Profile For Ted P.

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  • Location:
    Racine, WI

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    Experienced Driver

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    1 year ago

Ted P.'s Bio

I'm a 18 year OTR, Regional, local driver (presently on medical leave). I have a lot of knowledge that I have practiced through the duration of my career. Presently pursuing instructor positions, and also becoming a full-time student. I know a lot about this industry more so than most because of the mountain travel I have focused on. Ask me anything, from focusing on eating in the truck, versus survival when broken down, and other big companies dealings.

Try to get along with dispatch is a hard thing, quite technically dispatch is a secretary for the truck driver, attitudes do get involved from time to time, the right way to deal with this is something that you would want to ask and experience driver, I'm not talking experienced as in three or four years I'm talking more like 15 and more, the way you address issues is something that takes extreme tactfulness..

Have owner operated before so I understand all that needs to be considered, not just owning the truck.

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Posted:  9 months ago

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Need Help CFI or Millis I Am Torn and Cannot Decide (Just do not want to take anything for granted of overlook anything important)

Looking for a Driving Job isn't ever easy, I'd suggest do what is called a "fuel stop interview" it is usually done from watching drivers fuel then come into the fuel stop to sign their ticket to leave after getting stuff... it does work and is effectively a good way to get the "real" pro's and con's of any company... CFI I have herd nothing but good things about, Millis, I have herd some good and some bad, I have been owner Op for too long, cause I would suggest CFI, but this is me. a "fuel stop interview is the best option in my opinion. I wish I could help more.... be safe out there...

So far pay about the same Schooling approx. same cost, both come with auto restrictions, and require a 12mo. contract Everyone at CFI so far very nice just needed my permit and they will send rental to drive to school in Joplin MO which I finally was able to take the test Friday and passed but torn between these two employers So far very close, however where millis shines the terminal and school are in my home state and only a couple hours away from my home CFI no upfront cost Miliis 500 deposit which I have but just throwing that out there too If anyone knows more about these two or a better opportunity PLEASE SHARE, I really want to try to retire with my first choice I am 52 and that shouldn't be that hard to do One other thing I know cfi has teams millis doesn't not. My wife has also show interest in joining me if all goes well, and I could lease on with cfi if I should decide I know millis does not have teams but being so close to home almost cancels the team thing out...struggling here but can't keep dragging my feet it's now or never time I have been offered a good job in my field but so tired of it....plus I am afraid I am going to walk away for this opportunity and have regrets if continue in my previously chosen profession of 25 years. Always wanted to be a trucker, my uncle who was basically my father was one for 35 years and with my wife's interest as well it is hard not to consider changing careers this late in life, plus crawling under houses all day every day is not as fun or easy as it once was. Thank you again for any positive input or direction on my predicament

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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How Can I Make Any Money At This?

YOU asked and pushed, I have many endeavors out there, shut me down in "lockdowns" I don't care I make money better than most, "bragging", you still drive? I retired...be safe....wink*

You're only running one business, Ted? Only one house? LOL. I don't post about my real estate, vehicles, business ventures, etc. because no one cares and it has little to do with trucking.

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Starting JB Hunt intermodal

I have been with JB So many times, they love my "safety" rating...LOL Orientation, I'd suggest bring about 150.00 extra cash on you, they pay for meals for "lunch" but not dinner and breakfasts sometimes are from the motel" you are staying at... I live maybe 50 miles away from the Chicago terminal, there orientation motel is off of "Kedzie" it is a small walk if you feel brave isn't the best neighborhood for walking truck-drivers, LOL

bring extra money, the "ma and pa restaurants" there are the "bomb".... bring a few days of cloths, and IF you smoke, bring a carton of your brand of smokes, the cigarettes' sold there are way pricier than most other places, 12-15 buck a pack easy, the small stores off of Pulaski, are outrageously expensive, other than that, the "driving test" they will take you down Pulaski to 147th, and pick on a few stops with docks then back very heavy traffic mostly, which is why the test there... just take your time, speed limit there is 30 for cars, no body does it, LOL I have done 25 which is fine for the instructor, or safety person to get the "feel" of your driving....

Good luck with the Orientation....

I'm starting JB on the 15th. Wondering if anyone could tell me about their orientation process or any thing like that

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Anyone else stuck in Wyoming?

