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Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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M-F Home Nightly Jobs For Newly licensed 55+ Male Class A Driver

Most of the LTL companies have facilities in the Woodbridge/Edison area, as well as closer to NYC around Newark and Elizabeth and up to Carlstadt and Teterboro. My first driving job, at age 57, was doing linehaul, and I think that for those of us who have responsibilities at home and can't go OTR, it's the ideal way to start. The fact that you have dock experience is definitely an asset for these jobs, although it seems you're finding it's a mixed blessing. Your current employer seems to value you too much on the dock to put you in a truck. If that's the case, they're likely to lose you entirely.

I just went on indeed to find a CDL A job, and took it from there. Good luck!

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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How bad is it if you don't train on a manual?

Thing Is Bruce is once one learns how to float gears you don’t use the clutch unless you are coming from a dead stop. You would barely use it as an otr driver most days. Heck as a local driver I barely use it. I simply creep in low gear in traffic or approaching a red light.

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I do a lot of driving on very congested routes - such as Tonnelle Avenue a/k/a Truck 1&9 in Jersey City, or the approach to the George Washington Bridge toll plaza - and this is what I do. I make it a game to see how long I can go creeping along floating through the lower gears without touching the clutch to get going from a complete stop. If nothing else, it helps alleviate the tedium of sitting in traffic.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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How bad is it if you don't train on a manual?

The first time you proficiently float gears, you'll feel like an absolute boss. Why would you want to deny yourself that experience?

Posted:  1 month ago

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Might get a dog in the truck.

I wish there were loaner dogs that could be returned if they didn’t pass a test drive, lol.

To me, having a dog on the truck is a serious responsibility, so I’m gonna take it slow until I can find the right employee. Is there an “Indeed” for dogs?

Any reputable rescue will take back a dog if things don't work out. In fact, they'll include in the adoption contract that if you can't keep the dog, you must return it to them rather than give it to someone else, or surrender it at the pound. They'll work with you to find a dog that's compatible with your lifestyle. You would just have to explain what your days are like. I'd think maybe an older dog who doesn't need or want a whole lot of activity but would appreciate your company while driving.

I don't think I've eve seen Pitbulls and Parolees do an adoption to an OTR trucker, so maybe this is your chance to be a TV star.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Consistent miles working Part-Time

I obtained my Class A CDL not too long ago. Due to some personal problems, I couldn't jump into driving full time.

If I were you, I'd act very quickly before that CDL goes stale. This is one situation where Use It or Lose It holds true.

My questions for anybody who has driven or drives part-time: - how consistent are miles working PT? Does the industry generally use PT drivers as spot fillers? - are there issues getting back home on time regardless FT/PT?

I don't claim any knowledge of how 'the industry generally' uses PT drivers. I'm PT/casual (after doing 7+ months full time linehaul) and have a pretty stable two days a week, plus occasional filling in. Driving local, my pay is hourly rather than by mile, and it's not a matter of getting routed back home. However, even with a local job things will come up. As an example, last Friday I got stuck at a RR crossing by a very slow, very long train, then was an hour late getting loaded at my first stop, then hit overnight construction on the GWB. Nothing terrible, or out of the ordinary. But in your situation, getting done driving at 5:30 to get to a 7:00 class isn't something you can really count on.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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New Split Axle Driver for Schneider and I scrapped a truck backing up

As far as being short of time, once you're in the truck stop and off public roads, would you be able to switch to 'On Duty - Yard Move' and then take as long as you need to get parked safely without worrying about your 11 hour or 14 hour clock?

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Getting into trucking - moving back to the US

I have a wife and three daughters (and am 38 myself.)

What state would be best suited for this? What is a good state for me to move to for trucking?

Do you intend to pursue an OTR career? If so, and maybe even if your plan is to drive local, the decision should really be based on what is best for your wife. She's the one who will be raising three children while you're away on the road. This will be a big move for her as much as, and maybe more than, for you. Has she lived in the U.S. before? Do you have family or friends who could help out or at least provide some sense of community? Low cost and good weather are nice, but having a support network is essential. Make sure she doesn't end up feeling isolated in an unfamiliar place.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Involuntary commitment medical record, over 9 years ago. Effects on TWIC card.

I want to apply for a Twic card (Transportation Worker Identification Credential). For a future Job.

Do you have a pending job offer that is contingent on you getting at TWIC Card? If not, I wouldn't worry about it. As Old School notes, many, in fact probably most, driving jobs won't involve port facilities or military bases or other places you'd need the card. The statement you quoted seems pretty definitive, but maybe a letter from a psychiatrist saying that you are under their care and that the condition that resulted in your commitment is no longer present, and in their medical opinion there is nothing that should preclude you from having a TWIC. However, the doctor would be exposing himself or herself to huge liability by writing such a letter, so don't be surprised if it's hard to come by.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Given up truck driving for good

Have you considered linehaul? You would be going to the same terminal or a handful of terminals every night.

Another possibility would be a USPS contractor. This is what I'm doing now, after starting out in linehaul. Most drivers have a set route, so you'll go to one or two postal facilities where you load and unload, and a truck stop or company yard where you Meet and Turn, and that's it, day after day. I'm sure a lot of drivers would hate it, and feel this kind of monotony is what they went into trucking to get away from. But if you're not in it for the adventure and just want to do your job and get home safe with minimal drama, this might be a good fit.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Mount Vernon, NY tonight. Any tips?

