Just Got Fired Not Even 3 Months In

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G-Town's Comment
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We may get have been Trolled here…

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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If it’s not a troll then he’s one of the dumbest people alive and I’m perfectly fine with him not being a professional driver.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Understood. There’s a big difference when you’re talking about a post being made about completely irresponsible, dangerous actions. I’m inclined to agree with GTown that it’s a troll. If not, given the story and line of bs being claimed, I’ll stand by my statement.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Manny, maybe you didn't know you were going 90. If that's true, something else must have distracted you, or maybe you were tired. I don't know. Please don't admit anything here in writing, either.

There are companies like Western Express that may give you a chance. I've known people who rolled trucks and hit bridges that didn't get fired. So there are drivers out there who have done worse.

If you get another shot, I'm sure you'll never forget how close you came to losing your career. Things happen fast out there. You must be on your game at all times because one mistake can be catastrophic.

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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.
Anne A. (Momma Anne) & To's Comment
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"...to empathize, encourage, and inspire"

Understood. There’s a big difference when you’re talking about a post being made about completely irresponsible, dangerous actions. I’m inclined to agree with GTown that it’s a troll. If not, given the story and line of bs being claimed, I’ll stand by my statement.

Personally, guys, I'm thinking he started out fresh from 'Community College,' and got on with some 'Mom & Pop' type gig, and he scared the bejeezus out of them, to keep him on the payroll.

Prior to 'finding us,' he was probably getting advice from the 'BadArskeBillyBobBoys' forum.... with all the hoods & speed racer guys. He then, didn't realize that some 'smaller' companies record such things, also! (Read: Was 'Steered Wrong' .. no pun intended!)

Kids. And they wanna lower the CDL age ?!?!?

A company trained driver, would SURE know better, methinks! Maybe he'd still have a shot, 'THAT' route?? Start over?!

Just IMHO,

~ Anne ~

ps: NO dis, PJ . . . we DO love you & your rig!! (Esp. me, haha!)

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Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

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  • 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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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given the story and line of bs being claimed

The only way you could go that fast without knowing is if you're nodding off or completely distracted. We see people watch movies while they're driving, so who knows? I wouldn't want him to admit that here anyhow.

I guess all that matters now is that they fired him for a serious offense and he's looking for another chance. As long as he commits to being safe and learns from it, he deserves another chance....but also one hell of a scolding.

My perspective on this also comes from knowing the history of this profession. We all know that way back in the day, convoys would run that speed all day long. So it's not like 90 mph is unheard of in a big rig. It used to be commonplace. But trucking today is a whole different thing, and everyone is better off for it. I'm certainly not condoning what he did by any means, but I wouldn't say we should banish him for life, either.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

BK's Comment
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Did your company give you training as to how to handle downgrades? Did you use your jake brake (engine brake)?

Try to get on with a company that will take you on and put you through their training from the beginning. Might be hard to find that company, but not necessarily impossible.

Matthew P.'s Comment
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I was on 25 in NM going towards Cruces. There is one hill that isn't marked well. Short and Very steep. Governed at 65. Crested the hill and speed went rapidly to 79 before I could start getting things backed down. Max Jake's, some careful braking and I was back to a sane speed. Scared the crap out of me. It can happen real fast. 89 seems excessive. Reckless even. However, I can't judge as I had my own experience with a lapse in attention.

Georgia Mike's Comment
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"Assuming your in an automatic, starting out at 45, with your Jake on, it's not possible. If you're 3 months in. That means you went down hills in training and learned how to use your gears and Jake. I'm dumbfounded on how that happens?"

Some of the mega carriers have dedicated Florida routes for training. Most of Florida is flat. 45 with jakes on getting up to 79 is possible in some trucks when your on cruise. And the automatics you have to tap the breaks to engage the jake while im cruise. that being said if you go from 45 to 89 and now its 79 with jakes on either you werent tapping the break to engage the Jakes, you had it on the wrong level or you need to get the Jake break looked at.

To answer your question yes a company will hire you. you will probably have to go out with a trainer.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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I made that boo boo ONCE myself, some long downhill in New Mexico, I forget where exactly. I wasn't really paying attention, cruise set @ 67 (max) with CRST. When my speed got to 81-83? I forget too, I was like whoaaaa nelly, we's a goin' to damn fast, for a split second ! I hit the brakes slowed her down as fast as possible, jaking and brakes, back in control. It was 4 am no one one the road but me (co was sleeping) BHut I can vouch, @ 80+ you KNOW you're too fast, and it's not a fun feeling at that speed, even if for only a second.

Of course the camera caught the even and reported it, so next day I got a call from the safety guy, asking me what happened. So I said, I let it get away from me for a second, and took control of it fast! And I, will NOT ever let it happen again, and it wasn't too fun gaining that speed so fast. 72-75 max is probably my comfort zone. But Legends, was fastest set speed I've had before @ 72 cruise/pedal, that was fine with me. At least I figured under 75 I won't be getting any tickets just doing it right,, and not lose focus at what I'm doing, or just park it and rest, restart out refreshed

Never got speeding tickets in my cars, and I've had some pretty fast as hell cars in my youth lol '66 chevelle SS, 396 w/ muncie 4 speed M22 rock crusher trans (Loved doing full posi burn outs in that beast) Even with gas under $1 a gallon, I traded it back in a week

So yeah hard to NOT know you were rollin' @ 89 or whatever

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