while making sure I didn't hit the gate or the curbs. Of course all the traffic is also coming in that way because the other entrance was closed do to the construction. One thing I learned is New Jersey drivers are not very courtious especially Dump truck drivers. 0162994001561815956.jpg0524368001561816139.jpg0688599001561816204.jpg

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Delayed for the dreaded quality control

Well I did get a new assignment I currently have a load of Bud that I have to deliver to Deptford, NJ tomorrow morning. I'm currently shut down at the PA Turnpike rest stop just passed the Allentown exit. I'm about 60 miles away so I'll get up early and beat the Philly morning traffic and get into New Jersey as quick as I can. Only problem I have now is my AC unit for my bunk is crapping out I'll have to have maintenance check it out when I get back home tomorrow.

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Delayed for the dreaded quality control

So yesterday I head up to AB to pick up a load of beer headed for Hatfield PA. I get the trailer hooked up and head down to the scale get there and they (The AB guys) that the load has been flagged for QC. So I have to take it back to the lot and drop the trailer. I drop the trailer and head to the warehouse and talk to the shift manager basically there is a problem with some of the labeling on the bottles so the trailer has to be unloaded and sorted out he wasn't sure when that was going to to happen. Loading of trailers heading out have priority. So I checked again this morning at 05:30 A.M. the load is still flagged! Now I'm waiting on my FM to decide if I'm going to wait for this load or get reassigned. I know what the QC problem is that there was 22 Pallets of Non Latrobe brewed Rolling Rock Beer on the back and Pennsylvania is having none of that......lol

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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My progress so far week Six solo

Allot of good suggestions I'm heading in later this afternoon for an assignment / load my Tractor is having it's quarterly service done so when I pick it up I'll ask the mechanic for some spare glad hand seals. As for pulling over on the highway as they say lesson learned I was more focused on possibly getting another HOS violation so I took the chance on the side of the road. I'm still in my 90 day probation period so I'm leary of not staying within the regulations. I talked with my trainer about the situation and he recommended that the next time I get into a situation like that is to continue to drive till I can get to a safe haven which I will do next time.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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My progress so far week Six solo

I take a thirty in the last half hour I’m at a shipper or consignee. This gives me 8 hours to get wherever. If your leaving someplace and 30 minutes later sitting in traffic sweating your 30 you got to get with the program. If you got loaded with 2 hours left on your clock in a big city location then you need to pray they got someplace onsite for you to take a ten. But wouldn’t it be nice if you could switch all that on duty loading to sleeper and take a 6 or 7

It's not so much of losing drive time it's the HOS that's getting me. When I get to either the shipper or consignee I put myself in a a "On Duty status " either loading or unloading once I finish checking in I go on break and save my driving hours. Of course the drive clock stops but the HOS continues to run. So if I don't get a door right away and sit waiting when ever I get started back up again. What ever clock has the shortest amount of time left then that is what I get. In both situations I still had and hour and a half of driving time but my HOS was less. So that was the time I had to work with.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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My progress so far week Six solo

It's been a while since I did and update on my progress. Well I just completed my 6th week of solo driving it's been educational to say the least. So far I've had two HOS violations the first one happened as I was pulling into a truck stop in McGraw, NY just as I pulled in my clock hit zero and Ms. Qualcomm started to scream at me while I was looking for a parking space. A quick message to the safety department explaining the situation resulted no further action or retraining. The second time I was two miles from the yard. I had just dropped off a load of cardboard at West Rock paper in Solvay, NY I had 35 minutes left enough time to drop, fill out paperwork and Hook up an empty trailer to bring back to the yard easy enough but as I was hooking up the empty trailer I couldn't get the Emergency supply line to stop leaking I connected and disconnected the gladhand four times before I found the sweet spot. I lost about 5 minutes of my time so now I have about 20 minutes to get to the yard long story short I got cought in slow traffic and ran out of time 2 miles short of the yard got to the yard and dropped the empty trailer I was about 15 minutes over. So another message to Safety explaining the situation and again nothing came of it. In situations like that it's good to have GPS on the trucks since it shows the actual position of the truck when you go into violation that I wasn't trying to BS them with my location. The very next day I almost got another situation where I almost went into HOS violation again I was back in New Jersey and got caught in a late afternoon traffic jam I lost about 45 minutes of time in the bumper to bumper traffic. I finally made it past the weight station on the north bound lane I just pulled over on the side of the highway and shut down. I wasn't going to have another HOS violation on two consecutive days. So park I did figured a ticket was better than getting another HOS violation. There were a couple of other drivers pulled over so I figured safety in numbers. As soon as my 10 hours was up I'd get back on the road I got lucky and I was not bothered. In both cases I still had ample driving time but getting delayed at either shipper or consignee burns up HOS. I swear every minute of real time is equal to 5:00 minutes of HOS time..., lolrofl-3.gifrofl-3.gif. I'm still working on time management this past week I had to pull into a open lot next to a Family Dollar in Preston, West Virginia after I had picked up a load of Charcoal from the Kingsford plant up the road. I actually got a call from my Manager because I went "Out of Route" heading to the Kingsford plant but that's another story for another time. The Irony is the load of Charcoal I just picked up was going to the Family Dollar DC at Rome, NY. So I figured if the Family Dollar manager gave me any grief I'd just tell him I had his charcoal in the back.., lol rofl-2.gif other than these couple of incidents it's been a good time I always try to learn something new every day.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Roadcheck 2019 in effect this week

