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Flatbed northeast regional driver.

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Posted:  2 days, 4 hours ago

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2 incidents with 1 company and another with first company

Why Did you resign after the arb review board.

Posted:  3 days, 13 hours ago

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"Programmable" GPS Question...

I always wanted to be able to program my own routes into my gps but never could figure out how to do it on my Garmin Denzel. The garmin Denzel will screw you so bad. Consider it your worst enemy and never trust it for anything. It’s kept me from hitting the top of my truck off anything but in my best estimation it has cost me thousand of dollars in out of route miles. The entrance to the interstate could be right next to you but the garmin will have you drive 40 miles in the wrong direction to get there all the time.

Posted:  5 days, 4 hours ago

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I survived one year of trucking

Congratulations. Non drivers and even drivers who haven't done food delivery can't possibly imagine how difficult food delivery could be. Same way I couldn't know what it's like to stand on the moon or storm the beaches of Normandy. Hats off to you and all who drive routes and bust your butt like no other.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Update on my CDL training

What happens if you fail the 5th time? Do you need to wait a year to retest?

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Stolen Trailer

I guess Cargo theft really is 51 percent greater during the thanksgiving weekend. I would love to know what was on that trailer. Probably A trailer full of beef jerky. 48000 pounds of beef jerky. My mouth is watering now just thinking about it. :)~~

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Feeling my company is not helping me with the skills I need.

Drive as fast as you feel is safe. That’s all you can do. I been driving 3 years now and jersey barriers still scare the heck out of me. If You been doing this for 6 months and your only concern is your speed then stop worrying. Your doing great. Speed Will come in time. Right now all you want to do is make it all week without screwing up. Turn that cb off and stop listening to all them cry baby's behind you who forgot what it's like to be new. In the snow drive as fast as you think is safe and always slower than the speed limit. You might make less money in the winter but you won't make no money if you slide off the road. I went through that nightmare a few weeks ago where they had 80 car pile ups. I got off the road and took alternative longer routes. I made no money that week but I still have my job for now.

I am 6 months in and feel my company does not hear me when I ask for help. I am lacking in my speed, down hill I go at 40 mph with flashers, construction I get nervous with Jersy barriers, and now we come to snow.

I know I am new yet should I be driving faster than 58 no when speed limit is 65 mph. My loads are on time yet it takes me longer to get there.

Also I have asked for more training or videos. I love driving and want to get better.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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I'm ranked 51 of 149 FT drivers for safety!

Most trucks have a bunk heater so there’s no need to idle.

Wow!! Idling the truck in winter to stay warm goes against you, thats seems unfair, I would have thought they would account for extra idle time in winter. Could you get a small electric space heater for the truck to cut down the idle time??

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Will Amazon's pay-per-day plan influence the industry?

Well by golly gee wiz. 600 bucks a day to the truck for a full 14 hour day with 10 in the sleeper. It’s a dang on win win for everyone. Now I wonder if amazon could purchase a tractor and a trailer and all the bull crap you got to pay for on top of that. Then pay for fuel and tolls and a driver and do it all for 600 bucks a day. Well dang on it I bet they could get the price even lower than that. They could just do it for free to keep it in line with what their customers expect. Free shipping. 600 is to high they could do it cheaper themselves and I would highly encourage them to expand their own fleet and keep up the great work.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Backing questions

