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Posted:  4 days, 15 hours ago

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ADHD Medication

It's not the trucking companies per say.

It's a Hard no from Gov. You will not get a DOT Medcard

What medications disqualify a CMV driver?

Why is ADHD medication frowned upon? I know people can be addicted to the stimulant, but millions of people are on this medication, including children. If it is prescribed, monitored by a doctor, and only a 30 day supply is given, why wont a trucking company hire? The medications, such as Adderall and Vyvanse is a stimulant, not a narcotic, that works to calm the mind down and to allow focusing. Do they realize how many people are driving that probably need help with this very thing? So people that are on anti depressants or on high blood pressure meds, that make you tired, is that ok? ugh, very frustrating! any suggestions or situations similar? Never had a problem finding a driving job before, now it seems to be an issue. And I noticed that applications are asking if you have ever done any drug EVER in your lifetime. Getting extremely strict for an industry that supposedly needs drivers.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Swift Approved Clinics

Concentra urgent care. Though, confirm with recruiter

I’m going to start going to Phoenix Truck Driving School in Albuquerque soon and wondering what swift approved clinics are in Albuquerque?

Posted:  1 month ago

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Bullitt's New Journey

This just happened today. My 1 year Anniversary. I will, for now, continue to drive Buses. My plan is in early 2023 to go Class A.

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Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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The stupidity of some drivers

Here ya go. This happened locally a few years ago. This is by two Terminals, Bekin's Van lines and Venezia Bulk Transport.

Copy and Paste https://www.facebook.com/426067170753963/videos/1101637529863587

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Special needs dad going into trucking

Welcome to TT:

Wow, you sound like me a few years ago. I came from a similar situation. I have a teen ASD daughter. I, Also, was the primary caregiver for 10 years. Before that, I was in Accounts Payable for a North American Distributor of Postal Equipment and Software support Company.

Anne is right about what worked in my situation. I applied at Swift Transportation and was accepted in their training program. I had letters from my daughter's support teachers, Girl Scout Troop leader, and volunteer work.

Unfortunately, I was not able to attend Swift's academy because COVID. This is when schools were on and off about in person and online learning. I did get my CDL B last year and have been driving Buses. Though, I plan go after my A in 2023.

Anne: Thank you for the links. I will certainly read through them this weekend. Yes, I’ve got plenty of doctors, therapists, and educators that could provide references for me. Plus, community members and personal references. I will look into getting them gathered and notarized. I have never claimed any type of SSDI benefit for my son as yet though.

Bob: Thanks, I’ll get to work gathering references.

Laura: Thanks for the detailed reply and I’m sorry for your loss. You made me feel a lot better about getting over this barrier coming from someone that has faced this themself. Appreciate it.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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trucking and prescription ADHD medication

You might want to look at Strattera as an alternative.

Hello , I’m curious as to primes and other trucking companies look on ADHD medicine and what ones maybe disqualified from use.

I used to be on prescription Vyvanse for a good portion of my life however I’m no longer taking it and it isn’t currently on my current med cert however it did help me in the past and I was curious about if it’s possible to get back on it I know it is an amphetamine but I just want a cut and dry answer from someone who has been in my situation with mental health prescription drugs and trucking . I also take 2 other medications which I know are ok with prime I’m just waiting on some current drs notes in order to be approved by prime but if I’m able to truck with my full potential I feel it would be beneficial to be put back on my Vyvanse. Thanks 8&1/2

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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My Journey Continues - The Latest Gig

Navy... True color doesn't really matter. Though, I was trying to hint at a certain local company HKgroup.com (G-town and I are from same area) that been running Green Livery Macks since the 60s.

It really doesn't matter what color the truck is as long as it's a Mack! Just my personal preference in trucks from days long ago. I Started in an A40, then progressed to B61, F600 and so many R models I can't count them all. I received a plaque from Mack Trucks years ago for 1 million miles driven in a Mack. That made me feel proud.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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My Journey Continues - The Latest Gig

HaHa..

Growing up with those Haines and Kibblehouse r-series Macks driving around makes a boy dream of becoming a Trucker :)

…and the sound.

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There's just something about the color green and Macks that go well together. :)

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Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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My Journey Continues - The Latest Gig

There's just something about the color green and Macks that go well together. :)

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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For Turtle

G:

Do you make it up to Middletown?

Posted:  6 months ago

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Is a CDL worthwhile for summer work

MY question is why trucking? What is the reason why you are interested in Trucking? or CDL driving? If that interest is strong enough maybe you should consider it as a new career.

The biggest hurdle is 2 months is not enough time to make your name known who you drive with. You got to invest time, work it, get noticed and get the type route/pay you want. I just don't see the point as a summer job, unless maybe Farm work.

