Profile For Daniel M.

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  • Location:
    Lake city , FL

  • Driving Status:
    In CDL School

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    2 years, 9 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:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Sorry it took so long! I was having trouble uploading photos!!

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Heres my truck! 2019 freightliner cascadia 269k miles!

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Daniel ~!!! I'm so glad you stopped back!

Thanks for the updates, and SHEESH, how'd you all fare during the hurricane???!/!?? My family fared well, but for a few went 4 days without power; and I know that's less than some! So... it's now 7 days since your week long eval; how'd you do ?????

Have you managed in any securement training and whatnot? Andy... wow, I may have spoken to him on the phone, you should ask him!! Like I said, mostly Pete and Clay were my contacts down yonder.

Sure hoping this finds you with a smile, and in your own tractor, good sir! I'll await ~!

~ Anne ~

Hey Anne!, sorry it's taking so long to get back to you, I've been so busy lately trying to be a trucker and be with my family and it's hard!.

We did really good because the hurricane didn't even reach us in Lake city, but it did hit a few of our friends pretty bad and its/was really hard on them but as the time goes by there's nothing you can't build back with time. (and money 😉).

So they gave me my truck and after the 7 weeks / on that Friday I got my first load to a home depot in Lake Mary FL Friday night and delivered it!. It went very well, and it's nice having my own truck. No more securement training just sent me out. So my first week was good but hard, honestly . Not much time to rest just constantly working, trip planning load securement on my loads and I'm new so it takes long to do everything.. I'll have to ask Andy, maybe.

Yeah! glad you find this thread readable! I appreciate the motivation!

Posted:  4 months ago

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As the 'kids' say.... 'IKR?' It's been awhile; are you OUT w/your trainer? Sure can't figure out what got bleeped regarding the town in Florida....I went to school there; Bradenton/Manatee County.

The reason Cypress IS picky, is because they CAN be. One of the FEW training academies/schools in Florida/surrounding areas. LCT (Lester Coggins) where my late ex went, is long gone. Your guys can call it as they wish...that's for sure!

So, how was Clay?? And/or Pete? Hope you mentioned us here, at Trucking Truth... and if not, it's still not too late, haha!

By the time you read this (sorry I'm late!) .. hopefully you ARE in the driver's seat, learning the ropes, good sir.

Stop back as you can....

BEST WISHES FORWARD, (and yeah...reverse when necessary!)

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~ Anne ~

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Hey!. they bleeped out re**** re-****.

Yeah I'm with my trainer and everything is going well there's a crap ton to learn and there's no mental rest yet so far so good. I'll be back to get into some more detail.

Pete is the yard jockey in Jacksonville I haven't talked to him in person yet and my trainer told me Clay is now the head of safety. Sorry I couldn't explain more bit I gotta run! be back soon!

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Pete Peterson; Clay Hamblin! Good folks, no matter how ya slice it; tell them to join US here, too!!

I'm so loving the follow; how the heck have you gotten through the HEAT in FL, as of late?!?!? Wow, you! I spoke to a few family members earlier; just dang... being on asphalt at 99plus ?!?

STAY HYDRATED; best to ya!

Waiting for more updates; you're in great hands, man.

~ Anne ~

It was hot when they had us in the sun on the static fifth wheel training but we got through it!.

So I finally finished 6 weeks of training with my trainer Andy and will be on evaluation week this Monday (10-3-2022). So within these 6 weeks we (most of the time, not always ) pick up at the same handful of places sprinkled throughout the states and then almost every delivery location is different and we did anywhere from 3-8 deliveries in 5 days. My trainer was otr so we'd be out 2 weeks and come home for Saturday Sunday (roughly). It's pretty rough for me with the schedule since, well there is no schedule it's, deliver your load and then see what dispatch has for you next. Definitely takes some getting used to. One day we started at 3 am and ended at 7-8pm and one time we started at 1pm and ended at 5 am, so it depends on when the delivery time is, like home depot cant be any earlier than 10pm when they close the customers out, and so that effects when you want to start your clock because once you start your clock your only aloud to operate for 14 hours so it all depends on what your dispatch gives you and if you want to get the most out of your clock. Like I said it takes some getting used to, especially since I'm used to having a set schedule when I start and stop work at the same time every day.

My trainer was great, he showed me some really good tricks to a lot of things and im glad they paired me with him.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Congratulations Daniel M! I have been watching for your posts ever since you started your training. I am in Jacksonville also but I will be doing my training through Jones Technical Institute (JTech). I start September 6. When I complete it I am looking to get hired by Cypress Trucking. We will see what happens.

Congrats once again :)

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Thank you Mark! That's excellent! I hope everything works out for you.

I am officially done with my orientation this week. Mon-we'd they had me home watching training videos and I was back at Cypress, Jacksonville FL Thurs and Friday for orientation. They gave us a couple goodies gave us a tour of the Jacksonville terminal and some other stuff in the little orientation building. I'm going home for the weekend and will meet my trainer @ his home in Red**** FL, about an hour and 30 min away from my home in lake city FL, 3am Monday morning to start my 6 - 7 week training. He is out 2 weeks at a time and he said he runs hard. I will update when it's over in 6-7 weeks or I'm fired. I really appreciate the tips and help from everyone. Good luck to everyone else out there in training or trying to be a trucker.  One thing it seems like at Cypress is, they are very"picky" when it comes to clean driving records more so then other companies. I think that's good because they help you in keeping a good driving record. For me though I'm very anxious and feel like there's a lot of pressure on me along with that. Blane, one of the orientation guys was telling us a bunch of stories of other guys being fired so now it turns up the heat for not making mistakes. Anyways I can't think of anything right now so, As the kids on the games say, BRB (be right back

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Daniel M.,

As the 'kids' say.... 'IKR?' It's been awhile; are you OUT w/your trainer? Sure can't figure out what got bleeped regarding the town in Florida....I went to school there; Bradenton/Manatee County.

