Profile For Andrey

Andrey's Info

  • Location:
    DERRY, NH

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 3 months ago

Andrey's Bio

I was born and grew up in Russia, then came to Texas as soon as I could. Now we live in New Hampshire. My parents told me that when I was a few years old I would stop near every truck and say: "I'll get in the seat, and drive." Well, I am 50 now, and I have to say, that nothing changed - I still want to get in the seat and drive.

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Posted:  22 hours, 14 minutes ago

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Firearms?

I drive Chicago to New Hampshire almost every week via 80, 81, 84, 90, 495 and 93. A very nice road with the best rest areas in Ohio, and almost no rests at all in Mass. You will most likely not need a gun on this route. MA laws are very tough, if they find a gun on you, it may be costly. On the other hand, it doesn't happen that often, so in my opinion you will be OK.https://www.truckingtruth.com/truckers-forum/Topic-30969/Page-1/firearms

Posted:  22 hours, 20 minutes ago

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First Load went terribly wrong! Please Help!

I was in a similar situation. Your career is absolutely not killed. Your options have narrowed down, but still there are plenty of them. Western Express is a good one, give it a try. I would suggest to be honest and tell your recruiter the whole truth. They have enough ways to find it out, so why take the risk of being a liar?

Posted:  2 days, 14 hours ago

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Is this normal for school has mine over enrolled?

Yes, it is normal for some schools, it reminds me of NETTTS in North Andover, MA. Company training is very different and is much better.

Posted:  3 days, 13 hours ago

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My Trucking Journey from the beginning

I say that as someone who was born and raised in Southern California, so I don't have the "everything is bigger in Texas" mentality.

It is hardly about mentality. I was born and raised in Russia, but for me there is absolutely no doubt that everything is bigger in Texas. Another thing that I learned is that Sooners and Aggies both suck.

Posted:  3 days, 15 hours ago

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I’ve had it with this faulty truck

Have you checked the connections on your batteries? Loose nuts can cause the symptoms you describe.

Posted:  5 days, 1 hour ago

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CDL class A with bus driving experience

I don't think any company will accept a class B bus experience because they all want you to pull a trailer.

Posted:  5 days, 1 hour ago

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Cooking/Eating OTR

Trucking is a relatively diverse industry - there are all kind of people among drivers, including, I am sure, vegans. A driver is the boss, you can eat whatever you want and as often as you want.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Stickers

Andrey,

While 'perusing' Amazon tonight, I searched for 'Tractor Trailer Stickers & Magnets' and they have a slew, too!

Thank you, Anne! I probably didn't make myself clear enough - I am not shopping, I am interested to see real stickers on real trucks, something like Mikey B. posted.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Log book quiz

Now if I'm not mistaken your method is a DOT violation. You cannot run until you run out if time THEN switch to PC and continue to a stopping place.

Here is a more detailed scenario. My delivery is on the next day, about 500 miles to drive. I arrive at a planned rest area with 30 minutes left on the clock. It is 2100 and there are no spots to park. The next closest rest area is 90 miles. There is also a truck stop in 20 miles, so I go there. It is 2120, the same thing, no spots. Now I have 10 minutes left. I start PC and drive for an hour to the next rest area, where I park. Is it a violation?

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Log book quiz

The tricky part here is when to start PC. As far as I know, it must be done only when you are really running out of time. So if I go off-duty at 1800, but there is still, let's say, an hour (of my 14) left, I cannot start PC. I tried it couple of times to create an early beginning of the next day, but was told by my company that it was wrong. Normally it happens to me while driving, not at a dock. I stop when I have 5-10 minutes left, put myself off-duty, immediately hit PC and drive until I park. Then I clear the PC and hit sleeper. The 10 hour break starts from that last off-duty moment. I have never been inspected so far, so cannot speak about it, but the person who checks my logs doesn't have any problems with them.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Stickers

It has been always interesting for me to see what kind of stickers drivers put on their trucks - religious, political, wise, stupid, after all it always tells a lot about a person behind a wheel.

Sikh people like quotes from their leaders. This is what I saw last week at a Pilot on I-80 in Ohio.

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And here is my magnet. In a loose translation from Russian in means "you will make it farther if you drive slower."

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I wonder if there is somewhere a collection of pictures with such stickers? I am not banned on Google, just cannot find it.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Pre-trip and HOS

If DOT inspects your logs and you go straight to drive everyday, it'll open some cans you don't want opened.

I know that these 15 minutes have to be logged, so when I wake up, I do my pre-trip off the clock, then log in and do whatever has to be done - bathroom, fixing a bottle of water, finding audiobooks for the day and so on. Once 15 minutes are logged, I hit the road.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Pre-trip and HOS

My trainer taught me to start the clock not before, but after I finish pre-trip. It makes sense, so I do it. I also know that some companies tell drivers not to do it - I heard it from people, and was told so myself at Roehl, although nobody could explain to me what's wrong about it. Any ideas?

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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HOS Rules; New 8/2 or 7/3 Split

There is something wrong with a rule that requires so much effort to understand. Also, in my eyes this rule benefits companies' productivity, but hurts drivers' quality of life.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Florida CDL Permit Questions

It also doesn't matter where you test and get your CDL. Get where you can, and then change it if you want.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Volvo hood mirrors adjustment

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Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Volvo hood mirrors adjustment

Is your seat all the way down to the floor? It may be the reason. I am 5-11, the seat is somewhere on the middle, and I can easily see the whole mirror.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Will You Take The Jab?

My companies policy is for no firearms on board.

AFAIK, all big and medium carriers have no firearms policies. At the same time I have never heard or read about any enforcement of these policies and drivers being searched or even fired. But I tried to say that companies are only minor parts of this big anti-gun equasion. Any business has the right to ban firearms on its premises, and I see a lot of such signs at big DCs and small warehouses. Then, of course, there are officers who may want to enforce state and city laws. In my understanding, companies are the smallest threat. Let's hope that a federal reciprocity bill will pass one day, it will solve all the problems.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Will You Take The Jab?

be able to concealed carry

How is it related to the company? Jersey cops don't care what this or that carrier allows :-)

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Will You Take The Jab?

Never.

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