There is a trick that comes to mind driving in wintery weather that most people aren't aware of, ( Ever hear of the "rumble" on the beginning of the shoulder?) it is also a trick from US midwestern states to get guaranteed traction in snow filled terrain, riding the shoulder slightly on the "rumble strip" is where ice cannot form on with a tire going over it, it is impossible, just don't drive to wild, I have driven in the east-coast hills like this, and the rockies uneventfully for the last 10 + years, it is a good trick that works. Using light "Jake breaks" in thick snow does work also, but I don't suggest most of the "newbie's" on here to do it, from the likely-hood of SO many difference of opinions. Very old school trick is to pour a decent amount of "bleach" on your tires before one drives in bad snowy weather or roads, the "Bleach" has a chemical reaction with the rubber and heats up the tire, melting ANY sow on the tire providing traction for the truck regardless if MT or loaded... ( IN emergencies only ) it does degrade the tire if done more than 3 times, but the first time the tire would be OK. IF your "gut" has a problem with driving in thick, thick snow. Please pull off, most of the time, bad weather driving, even for the experienced drivers, is a "luck thing", be careful either way people.... IF you have a difference of an opinion, of the "(Jake break") topic, please keep it to yourself, some use them some don't in truth, most companies practice this is not to be done, but it has worked SO, SO many times for "me" in the past, it isn't about the friction on the road, it is about the friction in the motor. which IS a fact. like it or not... be safe out there...

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I80: Exit 235, Walcott Jct - Laramie: Closed to light, high-profile veh BOTH DIR due to Gusting Winds and Slick Conditions. Other travel expect black ice. Buckle up.

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I was in Little America, now I’m in Rawlins. Due to the high winds is why I can’t go anywhere, my load is simply to light. Once they lift the restriction to light weight high profile vehicles, I’ll be able to continue my journey to PA.

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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So much info on here! :) Which way to my Class A?

Were you a fuel tanker in a class "B"? getting into the same field of work doing tank work would be an easier switch for you, the operating a tanker isn't a skill to take lightly, I would suggest you to call a fuel company or a crude oil company, stay in this field of work. Quality Carriers, is one that comes to mind, I don't know if they train though. The work wouldn't change except for the "wash-out" appointments, and most tank companies drive an "open bore" tank, food grade liquid cannot have baffles in the tank and guarantee the baffles to be cleaned, so the work is very -touchy to say the least, and mostly the trucks needed for transport of most tanks are the big trucks, Peterbilt and Kenworth, freight=shakers are coming around, but I never drove one yet, not while driving a tank, I am too old school for that "New age" kind of stuff, besides I wouldn't like the road life without the truck I drove for the last 15 or so years.... LOL.

Food grade liquid, and lighter than air powder is a good living, and most jobs (road companies for delivering food grade liquids) the trucking life-style does change allot, no waiting in line for one, tank drivers usually deliver once they get to the receiver. the freight is too needed, and there is always a process for delivering safely always... "Door swingers", LOL don't have to deal with climbing on the trailer to make sure ALL the seals on the tank are secure, and making sure your min is in the proper position are the big ticket items for D.O.T. inspectors to spot in an inspection... it would be a good fit for you, my opinion. there are QC, food-liner, and LCM to name a few. IF memory serves LCM hauls chocolate for Hershey that is a good gig for the most part, and the chocolate is always a good thing to bring kids on, my daughter misses going there from the smell.... there is a company in the pan handle of Florida that promises to load and unload the product for the driver, and the orientation is way relaxed, the company rent's a car or a plain trip and a rental car from the airport, I drove my BT there when I were there... good luck with your pick, FYI be careful on whom you choose to drive for, LTL would be a good one with your tank experience, and your loading and unloading experience, a crude oil company would be a good one as well, food grade is another but there way cleaner, LOL. either way good luck, IF you want I could give you a broker's name to get you with a company he mainly deals with for you to make "bank" seriously....

Hello to everyone willing to give advice!

I have been driving a class B fuel truck for almost 3 years. Pulling a fuel hose to fuel a truck or a fill pipe on house has gotten old and I am looking to do more. My ultimate goal would be to drive transport tanker but not sure how to get there. Obviously I need my Class A license and experience. Do I go with prime, which has a tanker division? Can I get a tanker trainer or am I going to have to start with a reefer anyway? Do I go with Roehl without a tanker division but is more local for me? I know I can't just get in a truck and drive as my experience is not with a combo, so the time I have to put in for paid CDL training is no bother to me. Even in the 3 years i have been with my current company, I am learning something new everyday. I am not questioning if this is something that I want to do, it's for sure. Just not sure which route to take. I have not had a problem getting accepted anywhere as I have a good MVR, hazmat/tanker endorsements, and some schooling/experience. ANY advice ANYONE can give me on here would be super awesome, plus I wouldn't mind getting to know some of you as I will be on the road as well and it seems there is alot of you that have great helpful trucker advice. Thank You!

