Profile For Scott D.

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  • Location:
    Indianapolis, IN

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    Company Driver In Training

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    1 month, 3 weeks ago

Scott D.'s Bio

Fast cars, things that go bang, ect

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Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Per Diem

Company i start orientation for on money has 2 pay scales i can choose from. .39 a mile or .27 a mile and .12 per diam.

thought i read somewhere that per diam can no longer be claimed on taxes?

anyone have some thoughts on this?

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Struggling in my 3rd week of Swift driving academy

Upshift. about 1500rpms then clutch in about 2 inches. nuetral, then clutch 2 inches gear. down. let the truck slow to about 1k rpm. clutch in 2" then out when in nuetral. give the go pedal a flip to get rpms to 1300, clutch in 2 inches then gear.

when you go to 5th and know your going to 6th+ pre switch to high range. same for when in 6th and you know your going down.

if you push the clutch in farther then the 2- inch mark your getting into the clutch brake and that could be a some of your grindings.

it takes a couple days but you should easily have it by sat.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Moving Truck Question

Could still alley dock that. just dont go over 95 degrees

Posted:  1 month ago

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Susan

You will prob be getting a message soon from shawn just a heads up haha

Posted:  1 month ago

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Company vs Paying for your own Cdl

I chose to pay mine on my own. opens up many more companies and options. and no contracts. and most still have monthly tuition reimbursements.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Truck drivers may soon see "phantoms" driving yard trucks

And Skynet continues to become a reality xD

Posted:  1 month ago

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CDL Permit exam

The "written test" is the easiest part of the CDL imo. its the hands on part that will make or break you

Posted:  1 month ago

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Truck gear

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Ill expand on this a lil... say i get a truck with no factory Ant. whats a good one to grab?

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I'm no expert but unless you're getting an over powered radio you don't need anything fancy like those metal antennas. Those are for high wattage. I think the most important thing is that its height is as high as the truck to eliminate as much interference. I would just get a basic fire stick and the length of the whip determines on what truck you get.

A stock radio, with a stock antennae will work. You just might get only half a mile. I had my radio tuned and with the larger whip can pull in about 4 miles. That's all I want but you can always get bigger stronger systems.

i have a 102" whip in my garage that i ran on my ford ranger many many years ago.. made it look like a big RC car lmao

Posted:  1 month ago

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Truck gear

Ill expand on this a lil... say i get a truck with no factory Ant. whats a good one to grab?

Posted:  1 month ago

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Fifth wheel release tool

A lot of our drivers have this.

They are made by one of our drivers, all the drivers that bought them love since it is a hammer as well it cuts down on what you need to carry.

thanks for the link... totally grabbing one of these

Posted:  1 month ago

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Non-alcoholic beer

Some things... if you have to ask... you already know the answer is no

Posted:  1 month ago

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Truck gear

Cobra 29 and Blue Tiger.

the new school lcd stuffs or the old style?

Posted:  1 month ago

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Black Smoke Matters Leaders Calling It Quits?!?

There was one in Indy last month around I465. lots of trucks did it. indy didnt go commy and shut down things either. ISP straight said.. we have a left lane law, min MPH on 465 is 45mph. as long as they followed the law they let them be.

but what do i know... other then chicago is just run by idiots period anyway

Posted:  1 month ago

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Truck gear

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Looking for advise from yall. what CBs and Hands free devices are good/you like ect. gonna be needing to pick them up here before too long.

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Scott, if you're driving for Schneider, they don't allow hands free devices when you are driving. You can only use the phone when you are stopped or parked, hands free or not. I assume that applies to CB radio use also.

i was gonna.. but those 2 items and a few other issues i read up on about them turned me away. going West Side Transport

Posted:  1 month ago

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Truck gear

Looking for advise from yall. what CBs and Hands free devices are good/you like ect. gonna be needing to pick them up here before too long.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Backing and alley

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I cant find a way to PM on this site. is that a hidden option?

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No PM are allowed. It was taken off as an option more than a couple years back. Keep the conversation on here for everyone to learn from and discuss. The whole point of this website....

i just wanted the option to be able to hand out my # ect without well.... troll porn texts ect.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Backing and alley

I cant find a way to PM on this site. is that a hidden option?

Posted:  1 month ago

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Backing and alley

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Only habits im taking with me knowing how to shift i drive a 13 speed tri axle dump truck now i want to focus on what i need the most which is backing lol but im open to everything im not going in knowning it all

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You’re overthinking things a bit. You need to learn to back a trailer the way that McElroy wants it performed. Don’t worry about it now, and don’t go there with any bad habits you will need to un-learn. You’ll be fine!

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im reading this like you dont know how to back a trailer at all. if this is correct.. get a pickup truck and the longest bumper pull trailer you can find. set up a few obsticles with cones, stumps, dead bodies, empty beer cans ect. should give ya a basic feel for backing.. then you just have to make that bigger later on, but you will have the basics figured out

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Scott, don’t tell him that. I know you mean well, but you can’t simulate backing a 70’ rig with a pickup. I had pick ups and trailers for decades but I had to learn big boy backing from scratch. You cannot learn it from backing a pickup and trailer.

This was my experience. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

with how i do it yes... use same method from basics learned on other stuff.. same principle. at school everyone kept asking why i didnt do it the "book" way.. well i have a different way... used the same thing on big rigs and no issues yet. but iv yet to only see the range for semi.. the real deal starts the 29th.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Backing and alley

Only habits im taking with me knowing how to shift i drive a 13 speed tri axle dump truck now i want to focus on what i need the most which is backing lol but im open to everything im not going in knowning it all

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You’re overthinking things a bit. You need to learn to back a trailer the way that McElroy wants it performed. Don’t worry about it now, and don’t go there with any bad habits you will need to un-learn. You’ll be fine!

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im reading this like you dont know how to back a trailer at all. if this is correct.. get a pickup truck and the longest bumper pull trailer you can find. set up a few obsticles with cones, stumps, dead bodies, empty beer cans ect. should give ya a basic feel for backing.. then you just have to make that bigger later on, but you will have the basics figured out

Posted:  1 month ago

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Backing and alley

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Tips and tricks? practice and practice, add some more practice. backing skills is a time developed skill. i was lucky to start on tractors and equipment on the farm so i just have a natural knack for backing up after 20+ years of doing it. but in the last month it pushed my levels the first few days and i can put a 53' just about anywhere i want it. indiana doesnt require the alley for the cdl test.. but i was bored at school and told the instructers to challenge me. i got a narrow alley (think europe) then a 6 cone serpentine.

TLRD just practice.. im sure there is at least 50 videos on youtube

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Scott, farm boys seem to have an advantage in backing and maybe in trucking in general. I’ll never forget my brother-in-law back up a triple combination of hay wagon, square bailer and tractor up a 12’ wide timber ramp into the hay loft. He did it all summer with no G.O.A.L’s and no pull ups. He’d get in trouble now days without GOALing.

im good with just one swivel point lol.. no need to get that crazy now haha.

even still. iv yet to see what more of the real world has to offer as to backing up. just got to take them one step at a time as they come.

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