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    Pittsburgh , PA

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    3 months, 1 week ago

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Flatbed northeast regional driver.

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Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Welcome to flatbed

I would have added at least 2 straps over the top in the first ten feet. If them pockets are 2 foot apart It don’t seem like he got 2 in the first ten. If it’s the back of the trailer he might not have one in the last ten.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Winches on both sides of the trailer or split?

I don’t have time to walk around the trailer either. That’s way i crawl underneath.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Things that make you say CMON MAN!!!

When the shipper makes me wait 7 hours to get loaded because they order 100 trucks a day but only have one forklift. Cmon man! Buy your own trucks and deliver this stuff yourself. And then they will have 20 forklifts.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Things that make you say CMON MAN!!!

I’ve driven up and down and back and forth the slanted blindside parking lots trying to figure out why no matter which way I come at it I’m still forced to blindside. Eventually my brain melts.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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The Proper Way To Merge?

I vote for everyone to wait until they get to the end of the ramp or merge point and then get on. Or merge as space becomes available at any point leading up to the end. Stopping on the merge lane with a quarter mile left of merge lane creates a never ending log jam.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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STAY AWAY FROM XXXX

This op is full of crap. How could a tmc truck have roaches. Anyone who reads this Guys post should understand that some people just aren’t going to make it in trucking even if you let them sit on your lap while you drive the truck.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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I made a little guys day

When adults pump their arms up and down I make it look like I’m pulling the cord but I blow my city horn. The look of disappointment makes my day.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Is classroom time mostly a waste of time in cdl training programs?

The classroom time was just as important for me as the driving. I learned a whole lot from classroom time. My instructor taught way more than the book. I learned about chicken coops and all kinds of off the wall trucking stuff. Plus a lot of talk about Brake fade. Snub vs stab braking and all kinds of drilling things into my head. I also learned about life on the road. Controlling my road rage. Never to gesture to a 4 wheeler. It goes on and on. Shepard’s hooks and button hooks and diagrams. Of all kinds of maneuvers. His motto was slow methodical and something else I can’t remember. My instructor was passionate about his job. Like a Harvard professor of trucking. The last few days another guy took over and it was just teaching the book. It’s true though that class room will only get you so far but it’s critical to being a professional driver. If your going to pay for a private school and don’t get a good class room instructor then your being done a serious disservice for your money.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Any tech gurus wanna take a shot at my phone/app problem?

Had a problem like that before. I fixed it by switching to an iPhone. Haven’t had any problems since.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Try again

As a flatbed driver I’ve only ever been to one place the required a true 90 to get it in the door. Turtle creek pa.

In my 5 months out here i have yet to do a true 90 alley dock mainly 45s and straights. Even the 90 test wasnt really a 90 its more of a 70°. Not to hijack his thread but how many actual 90s are out here? I mean a true 90, im not being a wise guy im generally curious.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Try again

Have you tried flatbed. You won’t have to back very much at all. When you do need to back you usually have all the time in the world to do it and there’s usually not much to hit while backing.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Roehl contract

You had class a license when you got there? So they are charging people 7k for a refresher. Seems a bit high. Is this even true?

I was with roehl for 3 days before they fired me. I already had my cdl when going there but they wanted me to retake the class, so 3 days into the class they fired me because of my driving history. They now want the full $7000 from the contract.... what on earth can I do??

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Good food!

A boring PJ Fresh salad with ranch.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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What would you do?

I wouldn’t go on a smokers truck. They will find you a non smoker.

Posted:  1 month ago

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What happened to trucking in the crash.

I wasn’t a trucker back when we had our last Great Depression. The one we had as Baby bush went out and Obama came in. I was laid off during that crisis for a long long time. What happend to the flat bed trucking industry. Nobody would have been needing building materials back then so did all the drivers get laid off back then. We have anyone who was a trucker back then and could share their experience during the recession.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Who adds remarks to elogs?

I always thought it was a dot requirement. I think that’s what I was taught in cdl school but recently discovered it’s not required. Or maybe it is and the dot website isn’t up to date.

“Question 23: When the driver’s duty status changes, do §§395.8(c) or 395.8(h)(5) require a description of on-duty not driving activities (“fueling,” “pre-trip,” “loading,” “unloading,”, etc.) in the remarks section in addition to the name of the nearest city, town or village followed by the State abbreviation?

Guidance: No. Many motor carriers require drivers to identify work performed during a change of duty status. Part 395 neither requires nor prohibits this practice.

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Anyone add remarks on the status line on the elogs. On paper we had to log what we was doing under each status change. Do we still need to do this on elogs?

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Yes it is required by DOT.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Who adds remarks to elogs?

Anyone add remarks on the status line on the elogs. On paper we had to log what we was doing under each status change. Do we still need to do this on elogs?

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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How do people survive

Here’s how people survive. In one day a driver can make more than a minimum wage worker makes all week long. They are working their butts off for peanuts while we are just holding a steering wheel listing to podcasts. Some people can be drivers and some people can push shopping carts around parking lots. To each his own. If your looking for the highest paid unskilled job out there trucking might be for you.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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New boot device being deployed to threaten Walmart overnighters

I love some of these parking ideas. Someone should write a book on parking tips and sell it on iTunes. I’m off to see if this book already exists.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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New boot device being deployed to threaten Walmart overnighters

Tell me more about parking please. I’m all ears. I’m 60 miles east of hillside New Jersey on I78 with one hour left on my clock. Where should I go to park at the moment. Where are these infinite spots

Drivers have the responsibility to determine where they can park and where they can't park. There are usually ample places to park and if a driver has some thinking ability, he can find a legal spot 99 times out of 100.

That being said, I don't like Wal-Mart parking policies. I know they have been instituted because of driver abuse and other issues, but on the other hand, Wal-Mart depends on drivers to keep their DC's and stores stocked. Without truck drivers, the ENTIRE economy would collapse. So, can there be common ground found?

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