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>How do I into CDL?
Community college, independent schools. Get a grant or loan before you sign a contract with a company offering to pay for school.
>Good rookie companies?
>Bad rookie companies?
Anything not in the pastebin
Since the old thread is at bump limit and clearly getting bombed by some samefag.
I sure hope that's just a show truck because not only is this size of sleeper unbearable, but the fuel tanks are babby sized and the Harley would succumb to various road grime in a matter of a few seasons.
Yeah I thought much the same, but maybe there's a larger tank on the other side.
Mostly pulling 53' dry vans and reefers to and from a bunch of warehouse places, and occasionally to a gravel lot in Hialeah. You'll probably be in an '06 Freightliner Columbia double bunk sleeper. I know our local guy actually had to sleep in it one night when he came to swap with me at Ft Pierce.
Don't smoke weed and drive. If you get caught, you're fucked.
They don't revoke it, but they make you go through a bunch of bullshit classes that will take a few months and cost a bunch and you can't start working until you finish them all. And your company will probably fire you and it will be really hard to get a job afterward.
If you do coke like once a month, you might be ok since it passes so fast. I wouldn't risk it tho.
Other states have much smaller rest areas usually, I remember stopping at a rest area in MI that had like 100 spaces for trucks and there was only one other truck there.
Compare to my home state of TN which is usually 20 spaces or less and about 30+ trucks each night.
Don't know about the money. You'd have to talk to Bonnie. Just look up Skyline Transportation on Google and call the office, I won't post the phone number or anything here for obvious reasons.
I gotta sleep on it. I'm miserably content on the Pepsi truck, plus I fear change. At least I know what I'm doing at that shitty job.
I just need to get fired so I am forced to get a better job.
It's pretty easy from what I saw on the week I went along with two of our local guys for training. Just bumping docks all day. One guy had a Knoxville - Chattanooga run twice a week that was all he did those days, straight there and straight back home.
So, northeast fag here from the previous thread. Good God you guys were right about lack of parking! I90 legit East bound had nothing and were filled up by 6pm.
Also, less than 24 hours driving and I already scraped the bumper of these super low volvos
Do it, pepsifag! I made the mistake of staying in my (semi) dead end job for 5 years before Trucking and the only thing I think of now is "I should've joined sooner". Stagnation when we're all in our 20s is retarded.
So I'm not a driver (right now) but I have my class a and I was getting off the interstate this morning behind a tractor trailer and this off ramp was slicker than shit. His drive axles lost traction and the tractor started sliding down the ramp sideways with the trailer still going straight. It was cool and terrifying at the same time. He got her stopped though.
Was a pothead, quit smoking and had to do a test before I could get behind the wheel for school. Pissed dirty after not smoking for over a month. Passed a home test the night before.
Had to see a counselor, do a bunch of classes. Took like 2 months and $2500 before I could go back to school. It's the same process if you piss dirty on the job.
I would like to add, the counselor went easy on me with the classes since I was a kid and it was just weed. If you have a history, it will get a lot worse.
Also I started messing with opis afterward because they don't stay in your system as long. I do not reccommend. Stay clean if you drive. I haven't even had a beer in like 3 years.
It's possible. I have only been in one accident and it wasn't my fault and they didn't test me.
But if the cops are suspicious at all or having a bad day, they will order O/O's to take a piss test.
Yeah I stay sober just cause I tried some drugs in the past and didn't get the appeal. The occasional whiskey is nice though.
I believe you have to be tested after every accident, regardless of company driver or O/O. That may only be a Tennessee thing though.
>didn't get the appeal
You're lucky. It was fun, wouldn't do it again. Lots of my friends up in Chicago just sit around smoking weed all day and it's boring as hell. That's why I always want to go home after like 3 days of being there.
And from everything I have heard, they can test you every accident, but they normally don't. If it is big or they are suspicious, they probably won't. Like I said, I didn't get tested with mine. But it wasn't my fault and the cops were on their way to court so they didn't have time for that shit.
I haven't had a random from work in awhile. Thank god. The place they send us to is awful. I'll probably end up with one tomorrow.
>get call that I need to see the big boss
>here, go to Concentra
>crowded as fuck like always
>sit around for 2hrs and finally get called in for 30sec to piss in a cup
We actually had a dude get fired maybe a year ago for showing up to work drunk. I kinda felt bad because my dad was a shithead alcoholic and people like that need help before you just can them. Assuming it isn't the 10th time it has happened.
You will be ok. It's hard at first. I smoked all day, everyday and the first few months sucked. It was like 3-4 months afterward that I woke up one morning, felt great, and weed wasn't the first thing on my mind. It was beautiful.
Even if I could start smoking again, I don't think I would.
Opiates are a whole other level of fucked. Had a good friend get his degree in CivE with a 6-figure job lined up at Halliburton doing completion get dumped before training for pissing hot. Now he's a CivE for some municipality on the east coast. Hearing him bitching about bridges all the time is kinda disheartening knowing he could have been doing something much more interesting.
It isn't like marijuana where you just do it socially and out of boredom. It makes you feel the best, like everything is awesome and nothing could ever get you down. Then when you don't have it everything is the dumps. The only way to feel normal anymore is to stay dosed. Thank god that cold bitch never sank her claws into my back.
