Starting With Pride Transport SLC On 15 Feb 2021 Ask Away!

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PackRat's Comment
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Awesome job!

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PJ's Comment
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Congrats Sir!!! Things do not always go as we plan, but you seem to know how to roll with it, no pun intended!!! Stay safe. dancing-banana.gif

Mackerel (Mike D.)'s Comment
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MSgt. I am starting at Bridgerland CDL Monday April 26th. I have narrowed my choices to two. Pride or Werner. Werner offers the apprenticeship for BAH (post 9/11 GI Bill), but Pride seems to offer more out of the gate. How are you finding your days at Pride?

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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MSgt. I am starting at Bridgerland CDL Monday April 26th. I have narrowed my choices to two. Pride or Werner. Werner offers the apprenticeship for BAH (post 9/11 GI Bill), but Pride seems to offer more out of the gate. How are you finding your days at Pride?

So I can't give you a comparison of the two, but I gave heard good things about Werner. On the road the seem to be the only company that I can pass. So I guess their trucks are governed at a low speed like Pride's are. I'm just wrapping up my first 2 weeks of solo and there has been challenges. Mainly when my FM is away and the other FM's get involved, it causes some headaches. Nothing you can't roll with. I really have very few complaints so far. If things continue as they have on the company side I'll be quite happy right with Pride. I have struggled a little with trip planning, going east I'm on point. Go west and I'm a hot mess. But but my FM gets it and doesn't mind all my questions. Here is a quick list of Pride's benefits that aren't really on the website.

Produce loads net you 30 bucks a dock bump and dentention and 100 bucks for layover.

10 bucks if the driver cleans out the trailer. A leaf blower can get most trailers done in 10 minutes.

Fuel points get you free showers, food, reserved parking and store merch. They are linked to pilot/flying j. But I have fueled at TA/Petro and Loves to get me to a P/FJ

Detention is after 2 hrs for each quarter he at 15 bucks an hour. Layover is 50. Breakdown is 15. I doubt it happens much, good fleet maintenance.

Scales are paid via the app and your company card as is fuel.

If you need fluids/small parts call maintenance for a PO and you can use a comdata check or you can get reimbursed on payday. I do this way to get credit card points. Too bad they wouldn't do that for fuel.

I don't know how other companies are, but to me this is a great way to do business.

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.

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.

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.

If you think I think I'm 's Comment
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I jinxed myself. About an hour east of Salina Utah on the 70W, I look down at my dash and notice I only had a little over a hundred psi of air. Drove a little furtherand notice the air was backup, but only to about a hundred and ten PSI. Outside of Salina on the 70 going west there's a nice long downgrade. At the top of the hill I noticed I had about a hundred and 12 or 15 psi. Mind you that seems low, but not crazy low. I gear down and work my way down the hill and notice my PSI is back up to 125. At the bottom of the hill is a nice gradual decline that in Top Gear the transmission will shift into coast mode. Check my gauge again, and my PSI is below a hundred. Now I'm worried. Pull into the Maverick off of exit 56 come to find out I've got a leaking air can on the driver's front tandem. As I sit here waiting for road repair to come by, I just filed my first macro for a breakdown.

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I jinxed myself. About an hour east of Salina Utah on the 70W, I look down at my dash and notice I only had a little over a hundred psi of air. Drove a little furtherand notice the air was backup, but only to about a hundred and ten PSI. Outside of Salina on the 70 going west there's a nice long downgrade. At the top of the hill I noticed I had about a hundred and 12 or 15 psi. Mind you that seems low, but not crazy low. I gear down and work my way down the hill and notice my PSI is back up to 125. At the bottom of the hill is a nice gradual decline that in Top Gear the transmission will shift into coast mode. Check my gauge again, and my PSI is below a hundred. Now I'm worried. Pull into the Maverick off of exit 56 come to find out I've got a leaking air can on the driver's front tandem. As I sit here waiting for road repair to come by, I just filed my first macro for a breakdown.

As least you were cognizant to what was going on, sir!

Good on you for that; looking at the gauges.

~ Anne ~

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

PackRat's Comment
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The air pressure gauges will fluctuate while driving. Bumpy road while using your brakes on a downhill grade? It may drop as low as 80 PSI.

Did you check for a close fitting on that brake canister? It could be a real quick fix with an adjustable crescent wrench.

If you think I think I'm 's Comment
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The air pressure gauges will fluctuate while driving. Bumpy road while using your brakes on a downhill grade? It may drop as low as 80 PSI.

Did you check for a close fitting on that brake canister? It could be a real quick fix with an adjustable crescent wrench.

When I crawled under there was air escaping from the opening on the end where you cage the brakes. That seemed like a puncture in the bellow to me. Not sure what fitting you mean. But if you could post a picture, I'd like to know more!

PackRat's Comment
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That's a internal leak/failure that necessitates replacement.

The fittings I wrote of are for the air lines and fittings. These can loosen up.

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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That's a internal leak/failure that necessitates replacement.

The fittings I wrote of are for the air lines and fittings. These can loosen up.

As Lady Luck would have it, I have been blessed with yet another air can that's leaking air. Same as before truck won't hold air unless it's at a high RPM. This time it's the rear driver side tandems air can that's leaking. So here I sit in front of a Freightliner dealership hoping that they can get me squeezed in before they close at 6 tonight. If not, first thing in the morning. On the brighter side of life I was told on June 1st I'll be getting a $0.03 per mile pay bonus!

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

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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