Profile For Jay F.

Jay F.'s Info

  • Location:
    Charlotte , NC

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 9 months ago

Jay F.'s Bio

41 years old currently driving a cement truck

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Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Getting Hired as a Gig Economy Worker

When I got my cdl I had done Uber lyft Amazon prime and ebay for 5 years. I first provided my 1099s then I provided screenshots of my weekly totals. I had no trouble getting hired. It might take a little more work on your end

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Opinions on Trans-tech Charlotte

I got my cdl at transtech in Newton. I have no complaints. I knew my record was clean and could get hired anywhere. I wanted to pay my way and not owe anyone anything for school, for 2800 bucks it was a great deal. Good instructors and good equipment. No complaints

Posted:  1 year ago

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Looking for advice on whether or not to get into trucking

Where are you at in the southeast? Bobcat has some great advice. I wanted to do LTL but there just wasn’t any openings when I got my CDL. The dock workers for LTL make great money as well and most have dock to driver programs. Bobcat works for one of the best in OD. Southeastern is another great one, but honestly none of them are bad.

I have two small kids I hated being away from them, and OTR is a lifestyle not a job. I quickly learned it’s not for me. There’s a lot of Class B jobs that get you home every night that you can make north of 50K. My drivers will make 70k plus with overtime this year.

Thanks for the advice guys, I had heard a driver talking about how much he was making doing LTL on a podcast so I'll look into the companies around hear that do that. There are alot of trucking companies near where I live and a Ashley Furniture distribution plant about a mile from my house but I know for a fact they require 2yrs of tractor trailer experience for their line haul department.

Posted:  1 year ago

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Local story regarding TMC

TMC couldn’t be anymore clear about their grooming standards. When I went there we had a guy come in with dreadlocks. He was told on day one it wasn’t acceptable and was given a few days to get them cut. They also don’t allow crazy beards. TMC is a top notch company, but the founder is a retired marine. He wants his trucks and drivers to look at certain way. This man wanted to make this an issue. They make sure you know their appearance standards long before you leave for school or orientation

Posted:  1 year ago

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Is majority big carriers taking new drivers with an automatic E restriction on cdl A?

I debated this very thing when going to school. Before I went I did a lot of Uber driving. We have 2 frieghtliner plants in the Charlotte area, and about once a month I would pick up a truck driver that delivers the new frieghtliner trucks across the country. All of them said the same thing. They rarely see new trucks with a manual. In fact the one guy told a funny little story. He got in a truck to deliver it, and it wouldn’t start. He goes in to talk to the mechanic to tell him the truck was broke down and the mechanic looked at him and said did you try pushing the clutch in. He said it was 7 months since his last manual and he just forgot.

Posted:  1 year ago

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Are all alcohol related violations treated the same?

Like Packrat said be thankful for a job. You’re basically starting over. Those prior 5 years don’t mean anything now that you have a DUI.

I do the hiring at my company. We are small so we aren’t self insured. I wanted to hire someone that had a 5 year old DUI, and the insurance company wouldn’t insure him

Posted:  1 year, 10 months 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:  1 year, 11 months 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:  1 year, 11 months 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:  1 year, 11 months 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:  1 year, 11 months 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:  1 year, 11 months 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 year, 11 months 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 year, 11 months 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 year, 11 months 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:  2 years 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:  2 years 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:  2 years 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 years ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

Had a cool pour this morning. Pouring the floor on a second story office building. This pump operator gave new meaning to getting it In the hole! 0712336001595589267.jpg0850377001595589305.jpg0990940001595589338.jpg0672697001595589366.jpg

Posted:  2 years 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.

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