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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How Can I Make Any Money At This?

IF that is ok with you, great... good for you, but the actual "freight" is irrelevant, in the long run, the career is what is important for most, is the "making money part" not the job but the "provision"... I have learned allot, yet I do miss the being alone some-what, I don't miss the waiting for a paycheck/settlement cause I got paid from the broker as soon as the load receiver called they got the load undamaged and well ahead of schedule. I am a person who doesn't need a "pat on the back" to get stuff done, and it sounds like you are... I got paid for allot when I were out working, I got paid to shut down whenever it were unsafe to drive, I got extra pay for allot of stuff most drivers don't get extra pay for, again, I guess this was my motivation driving me... have a good day, FYI, don't keep this going back and fourth, just stop with the commenting please, your comment was in my opinion, very NON-professional. Have a good day....

Also, Let us not forget there is a bit more to the pay thing than just the almighty CPM. Many companies pay for detention, extra stops, short run pay, etc. etc. Also, and this is a HUGE one.... if you have a good working relationship with your DM, many times they are given a lot of discretion for extra pay and perks they can divvy out to keep their productive drivers happy on the road. An extra $50 here or $75 there may not seem like much, but over the course of the year it does add up pretty quickly... especially when it's free money you get for being a valued professional with your support team at the terminal. As a rookie myself, I've had my DM go out of his way to take care of me with extra pay. Also, I've received great loads when others were sitting in the yard waiting.... I helped out my team by shuttling some trailers they urgently needed moved locally and was immediately given a 900 mile load from Alabama to Maryland, what made that run even better was the deadhead from Lakeland, FL to Pennington, AL was well over 550 miles. Some good money there, when I could have been sitting around waiting for a load at the yard. I know this example doesn't say much about the extra $$ perks I spoke about above, but is an example of getting taken care of when you are a team player and have a good relationship with your support team.

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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How do you feel about driver facing cameras?

Driver facing camera's aren't a big deal if you do a few of the really good habits all of the time, driving with the seatbelt on at all times is one to point out. some trucking companies have a strict, "NO smoking policy" which is where their so popular. I drove for "swift transportation for 2.5 years, and they had those also, wasn't a big deal, even though they did at first have a problem with me covering the camera when I went to bed, and the truck got backed into from another driver doing a blind side back, and I were on "home-time"... other than that, they only see what you let them see, IF you not driving, another good point to avaid doing is touching your phone more than once while driving, music selection, etc.... it is a good habit to avoid at all costs, but drivers do what drivers do... be safe out there...

I'm going to be going to CDL school to become a professional truck driver and my first choice of trucking companies to get on with after school has driver facing cameras. To me, that would feel like an invasion of privacy. How should I deal with that? Should I not consider this company and go to a company that doesn't have driver facing cameras? Thank you.

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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How Can I Make Any Money At This?

you opinion driver, I grossed 170 grand in 2005-2009.... SO your saying what exactly, that YOU can't do that... LOL

I am NOT going to get into a financial debate over this, BUT just so this is said, I guess my personal motivation was more "driven" than yours. I did this, not you apparently. I have bought my wife's dream house, I have all my bills covered, I have savings of a unique sum, and I have a life that most dream of... like it or NOT... but my comment stands, IF you don't like your life than change it, I also negotiated my payment to pay me when I left the "house" til I got back to my house truck and trailer. most don't do this, but again I guess my motivation wasn't to be driving forever. I could afford to hire an attorney, CPA, Insurance that insured ME, and I have way more safe miles than most with all this being said, it comes down to your specific opinion over my experience.... and I guess you can have the "pride" but not the life, I shouldn't have to apologize to you or anyone for the life I chose... and frankly I'm NOT going to... again, if YOU don't like your life change, otherwise quit complaining... have a good day and be safe....

"The only way to make money being a driver is owning the truck?" Total BS advice from Ted.

