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    Salisbury, NC

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    8 years, 4 months ago

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Posted:  7 years ago

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One year safe OTR driving

I did it. On April 24th 2015 I reached my goal of one year safe OTR driving. It opened doors for me. I applied for two local driving jobs and received offer letters from both companies. I did some research on both and chose the one I felt to be the best fit for me. I want to thank Trucking Truth for the tools provided to assist me in obtaining this goal. I haven't participated in the Forum that much but I have read many threads and made note of all the advice from the experienced drivers that so unselfishly help out the rookies on this site. Thanks again TT.

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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CT Transportation LLC.... Age Descrimination???

I'm 51 years old and I just got sent home from CT Transport orientation in Savannah Ga. I passed the work first assessment and the physical. Then the company "rent a nurse" measured my neck and because it was larger than 17" decided on his own that I have sleep apnea. I have no problem sleeping, many mornings I wake up in the same position that I fell asleep in. Trust me, if I snored my wife would make me aware of it. There were two of us sent home that day, the other man was also over 50. He was actually sent home two weeks before because his heart rate was too high during the work first assessment. He was told to get a letter from his Dr. and return to orientation in two weeks, which he did. This time during the assessment his heart rate wasn't an issue but the girl sent him home because she didn't like the way he demonstrated climbing onto the trailer. She said he did not do it in a safe manner. There were 12 people in the class and two were over 50 and two were sent home, makes me wonder. I'm not really bitter, I think it was probably a blessing in disguise, after visiting what would have been my home terminal in Mocksville NC and then seeing the main terminal in Savannah, their both dumps. They look more like junk yards than trucking terminals. I am curious to know if any other over 50 recruits have experienced anything like this.

Posted:  8 years ago

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IS THIS NORMAL FOR STATER COMPANYS

I finished school on April 2nd and went to work for Watkins & Shepard Trucking, driving out of the Conover NC Terminal. I completed the two week orientation and went on the road with a coach for one week. Then I was handed the keys to a truck and given my first load assignment. I do have previous driving experience so the driving and maneuvering around in the truck isn't that big of an issue for me. My problem with the company is the communication, or lack of. I have tried on several occasions to reach my dispatcher in Conover and even tried to reach dispatchers in Missoula Mt. no one will answer the phone or respond to voicemails or emails. They communicate with me over Peoplenet, but will not respond to me when I reach out to them with questions. I can't believe this is normal in the trucking industry. I've read too many responses from experienced drivers on here telling new drivers to stay in touch with your dispatcher, make them your best friend, how do we do this when they won't even respond to a question about a load assignment?? I have been offered a job with a new company but I thought I'd get some advice here first. Thanks

Posted:  8 years, 1 month ago

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Any OTR trucking companies without trainers?

Hi TW, I start orientation with Watkins Shepard in Conover N.C. on April 14th. They have a 10 day training program that I hear is very intense. If you successfully complete the training they issue you a truck. I'll have more information when I get started.

Posted:  8 years, 1 month ago

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Blind siding it...

The trick to all backing is to have a G,O,A,L. Get Out And Look...

Posted:  8 years, 1 month ago

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Finished School

I did it, I finished my training yesterday, tested out, scored 100% on my pre-trip and my skills test. Only deducted 3 points off of my driving exam. Instructor said I didn't look both ways at a RR crossing. I'm sure I did but it doesn't matter, I passed. Headed to DMV tomorrow to get my CDL. Then it's off to orientation at Watkins & Shepard Trucking on April 14th. A fellow school mate just finished his first week of orientation there and said it was very intense training, I'm looking forward to it. Now, back to studying with High Road Training Program

Posted:  8 years, 3 months ago

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Driving a truck is like riding a bicycle

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gotta play nice for the exam, though, right?

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Exactly. Best I can figure they want people to know how to double clutch whether they're going to use it often or not.

Exactly, floating gears is Taboo in school. Once you're out in the real world you can do what you need to do....

Posted:  8 years, 3 months ago

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Driving a truck is like riding a bicycle

I'm almost certain the last time I double-clutched was in like '93 when I road tested. One of the instructors at our trucking school showed us how to float gears and my first trainer was fine with it so that was the end of double-clutching right off the bat. I'm sure it would be awkward as h*ll to try doing that all the time, especially down-shifting. More than anything I would just feel kinda dumb and annoyed by it because you know it's totally unnecessary. Like, why do all that extra work for absolutely nothing?

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It is the most awkward thing I've tried to do in a long time. I'm required to have 20 hours of driving in school, hope it comes back to me soon...

Posted:  8 years, 3 months ago

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Driving a truck is like riding a bicycle

Yeah, you're not going to have any problem getting it back again. No big deal at all. Starcar is right - it's just a matter of picking up the timing again. It's the concepts of double-clutching and progressive gearing that are tough to get. The timing comes easy once you understand how it's done - which you obviously do. So it isn't going to take long.

Thanks for the words of encouragement. I guess I have myself partly to blame for my lack of proper clutching techniques. I went to work for a man right out of school way back in the 80's driving a long nose Pete with a 13 speed pulling dump wagons. I forget what that particular style of truck was called back then, California something. He bought two of them, the wheel base on them was too long to pull anything in N.C. except little short dump wagons. Long story short, when I started driving for him he road tested me, I was so proud of myself, double clutching like a real pro. I'll never forget him looking at me and saying, get your d@&* foot off that clutch, you're gonna wear my truck out. I guess from that day on, I never touched the clutch peddle again except for stopping and starting.... Old habits are hard to break...