I don't know how close you two are, but you'd be doing him a huge favor if you could help him get off. Opiate addictions aren't something they're going to want to bring up with the senpai, and it is difficult to ask for help. I wish I'd known better when my friend was facing the same addiction. Fortunately for him, he now lives close enough to D.C. to take advantage of their recreational mj.
nor am I.
Actually no one in these threads is a trucker, we're all just "Professional Drivers", "Big Rig Babysitters", or just full of shit.
You'll all be replaced by dirty POO2LOO indians in a few years anyhow.
Maybe you should have gone to college and developed some actual skills, you're gonna be unemployed and on welfare pretty soon. Curryniggers gonna take your only job.
Punjabs won't replace people doing actual jobs. They replace people doing mundane, basic stuff like collections, call centers, basic IT stuff, and then all the uneducated jobs. Problem is they're also inherently lazy, so they don't take to jobs in construction very much. Not to mention they shit everywhere.
Anyone with an education doesn't have to worry about POO2LOOs, it's the unskilled plebs like you that ought to be worrying.
Oh but they do lad
The majority of entry positions for it and engineering jobs are filled by visa workers
And the positions that require more experience? Filled by punjabs who have more experience :^)
Enjoy workijg in McDonald's, at least you got that piece of paper to go Home to every night tho yeah roflmao
Funny because I only ever see the shitskins driving big rigs and rolling them on the highways. That, or they're behind the counter at a gas station.
Basically, the jobs you're qualified for. Kek, enjoy your "CDL" while it lasts, cuck.
>I'm a different troll
>please feed me
You need to be more creative bruh, the guy last night was varying his stuff. You just keep going with the punjab thing, it's too obvious.
>babby's first troll
>Haven't eaten since yesterday
>Stop at Flying J for some Denny's
>Enjoy the food and company for an hour
>Come back to truck
>Loud, clearly pretty bad air leak can be heard
>Can't find it, somewhere in the passenger side engine bay, not the brake line
>Truck losing several PSI per second when the compressor isn't running (runs nonstop with the engine on now)
I've learned most truck stop restaurants are only good at their forte. I got a 13oz T-bone steak and eggs. Was breddy gud, but I asked for rare and it came a little more undercooked than just "rare," so I had to ask for them to pass it over the grill one more time.
They announced layoffs at work today, I'm gonna miss the cut, but they said truck sales are gonna plummet this year
That and supposedly a lot of trucks lost like fucking half of their value over the holidays. Can someone explain this to me?
Assuming he's an Owner/Op (company cucks like myself can't make modifications like this, and that truck is clearly custom as fuck), he probably intentionally takes down time here and there so he can hop on his bike and see the sights. I heard of an old couple that basically live in their truck most of the time and head out for the receiver days in advance so they can stop a lot along the way and go sightseeing.
Help Im turning into a fat fuck. How do you guys stay /fit/ whilst trucking? Mind you Im a company driver so no bobtailing to gyms and even then where I go theres usually none around.
All I really got is dont eat so much and walk around the parking during my breaks
If you can afford these or simple dumbbells work too.
On a side note threads this year are starting out wonderfully and chock full of helpful posts
You can bring healthy stuff with you dude, does your truck not have a minifridge? If not, buy a small Koolatron, they are like a portable minifridge that runs off your 12V outlet.
Fast food is just quick and easy, but it will kill you after a while. Don't kill yourself just to save an extra 5-6 minutes preparing a healthier meal.
You can even bring non-refrigerated stuff that's healthy, like canned goods or preserved stuff like pickles. Even if you're going to eat fast food, eat at Subway or something. Don't eat the shittiest of the absolute shit they serve.
He likes it when they play hard to get, especially across state lines in a stolen vehicle.
It's only horrifying if you're a degenerate meth-head who runs from the police.
They piss in the Doritos at Taco Bell, make rats into burgers at McDonalds, and put human fingers in the chili at Wendy's.
Not to mention the copious amount of pubes in any fast food kitchen.
It's the risk you take, man. Roll the dice.
There are plenty of gyms in half abandoned strip malls where you can fit the whole rig, especially after 6pm. As long as you aren't staying overnight nobody will bother you.
Truck market got BTFO in November and hasn't recovered. Some eggheads decided to Jay fick up their inventory in the first three quarters of 2015, and now that the fed is raising interest rates truck demand is softer than its been since 2007.
He's not a trucker. He works for Freightliner or Daimler or some shit doing something in the factory.
This is why I'm hesitant to go OTR. With my job now, I can eat all the garbage food I want and won't gain weight.
Thanks for the honest answer
Not a good outlook then because the biggest layoff in our plants history was in '08. So it looks like I'm now staring down the barrel of being laid off after they fucking laid off 936 workers this morning below me.
t-time t-to ch-change c-career paths!
That sucks man. You work on the assembly like for DTNA or something, right? Or is it some other RV's?
How long have you been there? And what % of the plant's workforce is being let go? Enjoy dat unemployment money if it happens.
But you're already fat, that's a moot point. And you smoke like a chimney. Basically, you'll be dead within the next decade.
>company disposes of disposable workers on a whim
>company sees it as a major win because they save all that money
>workers are utterly fucked because unskilled and uneducated
>oh no wat do
Should've gone to college, that's what. You can always take a dumb-dumb factory job with a college degree, but you can't work a decent job without one. It doesn't go both ways.
So I just started working for a company that works on and installs loading dock equipment at warehouses. Dock levelers, doors, bumpers, shit like that.
