Profile For Andrey

Andrey's Info

  • Location:
    DERRY, NH

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 10 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:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Thoughts After My First Week Solo

Congratulations! I knew you would like it :-)

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Avoiding crowed truck stops

A lot depends on time. I normally start driving at 6 am, and start looking for a parking spot between 6 and 7 pm. Finding a spot at rest areas at this time is easy, and if I don't need a shower I always prefer rest areas vs truck stops. Even with a shower in mind I'd rather take it in the middle of a day. What is still difficult for me is backing on a blind side, especially when it is dark. Most times I would not even try, but if I have time, and it is a bright day, and plenty of space, I would take a chance to practice.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Far West Texas O/O Researching Pro-2A Carriers / Brokers

The sherriff especially recommends if you see a group of people or a single person walking on your property that "no habla ingles" to just shoot them dead for obvious reasons.

A sheriff who recommends to shoot an unknown person is either a criminal, or retarded, or doesn't exist. I have a Texas permit to carry, I took a class, and I can tell that if someone shoots a person as it is described by that "sheriff," this someone goes to jail.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Truck Dynasty Driving Academy

I don't think college can make anyone a better driver, they teach only diversity, equality, crt, yoh name it these days. There is only one way to become a better truck driver - to drive a truck.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Truck Dynasty Driving Academy

Well, they do exactly what they are supposed to do - making sure that you get your CDL. You are lucky to have both knowledge and experience, so you really don't need anything from them but a chance to get tested.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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So I'm going to become a truck driver...(looking for critique)

As I have told OP, I did both types of training, so here is my story of a private CDL training. It was soon after the virus hit. I had to close my bakery and was looking for an income. Driving a truck was number one on my list. I saw an ad in a local paper about free training for unemployed, and decided to visit their office. I did not apply for any benefits, because I did not want to be unemployed, just the opposite, but I was told that they can pay for almost any kind of training at hundreds of places - community colleges, universities, trading schools, etc. I asked about CDL and they send me to NETTTS, paying about $7,000 for a 200 hours class. It was scheduled for weekends, took about 2 months, the school was 20 minutes from my home. I started a small welding business at that time and had enough of free time on werkends, so the whole set up worked well for me. The only problem was that because of virus state troopers were not coming to test us. I was ready to test, but had to wait. And as nobody knew how long it would take (it was summer of 2020), I decided to sign up with a company and do it all over again... Any way, I got some knowledge and experience at NETTTS, plus you cannot beat the price :-)

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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So I'm going to become a truck driver...(looking for critique)

It is really hard for me to understand how people are shelling out $7k for a small piece of plastic which is available for free at so many places!

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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LOOKING FOR TRUCKERS FOR PHOTO EDITORIAL - COLORADO OR WASHINGTON STATE

Why limit yourself with Colorado? If you decide to do New Hampshire, let me know, I am ready!

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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I have a terrible driving record, drug user and criminal record …………,

Apparently, some people wirh testing concerns can make it! LOL

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Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Now that the Soviets have invaded Ukraine...

If Russia were intervening purely out of an interest in protecting the separatists in Donetsk and Luhansk and enforcing their claim of independence, the invasion would have been concentrated on Donetsk and Luhansk, and not the entire nation.

It is not possible to protect Donetsk and Lugansk staying within its borders.

Crimea was annexed by Russia in 2014

There is no point in repeating this propaganda cliché. Crimea was not annexed. People of Crimea had a vote and decided to be part of Russia, just as they used to be in the past.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Now that the Soviets have invaded Ukraine...

They were never truly allies.

You need to remember that Soviet Union was the only one out of three allies who fought on its own land and did the main fighting. I think the whole idea of these three countries being allies was political: US and Britain were investing resources trying to limit Soviet influence in Western Europe after the victory.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Now that the Soviets have invaded Ukraine...

Andrey, did you come from one of those places? Please give us some basic description of what life is like in those places. What it like to be a truck driver there.

