Profile For Randall G.

Randall G.'s Info

  • Location:
    Daleville, AL

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

  • Social Link:
    Randall G. On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    5 months ago

Randall G.'s Bio

Just south Alabama country boy trying to make it in this big world. Single father of 12 year old daughter since birth and she is my everything. I am very social and never meet a stranger. Love people and try to see the good in everyone. (Try) love to go camping on the lake,bonfires,beach,4 wheeling, sitting outside under stars,cold beer,and just being free. And apparently I have a knack for truckingšŸ˜€.

Page 1 of 2

Next Page
Go To Page:    

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

View Topic:

Passed CDL exam today

Sorry I haven't been back on here. Trying to finalize the sell of my business and get everything organized before I leave for orientation. Thank you all so very darn much. As of this moment I plan to sign with Werner. My options for 5 more days are open, and after that I'm locking in. I want stability and when I sign on with someone I will make sure I'm there a year at least. I open for suggestions and this is Tuesday and I will keep check on this in evenings daily now up till then. Idc if it's flatbed,reefer,or dry van. Just a career. Experienced drivers, tall to me. Wish all of you the very best and drive safe. Love this brotherhood and sisterhood we all have.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

View Topic:

Passed CDL exam today

So my test date got pushed back a week due to one of the 3 offices being closed last week. Tested today,and of course I'm sure like many others have been, I was nervous. But i was confident in my abilities to handle the tractor and trailer. Still the nerves from my previous downshifting problems were in back of my mind although I had listened to many of you on here guide me thru it and had mastered it. Well I'm a very outgoing and social person so I immediately hit it off with examiner and we began. I used zero pullups on either one of the 3 skill sets and alley docked on first try. He got in and said he had not seen that done that fast in his 2 years at this location. (Confidence boost). We hit the road and came to an area where I had right turn to make that had a light pole on right side and a turn lane and straight lane that was also going to be in my path. Light changed but traffic was so bad the turn lane never emptied forcing me to sit thru another cycle. Had to have that lane clear to make turn. Was afraid he would be upset. Said I had to wait and he said "You did right thing". Next cycle made the turn and proceeded on to finish. Then came a right turn down hill with 2 islands on each side from 4 lane to 2 lane. Can't hit curbs or swing into my left lane or fail. Grab 6 gear and oncoming traffic is clear in turn so I proceed to cross yellow line and stretch it to far side of road before turning and it went great. Examiner said to me" textbook move most fail right here ". In the end i missed one year and quickly grabbed other one. His words " Mr. Graham, congratulations sir, you have passed with flying colors and I have never seen a more comfortable driver test out and do that well". Well response was, " WELL sir, I was nervous as heck and I'm glad it's over". He said you never showed signs of it by talking about your daughter and asking me about family. You looked calm and comfortable. My response was kept my mind off the driving and just let it be natural to me, but I assure you I was nervous. It was just casual conversation that kept me relaxed. So happy to finally join all you amazing people. Be safe friends and see you soon.

Posted:  3 months ago

View Topic:

Struggling double clutch downshift

I greatly appreciate all the input. I watched some videos and thought about what mistakes I made. #1 thing that stands out to me is that I can easily up shift ,and it hit me that I haven't realized that the speeds of the transmission is lower speeds than that of pick up truck. Meaning I can be 25 mph and in 5th gear where as a pick up its totally different and I also realized I haven't been double clutching like going up. I been trying to hold clutch and down shift. Gotta get my **** together. I know BETTER.. All of you are very much appreciated. Will update my progress by Monday as I school tomorrow and work Saturday then practice with buddy Sunday and test late next week. Be safe friends and truck on.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

View Topic:

Struggling double clutch downshift

Bruce K, I have nothing for the shifting. I have been blown away by the struggles I have downshifting only. Nothing else phases me. I drove my friends truck and trailer from outside lake city Florida last week to Bainbridge Ga,and he was impressed until I couldn't downshift properly. I'm so keen on being perfect,but here I am getting frustrated. Damn automatic looks better by the second. But,I'm no quitter,and will see to it that I get this. 20 people to one truck isn't exactly helping on yard.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

View Topic:

Struggling double clutch downshift

Driving the tractor, handling trailer, backing, etc has been zero problems as well as upshift. For some reason I can't get this downshift double clutch together . Now I missed many days of school from moving houses,new furniture being delivered, new storage sheds coming,and changing everything over etc. Also have been out on road once with friend that owns his truck and he said I can drive amazingly as no experience. Right up until I had to downshifting problem. I just can't get it figured out 3 times in truck total. Not grasping it for some reason. Help please. Test next week. Can't float on test. I just can't get a gear on downshift for ****.

