Profile For Phil C.

Phil C.'s Info

  • Location:
    KCMO, MO

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    4 years, 11 months ago

Phil C.'s Bio

Ive been in the property maintenance/management/handyman field for too long. Starting a new career in trucking because it pays better, much better, and its something I have always wanted to try. I'm 47 years old and have done many things in my life such as, snowmaker, Snowcat/winchcat operator. class 4 river guide, roofer, framer, caretaker, property maintenance, property management, facilities manager, laborer, shuttle driver, grain hauler, sawmill worker, and more.

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Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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TIA aka mini stroke and my cdl.

My Dad suffered from TIA's. They will usually thin your blood and do some anti clotting, he had maybe 20 of them in his elder years. I hope they can diagnose and help you. Dad would slur his words and have trouble speaking, but then he would let out a string of cuss words just fine LOL. You know when its happening and its a very scary thing. I hope it is all OK for you.

Phil

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Bad news... Advice anyone?

Some companies have a zero DUI ever policy, like Schneider, but most are no DUI in 7 years. Just start talking to recruiters and check the wiki here for info: DUI in TT wiki

Phil

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Is it truly hard to learn to drive a manual transmission rig?

You wont be tested with a loaded trailer so stalling will only happen if you dont start out in low low on a hill.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Class B Trucks

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Craigslist and Indeed

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just get your class a..not much of a differance in obtaining it..you would be be better off>

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gee.. yeah Im very quite on this site cause I just like to learn from what I see..but I need to update..

The same advice applies to class a or b, you can find a lot of jobs on craigslist and indeed. Since the OP asked specifically about class B im not sure where you make the leap to "get class A". Phil

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Class B Trucks

Craigslist and Indeed

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Truck driver killed after load comes loose on U.S. 20 in Angola

I don't see any headache rack on there. All of our trucks have the big heavy aluminum headache rack. Not sure but one could have saved his live. A sleeper cab isn't much protection obviously when hauling steel on a flatbed.

Phil

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Tire question

The tire core cannot be more than 5 years old. If the sidewall looks cracked check the DOT number on the tire, the last 2 digits are the year of manufacture. The 2 digits before that are the week, in the photo this is the 51st week of 07 (2007)Post_2000_Full_Dot.jpg

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Sometimes, I think i should carry

Was it windy?

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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I have somebody for ya'll to meet...

Aww Teddy! WTG!

Phil

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Probably failed DOT drug screen in Sept. 2015

I disagree. There are already tests in Colorado for blood and breath to determine if you are high on weed. Just like alcohol, 24 hours later you are no longer high. Its just because of the fact that it stays in your urine for much longer. Once weed is federally legal there will be federal levels and testing rules for DUI weed. So it will become just like alcohol. The modern testing will be able to determine if you are high at the time whereas all we have now is a UA that can tell if you have smoked in the last 6 weeks but not if you are high right now. It will become just like alcohol only far less dangerous.

Phil

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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And now, another new forumgoer introduces himself!

Welcome to the forums!

Phil

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Drug question about holding a cdl but not using it.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Drug question about holding a cdl but not using it.

Ok so it goes like this. This is assuming you are NOT driving commercially, and will not need to pass a 6 month hair folicle test or do a UA for at least a month+. You will not be **** tested by the police, that's a company and insurance thing, so you can go ahead and smoke weed. Colorado for example has a breathalyzer test for weed or a blood test, and its a DUI if you're driving stoned with weed on your breath or in your blood, so its recommended not to smoke an hour or more before you drive. That's long enough to pass the DUI for weed breathalyzer. I think the legal limit for blood is 5 nanograms. Since weed stays in your **** for a month or more, there's no way to use **** to prove you were high at the time of an accident for example. That's why they use a breathalyzer or a swab or a blood test. I'm not sure if there are lower limits for commercial drivers or if the lower limit applies to your personal vehicle or not. But you are ok to smoke some as long as you don't smoke it then drive. At least in Colorado, other states will have similar rules. Eventually it will be just like alcohol and **** tests will be a thing of the past for weed.

Phil

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Truck parking situation in Phoenix, Arizona area, particularly I-10

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In the spirit of helping new drivers, the class clown always thinks its funny to answer a real question with a load of bull.

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In the spirit of helping new drivers, you bash another member of the forum? Ok..

My point was that sometimes you just have to make a spot where there isn't one. We all see it every day at truck stops and on ramps.

I had a delivery in southern CA that the customer wouldn't take in the middle of the night when I was scheduled to be there. The nearset truck stop was 30 miles away (and probably full anyways) and I only had 15 or so minutes on my clock. All the streets nearby said no truck parking but I didn't have a choice. So illegal parking spot it was. Now I avoid that altogether by typically taking a 10 hr reset before my delivery.

Your second comment is much more helpful now isn't it?

Phil

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Truck parking situation in Phoenix, Arizona area, particularly I-10

In the spirit of helping new drivers, the class clown always thinks its funny to answer a real question with a load of bull. If you cant park at a truck stop, there are other options. Rest stops, Walmart parking lots (get permission), side roads with large pull offs, and large parking lot will work as long as you get permission, even where you deliver to may let you. You can also use your CB to try and find parking nearby. There are more options these are just a few.

Phil

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Dot drug test for medical card

The DOT drug test and your medical card are not related. You do get a urine test during the physical but its for health things like ketones not for drugs at all. The DOT drug test comes later either to be legally allowed to drive the training truck on public roads or to be part of a pre-hire test done by the company. When you do your physical the doctor issues you the medical card and paperwork. Its only once you are going to drive the truck that you will be given a drug test. That's a DOT and insurance requirement.

Phil

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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How many of you have hazmat endorsement?

I have hazmat and its good to have but not needed really. Just depends what you want to haul. There is something about having your drivers license a set time before you can get a cdl but I forget if its a year or 3 years.

Phil

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Wanting to return after 10 years away

After ten years out of the truck Im ready to drive for a company again but some companies want me to go out with a trainer again and that is my fear now,I don't think I can trust anybodys driving while I'm sleeping in the back.Is there anything I can do to overcome my fears.

Find a company that doesn't treat you as a cheap labor team driver, there are many who only have you drive and the trainer sits in the front, and its more a mentored solo thing.

Phil

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Endorsments

should endorsements be gotten after a company hire's you, after you complete training with them? or is possible to get the endorsements having a CDL permit?

sorry for all the questions and i greatly appreciate the replies

Get your permit first, then between the time of getting your permit and getting your CDL, take all the endorsement tests you can at the DMV. Some states will allow you to take the hazmat before you have a TSA threat asessment completed, some wont.

Phil

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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How about dangerous loads ?

Mt guess is you would need at least 5 years OTR experience to get one of those jobs?

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