Posted:  8 years, 3 months ago

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Driving a truck is like riding a bicycle

I've been told that once you learn to drive a big truck you never forget. Well, I beg to differ. I haven't been in a truck since 1991, until yesterday at school. I knew I'd be rusty changing gears and double clutching, I had no idea I'd be completely corroded. I felt so bad sitting there grinding gears and looking like a total amateur. It was so embarrassing. I have been going over everything in my head today that I know I did wrong, over revving the engine, not watching my tachometer and not shifting at the proper RPM's.. I'm waiting for next Saturday to come so I can redeem myself...Wish me luck......LOL

Posted:  8 years, 3 months ago

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Things needed for class and otr training?

I showered twice a day most days when I was on the road. But sometimes I was too tired to shower lol. Definitely extra socks and underwear. Also painkillers because you WILL have a headache or stomach ache or whatever. Your trainer may have some, but better be safe. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SHOWER SHOES!!! I'm sure we all agree on that.

What's the going rate for a shower nowadays in a truck stop if you don't have shower credits? I remember back in the day it was about $5.00

Posted:  8 years, 3 months ago

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Purchasing a GPS

Thanks guys, I think I have made my decision, looks like the Rand for me....Thanks again for the advice....

Posted:  8 years, 3 months ago

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Purchasing a GPS

I'm sure this question has been asked and answered many times but somewhere along the line I missed them all... What is the best GPS to purchase? I've heard the Rand McNally was top of the line for truckers....Any thoughts??

Posted:  8 years, 3 months ago

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Invited to Orientation

Thanks for the reply's. Sorry it took so long for me to respond but as some of you may know, we here in the Charlotte area of NC have been paralyzed by 8-10" of snow....HaHa!! No seriously, my internet has been down for a couple of days, I have a smart phone but it's too aggravating for me to go online and try to see that little screen....Thanks again, I've checked out the links and the threads from Tracy, I'm hearing the same things here that I've heard from all the others I've talked to....

Posted:  8 years, 3 months ago

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Invited to Orientation

I'm scheduled to finish school in mid March. I have applied to Watkins & Shepard Trucking after hearing good reports from current and former drivers. I was shocked to receive a phone call just one day after submitting my application. I talked with a recruiter in Montana, he said everything looked great on my application and could I report to the Conover N.C. Terminal on March 24th for orientation. Anyone on here familiar with this company? Just doing all the research I can before committing to anyone.

Posted:  8 years, 3 months ago

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I AM AMAZED.....

Guys, I know everyone learns at their own pace. It's always been easy for me to pick things up. I have previous driving experience, I went to truck driving school back in the early 80's, then a DWI in my personal vehicle put an end to my driving career. Now my driving record is clean for 20+ years I'm ready to go at it again. I guess I just get aggravated when they seem to not care if they learn it or not. One of them made the comment to me, I just want to pass, the Trucking Co. I go to work for will train me. I sincerely hope he paid attention to me when I told him, if you get invited to orientation and you can't straight back a truck, you are done, you're going home...Simple as that, end of story...

Posted:  8 years, 3 months ago

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I AM AMAZED.....

I just finished my third week of school. I'm a weekend student. I am amazed at the number of weekday students that come in on the weekends for extra time in the trucks on the backing range....Most of these are students that have completed their 160 hours of training and are trying to test out... they have passed their driving skills and the pre trip but have failed on numerous attempts at backing. These people have no clue how to back a truck, they cannot straight line, offset and trust me 90's are completely out of the question... As long as the instructor is walking beside the truck telling them, turn left, turn right, they can put the trailer into any hole. When the instructor steps away and they try it themselves, I have witnessed them completely jackknife a truck while trying to straight back... and no I'm not blaming the instructors, I have been very satisfied with the instructors at the school, they are very knowledgeable and more than willing to help. It bothers me a little that management allows these students to come on the weekends and take up my time that I paid for, when it's clear they are never going to get it. It also scares me to think that these could be future truckers of America. Sorry to complain, just needed to get that off my chest...

Posted:  8 years, 4 months ago

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Schneider, Trans Am or Roehl?

I just started school this past Saturday the 18th. (weekend student) I know graduation is 9 weeks away but I have been doing a lot of research on different carriers. I think I've narrowed it down to the three I really want to concentrate on the most, Schneider, Trans Am and Roehl. I will apply with other carriers just in case none of these work out. I am concerned with one thing though, my knees, I spent a lot of years putting down carpet and other floor coverings, crawling around under houses and other construction related duties. (Too hard headed to wear knee pads) I don't have a problem walking or climbing, my problems come from squatting and crawling. How or will this affect my pre employment physical assessment? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated....

Posted:  8 years, 4 months ago

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Starting orientation with Schneider National

Trust me, I'm reading and very interested. I just started Trucking School on Saturday Jan. 18th. I'm seriously looking into Schneider. One thing I have some concerns about are my knees, I spent too many years laying carpet and floor covering without knee pads. I don't have a problem walking or climbing, it's squatting and crawling that give me some trouble.. Any thoughts?

Posted:  8 years, 4 months ago

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Filling out the application on this site

Thanks Brett, that's what I was applying for were pre-hires. I went through the list and only applied with company's that hire student drivers. I'll try again, thanks....

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