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    Jeeze, it seemed like in the ol' days, all ya needed to know to drive truck was how to honk the horn in response to the ""high sign" while wavin' a middle finger and how to spot "smokies" and say "breaker, breaker" on Channel 19.
    When did it get so complicated?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Illini Warrior View Post
    2 hours !!! - the CDL training schools have all the IL DMV CDL tests - make a deal with the local DMV license facility for the students to take the known test all at the same time - then they get to take the CDL "road test" using a box truck out in the facility parking lot - they put 25 guys thru testing in less than 2 hours - guys getting a CDL re-newal have it eazier ....

    I don't know about the CDL tests but a regular vehicle written test is available in like 20 different languages - don't even need to know English ....
    Iíve worked for 3 different school districts and have talked to multiple other ones and they all tell me the same thing. You have to go to the DMV to do your road test, it takes about 2 hours, and they wonít stop you mid way through if you mess up. They will wait till the very end to tell you that you have failed. This is in Texas btw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich_Vale74 View Post
    Jeeze, it seemed like in the ol' days, all ya needed to know to drive truck was how to honk the horn in response to the ""high sign" while wavin' a middle finger and how to spot "smokies" and say "breaker, breaker" on Channel 19.
    When did it get so complicated?
    When I got my CDL in 2006, the road test took about 15 minutes. You walk around the vehicle and tell the DMV person what to look for when doing a pre-trip inspection. You do the brake test, then drive around for a mile or two. You hit a curb and you fail, otherwise youíll pass.
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    Microchip shortages are still occurring. Thereís good and bad news here. The good news is that, according to Ford, the peak of the shortage will happen in the second quarter with improvement happening for the rest of the year. To me this sounds like a VERY slow recovery.

    The microchip shortages are due to several factors.

    1. During the lock downs last year, automobile manufacturers shut down and stopped production. At the same time, computer demand surged to levels never seen before. So microchip suppliers retooled to supply chips to computer manufacturers.

    2. The cold snap in Texas in February caused some microchip factories offline. It took them a while to get back up and running again.

    3. Fires at 2 chip factories in Japan have only exasperated the chip shortage.


    So now that demand for cars and trucks have gone back to normal, automobile manufacturers have submitted purchase orders for microchips, but chip factories have not been able to fulfill those orders as they are still playing catch-up with the demand for computers and other electronics.


    So due to supply and demand, expect prices on new vehicles to only increase. This will in turn cause the price of used vehicles to go up as well as fewer new cars will be sold.

    Hereís the news article that talks about all of this;

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/techn...chip-shortage/
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    These news stories are now coming at a rapid pace.


    Chicken shortages are coming and in some places, are already here. The article names the usual suspects, but one company says something that VERY few people are talking about. Labor shortages. The fuel delivery drivers earlier in this thread touched on the subject of not having enough employees to keep the system going. This has to be, at least in part, caused by the extended and inflated unemployment compensation along with the stimulus payments. So as long as these benefits and free money continue to flow, we are bound to hear of new shortages coming soon.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/busin...n-shortage-us/
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    Well, Cav. I have been taking down trees on my property, and my father-in-law and I have been running them through his saw mill. I built a solar drying shed that slowly dries the wood over a period of a couple weeks. We rotate the wood through there and crank out finished lumber. In our church, we had a few people who got burned out last summer. Imagine their surprise, when we showed up with the youth and started rebuilding their homes. We now have the entire community hauling logs to our mill and we are so busy, we barely have time to visit the build sites.

    So in our area, lumber doesn't seem to be a problem. We are seeing some manufactured goods lagging. Pickle relish, ketchup, mustard, and TP. Of course cleaning supplies. Here is a strange one: pork. We have work arounds for all of these, and in most cases the work arounds receive comments like "WHY didn't we do this before?"

    Unskilled labor. I can't find anyone but the youth at church who is willing to work, because the government is paying them more to watch TV than I can to work.
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    ask any business and they will tell you there's a shortage of workers and don't even ask about qualified, hard working, honest workers.
    they just settle for anyone that can fog a mirror.

    but specifically now shortages developing in more places:
    truck drivers, especially hazmat qualified causing gasoline delivery problems - and shortages
    https://www.yahoo.com/now/gas-shorta...145347949.html

    chlorine ( you already ordered that powdered pool shock didn't you?)
    https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/30/a-ma...is-summer.html

    chicken
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/comp...cid=uxbndlbing

    semiconductors leading to shortage of used cars
    https://news.yahoo.com/semiconductor...125340988.html

    copper also

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    Quote Originally Posted by explo72 View Post
    ask any business and they will tell you there's a shortage of workers and don't even ask about qualified, hard working, honest workers.
    they just settle for anyone that can fog a mirror.

    but specifically now shortages developing in more places:
    truck drivers, especially hazmat qualified causing gasoline delivery problems - and shortages
    https://www.yahoo.com/now/gas-shorta...145347949.html

    chlorine ( you already ordered that powdered pool shock didn't you?)
    https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/30/a-ma...is-summer.html

    chicken
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/comp...cid=uxbndlbing

    semiconductors leading to shortage of used cars
    https://news.yahoo.com/semiconductor...125340988.html

    copper also
    I can attest to the chicken shortage;

    My brother manages a turkey processing plant and has been consistently 60-70 workers short every day for months. People don't have to work due to all the unemployment payments and stimulus checks. He has been forced to go to 6 days a week from 5 due to high carryover of birds. There is a real possibility his plant could shut down if they don't get more workers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bambam View Post
    I can attest to the chicken shortage;

    My brother manages a turkey processing plant and has been consistently 60-70 workers short every day for months. People don't have to work due to all the unemployment payments and stimulus checks. He has been forced to go to 6 days a week from 5 due to high carryover of birds. There is a real possibility his plant could shut down if they don't get more workers.
    Itís probably just because Iím tired but that doesnít make any sense. Why would his plant shut down if they donít have enough workers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 91CavGT View Post
    Itís probably just because Iím tired but that doesnít make any sense. Why would his plant shut down if they donít have enough workers?
    It costs a certain amount of money to run a plant that large every day, just to open the doors , or any business for that matter. If their aren't enough workers to run the birds fast enough, to run enough birds a day just to cover operating costs, the business can't survive.

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