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    MI

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Posted:  2 months ago

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What A Crazy Wreck!

That'll buff right out.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Question about the DOT physical

The comment came across to me as "ill show them." I see this all the time OTR when drivers wont count 3 hrs in a walmart dock as part of their 10hr split. So tge druver loses 3 hours of driving and $$$ cause "they aint making me work more. I am getting ny full 10 regardless of how long i was in a dock" hurts driver pocket more.

Wrong. The comment I responded to specifically mentioned a 34 hour reset and off duty time and you acknowledged that in your response. Now I also said I didn't think the OP really cared about that and I explained why I think that.

What is concerning here though is what appears to be a belief on your part that conducting company business on off duty hours is acceptable because you save hours. I see this as log falsification.

I've taken DOT physicals on my own time but I paid for them and the company didn't tell me to take them. When the company tells me to do something I'm on duty...always.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Question about the DOT physical

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Who said anything about hurting the company? I think we can agree that the OP's off-duty time isn't a driving force here because if it were it would have been mentioned in the Original Post. What I'm saying is if your company tells you to do something you'd better be on-duty when you do it for liability reasons.

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I'm curious... what liability reasons?

If my company asks me to get a physical while on home time, I'll drive directly to the clinic to get the physical completed, then on with any other personal business I need to get done.

There's *No Way* I'm driving to the terminal to climb in a truck, sign in to the ELD to put myself 'on duty', then drive to the clinic to do the physical, then have to backtrack to the terminal again just to get in a truck to put myself back to 'off duty'....

All those extra steps sounds like extra liability to me?

What else will you do on your own time? Will you use your fuel card on your own time?

Posted:  2 months ago

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First solo trip

So this week I will be taking my first solo trip. Anxiety and nerves have been getting to me a bit I would appreciate all the tips and advice you all have. Thank you!

Number 1 is get out and look.

2 is send your paperwork to the company immediately, don't save it up and wait till the end of the week. I did that my first week solo, it didn't work out well.

3 is trip plan. Know what your destination looks like and how you enter and exit before you begin your trip.

4 is call your Trainer if you need advice.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Question about the DOT physical

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I know that truck driving is way different than any other job out there. I also know that I truly value my ‘home time’. I’m simply not interested in giving up any of my 34 hour reset to go to a pointless appointment when I’ve already satisfied the DOT requirements.

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They asked you to take the physical on your off duty time? Did they do this over the QC or by phone? Ask them to ask via the QC to do this. Then, put yourself on duty and go take the physical. After you're done with the physical start your 34 all over again.

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Yeah... cause this really hurts the company right? Using on duty time will only deduct time/miles and money from his pay.

Who said anything about hurting the company? I think we can agree that the OP's off-duty time isn't a driving force here because if it were it would have been mentioned in the Original Post. What I'm saying is if your company tells you to do something you'd better be on-duty when you do it for liability reasons.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Anxiety before training even starts

I'll start off by saying, my name is Chris. I've been a mechanic most of my life but decided that I want to go in a different direction and pursue trucking. I got my permit and offer of employment from a company in michigan. I've been a big guy my entire life and I'm really worried that my blood pressure will be an issue during my DOT physical. Has anyone else had this concern but still worked out in the end? Thank you.

Avoid caffeine. Exercise is good for you. Drink lots of water. Beet root capsules have helped me a lot. Make sure you get good sleep. If you end up taking blood pressure medication DO NOT take beet root.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Question about the DOT physical

I know that truck driving is way different than any other job out there. I also know that I truly value my ‘home time’. I’m simply not interested in giving up any of my 34 hour reset to go to a pointless appointment when I’ve already satisfied the DOT requirements.

They asked you to take the physical on your off duty time? Did they do this over the QC or by phone? Ask them to ask via the QC to do this. Then, put yourself on duty and go take the physical. After you're done with the physical start your 34 all over again.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Requesting some rookie advice please - team driving

Jon, since you're already enrolled at roadmaster I'd stay there if I were you and apply with other companies. Maybe the school can help you with that. The worst case scenario is you end up taking the open team driving offer with Werner, it's not like you'd have to do it forever. Take what you can get right now.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Non DOT drivers put on the Road

Including myself, my company has 2 actual drivers who are DOT certified and have to take random drug tests. I have been called every month for 4 months. Meanwhile my company is putting other employees on the road that are not DOT, what can I do?

I may be wrong and if I am please correct me but it sounds to me that by DOT certified you're talking about the med card. If that's what you mean and you're a non-CDL driver then the fact you take DOT physicals has very little to do with your employers drug testing policy.

If I were you I'd stop worrying about everyone else and just focus on your job.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Just a funny trucking picture to brighten your day

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Advanced backing training during month 4 of TNT?

This is a good example of why a driver should G.O.A.L. Those stantions, poles, boulders, walls, and bollards are hard to see, especially after dark.

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Can somebody explain how that could happen? Was it during backing? I can’t figure it out.

The only way I see that happening is if the truck was moving forward and turning right. At some point those passenger side tandems had to be up on that curb.

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