Funny Rookie Mistakes?

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G-Town's Comment
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I forgot about this one...

When I first started on the Walmart account, I had about 3 months of OTR experience. A neophyte...to say the least. Since I had never experienced a sloping dock, the likes typical at most retail stores, my first experience dropping and hooking at one of these "down hills" was comical. Most of the Walmart docks have a pronounced crest at the top of the slope, leading away form the dock doors. Going over this crest under a trailer, even an empty one doesn't present any problems. However when bobtailing,...a whole other situation. Long story short, when a bobtailed tractor hits the crest,...you basically come to a stop, and will drift backwards a tad because the rear most axle (the "active" drive axle), the tires are basically off the ground, unable to maintain any traction, interrupting forward progress. The first time I experienced this, must have been a trip for anyone watching. Gosh I thought,..."what a rookie move".

The best way to get out of the hole is to set the differential lock to "on"; thus activating both drive axles "live" and enabling a "jerk-free" ascension beyond the crest. Something by-the-way, I was never told. Live and learn...

Since I am on the subject of "differential locking", I also set-it to on when I am getting under a heavily loaded wagon. Reason? The torque is evenly applied to two axles, as opposed to one, spreading out the forces required to influence 50,000lbs of load and trailer slightly up, sliding onto the fifth-wheel. I have seen (believe it) several twisted drive-shafts resulting from "not" locking out the differential when getting under a trailer, perhaps set-out a bit low. Dumping the air and reintroducing it after the fifth wheel begins to lift the trailer can also help in a situation like this,...and reduce the risk of a very preventable; "preventable".

Neither of these examples were "taught" or "reviewed"...one was learned first-hand, the other; by watching others destroy their drive-train and applying some forgotten High School Physics and basic common sense.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Kat's Comment
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Here's one.... One of my first few loads, I had a difficult dock to get into. Took me more than 30 minutes, and I was proud of myself for getting it in there without hitting anything. All was good until they sent the yard guy out to tell me I had backed into the wrong door. wtf.gif

Patrick C.'s Comment
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My first trip taking 90 eastbound into Chicago after it merges with 94 I accidentally got in the express lanes. I put the hammer down and hauled butt to the next break in the barriers to merge back into the correct side. I felt like such and idiot. On the positive side I can tell you the overpasses are the same height on both sides, lol.

MC1371's Comment
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I got 2. Very first solo load. After dropping my empty at the shipper went to attach my load. Backed up to that trailer like 8 times. Soft touch, hard slam, nada. The 5th wheel wouldn't engage.. *My locking pin arm on that truck liked to lock prematurely... Swearing, sweating, frustrated.. "What have I gotten into.. it's my first load".. then finally the oh duh moment.

Second one.. Well I think almost everyone does it at least once. Docked without opening the doors.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

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