Posted:  4 months ago

View Topic:

First load

Awesome job for first run. As someone else stated above, safely parked and nothing damaged or zero accidents, sounds darn good to me.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

View Topic:

Eye Candy

Some awesome pictures and very cool looking rides. Thanks for sharing.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

View Topic:

Tramadol

That is exactly the things I wanted to know. Years ago I was cut severely in right arm and was down over 8 weeks. Prescribed me loratabs and after taking the first one,I had someone call doctor and change that ****. It put me on cloud nine. I don't take pills and rarely have any issues. But last year I remember that tramadol helped my back but I was drowsy as hell and she told me it wouldn't make drowsy. I checked up on it after work and it clearly is a a med that makes you drowsy. So I still had this one left in a zip lock in my medicine cabinet. Saw it while packing. I'm trying to get out of here and rolling and I damn sure don't want to have anything holding me up. Flush that thing down the toilet. Motrin it is. Thanks for your input. 3 weeks away. Can't wait. Everyone drive safe.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

View Topic:

Tramadol

Been super busy working on new house and also packing and doing my landscape business. Somehow I have managed to pull a back muscle or something in lower right back. My sister gave me a tramadol last year in May for a similar back ache and it made me drowsy as hell at work. I have not taken dot physical yet or anything, so before I take it before bed tonight will that show up on a drug test or dot physical? Don't want to take any risks before possible Friday test.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

View Topic:

Mistakenly took one of my wife Adderall thinking it was one of my aspirants. Failed drug test.

There was already a suspicion in my opinion for you to get tested. "Just say No". Couldn't resist. Come on dude. Just like all of us agree. Look, your a liability not an asset when things like this happen. You are a risk on the roads risking lives of every day people. Not only if done in a personal vehicle,but now on a damn 80 thousand pound rocket at 64 miles an hour. My child,my parents, brother,sister or friends could be any of these victims. As well as any of us other and or family members. I agree with everyone else on here. That isn't a mistake. You made a choice. This line of work has clearly been defined to me about such substances and I for one would know exactly what the heck is going into my body before I took it. I'm not in such a rush to say give it to me before I check it out if I'm not sure of what the ramifications are. That being in any and all cases. I don't buy it either. Don't blame the company,but blame the insurance carriers. That is their right.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

View Topic:

Trucking truth reviews

New on this sight but wanted to take a minute to say what a wonderful place to gain knowledge,experience, advice, criticism and constructive criticism as well, a place where you can find many answers to your problems or just general questions,and a place to meet your fellow drivers that share the same passion. I truly see how this industry gets into your blood and makes it hard for those of us that really want to be the best,to be able just walk away from it. It is addicting. (LIKE A CRACK HEAD NEEDING CRACK). Of course I been waiting and contemplating over a year to do this and super glad I chose to do it. Meeting people that have the same passion and goals and hearing about their stories and all of the feedback is amazing. So for the ones that made this sight and the ones that run it,well done. You truly help not only is rookies,but everyone of us trying to get in or the veterans out there. Thank you all. 5 stars.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

View Topic:

Started school today

Turtle I definitely do know about the boating thing. I have a boat as well and when we go it is the same way everyone wanting to rush in. Old school I am just gonna go with the flow. Had my 2nd round in truck after lunch and again nailed it. Some of the drivers are having me coach them with their turning a bit. I've certainly enjoyed today and ready for tomorrow. I knew this was in my veins.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

View Topic:

Started school today

I'm at Southern States in South Alabama. I certainly don't know all there is to know,but yes the years of pulling trailers has its benefits no doubt. Kind of wish this was a little more organized though. Maybe the ones with experience grouped together and those struggling grouped with another trainer to explain it more to them. Can't complain though as the wheels are in motion.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

View Topic:

Started school today

Well started school today and this is different. Lot of standing around watching people struggle like crazy just straight line backing. Much less alley docking. Of course I'm just standing around watching. Finally I get my turn and I'm rather confident from my many years of pulling 16 to 24 foot trailers. I straight line back 3 consecutive times ,off set back twicd,and alley dock and nail all if it first time in. Get out and see jaws dropping. Instructor said that's how it's done. Got several asking questions to me now. It just comes natural to me. Those years of pulling lawn equipment paid off. Some of these guys been here over a month and still can't back. I'm not gonna be waiting my ass in line for them to get it figured out. I'm ready to roll.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

View Topic:

Any recommendations on Roehl?

