Me And My Big Mouth! (How To Start A Fight At A Terminal)

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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They said only the "favorites" get loads

They are correct!

Guess I'm a favorite....

You are correct!

It really is that simple more often than most people would expect. It's performance-based. When you perform the company takes better care of you. The gripers that complain they're not getting the miles or getting home on time are right - they're not. And if it's a long term problem it's pretty much always the driver's fault. If you were really good they'd rely on you to do the bulk of the work and take great care of their best customers. If you're a second rate driver you're going to get the leftovers and less time-sensitive loads, if there are any after the better drivers get dispatched.

Have a great attitude and hustle to get things done quickly. That's an important part of what it takes to earn the better miles and longer runs.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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By the way, I love it when drivers come back here to help people understand how things really work for them on the road. It's one thing for us to give advice, it's quite another for drivers to come back here and share your experiences to let people know how it really works out there and what it takes to be successful.

There's so much negativity on the Web about trucking and it scares the pants off of people who are considering a career. When drivers can come back here to share their successes it lets others know that it is indeed possible to control your fate out there and some strategies to make it happen.

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Robert M. (Opey)'s Comment
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OS as many others have said please do not let that deter you from giving advice to help others some of us actually consider it to be very helpful,and are very thankful for it.

I have seen exactly that same type of individuals, we hadn't even finished school yet and there were some talking about how they weren't going to do this or that, and how they wouldn't take loads if it was less than X amount of miles. All I said was "well when you turn down the load just tell your DM to give it to my DM for me if I'm free I'll take it." He got mad at me.

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.
Linden R.'s Comment
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If he thought he couldn't do 1600 miles in 4 days, he must be like me in the truck simulator; very slow, hated by 4 wheelers, forever getting passed and passed and passed, pulling over every 5 minutes for some random reason... rofl-3.gif

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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I have a saying that I have used for many years now, "90% of anything you do in life is ATTITUDE".

It doesn't matter what you do for a job, it applies. It is especially true here in trucking.

I remember one time I was just checking in at a shippers location and the guy ahead of me was making a big scene about something and the person they were talking with at the desk was getting pretty upset with them. When it was my turn, I was the polar opposite the the jerk they were just helping. I didn't get upset, talk down to them, etc. I could see the attitude of the person at the desk changed before my eyes, and they in turn was the polar opposite of how they treated him. Not only did I get a dock assignment right away, but they expedited getting me taken care of. What was usually a 2 plus hour wait to get unloaded turned into about 45 minutes.

When I was done talking to the desk clerk, the ******* guy just glared at me and asked how come I got in right away and he had to wait? I answered, if you have to ask that question, then you have no clue as to what just happened and I walked away.

Karma is a real B**** sometimes.

Ernie

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.

millionmiler24's Comment
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By the way, I love it when drivers come back here to help people understand how things really work for them on the road. It's one thing for us to give advice, it's quite another for drivers to come back here and share your experiences to let people know how it really works out there and what it takes to be successful.

There's so much negativity on the Web about trucking and it scares the pants off of people who are considering a career. When drivers can come back here to share their successes it lets others know that it is indeed possible to control your fate out there and some strategies to make it happen.

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This is why this site is the Trucking Truth! This site has made me want to get back into this so much now, that its all I think about. I sure miss trucking.

PackRat's Comment
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Great topic Old School. Bump up.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Yeah, this one really is a classic. It's true that there is no shortage of drivers who have been in the industry for years that never do figure out how to get top miles. They don't understand how to be part of a team or work well with other people. They don't make sacrifices, they don't compromise, and ultimately they don't get the big miles and special favors that the Top Tier Drivers get.

Old School has said many times that this is one of the most misunderstood industries you'll find anywhere. Man, is that the truth.

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