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    Ocklawaha, FL

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    Rookie Team Driver

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    1 year, 1 month ago

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Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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How much experience is needed to pull doubles?

Thank you both for your input!

Bobcat it looks like we would get an 8cent raise from our current pay if we pulled doubles. We get 60cents now and starting pay is 68 for doubles. Think that makes it worth it?

Thanks again!!

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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How much experience is needed to pull doubles?

Hey everyone! Curious what the experts think is enough experience to start pulling doubles?? Our company offers an increase in pay for it so we are thinking about it but don't want to get ourselves in over our heads either! We have 4months driving now, things have been going really well for us, no major issues just lots of miles!!!

Thank you for your expertise!!

Posted:  3 months ago

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Update 3months down and doing well

Hi everyone! First I have to say I have a new appreciation for all the moderators out there finding the time to write on here while doing this job! I found even if I have the time I just want to relax not think!

That said I am truly enjoying myself out here on the road. Things are going well communication with FM is pretty good, still working on my husband to do more messaging, he hates texting so it's been a struggle for him to not just talk to a person. We are running between 5000 and 6000miles a week, running our clocks down fast and resetting. We are quite happy with our choice of US Xpress, the pay has been good and the one time we asked for home time they got us home no problem. The weekend dispatch can be frustrating but our regular FM rocks!

We have had frustrating experiences, little things like lights out or check engine light, trailer nowhere to be found, wrong pickup numbers long waits to get loaded but it's all par for the course, when we get a long load all that seems to just melt away as we get in the rhythm of shift changes. I'm just loving watching spring progress!!

One question I've had is we have had our in cab computer say the opposite of what the lighted signs say about whether to bypass a weight station or not and we haven't known which to listen to??

I can't thank Brett and everyone else on here for all the great info this site truly made this transition so much easier!!

Thank you!!!!

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks 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:  3 months, 3 weeks 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:  4 months 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:  4 months 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 months, 1 week 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:  4 months, 3 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:  5 months 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:  5 months 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:  5 months, 3 weeks 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:  6 months 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:  6 months 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:  6 months ago

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Where do you get your weather??

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

Thank you!!

Posted:  6 months, 1 week 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:  6 months, 1 week 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:  6 months, 1 week 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:  6 months, 2 weeks 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:  6 months, 2 weeks 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.

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