I had to pull in at the Prebel, NY rest area traveling on I81 North on Tuesday but was waived through DOT was inspecting allot of Box trucks. Then today I went through the weigh station on I380 South and on I80 just passed the Delware Water Gap on the New Jersey side I was waived through both check points.

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Terminated by Schneider

Please forgive my ignorance but if Christian had all those safety events can the company list them on the DAC? A reportable incident would have to meet specific criteria like loss of lol life, property damage, or the vehicle. Swerving or a hard break or any other critical safety event that doesn't meet the criteria would still get reported?

Posted:  2 months ago

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My Morning challenge!

0287487001558010124.jpg This was my first challenge this morning. I'm currently in Williamsport, PA getting newsprint rolls off loaded. Basically I had to back at an angle to the blind side with a 53' on the back with a line of trees and a telephone pole on my left and Darrell's and another loading dock on the right. I pulled up and got myself set up as best I could. I jumped out my GOAL started out by getting the back end towards the building back to the dock and jumped out to check and I was still too far over to the driver's side. Pulled up and adjusted and backed it in right where they wanted it. It's amazing how you can have a big challenge that initially freaks you out. Then you take a breath settle down and think about what you have to do an make a plan. Of course also take your time slow and smooth.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Trailer parking break out when parked not at a door

NeeklODN wrote:

If we aren't meant to use both when parking, then why do they both pop when you pull the tractor brake? Seems pretty obvious to me. I can only speak for the trucks I've driven.

From what I've seen from the videos posted the driver will hold the trailer parking break down with their thumb and pull the tractor break. Some are real ******y about it talking like they are the smartest truckers out on the road. That's why I referred to them as "Super Truckers" in my initial post.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Trailer parking break out when parked not at a door

Chris M wrote:

I never pull the trailer brake when I park. And I'm not a "super trucker" to use your words.

Exactly how do you think the tractor brakes would all fail at the same time, causing the truck to "careen down the hill in to a home filled with widows and orphans"? When your brakes are set, it is a mechanical brake. You would need each of the 4 springs (1 on each set of wheels) to break, before the truck would start rolling.

Also, did you know that in wintertime, truck drivers are encouraged to not set the trailer brakes, due to the brakes freezing? Why would it be OK in the snow and ice, but not OK at other times?

Chris I was not trying to offend you or anyone so my apologies for the "Super Truckers" Comment as for the comment about the tanker careening in to a house full of widows and orphans is just a bit of humor. I'm just bringing up a topic for discussion. I've have and always will use every available safety device that's available to me. You are right a secenario where the mechanical break and fail is highly unlikely but then again Air planes are not supposed to crash but sometimes they do.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Trailer parking break out when parked not at a door

Rick Said Wrote

Both ALWAYS.

When you are parked for awhile - the air will eventually bleed down, the brake (trailer air supply) will pop anyways. The "emergency line", provides pressure to the spring brakes - releasing the shoes from the drums.

While one would HOPE the spring brakes on the tractor only would keep the entire rig from moving, why would anyone want to take that risk?

Likewise - I wouldn't just pop the trailer and leave the tractor pushed in while parking.

I was always taught you pop both, and leave the tractor in gear (for manual trans - and obviously with the engine off), and the rig isn't going anywhere.

