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Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Moving on after 6 Months Experience Suggestions?

I failed my first road test but passed on my 2nd.

I'll be approaching the 6 month mark in March... just thought I'd start research now.

I've been doing fine w/ OTR and relationships...

Want to move to a different company since Transam was more of a starter company for me.

Current CPM is really low, so why wouldn't I move to a higher paying company?

It's not like they are going to compensate me apart from what their pay structure is, no matter how good of a job I do.

From my research thus far, I don't think the 160 hr certificate matters, as long as you have verifiable experience.

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Moving on after 6 Months Experience Suggestions?

Transam

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Moving on after 6 Months Experience Suggestions?

I'm approaching my 6th month of OTR... and looking to switch to a higher paying company.

Does anyone know of any OTR companies that may include as much of the following as possible:

+High CPM and miles per week/weekly minimum

+Services 48 states... (like to run coast to coast)

+Able to accumulate home time... for example, can earn 1 home day for every 6 days out w/ no cap on accrual

+No/low touch dry van or reefer

+Newer equipment w/ APU's.

+Self dispatch or no forced dispatch

Thanks for your input...

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Just getting started and already it's bad.

Man.. sucks....

Have you tried Western Express. They have an office in Laredo.

From what I hear, they are a "2nd chance" company... meaning they will probably be more open to hiring people most others won't even consider.

I've heard of many instances where people got fired from a company, have criminal recs, accidents, etc..., and Western Express was willing to give them a shot.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Air Brake Test w/o chocks?

Here in Texas, doing it as you described is an auto fail. The examiners here are quite precise and specific about every part of the in-cab and air brakes test. The idea of not using chocks is an auto fail because level ground is never perfectly level. But, each state has its own way, it seems.

Yea, that's why I was so concerned. I didn't want to fail because of one stupid mistake.

I made sure to ask the inspector beforehand if I needed chocks, and he said no, and I explained everything that I was going to do before I did it...

I told him "Since I'm not using chocks, I'll be holding in my service brakes to make sure the vehicle will not roll with the spring valves pushed in, than I will wait for my air pressure to settle and proceed with my air brake tests", something along those lines...

They were really laid back about the chock and during the pretrip/incab.

It felt like I was annoying the inspector by trying to call out as many things (get as many points) as I could, when he just wanted me to name only specific main things and move on.

What caught me most off guard was having to pull up to the original starting position for all of my pull ups during the offset/straightback and not being able to stop at all during the straightback.

Is that how they do it in other states as well?

It sure didn't seem like it from the videos I've seen on youtube.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Air Brake Test w/o chocks?

Gotcha

I wonder how the test went....

Just got back from my test.

I passed the pre-trip and in-cab, but failed my backing.

The chocks were not an issue... I was on level ground and the inspector said I didn't need to use them.

FYI: In Queens and I think all of NYC... During your off-set, you are required to pull all the way forward to your original starting position whenever you use any of your pull-ups.

And during your straightback, you are not permitted to stop the truck at anytime... otherwise they will make you pull all the way forward to starting position and charge you a pull up.

From all the videos I've seen online, it didn't seem like that was the case in other areas...

Thank you everyone for your input.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Air Brake Test w/o chocks?

From the sounds of things, you're investing a lot in this test. If you're using Ferrari's school truck you're probably paying them about 500 to use their truck. I'll be honest with you, it sounds like you're not ready for this. A simple mistake on the brake test is an automatic fail and you're out of all that money for no reason. That's why I told you earlier, you're going about this all wrong.

I've read over all his posts and.. He seems to have some idea that a CDL is get rich quick. Well, it aint. He thinks he does not have to get along with other people. Well, you do.

I'm gonna be blunt. This is not the career for you. It takes dedication to going to company sponsored schooled or local technical college. It takes being able to handle yourself in high stress situations. It takes being open to learning something new every day. It takes being able to get along with others because you and a trainer will be together in a tight confined space (sleeper cab) for weeks.

Hah... ok.. well, guess you're entitled to your opinion.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Air Brake Test w/o chocks?

Yeah you concern me too. You sound... rushed? It sounds like you just need some kind of income at this very moment and trucking is what the dice pointed to. Its a very stressful process. I wouldn't expect an income anytime soon and this isn't just a quick get out of debt card. Its literally a lifestyle change that takes months to get a foot off the floor and then you'll need to learn how to actually make money.