So the close to $72,000 I netted in 2020 as a company driver, with zero out of pocket truck expenses on me, were a failure?

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Anyone else stuck in Wyoming?

Road closures are part of the "lifestyle" but there are ways to stay somewhat ahead of the state.... First off, their are phone numbers on the "Rand McNally" Road atlas you can use to check possible road closures on the "route" you or anyone are going to take, keeping up to date on the weather in the area is also a good idea as well... Be safe out there Driver....

Anyone else stuck in Wyoming due to the rolling road closures? Been here since 0130 this morning and it seems it might be awhile. The only updates giving so far was the estimate time for it to reopen has increased, multiple times now.

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Recruiter responsiveness

Recruiter's job is to get YOU in the truck so they get paid. Remember most don't know or care about the job you are going to do. Unless they have worked for that company before. Either way do your research before filling out an application. Fuel stop interviews are a good source of information, to anyone either driver needing training or experienced drivers...

Just a survey, not a lot of discussion needed. How responsive where the recruiters you interacted with? I have been dealing with 3 from separate companies. 1 had responded via phone and email in less than 3 hours or the following morning. Another has taken a week at a time to respond. Another has yest to respond after 3 weeks and 3 messages left to their voice mail and 2 emails to the company orgbox. I don't want to drop a dime on company names, but after reading a bunch of forums here about recruiters, the one who makes an effort towards me is likely to get my nod. At what point have you "cut bait" and moved on?

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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How Can I Make Any Money At This?

You have to get used to being paid a small amount because of your lack of experience, it doesn't really matter where you're going or driving for, after you're driving for at least six months consistently then and only then you can expect the pay increase. This is a troubling time for you, you're going to want to look into other people's backyard and see the grass is greener in their yard then your own. Sorry to use the saying, however it is true. You must drive your truck responsibly, remember this if you remember anything else,. YOU trust but verify everything. Directions, addresses, and routes you need to drive...

Another useful task for you to practice, stay out of the truck stops. It's expensive even if you don't think so. When you're sleeping and surviving in that truck, live in that truck as you would if you were living alone, you don't go out to eat every time you have a meal, you will gain weight... get into the habit of exercising and walking around your truck after you wake up, regardless the temperature outside, you will need to say somewhat physically active while on the road, it helps it helps a lot. If needs be go to a Walmart or some other grocery store of some kind, buy food and survive just in that truck. In a way it's like going camping, me personally I had an emergency service in the truck just in case I had to go to the bathroom, camping type of porta potties are available for camping needs. No it isn't what everyone talks about but everyone understands depending on what you eat depends on how solid your stool is but it is a bodily function that we cannot deny, and it is irresponsible thinking to ignore it, most drivers use a old water bottle as a urinal, it's a good way to keep you out of the truck stops, controlling one's bodily functions is a skill that you learn, unfortunately. It is also the main reason why truck drivers are looked at to be very disgusting people because most people forget to get rid of that on a daily basis. If you are responsible with it it's no big deal,

For the most part all of the information I am giving you is needed information especially when you're starting out by yourself, learn about the job, and or lifestyle, it is not something you can just go to work and come home, because once you deliver the load you have to be ready to leave immediately to do it again. there are a few key issues that you need to address or have addressed just in case.

Your safety in that truck, no it is not legal for most companies to carry a firearm in that truck, but you can have other tools available for you just in case an intruder breaks into the truck while you're in it, tire thumpers are always a good tool to use in this, another is wasp spray (be careful with that one) I would strongly suggest look into some legal service to follow you in your career just in case. I did, the only way a driver can actually make money being a truck driver is to own the truck. Once you get to that point the money changes drastically. Earning a $900 paycheck a week gross is pretty typical. but if you stick at it you can make a decent life for yourself and your family. Being an owner is a bigger responsibility and a bigger cost to you, a good thing not to do is dream, focus on the task at hand and you will be fine... Sorry for the book, but I do pick on a few topics that are REAL and problemsome when you are on the road... When driving respect other people, even if they don't deserve it. Watch your distance...

