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G-Town's Comment
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Not sure where you got that from but people dont use atlases for much anymore. Garmin has that in it.

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It’s obvious that you don’t.

Trip planning is knowing where you are going, familiarizing yourself with the route (yes, using an Atlas) and jotting down basic directions in the event the GPS fails (which it will)

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Pianoman's Comment
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Not sure where you got that from but people dont use atlases for much anymore. Garmin has that in it. Probably just made a mistake working it since I was a bit rusty with it.

Ouch. I’m not going to say much because you seem like an all right guy, but I completely agree with G Town. You screwed up several times at Melton in what you may have thought were minor things but ultimately these things add up. Be it a big mistake or several smaller ones that got you fired, companies aren’t charities and if they have a worker who is too much of a liability they will eventually let that person go.

It’s understandable that your mistakes don’t seem like much to you now because you’re still very new but again, these things add up. It’s possible Melton was a little on the strict side and could have spent more time training you—that I don’t know because I wasn’t there and don’t know all the intricate details but unfortunately they were justified in making the decision they made.

And yes, people still use atlases. It’s your responsibility to know where you’re going.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Victor I agree with the others. This was all you and NOT Meltons. I recall you being over the top excited about how Melton was so great. You're now saying that about the other 2 companies that you checked out down the road. Did you end up getting hired by either or what's currently happening in regards to your trucking career? The first thing you should have done is trip plan, which likely would have revealed you were about to head the wrong way. Even if it didn't, knowing your destination was EAST of your current location all the signs saying WEST should have been a red flag that something wasn't right. You were injured early on with them as well. Were you doing something incorrectly that resulted in the injury?

When it comes down to it they likely considered you an experienced driver because you've had your CDL for so long. When they look at your past accidents, number of companies you've driven for your mess ups that occured here. I really hope you're able to get this figured out.

To the OP have you tried applying to Prime, TMC, or maybe Roehl? Those companies train, and atleast with Prime and Roehl if you dislike flatbedding you don't need to quit, you could just transfer divisions within the company.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Victor C. II's Comment
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So basically they forced my resignation. Plus with these guys I did not have a bunch of mess ups just the two I mention on reporting the trailer and vehicle.

Yes I got injured on my 5 or 7th load and it was to my left rotator cup. Another thing is it took them forever to get me to Tulsa because Southern Imaging refused to do the mri they were requesting for me because of a claim on workers compensation and they even took my insurance and still refused it. In all 2 months of time was used up. In that time I actually recovered trucks and drivers. So they had me in light duty. I was alright at productivity in that regard. Just reported a couple thing prematurely.

As far as my applications, Bennett Motor Express is working to get me in soon. I will be working with an owner operator whose doing heavy haul for Bennett Motor Express. Payne Trucking Inc needs more experience so that did not pan out and I applied to be a garbage truck driver.

Victor I agree with the others. This was all you and NOT Meltons. I recall you being over the top excited about how Melton was so great. You're now saying that about the other 2 companies that you checked out down the road. Did you end up getting hired by either or what's currently happening in regards to your trucking career? The first thing you should have done is trip plan, which likely would have revealed you were about to head the wrong way. Even if it didn't, knowing your destination was EAST of your current location all the signs saying WEST should have been a red flag that something wasn't right. You were injured early on with them as well. Were you doing something incorrectly that resulted in the injury?

When it comes down to it they likely considered you an experienced driver because you've had your CDL for so long. When they look at your past accidents, number of companies you've driven for your mess ups that occured here. I really hope you're able to get this figured out.

To the OP have you tried applying to Prime, TMC, or maybe Roehl? Those companies train, and atleast with Prime and Roehl if you dislike flatbedding you don't need to quit, you could just transfer divisions within the company.

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.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Victor C. II's Comment
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Yes I know that and yes they are strict and yes I had some blunders but I mean just came off light duty. But not going to dwell on it. Time to move forward.

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Not sure where you got that from but people dont use atlases for much anymore. Garmin has that in it. Probably just made a mistake working it since I was a bit rusty with it.

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Ouch. I’m not going to say much because you seem like an all right guy, but I completely agree with G Town. You screwed up several times at Melton in what you may have thought were minor things but ultimately these things add up. Be it a big mistake or several smaller ones that got you fired, companies aren’t charities and if they have a worker who is too much of a liability they will eventually let that person go.

It’s understandable that your mistakes don’t seem like much to you now because you’re still very new but again, these things add up. It’s possible Melton was a little on the strict side and could have spent more time training you—that I don’t know because I wasn’t there and don’t know all the intricate details but unfortunately they were justified in making the decision they made.

And yes, people still use atlases. It’s your responsibility to know where you’re going.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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I have the Rand McNally deluxe motor carrier’s road atlas with the laminated pages. I can’t imagine driving without it. Multi purpose tool for navigating and trip planning. I consult it when trip planning, route planning and stuff like weigh station location. I usually consult it two or three times during every assignment. And if all my electronics went mother-in-law (that means giving me trouble), I could still navigate. Indispensable tool for every driver. Learn to use it, you will be happy you did.

G-Town's Comment
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Everyone makes mistakes Victor. It’s those who learn from them that ultimately prevail.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bird-One's Comment
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Just excuse after excuse after excuse. If you’re still aspiring to be a fighter pilot Victor one thing I do know is those guys are on it. Extremely hardworking and they are very persistent. Both can be applied to trucking but you haven’t really shown either yet. But you are spending a lot of time blaming and criticizing Melton. That’s not going to get you anywhere.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Victor C. II's Comment
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Lesson taken!

I have the Rand McNally deluxe motor carrier’s road atlas with the laminated pages. I can’t imagine driving without it. Multi purpose tool for navigating and trip planning. I consult it when trip planning, route planning and stuff like weigh station location. I usually consult it two or three times during every assignment. And if all my electronics went mother-in-law (that means giving me trouble), I could still navigate. Indispensable tool for every driver. Learn to use it, you will be happy you did.

Victor C. II's Comment
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Bird One false and I will explain. Im stating EXACTLY VERBATIM what Russell told me why I was being forced to resign. Period. And you all as wise as you are dont know what I went through during my light duty or how I injured myself and yada yada. I am more concerned over keeping AWAYA from CSA'A pointsa. my cousin told me they did me dirty, my friends said they did me dirty, I think it was either way. I did make some wrong moves and therefore probably a good reason to just resign me. End of story for them and lessons learned and relearned.

Just excuse after excuse after excuse. If you’re still aspiring to be a fighter pilot Victor one thing I do know is those guys are on it. Extremely hardworking and they are very persistent. Both can be applied to trucking but you haven’t really shown either yet. But you are spending a lot of time blaming and criticizing Melton. That’s not going to get you anywhere.

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

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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