I would slow down and consider all your options because the route you want to go is actually the worst route to take. You're not going to pass your test without weeks of schooling/training and you're going to burn everything you have in savings just by renting trucks.

Go this route Paid CDL Training Programs

Yea... well... guess i'll find out soon enough!

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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just needed to get my CDL and start getting some type of income ASAP.

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I know NYC is different - they do some crazy stuff there, but you are awfully naive to think freshly printed CDL = income. Whatever gave you that idea?

You have zero experience.

You have zero training.

You aren't even sure how to do the in cab air test.

What is it you think you have to offer?

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What do I have to offer?

Just my services as a new driver I guess...

Of course I'll need training... no one is born a trucker right?

I know there's limitations in doing it this way...

But it's the route I felt made the most sense to me.

I plan on trying to start with Western Express.

I heard on this forum... (actually from you)... that they are willing to take on new CDLs without school.

Plan is to start and train with them... get some experience... and hopefully down the road I'll have more options.

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What's he's saying is that you're going to have a hard time getting hired. Many companies aren't able to hire self certified CDL holders for insurance reasons. New drivers with no experience either get company training or go to a school to get a certificate along with their license that says they received 160 hours of training.

If you plan on going with Western Express, I would reach out to them and see if they would be able to hire you with a license and no certificate.

Have you considered going with paid CDL training? Roehl and Prime are 2 companies that I can think of that pay you while you train and you're guaranteed a job upon completion of your training.

From the sounds of things, you're investing a lot in this test. If you're using Ferrari's school truck you're probably paying them about 500 to use their truck. I'll be honest with you, it sounds like you're not ready for this. A simple mistake on the brake test is an automatic fail and you're out of all that money for no reason. That's why I told you earlier, you're going about this all wrong.

Well, my dmv test is tomorrow...

So, there's really no going back at this point.

I filled out a short form application with Western. On it, I noted that I had no school.

A recruiter called me the next day... and I told him that I will be testing for the CDL soon.

He said to get back in touch after I get the CDA.

I also came across several people online who got on with Western without a certificate.

So, I guess I'll find out one way or the other in the weeks to come...

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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just needed to get my CDL and start getting some type of income ASAP.

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I know NYC is different - they do some crazy stuff there, but you are awfully naive to think freshly printed CDL = income. Whatever gave you that idea?

You have zero experience.

You have zero training.

You aren't even sure how to do the in cab air test.

What is it you think you have to offer?

What do I have to offer?

Just my services as a new driver I guess...

Of course I'll need training... no one is born a trucker right?

I know there's limitations in doing it this way...

But it's the route I felt made the most sense to me.

I plan on trying to start with Western Express.

I heard on this forum... (actually from you)... that they are willing to take on new CDLs without school.

Plan is to start and train with them... get some experience... and hopefully down the road I'll have more options.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Air Brake Test w/o chocks?

Im not talking about the tug test........ I am trying to be polite and nice and help you but you’re just not understanding it. You can do the air test on just the tractor You can do the air test on just the trailer They do not have to be done at the same time You have to use a smaller number of seconds when you do them one at a time.

Sorry... I'm a complete noob... so I wasn't following....

Had to go back and re-read what you were saying...

You mean that one of my spring brake valves can be pulled out during the air brake tests?

The videos I've been studying with online always had both valves pushed in and used chocks during the test... so I'm not really sure.

I haven't gone to formal school, and this is the first time hearing anything about doing them separately with a 2psi/min or anything like that...

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Yes, I can but first I'm going to tell you you're going about this all wrong.

I'll preface this by saying I don't know if this is how it works on the state test because I tested in a manual.

You charge up the brakes until the governor kicks.

You turn the truck off, wait for it to shut off completely and then turn the key to the on position so the gauges work.

You hit the brake (part I'm not sure about) and put it in drive. On the panel you need to see it say drive because sometimes It'll stay in neutral. And you have to press the brake otherwise it won't change gear, like a car. The shifter will move, but it'll stay in neutral.

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So after I turn the engine off, and turn the key to on position for the gauges, put it into Drive, and that will prevent the truck from rolling, and than proceed with the air brake testing... and that won't affect the testing at all?

