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#26
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have you ever participated in a convoy, and do you have a special trucker handle?
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#27
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how was your culture shock. do you hang with other truckers?
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#28
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(04-18-2016, 02:25 AM)btp Wrote: »1. Any cool stories about meeting people?
2.Any sucky stories about trucker culture shock?

E: 3. are you in a truck RIGHT NOW?

4. Also, how do you internet on the road?

4. Mostly using the mobile hotspot of my smartphone. I used to have just a mobile wifi thing but it sucked. Also sometimes going into buildings with free wifi. Truck stops have an 'offer' where you can pay for like a month of that company's wifi service for 20 bucks but that's about as much as I pay for mobile wifi so no thank pal.

I try to limit my bandwidth when I'm using my mobile internet since I have a limited amount of data with the phone plan. That means I generally don't watch youtubes or upload things while on mobile, and wait until i'm at a place.

Oh, btw the major truck stop companies, who have gone on a spree in the last decade in buying up all the little truck stops in a quest for market dominance, are:
a> Pilot/Flying J, owned by some crooked piece of shit under investigation for defrauding trucking companies with fuel agreements. also that guy owns the cleveland browns, the worst football team.
b> TA(travelcenters of america)/Petro [xx-small]the aforementioned Iowa 80 truckstop got bought out by TA.[/size]
c> Love's

3. Yes, though I could go inside a building right now for free wifi. I'm currently not under a load.

2. Most of the worst stuff was at the truck driving school actually. I'll share some of those later

1. The people that i've met from here are cool, otherwise I can't think of meeting like cool strangers or anything. Though i'd bet that later in this thread a more specific question might jumpstart recollection of some vague memory which results in a bunch of paragraphs.

I picked up a guy at a rest area who was begging me to drive them to a place with a phone one time:
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#29
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If a bunch of little kids fist-pump at you while on the road, do you blow your horn?
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#30
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(04-18-2016, 03:20 AM)goblins Wrote: »have you ever participated in a convoy, and do you have a special trucker handle?
no and no.

I don't have a cb because it's basically a shitposting forum that distracts squawks at you while driving, with the content of the shitposts being the kind of things you would expect when you gather a bunch of people who lean far right into a place where they can troll others anonymously and without moderation

one of the trainers on my month over the road with my first company (oh yeah, forgot to say there was a month where I was guided by a "driver-finisher" who acts as navigator and trainer, teaching you how to deal with shippers/cosignees and fueling and the tricks to life on the road) had a CB and someone in newark kept on saying the n word repeatedly, while someone else was chiming in now and then with "howard sterns penis, over."

(04-18-2016, 03:29 AM)ICantGiveCredit Wrote: »do you hang with other truckers?
how was your culture shock.
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The culture shock was going from 'dork mostly existing on the internet' to 'you're at trucking school surrounded by mostly rural people who like making off-color jokes, also some of these people are your instructors and you can't say anything about it because they might take points off for attitude'

(cw: sour words and rude 'tudes, skip down to the next section/quote to avoid)

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(04-18-2016, 03:39 AM)btp Wrote: »If a bunch of little kids fist-pump at you while on the road, do you blow your horn?
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that's unsafe to other motorists!!

I do the fist pump back at them which confuses them
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#31
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Here's chicago, around 2.5 years ago. You can tell it's chicago because of all of the traffic. A bunch of major interstates lead to chicago, and all converge near each other.

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This is on i90/i94 east, heading southward. Yeah the east/west designated highway goes south/north for many miles/km because of the way highways are designated in the US.

Okay, so the interstate system......... actually I'll get more on this tomorrow.

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For now just know this is two major highways running concurrent with each other, and split off soon, leading to a lot of traffic from everyone wanting to merge at the last second. All the people in that lane that's clearly marked as about to end are going to try to merge in ahead of everyone else, because, lol.


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Plus chicago drivers are rude and are triple not good drivers. Multiple people on the day of this cut across the shoulder of the highway to get into the merge area from an on-ramp for the sake of passing three or four cars. Two of them were driving Infinitis.

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Don't die from driving ungood! Give space, especially ahead of truck.! Truck. cannot stop quickly. Thank's for reading!
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#32
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#33
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You have been TRUCKED
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#34
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How many states/provinces have you visited while on the road, and can you finally answer the real question of which state really has the worst drivers?
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(04-18-2016, 11:36 AM)Papers Wrote: »You have been TRUCKED

AHHHHH


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(04-18-2016, 03:13 PM)Coldblooded Wrote: »How many states/provinces have you visited while on the road, and can you finally answer the real question of which state really has the worst drivers?

all the lower 48 states in the US + british columbia, ontario and quebec.

There's no definitive worst but the following are places with frequent bad driving that i've encountered:
  • chicago
  • dallas/fort worth and houston TX
  • a bunch of states in the southeast are bad whenever there's even a hint of bad weather. like if it rains? ghhhhuh how do I deal with wet
  • driving along i5 in northern oregon and portland area
  • eastern michigan/detroit area
  • virginia, especially northern virginia
  • colorado

if you're in a luxury car, you're more likely to be inconsiderate/aggressive as a person. there's a study on that.

