7 Month Update With Jb Hunt

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BucketHead's Comment
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Hey guys just checking checking in and letting everyone know how it’s going. And so far it’s great. I’ve been with Jb 7 months and just got my fourth truck. Sounds crazy but only one breakdown I haven’t been messing them up first was up for trade second broke down and after 4 days the said u can wait or repower and last night they sent me in for a detail for company event and said here just grab this one a new cascadia. Fm called me bout 20 minutes after said hope you like it you earned it. It’s got the auto trans it’s pretty cool but I reach for the shifter that’s not there. But things have been great. I went in with the starter company mindset because that’s what everyone was telling me there a good starter but Brett’s about that has proven to be correct why would I want to start over. Things are great here money miles and most important the relationships I’m developing when my fm and I chat on the phone we talk like friends or coworkers not boss and employee. He keeps me moving and I try and keep him busy by trying to get unloaded early or whatever I can. I don’t complain just take my load and carry on. And usually there’s a awesome load right behind it. I was late once I mismanaged my time that was a hard lesson learned not was i late on that Load but now I was late on the next three on one end or the other. Thank god I ran out of hours and was able to reset. I found out the hard way why everyone says don’t EVER BE LATE. And about communication we talked about it and so far all has been well. I’ve gotten a raise a new truck and now an invitation to hq for lunch and a tour. But I know I haven’t made a year yet but I don’t see myself going anywhere anytime soon. To me a year is just a milestone and a goal just to say I have made it. It’s been hard sometimes it’s like everything is against me and mostly it’s I can’t believe I’m getting paid for this. I’ve tried 3 dedicated accounts and it’s just not for me once was just to help out before Christmas. But I just can’t stand the same places same roads over and over it was making me crazy. I’ve almost hit 3000 miles twice it’s a personal goal. But other than that things are well backing is getting better and trip planning getting a lot better at first I was 100 miles past where I wanted or short now I have plans a-z. Things change at moments notice. I still stay out a month at a time and life on the road is becoming second nature and the coming and going is getting easier with the family. I think the biggest part about anyone considering a career is to stick it out it takes time to found out if this is for you. It’s going to be hard real hard but if your a go getter a hard worker and can keep a good attitude you will survive. And what ever you do don’t be late because if you out you’ll probably be late for your funeral it really throws a wrench in the mix. But 7 months in I’m having a blast and there are times I’m down and consider a different path but I get on here and get my self back on track. So for now I’m done rattling on y’all stay safe.

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.

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.

Old School's Comment
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Thanks for the update Buckethead!

That all sounds really good. It sounds like you've got this!

Marc Lee's Comment
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Hey guys just checking checking in and letting everyone know how it’s going. And so far it’s great. I’ve been with Jb 7 months and just got my fourth truck. Sounds crazy but only one breakdown I haven’t been messing them up first was up for trade second broke down and after 4 days the said u can wait or repower and last night they sent me in for a detail for company event and said here just grab this one a new cascadia. Fm called me bout 20 minutes after said hope you like it you earned it. It’s got the auto trans it’s pretty cool but I reach for the shifter that’s not there. But things have been great. I went in with the starter company mindset because that’s what everyone was telling me there a good starter but Brett’s about that has proven to be correct why would I want to start over. Things are great here money miles and most important the relationships I’m developing when my fm and I chat on the phone we talk like friends or coworkers not boss and employee. He keeps me moving and I try and keep him busy by trying to get unloaded early or whatever I can. I don’t complain just take my load and carry on. And usually there’s a awesome load right behind it. I was late once I mismanaged my time that was a hard lesson learned not was i late on that Load but now I was late on the next three on one end or the other. Thank god I ran out of hours and was able to reset. I found out the hard way why everyone says don’t EVER BE LATE. And about communication we talked about it and so far all has been well. I’ve gotten a raise a new truck and now an invitation to hq for lunch and a tour. But I know I haven’t made a year yet but I don’t see myself going anywhere anytime soon. To me a year is just a milestone and a goal just to say I have made it. It’s been hard sometimes it’s like everything is against me and mostly it’s I can’t believe I’m getting paid for this. I’ve tried 3 dedicated accounts and it’s just not for me once was just to help out before Christmas. But I just can’t stand the same places same roads over and over it was making me crazy. I’ve almost hit 3000 miles twice it’s a personal goal. But other than that things are well backing is getting better and trip planning getting a lot better at first I was 100 miles past where I wanted or short now I have plans a-z. Things change at moments notice. I still stay out a month at a time and life on the road is becoming second nature and the coming and going is getting easier with the family. I think the biggest part about anyone considering a career is to stick it out it takes time to found out if this is for you. It’s going to be hard real hard but if your a go getter a hard worker and can keep a good attitude you will survive. And what ever you do don’t be late because if you out you’ll probably be late for your funeral it really throws a wrench in the mix. But 7 months in I’m having a blast and there are times I’m down and consider a different path but I get on here and get my self back on track. So for now I’m done rattling on y’all stay safe.

Thanks Buckwheat! SO great to read!

I start with J.B. Hunt Monday!

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.

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.