Lee and Aubrey,sorry I haven't posted back. Lee, Sara was my recruiter as well and stayed in constant communication. Aubrey,I heard rumors that the pay wasn't told correctly and that was always back of my mind. Number 1 they should damn sure be upfront about how that works before getting people thousand miles from home. So the rumors on that weren't rumors,as you verified that as well. Not saying by any means they are a bad company, but saying in a week when it is 3 weeks is not exactly telling the truth now is it? This is why this forum is here for all of us to communicate and I enjoy it when I can get on here. None of us rookies know where we will end up,and we all have questions about various things. We just have to learn and move forward. Best of luck to you both.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

View Topic:

Starting Roehl CDL school on 2/11

Welcome aboard Lee. I too just last week was about to go up there to Roehl. I have my permit and was on the way to do their drug test and all when I was contacted from another carrier based 3 hours away from my home. Made me a little bit better offer once I got my CDL. So my situation was/is that I am self employed and if i were in Wisconsin at least they were paying me to school so being away from home I was still making money to pay the bills. So what I did was went to this school an hour from me and explained my situation about needing a cdl and work as well. They offered to work around my schedule so I can work 2 or 3 days and school 2 or 3 days. 10 hours on Saturday. So God was looking out for me and showed me the way. But I really like Roehl and their ways. I may wind up there one day. I also feel like this helped me out as I have a 11 year old daughter soon to be 12 and moving houses at the moment. So this gave me the extra time to get it together this month. Sure wish you the very best.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

View Topic:

Tractor Assignment........Finally!

Congrats sir

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

View Topic:

Any recommendations on Roehl?

Just as I was on the way to take my Dot physical and drug test I received a call from a trucking outfit 3 hours north of me and they offered me a better deal. Starting .43 cent a mile,flatbed, my daughter can get on as soon as my 3 weeks training is over and she won't have to wait 90 days or six months. Out 14 home 2 days. So instead of going way way north for training I contacted a school an hour away and they said they would work around my schedule so I can still work here 2 or 3 days a week and do school the other days and on Saturdays. So that opened up the door for me to do it here and also be able to complete my move into my other home before leaving. Thanks for sharing all those links. Will keep you guys and ladies postes.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

View Topic:

Any recommendations on Roehl?

Thanks for that red x info. As for as all the negative reviews I look at it this way. I have employed many people over 28 years and some lasted 7 to 10 years left and came back. Those guys were my best guys. They were taught my standards and they knew I expected it done professionally. We rarely ever had any issues as we had weekly morning meetings and I asked for everyones input just for feedback. That being said I also had just laborers who didn't ever get motivated, try to improve,complained about everyrhing,and wanted to cut corners,so they weren't even there for anything But a check. Of course they gave me bad reviews because I didn't advance them up to crew leaders or foreman and of course half the time they were no shows. You have to assert yourself first and show me something. But it's amazing that my 3 best men are living back here now and always call to see if I need extra help and always willing to help out. So when I look at reviews I use my personal experiences as well. You can't bounce from one job to the next and next and expect to move up. You have to start low and work up. From what I'm gathering here is that someone probably isn't asserting himself to do a better job. I have no problem with working to achieve my goals and I as a single father have to bust ass. Nobody has given me anything and I've earned what I have. Roeh may turn out not to be where I want to stay in the end,but I am hearing that it's a great place to start and assert yourself and you will move up. Thanks to all of you. Be safe out there friends.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

View Topic:

Any recommendations on Roehl?

First of all this menu button is in a horrible spot because I have done this **** twice now and hit it instead of submit. Really tired right now. I will re type my response at 5 am in morning over coffee and not when I'm trying to stay awake from working today. But I assure you all will want to tune in. Be safe on the roads my friends. GOD Bless.

Page 1 of 2

Next Page
Go To Page:    

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More