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Lessons a Rookie learned in Maine....

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Dave's Comment
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I'm in Maine, dropped off a Tyson load and get dispatched to pick up a paper load to head back to mid west.

Just before I get to the shipper it snows 16 inches. I get my drop & hook done and the trailer has at lease 6-8 inches of snow on top. Shipper doesn't have any snow removal. I drive to closest cat scale :

overweight scale ticket because trailer is covered with snow

FM advised to try truck wash to get snow removed. Nope, they watered my snow.....making things a bit worse lol :

overweight scale ticket because trailer is covered with wet snow

Finally get to a place that will remove the snow :

acceptable scale ticket after wet snow removed from trailer

Sadly there are not many places in our network that remove snow, even in the NE. Obviously the weight was an issue, but so is safety. That's a lot of frozen solids to be tugging around unsecured.

PS: They charged $180.00 to climb up w/a ladder & shovel the snow off. There seems to be money to be made..... lol

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.

Fm:

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.

Bmv:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

CAT Scale:

A network of over 1,500 certified truck scales across the U.S. and Canada found primarily at truck stops. CAT scales are by far the most trustworthy scales out there.

In fact, CAT Scale offers an unconditional Guarantee:

“If you get an overweight fine from the state after our scale showed your legal, we will immediately check our scale. If our scale is wrong, we will reimburse you for the fine. If our scale is correct, a representative of CAT Scale Company will appear in court with the driver as a witness”

PSD:

Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.
Rick S.'s Comment
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6-8 inches of snow = 5K lbs.

WOW - that's a lot.

And DOT only cares what's on the AXLES - it's doesn't care if it's IN the box, or ON the box.

You would figure (as noted in another discussion) there would be a lot more facilities to remove this stuff in winter snow zones.

$180 is kinda steep - but not as steep as the overweight ticket, or the citation for having falling debris from your trailer.

Rick

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

G-Town's Comment
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Many shippers have snow scrapers. Ask the security people or the shipping associate if they have one or where the closest one is. Keep a list of where you find them for future reference.

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.

C T.'s Comment
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Haven't had to yet but I imagine if I got a ton of snow on my load I could just jump up there and shovel it off lol

G-Town's Comment
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Haven't had to yet but I imagine if I got a ton of snow on my load I could just jump up there and shovel it off lol

Please don't attempt that.

C T.'s Comment
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I have to get up there anyway when taping and untarping.

G-Town's Comment
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I have to get up there anyway when taping and untarping.

Sorry...thought you meant a dry van or reefer roof. Forgot you ran a flatbed.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Tractor Man's Comment
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I think G Town pictured you 13 1/2 feet in the air on top of a box with a snow shovel!

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C T.'s Comment
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Maybe my pic needs to be bigger lol

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G-Town's Comment
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Maybe my pic needs to be bigger lol

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Maybe I need to wear those glasses that help old farts see close-up.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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