You truck folk can really fuck some bumpers up.
>you'll be dead within a decade
You know me so well...
Although the past couple months at my doc appointments, they have been saying my blood pressure has been great. Which considering how much I smoke and all the coffee I drink, that's an accomplishment.
I always thought Werner wasn't completely awful. It probably depends on how much your dispatcher likes you and how lucky you get.
Werner is a huge company like Swift, so I'm sure you get a lot of the similar mega-carrier problems.
You should see our what happens to out trucks from the warehouse workers trying to move them around the yard. We have a few dumbass drivers that fuck up trucks, but every morning there is some different truck with a fucked up bumper or mirrors from the warehouse guys.
A couple months ago, I saw a 53' van (wasn't parked at a dock, just in one of the spots) that had been hit by a truck/ other trailer and was twisted like 25* in the spot, leaning to the side, and had a big dent on the corner.
There are some funny stories from the drivers too. Most of the problems come from a couple Haitian dudes. If you have ever met Haitians, they aren't the smartest people in the world. A while back, one dude missed a turn off some 4 lane road, stopped, and started reversing down a busy street and slammed into a car behind. He coulda just pulled a U-turn.
Like a week or two after that, another Islander hit a parked car with his trailer, spun the whole car around in the spot, and it ended up fucking up 2 other cars parked nearby. Dude didn't even notice and drove away (all these cars were on the driver's side of the truck too, so it is ridiculous how he didn't notice fucking up 3 cars). He got a call a little later from the salesman saying he better come back because the police are trying to charge him with hit and run.
A bunch of stuff you would expect teenage women to do.
But I did go to college...
Whatever. I figure I will be dead by the time automated trucks take over. Or maybe take some management job where I hate my life and go to bed stressed out every night. Fuck all that.
>Hey guys, I'm more important than you. I'm a pre-med major in my 3rd semester of bullshit classes!
Actually yes. But I sat in on a few classes as well. Not worth going into massive debt without knowing what you want to do.
If I decide I want to go back and grab a business degree or something, I'm going to make Pepsi pay for it. I like driving the ol' truck for now. I have no desire to be in some high-stress management job where I hate my life everyday just to make an extra $10k a year.
I've been in a management position before. I've helped run a business. I could go back with one text message. I don't want to at this point in my life.
>samefagging this hard
I officially pity you. You clearly must be some low-functioning shut-in autist with no job or social life to resort to "trolling" on a Laotian radio show image board.
I guess you don't know me that well.
Running a small business is stressful, especially when you have to deal with other employees. I was 2nd in charge at a restaurant when I lived in Chicago. Managed ~15 people. Whenever the owner wasn't there, I was in charge. When he went out of town, I had to run the place. It's always fun when you work all morning, are trying to leave at 4pm, somebody doesn't show up, so you have to work all night. I would rather drive the truck. At least when I clock out, I don't have to worry about the building burning down. And I could never sit inside an office or cubicle all day. I would want to put a bullet through my head.
I may be a dumbass, but I'm not totally useless. I normally do pretty well when I care about something. Unfortunately, I didn't care about an engineering degree so I have a bunch of useless college credits and a mild understanding of CAD and physics.
That's why you don't be a 2nd in command cuck, you OWN the place. If you're a store manager or something, you are basically doing the same level of work as the owner, and getting a tiny portion of the profits.
The store I work at right now...I'm just a part timer paying for college, but the store manager is there all the time. He's constantly doing shit on his lunch, after hours, at home, etc.
Store owners come in 4-5 days a week, for maybe 5-6 hours MAX each day. Take holidays whenever they want, do whatever they want with the business, etc.
They each take home over $100,000, and the store manager makes about half as much.
Don't be a cuck.
Bruh, he is a "Pre-Med" major. He is way more important than us. Imagine the stuff he might do in 15 years! He is going to be the Surgeon General while we are asking lot lizards to marry us.
I wish I was so young and naive to think a "Pre-Med Major" actually meant something.
I don't think I would want to be the owner. I had to run the place by myself when the owner was out of town. He paid me decent and everything, but it was just too much stuff to worry about. At least when I was there, he could go away for a weekend and not have to stress. He could even go out of town for a week or two. Since I left, I don't think he has been able to do that while the restaurant is open. He went to Oregon for a wedding for a week when I worked there, and I think that is the only time he has left for more than a weekend to his lakehouse since he has owned the place. I feel bad for him. He hasn't found anybody who he feels confident enough in.
And even though he may only be there a few hours in the morning, he has to worry about all the other stuff like payroll, taxes, ordering all the supplies, advertising, special events, etc. Plus hiring and firing people, scheduling, and his income is directly dependent on all of this stuff. He has done a good job though, totally turned around the business since he bought it and grows every year.
I told him to open one on the beach down here in FL. He was seriously thinking about it for a while. But the place in Chicago closes down in the winter and he likes that time to relax.
>look guise, when I'm samefagging I post from my phone too so I can claim I'm not samefagging!
You're not very smart.
Huehue. I used to think college meant something. It used to, before my time. It's damn near meaningless these days though, unless you really are smart as fuck, and driven as well. I got the smart part down, mostly, but not the drive. I went to school for Linux Systems Administration and High Performance (read: Cluster) Computing. Dropped out because the classes bored me and I knew there wouldn't be jobs in my home area for that field, except maybe Oak Ridge National Labs, but I sure as hell wasn't getting in there fresh out of school.
