Profile For Bre The Newbie

Bre The Newbie 's Info

  • Location:
    CA

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    8 months, 2 weeks ago

Bre The Newbie 's Bio

After all the hardwork, tears, restless nights and grinding gears, i can officially join the ranks of all my fellow truck drivers. Thank God i have been upgraded to rookie solo. I am ready to begin this new chapter of my life.

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Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Update

Congrats Cece! I hope you some how some way you can get a trainer sooner than that. Also I agree with Pacific Pearl. Try going to your local truck stop and watching the drivers maneuver and set up for backing. Also if you know anybody who had a truck that can let you practice driving and backing that would be great. I am happy that you made it through. I cant wait to hear about your adventures in trucking!

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Well, here I go again...

Congratulations and safe travels!

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Passed my CDL test!

Congratulations! Whatever company you decide to go to I wish you nothing but the best and safe travels.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Females attracted to trucking (news story)

I must disagree with you, Bre! I have transported loads of really useful things in my trailers over the past few years. Useful items I could really see myself using: Zero-turn mowers, John Deere UTV's, Tractor Supply loads, literally tons of pet food, racks of clothing, sporting gear, canning jars, guns, and even two loads of ammo.

I could have become highly attached to those needful things.

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Since you put it that way yeah there are quite a few loads I could have got attached to lol..Thanks for the laugh!

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Females attracted to trucking (news story)

Thanks for sharing. It's nice to see more and more drivers in general joining this field. Before truck driving, I was a trained emt, then I did non emergency transport, and after I worked as a driver for a senior nursing facility. I got attached to alot of patients, and seen alot of them die and that took a toll on me.With trucking you cant get attached to freight and I happy that I made this decision. Hopefully more and more people(male and female) would get inspired to drive trucks.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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PRIME INC TNT Student in need of new trainer...

I hope everything works out for you. I'm not at prime but I can tell you my time with my mentor was tough. I got through it the best I can. At this point you really need proof to back up what your saying. I'm sorry your having a hard time. Try to stick it out if you can and if not dont be discouraged, find a way to keep rollin. This may or may not help but when my mentor was being difficult I just did my job and gave him the silent treatment unless we absolutely had to communicate about something other than that i was quiet, no small talk or nothing, and finally he changed his ways. Again I wish you the best and be careful.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Applying to Swift, Question

Hey George..I completely agree with G-Town be Honest and Do Not Lie. The question ask "If YOU ever used an Illegal Substance? If you have I would still disclose it. I had a lady that was in the academy with me at swift tell them about her substance use years ago after she had back surgery. She was still allowed to stay but she left on her own to find another training program. Dont be discouraged but be honest. Please dont rely on a recruiters word. They are there to recruit. There are decent ones who will be honest and upfront and some not so much. I wish you the best and good luck.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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You and the equipment... Don't be that guy!

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I got frustrated when I had to pick up a trailer from an after hours drop yard that was dropped low( I assume and i could be wrong but the driver used airbag dump and lowered thelanding gear just a little that's why it was so low)..It was not fun trying to crank up a loaded trailer..41000lbs meat load in Nebraska..in order to back under it

I too call in trailer repairs..also I did not know that upon pickup of a preloaded trailer at a customer because I run reefer..if it is not running properly..im not suppose accept the load or move the trailer..just little things I learn each day.

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That's common Bre...every week I deal with this at least once...

You could have reversed the same process by dumping your air bag suspension, locking your differential (so in essence you have all the drive-wheels working for you, thus spreading the torque) and creeping under the front lip of the trailer with the 5th-wheel blades. Once under, reintroduce the air into the suspension bags before engaging the kingpin, enabling the truck to-do the heavy lifting for you. At the very least reduces some of the cranking.

By the way... "major kudos" on checking the height BEFORE attempting to get under it. If you were to "skewer" the front of the trailer. it's an easily avoided preventable...

Great job!

Thanks G-Town! That is awesome Information to know. I actually wrote that down in my notebook. Unfortunately I have a 2020 freightliner cascadia, in which I have the differential lock but no button for air bag dump, so it's always going to be a struggle for me. Thanks Again !

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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You and the equipment... Don't be that guy!

