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Posted:  1 day, 8 hours ago

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Two Days With No Load

I was at detroit yesterday looking for a load and one of my brokers told me explicitly not to go any further east or face loads that don't pay anything.

First timei spoke with him that he sounded totally serious and it kind of scared me back to be honest.

Hope things get better.

Posted:  2 days, 9 hours ago

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Tight TA Lot

Love the fudruckers there, lol.

Posted:  3 days, 22 hours ago

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I really need advice about my future

Sometimes mistakes happen in bunches. You just have to push through and have no regrets.

Speeding ticket is bad. Real bad.

As far as the tug test, when i do mine I pull hard and i don't stop until I begin to drag the trailer tires.

Keep your head up and watch your speed.

Posted:  5 days, 8 hours ago

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Under-21 interstate drivers getting serious look by FMCSA

Just plain hilarious.

This will benefit nobody but the mega carriers. Small fleets could never afford the insurance to hire an 18 yr old.

Why does military experience matter? Just more rationalizing a bad idea.

There isn't a shortage of truck drivers, there's a shortage of truck drivers willing to drive for slave wages.

Posted:  6 days, 7 hours ago

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Oakley Transport

I believe Oakley are all o/O's. You need your own truck and authority.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Trying to make sense of this

I don't know who you talked to but making 80k+ running 4.5k miles with consistent freight is about as good as it gets. I wish i was making that, lol.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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A walk on the ‘Darkside’ - working for a small company

I'm a one truck, one trailer o/o, so the downturn hasn't hit me quite as hard. I just have to find one decent trip here and there.

I talked to a driver at the shipper and he runs for a fleet of 10 and they bought all new trucks last year but they're all sitting and still running the old trucks because they don't think it's worth it putting the miles on the new trucks with the current rates.

Anyways, I think you're in a great position because you're more exposed to being an o/o than a company driver without incurring risk. I wish I had that opportunity but i went out there full throttle . Stay safe out there.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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A walk on the ‘Darkside’ - working for a small company

Does your company have dedicated customers or are you running the spot market? If you are doing spot, have you heard anything from them about how bad the rates are right now, or if it's getting better? Tia.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Buying truck... flat bedders advise

What year is it?

I bought my 2015 volvo with 400k for 60k. That price for a cascadia sounds a little high especially now since the market is flooded with trucks.

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Prime PSD training, from a trainer's perspective.

Turtle, I trained for over a year with a mega (Not prime). Well, first of all let me congratulate you for taking that step. Not everyone wants to be a trainer.

Don't get too attached to your students. I literally got one student after another so fast that i could barely remember their names. Literally, I just threw them the keys on day one and said follow the GPS and wake me up when you get off the highway and went to sleep.

Now you may think that this is the wrong way to train, but my students were put through grueling exercises backing and making common sense decisions and most of them became very good drivers.

The first student was the worst for me simply because I had nothing to compare it to. I thought he was doing well, but now looking back he needed a lot more help.

There will also be a point where your student will not get along with you. Happens with every student about 5/6th if the way enough training. Just keep a level head and expect it to happen.

You'll figure it out and by your 3rd it 4th student you'll have got the hang of it. :)

Posted:  1 month ago

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First week...are all companies schedules this tight?

Call your FM and ask if there is a window of time to drop it in. Sometimes they put inaccurate information (sometimes on purpose) for the driver.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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HOS changes coming

Well, I guess i did. :)

But next time I need to build a bridge in the middle of a cornfield, I'll let you know. :)

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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HOS changes coming

So you want truck drivers to ***** and complain to people that have no business being in charge of trucking? Never held a cdl, never been inside a truck, never moved freight, and frankly can't do anything right.

Thanks, but it's not worth the effort to breath in, form my mouth in such a way sound can be heard, and breath out.

The only thing government understands is dollar and cents. They'll only understand complaints from big corporations that are affected not from truck drivers.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Truck stop minor accident

Stuff like that happens all the time. Most likely something like this won't even meet their insurance deductible.

It will most likely get reported to dac if your carrier chooses to do so. I doubt any points will get put anywhere since nothing was reported.

I had someone put a huge gash on my front fender. It only costs 1k to fix and they just slapped bondo on it.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Applying with a suspension on record

You can always ask. The worst thing they can do is say no. Then ask them what they're looking for. Good luck.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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OO/LO vs. Company Driver

Mark,

There is no secret formula for being successful in trucking. What works for one person may not work for another.

The spot market that o/o's deal with is very fragile and goes up and down. You can take a load one week for $2k, and the next week the same load pays $1500 and the week after that it may not be available.

The main thing is if you're happy at what you are doing, keep doing it because the grass isn't always greener on the other side.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Actual Annual Lease Op Numbers

He's probably going to pay hardly anything in federal taxes, maybe a little to state if he's in a taxable state. He'll probably get his gross down close to 0 with all the deductions and the per diem.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Question: Did You Need Your Social Security Card to get hired?

I'm assuming it is to fill out the tax forms. I remember they accept documentation from several columns but I'm not sure what they are. I always used my passport even though it's expired.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Printing logs

I don't have a garmin, but on mine I would have to email them to myself, and print it out that way. Or you can try calling them.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Extra money from carrying a passenger?? O/O

I would be surprised if you find any regulations. I know that at a mega carrier of you bring a passenger you have to pay for insurance for them, so maybe ask your insurance if there's anything you should consider.

Also, you could always train for a mega. You would have to play by their rules and i wouldn't train in my own truck personally. The money is pretty good. But I know where you're coming from.

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