Hello,

I currently have a full time job, with summers off; and I am looking for an additional career that can I can turn to during summer months. So I have two questions for the forum. 1 - is this idea worthwhile? and 2 - would a company pay for my CDL training if I commit to summer work (even for several years of summers)?

Thanks for your advice!

Herman

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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ABF Freight Driver Development Program

Dave:

Glad to see you progressing! If you ever get out to the Oaks Hub, LMK! My run goes right by there.

Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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Eye Candy

I should clarify that the pic is not mine. It's just an example of what I saw. The Autocar I saw, is probably a Farm Truck. So it's a good chance I'll see it again along my route. I'll try to get pic of it then. :)

Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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Eye Candy

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Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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Eye Candy

G-town BTW the AutoCar I texted you about and saw was a DC9964. I was driving, I couldn't get a photo. Though, here's a pic of another Autocar with similar grill.

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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Has anyone heard anything about a possible DEF shortage?

The cardlock pumps our local school buses go to were out of DEF for almost a week in October. fun times.

Posted:  10 months ago

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My New Gig

G:

Congrats on move to Tax Free Delaware and the new Gig.

Meanwhile, I took a "B"aby step. I'm running a school bus route for Custer's. Once my divorce is over and things settled, I'll be going after my A.

Posted:  11 months, 2 weeks ago

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G-Town

I'll try to reach him. I live a few miles away from him. I've been wondering the same.

What happened to Mr. G-Town? He contributed a great amount of experience and knowledge to this forum. I miss his comments and insight. Is he retired?

Posted:  11 months, 3 weeks ago

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Bullitt's New Journey

I passed my CDL B with P&S endorsements PreT/Skills/Road test on Friday :)

In Pennsylvania, you only need a PA state only med cert for School Bus. That means you only can do intrastate (in state driving only.) Since I have a USDOT Med card I can go interstate. So I'm more valuable to the company because I can now do trips out of state.

Moreover, The company has a Limo/Charter division. Which I can drive for them also. The company has two Terminals. So I could pick up trips as a slip seat/sub driver, if needed.

I will drive for them for at least a school year, to satisfy the paid training commitment. Then I plan to go finally make the jump to CDL A, my ultimate goal.

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Welp. Swift training didn't happen. There were a number of reasons why. The biggest is that my family (including I) weren't ready for the life change. COVID had a lot to do with it, directly and indirectly, as regards to my daughter's schooling, my wife's job(s) and home life.

Over the Summer, It came clear that our marriage was waning. We have decided to divorce amicably. Because of these developments, I can't go Class A at this time. I need to see how things settle.

So I'm going Class B with P&S endorsements driving school buses. (The terminal is actually a few blocks from G-towns home.) I live a couple miles away. I have my permit and I have started training. Today was the first time behind the wheel. I'm also working on my pretrip.

They have a similar training paid arrangement like the Class A Carriers. Paid training and give them a year. So I plan to stick it out for the School year and hopefully things look up in Fall of 2022 to go for my Class A.

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Wow, Bullitt !!!

So much, eh?

Geesh; I'm sorry about the relationship. I truly am. I had a bag packed MYSELF during Covid. It was a tough year (and still is, another one.)

I am totally on board with understanding that KIDS come first; still why I'm delaying MY TURN at CDLA until next year, myself. What's so bad about driving BUSES? If my torn rotator cuff ever heals, I might be doing the same, this winter...until my kid ages up next year...or even in the Spring. Jury is out on that one.... but YAY FOR YOU!!!

Super glad you stopped back in, man. Swift will still BE there, if ever the time comes, man.

There's a few places here in Ohio that will PAY $700/child (for the school year) for commuting your own (or somebody else's!) kids to and fro, school !!!

Blessings, always . . .

~ Anne ~

Posted:  1 year ago

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Bullitt's New Journey

Welp. Swift training didn't happen. There were a number of reasons why. The biggest is that my family (including I) weren't ready for the life change. COVID had a lot to do with it, directly and indirectly, as regards to my daughter's schooling, my wife's job(s) and home life.

Over the Summer, It came clear that our marriage was waning. We have decided to divorce amicably. Because of these developments, I can't go Class A at this time. I need to see how things settle.

So I'm going Class B with P&S endorsements driving school buses. (The terminal is actually a few blocks from G-towns home.) I live a couple miles away. I have my permit and I have started training. Today was the first time behind the wheel. I'm also working on my pretrip.

They have a similar training paid arrangement like the Class A Carriers. Paid training and give them a year. So I plan to stick it out for the School year and hopefully things look up in Fall of 2022 to go for my Class A.

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