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    Upper Marlboro, MD

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Posted:  2 months ago

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Thinking of jumping ship from current carrier.

I wouldn't recommend going solo while remaining OTR with England.

When I was still OTR ( 2 years ago) team trucks where paid 40 cpm. Solos were 29cpm.

My recommendation would be to apply to a dedicated fleet near your place of residence, especially if they have a solo fleet there most of the dedicated fleets only ask for 3 to 6 months experience.

Also, I can guarantee your under contract. If you leave now, you will receive a bill.

If you are having DM problems, seek out your DMs boss and work from there. Assuming you have your ducks in a row you.

I've been with England for 2.5 years. Been solo all but 4 months of that on a dedicated account.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Trucker Expenses have to pay ?

Neat. Thanks bill.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Trucker Expenses have to pay ?

At Prime i pay for my chains, load locks and and trailer padlock. if i left i could take them or sell them. they are mine

i have paid maybe 3 or 4 times in 5 years for parts such as light bulb, mud flap, fuel cap. not only do they reimbirse for the parts but then pay for for installing them.

Scale tickets i pay for in advance and get reimbursed if i need the actual ticket for a customer. otherwise i use the phone app for the CAT scale and pay nothing.

sometimes i pay for parking $15 or a shower at a location of my choosing. but those are my choices.... i love the soaking tubs at Little America truck stop but rarely fuel there so i do not always have shower credits. Sometimes i get a hotel room.. or grab an uber to see sights or dine, shop.

covid really is annoying me cause i am enjoying the road less.

I also use the phone app for scales, I have noted it says a printed ticket will be available at the fuel desk for 1hr. I've never bothered because I don't ever really need a physical copy and part of the reason I use the app is to not have to find somewhere to park and walk inside ( I usually drive almost exclusively at night). Have you tried that? Kinda curious.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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General trucking career questions

Oh forgot one more thing.. How or why would any big or small company let you drive their tractor back to your "home" if let's say u still gotta drive another 200-300 miles or more (after dropping the load ) to get from the closest Terminal back "home" ???

1. Are they really gonna let u use their truck and " their" Diesel fuel to just get back home? Does driver have to pay or reimburse the company some $$ ? ohh and put alot extra Mileage on their rig... carrying no load meaning no moneymaking for company , right?

2. And again.. Liability.. with their Truck.. if yur officially off-duty and offclock ... what if have breakdown or worse accident on way back to get "home" ? then what?

3. Or does company just cover Driver anytime if yur driving it ? Is driver just Always covered by company insurance and all gas and oil used is paid for by the company ??

Is the gas, oil, and wear tear on Truck really so little minor for major truck company - they will cover it ? since (maybe) if they want care bout their Driver's rest and chance to go "home" regular like?? thxxx

Typically they will get you a load passing by where you live. You park the truck in a nearby truckstop for a few days while still loaded. Enjoy your time off. When it's time to go back to work you finish the load and get back to making that$$. Running empty is called Deadheading and you'd be surprised how much of it you do sometimes.

Even if taking the truck home (assuming you have a place to put it) that will be considered driving on duty time.

I for example have no where to put a truck at home. The nearest truckstop is 25$ a day at the T/A in Jessup MD. However I am on a dedicated account with a terminal about 90 miles from my residence. So I just park the truck at the terminal and commute the 90 miles home. I go home once a week. Still less miles on my personal vehicle then if I worked a normal job 20-30 mins from home.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

On a lighter note...

Greetings from Jonestown PA.

Lovely day to take in the rural “fresh farm” air, sitting as the technicians replace my sick Qualcomm and all the hardware.

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I haven’t harped on this for a while; but I lived the point about not relying only on technology. Tuesday my Location Transmitter went-out mid trip. Had to run paper logs because the location software could not find me. Remember location is recorded each time duty status is changed. Although I knew where I was going because of familiarity with the territory, I maintained the course using memory. This is proof that trip planning is a must and route direction backups are necessary in the likely event of a hardware or software problem.

We drive the trailer using a 6-wheeled rolling computer.

Peace.

I had a similar experience last year.. ran for a week like that. After 8 days they dispatched me on yet another trip and I refused the assignment because i had been on paper logs for 8 days. They finally decided to fix it then.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Trucker Expenses have to pay ?

