Profile For Jay F.

Jay F.'s Info

  • Location:
    Charlotte , NC

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    11 months, 1 week ago

Jay F.'s Bio

41 years old currently driving a cement truck

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Posted:  6 days, 13 hours ago

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Home Run Trucking (Xenia, Ohio)

I see home run trucks on a daily basis with my job. They deliver construction materials to new home sites. If that’s what you would be doing it’s a really bad idea for a new driver.

Number 2 these construction sites are crazy busy. You gotta be a wizard with that truck. I watch these guys struggle sometimes to find a place to drop their loads. Second the loads are odd shapes sometimes hanging a few feet over the side of the truck. You will have a hard enough time keeping a regular shape truck and trailer between the lines, let alone this truck. I drive a mixer and it’s hard enough getting it through these neighborhoods

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Runaway truck!

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We were coming back from our weekend trip, and saw this on I-77 coming down out of Virginia into NC. I personally have need seen a truck so far up the ramp.

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Fancy Gap?

Yep at mile marker 3

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Runaway truck!

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We were coming back from our weekend trip, and saw this on I-77 coming down out of Virginia into NC. I personally have need seen a truck so far up the ramp.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Dump truck experience?

Gotta keep trying. Here in Charlotte it’s doable. I drive a cement mixer, and hsd zero experience. I had an interview for driving a dump truck but decided to stay with the mixer for now. I think it depends on your area and demand. Here in Charlotte we can’t get drivers.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Prospective New Driver...plz help!

TMC or Melton would be my first choice for flatbed. Both excellent companies. TMC does company sponsored training in Iowa and columbia South Carolina

So...if I was really interested in driving flatbed y'all's first choice would be...Western Express? Knight, maybe? For the record, I am planning on going company paid CDL training, as I do not currently have a license. I really like Prime, but from what I've heard, they have a very small flatbed fleet. I'll start wherever, but I like the challenge of securing loads. I think of you can do that, you could probably do anything.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Trans Am Trucking Employment or Non Employment Question?

The only reason you do a move like that is to cut costs. My bet is they aren’t doing so hot financially. Imo there’s no other explanation

Kearsey

For a long long time I knew I was going to be an OTR driver. I joined this forum about four years ago. After a good many years, the right time, and I went for it. So, here I am.

In my profession of over fifty years I was involved with alot of training. In my past profession training = safety for all concerned and I'm a believer with training in general however if it begins or ends with driving a truck, training is paramount to safety.

Trans Am's training (or lack of) policies to me are mind boggling. I dont profess to understand their rationale and frankly put, I dont care except to say that I'm not included.

At the risk of repeating myself I'll offer an overlook at where I'm at and am 100% satisfied with the process and the company. At CFI, about a week of orientation. Then a test drive with a CFI trainer. Then a few weeks on the road with a CFI trainer (Finisher as they call it) That brings me to right now back in Joplin. My finisher issued his findings re me to training. My view also issued. Going on the premise I go forward today includes: Obstacle course Written exam Verbal exam Determination if I'm ready to be on the road solo. I'm in 100% agreement with CFI'S safety policies.

Want my opinion of my abilities? I dont think I'm ready because I have some serious backing issues. I need to work more with my backing skills.

When I am on the road solo with CFI it will be that I'm ready to be which I think is a great policy and a great company to work for.

Posted:  1 month ago

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XPO Logistics P&D LTL

How about saia, or estes? Both get very high marks. I agree that OD is the cream of the crop

Thanks for the response. I was looking at old dominion but their closest terminals are 40-60 miles from where i live so i dont think it would work. I dont want to spemd 2 hrs-3 hrs of my 10 hr break commuting. It seems old dominion definitely has a better reputation online. Its a bummer too cus OD is advertising line haul jobs right now in PA and id rather do that. However xpo is 10 miles away from my house so thats why i chose to apply with them. They also seem pretty desperate for drivers right now. Not sure if you’ve noticed this at OD? Im gonna ask the manager if its due to logistics need or turnover rate.

Posted:  1 month ago

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HATE dealing with people!!

Wow is all I can say! I get that you don’t like dealing with people. I don’t either, but guess what after over 20 years of doing some form of customer service I had enough of people. That’s why I drive truck. That being said I deal with people on a daily basis.

Let me say this it’s one thing not wanting to deal with people. It’s another thing not wanting to deal with societal norms. Is it really that hard to say hi Thank you and bye? Guess what not doing so is rude. It’s not that freaking hard, yet you let your stubbornness lose jobs over it. It won’t be any easier with trucking. You will deal with your fleet manager shippers and receivers on a daily basis, and all 3 will play a part in what kind of money you make.

Seriously somewhere along the line you didn’t learn how to develop relationships with people. Perhaps counseling or working with a medical professional To overcome this should be the first step. I don’t see you being overly successful in trucking until you deal with your issues. It’s ok we all have them. Some of us just don’t know it

Posted:  1 month ago

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Can't sleep while truck is moving

You need to do your homework because there are companies out there that offer this. I trained with TMC. I ran my clock out and then my trainer drove a little but they wanted the truck parked at night. This was for the first two weeks. As someone else has said millis offers this. I’m sure there are others as well!

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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And just like that, two job offers

Good luck to you. When I was researching companies, Millis seemed like an awesome company. I’ll be interested to hear how it goes!

The permit tests aren’t that hard. IMO every driver with a regular license should be able to pass the general knowledge test. The airbrakes and the combos can be a challenge but just read and practice and u won’t have any problems

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Starting pay for TMC Transport?