Owning a business is not a "five to six hours, 3 days a week" job like the samefag likes to claim. I worked at a gas station that was privately owned and operated when I was young. It's true the owners were only in there that much each week. But they also owned four other businesses in the area, including a golf course. They spent as much time at those places as well. They didn't have a lot of R&R time, they were busting ass trying to keep the businesses running and putting their money towards their retirement so they wouldn't have to worry about that when the time came. Business ownership isn't a free million dollar lottery ticket.
Who the fuck are you even talking to at this point? Do you think there's like 3 people in this entire thread?
You're a trucker, you don't know shit about anything. You worked at a gas station when you were young, whoopy doo you faggot loser. Some people own several businesses, others only own one. If it's successful enough, they don't need to own a few. Most gas stations and convenience stores are one of several owned by a family. Larger businesses, like insurance agencies or lawyer's offices, are not.
Not that you'd have any experience working in anything more than a fucking gas station, you degenerate loser.
Why are you so damn reasonable?
I forget sometimes that there are so many naive kids on this website like the samefag who always pops in here.
And I'm not going all out and saying degrees are useless, but they are much less valuable than they used to be. You really do have to pick the right degree. And it will either be a boring ass job crunching numbers for $70k a year, or something decent but you have to work for $40k a year for 20 years before you have enough experience for people to take you seriously.
If the latter is the case with the degree, you might as well just learn a trade. If you aren't totally retarded, you should be in the top of whatever field you are in and will always be in-demand and be able to ask for a lot of money. That's kinda what happened with my dad.
He did HVAC for years and years. And he took the initiative to learn everything he could, became pretty well-known among the people in the area, and he never had to do any of the bust-ass jobs later in his life. He would sell new accounts, design fancy computerized systems for high rises, and tell other people how to do the hard work. He made well over $100k/yr. His one company got bought out, and he went to another company and was immediately able to demand a lot of money. Too bad his alcoholism became bad in the end and he fucked everything up before it killed him.
Goddamn these kids really are smart these days. I wish I were that smart. 19 and they have the whole world figured out.
>tfw I thought I knew everything back then too
I gotta work tomorrow and should probably get some sleep. Have fun shitposting kid. If I were you, I would get outside instead of sitting at your computer. Talk to some people. Better yet, listen to some people. You obviously have quite a bit to learn.
Good luck with that attitude tho. I hope your trust fund is real fat. That's the only way people with that attitude are able to survive.
Because I have been humbled by being the middle child in a damn-near poverty stricken household all my life. Life is a fucking struggle, but you've got to figure out how to make it work, and how to chill sometimes and just never let shit get to you.
Good. Go to college. Get some certifications. Waking up at 4am for work kinda sucks.
I have so many people talk to me about wanting to get their CDL when I am delivering to food and retail places. It's not a bad way to make some money within a year, but it isn't the easy way out.
90% of the reason I got mine is because delivering pizzas was the one job I didn't mind doing and I like driving. When I was like 16, we took the SAT's and alongside we took some career placement test. Along with an 800 in math, the test told me I should be a truck/bus driver, ship captain, or pilot.
I have a college degree, I'd call my labor semi-skilled because I have no certifications yet. I'll be fine, I just gotta find a new job. I was actually working my way towards a welding cert and getting into the welding department at work.
DTNA, we build class 8 Freightliners/Western Stars. Been here two years, so not very long, and it looks like they're gonna end up dumping half the work workforce before it's over with barring a miracle. We just went from 2,800 employees to just over 1,800 employees, and with the info TF gave me it's likely that the other 300-400 or so will be let go not too far from now. desu if I go to school to get some certifications I can ride unemployment and the company pays for related manufacturing certs iirc
That would be straight if you could get the welding certs done while getting unemployment. Especially if you can somehow get Daimler to pay for it. Pepsi has a program like that. They will pay $5000/semester if you go to school and work towards any degree that could be used within the company.
I knew you worked for Daimler in dome aspect, but I thought for some reason you might be building RV's. Maybe that is another anon who is always posting pics of custom RV's.
>at a receiver last night
>really tight dock doors
>very little play room in front
>manage to get the trailer straight towards the hold the first time
>guy in a local truck is in front of my as I'm trying to straighten the tractor out
>very, very little room to pull up around him
>ask him to get out and watch my bumper
>after three pull ups, I finally cleared it
>walking around truck looking at shit to pass time shortly after
>notice a fine scratch on the top of my hood
>loom at his mirror
>the bottom of it ran just barely along the top of my hood
>no damage to his truck at all
>now have an ugly scratch about four inches long on my hood
How do I fix this? I told my company about it and they were cool with it, bit fixing it would be out of my pocket. Tried toothpaste and it kind of fixed it. It only seems to be the clear coat, so what will work really well the make it seamless?
So there were two air leaks. One at the Back Pressure Valve, the other at that actuator next to the turbo. Gonna be sitting for a few hours while the shop fixes it. Least they'll fix the inverter while I'm here too.
>tfw didnt even know how to drive stick shift 3 months ago now im driving a huge crane truck for 21/hr at 21
Being a driver is the shit currently just chilling at a gas station my next job isnt until 1 but im not showing up there yet because they always ask for help
I'm only required to keep up with fluids, at least those that can be bought at a truck stop. Had a serviceable wheel hub get low and they topped it off since you can't buy that shit at a Pilot.
