Profile For Daniel M.

Daniel M.'s Info

  • Location:
    Lake city , FL

  • Driving Status:
    Preparing For School

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 3 months ago

Daniel M.'s Bio

I have always loved the idea of trucking at a young age. more recently I decided I want to get a cdl and try it and I guess we'll see were it takes me!

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Posted:  3 days, 7 hours ago

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Trucking with cypress truck lines inc/sunbelt

OK, man! last week went by so quick! as the weeks go by you realize how fast pace it gets. week 3 I did alley dock in the same pattern as week 1 and 2. pretrip from 8 to 9:30. alley dock till 11:30 static fifth wheel till 12:00. lunch till 1:00. alley dock till five, with a 15 min break at 3:00. one of the days they took us out on the highway and on the main road each about 45 minutes .

thats what the whole third week looked like.

this week I'm doing mostly alley dock and then a day before I test which will be on Friday ill be bouncing around between the alley dock and offset. you need to have your mind in the game for this or you'll do bad and they'll send you home.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Trucking with cypress truck lines inc/sunbelt

Thank you Thomas, Anne and tom.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Trucking with cypress truck lines inc/sunbelt

Yes pack rat, I agree with you.

so Tuesday was the same as Monday, a pre trip in the morning then straight to the pad to practice offset. lunch for an hour every day from 12 to 1 then back at it till 4:50 or so, head back in the class room for logging for the day and ride the van back to the hotel, expect to make it there at about 5:30 or so. Wednesday was interesting half way through the day one of the instructors called my last guy back and sent him home and now I'm the last survivor of my group. and I also got to drive the truck for the first time! they took me to what they call an "industrial park" a small grid of roads around a bunch of huge warehouses. they did that giving each guy about the an hour if driving to give him a feel of the truck and trailer turning around corners at intersections and the roads were really slow not much traffic so it was great. Thursday they put one of the newer guys in my truck and we'd go back and forth, me doing the offset then him doing the straight back but I still got a lot of extra practice in. they also took us to their alternate pad to practice because the fourth weekers were testing. Friday, pretrip in the morning offset till lunch then after lunch the instructor came to me and said "Daniel, your in for a real treat. since you're the last in your group and your doing good on the offset I'm going to move you to the alley dock to practice with Josh and scott(2 guys on week three doing alley dock)" im so excited!! I was getting the offset well and was ready to move on. I practice that the rest of the day and go home for the weekend.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Witte brothers inc Cdl training

Awesome thanks for posting! good luck!

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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First week at Roehl

Agreed!

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Trucking with cypress truck lines inc/sunbelt

Monday week 2. they moved our group to the offset right after watching a pretrip video and one of the guys in our group got sent home, the drug test came back and I guess he tested positive for drugs... so now there's 2 of us left and we're getting the hang of the offset so far its an excellent experience

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Trucking with cypress truck lines inc/sunbelt

Thanks Anne!

so the last three days of the week were all very similar. we wait for the van at 7:30am, arrive at the training center at around 8 go inside the school building (its like a small mobile home) and the instructor (Lawrence Jones) he comes in and gives us an idea of what the day will be like. cracks the whip a bit to keep everyone focused, which I personally like, then we get started on watching the pre trip video again for a little over an hour. we go over to an alternate pad to drive the trucks the 4 week students are testing for there cdl. we the 1 weekers practice backing up the truck in a straight line the rest of the day while the 2 weekers practice on the offset backing and the 3 weekers on the 90 degree ally dock. you get a lot of time to practice and I love it it doesn't feel rushed. I'm back home for the weekend and I'll be back at the hotel Sunday night. they have a sign in sheet where you can pit down what days you will be at the hotel, some guys do sun-sat, I just do MON-Fri since I live an hour away.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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What I’ve Learned a Month into a Local Delivery Job

Cool, thanks for sharing!

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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First week at Roehl

Excellent thread! thanks for posting Thomas!

