Profile For Sly48

Sly48's Info

  • Location:
    Houston, TX

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    12 years ago

Sly48's Bio

Revisiting the forum after almost 2 years, Started out with Prime back in Oct. 2012. Stayed with them "BUT" didn't complete a full year due to what appeared to be a great job (not trucking) that ended after 9 months when the company laid off several of us due to financial troubles.

So here I am again considering trucking for the 2nd round. I did Reefer with Prime, had 100% safety record, 100% on time delivery and consistently got my fuel bonus and was always in the top 5 in MPG.

I'm wanting to get back into it but don't want van really. Looking into Tanker or Intermodal that will get me home often. Preferably a M-F gig.

Thanks, Sly

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Posted:  9 years, 8 months ago

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Most Current High Road Training Program...

Yeah, there are a few small differences between state manuals but they're few and far between. Ultimately it's not going to have an affect on your scores for your CDL permit test or your endorsement tests. We chose the Illinois CDL manual because Illinois has the most stringent standards for getting your CDL. You can read through your state manual if you like but I can assure you it's completely uneccessary. People who use nothing but our High Road Training Program consistently get amazing scores on their exams, sometimes getting perfect scores.

What Brett said is dead on!!! For example, my state booklet and training material was horrible and I chose to ONLY study here for all my tests and passed with flying colors. In some cases 100% in others in the 90's. Most recently I added the Hazmat to my endorsements and I got more info from this site than the state offered and I think only missed one question. I went to the lady in the office and she saw my score, I told I was worried it would be tough and she said more than 70% of the people that take it fail the hazmat one or two times. I just smiled and told her I had an ace in the hole!! dancing-banana.gif

Posted:  9 years, 8 months ago

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Officially One Year Of Safe Driving Down

I am only putting this on here to show my appreciation for Trucking Truth. There is no doubt in my mind that this site and its contributors made me a safer truck driver before I even put my butt in a seat.

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Thanks again,

Rolling Thunder, aka, Jay D. Massey Sr.

That's awesome!!! Great to hear it!!! The 1st year is the toughest!!!

Posted:  9 years, 8 months ago

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I'm not a Real Truck Driver.......

Encouraging!

More proof the industry needs safe and reliable drivers, and are willing to pay!

Not having a job is about the worst feeling there is. Having a skill that's in demand and finding work is about the best feeling there is.

In my opinion, of course.

Congratulations!

Thanks!! :)

Posted:  9 years, 8 months ago

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I'm not a Real Truck Driver.......

Sounds great Sly!

I was in South Louisiana the other day and kept looking in all those Service Transport tanker trucks hoping I might see you. Now I know why I didn't spot you anywhere.

Ha!! Thanks!!! That's were I would be now if this opportunity had not popped up and it just seems to fit better. But the true test won't be till I'm out there.

Posted:  9 years, 8 months ago

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Hazmat & tanker nailed

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Congrats!!! While the Tanker is pretty easy, the hazmat seems like a lot to retain. I stressed on the Hazmat exam at my local DMV office. But once I got there it was a lot easier than expected.....ALL thanks to the training HERE!! The halts are a good thing too, it MAKES you remember!! :)

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I agree the halts are good. Just wasnt good when i wanted to just brush up. Wish i would have figured to reset. Lol. The first time i read the hazmat in the manual i was like WTF!!! Lol. But using highroad, the test was a walk in the park. On the dmv test I skiped 3 questions and missed 3. Tanker i actually got 100% on.

I had 3 login names so I could do different things at different times in different sections!!!.....Call me a cheater...haha!!!

Posted:  9 years, 8 months ago

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Averitt Express

I heard about their facial hair policy and thought it was a myth! So it is true??? Wow

Yes, it was true....but I guess they were having trouble getting drivers with it being so strict and they have changed it.

Posted:  9 years, 8 months ago

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Averitt Express

I was just researching companies while waiting to get unloaded and saw a posting from Averitt's Dedicated account which caught my attention. I went on their website and noticed they don't want you to have "any" moving violations within the past 5 years! My last one was 3 years ago. Do they really go by that? I've never seen a company go back five years especially paying what they are.

If they are in need of drivers, I would think that one moving violation within 5 years would not be a deal breaker. Typically it's 3 years, but most companies will allow a couple as long as they are not serious stuff like reckless driving, DUI, etc...

I'd call or email to check and see if the one you have is a deal breaker.

I looked at them once, but didn't like their tattoo and facial hair policy. They have lifted the facial hair or shall I say altered their policy. you can know have a well trimmed mustache and goatee I think.

Posted:  9 years, 8 months ago

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I'm not a Real Truck Driver.......

As long as you ate happy with it that is what matters

Exactly!!! Thanks!!! Every person has different wants and needs and this (for now) fits them!! :)

Posted:  9 years, 8 months ago

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I'm not a Real Truck Driver.......

Ha!! Had to get your attention!!

Several of you know my story, but for the ones that don't I'm going to share a shortened version and where trucking as taken me on my next journey.

2 years ago I went to a local community college and took their Professional Driving course. Passed and went to Prime, did my training, went out on my own solo and after 8 months found a job here in the oil and gas field (Mon-Fri 6am-3pm). That job ended due to what they called "Corp. downsizing".

Now for the past 6 weeks I've been looking at pulling tankers. I had two pre-hire letters from 2 local companies that would get me home weekends, etc and was just about to join one. But wait, I see a position for a local driving job and the schedule is Mon-Fri day shift, weekends off. I apply and they called me, I interviewed and got the job.

I start Mon. the 3rd. Here's where the title of this post goes......I'm not a real truck driver!! It's a local/regional gig within an assigned territory driving a Class B 26' Straight Truck. Basically I go to retail pharmacy establishments such as CVS, Walgreen's, Sam's, Walmarts, any place that has a retail pharmacy inside. I pick up pharmaceutical recyclables. Things like old out dated meds, whether it be pills or liquids, etc. It could even be out dated items in the stores that need to be recycled per any and all EPA, DOT and DEA regulations.

On occasion my route might call for me to be out 2-3 nights during the week at which they give me a company credit card for hotels and they pay for my meals while I'm away from my home location. I keep filling the truck until Fridays then on Friday afternoon take the truck to a local drop off facility, they unload it and the waste goes to wherever they send it via a Class A Big Truck. I park my truck then go home.

What also appealed to me is it's a salaried job and it pays very well ( who would have thunk it).

So there's the current state of my employment.

Posted:  9 years, 8 months ago

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Hazmat & tanker nailed

Congrats!!! While the Tanker is pretty easy, the hazmat seems like a lot to retain. I stressed on the Hazmat exam at my local DMV office. But once I got there it was a lot easier than expected.....ALL thanks to the training HERE!! The halts are a good thing too, it MAKES you remember!! :)

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