What all are the expenses or Outofpocket money truck driver has to shell out ... I assume you all have pay for your own food eats while working nite/day trucking, right ? But how's it work who pays for things like :: 1. huge loads gas or fillups ? 2. tolls or wgh station fees ? 3. if State cop stops ya cites you a speeding tix or some code truck violation ? who's responsible driver or company ?? who pays ? 4. Vehicle or driver insurance ? or Liability insurance?.. like do i have to tell my personal car insurance that I got a CDL-A now not just classD, and semitruck driver now ? Are they gonna up up increase my personal car ins or is it totally separate thing? 5. If truck or driver has accident minor or major ? What happens? Does driver have to pay company back maybe at least their ons. deductible, like maybe $2-3000 . Or does company have big ins and cover it all and just warn driver, if wasn't really his fault? 6. anything else Drivers have to pay cash $$ outoftheir own pockets ? 7. Do most company refund reimburse driver expenses later ? Maybe only the best ones do that ?

Quite a few questions. Ill do my best to answer these.

1. Company issues you a fuel card

2. Company issues truck "EZ" pass transponder. Certain tolls that the transponder doesn't cover but are required are reimbursed in full. Unauthorized tolls are your problem. I'm guessing you mean Scales. Fuel card pays for those, if the scale doesnt accept the fuel card you can always pay out of pocket and be reimbursed with a receipt.

3. You. Don't speed.

4. No. The company handles that. Most of the big ones are self insured.

5. Depends on each individual situation and the drivers history. Usually if it's your first booboo and not to damaging you get a slap on the wrist and possibly a training video. This also depends on your attitude post accident. Not sure about payroll deductions post accident.

6. It varies but, in 2.5 years I think I've paid out of pocket once for a spring for the air lines and was promptly reimbursed with receipt.

7. Yes.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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FMCSA: Long-awaited final HOS revisions announced

The Agency will modify the sleeper-berth exception to allow drivers to split their required 10 hours off duty into two periods: an 8/2 split, or a 7/3 split—

”with neither period counting against the driver’s 14 hour driving window.”

someone tell me is I got his right please. In regards to the neither period counting against the 14

I drive 1 hour and take a 3 hour break in sleeper.

Then I drive 8 hours and then take a 30 minute break.

Then I drive 1.5 hours. I've done a 14 hour day and now take an 8 hour break in sleeper.

After my 8 hours in the sleeper will I get back 3 hours? Thank you

3 hrs? No.

If I'm reading your example correctly you would have

1hr drive time 4hrs on your 14 After 7 hrs in the sleeper.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Went Left When I Had to Go Right

Wow I bet you needed a new pair of pants when you finally got where you wanted to be! Haha

No matter how prepared you are there are always curve balls thrown at you.

One thing I learned the hard way is to always attempt to use Google Street view to familiarize yourself with the shipper/receiver during trip planning. GPS has a tendency to get you into this bind.. or the classic problem of being given the address for the car entrance and the truck entrance is half a mile away around the corner.

Learn new things everyday.

Glad you made it out of this situation unscathed.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Prime Flatbed; Springfield, Missouri; Spring 2020

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Are you not logging pre/post trips? Your drive time and on duty time should never realisticly be the same unless your not logging pre/post trips or fuel stops as on duty time.

Other then that one question you seem to be getting along great. Thank you for the interesting read so far and keep up the great work!

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Good point.

With team running we are generally doing pre- trips and post- trips at the beginning and end of the day. But to be honest we aren't really doing diligent pretrips and post- trips. I do more inspection of the truck when we stop and I'm logged off- duty per my trainer's instructions. I don't think I seen my trainer open the hood once. And we are not focusing on making sure they are part of our on- duty time.

While I'm not your trainer, I'd advise against not logging things properly. Yes it eats some of your 70 to do it correctly but otherwise you're risking tickets/violation for "log falsification" when the DOT eventually finds out, and they will find out sooner or later.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Prime Flatbed; Springfield, Missouri; Spring 2020

Are you not logging pre/post trips? Your drive time and on duty time should never realisticly be the same unless your not logging pre/post trips or fuel stops as on duty time.

Other then that one question you seem to be getting along great. Thank you for the interesting read so far and keep up the great work!

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Starting Schneider Orientation

Started my career over 2 years ago at England. Still here. Still accident free. Making great money and home every weekend. Oh yea.. and I'm Solo.

Training is what you make of it. Sure the trainer you get is random. Doesn't mean your stuck with a bad one. If something doesn't click speak up, you only hinder yourself by not speaking up. They want you to succeed.

Don't believe the terminal rats. These companies didn't get to be as big as they are and around as long as they have been by screwing over their top performing drivers.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Port TWIC CDL Jobs

I don't mind starting from ground zero. My first year goal is something over 50K. I'm excited to see the gross pay numbers you all posted. I understand that you're probably busting your butts to do that well. I'm too new to know if that means you've got great driver managers or dispatchers behind your success, or you've managed to stay out of traffic jams. I'd ask what constitutes 'skill' in the job, but it's probably too many things to list.