The reason Cypress IS picky, is because they CAN be. One of the FEW training academies/schools in Florida/surrounding areas. LCT (Lester Coggins) where my late ex went, is long gone. Your guys can call it as they wish...that's for sure!

So, how was Clay?? And/or Pete? Hope you mentioned us here, at Trucking Truth... and if not, it's still not too late, haha!

By the time you read this (sorry I'm late!) .. hopefully you ARE in the driver's seat, learning the ropes, good sir.

Stop back as you can....

BEST WISHES FORWARD, (and yeah...reverse when necessary!)

dancing-dog.gif dancing-dog.gif good-luck.gif dancing-dog.gif dancing-dog.gif

~ Anne ~

Hey!. they bleeped out re**** re-****.

Yeah I'm with my trainer and everything is going well there's a crap ton to learn and there's no mental rest yet so far so good. I'll be back to get into some more detail.

Pete is the yard jockey in Jacksonville I haven't talked to him in person yet and my trainer told me Clay is now the head of safety. Sorry I couldn't explain more bit I gotta run! be back soon!

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Trucking with cypress truck lines inc/sunbelt

Congratulations Daniel M! I have been watching for your posts ever since you started your training. I am in Jacksonville also but I will be doing my training through Jones Technical Institute (JTech). I start September 6. When I complete it I am looking to get hired by Cypress Trucking. We will see what happens.

Congrats once again :)

Thank you Mark! That's excellent! I hope everything works out for you.

I am officially done with my orientation this week. Mon-we'd they had me home watching training videos and I was back at Cypress, Jacksonville FL Thurs and Friday for orientation. They gave us a couple goodies gave us a tour of the Jacksonville terminal and some other stuff in the little orientation building. I'm going home for the weekend and will meet my trainer @ his home in Red**** FL, about an hour and 30 min away from my home in lake city FL, 3am Monday morning to start my 6 - 7 week training. He is out 2 weeks at a time and he said he runs hard. I will update when it's over in 6-7 weeks or I'm fired. I really appreciate the tips and help from everyone. Good luck to everyone else out there in training or trying to be a trucker.  One thing it seems like at Cypress is, they are very"picky" when it comes to clean driving records more so then other companies. I think that's good because they help you in keeping a good driving record. For me though I'm very anxious and feel like there's a lot of pressure on me along with that. Blane, one of the orientation guys was telling us a bunch of stories of other guys being fired so now it turns up the heat for not making mistakes. Anyways I can't think of anything right now so, As the kids on the games say, BRB (be right back

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Congratulations!

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Thank you sir, I'm very excited!

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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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.

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Daniel M. !

I've been WAITING for you to post again, oh WOW! Sure DOES go fast, eh? Sounds like YOU are doing great, glad to hear. So, do they really send people home often? Then again, many training companies sure do, if someone's mind isn't in the game. How 'IS' their turnover rate down yonder ?!?!?

Wow, Friday you test! That's awesome, too. Tom & I will sure send luck & good vibes your way; let us know how it goes, man.

Always sending best wishes; you got this!

~ Anne & Tom ~

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Sorry it took so long to get back here. My phone broke among other things. Yeah time does fly for sure! It seems like 40-50% of people that start on day one get sent home for one reason or another. A lot of drug tests showing up and quite a few get sent home because the instructors feel they "aren't betting it" (backing up a flat bed trailer) the flat beds tend to have a slow response time when you turn the steering wheel. Which makes it tricky, along the fact that a lot of people have had no experience backing up any small trailer let alone a 53 ft one. I do believe it mostly comes down to the person though. If you really want to pass and you give your undivided attention, I think you'll pass. It did seem like a LOT of people were just there to make a career change thinking it would be easy peasy.

So I passed! Monday Tuesday they had me on the alley dock. Wednesday Thursday they had me bounce back and forth between alley dock and offset, and they did take me out on the road one Last time, 3 in total. Test day friday at 9am the examiner Robert was a great guy! very patient and calm . He was really nice and did not stress me out at all he will try to calm you if you seem nervous too. The test lasted about 1 1/2 hours and then I tore out the blue pages in my log book and gave em to the instructor Ken and then I went back to the little orientation building (the one you go to the first day) and was told I'd have some videos to watch and papers to sign and that's it! They give you mon-wed to watch your orientation videos go to the dmv, get your cdl and then I'll be going back Thursday (well Wednesday night to the hotel) .

Posted:  5 months, 4 weeks ago

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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:  6 months, 1 week ago

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Thank you Thomas, Anne and tom.

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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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:  6 months, 1 week ago

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Witte brothers inc Cdl training

Awesome thanks for posting! good luck!

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First week at Roehl

Agreed!

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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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:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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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:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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

Cool, thanks for sharing!

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