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  • Location:
    Ocklawaha, FL

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Team Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Posted:  5 days, 16 hours ago

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U.S express low pay. Should I opt for per diem and tuition reimbursement

Hi I'm with us Xpress too. I run team with my husband so slightly different from you. We run 5000 to 6000miles consistently and that makes a nice pay check of about $1200 to $1500 per week for each of us. We opted to not do the per diem as it seemed like the company was benefiting more than we would. From what we understand about it if you need all you can get in each check it's the way to go but if you can wait till the end of the year you will actually make more just delayed gratification sort of. We are getting school reimbursement, they said they had to be the first company you worked for after school and they didn't put us on any sort of contract. They pay $150 a month up to $7000. We like us Xpress, the weekend dispatch sucks but that's about our only complaint and it seems most people feel that way about their company. We love our normal FM.

Best of luck to you!

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Questions about relaxed HOS

So if you're hauling a relief load you don't have to abide by the rules just be safe is what I understand.

Then if you have exhausted your 70hr clock and haul a relief load beyond that then go to haul a non relief load do you need to take a 34first?

I was also told if you're hauling relief loads you must take a 10hr break between loads?

Thanks for you're help understanding!

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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I-80 in Wyoming Thru Thursday

This is from the WYDOT website https://www.wyoroad.info/Highway/definitions.html

They don't define what weight is a "lightly loaded commercial vehicles "

Closure to Light, High-Profile Vehicles: In locations where wind gusts are 60 mph or more AND where adequate signage to indicate the limited closure is available, WYDOT will initiate a closure to light, high-profile vehicles. This type of closure may also be initiated when conditions are very icy but the wind gust threshold is less than 60 mph. The closure is targeted at vehicles that are prone to being blown over or being blown off the road such as recreational vehicles, moving vans, campers, small trailers and lightly loaded commercial vehicles but smaller vehicles pulling trailers are also included in this restriction. Drivers of vehicles that fail to heed this type of closure will be considered in violation of Wyoming Statute 24-1-109 and 'shall be subject to a fine of not more than seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00) or to imprisonment for a period not to exceed thirty (30) days, or to both such fine and imprisonment.'

Research shows that when wind gusts exceed 60 mph, there is almost certainty that multiple vehicles will be blown over or be involved in a loss of control type of crash. These crashes most often result in debris on the highway that results in a road closure to all vehicles. It is important to note that WYDOT does not have adequate signage to implement a closure to light, high-profile vehicles in all locations. Additional sites may have wind gusts exceeding 60 mph and pose a significant risk of blow over. In these locations, WYDOT will indicate 'Extreme Blow Over Risk' on our information systems and drivers should exercise special caution.

Extreme Blow Over Risk: In locations where wind gusts are 60 mph or more and where adequate signage to indicate a closure to light, high profile vehicles is NOT available, WYDOT will issue an Extreme Blow Over Risk warning. This type of warning may also be initiated when conditions are very icy but the wind gust threshold is less than 60 mph. The warning is targeted at vehicles that are prone to being blown over or being blown off the road such as recreational vehicles, moving vans, campers, small trailers and lightly loaded commercial vehicles but smaller vehicles pulling trailers are also included in this restriction.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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I-80 in Wyoming Thru Thursday

So when they close the i80 to lightweight high profile vehicles. Does anyone know what weight is the cutoff?? I read they can hand out tickets for continuing but I couldn't find an exact weight.

Thank you

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Which companies have driver facing cameras?

Us Xpress doesn't have cameras facing in but they do have a microphone that records the same 8seconds when an incident occurs, so they can hear if you were talking on the phone or something else.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Looking for advice as I start my driver training in a few days

I have never been a mechanically inclined either. Purposely really never wanted to work on engines!

It seemed to me passing the pre-trip is really more memorization than mechanical knowledge. You learn the part names and what they look like and what could be wrong with them. Our school broke it down like if it's metal it can be bent, cracked damaged broken. If it's rubber it can be cracked, dry rotted, have an abrasion. Electrical look for frayed wires, bare wires or illegal tape.

I passed my pre-trip with flying colors. For me I retain stuff best when I write it down so I would write lists of the parts and check to see what I forgot then start over.

My husband and I have been out on our own now for almost 2months and I love it!

Good luck Ladies!! You can do it!!

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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I-40 or I-70 decision time

Thanks guys!!

We are taking 40 looks like Flagstaff won't be bad mid-day and hopefully we will be just far enough behind the storm that the roads will be okay in NM. The one and only time we have been on 54 it was thru the night so I can't speak to it's beauty, looks like most of it will be night driving this time too.

Stay safe out there every one!!

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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I-40 or I-70 decision time

So bad weather every where. We have a 19600 load going from LA to Toledo, OH. They said we can take I 40 to tucumcarri, NM then hwy 54 to I35 but looking at the weather that route is getting hit right now with a storm.

We can also take I 15 to I 70 but there are strong wind warnings on I15 and then 70 has been hit and is in the mountains.

What would you guys do??

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Drug tested AGAIN!

I've haven't even been with my company a month and I already got pulled in for a random. Fm said I'll probably be good for this year. We'll see!