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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First week at Roehl

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Reading your posts I'm getting inspired and stressed at the same time! I start my first week Monday for cypress. thanks for posting!

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Daniel M,

Thanks for tagging along. My first piece of advice? Take a deep breath and let it out slowly. At times it seems overwhelming, but everyone you meet wants the same thing, for you to pass and become a productive member of the team. Don't be afraid to ask questions if you don't understand what's going on. You can do this. One more piece of advice, take your time and think it out first. This isn't a race, and there is no one who can rush you out here except you. I've pulled off backs out here that in training I would have told you were impossible. All because I stopped, looked at each situation and visualized in my head what I wanted to happen. I'm not going to say it works 100% of the time, sometimes my setup is off, sometimes something changes and I have to adjust to it, but I go back to my first piece of advice, take a deep breath and adjust. You drive the truck, no one else. If someone is trying to rush you, just smile and wave. Don't take it personally, and don't let it push you to do ANYTHING unsafe. I personally have 3 goals for each and every day. #1) I will do everything I can to prevent injuring others. #2) I will do everything possible to prevent damage to the equipment I'm using. And #3) I will do everything in my power to go home safely to my wife and kids. Look at everything with those 3 goals in mind. Ask yourself those 3 questions (Will it hurt someone else? Will it damage anything? Will I get hurt?) If you say yes to any of the 3, don't do it.

Thank you for this Thomas!

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Trucking with cypress truck lines inc/sunbelt

Will start by saying that I will try to make this as entertaining as possible still keeping things real.. OK so day one was boring so I waited for day two before I came on here typing.

I check in at the paid hotel Sunday night and my room mate is sitting there on the bed with no shirt on. I meet him and he turns out to be pretty nice and mellow, an older guy late fortys. we talk a bit then go to bed

Monday comes and we go get breakfast in the hotel Cafeteria at 630am. they were out of waffle batter, had no fruit or hot water for the oatmeal and the coffee sucked. they had some warm milk in an almost empty pitcher. me and my roomie just waited for the bus to show at 730,while there came a couple other guys that were here for training too.

so the way the program works is every Monday they start orientation so that when a couple guys about 6 including me start Monday we see about 25 (roughly) guys that have been there previous weeks before us, each group between 2 and 6. a lot get sent home because either failing the drug test or other issues. so about 25 guys all together are all waiting at the front of the hotel when a white van pulls up to pick us up. it's about 15 minutes from there training center which is in the back corner of there headquarters they had everyone except us 6 newbies go to the training center while we went in to one of there mobile home offices for the introduction to cypress. an hour or so go's by then one of the instructors sends the 5 guys out to do there drug hair follicle test and get there medical cards, I had got mine the week before I came to school so he had me wait there in the mobile office watching training videos till noon when I got my lunch break. 1pm roles around and the other guys get back and two of them got sent home because the one guy had high blood pressure and the other one had an issue with some other health problem. there's now 4 of us and we go over to the other school building by the practice trucks, other students  are out and about practice backing when the one instructor leads us inside and finishes the 4 hour introduction and he sends us outside to observe the other students backing up for the rest of the day till 5pm. they drive us back to the hotel and we get some sleep.