Another point I can bring up very short, is vehicle spacing, when I were actively driving it's called the Smith system, a lot of trucking companies adapted to the system and are teaching our drivers to do the same. The Smith System, teaches drivers to look as far as possible there was second of every minute of every hour of every day, when you are driving down the road, Leave yourself and out, means leave yourself space next to you to maneuver if you need to, try to stay eight or nine seconds away from the vehicle in front of you, this is where the skill kicks in I have more experience guessing what drivers are going to do before they do it then you do, insurance companies have that part right.... Going up and down mountains take your time there's a lot at stake, your safety is key, there is no such thing as freight being more important than the driver. most toll bridges have available what's called is a bridge map, it's a map that signifies low clearance for semis that have height of 13 ft 6 in, I strongly suggest you get one ASAP. They're only available for local routes for drivers that are not from that town. Their availabile in cities your going towards.

Question for all of you more experienced drivers. So I’m going out to Nashville tomorrow for orientation but I’m a little skeptical on the .32cpm and how I’m going to make a living on it. Even at 3000 miles a week it’s 960 gross, which is going to be a hard pill to swallow. I guess I’m asking if there are any of you who currently work for western express who can give me tips on how to make more money or if they truly start you off at .32cpm?

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Lease Operator Advantages

I haven't read this, I am glad you made a decision. there are a few pointers I could give you as a suggestion, first listen to your "gut" whenever your driving, up hills don't always go down in the gear lower, sometimes it is lower than that. Listen to your trainer, or ask the forum here... If the "trainer" has a "radio" stay off of it. most trainers don't let the trainee touch it. Other than that yes, I could fill your head with allot of mumbo jumbo but I won't... Just be sure you try talking to us once you get into the truck by yourself... I would suggest you get a Rand McNally road atlas for Tractor Trailers... Blow up addition, it shows more, not all GPS's are a good fit for a Big Truck. most of the ones available are made for cars, NOT trucks, road weights do change faster then the service can update. From what I know I could flood you with info you do not need now. SO if needs be, Contact this and I will see it...K....good luck

I would "Text" you but not knowing your sleeping schedule I don't want to come off as being rude or inconsiderate to your needs... I have O/O 3 times before in the past one successful purchase program, but that deal I got in 2004 was a "dream" come true...LOL

I baught a 2003 Pete with a 600hp cat, split 18 and hauled liquid freight for like 6 years. ended up selling the truck about in 2010 after my divorce. So I do know things, research using a "fuel card" system it does help manage fueling while on the road. I used "trucker resolutions" which used a fuel card EFS system. and they handled maintenance account for me as well... another really good source for going to "Lease purchase" is getting a 3rd party truck from a dealer and getting financing through a bank or a Cooperate silent investor... that is how I did it, you get the money you need to get the truck's final authority quicker and they make a financial benefit from doing this, yes there is a contract that you must honor, but the freedom is way better then an option of leasing through a company, where unless you have 50% of the truck paid off, they are going to treat you as just an employee for the most part, once you have bought the truck 60% or more, then the situation changes... I had insurance through where I used for the families cars' so I got a big deal for having a Corporate account and for using them as a personal account as well. fuel card comes in handy with this deal cause everyone needs gas to get around as well. IF this is something you are considering, look into the state you reside in about the cost involved getting or becoming an "LLC" some states cost, some it is free, lucky for me Wisconsin is free, don't let any company convince you it has a cost before you look, it is the biggest ploy for them to "rob" you...

I set up a business called "PaPa Trucking" I miss it because I had the truck Optimus Prime was made out of, too bad I sold it... but if you do your "homework" you'll be fine. I hired an attorney to do the lease contract, but it was more than 10 years ago for that... I did email you, and you can give me your times you are awake so I do not disturb your sleeping schedule if you do call or text...K ..... In my opinion, this isn't something to get into unless you have at least 5 years of driving under your belt with an accident free record, MY opinion.. I haven't been in an accident in 12 years presently, at the time I had a attorney on retainer and finances set aside for accidents and fixing the truck which everyone needs already set aside, either way please be careful, going bankrupt while Leasing has catastrophic consequences....

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I have read the negative reasons in the forum why new drivers should not become lease operators. I am sure there is wisdom in being cautious when starting out. I am not in any hurry but I do like to research things in advance. I wonder if some of you who are lease operators would be willing to dialogue with me directly through email (raif.turner@gmail.com) or text messaging (806-789-8877).

If not, I would also welcome your input here in the forum.

Thank you for your information.

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Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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No Company wants to take me in OTR. Help?

