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    Tomball, TX

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    Experienced Driver

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    2 years, 1 month ago

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Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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I wouldn’t trade this job for the world...

Well have my first student and all is going well, been a while since a post, just really been hitting it hard, looking forward to this new chapter and really want to give back and pay it forward, I will be a good teacher and my guys will have confidence when they leave my truck, that is my ultimate goal

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Trucker Humor: Trucking Company Name Acronyms

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Yes, Anne. Some of those Acronyms you refrained from spelling out might be a little too naughty for some of our younger drivers🤣

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You LOVE playing the 'age card' on me, RD ~!!! Y!?!?!? LoL...

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Schneider: Since can’t have nuts eat instead Doritos every ride

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We do it like this: SNI

So Naughty Inside ~!! (could substitue NASTY, too.. I guess, haha!)

GN peeps..

~ anne ~

FFE, frequently exceeds expectations

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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What’s everyone’s 20?

No sir I am not, I’m in Lincoln quite often, would be nice someday to meet the men and women who got me through that hell year

Lincoln, Nebraska terminal for repairs since Sunday night for me.

Are you familiar with the GPS tracker function on here, Jakester?

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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What’s everyone’s 20?

Thank you all for getting me to this point, virtual trainers, would not be here with out ya all, finally made it home and kids just want to sleep in the truck, funny ****

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Is it normal to wait a while for a trainer?

Why do you don’t expect a company to know a trailer needs service, how about a company pre trip on the trailers, I run linehaul and no reason a terminal loading a trailer can’t pre trip it, a lot of wasted time could disappear, hooking up the other day and 2 trailer seals blown, that’s not something that’s easily overlooked, just load it and let the driver deal with it, responsibility should start with the company

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WE is good for experience not for making money.

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I found it good for both.

Most of us experience troubles like you did, but we learn how to deal with the issues. We don't expect the company to know things like which trailers need service. That's clearly the driver's responsibility to report those things. So, your problem came from your fellow drivers who speak worse of the company than you do. You can't lay blame on the company when the drivers are not taking care of what's clearly their responsibility.

As far as hearing from the CEO, I've never experienced that anywhere, nor would I ever expect to. We have driver managers who communicate with us, and the less communication you need is generally an indication that you are doing really well.

Of course we are thrilled that you are happy with your new gig, but we also know you could have done better at Western Express. It's tough. I can empathize with that. Our first trucking job is just tough on us. We like to see people figure it out and develop themselves into drivers that know how to deal with the issues.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Pearl Harbor

Dad in scohfield Barracks December 7 08:20 showering when His world changed

I'm bumping this thread back up to the top for Navypoppop's sake. I've been poking all around our site lately. There are so many pages here that we forget about some of the great stuff buried in here. Now, I've been hanging around here for a long time, and only a handful of you have been here long enough to remember our crusty old friend "Pappy." He was a unique individual and had a great sense of humor. He's gone now, but he's left a few great memories here. One of them is an article he wrote about his Paw Paw's experience at the Pearl Harbor attack.

Here is a link to it. I hope you'll read it. There's some great history in it and it's well done.

Paw Paw's Don't Need Medals

Posted:  5 months, 4 weeks ago

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Backing practice

Hey rob, how goes everything? I personally would call line haul and ya I don’t think so

Posted:  5 months, 4 weeks ago

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That Wyoming wind is terrifying!

Shut down last night in Rawlings, was gusting pretty damn bad, nothing in that box in worth your life, it’s our responsibility to make the call and do what’s best, Last 3 trips has been the same, running Chicago to Portland turnarounds and 80 in wyoming is always crapshoot, anything over 40 I will not do elk, not worth it, get the 511 app and listen to the notifications, wdot puts up any news, trust it completely, they know what there talking about, well 640 today and finally in Omaha going to bed, be safe all....

Been awhile since I posted here, been doing allot of covid loads from New York to California and back. And holy moley I never knew how windy it could get out west! On I-80 in Wyoming there was a “extreme rollover risk” advisory and 75mph wind gusts. I ended up getting caught in it and I never had a scarier moment trucking so far. I drove in it a bit driving pretty slow with my hazards on. I don’t get how some of these truckers are just flying down the road doing 70 mph in such wind. I passed 3 other semis that were rolled over in a ditch and then I just parked it on a off ramp for it to calm down. Definitely the most stressful day of driving I think I’ve ever had.

