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    NJ

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    Experienced Driver

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    3 years, 3 months ago

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Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Not making this up, honest!

­čĄúSome of the things you see written on those signs are amusing.

Delaware's digital signs are clever, including:

CAMP IN THE WOODS, NOT THE LEFT LANE

NICE CAR. DOES IT HAVE A TURN SIGNAL?

95 IS THE ROUTE NUMBER, NOT THE SPEED LIMIT

and my personal favorite,

GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR APP. PUT DOWN THE PHONE AND JUST DRIVE

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Worst city to drive a truck in?

I also drove on the Fort Hamilton Pkwy, today, and saw other trucks there. There are a couple of other Parkways that the other drivers also use. It seems that there is no substitute for experience. No GPS is going to take anyone on my exact route, today, and yet everything turned out fine.

Glad it worked out and yes, you learned that some roads called Parkway aren't actually parkways at all. I'd agree there's no substitute for experience, but for future reference you can consult NYC DOT's parkway truck restrictions page

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Worst city to drive a truck in?

I should have said I-278. I'd like to head back to I-278 after the first stop and then go on up to the Bronx. Are trucks ok to stay on I-278 all the way?

Yes, you can take I-278, the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, all the way to its eastern end. Don't worry about those signs saying all trucks must exit at Atlantic Avenue. However, to reach the Triborough Bridge you're supposed to take the Astoria Boulevard exit, since trucks with more than three axles aren't allowed on the Grand Central Parkway. Astoria Boulevard is the frontage road next to the Grand Central, and after a few blocks you'll reenter the highway to get on the bridge. The signs are clear, so you shouldn't have much trouble.

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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How many states in one day?

Do you have stops in all those states, or just passing through? I do a trip that has me bumping six docks in four states, in about ten hours. Starting and finishing at our Newark yard, I visit Jersey City NJ, Stamford CT, Springfield MA, back to Stamford, White Plains NY, and Jersey City again.

Posted:  7 months, 2 weeks ago

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Part Time Trucking?

Yes, part-time Class A CDL jobs exist. Contractors for Amazon, FedEx Ground, and USPS use part-time drivers. However, to my knowledge they all require at least six months' experience, and some want more.

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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NEW...BUT GETTING OLD QUICK

Yes I did go to Trans Am. My lack of driving skills didn't work out with them.

Were you let go by them, or did you walk away by choice? Often the only things a company knows about your previous job are the dates you worked for them, reason for separation, and are you eligible for rehire. If your first employer fired you for cause, that could be a bigger obstacle than if you had no experience at all.

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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NEW...BUT GETTING OLD QUICK

Yea, the recruiters call you, tell you the great world it is going with them, never hear from them again after all your info's in, and leave you hanging.

Well, did they hear from you? I hope you followed up as many times as necessary, to ask about the status of your application, and if they need anything else from you.

I think it would be better to drive down to the company and ask right out, ARE YOU HIRING NOW ?

I agree that's a good idea. You can find out whether that location is going to be adding or replacing drivers, before it even makes it onto the internet. And showing some initiative is never a bad thing. It helps to stand out as more than just an application that came to their website.

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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NEW...BUT GETTING OLD QUICK

What companies hire from the school you attended? Most schools I'm aware of have some type of career placement program.

I'll admit jobs seem more plentiful on this side of the Hudson River at the moment, but Indeed shows entry level positions at Western Express in Brentwood and Levittown, XPO Logistics in Bay Shore, FedEx Ground in East Elmhurst Queens, and that's after about five minutes of looking. Have they all said no?

I drive out to Bethpage at least a few times a week.

Posted:  8 months ago

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Trivia Game (just for fun)

Katey Sagal has played three iconic characters:

Peggy Bundy on Married With Children Jemma Teller Morrow on Sons of Anarchy Leela on Futurama

She gets my vote.

Posted:  8 months ago

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General Knowledge

I'd encourage you to consider doing the hazardous materials, tanker, and doubles-triples tests as well, while you're in test taking mode. Even if you think you don't want to go into that type of trucking, the more versatile you are, the more employment options you'll have. And they're needed more than you might expect.

Regular household chemicals, in large enough quantities, can require hazmat placards, and a tanker endorsement is needed for large liquid totes loaded onto a dry van. When I was pulling doubles doing LTL linehaul, I had plenty of loads that required all of my endorsements on the same trip. Except for the motorcycle one. I didn't need that until I finished my shift, and rode home.

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