Putting it in Drive while the engine is off will act like the wheel chock and the truck won't start moving either, right?

Think I'm understanding you, if I'm not mistaken.

I'm going to try and ask my instructor about doing it like that... I'd hate for one stupid mistake to cause me to fail the test!

Thanks for your help.

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Putting it in drive will have no effect on the brakes. It'll just stop the wheels from rolling because the engine isn't running.

Yea.. I think I see what you're saying.

I didn't think of that before... but I think I'll bring that up to my instructor or inspector... and make sure that way is okay for my test.

Thanks for input...

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Why test in an automatic? You'll have a restriction on your license and most companies are still using manuals

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From the things I've come across online... it seemed like many companies have been transitioning to autos.

Maybe it varies per company or type of driving...

But for OTR cross country with the company I have in mind, I think auto should be no problem.

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What happens if you want to go local or if your future company has no new trucks with automatics but they only have old trucks with manuals? Why put that limitation on yourself

I don't think I'll ever go local... don't think that's for me..

I'll just have to deal with it as it comes...

I'm currently in a really tight situation... money and timewise...

Just needed to get my CDL and start getting some type of income ASAP.

I can always retest on a manual in the future...

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Air Brake Test w/o chocks?

Why test in an automatic? You'll have a restriction on your license and most companies are still using manuals

From the things I've come across online... it seemed like many companies have been transitioning to autos.

Maybe it varies per company or type of driving...

But for OTR cross country with the company I have in mind, I think auto should be no problem.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Air Brake Test w/o chocks?

Yes, I can but first I'm going to tell you you're going about this all wrong.

I'll preface this by saying I don't know if this is how it works on the state test because I tested in a manual.

You charge up the brakes until the governor kicks.

You turn the truck off, wait for it to shut off completely and then turn the key to the on position so the gauges work.

You hit the brake (part I'm not sure about) and put it in drive. On the panel you need to see it say drive because sometimes It'll stay in neutral. And you have to press the brake otherwise it won't change gear, like a car. The shifter will move, but it'll stay in neutral.

So after I turn the engine off, and turn the key to on position for the gauges, put it into Drive, and that will prevent the truck from rolling, and than proceed with the air brake testing... and that won't affect the testing at all?

Putting it in Drive while the engine is off will act like the wheel chock and the truck won't start moving either, right?

Think I'm understanding you, if I'm not mistaken.

I'm going to try and ask my instructor about doing it like that... I'd hate for one stupid mistake to cause me to fail the test!

Thanks for your help.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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I asked the tester if he wanted me to use chocks he said no. When I do my airbrake test, I put the truck in great to prevent it from rolling.

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Yea, that should work for manual.

I'll be testing in an automatic though...

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Works for automatics too. All I drive now is automatics. Put it in drive and it won't roll. Just make sure it's in drive on the instrument cluster. They haven't taught you this in school?

I didn't go to school.

I don't have the time or money.

I just took a few hour long lessons and renting a truck.

Could you explain a little of how that works in an automatic?

Thanks.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Air Brake Test w/o chocks?

Chocks are absolutely not needed. Remember you will constantly be hitting the brakes and during the leak test you will have your foot on the pedal the entire time. This is why putting the truck in gear at the proper time of the test is so critical. Putting the truck in gear is what prevents you from rolling.

You're referring to manual transmissions right?

I'm testing in an automatic.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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I asked the tester if he wanted me to use chocks he said no. When I do my airbrake test, I put the truck in great to prevent it from rolling.

Yea, that should work for manual.

I'll be testing in an automatic though...

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Strange answer from your instructor. I would find some chocks. When I did my CDL test I went through the air brake test orally before actually performing the steps. I was on level ground with no chocks for the actual performance of the test.

I just asked my instructor about the chocks again and he said that the DMV doesn't even want you to use chocks.

Something about people forgetting them, leaving them behind, and running over them.

He said they haven't used chocks in years..

I really don't know...

I'm in NYC, btw...

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Strange answer from your instructor. I would find some chocks. When I did my CDL test I went through the air brake test orally before actually performing the steps. I was on level ground with no chocks for the actual performance of the test.

I see. Maybe I can just tell the inspector that my instructor doesn't have chocks.

I'm assuming I'll probably be on level ground as well.

I just didn't want one simple/stupid mistake to cause me to fail the test.

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