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

This is a great thread, keep em coming, good reading, all be safe out there, over and out

Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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New Article Now On TruckingTruth: Truckers And Guns

Anne A, ive been running so hard the last 2 months I just try to sleep, still with FFE and decided to just use common sense VRS carrying out here, I will be honest, this job is hard enough and I don’t understand how and company or anyone for that matter can tell a law abiding citizen that they can’t have the privilege to defend themselves if need be, and please I don’t need here about hammers and bug spray, the 2nd amendment has no articles saying truckers can’t live in peace, anyhow, I hope your all doing well and yes it’s been a while, I live live this job and thank TT for just about everything getting me going, I’m good at this job, I just miss my kids a lot and doing some hard thinking if it’s worth it or not, take care everyone and stay strong.

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Should I Make The Move To Trucking?

Nothing to give, turtle was straight on, good luck

The truth is Kj you can be whatever you want to be. But you have to be absolutely ready to commit to at least a year with whatever company hires you. Your record isn't all that bad. People with far worse backgrounds get hired every day.

Work hard. Show them what you've got. You can do it if you want it. Good luck!

Posted:  10 months ago

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New Article Now On TruckingTruth: Truckers And Guns

I know this is an old topic, like to know if you all still feel the same? This is a job and I’m leaning to do it better every day, won’t just leave my life to a company policy, got 4 littleones and a whole bunch of bills to be paid,!i do the rite thing work hard run hard, i in this **** going on would be a fool not to be be packing, not gonna be a victim and don’t really care about any damn law

Posted:  11 months ago

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More miles if I stay out longer?

Thanks guys, I M just tired that’s all, nice to have y’all to vent with , love y’all

Posted:  11 months ago

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More miles if I stay out longer?

I got that man, just trying to do the rite thing, loyalty is everything to me, this site, this job, I’m all in.

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but to get back to getting there trust and all that, I don’t think they I exists, I’m just a damn truck number rite, everything is qualcom , **** this communication you speak of doesn’t really make any sense to me, I’m a social person, I would love to actually talk and get to know people I work with, not in trucking I guess

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Jakester, first of all keep your cool. Don't get yourself riled up and start making wild assumptions.

When someone is new it's always frustrating. People who are highly successful will give new folks advice, and when they can't seem to make it happen right away they decide it must not be possible or someone must be lying to them. Don't make that mistake. You'll create misery for yourself and cost yourself a lot of money.

Old School has plenty of years as a top tier driver. He consistently gets top miles and makes top pay every single year. The information he's giving you is gold. He told you that having a great attitude and communication are keys to success and you start cussing and saying it doesn't make any sense. If you follow the advice of anyone who has been highly successful in life they will not tell you to start cussing and denying the advice of the people who have been there.

One of our moderators, Trucking With Kearsey (formerly known as Rainy) has fantastic relationships with the people she works with at Prime. She is very well-known there because she has always been a top performer and goes out of her way to get to know everyone. She makes that a priority in her life. Make it a priority in your life to get to know the people you work with and you'll find a way to make it happen.

The other type of communication that's critical is with regard to your availability. Keep dispatch updated continuously with everything that's going on. The more accurately you can give them information about when you'll be available for your next load, the better. Being on time or early for every single appointment goes hand in hand with communication. If they know that giving you an assignment is like money in the bank because you're always on time or early, they'll be far more comfortable planning ahead. Planning ahead, or pre-plans, are the key to turning big miles without staying out long. If they can keep you rolling, which they can and they will if they trust you, you'll turn big miles and get home more often.

I worked a regional fleet with U.S. Express and I was home every weekend for an average of about 36 - 48 hours. I would get home either Friday or Saturday, and leave out Sunday or Monday. I averaged 3,000 miles per week. They knew I was as reliable as any human being can be. If you give me an assignment, you can take that check to the bank. So they always had me pre-planned on loads, oftentimes several loads in advance.

It was not uncommon to get my entire week's plan on Monday morning all the way through Friday. Most of my loads were overnight, some were two-day loads. So I would get 3 or 4 loads per week, and sometimes they would stack em up at the start of the week for me. I can promise you less than 5% of OTR drivers get that sort of treatment. You have to be rock-solid, as dependable as the sunrise for a while before that will happen though. At least a few months of perfect on-time or early appointment times.

Posted:  11 months, 1 week ago

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Wilson Logistics CDL Training-Springfield, MO-May 2020

Spartan, you rock it brother and keep us posted, your gonna do great, enjoy it man, I know the whole training process is different from person to person, to me it was a great experience, after 9 weeks Otr with my trainer I can honestly say it was emotional to leave, became very goo friends, I guess it’s all attitude and you will get out of it what you put into it, good luck brother

Posted:  11 months, 1 week ago

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More miles if I stay out longer?

