Profile For Michael M.

Michael M.'s Info

  • Location:
    Clarksville, TN

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    6 months, 2 weeks ago

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Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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First day solo snow storm coming :(

Yessir. Warmed a little today. Around 30• and started and idled fine. I threw a bottle of 911 and the regular conditioner in the side box. Opti is set and I’m just waiting for another driver to bring me a load swap for Monday in bowling green.

I’ll throw some anti-gel in the tank when he gets here if I remember my funnel this time. 🤔I think I’ll pack the funnel now.

Thanks for all the help guys.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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First day solo snow storm coming :(

It’s not timed out. Just starved.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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First day solo snow storm coming :(

Sorry I meant I turned opti off to verify fuel was causing the shut down. I’ll try some product later. Thanks.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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First day solo snow storm coming :(

Gonna try some anti gel. It’s -0 with wind chill and I have half a tank. I was going to leave opti-idle or whatever it is on to maintain the battery in the cold. Ran for maybe 2 minutes and I’ve only got maybe 15-30 seconds running per start with a little throttle. Opti turned off.

By the way I grew up in San Diego and got stationed at Ft. Campbell so cold weather in general has its own learning curve for me. I’ve been in Tennessee since 2001 but it’s not typically this cold and never had my own semi either.

So I appreciate all the tips. Keep em coming.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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First day solo snow storm coming :(

So I went to pre-trip (mainly to check roads and battery). Still icy with more snow coming. I think I’m gelled up. Anyhow I called my FM and he said don’t worry about anything and just keep him posted on weather so he can relay to other drivers. And plan on Monday.

I’m definitely not arguing with that. (Neither is my wife 🙂) I really appreciate all the replies and for all you out there moving freight I wish you a safe trip. I’ll try to keep y’all posted on my first week out but for now I’ll just be reading through the winter driving posts and spending time with the family.

Prayers for y’all hard at it and hope to see you on the road soon.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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First day solo snow storm coming :(

It’s going to get brushed off. I didn’t figure anybody would put a load on the 1/4 inch of solid ice I had going on. Thanks guys.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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First day solo snow storm coming :(

So first off I just want to thank you all for the resources and support to get through training. I finally made it! Got my own truck!

Now the fun part. I brought my truck home last week and told FM I’ll be ready to go Monday. Got to spend some much needed time with the family and get the truck packed. Also yesterday dumped 60lbs of salt on the flatbed so I can be ready for my first dispatch tomorrow.

The weather here just north of Nashville unfortunately is going to be doodoo. And I’m already having anxiety about it. It’s enough pressure just driving this big ole truck on my own without a blizzard thrown in.

So I made the call to extended services and left a message saying I might not be ready to roll. I just feel like crap because I finally made it on my own truck and I have to “call out” if you want to call it that.

I had to reason with myself that it’s better to stay home than crash my truck the first day. I’m under the training FM for now so I’m sure he’ll understand. I’m going to check in with him tomorrow.

I guess I’m just trying to do the right thing and play it safe but I’m just disappointed in myself for not being ready to roll.

I would feel better if I at least left the house and had to shut down for weather. It just feels like a bum start. And yes I did drive in snow with my trainer but not 4-6”. That may not seem like much to you guys but as a new driver I think it’s a little out of my safe zone.

My pride wants to go but my common sense says that’s just stupid. The good news is my trailer is empty so nobody is waiting on me lol.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Accident

Thanks for posting the map view. Sorry I have no advice as a new cdl holder just following to learn something.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Headed to Maverick LLC for orientation

Got here yesterday. I guess we’re having a TT meetup.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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What’s going on Maverick???

Well that only took forever. Got the call today fellas. I’ll be in Little Rock Saturday. I’m pretty excited. Wish me luck and I’ll try to give updates.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Learning another language

Just got rocket Spanish app. I like it so far.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Posted last week about struggling in CDL school, many of you who replied asked me to keep you guys updated on progress

Glad you’re sticking to it. I don’t think your instructor should be screaming at you unless you maybe did something unsafe. Good luck and keep your chin up.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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What’s going on Maverick???

Thanks everyone. I guess I’m just impatiently waiting. I suppose I’ll throw out a few apps in the meantime. Also waiting on passport and TWIC to come in.

I’m really eager to get in a truck and out of the factory. Pay is good but it’s just not for me anymore.

Will definitely keep y’all posted when I get an orientation date wherever that may be.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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What’s going on Maverick???

I really appreciate the replies guys. (And Gal) As for TMC they gave no reason at all. Seemed like everything was going along well until I sent a picture of my CLP. I’m aware of their high standards as far as appearance and made sure to ask my recruiter questions about my tattoos on my throat and both hands knowing the policy is to keep them covered. I went as far as to buy flesh tone UV gloves and figured we’re all wearing neck gaiters anyway. At least I got a NO before showing up so that’s a blessing.

As for R.E West I only mentioned the proximity because I’m in Clarksville and can be home every night before on the road training.

I was told the company that handles the background checks at Maverick keeps pushing back the delivery date. But it’s just us guys in TN and TX waiting apparently.

Maybe I can forward my check from TMC Lol. I definitely don’t want to limit myself to one company but I’m afraid if I apply for too many companies at once I might lose an opportunity putting a YES on hold to wait on a NO if that makes sense.

Btw I have no tattoos that would be considered offensive or vulgar. I just have more than I can hide unless it’s 20 degrees outside.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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What’s going on Maverick???

Hey guys. New here and trying to get started in flatbed with no CDL. I applied at Maverick and TMC as they were my top two for paid training. I did the high road training on here which was great by the way. Got my CLP in TN and sent it to TMC who denied me the next day (must have been the tattoos the recruiter told me not to worry about). Anyhow I would be very happy to go to Little Rock. It’s been a month since I applied at Maverick and they keep telling me they’re waiting on background checks and it keeps getting pushed back but that I’m in a good hiring area and everything else looks good. TMC sent me a copy of my clean background and MVR very quickly. Am I just being impatient or jerked around. Seems like it should not take this long. Anyone been through Maverick CDL lately? I searched the forums and didn’t see anything too recent on them. As far as other local paid outfits I’m about 30 minutes away from R.E. West but their pay didn’t look all that great. Still an option though. I know someone is going to say you don’t have to do flatbed but it’s the more physical work and better CPM that appeals to me. Thanks.

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