NOW since you have replied so quickly , I personally would suggest going to a LTL carrier, job pays well and your home to have a "life" more so than a road carrier, With that being said now your experience would be a question for their recruiters to answer, every company is different. they are Local for the most part, situations do happen and hotels are usually the option at that point, Holland regional are local trucks ( Haz-mat required and tank endorsement required as well, even on a road fleet, but they sleep in motels every time there driving time is up... and that part is nice... NO truck stop BS... Don't take my word for it... give them a call...

Yes, a refreshers course is the only option you have at this point. most recruiters will say, " you do not have enough recent experience." I would suggest the same as the other drivers that have commented as well, there are other carriers out there than just (Prime, Schneider, Swift, Werner, Roehl, etc....) the bigger the carrier, the more insurance they have for training students, you might have opportunities' in other carriers all the more, covenant, and US Xpress are good ones as well, I wouldn't suggest US Xpress since like Arnold has just automatic trucks, and they do not offer a versatile experience as many carriers offer, but this might just be me.

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Got my CDL back in 2018 of November with no Endorsements. Worked in the Oilfield as Frac for a year and 3 months, up until January 21st 2020. Other Companies dont count that as experience because i wasnt driving constantly. I just want to do OTR and get experience. Werner, Cfi told me no, im sure the other companies i applied will also.

Please anybody know who can take me in for OTR?

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So yall are saying i can call a recruiter and ask for a refresher course? Or ask for cdl training program?

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Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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3 month card, now companies are walking

If you getting a "sleep apnea test" asking the company your intending on going to "who do you accept" is the question to ask, IF they only use there Doctor office, the "LAW" is you are entitled to a second opinion, and they say you need it, but your doctor says otherwise, according to the "safety protocol" your family doctor reigns supreme, legally... Most Drivers aren't equipped to do this so doing as they suggest is usually the best course of action. just throwing that out there.... driving for a company they "rule" if O/O I rule, it does change the situation, most Companies don't ask if your O/O it is up to you to handle you... I am a big guy also, I am 6'4" 265lbs. I have been dealing with this "sleep apnea issue" for a long time... and sewed 4 companies because of it... all cases were settled out of court, no it isn't thought as admittance, but this issue never came up again... ME personally I'd never do "company driver", I am leading towards office Manager now, or Dispatcher manager presently... I do work from home... take care

Just got off the phone with my Prime recruiter. I’m officially starting with Prime on the 25th. They wouldn’t have even accepted the outside sleep apnea test.

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Lease Operator Advantages

I would "Text" you but not knowing your sleeping schedule I don't want to come off as being rude or inconsiderate to your needs... I have O/O 3 times before in the past one successful purchase program, but that deal I got in 2004 was a "dream" come true...LOL

I baught a 2003 Pete with a 600hp cat, split 18 and hauled liquid freight for like 6 years. ended up selling the truck about in 2010 after my divorce. So I do know things, research using a "fuel card" system it does help manage fueling while on the road. I used "trucker resolutions" which used a fuel card EFS system. and they handled maintenance account for me as well... another really good source for going to "Lease purchase" is getting a 3rd party truck from a dealer and getting financing through a bank or a Cooperate silent investor... that is how I did it, you get the money you need to get the truck's final authority quicker and they make a financial benefit from doing this, yes there is a contract that you must honor, but the freedom is way better then an option of leasing through a company, where unless you have 50% of the truck paid off, they are going to treat you as just an employee for the most part, once you have bought the truck 60% or more, then the situation changes... I had insurance through where I used for the families cars' so I got a big deal for having a Corporate account and for using them as a personal account as well. fuel card comes in handy with this deal cause everyone needs gas to get around as well. IF this is something you are considering, look into the state you reside in about the cost involved getting or becoming an "LLC" some states cost, some it is free, lucky for me Wisconsin is free, don't let any company convince you it has a cost before you look, it is the biggest ploy for them to "rob" you...

I set up a business called "PaPa Trucking" I miss it because I had the truck Optimus Prime was made out of, too bad I sold it... but if you do your "homework" you'll be fine. I hired an attorney to do the lease contract, but it was more than 10 years ago for that... I did email you, and you can give me your times you are awake so I do not disturb your sleeping schedule if you do call or text...K ..... In my opinion, this isn't something to get into unless you have at least 5 years of driving under your belt with an accident free record, MY opinion.. I haven't been in an accident in 12 years presently, at the time I had a attorney on retainer and finances set aside for accidents and fixing the truck which everyone needs already set aside, either way please be careful, going bankrupt while Leasing has catastrophic consequences....