Muh fur children. I wish I could bring either one on the truck with me but the cat would run off at the first stop, and the dog would need to go to the bathroom every other hour. I need to take her to a vet.
According to T-fag himself, flatbedding.
Otherwise, you have a goddamn truck. Buy some basic weights, or ghetto-rig up water bottles for lifting. Do sit-ups, crunches, whatever in the sleeper. Pull-ups on the trailer, maybe jog or run around the truck stop when you pull in.
Don't overeat. Maybe make your own healthier sandwiches; bread and preserved meats don't need refrigerating.
thanks , going to make oatz now.
>waking up at 4am for work
You're doing this whole CDL thing wrong. I haven't been out of bed before noon in a month.
Bruh. U wot?
Check your coolant level, and heater core shut off valves. Idle should be hot enough to get air up around 100F until it's under 0F outside as long as your aren't parked nose to the wind like some kind of moron.
>actuator next to the turbo
You're going to be there more than a few hours for a new V-pod unless they're going pants on head retarded and not calibrating it after install.
He really needs to be standing any time he isn't driving, as well.
Road cat mustard space.
Yeah it ended up being like 5 hours. Got an easy haul to Memphis though so at least it's not a totally wasted day, might even get breakdown pay since they didn't have any spare trucks for me to keep driving in.
Bruh this shit aint supposed to be like this in California
My reservoir has been leaking a couple drops a day for that last 4 months. Its finally starting to creep on the low line, but its so damn cold and the therostat is stuck open, so I don't really care right now. It can run dry at this point, maybe I'll have some damn heat.
Greetings truckers, long time cdl holder here. I just finally upgraded my license to have doubles and triples was for my new job. I've never driven doubles or triples before what do I need to be aware of? Is it really as dangerous as it's made out to be?
Wasn't he taking a week off? He's probably getting pulled over for hooning again.
>no shower in 3 days. Really need to shit
Looks like no shower in 4 days...
My beard is at the "mildly irritating" height now too..
Do you think trucks will become completely autonomous in my lifetime? (I'm 23)
only reason I don't get my CDL is because I don't want to be 45 and get replaced by a computer, I'm not talking adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, ect ... I'm talking becoming totally driverless.
Do you think one day trucks will be driven remotely, like drones?
I just ordered pic related. Seems really cheap so we'll see what happens. I wanted a decent knife for fishin, but wasn't trying to spend a ton because I am actually going to use it. I'm hoping it is enough to kill some snakeheads.
I didn't go to college I do IT i have some certs not making as much money as I thought I would be ...
But I was being serious
Wouldn't autonomous trucks driving dedicated routes be a good idea? Would put people out of work
I'll say it again, trains aren't even allowed to run without a conductor. No way autonomous trucks will be on the road with regular cars any time in the near future. The stakes are too high.
If it happens, I imagine it will be a whole new transpotation system where all vehicles are automated. Unless every single lawyer on the planet dies, there's no way that dumbasses in cars could share the same road as 40ton trucks driven by a computer.
these can all be done at the warehouses, the truck can be checked ready to go, and be set on it's way. It can stop at predesignated charging stops, or its solar topped dry/reefer trailer can charge it as it drives ... because the first autonomous trucks will be electric I can guarantee that. With alot less necessary components to break with it's electric setup, why not?
>first autonomous trucks will be electric
And you think even electric trucks will happen in our lifetime? There's one electric truck in Europe, it has like a 30 mile range.
a lifetime could be a while, at the rate tech is growing, it will be quite possible, maybe 40, 50 years from now, an electric truck, maybe not autonomous fully, capable of pulling adequate weight, also with a decent range, trailer charging capabilities, it's already being researched and tested
An electric truck I could see.
Most of a tesla's weight is in batteries, and if they could make a heavy mover as efficient as a model s, pound for pound you would have a range of ~1200 miles.
The bugger is in the middle bit, and right now nobody seems very interested in making those electric motors efficient for big trucks.
He probably just can't find the damn thread because somebody forgot to name it.
>Do you think trucks will become completely autonomous in my lifetime?
Standard answer: No, just mostly autonomous, they'll still need a driver in the cab to monitor shit, get out to do chain-ups, do on-road repairs, etc, same as planes still need pilots sitting in the chairs even though autopilot can do pretty much everything now.
>Do you think one day trucks will be driven remotely, like drones?
No, same standard answer, someone has to be there to put hands on shit and make sure the truck stays rolling. Actual driving/lane-keeping is not the hard part to automate.
We ran a fleet of LHD ones about two summers ago for a dakkar team or something I think
If you flash around enough money at a Freightliner dealer I'm sure they'll get one ordered for you. idk how the new emission standards would work with that, but you don't know till you try
>some Arab fucker makes fun of me for not being able to back in a space with a daycab
>it's pouring rain, dark as fuck and can't see shit
>ends up helping me out by staying in the rain and helping me dock
I don't know if I like him out not
Ay TF, I remembered seeing a utility truck a few weeks ago with fucking balloon tires on it, they were damn near spherical. Any idea why the hell a utility truck would be outfitted like that?
>being a dick, given the situation you were maneuvering in
>helping you while standing in the fucking rain
Net 0. Hmm, maybe make that -2 for
>get to cons
>foggy as fuck can't see shit
>local driver who was having brekkie says he thinks this is the place before taking off.
>dispatch hasn't spoken to me in two days.