So if I see a shiny expenso-car near me in a merge area, I'm extra careful because there's a good chance it'll do something stupid like swerve in and out of traffic or speed up to cut me or a bunch of other people off.
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#36
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houston traffic is super fast
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#37
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Dual Tires vs Super Singles
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What happens when you get a blown-out tire? Let's find out!!!


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Here, you see what happens when a super single blows out!
If you drive too long on a bad tire (to get to a safe pull-off point), you can bend the rim which requires replacement, and maybe even damage the axle which is a lengthy job. Luckily neither rim nor axle was bent/damaged here.

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Here's what you do:

First you pull wherever is safe. What's best is going somewhere away from traffic entirely; next is the shoulder of highway.

Turn on your emergency flashers as you slow and pull off; keep them on until you have your triangles (below) set up.

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Next, you put out 3 reflective orange triangles - either 3 behind your truck if it's a divided highway at 10 ft behind, 100 ft and 200 ft; or one 100 ft in front of the truck and two behind (10ft and 100ft) if it's a two-lane, two-directional highway. Put them out further if you're on a hill or curve that might obstruct the view for motorists.

Next you call for help and wait for their road service truck to do stuff and then someone else fixes the problem for you the end.
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I waited like four hours for this particular thing, because one place took a while to figure out they didn't have super singles and the other was faraway and got lost by gps directions trying to get to my truck.

By the time everything was fixed, I was out of legal driving hours so I just waited there a few more hours until I could drive again. It's important to have a sturdy patience since you'll spend a lot of time waiting indeterminate lengths of time, whether at customers, in traffic/accident/construction areas, or awaiting maintenance work.
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#38
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Do you get paid for the time you were waiting, since you were technically "driving"?
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#39
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Nope. Basic pay is per mile. You can get extra pay for certain things varying by trucking company, and also you can get layover pay if you're at a customer or if you're broken down for a while in some cases*.

If you're at customer or broken down for a few hours, that's unpaid work time. If you factor in how many hours you put in for what you get paid total, the pay doesn't seem as great per hour as before!

I wasn't marked as driving; I just ran out of hours on my "you can't drive at any point 14 hrs after you first start your shift" clock. That one's a pain sometimes; I wish I could just drive and nap/sleep when I'm tired without going over the 11 hr limit, but I understand why that rule's there- because otherwise companies will have make pickups at crazily vacilating hours.



*Last year I was broken down in Salt Lake City for a month but I didn't get paid for it. They put me up in a hotel room, and it was a nice stay at first but by the end of the month I was ready to get going again.
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#40
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I'd never thought about becoming a trucker, but now that I've heard so much of your perspective on it, how you've made it work without having to play into or even deal with so many undesirable trucker stereotype type things. . . it's something I could potentially see myself doing. I love audiobooks, that's for sure, but I'm also a sucker for material possessions. Do you have a tiny apartment somewhere that you don't visit often, or a long-term storage space, or anything like that?
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#41
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Still livin with parents Meloncooly

They're good with the arrangement because it means they get to see me like a week every other month, a magical time period that isn't too little for them to be like "oh we never see you anymore" while also isn't so long as living full time, where after a few weeks tensions build

I could move out and share an apartment with someone else if I wanted to, like my brother or something but I don't really like paying a bunch of money a month for something I'd barely use. I could also throw/give a bunch of stuff away
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#42
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So, you sleep in the truck, you cook and eat lots of meals in the truck, but where do you shower/bathe? Do truckstops have accommodations for that?
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#43
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Have you ever been to Seattle?
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#44
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This sounds like a wonderful life to be honest. I'm kind of jealous.
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#45
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(05-02-2016, 04:53 AM)Our Lady of Lampreys Wrote: »This sounds like a wonderful life to be honest. I'm kind of jealous.

It's not for everyone, but it suits my personality type and various strengths/flaws perfectly Happymelon

[Image: rnKEas.jpg]Mountain in northern CA, from route US 97. I think it's Mt. Shasta

(05-02-2016, 12:56 AM)a52 Wrote: »Have you ever been to Seattle?
I've passed by several times, and had loads there three or four times!

One time I visited a friend and we walked around a riverfront and saw an owl.

I don't go to the west coast as much as I'd like. Most of my time is spent between coasts.
(05-02-2016, 12:30 AM)Lieutenant Fish Wrote: »So, you sleep in the truck, you cook and eat lots of meals in the truck, but where do you shower/bathe? Do truckstops have accommodations for that?

Truck stops have showers, but you have to pay for them (they're about ten bucks) UNLESS you have a fuel loyalty card. In that case you get a shower credit for each time you fuel up. The shower credits expire depending on which truckstop you're talking about.

There's also your company's terminals; they'll have a shower but stopping at one is not as frequent an occurance if you're an OTR (over the road) driver compared to a regional or local driver.

if you haven't been at a place with a shower in a few days, then hopefully you have a jug of water and soap and a washcloth; you can at least clean yourself up a little bit; either that or find a sink

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#46
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This is far more interesting than I could have ever expected it to be
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#47
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That is definitely Mt. Shasta. (Or, as my friends and I used to call it, Mt. Igor.)
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#48
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It's the same mountain
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#49
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Today I learned I'm bad at distinguishing mountains.
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#50
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How did learning how to drive a truck compare to learning to drive a car?
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