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    Pittsburgh , PA

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    1 year, 2 months 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:  7 hours, 21 minutes ago

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Manuel Vs Automatic

I don’t know what they got you doing where your at but I’ll tell you how it typically should be going. You get a paper that tells you word for word what to point at and what to say while your pointing at it. I sat down one night and just kept reading that paper over and over until i memorized it word for word. There shouldn’t be anything that comes up that will throw you through a loop.

To answer your question I don’t think there will be any difference between a manual and auto except for maybe when you do the air brake test. Your supposed to put the transmission in 1st gear and shut the truck off during the air brake test. I never did learn what you do in an auto so I figured you put it in drive. So the first time I did it in an auto I put it in drive and shut the truck off. Then I switched the key over without starting it and the alarm kept going off. I got sick of hearing that alarm so I switched it to neutral for the test. I don’t think it matters though. The alarm I’m talking about is the one that tells you your trucks in drive and won’t start until it’s in neutral.

Posted:  1 day, 8 hours ago

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PGT trucking - Any input?

I seen a YouTube guy named trucking by faith making videos about Pgt. He could probably give you some info. Just search trucking by faith on youtube. He seems to love it there but says rates are down but might be getting better soon. Both tmc and Pgt pay percentage but tmc starts at a little higher as you move up In percentage faster at tmc. They are a little more strict on things like cleaning the truck. I cant even get into the blue beacon most days because their guys are all there at once. What tmc pays for truck washes a week could feed the entire population of a small third world country.

Posted:  1 day, 12 hours ago

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Flatbed with Prime?

I see now the errors in my calculations but found more. I see now your talking about getting home Friday and leaving back out Monday once a month. Now in that case I think the income potential is greater but much less home time than a regional driver would get. I was thinking home not driving for 5 days in a row. Which is what a new driver might of believed when you say 4 or five days home.

Posted:  1 day, 18 hours ago

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Flatbed with Prime?

I don’t doubt you did good. What I doubt is you took 5 days off in a row after 4 weeks and did good. I’m not just basing this on a guess. I shouldn’t of said that. It’s actually a matter of fact that your going to reset or your going to run recaps. Either way your taking off time each week either by being short hours or doing a reset. If you realized my way of thinking which is the right way of thinking before you take a job then you can make the best choice on which job to take. If your plan is to take 5 days off after 4 weeks your running like a part timer. Your losing Lots of money.

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Your going to reset on the road 3 times in a 4 week period then take 5 days off.

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And you're basing that statement on what?

You see, I actually drove a flatbed for prime, so I'm basing my statement on facts and experience. Never once in my time did I take 3 resets in a month.

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My guess

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Exactly. It's only a guess on your part. We don't deal in guesses here, we give people unbiased facts and let them make their own decision.

I can't speak for TMC, but my time at Prime showed me that days can turn into weeks in a row when freight is good. Ebb & flow.

Statements such as Rubber Duck's are simply guesses with no basis in fact.

I did very well at Prime, because I put forth the effort. I'm confident I would have done equally well at TMC.

That is the truth.

Posted:  2 days, 1 hour ago

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Flatbed with Prime?

This is the trucking fantasy. It's not the same amount of time off. Your going to reset on the road 3 times in a 4 week period then take 5 days off. Im no mathematician far from it but the writing is on the wall. My guess is a minimum of 10 thousand dollars in losses to the driver if a he raN this way. But it's not all about money so if being home 5 days in a row is worth 10k a year I say go for it then. Being happy is what it's all about. I'm just trying to tell the truth on the trucking truth because that's the truth.

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What’s really going to happen is your going to lose a ton of money going home for a whole week and at the end of the year your going to be missing thousand and thousands of dollars compared to what you would of made doing resets at your house every weekend.

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Whether someone takes a 34 every weekend or instead takes several days off in a row at the end of the month, the amount of days taken off are the same. So the argument that you'd lose thousands and thousands of dollars is false.

Income potential at both companies is largely identical, and based on a driver's effort.

Posted:  5 days, 11 hours ago

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Thinking about career change from law enforcement to truck driving

Thanks for what you do and I hope things change. I think after the election things will get back to normal.

Posted:  5 days, 12 hours ago

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Flatbed with Prime?