Great. Time for my reflective jacket and high powered flashlight walk.
>long high pitched wail of the train passing by
Perfect. I'm going to be shot.
It's all about timing when you hit the brakes backing so you don't slam into the dock or ya don't ride them and sound like a walrus' mating call. MAAAROO-OOH-A-OOHWA
WANTED: Steering wheel holders, common sense and backing skills not necessary.
>Business ownership isn't a free million dollar lottery ticket.
Truth right here.
I wake up at 2 most mornings, in any case keep on keepin' on.
That shit's sketchy as fuck to pass in any weather condition.
Hah, damn that sucks mang.
>Arrive at shipper
>Back truck in, get everything perfect, zero pull ups
>Remind myself that this place has a fucking square mile of concrete to maneuver on so any dipshit could back a trailer here
Today's off to a great start
>about 40 minutes driving
>get a stop engine alarm
>coolant hose ripped
>coolant fucking everywhere
>leaking a shitton of coolant
Guess I'm not working today
you spillin' kool-aid? OH NOOO!!!
Whenever someone mentions coolant I chuckle and wanna say kool-aid. Damn you Amiri King.
Someone pissed in 'is Cornflakes and shit in 'is Cheerios.
'Peterbilts always break down, especially in Gatlinburg.'
Wonder where he's from. He hates Gatlinburg an awful lot.
Nah this one had a yellow line to put your left wheels on and line up with. This dock was world 1-1 easy.
This is about as hard as it gets in the flatbed world.
I had to set up three times. I was so embarassed.
It's not that bad but you can get into it any time you want. College, not so much. Go to college first, you can go truckin with us later, if other plans don't work out for you.
This was my worst. They couldn't find the keys for the gate I was supposed to go into, so I had to back into the other one. Anywhere in this picture that looks like an obvious "why the fuck didn't you drive in and turn around there" was completely filled with staged material for a Detroit lighting project. Took about half an hour to back in and 4 hours to unload.
Not if you're smart enough to run a business correctly and are willing to invest 5 years in starting one.
I think it's safe to say that most of us here had the opportunity to get an education, but either wasted it and/or our situations changed where we needed a real income immediately.
If you still have the change to mooch off your parents for a couple years and get a worthwhile degree, go do that. Even if you can't do that, I would look into some certifications in a good field where you can make money.
Idk how many other drivers feel like this, but being a truck driver, I don't really feel like I'm guaranteed to get steady raises and move up the ladder with my career as I get older. I mean I can switch to an easier job than Pepsi, but as long as I'm just a local driver, I don't forsee myself making bank by the time I'm 40. Other careers have more promise for the future it seems. I know Tfag doesn't quite agree with this, but he dreams of owning a fleet one day. Hopefully it works out. I could go into sales or management eventually, but I'm not sure if I want to.
I did pic related today. Impresive, right?!
It's actually kinda tight because there's a bunch of dumpsters around and there are bushes and a fence along the back, so there isn't much room to turn the cab when you want to straighten out. At least there isn't much traffic. I constantly blindside back off of busy streets into small gas stations, and people are dumb as fuck when they pull up right behind the side of my trailer. I love just sitting there and watching them get pissed off because they didn't leave me room to complete the turn.
I did this in New Jersey. Red is the initial approach, Purple is me the next morning (grocery store let me sleep next to their building in the basement parking exit ramp after it closed) heading up the street to turn around in a dirt lot, green is the final approach after learning where the actual dock was. That wide left turn at the lower right of the green path involved pushing the tandems all the way up and going off road onto the railroad's gravel embankment to avoid a tree in the sidewalk (it's a sharp left corner obv.) then backing down the street into the dock after another truck pulled out. It was nuts. Also look up Piedmont, WV on Google Maps sometime and turn on satellite view. Accidentally turned into there from that little bridge over the river at the north of that little town there. That fat street west of Ashfield St, Lyons, is actually split-level, the lower level being like 6 feet lower. It was fun weaseling out of that town.
That one was a left turn and it still hopped the curb, while I had all six wheels of the truck off-road on the opposite side of the street. Fucking jersey, man. With the tandems still full forward for maximum maneuverability, my trailer nearly clipped a garbage truck's mirror on a fucking interstate ramp, one of the sharp curve "cup handle" types with traffic going both ways around it. Jersey should just outlaw trucks with few exceptions and require deliveries by straight truck in the outlaw areas, it's too damned small for semis.
> be me, looking at OTR companies to apply with
> automatically disqualify any company that only runs with Intertrashional Prostars or has a lot of them (Poly, Swift, Hirschbach, etc)
Am I being retarded? All I ever hear about Prostars is how shitty they are. It would suck balls getting stuck OTR with a truck that's uncomfortable, poorly made and constantly breaks down.
Not sure if this would work but you could unload the truck yourself at shippers/recievers that use lumpers.
Although I imagine most large trucking companies don't allow this because of liability.
Whats a good school that isn't a accelerated course? I have my permit. Was doing swift for a bit. They expect you to know how to do everything by your second day. I'm a slow as fuck learner. So any advice would be great.
>have you considered killing yourself?
Yeah, but I turned to truck driving instead
S'alright. Not many of them here in Hayward.
As long as you don't live in the cities near Oakland (San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Berkeley) you won't seem a lot of them.
Don't have to park anywhere near another truck to get a CDL.
Closest I've done is onions. Can they load augar beets in 50lb sacks?
