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Aaron M.'s Comment
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Well I had gotten my first inspection done. A level 2 on March 14 out in Quincy, Michigan.

It was a cold morning (12 degrees) around 6am. Still dark of course. First problem I had was a stuck trailer brake but it eventually loosened up itself.

I was already a day late picking up a load from the shipper so I was in a bit of a hurry.

I was 2 blocks from the shipper when I spotted a state trooper sitting at an intersection. He saw me, backed up into a service station (I thought he was giving me a bunch of room so I can turn lol) and sat there.

I made my turn and sure enough he got me.

The road I was on was small so there was no shoulder but I pulled as far over as I could.

He got out the car and asked to open my door. I did and he stepped up and said he pulled me over because I had a burnt out headlight.

I did not do a pre trip that morning but I did do a post trip the night before and the light was working. I'm guessing the cold knocked the light completely out. Whatever the case is ALWAYS DO A PRE AND POST TRIP!

Anyways the cop was cool and I was polite with him and kept a postive attitude (VERY IMPORTANT). He did the level 2 (no citation) and nothing else was wrong with my truck.

After he let me go ( He had me for about 30minutes )I grabbed the load and went to the nearest petro (they had a freightliner dealer there) and I grabbed 2 new bulbs and replaced both of them myself.

Oh and even after being a day late picking up the load, getting a stuck trailer brake and getting pulled over, i still made my appointment with the reciever with 2 hours to spare.

Happy trucking!

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

G-Town's Comment
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Aaron if you haven't already, make sure you let your DM know you passed a level 2. It will have a positive affect on your safety score.

Stay safe.

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.
Rainy D.'s Comment
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At least nothing was found but the light! Good example ito always pretrip.

At prime we get paid for passing the inspections and are told to scan the paperwork in with the loads. So who knows you could get a bonus ;)

Aaron M.'s Comment
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Aaron if you haven't already, make sure you let your DM know you passed a level 2. It will have a positive affect on your safety score.

Stay safe.

I did. I even scanned in the report they gave me too.

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.
Aaron M.'s Comment
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At least nothing was found but the light! Good example ito always pretrip.

At prime we get paid for passing the inspections and are told to scan the paperwork in with the loads. So who knows you could get a bonus ;)

That would be nice to get a bonus but I'm not sure swift does that.

Cornelius A.'s Comment
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I will always preach pre trip and post trip, all of those things are super important they keep track record of every inspection. For example so far for the last 24 months prime has had 11,003 inspections ... 7,750 without violations and 3,253 with violations, and each and every one of those are listed, license plate number, vin number, and violations that were found. Pre trip and post trip always babyyyyyy ....... great job Aaron, you will put a smile on a lot of peoples face

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Daniel B.'s Comment
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Well I had gotten my first inspection done. A level 2 on March 14 out in Quincy, Michigan.

It was a cold morning (12 degrees) around 6am. Still dark of course. First problem I had was a stuck trailer brake but it eventually loosened up itself.

I was already a day late picking up a load from the shipper so I was in a bit of a hurry.

I was 2 blocks from the shipper when I spotted a state trooper sitting at an intersection. He saw me, backed up into a service station (I thought he was giving me a bunch of room so I can turn lol) and sat there.

I made my turn and sure enough he got me.

The road I was on was small so there was no shoulder but I pulled as far over as I could.

He got out the car and asked to open my door. I did and he stepped up and said he pulled me over because I had a burnt out headlight.

I did not do a pre trip that morning but I did do a post trip the night before and the light was working. I'm guessing the cold knocked the light completely out. Whatever the case is ALWAYS DO A PRE AND POST TRIP!

Anyways the cop was cool and I was polite with him and kept a postive attitude (VERY IMPORTANT). He did the level 2 (no citation) and nothing else was wrong with my truck.

After he let me go ( He had me for about 30minutes )I grabbed the load and went to the nearest petro (they had a freightliner dealer there) and I grabbed 2 new bulbs and replaced both of them myself.

Oh and even after being a day late picking up the load, getting a stuck trailer brake and getting pulled over, i still made my appointment with the reciever with 2 hours to spare.

Happy trucking!

About the stuck brake on trailer. Something most people don't know is when its really cold outside do not set your trailer brakes (leave red knob pushed in) but make sure you always set your tractor brakes (yellow knob pushed out). When its really cold and you set your trailer brakes overnight you will have stuck brakes.

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Well I had gotten my first inspection done. A level 2 on March 14 out in Quincy, Michigan.

It was a cold morning (12 degrees) around 6am. Still dark of course. First problem I had was a stuck trailer brake but it eventually loosened up itself.

I was already a day late picking up a load from the shipper so I was in a bit of a hurry.

I was 2 blocks from the shipper when I spotted a state trooper sitting at an intersection. He saw me, backed up into a service station (I thought he was giving me a bunch of room so I can turn lol) and sat there.

I made my turn and sure enough he got me.

The road I was on was small so there was no shoulder but I pulled as far over as I could.

He got out the car and asked to open my door. I did and he stepped up and said he pulled me over because I had a burnt out headlight.

I did not do a pre trip that morning but I did do a post trip the night before and the light was working. I'm guessing the cold knocked the light completely out. Whatever the case is ALWAYS DO A PRE AND POST TRIP!

Anyways the cop was cool and I was polite with him and kept a postive attitude (VERY IMPORTANT). He did the level 2 (no citation) and nothing else was wrong with my truck.

After he let me go ( He had me for about 30minutes )I grabbed the load and went to the nearest petro (they had a freightliner dealer there) and I grabbed 2 new bulbs and replaced both of them myself.

Oh and even after being a day late picking up the load, getting a stuck trailer brake and getting pulled over, i still made my appointment with the reciever with 2 hours to spare.

Happy trucking!

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About the stuck brake on trailer. Something most people don't know is when its really cold outside do not set your trailer brakes (leave red knob pushed in) but make sure you always set your tractor brakes (yellow knob pushed out). When its really cold and you set your trailer brakes overnight you will have stuck brakes.

To add to that, when you do get a stuck brake beat on the drum with a hammer.

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Chris L.'s Comment
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Congrats on noticing you had stuck brakes. At least you didn't have to call dispatch and tell them you need 2 new tires cause you dragged them down the road.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Or worse..didn't knownyoi dragged the tires down the road and pulled into a terminal where they said "wth???"

Lol

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.

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