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    10 months, 3 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:  3 days, 1 hour ago

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Yearly Pay Numbers for 2019

It's more about the chrome than anything else. If these company trucks came chromed out nobody would buy a truck.

Brett, you're missing one of the biggest perks of being an O/O!

I can put as many stickers on as I want to!

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Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Failed drug test

Can Prilosec or Prevacid, or Sudafed or ibuprofens or Tylenol, or alive cause a failed hair test? I take all of them and I don’t have a prescription.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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What does a quarantine due to coronavirus mean for truckers?

It would be great if manufacturing would return as a result of this. We are going to need the jobs BAD. There won’t be any restaurant jobs for the next hundred years probably.

Yep. MBA/CPA now truck driver. 27 years with a major financial services firm. Took an early retirement package and decided that I wanted to drive a truck for a few years.

One of my jobs was as a Business Contigency Risk Manager. We did several "War Games" over the years concerning pandemics and they played out pretty much like this one is. I was also deeply involved in configuring our systems and process to cope with the 9/11 week long market shutdown.

You mention the $5 trillion "liquidity guarantee", not a loan. Guess what? I used to manage the cash desk for a major part of our business. I made $500M+ repo purchases daily with Deutsche Bank. Repos are just overnight loans for liquidity purposes, they are not driving up the economy. I just checked the NY Fed repo operations numbers for this weekend and it's less then $24B. That $5 T is an over the top number to reassure the nation's CFO's.

Stimulus packages, I think they will help. Russia/Ukraine, not really sure I see a threat to the world's economy there. Chinese EMP. You mention a laser at a ship, pretty sure the US Navy can defend itself against anyone. If your are talking EMP attack on our countries infrastructure, that would require nukes and economics really won't matter anymore.

My opinion? I think we will be in a recession for 2 or 3 quarters. During that time the virus will either fade out like SARS did, be beaten by medical science or run it's course and infect just about everyone with most recovering and unfortunately many deaths. After that the bounce back will be swift. Many companies will surely go under but I think the global supply chain weakness exposed by this will bring more manufacturing back on shore.

The world is not ending, there is no grand conspiracy pulling the worlds puppet strings via a virus and don't believe everything you read on-line.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Tough times, tough decisions for everone.

Even if you don’t return to prime. If you got your cdl through then I’d repay them just like you would need to repay a private school. When the apocalypse is over you should have no trouble putting that cdl to use rebuilding the nation.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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CA, IL & NY issue, "Stay-at-home" orders.

PA shut down all non essential places. I’m supposed to start calling places to see if they are open before I waste my time going. things are changing by the minute so a place that was going to be open tomorrow might not be open by the time I get there.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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WA Permit arrived - are companies still hiring with all of the corona madness

Soon all that will be left are guys hauling essentials and garbage men. But if the garbage men stop picking up I’d board up the windows and get ready for the apocalypse.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Pennsylvania is shutting down rest stops!

How would they like it if the truck stops locked trucks out Of parking. It would shut the economy down faster than corona.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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What does a quarantine due to coronavirus mean for truckers?

All the pa turnpike service plazas shut down the restaurants inside for 2 weeks. anyone coming through needs to stop in Carlisle or something if they want a decent meal.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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What does a quarantine due to coronavirus mean for truckers?

We are safer as long as we carry our own ink pen on us.

In OTR trucking you meet very few people on any day. Shipping/receiving and a few truck stop clerks are the only ones you may come into personal contact with. Not like people being Jammed together in an airplane for a couple of hours, or even brushing up against other people in Walmart

I figure truck drivers are safer because of the nature of their job.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Getting a cdl with a learning disability

How cant she? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to drive a big truck. Anyone who can read the English language and has a drivers license can get a cdl. Where did you hear that a learning disability will stop you from driving A truck? It actually never crossed my mind when I applied to a cdl school and I’m a few screws short of a full deck. If your wife can drive a car good then she can learn to drive a truck good. Your never asked to write an essay. There’s a online cdl practice tests that if you take enough anyone could memorize the answers. I laid up the night before taking the written test and did the online test over and over for about 8 hours. Eventually I memorized the answers to every question and for every endorsement. If your wife wants a cdl she shouldn’t be discouraged over a learning disability. This is profession where you don’t need to be book smart at all. Encourage her if she wants it and tell her she won’t be alone out here.