TMC does percentage of the load. You start off at 26%. Based on meeting certain things your pay can increase to 34 percent. However you have to be with TMC at least 3 years I believe to reach that top pay.

My trainer who was with TMC 11 years was making around 90K I personally didn’t make it out of training, but stay in contact with my 13 classmates. Some are still there after 8 months but nobody is making great money. Realistically I think a new driver could make 45-50k tops if you come home every weekend.

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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RECENT CDL GRAD (GOT TERMINATED FOR VIOLATING COMPANY POLICY)

I attended TMC orientation, and like OS said they make it real clear no booze in the hotel, and it’s in the handbook. It’s crystal clear.

In my past career I did a ton of training, and our director of training always stressed that trainees needed to be near perfect, because in training you should put you best foot forward. Anything that wasn’t perfect character wise was a red flag. If a trainee was goofing off in training it would only get worse when out of training and on their own. In TMC’s eyes if you were willing to have a beer your first week then they know when your taking your ten you will be having a beer plus plus.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

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Posted:  2 months ago

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Career change, looking to go local

If my name hasn’t given it away already, I’m in law enforcement and looking to leave. I have been looking at getting my CDL. I was wondering if there are any companies that provide paid training here in Vegas for local routes. I’m unable to be away from home for extended periods so OTR is kind of out of the question for me right now. If there aren’t any companies that provide paid training for local routes, what companies will hire new grads for local routes? I’m willing to put myself through a CDL school if necessary.

Check for CDL B jobs. I paid my way through school, and thought that you had to go over the road. I drive a cement mixer and will make somewhere north of 50k This year and I didn’t start till the 2nd week of February. There’s lots of options out there. I think a lot of folks steer clear of the CDL B jobs because they start between 18-20 an hour. But almost all have overtime and that’s where you make your money at.

I agree with what they preach here though I wouldn’t want to be trying to deliver pulling a 53 ft trailer to some of these business That’s a recipe for disaster.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Can recruiters be trusted?

As always old school is spot on. Werner is a fine company. Beautiful trucks that are well maintained.

You sometimes gotta be persistent with recruiters I had to bug mine call his boss to get the ball rolling. If u want to do flatbed you might want to try Melton. I ultimately didn’t go with them. But everyone on the phone I dealt with was top notch. It took them less then 24 hours to approve me and I could’ve left a week later to start training. If your eager u might want to give them a try

Posted:  2 months ago

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Hair Follicle Testing

There’s no freight coming out of fla. that’s the main reason. Also why u will see a lot of carriers hire north of I-4, and not south.

Generally I think a lot of the vets of this board are too harsh on newbies, but not you. You have a bad attitude and a know it all to boot.

Your opinion on swift is laughable. They are a great company. They have more tractors than any other company. I guess they got that large treating drivers like crap and providing crappy training. I bet they don’t even care about safety. I mean after all how do you explain all those YouTube accident videos? Have 25,000 tractors I’m doesn’t have a thing to do with it.

I went to private school, and there were students there training with swift. They were treated great. Lodging was provided in a nice clean hotel, but swift was no nonsense. One student failed her permit test then failed it again. That was it swift was down they cut their losses. Driving test was the same. You have two shots. I don’t work for swift but I’ve seen enough firsthand to know they are a great company, and when I pass their trucks on the road they are new clean and well maintained

The DC i was at was like that , people who Transferred there said was bad , they had a high turn over rate , people who production was at 110% with max incentives each paycheck were leaving because of the BS. The Pay and Benefits were great . the Work was each IMO , but the way the shift leaders treated people was horrible .

Yeah PRIME was the one i really liked which was a shock they dont hire out of FL seeing as i see there trucks every day.. But yea i know there is a bunch that dont hire out of here . Fl slots fill up fast as its one of the easiest states to get a CDL in .

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I worked at a Walmart DC before going to FedEx Freight and I think Walmart is a great company. I wasn't part of any clique and I didn't get any special treatment, I just went in met production goals and went home.

Prime isn't hiring out of Florida and they're not the only ones. Few companies hire out of Florida, that's why paid training would've been your best bet. You pay all this money and put in all this effort to find out that you have no options because of your location. It happens all the time.

As for being a number, I prefer it. Give me my assignments and make sure my check is right. We'll get along golden.

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Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Sorry gas nozzle! Poor new guy!

So it was towards the end of the day. I was the truck that had to wait to see if there was any last minute loads, so I was sitting in the office when we heard a loud crash. A new guy started yesterday, and is training! He was fueling the truck talking to his trainer and drove off with the fuel pump handle still in the tank! I bet he never does that again. Snapped the end clean off and twisted the pipe coming out of the tank. It was a pain refueling my truck today!

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Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Totally new to trucking. worried about stuff

Definitely need to listen big Scott and the other vets of this site. You need to only go to a company sponsored training program. A lot of private schools will tell you anything to get your money.

We had red light cameras for a time in North Carolina, and the citations had no bearing on one’s license or insurance. It was the equivalent to a parking ticket. Idk about your state.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Ever had one of those days?

Yeah, he really taught that boss a lesson. Not!

Nope, I've never been that stupid.

While I would never do such a thing, and agree it’s stupid. I still find it very funny

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Paid CDL - Automatic or manual transmissions.

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The days of manual transmissions are about over.

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Tell the H/H guys that, LoL~! :)

You’re talking about a very small percentage of trucking. For 99 percent of trucks the manual days are over.

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