One Year Anniversary Approaching

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Susan D. 's Comment
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My 1 year anniversary in trucking is approching in 23 days. I love my company and have no desire to go anywhere else. The pay is good and the company treats drivers well.

Out of curiosity, last week I asked my DM to pull my miles driven, because honestly, I didn't track it since I knew they did. The result? 151,565 so I'll be at about 160k by the time my first year is complete. Not too shabby for a rookie year.

The year has been filled with days both good and bad, but certainly more good than anything, some missed turns, a legal snafu I hired a lawyer to keep my record clean, and the realization that I love driving more than anything I've ever done. It's challenged me in ways I could never have imagined. I am greatful to all the advice and inspiration I've received at Trucking Truth and wish I'd taken the leap away from healthcare a few years sooner.

Keep the shiny side up and the rubber on the road!

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.
Old School's Comment
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Hey Sue, that is some awesome miles!

Between the way you and Flatie C are running, most of us guys are having a hard time keeping up.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Congratulations!

G-Town's Comment
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Good for you Sue. Your story is one I followed from the beginning. "Persistence overcomes resistance", definitely true in your case.

Congratulations! Best of luck for the next 160k miles.

Safe travels.

Jacinda P.'s Comment
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Hi Sue, Congrats! Whirlwind of excitement for me! Got invited to a different company by a good friend who said they'd train me. Just waiting on the paperwork.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Way cool Ms Sue.

Rick

Patrick C.'s Comment
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Congrats Sue

Susan D. 's Comment
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Yep I'm very happy here. That mileage also goes to show how a regional short haul carrier can get you great miles and have you begging for a break lol. They don't offer those pay guarantees because they want to pay a driver to sit.. and they don't expect to have to cover any pay difference either. Most drivers exceed the pay committments and the top drivers do a drop and hook so fast it'll make your head spin. My codriver can do one in 4 minutes while im down to about 9 minutes now. I'm getting faster at it but always room for improvement.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Patrick C.'s Comment
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As far as drop N Hook my best accomplishment is pulling into a shipper , did a 3 drop N Hook shuffle dance, had bills in hand getting ready to roll out in 22 mins.

The dance is pulling in dropping your empty, hook up to the loaded and pull it out of the dock and out the gate. Drop it. Go back and grab your empty. Put it in the dock. Doors open and tandems all the way back of course. Drop it. Get paperwork then go back and hook up to your loaded trailer. Seal the door and slide the tandems. Away you go.

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.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Diver Driver's Comment
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Congrats Sue !!

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