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3. They don't track their trailers. You will spend hours driving from lot to lot looking for empty trailers that aren't there. I've spent entire driving 11 hour shifts looking for trailers, unpaid.

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To be clear, that applies to most companies. My entire career I always kept a notebook with a list of customer locations that I knew might have empty trailers available when I needed one. Many, many times I would drive past a row of bobtails waiting for dispatch to find them an empty and I'd head down the road to a customer, grab one, and be on my way to pickup the next load.

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One co-driver of mine wrecked the truck, totaled the trailer and got fired. Fortunately, I was not injured.

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WHOA! Thank God you were ok!

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FYI... Prime does track the trailers but I have found they do it based on where the driver told them it was dropped. Although they have GPS on them and can/have had to send.me a picture of the satellite shot to show me where in the lot the tractor or trailer are...it seems they record "where it is" by the last macro stating where it was dropped.

Therefore if.a driver transposes a number, prime.might think the trailer is in Indiana not VA. But if a conscientious FM took the time to look...they can see the satellite pic of where it is.

This saved me hours while running Intermodal... They found the trailer still sitting on the train even though the rail yard insisted it was ready for pick up.

Bobtail:

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

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

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.
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