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Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Comfort while driving

I've been driving a 2018 Cascadia for about a month now. I thought i would get used to how unbelievably uncomfortable the driver seat is but it's not getting any better. I bought a purple seat cushion which does help slightly but, it still feels like I've been sitting on a 2x4 for 3 days straight after about an hour of driving. Is it just me or are freightliner seats trash? My dads 379 seats are comfortable for me, all 4 of my cars seats are comfortable, I've never had an issue before with any other vehicle seats. This is the second cascadia ive been in and had the same issue. Both of them also have the driver seat leaning to the right slightly. Thoughts?

Posted:  7 months, 2 weeks ago

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Just need to vent to people who understand

I think I’m gonna call the original one I applied for in the morning and try to talk to them and explain my situation and ask if they’re willing to make any exceptions. Id rather **** in my hands and clap than have to wait another year.

Posted:  7 months, 2 weeks ago

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Just need to vent to people who understand

I called every single company I could find that offers training. Im either going to have to relocate and hope that the other companies will be ok with my spotty work history or just wait. I know im not gonna relapse into old habits. Ive made it this far, im not going to give up my progress. Im just super bummed out. Ive been counting the days for a long time, now i have to start over from 365.

Take a look at these Paid CDL Training Programs to see if you've applied to all of these. There's also CFI, Swift, C.R. England to name a few that have schools but aren't included on that link. Unfortunately living in Florida cuts into what companies will hire you as you're finding out. Don't give up hope. If you indeed do need to wait it out another year just keep doing what you're doing. Keep your nose clean and stick with whatever job you currently have. We have plenty of members here that had a rough start and have used that to push them to be the best they can and now enjoy a very lucrative career. Don't give up or fall into a bad place due to frustrations with the situation.

Posted:  7 months, 2 weeks ago

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Just need to vent to people who understand

So the past three years ive been waiting for my driving reccord to clean up so I could start my new career and reopen my fathers trucking company. I got out of a lot of bad habits and away from negative influences in my life. I’ve made a really big turn around and im proud of myself for sticking to my goals and being a responsible adult. I stopped doing drugs. I cut back on drinking quite a bit, almost completely. And I’ve been studying hard to pass the cdl tests first try and get out there driving and to get the hell away from my current life.

This was my year to do it. This month marked 3 years since my last speeding ticket. It’s my time to shine. The lease on my apartment is up in september, thats when i wanted to head off to driver training at one of the very few programs that hire out of Florida. I’ve been looking forward to this moment for a long time and it was finally in my grasp. I’ve been dreading going to work every day knowing I have better plans ahead of me. It’s been like psychological torture and it was finally about to end. I don’t think ive ever had this much to look forward to. I even convinced my parents to watch my dog for me while im training which was a task on its own.

I fill out my application, gather my work history and fill it out as accurately as possible, send it off knowing I was going to get a call from the recruiter explaining where id be going and all that jazz. Well I got an email, and it’s probably the ****tiest thing I’ve ever had to read in my entire life. It simply says “i was unable to get your unemployment time approved.” Im honestly heart broken.

My work history has been somewhat inconsistent the past few years. From covid to my motorcycle accident that almost took my leg and a short period of time where i was struggling to find work after another injury. I call my recruiter up to ask why my dreams are being shattered and how long I would have to wait for the company to overlook it. Another year he tells me. Another year. Circumstances that are 100% out of my control have rendered my application useless. I don’t even know what to do now. That was absolutely the last thing I thought I had to worry about. Ive called every pay to train company I can find and all of them either dont hire where I live or also have an issue with my unemployment.

I’ve sold or trashed almost all of my belongings in preparation to leave, I’ve sold all my motorcycles (which were the only things keeping me sane), I’ve got nowhere to live after next month and my savings are depleting quickly. I don’t know if I can stomach another year of my current life.

I've never wanted something more in my life and now that I thought I had it, it’s gone for at least another year. I’ve felt I’m suffocating in my own misery, wanting desperately to leave and start a new life for years and now im just ****ing crushed. I know this is all on me and my personal choices. Im only 25, I hopefully have a long life ahead if me. But it really sucks to finally realize where you belong, working and embracing the suck to make it happen, being good when I had plenty of opportunity and influence to do otherwise, and I just get **** on by my 1 opportunity to make something of myself where I know im not going to hate every morning getting out of bed to do it.

Honestly I hope nobody reads this cause it’s embarrassing to me ranting and complaining like a little ***** but I needed to get it off my chest. Another year. I can do it. It’s gonna be worth it, right?

Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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Hair follicle test and alcohol consumption

Thank you.

Don't sweat your alcohol use. As long as you're not drinking while on the road you should be good. Many of us enjoy having a couple beers while home. I was on vacation last week and definitely had a few long islands. As long as you're aware alcohol and driving do not mix. Even a trace of alcohol in your system by the DOT will put you out of service for 24 hours which almost guaranteed will have your company fire you. Having a CDL also means your blood alcohol level for a DUI also drops to .04 regardless if it's in a Commercial Vehicle or your personal car. I've never heard of somebody failing a hair follicle test for alcohol use.

Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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Hair follicle test and alcohol consumption

I am going off to a pay to train program in a couple months and am now concerned with passing the hair test due to my frequent alcohol consumption. I stopped smoking weed about a year ago but i still drink beer frequently and the occasional mixed drink/whiskey on the rocks. Especially since my birthday was just a couple weeks ago and I definitely over consumed. Not looking to be berated, i am perfectly in control of my body and habits and I am taking this seriously. However i never considered that they would be looking for alcohol consumption in addition to thc, opioids, amphetamines and the like. I am just curious as to what these companies are really looking for in the test and if I have anything to worry about. Do i need to wait a couple more months or is there no real risk?

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