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Hey X100.... When you do your job, you get noticed. When you stay at one company for awhile, you get noticed. One thing that makes me laugh is when a driver ridicules me for working for a mega but then tells me he changes companies every 6 months. In 7 years I have not wanted to seriously leave. I contemplated it twice. But after weighing my options made no sense. If that driver was so smart, then why is he not happy where he is?

As with G Town, I have a team in dispatch, road assist, payroll, logs and night/weekend dispatch. They are the same people all the time. My brother laughed recently and said "yep. You are a #... Your number is 10/4 cause that is all dispatch says when you want something."

I know what pistachios and soda my fleet manager consumes, what favorite candies the weekend guys like, one of our techs collects VW bug miniatures. If you take the time to get to know people, they will know you. The owner of my mega hugs and kisses me every time he sees me. He ordered his staff to find me a position that would be flexible when my mother was ill. He approached me in person to thank me for my plight to help women drivers.

My mega is not a trap for me. It got me out of the trap of working as a federal employee. Yay me! 😂

And thanks for complementing my article. You should read my others. I try to hit most of the topics newbies consider.

Fleet Manager:

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Ryan B.'s Comment
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Big Scott most companies put safety first before anything else. Nothing unique about that… and certainly not something that sets CFI apart from other companies.

Wish I had a dollar for every time me and others “check” you when you “sell” CFI…

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The only changes with Heartland is more places to park around the country. They will be helping us update our trailer fleet. We are treated real well. Safety comes before on time.

I had a face to face talk with my fleet manager and he said the office was looking forward to the Heartland deal. I was in Joplin and at the town hall with the President of Heartland. He had great things to say. Millis Transfer was bought by Heartland a few years ago and they have not had any major changes.

Come join the family.

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I don't care about CFI one way or another, but I didn't read Big Scott's comment as selling CFI. There is a prospective driver asking honest questions and openly voicing concerns to which responses are being given. Whether or not the concerns are valid, well it's easy for anyone from within the industry to say, "no." People come here to get information, so I don't see a problem with an open dialogue.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Fleet Manager:

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.
PackRat's Comment
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Oops… hit submit before writing…

Big Scott most companies put safety first before anything else. Nothing unique about that… and certainly not something that sets CFI apart from other companies.

Wish I had a dollar for every time me and others “check” you when you “sell” CFI…

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The only changes with Heartland is more places to park around the country. They will be helping us update our trailer fleet. We are treated real well. Safety comes before on time.

I had a face to face talk with my fleet manager and he said the office was looking forward to the Heartland deal. I was in Joplin and at the town hall with the President of Heartland. He had great things to say. Millis Transfer was bought by Heartland a few years ago and they have not had any major changes.

Come join the family.

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I don't care about CFI one way or another, but I didn't read Big Scott's comment as selling CFI. There is a prospective driver asking honest questions and openly voicing concerns to which responses are being given. Whether or not the concerns are valid, well it's easy for anyone from within the industry to say, "no." People come here to get information, so I don't see a problem with an open dialogue.

It's a lengthy pattern of posts covering years. All his answers are "CFI cures all!" Not true.

You don't realize this because you just got onto this site.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Fleet Manager:

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.
Noob_Driver's Comment
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The only changes with Heartland is more places to park around the country. They will be helping us update our trailer fleet. We are treated real well. Safety comes before on time.

I had a face to face talk with my fleet manager and he said the office was looking forward to the Heartland deal. I was in Joplin and at the town hall with the President of Heartland. He had great things to say. Millis Transfer was bought by Heartland a few years ago and they have not had any major changes.

Come join the family.

I'm confused on the Heartland thing. What exactly did they purchase? I read somewhere they didnt get dedicated or refrigerated. Also do you guys have a drop yard in chicago? Curious if I might be able to park there for hometime. I havent seen any CFI at any of our millis or heartland terminals yet, but I know some of our guys have parked at your w memphis terminal.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Fleet Manager:

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 (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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The only changes with Heartland is more places to park around the country. They will be helping us update our trailer fleet. We are treated real well. Safety comes before on time.

I had a face to face talk with my fleet manager and he said the office was looking forward to the Heartland deal. I was in Joplin and at the town hall with the President of Heartland. He had great things to say. Millis Transfer was bought by Heartland a few years ago and they have not had any major changes.

Come join the family.

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I'm confused on the Heartland thing. What exactly did they purchase? I read somewhere they didnt get dedicated or refrigerated. Also do you guys have a drop yard in chicago? Curious if I might be able to park there for hometime. I havent seen any CFI at any of our millis or heartland terminals yet, but I know some of our guys have parked at your w memphis terminal.

They didn't buy the dedicated. I thought they bought the refer, I could be wrong about that. We don't have anywhere in the Chicago area for parking.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Fleet Manager:

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.
PackRat's Comment
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Really? What happened to the secure, gated drop yard in Joliet? Both CFI and Crete used it.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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We use it, however we only have a few spots rented there. I don't know if we're allowed to park there for home time.