The whole home for 5 days in a row thing is a pay check killer. Sounds great until you got to go without a pay for a whole week. You might think your going to make more staying out for 3 to to 4 weeks but that’s just a myth. What’s really going to happen is your going to lose a ton of money going home for a whole week and at the end of the year your going to be missing thousand and thousands of dollars compared to what you would of made doing resets at your house every weekend. I say go with TMC if your interested in flatbed. The orientation is longer because the company wants you to know the TMC way and not just your trainers way of doing things. Trust me things get lost in translation and trainers don’t always know everything about flatbed. Is primes 50k ran as a team? Is TMC otr training ran as team? Those are important questions if your considering one over the other based on how much you like the idea of 50k miles of training. Is it really training or is it team driving?

Posted:  5 days, 16 hours ago

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Early Fireworks--Blown Steer Tire

Glad you didn’t get hurt. If they let you go out the door with tires like that I’d be looking them brakes over next. Jeez.

Posted:  6 days, 2 hours ago

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I've had two accidents and I'm having trouble finding work. Which second chance trucking companies will hire me?

Why say no to training? What if you could make 26k more a year training would that be worth it?

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Thank you Brother fro your story, i do not mind the low pay, I just want to get exp. MY 2nd accident totally caught me off guard in life. But I will look into Western Express, Pam, and Trans am. Is it possible to avoid lease purchase for Western Express or is that a bad thing if they are giving me a chance?

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I am i western express driver. Many on here have seen me say this a lot. WE hired me when I havent driven in 5 years. Your at fault wreck may cause you to go out with a trainer for 250 driving ours. Nothing wrong with that. The pay is bare minimum but they are hiring you when no one else would. They also shove lease purchase down your throat. Run hard have a good attitude with your trainer and dm. When things go wrong the roll off like water off a duck's back. *****ing about it wont fix it any faster. Oh get a watch since you are so uncertain

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WE is no different than most when it comes to lease purchase. They will ask you a few times, just say no, it wont ruffle any feathers. They will also try to push training on you, again just say no. After a few no replies they will stop. They wont hold either one against you. Like you've heard their pay is on the low end but they do have newer equipment and take care of it.

Posted:  6 days, 9 hours ago

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Papa Pigs Zainy Rookie Solo Adventures

I love how you mentioned looking for a way to back out Incase you got to the point you couldn’t go anymore. So funny.

Posted:  1 week ago

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When to know how to start your backing

You can go off of your drive tires. I believe the technique is at about the second drive tire cut it all the way to the right and go out and then hard to the left so that you’ve turned it into as much of a 45 as you can. When you do this you need to be watching the back of your trailer as if it’s the new hood of your truck.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Staying regular OTR

Keep drinking that water and take every opportunity you get to pull over and pee. It only takes a few minutes out of your day to pull over and relieve yourself. Try drinking more water and see if that helps. Even if I don’t have to go but know I’m about to go into a long stretch where there’s no place to pee I’ll pull in someplace that’s quick and go. There’s nothing worse than being 30 minutes away from a complicated Shipper or consignee and all you can think about is going to the bathroom. I’ll miss my turn, run a red light, pull out in front of someone. Crazy stuff happens when I got to pee. Hope that helps.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Bad Steer Tire

Thank goodness you had your wife with you.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Getting a job after Dollar General..

You should of listened to your instructor but I don’t blame you for wanting to make the big bucks straight out of cdl school. I don’t think you’ve done to much wrong. You should Be able to find another job. Don’t let this DAC report stress you out at all. It’s nothing compared to your MVR and your CSA score. Since you didn’t mention them your probably squeaky clean on that end and that’s A good thing.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Is it just me?

Probably parked there when there was no room to park. Everything is fair game when it comes to parking. If he didn’t have the skill to get it in a spot it’s better he did what he did and made it another day incident free.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Training what’s the hardest part?

I’ll probably never do it but was just wondering what’s the hardest part of being a trainer? The hardest part that I can imagine is trying to keep them from missing a turn. What’s the hardest part you think and is there some links you can point me to. Thanks

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Is 700 miles a day possible

Here’s one I was proud of a while back.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Is 700 miles a day possible

Here’s one I was proud of a while back.

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Western Non compete contract

5 months experience might seem like a lot but it’s really just a drop in the bucket. Western offering you 240 hours of paid training was in your best interest and theirs to make you a better safer driver. If you had a year experience at your last job I doubt you would be in this situation. Get a lawyer to send them a letter and that might solve your problem. Just the though of going to court over this might motivate them to let you out of this contract. If not hopefully you got the time and money to fight it. Good luck.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Did that just really happen?

You’ll have that in a small town without a dog catcher.

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