Surge Driver On Swift's Walmart Account

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Pianoman's Comment
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Welcome to the Dark Side. Once you get used to dedicated (especially Walmart) you'll never be satisfied with otr again.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

G-Town's Comment
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Bumping this for Gladhand.

Gladhand is concerned:

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The only concern I have is both stores have two dock areas. On Google Street view both sides have dry vans.

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Two dock areas is common for the bigger super center stores (definitely drop and hook locations). One dock is for grocery, the other for GM or general merchandise. You want grocery, or GRC which is likely stenciled on or below the doors. Same for GM,...it will be stenciled on the GM dock area.

When you get your paperwork, the trip sheet (first sheet of paper) will have explicit directions how to get to the dock and may tell you which side of the store to use for accessing it, "W" side or "t" side. (as in "W"almar"t").

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.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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How did you do?

Gladhand's Comment
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How did you do?

Good, just got back to Los Lunas. 555 round trip. The first store didn't say which dock was which, but the directions took me to the dock I needed and the second store had a stencil that said gr. Got to drop there.

I must say I see why it is stressed to get otr experience before going on a local type of job. I made some turns that I wouldn't have been able to make if this was 6 months ago haha.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Tastebuds's Comment
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Congrats!

Also, +1 on the clickbait, I thought you were talking about the other surge!

Pianoman's Comment
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I must say I see why it is stressed to get otr experience before going on a local type of job. I made some turns that I wouldn't have been able to make if this was 6 months ago haha.

Yeah, retail store deliveries are a whole new ballgame. One of these days I need to take a dash cam video of me trying to get into one or two of the Target stores. There is at least one store that the only way to get in is to block the entire entrance and just wait for cars to back out of the way so you can proceed. Now that I've done it for a little while, I don't even think twice about stuff like that--it's just normal.

Glad it went well today.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

G-Town's Comment
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How did you do?

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Good, just got back to Los Lunas. 555 round trip. The first store didn't say which dock was which, but the directions took me to the dock I needed and the second store had a stencil that said gr. Got to drop there.

I must say I see why it is stressed to get otr experience before going on a local type of job. I made some turns that I wouldn't have been able to make if this was 6 months ago haha.

Nice run. Sounds like you are settling in some what. Those directions that you referenced? Follow them religiously, even if they differ from the QC routing.

If you plan on staying at this for a while, eventually they will put you on a reefer load. If you don't already have them, buy a set of 5 color highlighters. You will need them to highlight the load map on a multi-stop, consolidated reefer load.

Good luck!

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Gladhand's Comment
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I noticed some of the paperwork had highlighter markings.

Day 2 2 stop dry, first in Deming, NM then Silver City, NM 619 round trip. Hopefully the wind won't be bad today, thankfully the area I was in yesterday had high winds but it wasn't gusting as much so I was able to make it back. A truck flipped over between my hometown and the truckstop yesterday. That wind can get nasty here this time of year.

Tractor Man's Comment
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Day 2 2 stop dry, first in Deming, NM then Silver City, NM 619 round trip.

Sounds like you'll be camping at a Truck Stop or Rest area tonight unless Swift issued you a 75 mph Truck!

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G-Town's Comment
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Day 2 2 stop dry, first in Deming, NM then Silver City, NM 619 round trip.

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Sounds like you'll be camping at a Truck Stop or Rest area tonight unless Swift issued you a 75 mph Truck!

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Good point. In a case like this; likely running out of hours, try to get as close to the WMDC as possible before shutting down for the 10 hour break.

Make sure you call them letting them know you are shutting down. Do not restart your clock until you call the DM after your 10 hour break. They will instruct you when to move. They may ask you to stay put for an hour or two until your next load is ready,...timing it with your arrival back to the DC. The 14 hour clock is precious on the WM gig, preserve every minute, you might need it later.

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.
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