Thanks guys, you know, this company has done everything for me, just don’t want to let them down, thanks for all the advise I really appreciate it

Posted:  11 months, 1 week ago

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More miles if I stay out longer?

Hey man honestly I have heard all about this communication and relationship with dispatch, I have had none, zero, that’s why I was asking those questions, I’ve been out so damn long, when I upgraded no one introduced me to anyone in dispatch or any driver manager or anything for that matter, I just got a call met and old guy,(very nice guy) but he didn’t know much, here are your keys, get a mattress and wait, didn’t wait long, dispatched and no clue what to do, I liked that after the initial aggravation wore off, but to get back to getting there trust and all that, I don’t think they I exists, I’m just a damn truck number rite, everything is qualcom , **** this communication you speak of doesn’t really make any sense to me, I’m a social person, I would love to actually talk and get to know people I work with, not in trucking I guess, thank you old for all your input, I’ve been on this page and following you all since I made my mind up, no regrets.....

Jakester, honestly I don't think you can make that connection between staying out for months and getting great miles or long loads. Drivers create a relationship of trust with their dispatcher. That's accomplished by getting things done efficiently, safely, and without causing issues. I don't stay out for months at a time. I turn great miles and get great loads. Your buddies could do the same.

It's great that you're doing what you are, but it's not what's giving you success. You mentioned their attitudes. If that vibe is finding it's way to their dispatcher then that may very well be their biggest issue. It sounds like you're doing a great job. That's what establishes you and puts you in a position of being leaned on and trusted. They will trust you just as much if you decide you want to go home once a month.

When you are productive you will be trusted and given more responsibility. Productivity is the key. Being a slave to the road will cause lesser men than you to burn out. Don't fool yourself into thinking that's why you're getting great miles. You're getting those great loads because you are taking care of your business, and you are easy to work with. That's the golden formula.

Jakester, honestly I don't think you can make that connection between staying out for months and getting great miles or long loads. Drivers create a relationship of trust with their dispatcher. That's accomplished by getting things done efficiently, safely, and without causing issues. I don't stay out for months at a time. I turn great miles and get great loads. Your buddies could do the same.

It's great that you're doing what you are, but it's not what's giving you success. You mentioned their attitudes. If that vibe is finding it's way to their dispatcher then that may very well be their biggest issue. It sounds like you're doing a great job. That's what establishes you and puts you in a position of being leaned on and trusted. They will trust you just as much if you decide you want to go home once a month.

When you are productive you will be trusted and given more responsibility. Productivity is the key. Being a slave to the road will cause lesser men than you to burn out. Don't fool yourself into thinking that's why you're getting great miles. You're getting those great loads because you are taking care of your business, and you are easy to work with. That's the golden formula.

Posted:  11 months, 1 week ago

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More miles if I stay out longer?

Spartan so help me understand, what if I stay out to long? I got nowhere to go man, I sleep eat well and drive, I was terrified at this job day one solo, now I don’t check satellite photos of where I have to back into, I check the incoming, but I hope it’s hard, funny my trainer who is a great old time trucker told me, your a long haul driver, you won’t back up much, avoid truck stops other than fuel and a shower, I live by that, but with this virus thing my drop and hook terminal to terminal has found me backing up 3 or 4 times a day, and man I’m learning, doesn’t scare me anymore, I do what my guys and girls at dispatch ask me to do, key word, ask me, i would do anything for this company for what hey have done for me, ya I’m getting tired and may just find a place to chill for a few days, but for now, food needs to be delivered and I’m more than happy to be in the situation the do just that, take care.... I’ve said it before, I wouldn’t change this job for the world!!!!!

Posted:  11 months, 1 week ago

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More miles if I stay out longer?

Question for all you drivers, I’ve been out since I got my truck solo, about 4 months I think, pretty tired at the moment but I assume hat long, I’m all of a sudden getting these long runs, Seattle to Miami, Miami to to LA, I keep in touch with a few of my buddies from school and here not getting many miles, they request home time every 2 weeks or so and i guess my question is does dispatch really send he miles based on if you want to go see your family, it’s not an issue for me at this moment and I’d rather just run, they on the other hand are getting a bad attitude and I really want to tell them they need to stay out longer, I know what they are gonna say, we were told 2-3 weeks out, if you stay out I’m beginning to think that they give you more?

Posted:  11 months, 1 week ago

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Paid CDL - Automatic or manual transmissions.

Learn to shift on a manual, it will teach you about your engine.

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