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Jeremy

Indeed. I hope so too, and it has been a great ride. This was the best way to start the morning...not sure if the photo is going to post correctly lol...sorry if it is sideways, on my computer it is right side up.

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Hmmm....wonder why I cant get photo's to upload? Some squirrels in the background hiding them on me....

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Sorry I really wanted to stay with this post cause well... I started with CRST..

I also started out with my school roomie but we quickly figured out life on the road was not for him and he stressed out about alot of things.

Two things about this stick out for me 1 we were at Waterloo and even though we were roommates in the hotel, we never had 1 class together.

I don't know how NADA is ran but that makes it pretty hard to get to know eachother as when one person is at the hotel the other is at school.

And the other as someone mentioned two newbies and one truck... But that seemed to be the norm.

As far as tips and tricks that really helped with CRST.. I had the mindset of the first year was more about learning than money.

Brett mentioned keeping a log or notebook of places you've picked up empty trailers.. I might update that a little and say to use Google maps and make a note for places. Or.. I just googled major customers near me like , Amazon or UPS, ect. Then if you know the place just go to it, if not call them and ask if they have an empty CRST trailer on the lot. This kinda thing helps you keep moving. By all means send in the Macro requesting empty locations in the beginning or when you've went to 3 places with no luck.

Jeremy C.'s Comment
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Hey Cwc, thanks for the insights.

Really appreciate the thoughts on the logbook and navigation. I was considering keeping a little moleskin notebook to track my miles and such. But adding delivery notes seems like a priceless idea. Something I can always refer back to later. That's a great tip, thanks!

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

Bradley M.'s Comment
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Like the other replies have mentioned team driving has ups and downs.

It is nice to have an extra set of hands and eyes at times. We would cook just before shift change so you had hot food.

The cab is pretty small for two adults. You have to deal with personality clashes.

If you can find a partner during school that is good.

You get paid for half the miles driven. Make sure you are getting the veteran pay rate. That is what pushed me to crst. It was at least 50% greater then anyone else.

Bradley

I was looking at CRST and my only reservation is team driving. I can get along with most anyone so that is not necessarily the concern. How was that overall for you? Also, how does the miles/pay work? Seems like I have seen multiple sites say different things on how teams are paid miles?

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Cwc's Comment
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Hey Cwc, thanks for the insights.

Really appreciate the thoughts on the logbook and navigation. I was considering keeping a little moleskin notebook to track my miles and such. But adding delivery notes seems like a priceless idea. Something I can always refer back to later. That's a great tip, thanks!

You'll find it's not something you have to do every place. But in California and Texas it's the difference between getting that next load or waiting a day or two cause you need to find a trailer.

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

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