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    Pittsburgh , PA

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    8 months, 2 weeks ago

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Flatbed Driver. I’m hanging on for dear life. I live my life a quarter mile at a time. Fighting for survival. Born to be the rulers of them all.

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Posted:  15 hours, 56 minutes ago

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No home time for me.

Ya don’t let it eat you up. All my incidents happened while I was cursing and hating my company. Then I was on my knees praying I wasn’t going to get fired for tearing stuff up. Let it roll off and figure out what went wrong. In time you should be able to see this stuff coming and shut it down before it even starts. A driver once told me it’s my dispatchers job to push me. And it’s my job to push back when necessary.

Posted:  18 hours, 14 minutes ago

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Going north!

Take your time and trip plan. Use google maps and google earth and your trucking atlas and plan every trip. Pay special attention to the shippers and consignees on google earth. Look for your ways in and out before you ever get there. Sometimes it helps to have google maps opened while on the phone with these places asking for some help on how best to come in. A lot of times they will say how you coming in. While looking at the map you can see what they are talking about as far as the best route in. Write down what they say and go over it on the map. If you see the way in on google earth get down on street view and look for obstacles and signs. Sometimes you might need to be in the left lane to make the right turn into a place. Knowing this ahead of time let’s you bogart the whole street as you approach holding back the rabies infested four wheelers. I never felt like I had time to trip plan in the beginning but my lack of it was costing me big time.

Posted:  19 hours, 43 minutes ago

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Driving routines

I only ever stop for 10 hours unless it doesn’t hurt my money to stop longer. My clock works around my money. I don’t start it or stop it unless it makes me the most money possible. Say I stop 30 minutes away from consignee because there is nowhere at consignee to sleep. I got 3 hours left to run. I might get up in 8 hours if that puts me there 30 minutes before they open. Then I’ll do a two hour break there while they unload me and away I’ll go. I always want to be the first truck everywhere I go.

Posted:  2 days, 18 hours ago

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I Ran a red light but no ticket. Who will hire me?

I think you will find a thousand companies to take you. It might be for the best that you got fired. If they are willing to fire you over this one little thing your days we're numbered anyway.

Posted:  2 days, 21 hours ago

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Trainer kicked me off the truck tonight!

Thank you J. My English is terrible and I appreciate it when someone helps me to learn english even if it hurts my feelings and my ego. I do apologize j. I think I did assume to much. I hope you get on with a good trainer and make it in flatbed.

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I don’t believe anything jay said about his trainer. None of it. It’s his word against his trainers. Jay was in a state of emotional overload and he admitted this. The way he perceived things was probably mostly in his head. I benefited so much from the things Brett, oldness and others have written on this forum before I went out with trainers. I think if J would of found the trucking truth before he went out he would of succeeded. Instead he found the trucking truth and used it to try and ruin his trainers life. If your brand new and getting on with a trainer and they hold you bound and gagged in the sleeper then please rat them out as soon as you possibly can. If you don't have a thick skin then now is the time to grow one. If your coming out of the private cdl school and going on to a company like Tmc it's going to be a real struggle. Your skills are not there yet. Instead of letting your emotions get the best of you put into practice everything you can learn from the trucking truth. Don't get all bent out of shape when someone calls you out for sucking. Your supposed to be able to perform if you wEnt to a private cdl school. Your a licensed cdl driver. Your not in training to learn how to back. Your in training to learn the company policies. Your there to learn how the company does things. Your there to learn securement and the lifestyle of being a trucker. Your there to prove you got what it takes to be on the team. This trainer probably doesn't have much to say to his boss about this new guy except that he's a problem and a rat. I don't think it will look good on him. I think this trainer is probably a really good trainer. He took him to practice backing. Most wouldn't do that for you.

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It’s you’re. Also you assume a lot. I’ve been here for months, and I didn’t try and ruin anyone’s life. I never once mentioned this guy by name, and I post under an alias as well.

Posted:  2 days, 22 hours ago

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Trainer kicked me off the truck tonight!

I don’t believe anything jay said about his trainer. None of it. It’s his word against his trainers. Jay was in a state of emotional overload and he admitted this. The way he perceived things was probably mostly in his head. I benefited so much from the things Brett, oldness and others have written on this forum before I went out with trainers. I think if J would of found the trucking truth before he went out he would of succeeded. Instead he found the trucking truth and used it to try and ruin his trainers life. If your brand new and getting on with a trainer and they hold you bound and gagged in the sleeper then please rat them out as soon as you possibly can. If you don't have a thick skin then now is the time to grow one. If your coming out of the private cdl school and going on to a company like Tmc it's going to be a real struggle. Your skills are not there yet. Instead of letting your emotions get the best of you put into practice everything you can learn from the trucking truth. Don't get all bent out of shape when someone calls you out for sucking. Your supposed to be able to perform if you wEnt to a private cdl school. Your a licensed cdl driver. Your not in training to learn how to back. Your in training to learn the company policies. Your there to learn how the company does things. Your there to learn securement and the lifestyle of being a trucker. Your there to prove you got what it takes to be on the team. This trainer probably doesn't have much to say to his boss about this new guy except that he's a problem and a rat. I don't think it will look good on him. I think this trainer is probably a really good trainer. He took him to practice backing. Most wouldn't do that for you.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Trainer kicked me off the truck tonight!

I got kicked off my trainers truck my first day out with him for sucking at backing. He wanted me to straight line back and I ended up turned completely around. Ya That lick and stick cdl doesn’t make you a truck driver. I thought when I got that cdl I was a truck driver. I really believe it. I sent a picture of that cdl to all my friends and family.