The sucky thing about it was it was a clinic in Las Vegas and we asked if there was truck parking fm said yes, what he didn't say was it was the nurse that said there was. We did look at Google but didn't realize what we thought was different colored pavements were actually covered parking for cars. It was a bit of a truck trap! Only had to hop one curb and do a 90 to get out but if the lot had been more full we would have been screwed!

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Where do you get your weather??

I thought I had! Will do!!

Incidentally, you can change your Driver Status now, Amber.

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Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Where do you get your weather??

Thanks guys!!

I have always been a wunderground fan. Still like it just curious what others use!!

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Where do you get your weather??

Curious what app or website experienced truckers use for weather??

Thank you!!

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Rookie who can’t stand otr training

Naj,

I didn't enjoy training at all either, it feels like you are at someone else's mercy. My trainer was super indecisive which made it very difficult at times, never knowing what would really end up happening. I wanted to cry many times, I just kept reminding myself that this will end.

Now my husband and I are on the road on our own and I'm loving it, so worth it!! If you can, stick it out through training and see if you like it once you get out on your own.

Best of luck to you.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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PackRat's 2020 Daily Driving Diary

So would the guard or office personnel inform you that you shouldn't deliver early? We got a couple notices about not delivering early but when we got there and asked they said it was fine, all d&h not live unloads. Thank you for all the time and energy this will take Packrat!!

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Post A Picture Of Your Significant Other Here’s Mine

Our first week of driving! Going well so far! My hubby and me! Love this thread!! 0776311001578245057.jpg

Posted:  3 months ago

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Safety question

Pictures of the hose holder that fell off. It's only held on by a plastic clip, that clips up onto the metal bar not down over it. I have seen that some people zip tie it on and a lot of people don't use it. We have just clipped onto the metal bar instead of using it. 0606827001577804670.jpg0236451001577804694.jpg0223528001577804769.jpg0057416001577804834.jpg

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Safety question

They pulled out of the gladhands when you made your turn...

They didn't pull out the glad hands the fittings broke on the truck leaving part of the threaded pipe in the truck, the glad hands were still connected at the trailer no damage there.

That is essentially the set up, there is an angled bar attached to the metal bar that they are attached to on my trainer's rig, instead of being directly attached to the metal bar like in this picture. I saw both ways at the yard yesterday.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Safety question

So the hoses where attached to the bar across the back when I did my pre trip in the morning all high enough to not get caught and not to tight. But somehow during driving they came off the bar and got caught under the tires during the turn thus pulling them out of the truck, the glad hand connections were still connected.

The way my trainer said it made me think this was a problem on lots of trucks, which I thought it's not going to be on mine! I'll figure out a way to make it not one!

But now with what you all are saying it sounds like it was something he could have fixed but didn't and look where that got us!

Walking around the yard today I saw all different configurations of how the lines are held up, I just know ours will not be able to come off from a darn bump!!

Errol thanks for explaining that the trailer would just pull you to a stop, I was afraid with the rain and all it would skid and swing out but i see now what you mean about the truck still going faster. Not as scary but people behind you might find it quite surprising!!

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Safety question

Viking, planning on making sure this can't happen on our truck. The brakes locked up so fast and I was only going slowly around a corner, on the highway at say 60 wouldn't your trailer skid pretty quickly especially with rain?? Wouldn't the trailer jacknife?? How do you correct that with no way to release the brakes??

Packrat, I thought it sounded weird but that's what he said. The airlines came off the truck not the trailer. Like the mechanism that holds the springs that hold them off the cat walk came off. Like I said we will be making sure this isn't possible on our truck.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Safety question

So I posted most of this only training diary but thought it might be worth it to post this here so more newbies might see it. I've tried to condense the story down a bit.

I did my pre trip in the morning at about 3am everything was good to go. I headed out and drove a couple hours to our drop off. One of the things I was surprised about was how ruff some of the freeways are!! That morning I hit a good one that made me catch air in the seat and I was only doing 50, it was raining hard and still dark out. So not long after that bump I get off the freeway and I am making the turn onto the street where the yard is and there is a loud bang and the truck immediately feels weird!! My trainer is up immediately and I have already put my hazard lights on when I realize we are loosing air pressure. It's dark out and my trainer yelled at me to stop when he was getting up so we have ended up stopped in the middle of the road. I hop out to see what had happened, some how our air line came loose and when I turned they got caught under the tires and ripped them out of the truck. My trainer said the mechanism they have to hold the airlines up has a flaw that when you hit big bumps it can unhook and leave them dangling!!!! He said it had happened just the other day while I was sleeping!!! So we had a 43000lbs load so we couldn't drag the trailer out of the road. Set out our triangles and called breakdown, we were there for about an hour before a mechanic got there, he caged the trailer brakes and we eased on into our destination.

Now I'm new but the fact that the airlines can come loose from hitting a bump scared the sh** out of me!! I mean if those airlines had gotten torn out on the freeway that could have been a major accident!!! I mean there are a lot of bumps out there!!!

I saw Susan had posted a safety quiz about a steer tires blowing. So what would the seasoned drivers say about having your airlines ripped out while traveling on a freeway in the dark with it raining hard?? What is the proper response?? Especially with a 43000lbs load??

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