I've done it. It's not worth dealing with the high school drop out managers on power trips.
All modern fleet trucks are garbage. Haven't given the latest paccar models a shot yet, but they look like they could go either way. There are companies that Falcon and Gully that still run 9200's and FLDs, but they seem scummy as fuck.
>unloading 800 cases of refried beans by hand
>get paid $30 for two hours of work
Fucking why? Just let the company pay the lumper $250 to take 6 hours to get it off.
Anything at a CC. They give you two weeks before you're a certified moron, but you can take the course as many times as you need to figure out where 3rd gear is.
Iktf. It's almost as good as being dead.
No, you don't have to tell them, but if you list that company as a previous employer, a potential employer may call them and ask why you were let go. They can't say much, by law, of course. I wouldn't worry about it really.
No. I was supposedly driving too fast in light rain at one point and I spooked my trainer going around a slight bend in the road. I was about 5 below the speed limit and there were no signs marking the bend. No sensors went off or anything but I guess he casually mentioned it to the training dept. and they freaked out.
I think that being terminated for any reason can show up in there and if it's detailled enough that I can't bullshit around it then I'll have a hard fucking time finding a decent job as a new driver.
Kek, some idiot tried to turn around in the cop spot in the interstate median and got pulled over.
Also snapped some pics of a mangled Swift truck the other day.
Try a private trucking school. I just spent a month at a local one + extra practice time.
>6-8 hour days. They are flexible.
>the course you practice on every day is the same place the examination is
>After the course ended I was provided unlimited wheel time to practice for the tests.
>standing around in a parking lot waiting for Javier and Ivan to line up a trailer on painted lines
>4 students to a truck
No, beets aren't bagged like onions. They are hauled on a flatbed from a giant pile to the suger refiner. I was just wondering how it was. Because the local refiner is always looking for cdl drivers to haul beets in the winter.
Looks like I'm hauling nothing but steel this week.
>we steel hauler now
>have a flatbed
>into doing stupid shit with it like that
Got them digits?
I've hauled railroad spikes like that. Loaded with a knuckle boom, unloaded with a magnet boom. It's pretty cash.
What did you expect from a child's phone?
I had a Nexus 6, Google's very own flagship, running bone stock unmodified Android with the latest updates. It had a six month old bug where it would lose mobile data capability entirely, and Google wouldn't fix it or talk about it because it only affected Sprint and T-Mobile.
How is veggie an fruit form, how is veggie and fruit formed? How girl get pregnat? They need to do way instain burger
who kill thier burgers. becuse these burgers cant frigth back? it was on the news this mroing a driver in trak who had kill his three burgers. they are taking the three burgers back to new york too lady to rest my pary are with the resturant who lost his sandwhich ; i am truley sorry for your lots
Except it's not related to carrier restrictions and it wasn't happening before the last update, and a Google employee acknowledged it is in fact a bug in the latest update, but now there's total radio silence on the issue since AT&T and Verizon N6's aren't affected.
>Be fleet controller.
>A bunch of dealerships in one area outsource predelivery to a single recieval yard.
>Go out and check out site before they open, inspect yard.
>Lots of space, good approach, bit of a steep incline on right hand side, but it should be no issue if driver obeys traffic management plan.
>Distribute site information to drivers.
>All hunky dory with my three packs.
Flash forward two days.
>First twin deck goes in (initial orders were slow as dealerships swapped over slowly).
>Calls me at 2200.
>Ask driver what's the issue, expecting him to tell me his hydraulics were fucked or his truck ate a bucket head.
>What do you mean you're stuck?
"The trailer has bottomed out and I can't move."
>All our trailers are at the bare minimum legal height, so we can get extra height on the twin deck.
>The DC had started parking along the left hand side at the truck entrance, as it's not an issue during the day when they're all parked up.
>Driver thought he didn't have to abide by the TMP because it was a dead delivery and he wouldn't have to worry about hitting anyone.
>Get out of bed, drive for a half hour to get there.
>Yep, he's stuck.
>Can't just drag it out because pneumatic lines are vulnerable on the bottom of the trailers.
>Get him to unload onto the street and drop the trailer.
>Call in a favor and get a heavy lift out there.
>He has to push his bags to the limit to get the trailer clear.
>Tips of ramps start dragging.
Fuggin dock pads are really meant to work with roll up doors, so yes.
Its as if you like sitting on your hands. I can't say ass cuz well you're always doing that.
There needs to be some sort of angieslist/yelp/whatever rating site so truckers know which shops actually will fix their shit, and which shops will leave you with a problem that shows up a couple hours down the road.
You get what you pay for. And you didn't pay for shit. So you got jack. I think I've mentioned this before but at Werner at HQ. I had to get brake pads replaced due to them being like an inch too small. I was literally stopping with nothing but front brakes for like two days. So it takes them all day. And they swap them out with the exact same sized brake pads. They then fought with me about it for another 2 hours till I dragged a mechanic out there and made him look.
>pull into shop for Def cause less than 2 gallons left.
>mention the issue I was having with filling
"Oh yeah,fuel department will only give you a gallon now on the card"
>ask when they planned on telling us
He then looked at me confused and asked for my apu hours
And then an hour later I was asked again because he wrote it wrong.
