TRUCKING TRUTH HELPED ME BECOME AN ELITE DRIVER.

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Jason R.'s Comment
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First I want to say thank you Brett for starting this website. This is going to be bitter sweet for me. When i first joined this website and still to this day, I do not comment to terribly much or post that much. I was very selfish and really only read what was posted and peoples comments because I wanted to learn and practice what I read on here and obviously google helped too. However the majority of my knowledge came from here and applying it to real situations as deemed fit, because each situation has multiple solutions and if I applied some of the things I learned I was able to get myself in position for success.

Last month I logged 13,759 miles and was the top driver in the fleet, we are governed at 68 but I only averaged 63mph for the entire month. I am not bragging, only saying that I learned about logging, setting yourself up for early delivery and great weeks, even took 133 mile loads without complaining because it lead to the 2700 mile load made the company money along the way to grabbing my 2700 mile load. Little did I know that was waiting for me. I learned a lot from this website. Also I learned a lot from the green book, FMCSA rules and guidelines as well. I also learned how to maximize my clock as to maximize my miles too. I learned that the only way to make money is by keeping that left door closed more often than not.

I know I am probably going on and on, but there is a point to all of this. I am actually hanging up the keys in 3 weeks, to pursue an opportunity in the railroad industry that will allow me to be home almost daily and enjoy a great salary with top notch benefits and insurance package. I have trucking to thank for the transition, because if it wasn’t for trucking I never would have looked into railroading. If it weren’t for this website I wouldn’t have become as good of a trucker as I am today. Hence if you’re wanting to get into becoming a top tier trucker, this is the website because there is a wealth of knowledge on here and in these rooms.

Thank you all for everything and for reading it was a pleasure for the last few years, and I am glad to have met you all on here. Safe travels to all of you men and women that move America one load at a time!!!!!!!!!!!

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

Fm:

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.
Old School's Comment
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Congratulations on that new job Jason!

The trucking industry will miss you, and I'm sure there will be days that you'll miss it. It's been great having you in here on occasion, and of course you're always welcome in our conversations.

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Jason R.'s Comment
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Thank you old school. I will miss it, I truly will. I am here more than people think. I don’t always sign in but I do drop by and read the posts and replies. I considered myself selfish because I wanted to be great at what I do, and used all the useful information here to my advantage/benefit. At least I can admit it. Its been a great experience and I will share my experience in trucking more in depth as time gets closer for me to go onto the next chapter in my life. Thank you for everything especially your 8-2 story a few weeks back. I have used it also to my advantage. I learned about that on here as well. Be safe out there and keep the shiny side up.!!!!!

Congratulations on that new job Jason!

The trucking industry will miss you, and I'm sure there will be days that you'll miss it. It's been great having you in here on occasion, and of course you're always welcome in our conversations.

good-luck.gif

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.
Big Scott's Comment
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Congratulations on your success in trucking and the new job. May the new job be as successful for you. The right attitude will get you far in life. Please stop by and say hello from time to time.

Stephanie K.'s Comment
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I also feel guilty for the same reasons. I read, sponge the info but hardly post. Mostly because I don't feel that I have much to contribute yet. I too feel so lucky to have found this website. Funny that you are going into railroading. A customer of mine asked me a few weeks ago why I didn't choose railroading over trucking. Other than money or home time, what was the appeal for you? Just curious.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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