I have read the negative reasons in the forum why new drivers should not become lease operators. I am sure there is wisdom in being cautious when starting out. I am not in any hurry but I do like to research things in advance. I wonder if some of you who are lease operators would be willing to dialogue with me directly through email (raif.turner@gmail.com) or text messaging (806-789-8877).

If not, I would also welcome your input here in the forum.

Thank you for your information.

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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No Company wants to take me in OTR. Help?

Yes, a refreshers course is the only option you have at this point. most recruiters will say, " you do not have enough recent experience." I would suggest the same as the other drivers that have commented as well, there are other carriers out there than just (Prime, Schneider, Swift, Werner, Roehl, etc....) the bigger the carrier, the more insurance they have for training students, you might have opportunities' in other carriers all the more, covenant, and US Xpress are good ones as well, I wouldn't suggest US Xpress since like Arnold has just automatic trucks, and they do not offer a versatile experience as many carriers offer, but this might just be me.

Got my CDL back in 2018 of November with no Endorsements. Worked in the Oilfield as Frac for a year and 3 months, up until January 21st 2020. Other Companies dont count that as experience because i wasnt driving constantly. I just want to do OTR and get experience. Werner, Cfi told me no, im sure the other companies i applied will also.

Please anybody know who can take me in for OTR?

So yall are saying i can call a recruiter and ask for a refresher course? Or ask for cdl training program?

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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3 month card, now companies are walking

As much as some people don't know this the concern of the Doctor isn't a weight issue as it is a neck diameter.... Depending on the "carrier" does depend on the Doctor, or service used... Concentra is usually used for the most part. I have been dealing with Concentra for the better side of 10 years, and the Doctors there I golf with occasionally... Keeping the "Doctor" in your friend network is always a good idea, for this reason as well, IF they know you personally it is a conflicting authority that these other Doctor's opinion would NOT be a valid concern... with this being said, If the situation goes to court the other doctor will look over-cautious... ( My opinion) In my life it has gotten to that point. Managing weight IS a major issue in the truck, for most of US on the road, it is a hard battle, even when it is very cold outside. self motivation is harder to stay positive, but must be handled. Sleep apnea has always been a concern IF you are a bigger guy, or gal. and always will be. also to think about if your older getting someone younger in that truck is better for the company rather them taking there chance on just you. with this being said, and you have received the sleep apnea test they require, then that lasts 2 years as well as the Fed Med card they will give you. it isn't the point that they are cautious, the fact is that you have to second guess there request before they ask for it. public safety is there main concern. with all due respect.

Just got done with my physical to get my clp but they only gave me a 3 month card and brochure for a sleep apnea study. Wilson and Roehl have pulled back there offers and I am sure Prime will too. Sleep like a baby every night but this damn dr swears I must have apnea because of my neck is over 17 inches. It was stressful enough changing careers now this. Sorry had to rant, now back to your normal broadcast.

Posted:  11 months ago

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Lookin' at new roads

From my experience, freight lanes depend on the broker, just cause some carriers do not have allot of freight it can change from day to day, so stay positive, the next thing is the experience level of you supposed co-driver, the company will make sure that person has more then you, most companies have a SOP(standard operating procedure) when it comes to training, he/she might just drive you to get the miles you offer, verses teaching you anything since D.O.T. requires a certain amount of hours for you to be behind the wheel before your on your own... mileage pay suck, really... it is what it is, but I haven't been paid mileage in more than a few years, the time I left the road I was at top scale and that was 1.45 a mile loaded, and usually had to broker my own load back to a high freight lane through another broker... it can get complicated, but most O/O go through this exact thing...

If you really want to make some big green get into Tank work open bore, that is where the money is, usually start is 55 cpm low end, and goes up from there... and most decent companies pay more than just mileage there, shut down pay, safety pay, etc... tank work is also way more dangerous then a "door swinger", LOL those hoses get dirty and must be re-sanitized for the next load, so most of the time your driving around a trailer going back and forth with a very small amount of product in the trailer that needs to get cleaned out... anyways...