I realized when I was making my trainers life hell I was so far from being a truck driver it wasn’t even funny. They sent me back to the terminal to back for two 10 hour shifts before I could go back out with a different trainer. That guy straight up told me I sucked every day and pretty much called me a retard in not so many words every day for 5 days. Then I went out for 2 weeks with another guy with a short fuse and a serious temper who threatened my job every day. Then I went back out with the first guy who kicked me off the truck for a week. This guy just wanted to be done with me and all them trainers just prayed I’d go solo so I could destroy my own truck and transmission.

What did I learn?

A whole lot but the one thing I learned that will help you the most right now is these trainers are some of the best and most respected drivers these company’s have. Keep that in mind. It might seem like they are doing things wrong but actually they are doing things right and you just don’t have the experience yet to see the big picture. Just imagine your trying to teach your dog to drive your car. Imagine the frustration if you genuinely was trying to teach the dog to drive your car. Imagine you might get upset when the dog refuses to listen. Imagine how you might yell at your dog because he keeps making the same mistakes over and over and over. That’s what it’s like for your trainers.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Trainer unsafe practices

Can’t you be off duty in the passenger seat? Why would you want to be on duty when you could be getting your 10 hour break in.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Possible to be an online student while a full time OTR trucker?

I have trouble squeezing in a shower everyday. As soon as I pull the tractor air brake at the end of the day I dive into the sleeper and I’m asleep before the sound of the air completely leaves the brake system. I’m asleep before the Pshhhhhhhhhhhh sound is over. Maybe you could stay up for a little bit at night and study but I think that beds going to look a lot more relaxing than a book.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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What would you do? (Icy roads)

This doubles driver wasn’t going to sit on the shoulder in icy conditions. I don’t think I would of done this. Nope.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Taking A Look At Securing A Flat-Bed Load

You can’t say that is what the spools are made for unless you know the trailer has a wll for the spools. If you just go through flatbed life believing the spools are there for securement without looking at the wll plaque on the trailer you might be securing to the wrong anchor point. Oldnesses trailer probably wasn’t designed so that the spools could be used as anchor points. In that case you will need to use whatever anchor points have a rating. There are so many trailer manufactures and different model trailers you can’t know what’s what until you actually read the steel plaque or contact the manufacturers.

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I am so glad to see that you don't chain around the stake pockets. That is what the spools are made for. I see a lot of drivers that use the pockets, and end up ripping them out. Highly dangerous.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Taking A Look At Securing A Flat-Bed Load

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Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Taking A Look At Securing A Flat-Bed Load

Some older trailers that don’t have a wll rating for the spools will have a pop up anchor point that will look like this picture. I didn’t see anyone mention this.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Choosing A GPS System

I wouldn’t waste the money on one of them super fancy gigantic tablet like gps devices that allow you to download apps and stuff. Let your gps be a gps and get a tablet if you want a tablet. The last thing you want is to bog down your gps with a bunch of spam and stuff. I wouldn’t even get one of them gps with a camera. If you want a camera get a camera. That’s just me though. I’m sure there’s people out there who are happy with that tv screen sitting on their dash but it’s not for me.

I might even look into the TND 80 or 70. I am not sure which one is best. I know I saw a video review show the tnd was really slow but the overdryv was great except some color bleed and not able to get apps from google play.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Loses appeal: Walmart ordered to pony up $54 million to drivers

I don’t know one way or the other about this but the whole guarding the truck thing is ridiculous. If we stop in Vegas and want to go sight seeing but can’t because of some company policy saying we need to stay and protect the freight then we need compensated for that.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Taking A Look At Securing A Flat-Bed Load

You got like 100 thousand pounds worth of securement on there what’s to criticize. Save yourself some trouble and pull them chains tight. Spin out the screws on them binders all the way before you start and you won’t have to worry about running out of thread and starting over. Plus if them chains come lose in transit you will have plenty of thread left. I would put all the binders on the passenger side. I know sometimes it helps to stager them especially if your going to use a lot close together. Like if you was going to use every chain and binder you have on the truck. I guess you don’t have metal edge protectors. Maybe that tin on there will work to keep your chains and the product healthy. Your one piece of beveled lumber looks upside down. Your one chain looks snagged on the lumber. I don’t see any friction mats but I guess that’s what the strap is for. Nice job

Not sure if this is the right spot to post. New to flatbed and wish to ensure all my loads are above and beyond requirements. Here's a recent load <11k per coil.

All constructive criticism welcomed.

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Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Choosing A GPS System

I bought the garmin trucker gps and I can say for sure it’s a piece of crap. Don’t expect it to ever get you anywhere the way your supposed to go. It will take you the wrong direction every chance it gets and it will have you on a dirt road in West Virginia I guarantee it. Go for the rand McNally gps. I never had it but it has got to be better than this garmin.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Taking A Look At Securing A Flat-Bed Load

With the inside outside the rule is whenever possible you must go inside the rubrail. If you can’t your allowed 6 inches of securement device to be outside the rubrail. I hope this Rule counts for the tarp because I usually look like the good year blimp.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Taking A Look At Securing A Flat-Bed Load

God there’s so much misinformation in this thread I can’t read for 5 seconds and not find something wrong. Some trailers don’t have a wll for the spools and some do. You must check the wll steel plaque on each trailer to know the wll of the anchor point.

The round spools between the rail and the trailer deck are designed to have the chain wrapped around them. They are intrinsically stronger than the stake pockets, by the fact that they are round, and welded all the way around on both ends. The stake pockets tear easily when a load is placed on them, like from a panic stop, or a long cheater bar and a snap binder or ratchet binder. Our safety dept. got a clarification on this from the East Corp.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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High-hooking a trailer

Thanks for sharing jammie. One day I’ll share my huge list of screw ups on here. Almost hit a trailer 5 minutes ago. I been having such smooth few weeks I let my guard down to low.

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