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    MI

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    1 year, 7 months ago

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Posted:  4 months ago

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Backing does not just “click”

I have heard it a thousand times it will just click thats a flat out lie i have tried and tried i am barely on the acceptable range for backing and nothing jas clicked and yet i keep hearing that if it clicks then why hasnt it? It tales me about 10 to 15 minites to back and get it just right in a dock nothing has clicked and made it seem easier its hit or miss and it has driven me to near insanity and yes i know some truckers have been doing this for years and still havent perfected backing it cant be done but I should be able to do better than this

It's not hit or miss, you're doing something wrong. I've been there and I know what you're talking about...in fact I've been there recently :)

Here's the thing about backing, if you're actually going backwards and the back is still in doubt then you screwed up, the back is all about the set up. Watch the trailer angle and make sure the tractor doesn't need too much correction. Ideally a sight-side back should need nothing but some left on the wheel to put the trailer in the hole unless it's a 90 and even then you give it a little bit of right just to get the trailer turning.

The second mistake is the pull up. 15 minutes? You're pulling up wrong. Don't cut your steers one way or the other, keep them straight, that gives you options on both sides when when you're trying to correct to get in the hole. And take all the room you have.

Backing takes a lot of practice.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Lost dedicated route

Dedicated route is being downsized. Do I have to accept going back to national account where I make less money and home time or can I draw unemployment?

Do you have a contract? Some dedicated drivers do. If you don't have a contract and they offer you work but you turn the work down then you can't draw unemployment. And this is just my 2 cents but this might not be the time to turn paying work down.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Air Leakage Tests

Hi truckers,

I am currently studying for my CDL permit, and I am having trouble differentiating between the Applied Leakage Test and the Static Leakage Test, with regards to the maximum air loss rate. Both tests require a fully-charged air system, before the engine is turned off. and take one minute. Is the only real difference that the static test is without any braking measures, allowing the air to escape on its own, while the applied test requires the driver to press and hold the service brake during the 1 minute test?

I keep missing the practice test questions, and it is frustrating because sometimes the correct answer is 2 psi/minute and sometimes it is 3psi/minute for a single vehicle. Is the "Brake Off or Brake On" the important wording in these questions?

Thanks in advance for your input,

Ryann

IIRC the 2 psi drop applies to single vehicles and the 3 psi drop applies to combination vehicles.

Posted:  4 months ago

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First solo week. I did NOT anticipate the amount of stress!

DFW is not truck friendly so if you made it there in your first week you'll be fine.

Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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Training With Pam Transportation Started on 10/21/2019.

Things can change rather quickly Hobo. Here is Victor’s latest update:

Glad to see things are going well for him. However, the reason I ask was his stated confusion as to why PAM rescinded his job offer. I knew guys who had their offers pulled, 3 in CDL school, 1 had his pulled during his training phase and one actually had his pulled during orientation. They all knew why the offer was pulled although not all of them wished to disclose the reason. I was curious as to why the company pulled offers and I asked my FM when I had a face to face with him. I don't know Victor or his circumstances so I won't engage in conjecture here but I think it's important for people reading this in the future who may be considering PAM that they don't usually pull offers for no reason and they will tell you why the offer was pulled.

Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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Rookie who can’t stand otr training

Naj R, I don't know your situation and I guess you gotta do what you gotta do but just be aware these licenses can go stale so if you don't get another Group A job within a certain amount of time it may be very difficult to get one at all. The vast majority of people I went through school with and/or went to orientation with either quit or were fired before they had two months on the job and the people I've kept in touch with tell me that after 3 months out of a truck staleness becomes an issue and after 6 months just about everyone they talk to, even the mega-carriers, consider their license to be stale. This is a problem because someone with no experience isn't really an attractive potential hire for many companies so 3 months may sound like a long time to not be able to find a gig but it's really not, unless you're willing to go into training for OTR with an different carrier which puts you right back where you are now.

Posted:  8 months, 4 weeks ago

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Training With Pam Transportation Started on 10/21/2019.

Little update. Its 10:15am in Pennsylvania and I called yesterday around 3 their time. Im calling him now at 10:17am

Why did PAM pull the job offer?

Posted:  9 months ago

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Finally got my CDL, deciding between 3 companies all drivers seem to hate. Please help :(

I wouldn't pay much attention to the online griping, there's a lot of negative things posted online about the company I drive for and almost none of it is true, not even close to true. Happy productive people don't generally spend their time online complaining.

Why would you like to stay local? What are you hoping to get out of the job? If you could make your own dream driving job what would it be like? You may be looking in the wrong places.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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License downgrade

I might donate to a go fund me to keep moochoo poochoo knee deep in milk-bones...but you're on your own on that $14.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Diluted urinalysis test

You've got nothing to worry about. I was sent for a test right after I came out of the bathroom. I couldn't fill the cup and I had to sit in the waiting room...being watched the whole time...drinking 16 ounce bottles of water for over an hour until I felt ready to go. I peed clear, no yellow at all, and I passed. I think you'll be fine.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Leaving For School On Midnight May 4th

Doug, has CRST contacted you for payment yet? I think the debt is the issue here. I've never seen a non-compete be binding on someone in your situation but unfortunately it doesn't have to be, CRST can still be a large PITA. Take care of the debt and your other problems go away. I wouldn't waste one dime on talking to a lawyer about the non-compete but if CRST tries to hit you up for anything close to $7,000 it might be worth your while to talk to a lawyer then and see about negotiating that figure down just a wee bit and by a wee bit I mean about 40-50%

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Waiting patiently, hoping for advice.

ALL of the suspensions are due to the accident where I was on 2's.

From what you've said it seems like they were due to you not completing traffic school. On 1/19/18 how did you find out you were driving with a suspended license?

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Tough local backing for a newbie

How many times did you GOAL Rainy?

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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What really irritates you?

Drivers taking their 30 minute break at the fuel island.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Any schools left that train on manual transmission?

Did you look at C1 in Ft. Worth? I know as of this April they were still training with manual transmissions.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Does “American Truck Driving School” Drug Test?

I didn't attend American Truck Driving School but I read online that they train students for a couple of mega carriers so you might want to play it safe and assume you'll be tested.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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DOT physical and prior use of prescription medication

Clem, just stop. You are looking to get away with something. You're fishing for someone to tell you it's ok to lie because it's convenient for you. You have a history of depression, if asked that question the answer is 'yes' whether you like it or not.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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DOT physical and prior use of prescription medication

Don't lie. About anything.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Cannabis Testing, Swift, NYC Ban on Cannabis Testing

I am wondering how trucking companies get away with discrimination for those who use prescribed medications? My qualification for Swift was just reversed since I explained to the recruiter that I used marijuana under Doctor's advice for just a few days.

How dumb do you think people are? Let me guess what really happened. You've been smoking for years including during your last driving job, you knew you had to have an explanation for it for Swift so you went to the weed doc to get a script hoping that would cover up your years of toking up. Did you go with glaucoma or back pain?

Yeah, uh huh. You didn't ask for it, the "doctor" made you do it.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Why does this offer come now?

There's no harm in at least talking with him about it. If you love trucking that's one thing but feeling you have to stick with it could potentially limit you.

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