Bruce, I visited these places many years ago. Most of what I know comes from my relatives who live there. I don't want to move this thread away from our general topic, so I'll answer very briefly: Donetsk and Lugansk is a coal mining region. It does have universities and theaters, but still the majority of its population is treated by Ukrainian authorities as dumb and retarded. In 2014 people claimed independence, pretty much like Americans did in 1776. Ukraine called them separatists and declared war. Since then people of this region have been fighting for freedom. Unfortunately, I cannot say anything about truck driving there - I've never driven anything bigger than a minivan before I came to America twenty years ago.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Now that the Soviets have invaded Ukraine...

What we're seeing is a completely unprovoked act under false pretenses

Are you sure you have enough information about life in Donetsk and Lugansk republics to make such claims?

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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So I'm going to become a truck driver...(looking for critique)

As someone who has experience with both types of schools, I can tell that you will get a much better and faster training at a company sponsored school.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Now that the Soviets have invaded Ukraine...

The Soviets are not now, nor have they ever been, a friend to these United States of America. Hate to be a downer.

This is very far from truth. Both nations fought against their common Nazi enemy during WWII. I agree, it was not for long, but nonetheless it was, and at that short time they were like brothers. My late grandfather told me about that.

Posted:  3 months ago

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What to do about the driver shortage?

@Pacific Pearl, we may live in different worlds, but my experience is almost opposite to what you say. 1) Buttigiege is already a big problem for transport industry - most truck drivers would be a better fit for his position. 2) I am a company driver, and I set my home time myself. If I need a week or two off, all I need to do is tell my boss. 3) It is hard to make my job more attractive - there is nothing to fix, so it is attractive already. 4) I dealt with recruiters at Roehl and Western Express, both times our communication was very transparent, nobody lied to me and I got everything I was promised. I am not saying that all companies are as good as mine, but I hope my experience proves that they are at least not as bad as you say.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Wifi !

I have my personal Verizon phone with 15 Gb and a company ATT tablet with unlimited data, both can be used as hot spots.

Posted:  3 months ago

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What to do about the driver shortage?

Andrey, I think you did your math wrong. 100 new CDL holders every week for a year would total 5200. Are you sure that 100 per week number is correct? Sounds high to me.

My bad, I was thinking about months instead of weeks. But weekly estimate is more or less correct. Roehl has 4 locations, the one in Gary being the biggest, so it may create more license holders, but let's think they are equal. A new class starts every Monday. There are 8-10 people in class. Success rate is very high: testers are Roehl instructors, they will keep you for another week and allow to retest if something goes wrong. In my class of eight, seven people passed. So even if we have 5-6 new CDLs every week at one location, it is still about 1000-1200 a year. Which is very close to how many trucks Roehl has :-)

Posted:  3 months ago

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What to do about the driver shortage?

It is hard to tell whether driver shortage is real or not, especially when there is no clear definition of 'shortage' - are we talking about any drivers, including those who are straight from school, or about drivers with a few or more years of experience? Look at a typical big company with 1000+ trucks and its own school. I was trained at Roehl, but assume that other companies are similar. Every week Roehl produces about a 100 new CDL holders, which is 1000+ a year. It may look like drivers get their licenses, pay for them by staying with a company for one year and then leave. In fact, it is more complicated, because a lot of new drivers do not finish their first year and either quit driving, or go to second-chance companies, or downgrade to class B. I think companies are interested in having more inexperienced disposable drivers, so if there is a shortage, it is the shortage of good experienced drivers.

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AC at truck stops

Anne, I don't think it was operable. Some hoses were hanging, some attached to the poles to make more rooms. Most trucks backed into the holes, but two or three nosed in, probably they didn't want to back in the darkness (there were no lights there) and the angle was weird. It took me several pull ups and a walk to the back to check how far I can go. I looked at the end of that hose, there was a hole and nothing more.

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