Tampa huh, wow I have more than a few people I know down there... including family. another thing you might want to hope you have the opportunity with is driving through the Rocky's in the winter time, granted it isn't like Florida but it is a different driving experience altogether different... Mountain driving can get dangerous in itself, road conditions, constructions, and other unseen hazards can change very quickly... I don't know if you know this but it is illegal for any person to be on the top bunk while the truck is in motion, make sure you have a sleeping bag, and maybe a pillow with a bag on it... just in case, not talking this BS virus, but other issues you might want to protect yourself against, keep your feel clean and dry as much as possible, and don't drive in "sandals", if you do don't get out f the truck that way, most people get in trouble that way... driving team is different than driving solo, he /she must drive or stay moving about 600 or so miles to make REAL progress, yes, trucks break down but if this happens too much your not gong to make any money, there are good weeks and bad, so good luck either way, I wish you the best, cause I never could sleep in a moving truck...take care... happy new year...

Sometimes things don't go all as planned, so we take a step back, turn, and move along. For me, like most on this forum, that's sliding into a seat behind a big steering wheel. All the reasons aside, once the decision was made the challenge of finding the best place for me to start began.

Getting the CDP here in FL isn't going to be difficult, COVID (rather our Gov.) hasn't shut us down to needing appointments. I can even get the license for a reasonable fee just an hour away, though I've yet to see the benefit. It's finding that company that will not only give me the training I'll need, but fulfill the ultimate purpose and pay my bills. Sure, who doesn't like the idea of commanding a big rig? Yet, I'm not a kid right outa school so that isn't enough to move me from my comfort zone. I need to know who's training well enough and paying well enough for grown up bills.

I'm in FL. As they say, everything comes here but nothing leaves, so that alone limits the opportunities.

Having a long and clean driving record, and able to pass a bg check for hazmat; I'm getting calls. Seems the best offer so far is team driving with Pam. Ya'll can update the training section cuz they're offering $0.48 right after training which is only two weeks (at $350/wk) after classes. Recruiter at CRST wasn't happy with me when I mentioned that.

I do think two weeks of OTR training is light, but it's offset with another driver's eyes. I'm also pretty confident in my own ability to pick it up, but worried my co-driver will be inexperienced as well. I wish all I needed to do was soak up skills for a year, but I've got people dependent on me so getting the miles at the top pay has to be part of the equation. It doesn't hurt that Driver's Solutions classes are just over an hr away from my home and the idea of getting my CDL in the upper midwest in Jan chills my southern blood.

So I reckon I started this thread to look at my own thought processes and see if anyone would offer up a different perspective, or better, just agree with me.smile.gif

And for the trucker bringing my wife's Christmas present from CA, drive safe but hurry, yer late!

Merry Christmas all.

Posted:  11 months ago

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New to The Site

Just like "Jammer said, relax, the voyage into a trucking company isn't one to take lightly... it is allot of "red tape" but there are companies that you haven't checked that might work out IF you are willing to look.... for instance; Werner is a decent company to go for, and they train ( IF memory serves) with you having a felony you can't go past the "Canadian line", U.s.xpress, Covenant Transport, Schneider, sometime it does matter what the felony was for, but being 11 years old it shouldn't be an issue, (really) I'd request to chat with "safety" not recruiting, but this is me... Knight bought most of Swift trucks, so try them, or Riverside transport, don't do J.B.Hunt there for experienced drivers... I will chat with a buddy of mine who works at swift and let you know tomorrow sometime...K

Thanks PackRat. I have applied to every major carrier that I know of, and they all denied me for various reasons. Some of the were because of my felony in 2009 and the other were because of my careless driving in 2006.

I would also like to state that I avoided carriers that require hair follicle tests. I can do urine test just fine. I’m choosing not to wait the 3 to 6 months for the hair test because I’ve already been out of work for a month waiting to go to CDL school, and I simply cannot afford it.

Posted:  11 months ago

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Need some advice...

I know my math is incorrect, but total 3 accidents in a quad axle, and 2 non-preventable investigated with Werner, O/O, and Swift.... sorry for the correction, IF you went through a "company school then fired, you could go to a private school, IF this isn't a choice, there are other outfits you could try that most "Company schools" would be OK with... Waist management is ALWAYS looking for hiring drivers, they don't look at it as your a "driver" your delivering garbage... a "roll off" truck is like a dump truck more or less... you just put the "box" down on the ground... there is always LTL as an option also, not to mention NON-CDL work that leads to CDL work, it just takes time... there are allot of chances to work in the Driver field, just do not quit looking.... job center, or indeed etc.... someone is looking, might even go to "Covenant Transport" they mandate every driver to team once out of training...

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