Profile For Ohioman1972

Ohioman1972's Info

  • Location:
    Middletown, OH

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    4 years, 9 months ago

Ohioman1972's Bio

47 years old. As of 5/10/2019 I have passed the written exams for General, Combo, Air Brakes, Hazmat, Double/Triple, and tanker.

8/2/19 is my state exam date

I have been a type 1 diabetic for 43 years. Since I also have heart issues, the DOT has required a ton of paperwork for me to get a card, so I'm waiting on 5/13 to make sure everything is where it needs to be...

Former banker. Due to office politics, I lost my job and a significant income. Starting over from scratch. So here I am.

October 2019 - driver in training for Sewell Motor express in Wilmington OH

November on my own!! ;Flatbed and dry van

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Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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So after my year was up, I decided that insurance was really important to me. It took a few months, but I got hired on at Holland. It’s a division of YRC and I believe they are going to be merging everything soon. I have a new respect for city drivers. I am also getting the backing practice that I need it so badly! Still struggling with out a bit but getting better. I am getting into some really tight docs but it just takes me a little bit longer then others. I don’t worry about it, I get paid by the hour now LOL

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Hey, nice to see someone else from Ohio. I live in Cleveland, but I’m finishing up training right now in Trenton, between Dayton and Cincy.

That’s awesome! I live in Middletown so you were about 5 miles from me. I hear they are still trying to put up a mirror at the edge of Trenton to make it look bigger… Is that true?

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Been a while since I’ve posted. 10 months in. I still feel like I need a mentor sometimes. I wish I had more flatbed securement training. But I’m getting there. Still can’t understand 60% of CB chatter. Are y’all speaking English? 3 lot lizard encounters. None got me to open the door. Getting more kids pumping the arm for me To sound my air horn, so that’s satisfying.

All in all, I like regional OTR. I like the freedom. Seeing neat stuff. But I don’t get any home projects done. I see my kids a few hours a week. Not too many dating opportunities.

So I have an interview tomorrow with Pepsi. I’ll see how that goes and what they offer. It’s amazing insurance, but I’d need to know the compensation

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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Sounds like you are doing great!

Keep it up!

If you use a Medtronic pump and Humalog and are paying a lot for the stuff... you may want to check with me I no longer use either and have stashes of both!

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I’m having issues with the sensors. Can’t get them to work for any amount of time. Had better luck with Dexcom. Talking to a rep from Omnipod now about making the switch, but if you have supplies just sitting there...

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No sensors. Which were / are you using? Not using Medtronic pump either! Have a ton of such supplies. Which insulin? Out of pocket costs?

I’m still using the Medtronic 670G No complaints about the pump but the sensors are terrible for me. Some people have no problems.

The omnipod is tubeless so I’m researching that now

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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Sounds like you are doing great!

Keep it up!

If you use a Medtronic pump and Humalog and are paying a lot for the stuff... you may want to check with me I no longer use either and have stashes of both!

I’m having issues with the sensors. Can’t get them to work for any amount of time. Had better luck with Dexcom. Talking to a rep from Omnipod now about making the switch, but if you have supplies just sitting there...

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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Ok so I’m driving out of Chicago at 2am Saturday. I went over the skyway bridge. After the toll booth, a double goes wizzing by me. In the slush. In the high wind. I see him down the road, his back trailer on its side, on the 2 lane with no real shoulder. Looks like a car may have hit from behind. Triangles are up.

Few more miles down the road, still no real shoulders, a blue car is speeding to pass in my left. I’m doing 45mph. She’s a young girl, I can tell because when her car went into a skid, and she was facing me, I could see the look of horror on her face. I did a controlled brake, no stab needed. She skidded back into her lane and lightly tapped the concrete rail.

So I hope that’s all I have to report this winter

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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Ok so I’m driving out of Chicago at 2am Saturday. I went over the skyway bridge. After the toll booth, a double goes wizzing by me. In the slush. In the high wind. I see him down the road, his back trailer on its side, on the 2 lane with no real shoulder. Looks like a car may have hit from behind. Triangles are up.

Few more miles down the road, still no real shoulders, a blue car is speeding to pass in my left. I’m doing 45mph. She’s a young girl, I can tell because when her car went into a skid, and she was facing me, I could see the look of horror on her face. I did a controlled brake, no stab needed. She skidded back into her lane and lightly tapped the concrete rail.

So I hope that’s all I have to report this winter

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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So I’m still in the early phases of learning the capabilities and limitations to the tractor trailer. And while I still haven’t driven in snow or ice yet, there are some situations that get my tension levels high.

I’m happy that I’m losing anxiety for backing in at truck stops. Yeah it’s still there but I’m calmer. However... driving down mountains with lots of curves. I don’t want to encroach the other lanes and don’t want to tip. Especially in construction zones with narrow lanes. Example I-40 at the TN/NC border. I’m the one that has the line of trucks behind him...

Also high winds especially with an empty trailer. The videos of the trucks turning over due to winds is etched in my brain. I don’t want to learn the hard way...

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Speaking the last post I made, I didn’t proofread it.. I have absolutely no idea half of what I was trying to say. Anyway, I’m not really sure if this pertains to all companies or if I need to just keep looking for a new play after I’ve got a few months under my belt. From what I’m understanding, dispatch used to run like clockwork, but now it’s a nightmare since we got a new backhaul dispatcher. Basically, I was complaining about being told to wait for a day for a back haul, rather than heading back. I’m still on 90 day probation, so I don’t have the luxury veteran drivers have of telling dispatxh they knew where he was and should have had something ready by now. The company pays the same for fully loaded, deadhead, or bobtail miles. I know that my expectations were way different than what it actually like but being very new to this industry, I had a large buffer zone.

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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So... here I am. Contemplating my choices. At the same time, overly fatigued and falling asleep on the toilet in the shower suite. There were 5 AvaIlable and it’s like 9 am. I think I’m still in Haegerstown MD... Adjusting to the “You will start Your day When we tell You to start You Day lifestyle because sometimes they know how to work a couple loads all over the country like a heavy night at LaGuardia Airport... Then there are times like these... leave Wilmington OH.at 7pm, Have the wrong paperwork from the shipper that’s not your fault, be told at 4am that you can’t unload until 6... so I’m done unloading. I’m in the shower suite. I think I remembered clean underwear but there is no deal Breaker If I didn’t. Half of what I hear is like a dream....

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