I'm currently looking at paid training options in addition to two driving schools in the Atlanta area. This site (and forum) have been very useful. With the COVID slowdown, do you think it's likely that LTL shippers or big companies will offer "free" training? I'm going to make some calls on Monday.

Great driver managers / dispatchers aren't the reason for their success. Those drivers have proven time and again that they are productive, flexible and get the job done correctly everytime. They have earned the dispatchers trust. In trucking it almost always boils back down to you. You are the reason you are successful or not.

As for LTL companies providing free training right now? I doubt it.

From all accounts I've seen LTL is one of the freight types that's struggling right now. Pay cuts and furloughs.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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The myth of having to go OTR!

Green horn here. I'm 5 months into my driving career. I'm both lucky and unlucky to have landed a local gig. Hear me out, please. I've been a heavy equipment operator for 5 years. I moved states for the same career, and my company was stoked to learn that I got my CDL before I moved. After I showed them I could operate, in our downtime they put me with a trainer for a few weeks. High blood pressure whilst training, but a really great teacher! Fast forward to today, I'm driving a lowboy! -Pulling oversized and 90k-132k permitted loads. It's great! I absolutely love it!! I get my experience, I go home every night, and I'm put in some really dumb situations. (Backing skills are SO necessary!!) Go, new guy, right?! Well, for one, my job title isn't driver, it's operator. So, that's my priority. On rain days or when they send everyone home, I still get to haul, so I'm very grateful for that! However, 5 months in I have maybe 3-4000 miles under my belt. It's going to take me so much longer to get my experience this way! Also, I'm beginning to learn that (after window shopping a couple regional jobs) they require OTR experience. **In my opinion, once I get my miles (30 years later at this rate), driving these loads local is helping me more than cruising down Sesame Street at 63mph and 79,000lbs. I'm constantly in tight spaces, having to back in off roads, playing the block traffic game so I have enough room to make that right turn... I know this experience is helping me more, but heavy haul isn't the only thing I want in my future. Say I'm 5 years in and I find a sweet regional gig... Will I have enough miles under my belt to be considered experienced? Will they even look at me because I never went OTR?

Experience isn't just handling the truck in tight places or going down "seasme street"

A successful experienced driver knows how to properly trip plan, manage their HOS, manage their sleep schedule (flipping from days to nights and back as needed) and get the job done every time safe and on time.

You may learn to drive the wheels off that truck and not hit anything, but did you learn all the other things you need to be a successful regional/OTR driver?

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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When did WalMart start flatbed?

I'm not a driver yet so I could be wrong but I believe those just followed Turtle over from Prime...

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Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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When did WalMart start flatbed?

If I had to guess, maybe some of the garden center products?

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Parking does anyone else care?

I just grab my pillow and sleep the other way on the mattress that night.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Take your time and do it right

Another note why do yard dogs leave them so high? Seems every drop and hook they have them sky high. They have to crank that many more times too a bit easier for them to do but why? Anyone know?

Yard dogs don't touch the landing gear.

Possible explanations include,

previous driver cranked it too high when dropping.

Or my favorite, the uneven yard. How many drop yards have you been in that are completely level and flat the whole way through? How many are just dirt lots? I tend to find more of the latter.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Trailer brake

3 times in the past 2 years I've gotten a trailer that were found to have no working trailer brakes. I found this out during pre trip by slowly taking off in 2nd and than gently pulling on the trailer brake. So how would I catch that major issue without it? Thus far I've never had a truck without one.

Correct me if I'm wrong here.

In order for the service brakes to not be working on the trailer they would have to be so far out of adjustment that the shoes no longer make contact when applied.

Right?

And part of a proper and through pretrip involves checking the adjustment of your slack adjusters?

Right?

So.. the answer to your question would be... Doing a proper and through pretrip.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Crete idling

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I'm with CR England, not Crete however we have a "no idle" policy.

Our trucks do NOT have APUs and will shut off after a few mins UNLESS it is OVER 73 degrees or UNDER 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

Therefore in the summer we idle, in the winter we have the bunk heater. Only in the spring/fall does it really suck when it's not quite hot enough to idle but still uncomfortably warm in the truck.

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When it is 73 outside, it probably 90 inside, even hotter in the top bunk.

Most definitely.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Why do you need a CB?

My trainer and I have been driving the east coast mostly and we have barely heard anything on the cb. I was wondering if anyone used them still and how that would work with the hands free laws. Can some please?

I never leave the east coast and I hear chatter literally every day, no matter what time I'm running. Some days its quiet other days the radio almost never shuts up lol.

Is your trainer using the built in cb antenna? They usually don't work as well range wise as an external one. Especially in a cascadia.

As for hand free laws? Have yet to hear of a trucker being ticketed for using a cb.

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