Thinking Of Taking Time Off

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Gladhand's Comment
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This is the start of my second day with medicine and I feel a little dizzy. Went ahead and canceled the pre plan I was on. Made me feel bad because I accepted it yesterday thinking I was going to feel alright, but this morning the way I feel made me not feel safe to drive. The doctor cleared me to work the night I was in the er, but as of now I don't feel safe.

I need to talk to my dm being that I am thinking of taking some time off while I deal with this in the beginning stages. What worries me is that I was cleared by the doctor to work, but I feel like I am not safe and should get some rest.

I don't want to violate my contract or possibly lose my job if I leave for a while to get rest, but I don't want to work either if i feel that I am a danger to the motoring public. I'll let you guys know how it goes.

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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I would just take it a day at a time. Who knows? Tomorrow you might feel a lot better. Let them know you're not feeling well right now and not to pre-plan you until you give them the ok. There's really no reason to immediately decide to take a big block of time off or do anything drastic.

Just tell them you're hoping to feel better tomorrow and see what tomorrow brings.

Gladhand's Comment
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I would just take it a day at a time. Who knows? Tomorrow you might feel a lot better. Let them know you're not feeling well right now and not to pre-plan you until you give them the ok. There's really no reason to immediately decide to take a big block of time off or do anything drastic.

Just tell them you're hoping to feel better tomorrow and see what tomorrow brings.

Yeah went ahead and did that. Dm told me if I don't feel well tomorrow I'll have to turn in the truck since it will be 3 days tomorrow. Hope if I feel better tomorrow that it won't effect hometime since I have it set for the 16th. We will see what happens.

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.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Gladhand, you have a legitimate reason to stay off the road, even for a few weeks of that's medically advisable.

Don't sweat the contract stuff, those payments will probably just be extended on the other end. You'll have enough worries just for not getting paid for your time off.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Gladhand's Comment
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Gladhand, you have a legitimate reason to stay off the road, even for a few weeks of that's medically advisable.

Don't sweat the contract stuff, those payments will probably just be extended on the other end. You'll have enough worries just for not getting paid for your time off.

Yeah good thing I saved up an emergency fund. Since I'm at my home terminal it will be easier to take my things home. If I don't feel better by tomorrow I'll probably just take off until Monday or Tuesday to get some rest then get back to it afterwarfs.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Cwc's Comment
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If you don't feel safe I don't want you next to me. <-sounds horrible right?

But true and it sounds like your doing the right thing. Give it a few days or as Brett said even tomorrow and go from there. They should be some what understanding it's not like it was just a headache.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Cwc's Comment
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Although you might feel better if you were next to me... I'm in South Florida 😆

Rick S.'s Comment
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Although you might feel better if you were next to me... I'm in South Florida 😆

Where at in SoFla?

I'm in Lauderdale...

Rick

Cwc's Comment
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Titusville

Rick S.'s Comment
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Titusville

Dude - that's CENTRAL FL. Where you headed?

Rick

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