>get assigned random old truck the other day
>try to start pre-trip on the computer
>computer says the truck was downed, has a shattered passenger side mirror
>fleet automatically gets notified whenever a truck is written up by the computer
>Fleet shoulda pulled truck, and warehouse is lazy and retarded for even loading it. Also driver fucked up.
I think the Pepsi mechanics may be worse. They are not only incredibly lazy, but they half-ass everything. They won't even work on lots of the most common stuff. They don't change tires, don't work on pallet jacks, and refuse to touch a truck that is still covered under warranty. They use outside companies for all of these things. And the wiring in any of the older trucks looks like such a clusterfuck, I'm suprised most of them haven't gone up in flames.
They are actually looking for a couple new fleet mechanics
>Must have Class A
>Must pass technical assessment
One of the mechanics told me I should go for it. They want to hire 2 people ASAP
>Been sitting on exit ramp for about 5 minutes, no sign of traffic moving
>Sign says utility work
>Accidents on the highway that the exits connect to, in both directions
I really do need to get a different job. Pepsi is pretty fucked up, but my immediate boss is cool. I just don't want to end up somewhere more dysfunctional than Pepsi (although it will be hard to top that place).
I also don't want to learn a new job and be the new guy again. I always stay at jobs for a long time, even shitty jobs. I worked at Petsmart from 16-21, then the ice cream and burger joint from like 20-23 (at the same time as Petsnart for some time) and now Pepsi from 24-26.
>Literally haven't moved in 30 minutes
>Call the Love's
>"Yeah there was a fatal accident right here in front of us. It'll probably be a couple of hours before it's cleared up."
>No fucking cops here directing traffic, it's a madhouse and all us trucks are fucked until the road is cleared
Goddammit. Would it be so hard to have one guy direct traffic?
I'm thinking about getting my CDL and becoming an OTR trucker in a few months.
I like driving, I like being alone, I'm goal-oriented, and I can hold my piss for a while. It seems like I'd make a pretty good trucker.
Also, due to social anxiety and awkwardness, it feels like it would be the only job I'd be comfortable in.
pls halp a lost soul truckerfags
21 yo cdl a holder here what i did
>apply for city job that says cdl a required
>pretty much paid training
>quit when i got it and now have a kick ass job
That easy would also probably work if you worked for the dot
I'm 19, will my age be a factor in a company hiring me?
How anal are they about tickets? I have one from three years ago for not having my license with me while driving and a speeding ticket last year, but now I never speed.
Why does it say to get a grant or loan before signing a contract with a company that pays for classes in the OP?
How big is the sleeping area? I'm 6'3"ish. What else is in the back?
Do you have time to shitpost on 4chan at truck stops?
Fatality = investigation. Can't have retards driving by possibly disrupting the scene or worse. You'll be there for a while, if its really bad they'll be calling in all kinds of people and will do a full scene reconstruction before those vehicles move an inch.
Unless you're family, you won't get one till 21. It's an insurance thing
They stay for 4 to 5 year's if it's minor they usually don't care unless you don't tell them, then they care.
Most companies training is the lowest of the low and the contract they make you sign all but makes you an indentured servant for anywhere from 2 to 4 year's with no hope of paying it off on what scraps they give you.
I'm 5'11 and have about a foot of space on either end of the bed. Almost all truck beds are supposedly the size of a twin bed long.so..84 inches?not sure.
Depending on the company either a lot. Or very little.
You wish senpai, my candy smuggling ring will never be discovered.
Also, the two guys who dispatch have to sort all the damaged boxes and they don't give a fuck. There's piles of it in their offices.
Dump trucks, cement mixers, beverage supply, food distribution, building supply stores- they'll all look at you if you're willing to put in hard work and they're desperate enough
As it turns out, it wasn't me that fucked up the door. I pulled away from the dock and when it closed, it flexed back like normal. The whole fucking trailer is warped.
Speaking of Steven's equipment:
my truck has no:
>working heat underneath the wheel
>keys that unlock my side compartments
>power inverter of any kind
My truck is restricted in such a way that I lose all power at 1600 rpms until I get back down to 1400 rpms. This means I have no power between 50-55 mph when I'm climbing a grade.
Tonight was my first time driving in ice/snow by my lonesome.
This morning in NE:
>wake up because cold af
>5 degrees outside
>44 degrees in truck
>apu roaring at max
>get a phonecall about sleeping in too late from the suits
>total bitchout session
>"yes, won't happen again, gonna leave asap"
>crank her up
>realize I set both brakes last night
>spend the next four hours laying on my back banging on my brakes with a hammer that I just spent my last $20 on to buy
>in 5 degree weather with wind gusting all about
a moment ago:
>cruisin down I-80 east, just west of chicago
>crankin my tunes
>"Belle and Sebastion"
>oncoming headlights catch my attention
>flatbed heading westbound loses his shit and barrels down into the median heading straight for me
>manages to stop it just before the eastbound left lane
>time to shut it down
>Call about sleeping too late
I would've dropped that company like Cain dropped Abel.
As long as I'm on time my dispatch could give a shit what I'm doing. You better get reimbursed for that hammer too.
This is why I have my ringer on silent, if there was something important they'd leave a message or put it in the qualcomm this way I don't get the bitchfits and if they do. I have it on record.
>whiney leave a company
I was going to up until the other guy on my account went regular OTR with Swift. He worked way harder than I did and made the same amount of money.
Now he's going to PAM in an O/O's truck and will make $1150 a week with only 4 days of work and 3 days off.