Hi everyone, question: How My wife can get a CDL but she had a learning disability she can read and write misspelling and sometimes can't understand any topic on the book and where she can get it! She drives perfect, she knows how to drive a 5 speed car...

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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My career is about to start!

It depends on what you screw up. I went through a private school like you. I got on with one of them so called starter companies that take on new drivers. So far I’ve torn off a bumper. Smashed the side of my truck off another vehicle, backed into another vehicle, damaged private property, destroyed 2 tires and rims. That’s about it I think. Luckily for me my company seen something in me that kept them giving me another chance. I’ve been well over a year now without an incident and I’ve learned from each of my screw ups. Even though my company didn’t pay for my school they had a vested Interest in me. They sent me through orientation for 1 week and I had 5 weeks with a trainer. During my first retraining they told me they had a vested interest in me and that they already spent like 9 grand to get me to the point I was at. I don’t know if all these companies are so forgiving but who you start with is extremely important.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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My career is about to start!

Take it one day at a time. I wouldn’t worry about things a month down the road right now. It might seem simple and it actually kind of is but it’s not so simple you won’t fail. I’d stay focused on the here and now.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Harassment & blocking diesel pumps

I've been there. I usually beat on the window and ask if there doing a thirty. I let them know if they are ill go inside and get my shower before I pull up. Just kidding.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Not having a ton of fun this week

One way I've found to avoid burning up my clock is to sleep at the consignees or shippers. Then I can work 18 20 hours a day. Works wonders. I'll google earth the place and figure out if I can sneak in and park for the night. Or ill find a place on the street to park. I'm lucky though I get to go to the same 1000 places all the time so I got a good lay of the land. I'm also lucky to have some old heads to let me know about places. Keep an eye out for that million mile driver at your company you keep running into and make him your new best friend.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Predictive technology increases driver safety, benefits carriers

Your not even kidding. That's the truth.

I though the three Precogs, Agatha, Arthur, and Dash were allowed to leave and the Minority Report program was shut down now they bring it back for this??? SMH...

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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How much will I make.

Are you married? Does your wife work. How many kids do you have. How old are they. Do you get any income from stocks or bonds or any type of residual income from other sources? Do you pay child support? I'm not sure what you will take home after taxes without more information. It might be best to ask what will you gross.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Should I become a truck driver or keep working as a nurse ?

Try trucking and see if you like it. If not you can always go back to being a nurse making 65k 3 days a week.

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Predictive technology increases driver safety, benefits carriers

They want robots to drive the trucks but cant figure out how to do it. The next best thing. Cyborgs. If they came out with a chip to put in our heads it would be mandatory in the name of lower insurance rates and safety.

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Question for you flatbedders

I hauled paint in totes like that before. No placards were required. Tanker endorsement was. Is it possible he's hauling paint?

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Getting hired with a 15+ over the limit ticket.

I feel for you driver. I have trouble waiting for 10 minutes for a load. Honestly I would be calling everyone at your company that will listen to you and ask them what’s going on. Find out if it’s you or if it’s them or if it’s your dispatcher or what. Western drivers i know on the flatbed side typically make between 900 to 1500 dollars a week.

Your story about the speeding ticket had me worried about my own. I recently got pulled over for going 68 in a 45. 23 over. The cop told me he would knock it down to 5 over and I was so happy I could of kissed that officer right on the lips. Well after reading your post I got pretty worried. I just got back from paying the 11 bucks to the PA department of transportation to get a copy of my MVR. Sure enough that cop was a man of his word and it says I was doing 50 in a 45. No mention of the 68. Get after your people. There’s money to be made at western. You just got to make it happen.

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