The picture also has the Bruckner as 95, which is wrong. The Bruckner is 278 in the Bronx and the Brooklyn queens expressway in Brooklyn and queens. All legal for 53 foot trailers.

Interstate highways change names frequently in New York. The I-95 designation is applied to the Cross Bronx Expressway from the GWB to its interchange with the Bruckner. East of there I-95 continues as the Bruckner and then the New England Thruway, and the Cross Bronx becomes I-295 as it goes to the Throgs Neck Bridge. The I-278 designation is applied, from west to east, to the Staten Island, Gowanus, Brooklyn-Queens, and Bruckner Expressways.

Which is why my trainer insisted I stop referring to these highways by name, and just use the number.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Mount Vernon, NY tonight. Any tips?

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Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Mount Vernon, NY tonight. Any tips?

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Not true. You're allowed on I87 with a truck and I've taken that route many times. You're not allowed on the FDR drive which is the exit before the deegan.

You misunderstand what I wrote. I said 53' trailers aren't allowed on the Deegan. Which is true.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Mount Vernon, NY tonight. Any tips?

That time of night you shouldn't hit much traffic. Just be careful about only going where you're allowed. Calling the receiver for directions isn't a bad idea. Parkways, including the Taconic, Saw Mill, Bronx River, and Cross County, do not allow commercial vehicles. 53' trailers are only allowed on certain routes across NYC. Specifically for your purposes, they are not allowed on the Major Deegan ( the NYC part of I-87). So if you're hauling a 53-footer, going over the GWB and then up I-87 isn't legal. Whether you'd actually get pulled over for it before you get out of the Bronx is another matter. But to play it safe you can cross the Hudson further north, on I-287, and then drop down.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Team driving with owner operator

Hello,

I enjoyed driving and did really well, it was just everything else. Backing, docking, drop and hook, remembering things when at the shipper and receiver, etc. Anxiety would make it difficult to remember.

I am looking for a special situation that, despite my difficulties I could succeed at this.

I am willing to give up half my pay, to have someone who will teach me and work through this together. I would like to learn and grow into feeling confident about everything.

Those aspects of driving cause all of us stress when we're starting out. However, they're pretty much unavoidable parts of the job. Your individual brain chemistry, etc. may make these challenges greater for you than for others, but I'd like to believe it's not insurmountable given the right situation.

As others have noted, an OO taking you on is unlikely. I'd say your best bet is with a large company that can absorb the insurance cost of employing inexperienced drivers and has a training program in place. You didn't say who you worked for previously, but there are many carriers that do a good job of preparing and equipping their new drivers to succeed. You may want to check out the Training Diaries forum on this site and see how other new drivers have made their way up the learning curve.

Best wishes!

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Starting in 2nd gear from a stop!

Just didn’t want to impede traffic after I get it rolling

In my opinion, this is not something you should be worrying about. With these large, heavy vehicles, sometimes it's unavoidable. We take forever to accelerate, go slowly around turns, and four-wheelers will get ****ed. That's their problem, don't let them make it yours. Take as much time and space as you feel you need to be safe. As you get more experienced you may be able to do things quicker, but that shouldn't be your focus.

FWIW, I usually start in 2nd out of habit, since that's the way I was taught.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Revenue generated through forum

I thought the OP wasn't asking whether the site pays anyone, but what the site's sources of revenue are. We see that company-sponsored training programs buy banner ads here, but does the site receive a commission, for example, when applicants enroll through this link.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Why did you get started in trucking, and what were your biggest concerns?

Why did you decide to become a truck driver? What did you hope to get from it?

I thought it might be a fun retirement hobby. It is.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Worst Interstates for truckers

I-78 Pennsylvania from Allentown and eastward! The lanes are narrow, there is always construction, nobody obeys the truck lane restriction in construction zones

Can you explain why trucks are restricted to the left lane through there? That one has me baffled.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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A PhD student want to join the world of Trucking --any advice, suggestions, recommendations, etc.

You're the only one who can answer if it is the right move for you. However, you won't be the first overeducated person to end up in this line of work, and your career earnings as a truck driver will almost certainly be better than you'll do as a humanities professor, given how long the odds are of getting tenure these days.

One good think about trucking is that, although there's a steep learning curve, it's very short. Within a few months you'll probably learn enough about yourself, the work, and the industry to have a sense of whether it's going to be a good fit for you. It's not like devoting many years and dollars to an advanced degree only to realize it doesn't lead where you hoped it would.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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After 3 months, I’m quitting

It’s indeed a special talent.

Honestly, it's not. Backing is a learnable skill for pretty much anyone, and you just haven't found a teaching method that works with your individual learning style. Ultimately we're all doing the same things, even though the words and concepts we use to describe them might be different. So it's a matter of finding a way of thinking about it that makes sense for you, and that you feel confident with.

I had been driving Class A CMVs for nearly a year, and backing well enough to get by, when I stumbled across this guy's videos. For whatever reason, his approach and concepts really clicked for me, and actually made me look forward to chances to apply them for myself. https://www.ltlmentor.com/

There's nothing wrong with walking away from this profession and pursuing something else, but if you do still have the itch, I'd encourage you to poke around youtube until you find something that resonates with you, and then see whether you want to give it another try.

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