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Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Eye Candy

I finally snapped a pic in the wild.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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I plan on becoming a School Bus driver for New York State, but have two questions.

Good Morning From Disney! I’m on vacation. I’m School Bus Driver, It’s nice not to deal with 54 middle schoolers this week.

The Company I drive for brands itself as “Precious Cargo Specialists “, We are and more. You become a very public face of the local Community and have an important role in it. Which means The community is watching and you engage with them on a daily basis. You are driving one of the most visual icons on the road.

You are driving a 38 foot Bus that has a tail that swings wide. Whereas in a Combined, you are worried about off-tracking what your trailer is doing . Actually unaware of what your tail is doing is one of the most common rookie mistakes. You go down/make turns on roads where Trucks are prohibited, even though you the same size as some of the those prohibited trucks.

As a school bus driver, you are temporarily given physical custody of the kids on your bus. Which means the state and school district wants to ensure that you can effectively and safely drive them in your care. So you will be required to go through mandated reporter training and along with a comprehensive background check.

I’ll write later this evening as I’m on vaca. I have a lot more to chime in on.

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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For all you 1980’s babies, look at my new mascot!

Reminds me of my favorite toy growing up. It was a Ralstoy Mayflower tractor trailer model. My family moved in 1978 to the Philly area during my birthday. The Mayflower driver gave the model to me as gift.

Posted:  1 year, 9 months 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 year, 9 months 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 year, 9 months 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:  1 year, 11 months 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:  1 year, 11 months 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:  2 years 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:  2 years, 1 month 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.

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