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Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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So my question is, how many users do you have a month, and how many visitors? New vs total, if you know?

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It's funny because the forum makes it seem like it's a kinda small site with a nice little stream of visitors, but it's way bigger than you would think. We average about 220,000 total visits from 150,000 unique visitors each month and over 600,000 page views per month.

The forum would get more action if we allowed any knucklehead to run their mouths and say any stupid thing they would like. Go to Facebook or some of the other trucking forums and you'll find it's like the Jerry Springer show where every loudmouth in the peanut gallery is screaming lies and misleading unsuspecting newbies into having all of the wrong strategies, impressions, and expectations about the industry.

I've had people mention to me that if we weren't so critical about what is being said we'd get more participation. Sure, but the quality would be junk. Why would I want that?

So we focus on teaching people what it takes to be a top tier professional in this industry and we make sure than any information that's presented here is accurate and helpful. We let everyone else focus on complaining, blaming, criticizing, and lying. I know a lot of people who visit here also visit other trucking forums, and I totally get that. They like the drama. They're entertained by the larger than life characters.

They're like a circus, we're like a classroom. Each serves its purpose. But by the nature of people you're going to get a lot more action and participation where there is a lot of drama and lies and fighting. That's why the news channels all focus on politics, violence, death, and disaster.

Wow, that is pretty awesome. You have done a great job here, and the site is the best resource I have seen.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Wow, that is pretty awesome. You have done a great job here, and the site is the best resource I have seen.

Thanks!

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Ok Brett here is one for you.

Why do sometimes I get the message that I have to have my comments reviewed by the moderators? Am I saying nasty things about someone or cussing??

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Why do sometimes I get the message that I have to have my comments reviewed by the moderators? Am I saying nasty things about someone or cussing??

No, there are certain topics that are being moderated because they tend to make people go a little crazy. So any comments posted to those topics get moderated.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Ok. I love this site you started, and have learned so much. Plus all the changes in the trucking industry since I last drove in 2010.

Keep this site running as you have it's awesome.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Ok. I love this site you started, and have learned so much. Plus all the changes in the trucking industry since I last drove in 2010.

Keep this site running as you have it's awesome.

Thanks!

Mik D.'s Comment
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Why do we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway?🤣😂😁😁

Mik D.'s Comment
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Have u ever gotten stuffed animals or other things for fun in the road...😁😁

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Jeremy's Comment
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Brett do you ice fish in these beautiful mountains we live in would be cool to meet up and ice fish sometime i hear ya on living and loving this amazing forest/mountain range we call the adirondacks its the one single thing i hate about trucking it really takes a toll on my hiking fishing hunting camping or what i like to call life here i was fortunate enough to marry a woman who loves it as much as me and we own our home in caroga lake although she would like us to live deeper in the forest lol

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Jason P.'s Comment
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Can't find a tag for Insurance... so might as well ask you here.

I've been researching Paid CDL schools and the advice was that essentially no program is perfect; that said it's hard to 'move on' with less than 2-3 years of experience. The reason being that 18-24 months is statistically the riskiest time of a new Truckers career and thus companies have to pay more to insure them.

Any truth to this?

It's not enough to pick one and stick with it a year or so to finish the initial commitment...I'm basically stuck there until I pass the 'reckless stage'?

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
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