Best thing I can say is ask your instructor what your doing wrong. They are there to teach you. Getting all kinds of different things in your head can make their job more difficult and this can hurt you. Ask them what your doing wrong. When I was in class I had the strangest experience. There was three of us. Two of us did fine. One of us did not. We had the same instructor and same practice time. The one guy just couldn’t implement the most simple of things. For example we was told if we want the trailer to move to the right as your seeing it from the mirrors. You turn the bottom of the wheel to the right. Very simple. This one guy would just do the opposite of what he was told every single time. He would fail to implement what he was taught every single time and he failed the whole thing miserably. He would honestly mess up every single simple task there was. He was so scared he just couldn’t think when he got behind the wheel. He was a smart guy and made us all look pretty bad in map class. But when he got behind the wheel his brain shut down. Find a way to open up your brain. I felt very bad for this guy and one day I walked over to help him on his off set back. The instructor took his chair and threw it through the parking lot and yelled at me. He told me he has told him several times what he is doing wrong and that it’s not my job to teach him. The guy never once went up to the instructor in them two weeks to ask him what he’s doing wrong. Get with your instructor and ask him what your doing wrong. That’s what they get paid for. Maybe you have already done that. You need to keep after it. You only have so much time to practice and you can’t waste a second.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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4th attempt failed. 99 degree strikes again

Your probably just the victim of a terrible instructor. Him telling you wherever you point the trailer is where it will go is not very good advice. Someone on here please tell him how to cheat on this test. I can’t remember exactly how to tell it. You should be able to pull up to a certain distance from the box. Cut the wheel all the way to the right until your drives are at a certain amount of inches inside your landing gear leg. Then stop and straighten up. Back up a certain amount of feet. Stop. Cut it all the way to the right again until the outside drive is lined up with the center of the cross member. Cut it all the way to the left and follow it in. Something like that. I can’t really remember what the guy told me at the truck stop last night on how he cheated the exam. Someone who teaches this on here can help you better. This is just what I think I remember This guy tell me. Honestly my memory of this conversation with this guy is very vague. You really need to be in the perfect spot when you start this maneuver for it to work so if you could get a tape measure and lay it all out while nobody’s around that’s what I would do. Just hit the ground with something inconspicuous for dots. You will need to get these dimensions from someone who teaches this technique. It’s considered cheating by the department of transportation. So for anyone to admit to teaching this technique good luck. This guy told me the best place for the dot on the ground is at the center of your steps just next to it and there might of been another landmark on the ground. I just can’t remember what he said.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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4th attempt failed. 99 degree strikes again

Did they spray paint the dots on the cross member of the landing gear for you and spray paint all the dots on the ground to help you to pass the 90?

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Linehaul pay stub

Yes very impressive. For the week of this pay can you tell me how many hours you was at home between shifts?

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Backing help needed: turning front vs. back of trailer

I got better at backing when I gave up on trying to get good at it. I look at every back like I’ll get it in there eventually and don’t care at all about looking dumb or holding anyone up. I actually kind of get off on it when I’m holding up 5 drivers while I’m doing a complicated back. I look at it like, they see me struggling if they was in a real hurry they would come spot me. So don’t be hard on yourself. Understand it’s not easy to back a trailer and it doesn’t get easier anytime soon. If you don’t hit anything your a winner!

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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My First Day With My Mentor And Not Sure If I Need To Do More

Never go around a building without walking it first. It can be hard to back out of a tight turn. When your in the driver seat your responsible for everything. It can be hard to call the shots when you think your not the superior. If you would have said hey let me jump out and walk this he would have said good idea. If he said no then you could have said well then you drive it around.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Vent & Brag for the week

I had a guy ask me yesterday while securing my load if I make 2000 dollars a week. I said not really. He said you can with my company. I was in disbelief. Then I though I bet this guy is lease purchase so I asked him if he was. He said yes. Bravo buddy. You barely make more than me and you are responsible for everything. Great job buddy

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Serious Backing Skills Needed Here

New drivers take note of this nightmare. Imagine showing up on the other side of the building with nowhere to park. Having to circle Philadelphia 3 times while trying to call the consignee to find out where the heck you need to be and how to get there.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Going Great With Crete So Far

Jamie when you reset is it at home or on the road? If on the road how many hours are left on your 70 when you reset.

I honestly need to take the advice on getting rest whenever possible, as that is one reason I enjoy doing a reset weekly. It's so I can catch up on sleep. But turning 3000 miles a week, and having a reset in there is also possible.

Posted:  4 months 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:  4 months, 1 week 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:  4 months, 1 week 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.

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