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Turtle's Comment
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And thanks again to everyone for the kind words.

I'm glad someone is reading this rambling :)

Patrick R.'s Comment
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I think a lot of us are still reading :P im enjoying it for sure

Tim E.'s Comment
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Yep!!! Turtle kinda slacken!!!

Mike M's Comment
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I think this is one of the best posts that I have seen. Turtle I am looking in going to school in the very near future, so keep posting and I will keep reading. There is a school here in Colorado Springs, CO that I have heard good things about and I don't have leave to my home state.

Diver Driver's Comment
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I had the same experience. My shift was 3pm - 3am. Now keep in mind, that was in Feb. Maine was awesome....all the darkness of it. All I could see were the tree on the side of the road, and from what the Navigation system showed, it looked like there were a few lakes I passed.

The reason for putting you on nights is 2 fold. 1, keeps you out of most traffic. And 2, since you're in training, there are things that go on during business hours that you can't answer and would have to wake up the trainer for.

My trainer put me on day shift for my last 3 weeks. MUCH BETTER!!!! Way easier to stay alert too.

Turtle's Comment
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02/11/2017 2255hrs Greensboro, GA

So we were at a shipper near Houston, and one of the yard workers pointed over to a dog and said a Prime driver "forgot" him here a few days prior. He's been wandering the yard ever since, refusing to leave. He was a Pitt bull, younger than a year I'd guess, and appeared to be well fed, but extremely skittish when approached. Still, I took a sub out of the fridge and let him have it. He wasn't skittish enough to turn that down.

Being a dog lover, I was appalled that someone could leave any animal behind in such a callous fashion. The A-hole probably thought it would be cool to have a status dog, then when he couldn't handle a rambunctious puppy, he just dumped him.

Yet this pup stayed there, loyally waiting for an owner that will never be coming back. That was just so sad. I wanted to punch the guy, and I wanted to cry for the dog.

In the end, we got loaded, strapped, and tarped. The little guy was laying over in the lot under an empty trailer. We had to drive away, both of us angered and saddened by this. To make ourselves feel better, we came up with the scenario that the dog probably actually belonged to the yard worker, and this was his way of getting his dog fed for free....

I really miss my dog Opus. He's the one in my profile pic. I actually have my wife hold the phone up for him to see and hear me when we Facetime lol. Yeah it's crazy I know, but it breaks my heart to know he may be wondering if I abandoned him too.

I finally got my first taste of driving through snow. We were on I90 heading to extreme upstate NY when it first started coming down. Being a NY vet, at first I wasn't phased. But soon it really started coming down, almost creating whiteout conditions. The few of us who were on the road slowed to a crawl of 20mph at best. When it became too much for my nerves, I picked out the Pilot 5 miles ahead for a stop.

Those were perhaps the longest 5 miles of my life. The truck felt good and secure under me, but I was gripped by the unknown. Having no experience at snow in a big truck, I didn't know when the traction may let go, or when my trailer may try to pass me. My hands were sweating to the point I kept having to wipe them off on my jeans. By now there was several inches of snow covering the road. Just a bit further......

I remembered to lock in the differentials, so I had that in my pocket. When I finally reached the 90/81 intersection, I started up the off-ramp. That's when the drive tires let go.....

It was only for a second, enough to kick the rear end over a foot or so before I lifted and regained traction. But in that second I learned alot about how my truck grabs. Now, because the off ramp is uphill, curved, and sloped, I'm worried about the trailer kicking out and dragging me down the hill with it. I'm thinking Great, I've had my license a month and I'm gonna mark it up already.

But keeping momentum, I made it up the ramp with only a couple more slips, through the tolls, and on to the Pilot. Once there, I changed my drawers and called the wife lol. Once again, my trainer slept through the whole thing. I waited about an hour and a half for the little storm to blow through before continuing on my way.

Next was the wind. Lake Ontario was just to the west of me, and the wind coming off the lake was brutal, with no obstructions to slow it down. The right hand lane of the interstate was sloped away from the wind, and the sudden gusts scared the bejeezus out of me every so often. So I got in the left lane, which was pitched into the wind, and felt much safer. Still, I backed it down to 50 or so. Maybe I worried a bit much, but I'm alive and not in a ditch! Made it to the receiver with time to spare.

One more step on my journey. Loving it so far.

Peace

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.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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Great share on the snow experience Turtle. Shutting down was the absolute right thing to do.

But I gotta tell yah,...you handled the wind like a seasoned driver, adjusting correctly. Great instincts and common sense. Impressed.

Safe travels.

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