day two. same thing in the morning and when we get there this time we go straight to the training center in the corners of there headquarters in the school building and the Instructor gives us some more information about the job and trucking and gives us a little packet of papers and prep trip inspection checklist with some other rules for the cypress training center to sign and then takes away everyones phones for the day except on lunch break, no one cared and neither did I. the 3 newbies (me being 4) watched another 2 week old student do a pee trip inspection and he missed a lot of things! some of the other three week students students were pointing it out and the newbies with me were like "oh ****" seeing all the things you have to check for the pre trip. 2 hours go by and then all the students gather around this cool set up of a landing gear / fifth wheel/coupling and airlines/glad hand (hands on) practice piece. going in a circle we each went through the motions of lifting and lowering the landing gear, coupling and uncoupling the fithwheel/trailer shank and disconnecting reconnecting the airline gladhands about an hour. finally our trainer took us newbies out to one of the trucks for the first time!  and set us up so that we'd rotate out each taking two turns to pull forward and back up the trailer into the cones. the instructor would yell at you If you wouldn't listen to him/ if you screwed up which more than half of everyone was screwing up, turning the wrong direction because no one was used to backing up a trailer. 😂 lucky me I had previous trailer xp, just not 53 ft trailer only a lawn mower trailer. we did that for the rest of the day with a 15 min break at 3. 5pm everyone rides the van back to the hotel and I feel like an x con who's in rehab since everyone is wearing orange safety vests squishing in a white van... so far so good! time for some rest!

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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First week at Roehl

Daniel, just keep 'swimming.' I put my guy through this over 20 years ago; he's still 'swimming' at times. The day one 'knows it all' is the danged day, they'll find out they didn't.

Want to read an encouraging scare of a thread, if you've not already?!?!?

Life, Death, and Resurrection of my Truck Driving Career.

As a trucker's wife for LONG LONG times, I DO believe in the terrible twos.

We just might start a thread on that later, ... I should. All encompassing, Tom (mine) is coming up on 22. Years.

Best forward!

~ Anne & Tom ~

Anne, thanks for sharing this link! it was a very good read!

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Trucking with cypress truck lines inc/sunbelt

Anne and tom, thank you for sending these links, I greatly appreciate it! will keep everyone updated on the first day tomorrow. very excited! thank-you-2.gif

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Just a funny trucking picture to brighten your day

These are funny thanks! 😂

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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First week at Roehl

Reading your posts I'm getting inspired and stressed at the same time! I start my first week Monday for cypress. thanks for posting!

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Trucking with cypress truck lines inc/sunbelt

I'm starting Monday July 18 2022 for paid cdl training at cypress truck lines in Jacksonville FL. is there anything particular I should /might want to bring besides clothes? it's a paid hotel, they drive me to class from the hotel and back each day mon-fri 8-5. thanks!

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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1 year in!

Congratulations Richard!

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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One year of driving as of today

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Last time I was at a dealership in the DFW area for a breakdown (DEF/DPF/Derate) it was for 5 days. Cheer up!

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Today they said the fuel pump disintegrated and small pieces of metal went through the fuel system. They expect to have it fixed by next Tuesday, but I’m skeptical. Company told me to stay at the motel tonight while they figure out what to do with me. I think it will either be in another truck or a nursing home. Might come down to a coin toss.

man I'm terribly sorry about that. what is the breakdown policy, do you still get payed? congrats on the anniversary.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Hello! I'm starting school Monday!

Rob t, I will be learning on an automatic. I was kind of hoping itd be manual so I don't have the restriction on my cdl but oh well If need be I can work to remove that. it'll just be a pain in the but and probably cost some money. yes all the research I've done and videos I've watched did put what you said in my mind, that the first year is really hard and it sucks but I'm hoping to power through it. I ride a motorcycle and am always watching traffic so I'm hoping that'll be good for me in regards to the 4 wheelers I'll have to keep watch for on the road. thank you for the tips I'm very grateful for them and will keep everyone updated.

bk thank you, I I hope to stick around and grow in trucking and will be keeping all ears open.

g-town thank you sir I couldn't help myself but to post since Ive gotten a lot of good things from all the knowledgeable people on here kind enough to share it.

old school thank you for your kind welcome and I thought introducing myself is the least I could do.

I will keep everyone updated! I'm still trying to figure out where to post updates on my journey. should I start another thread and use that for updates? I don't really do social media I was raised a bit different than todays generation. 😂

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Hello! I'm starting school Monday!

And inspiration, ive already been inspired many times on this site from some of you guys since I've made my account here on tt 2 years ago. all of just reading your posts and threads, this is my first time posting something. 😄

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