Noob_Driver's Comment
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We also have a secure gated drop lot just south of joliet in elwood where we rent spaces, we cant park there though. I believe it's a Georgia Pacific facility. Since the merge the extra parking has been a godsend though. Atlanta especially, theres three big terminals there. Cartersville north of the city on 75, atlanta off of 285 right where 20 meets, and smith has one on the southeast side.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Ryan B.'s Comment
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Oops… hit submit before writing…

Big Scott most companies put safety first before anything else. Nothing unique about that… and certainly not something that sets CFI apart from other companies.

Wish I had a dollar for every time me and others “check” you when you “sell” CFI…

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The only changes with Heartland is more places to park around the country. They will be helping us update our trailer fleet. We are treated real well. Safety comes before on time.

I had a face to face talk with my fleet manager and he said the office was looking forward to the Heartland deal. I was in Joplin and at the town hall with the President of Heartland. He had great things to say. Millis Transfer was bought by Heartland a few years ago and they have not had any major changes.

Come join the family.

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I don't care about CFI one way or another, but I didn't read Big Scott's comment as selling CFI. There is a prospective driver asking honest questions and openly voicing concerns to which responses are being given. Whether or not the concerns are valid, well it's easy for anyone from within the industry to say, "no." People come here to get information, so I don't see a problem with an open dialogue.

double-quotes-end.png

It's a lengthy pattern of posts covering years. All his answers are "CFI cures all!" Not true.

You don't realize this because you just got onto this site.

Understood.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Fleet Manager:

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.
X100 Fan's Comment
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Hi Kearsey,

You're most welcome on the article. Have not had a chance to read the others yet but did find your video channel and have been enjoying those very much.

All of y'all have totally changed my mind about Megas, the Canadian guy (his channel is smart trucking) appears to be in the minority. That's good, because my shortlist (I have an Excel sheet to compare, yeah a bit nerdy that way) based on the reviews here are: CFI, PAM, PRIME (can I request you as a trainer? I would certainly list you as the referral), ROEHL and SWIFT. The rest had some geographical limitations etc. (I am in SW Mich). Companies that run into Canada are important to me as I have family there. I am, thankfully, now a US citizen though. Sad to hear of your Mom's passing, that was emotional to watch. Mine lives within walking distance of the 401 freight corridor and I am over a decade older than you! Elderly parents (Dad in FL) is something that I had not perhaps considered as carefully as I need to, although I have siblings (NS,OR,FL). The 'how old is too old to start trucking' was a good video too. Would it be fair to say that schedules in reefer are tighter than dry van? For us older people we might not want to run quite as hard as the younger ones, at least not all of the time.

I could not believe how some of the trainees act based on that video. Common sense isn't so much anymore it seems. Looking forward to finding part two. I don't know if anything 'scares' me about the career but there are certainly things that make me apprehensive and top of that list would be winter mountain driving, given the awesome training course on here stated that one cannot use the engine brake in those conditions? Yikes! I shall time my career start to get winter experience with a trainer for sure.

Equally informative was the 'realities out here' video. I am single so can come & go as I please. Just need to be sure the house is taken care of. Have a plan for that, just need to figure out mail. I am more concerned about things like disturbing/delaying my trainer going to the restroom. Doctor says drink lot's of water to combat BP, well yeah, that just exacerbates the problem!

I am very excited about the concept of being ones own boss to a certain extent. Right now I am stuck in an office on the phone, looking at the damn computer all day. My degree was in IT, never really used it because I didn't want to be stuck in an office and yet what am I doing now?

Most of my career has been in auto parts (still is). Not worried about the inspections. I have done extensive wrenching on cars too. I can drive a manual car (they tell me my steering wheel is on the wrong side) but with a synchromesh gearbox it's hard to duplicate truck shifting. I am content with auto truck, they seem to be all going that way. One less thing to worry about so one can watch the road & navigate.

Regards, Brad

Hey X100.... When you do your job, you get noticed. When you stay at one company for awhile, you get noticed. One thing that makes me laugh is when a driver ridicules me for working for a mega but then tells me he changes companies every 6 months. In 7 years I have not wanted to seriously leave. I contemplated it twice. But after weighing my options made no sense. If that driver was so smart, then why is he not happy where he is?

As with G Town, I have a team in dispatch, road assist, payroll, logs and night/weekend dispatch. They are the same people all the time. My brother laughed recently and said "yep. You are a #... Your number is 10/4 cause that is all dispatch says when you want something."

I know what pistachios and soda my fleet manager consumes, what favorite candies the weekend guys like, one of our techs collects VW bug miniatures. If you take the time to get to know people, they will know you. The owner of my mega hugs and kisses me every time he sees me. He ordered his staff to find me a position that would be flexible when my mother was ill. He approached me in person to thank me for my plight to help women drivers.

My mega is not a trap for me. It got me out of the trap of working as a federal employee. Yay me! 😂

And thanks for complementing my article. You should read my others. I try to hit most of the topics newbies consider.

Fleet Manager:

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.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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