I got frustrated when I had to pick up a trailer from an after hours drop yard that was dropped low( I assume and i could be wrong but the driver used airbag dump and lowered thelanding gear just a little that's why it was so low)..It was not fun trying to crank up a loaded trailer..41000lbs meat load in Nebraska..in order to back under it

I too call in trailer repairs..also I did not know that upon pickup of a preloaded trailer at a customer because I run reefer..if it is not running properly..im not suppose accept the load or move the trailer..just little things I learn each day.

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Serious Backing Skills Needed Here

Bre says:

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I am truely amazed..and to think I had a rookie breakdown moment having to do a drop off in Downtown LA where i had to blind side back off a two lane street into a receiver with two small docks that dipped underground. This is why I love this Forum. When I think things are bad I can always come here for an attitude adjustment, just by looking at what you guys go through on daily basis. This is the reality of Trucking. Thanks for Sharing!

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It just takes time and you'll look back at some of the places you stressed about and think "what the heck, that place looks easy!" Backing takes quite a while to master and even then there are days you'll struggle. As long as you get it in without hitting anything it's a success. Not to get off topic too much, but how are you enjoying and adjusting to the OTR lifestyle?if I'm not mistaken you're about 3 months solo right?

Thanks for the advice and thanks for asking. Yes I am actually 4 months solo now. Im adjusting quite well. Definitely was among those that thought I would be making about $100,000 my first year(just exaggerating lol) but that's not the reality of it. Especially being a citizen of the great state of California who just loves to tax the people for any and everything, its crucial that I run good miles each week in order to live comfortably. No complaints though. I enjoy what I do.

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Serious Backing Skills Needed Here

I am truely amazed..and to think I had a rookie breakdown moment having to do a drop off in Downtown LA where i had to blind side back off a two lane street into a receiver with two small docks that dipped underground. This is why I love this Forum. When I think things are bad I can always come here for an attitude adjustment, just by looking at what you guys go through on daily basis. This is the reality of Trucking. Thanks for Sharing!

Posted:  1 month ago

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Damn deers...

Well this just happened to me on the 8th. I wish the deer that decided to run out on the highway in my case just hit the side of my truck. Glad your ok!

Posted:  1 month ago

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Who's going swift

Congrats on going to Swift. I graduated from Fontana and been solo for about 3 months now. You would love the Utah Terminal. In fact I love that terminal better than the HQ in Phoenix. I wish you all the best and I cant wait to hear about your progress.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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(News Item) - Largest ELD Provider CRASHES - Forcing Drivers Onto Paper Logs - Driver's for Swift and Schneider are just some of the drivers affected.

I am a Swift Driver and this is happening to me right now. A bit frustrating but they are working as fast as they can to get it back working properly.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Toughest day on the road?

Bre, are you doing Dollar Store or similar account as a new driver?

No accounts. Im just Reefer OTR.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Toughest day on the road?

Thanks bre. Did you have to wait long in the yard? Or did they get it done quickly?

Yeah i had to wait a long time Only because the load was delivered late (not my fault customer requested monday delivery and i was dispatched on the load wednesday) and the dock worker took his time on "lunch". Once he got to it he unloaded me super quick.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Toughest day on the road?

I know i have many more days to come since im a brand new solo driver, my toughest day would have to be my first day out. I had a 3 stop live unloads, with my final stop being in South San Francisco. The general area of the location where i delivered too was not 53ft trailer friendly. After having to maneuver my way into the parking lot, the dock was really small so i had to dock my trailer at 90° angle and after i was done i had to back into the street because there was no place for me to turn around. I was sweating bullets all day.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Drivers who speed up when you Pass

I dont understand the logic behind that either. When i see i have trucks behind me, i either slow down a little and turn my flashers in hopes of letting them know its ok to pass or pull into a turnout and let traffic pass. I try to be as courteous as possible. Ive only been out solo for 3 months and i see this alot. Im just not the one to speed up if a truck is trying to pass.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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My tightest backing yet

Great Job! Let me say if that were me because im still fairly new and lack confidence in my backing skills..i wouldnt be able to do it by myself. It amazes me seeing you guys and how you guys maneuver to get backed into places. I hope i get as good as you guys one day.

Posted:  4 months ago

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How long before I am asigned a mentor at Swift?

I finished orientation at Jurupa last week, and have been waiting for a mentor since last Friday. Does it usually take this long? The only request that I made was for non-smoker. I know there are many variables.

I went through the academy and orientation of out jurupa valley in may and It took me about a week to get a mentor. Keep checking with driver qualifications and also if possible answer a phone number you may not recognize. My mentor called me directly. Best of luck to you.

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