Rick

Rick I totally agree with you I always pull both! When I first started driving a school bus I forgot to pull out the parking break and the bus started to roll back. Scared the hell out of me. From then on I always check at least three times I've pulled the parking breaks before I get out of the tractor.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Trailer parking break out when parked not at a door

Ok so there is a social media video platform called Tic-Toc some may have heard of it some maybe not... Well anyway some truckers on that forum have been posting videos showing that the trailer parking break should not be engaged when you are parked (Not at a door or unloading) because it says on the button "Not for Parking"! So they (Super Truckers) say only pull the tractor parking break. The way I Interpret it is don't use the trailer parking break alone I.E. pull the trailer break leave the tractor in. In the military just about every system has a safety redundecy so two safety systems are better than one. If you pull both breaks when parked if the wildest scenario happens and your tractor parking break fails the trailer break should hold or slow the movement of a out of control tractor! Hey that would make a great start to a disaster movie. A tanker truck filled with hazardous materials parked on a steep hill the brakes fail and the tanker careens down the hill in to a home filled with widows and orphans. So what does the TT community think both parking breaks pulled when parked or just the tractor? Discuss!

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Snapped Tandem Handle

Pack-Rat wrote

The handle broke into separate pieces, or the pin disconnected at the linkage, and it fell out? I’ve never seen a rod or handle break.

The part that snapped was the steel connecting rod that goes between the handle and the rod that rotates and pulls the pins back so the tandems can slide.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Snapped Tandem Handle

So I'm currently waiting at AB to swap out trailers for the load I'm picking up. The first trailer I hooked up to that was loaded when I went to pull the Tandem handle to release the pins the damm handle broke off and I fell on my ass.... A major loss of cool points! The Irony I was in the middle of my Pre-Trip when it happened. Better here in the yard than on the road. Hopefully the trailer swap will be quick so I can get on the road.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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First week of Solo finished with Flubs and all - and there were allot of Flubs! Part II

Part II: Thursday Morning up and early I headed out with another trailer full of sparkling water beverage to a distributor in Nottingham, Maryland. I made it down to the distributor with about an hour left on my 8 hour clock it took about two hours to unload so I had 3:55 left on my clock and I had to get to Elkton, Virginia for my next assignment So I planned my route out and the easy way to get from Nottingham to Elkton was to get on 95 south and go till I hit 66 West then 81 south to the exit I needed to get off for Elkton! pretty easy Right?

So I plug the address into the GPS and head out every thing is going ok till I get to the interchange for 95 and 695 there is two signs for 95 one says 95 to New York and DC the other says 95 South express way So I'm like good I'll take that route since I did not see any signs that prohibited trucks on that section of the expressway I would take that. But of course the Qualcomm started to tell me I need to make a U-Turn so I missed the turn on the expressway.

So now I' driving down this three lane road and Qualcomm is telling me to make a U-Turn well I listened to it and Guess what you can't make a U-Turn with a 53 foot trailer on a four lane road with a median in the middle of it! It took me about 15 Minutes to unscrew my self from that disaster once again I got lucky it was mid afternoon and traffic was light I finally got onto 695 look which got me to 70 which I followed out of Baltimore to Frederick then the Qualcomm had me take US 340 South and run the back roads meanwhile my clock is running out I finally get back to 81 and finally make it to the Pilot at exit 291 with 33 minutes left on my clock. Since I took the back roads and burned up my time I had to call my Fleet Manager and tell him I would not be able to pick up and would have to pick up in the morning. he was cool with it and would reschedule my delivery appointment.

So Yesterday Morning I left the truck stop at 5:00 A.M. sharp and headed down 81 to Harrisonburg where I had to exit to get to Elkton once again I was confused and I got off at the wrong exit and I had to find another place to turn around this time it was a shopping plaza on the left side of the road so as I made a left hand turn I'm looking at my trailer and it's super close to the median / curb I'm like I can't catch a break I got by that and into the plaza parking lot and then back onto the road in the correct direction towards the Miller - Coors plan in Elkton. I get there with no additional problems and I go to drop off my empty trailer and then pick up the full on I'm taking back to Syracuse.

As I go down the assigned row of empty trailers I find the row I'm supposed to drop on and the spot for the trailer. The space was the third spot from the end where the pavement ended and it was on my right side It would have been to tight to try a blindside back so I did what my trainer advised me to do when you can always make a U-Turn and do a see-side back. So I did just that I had to back up a bit because I was about 5 feet away from the parked trailers on my right and I need to be closer as I made my turn I back up and the pull forward to start making my turn as I made the turn I looked out and I see my trailer has lined up with the slot I have to back into WIN FOR ME!!! so and easy back into the slot with a couple of adjustments and it's off to pick up my loaded trailer.

I secured the load, scaled out under weight on all the axles and it was off to Syracuse. The week was long and I learned allot. The week was long and exhausting but I did learn a couple of takeaways from the week One: Get a better GPS and also consult my Road Atlas and Directions and do better planning. Also I'm going to make myself a departure checklist so I will remember things like sliding the Tandems forward after I'm finished unloading, and of course better time management. Next week begins soon I can't wait to see what challenges I encounter!

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