Profile For Joseph I.

Joseph I.'s Info

  • Location:
    Swaledale, IA

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 6 months ago

Joseph I.'s Bio

Farmed for 35 years, now rent farm out and got CDL for a new career. Have driven semis for 30 years only pulling grain trailers to and from farm to market. 2 kids 17 and 16 so still need to be home most nights at least until they are out of school. Company I work for is so far very good at getting me home with the truck at night and letting me get them going to school in morning some.

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Posted:  1 day, 8 hours ago

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Switching to Dry Van

Wind especially when light. I always am careful opening the first door to not be behind it when opening a sealed load and do not know how it was loaded. Stuff can be leaning against door and want to fall out on you.

Posted:  3 days, 21 hours ago

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Got rear ended. Liable Drivers Insurance not paying.

I do not understand what you want exactly. If you got paid for the truck and the trailer and any damaged load got taken care of the insurance should not cover what your contract would have paid you in the future. The insurance money should replace your truck and keep you going. If you are using this accident to try and get out of this business you are not going to have much luck with that and should not.

Posted:  5 days, 20 hours ago

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Please help? Need advice.

$800-$1000 a week is right in the ballpark weekly before taxes and medical. As for being local if you have been in warehousing for 15 years talk to the drivers that come to your facility. The job you are looking for may be coming into your place every week already. It never hurts having contacts in any job hunt. I went to a private school to get my CDL because I needed no help with driving, I already had many years of semi driving experience just no CDL and I had the job lined up beforehand. If that were not the case the private school would be the wrong way from what I understand. A major company will want to put you through their training anyway and guarantee you a job when successfully completed with no out of pocket cost and pay you for the trouble of training you.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Company holding me hostage

If you are truly being held hostage and you have crossed state lines you should call the FBI.😊

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Best starter company for the most otr travel?

Some companies will state no New York or no Northeast or no California and many will pay more for travel in those areas. But most all the majors will take you everywhere their are loads to pickup and deliver. Once you have been around a while you can request from your dispatcher to goto areas you would like to go. Good luck.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Is this something new or has it always been.

If he was using the window squeegee and water from by the pumps then it makes sense and you need to just relax and have some patience. If he was using his own cleaner fluid and towels then he should have moved ahead. In the long run that extra 10 minutes will not make enough difference in your life to get worked up about.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Local driving/Rookie/hours/LADY TRUCKER

I do not know where you are located but I see a lot of younger women drive gravel trucks in the Twin Cities area. It is steady work year round and really good pay. First thing is taking care of the kid or kids you can always go OTR later if you want but driving sump trucks once you have been with a company for a while and get some seniority can be a pretty good gig.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Pre-trip checklist

The website of the state you will be taking the test will have a downloadable study guide with the pre-trip. If you are at a truck stop in the area where they sell paper logs and other truck supplies the back of most paper logs have a pretty good pre trip checklist also.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Manual brush up training

Forget the restrictions, my question to you is do you have experience in a manual, 13 speed or other? If so it will come back easily.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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What Exactly Is A High Performer?????

I would say a high performing driver is one that will not be late for a pickup or delivery, unless weather or breakdown occur, when it is physically possible to be on time. That is not always possible. I have had 1:00pm drops and 11:00am drops the same day, that does not work. When you have those the good drivers will get on the phone if needed to line things up to keep moving. Also most but not all accidents, even the ones that are not your fault can easily be avoided without causing you any delay just by smart driving. Also getting to know the people at the places where you pickup and deliver is very helpful and will get you in and out of a place quicker at times and always more pleasantly.

Posted:  1 month ago

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5 th wheel position

Unless you are hauling light loads you will never get enough weight up front doing that and I will bet your single will turn circles inside what the tandem will do.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Crst orientation for new drivers who got there licenses from a school

Most companies will pay for orientation as you have been hired at least provisionally by that point.

Posted:  1 month ago

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No show when I gave notice

I would sure talk to more than 1 person there including your "fleet manager" before going down the "I am going to sue them" road. I would hate to guess how that will turn out but would not bet on it being great but probably costly.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Moving CDL to a new state!

I would not think where your CDL is from would matter to any carrier. So do not mess with trying to "fool" the DOT or your new employer. If they are not hiring from a certain area that mostly means they will not get you "home " there very easily as there is no manufacturing opportunities for them to get loads in and out. Florida is an area that has that problem as it is easy to find loads going there most times but very hard finding loads back out as the economy is more consumer than manufacturing driven.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Told company’s insurance company would not insure me because of age 70

Just thinking out loud is it because you are of an age for full medicare and they do not want to overlap with that. If so ask about rider to cover what it does not. I am only guessing with 0 knowledge.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Western Express L/O advice please

I will not bad mouth the lease program. If you read more into this site is geared more towards people starting and helping them out. Not a great amount of positive info on lease to own programs. From my background in farming lease programs are OK if you can find tax advantages but as far as buying your own truck I would save up and pay cash for a good used and have enough left in the bank for an overhaul to be safe. I believe an in-frame is getting into the $30-$40,000 range anymore.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Help with steps and dog breaking nails

Keeping nails trimmed short might help.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Steering wheel pull.

You should have taken it back right away if the steering wheel was not straight. You can still take it back and should soon.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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About trucking apps like DAT & DOFT

This will not be the right sight for that. I do know that until the load is accepted and in writing it can go to someone else at the drop of a hat. I an sure each service will have instructions on contacting or setting up and accepting loads. You should, if really interested in doing this, have already subscribed to some of these places to get an idea how they work and what kind of money is out there.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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13’6” clearance!!!

If bridge height is close I sure like to meet or follow a truck that went under ahead of me. If I am on my own and not positive I will slow down and check from the side of the road. The signs are not always correct as the road could be resurfaced or watch for snow buildup in the winter.

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