Marc Lee's Comment
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Hey guys just checking checking in and letting everyone know how it’s going. And so far it’s great. I’ve been with Jb 7 months and just got my fourth truck. Sounds crazy but only one breakdown I haven’t been messing them up first was up for trade second broke down and after 4 days the said u can wait or repower and last night they sent me in for a detail for company event and said here just grab this one a new cascadia. Fm called me bout 20 minutes after said hope you like it you earned it. It’s got the auto trans it’s pretty cool but I reach for the shifter that’s not there. But things have been great. I went in with the starter company mindset because that’s what everyone was telling me there a good starter but Brett’s about that has proven to be correct why would I want to start over. Things are great here money miles and most important the relationships I’m developing when my fm and I chat on the phone we talk like friends or coworkers not boss and employee. He keeps me moving and I try and keep him busy by trying to get unloaded early or whatever I can. I don’t complain just take my load and carry on. And usually there’s a awesome load right behind it. I was late once I mismanaged my time that was a hard lesson learned not was i late on that Load but now I was late on the next three on one end or the other. Thank god I ran out of hours and was able to reset. I found out the hard way why everyone says don’t EVER BE LATE. And about communication we talked about it and so far all has been well. I’ve gotten a raise a new truck and now an invitation to hq for lunch and a tour. But I know I haven’t made a year yet but I don’t see myself going anywhere anytime soon. To me a year is just a milestone and a goal just to say I have made it. It’s been hard sometimes it’s like everything is against me and mostly it’s I can’t believe I’m getting paid for this. I’ve tried 3 dedicated accounts and it’s just not for me once was just to help out before Christmas. But I just can’t stand the same places same roads over and over it was making me crazy. I’ve almost hit 3000 miles twice it’s a personal goal. But other than that things are well backing is getting better and trip planning getting a lot better at first I was 100 miles past where I wanted or short now I have plans a-z. Things change at moments notice. I still stay out a month at a time and life on the road is becoming second nature and the coming and going is getting easier with the family. I think the biggest part about anyone considering a career is to stick it out it takes time to found out if this is for you. It’s going to be hard real hard but if your a go getter a hard worker and can keep a good attitude you will survive. And what ever you do don’t be late because if you out you’ll probably be late for your funeral it really throws a wrench in the mix. But 7 months in I’m having a blast and there are times I’m down and consider a different path but I get on here and get my self back on track. So for now I’m done rattling on y’all stay safe.

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Thanks Buckwheat! SO great to read!

I start with J.B. Hunt Monday!

OOPS! SORRY! BucketHead!

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.

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.

PackRat's Comment
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Great update you provided us. Glad to hear you're making huge strides and are getting it done through hard work and dedication. I wish you continued success! good-luck.gif

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Great to hear, sounds like you are getting it done!

BucketHead's Comment
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Thank guys if not for tt I’d probably still be on a lift loading truck and dreaming about driving them. And Marc lee no apologies needed that was funny and also if you have any questions if I can answer them I will. I wish you well and hope your experience is as great as mine has been if you don’t mind me asking where is your orientation?

Marc Lee's Comment
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Thank guys if not for tt I’d probably still be on a lift loading truck and dreaming about driving them. And Marc lee no apologies needed that was funny and also if you have any questions if I can answer them I will. I wish you well and hope your experience is as great as mine has been if you don’t mind me asking where is your orientation?

Glad you found it amusing BucketHead!

I am based just N. and W. of Milwaukee. I go to Chicago Sunday night. For some reason we need an hour to pile in a shuttle 5:30 AM for a 6:30 start at the Terminal Monday. They say I will be done about 2:30 - 3PM.

I return home and start training Tuesday or Wednesday at the Target D.C. in Oconomowoc (about 30 min. from home). I was told I will get "my truck" (does that EVER get old?) in 2 or 3 days and have the option to sleep in it if I wish. (Not sure if I will drive it or Trainer's truck). After 4 weeks on the Target account I am slated to go (solo I think) at Amazon in Kenosha. It would not surprise me to spend a little time there working with someone before being turned loose on my own but it was made clear that the majority of my training will be done @ Target.

Love to hear where you are based, what you have run, what you are doing now, etc..

You are now the 2nd J.B. Hunt driver I "know"!

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.

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.

BardTale's Comment
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Glad to see another JB Driver. I myself started with the company nearly 1 year ago. The experience has been great. I can't speak for any of the other accounts, but I was placed onto the R.R Donnelly account, and the dispatchers over here are 10 kinds of awesome.

When I got back into trucking, I went with C.R England. And while I won't speak bad about the company, it was a miserable experience for me. (I already had my CDL , so I didn't need to go through the school/and or go under contract). Once I met the requirements for J.B Hunt, I politely left the company and came on over here.

From the the first day of orientation to now, I don't think I could ask for anything more from a company. On my specific account, it's got the feel of a small company within the framework of a larger one (Only about 100 or so drivers on the account) and I would suggest it to anybody who doesn't mind hauling 75,000 on average through the midwest and east coast. (Also, frequently visiting USPS facilities) lol.

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.

Dispatcher:

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.
Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Great job BucketHead. Keep the posts coming.

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