My First Week As A Swiftie

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Big T's Comment
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I'm posted up here in Idaho waiting to pick up a load in the morning as my first week solo comes to an end. To say it has been an interesting week would be putting it lightly.

As I was getting ready to upgrade I put in a home time request, and once upgraded I confirmed it with my Driver Manger. That got screwed up so I will be going home next weekend instead. My poor DM has apologized every time we have spoken evem though I keep reassuring her it is ok. I have a killer DM and she takes family time serious. However, as I reminded her, you can't make freight go some place just because I want it to lol.

My first load went smooth. The rest not so much. My second load is the one where we realized I wasn't getting home. The next load I picked up had a low tire on the trailer. Thankfully another driver had an air line they let me use so I didn't have to call breakdown to fix a super single. Then on that same load I developed a coolant leak. I lost about 1.5 gallons from the time I did my post trip and I woke up when the truck shut off. I was able to get it to the terminal and thankfully got it fixed the next morning. Then my last load ended up doubling its miles because I had to run 70 milese for an empty and do 120 round trip to an open trailer washout place.

Welcome back to trucking lol. I still averaged 500 miles a day so I am not complaining.

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.

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.
ACO476's Comment
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Who is your DM? Best of luck with reefer. I only got home on time once. I was out 4 to 5 weeks and was always getting home 4 or more days late, even with constant communication with my DM and reminders about home time. And expect those trailer issues to be a constant part of your life. They don't get taken care of very well unfortunately.

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
BQ 's Comment
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Not that it matters in anyway but I find it quite odd that you list self as "experienced driver," but are just finishing first week solo....

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Not that it matters in anyway but I find it quite odd that you list self as "experienced driver," but are just finishing first week solo....

The end of his post says "back to trucking." It's safe to assume the driver has driven before.

Big T's Comment
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Heidi out of Jurupa Valley is my DM.

Who is your DM? Best of luck with reefer. I only got home on time once. I was out 4 to 5 weeks and was always getting home 4 or more days late, even with constant communication with my DM and reminders about home time. And expect those trailer issues to be a constant part of your life. They don't get taken care of very well unfortunately.

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Big T's Comment
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I had it listed as "in training", but someone thought I should switch to experienced so I did.

I have four years prior experience before becoming a single father with a six yr old changed my plans a little.

Not that it matters in anyway but I find it quite odd that you list self as "experienced driver," but are just finishing first week solo....

ACO476's Comment
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Oh yeah, Heidi is super nice. She'll answer the phone singing sometimes. My terminal was JV as well. Good bunch of folks working there.

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.

Roadpilot's Comment
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Quick question, does it matter which home terminal you get to go reefer? That was my plan but I don't see many working reefers here in Columbus

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

ACO476's Comment
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Quick question, does it matter which home terminal you get to go reefer? That was my plan but I don't see many working reefers here in Columbus

No, it doesn't matter. My home terminal was Lancaster, TX but I was dispatched out of Jurupa Valley, CA. You'll either be dispatched out of Jurupa Valley, CA or West Valley City, Utah and your home terminal can be anywhere you want it to be.

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Big T's Comment
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AC is correct. According to my DM there are only four "reefer" terminals with West Valley being the "headquarters" for the division, but they have drivers from all over. My mentor lives near the Lancaster terminal but was dispatched out of Jurupa.

I would think Ohio wouldn't be a problem since Hershey is in PA.

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Quick question, does it matter which home terminal you get to go reefer? That was my plan but I don't see many working reefers here in Columbus

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No, it doesn't matter. My home terminal was Lancaster, TX but I was dispatched out of Jurupa Valley, CA. You'll either be dispatched out of Jurupa Valley, CA or West Valley City, Utah and your home terminal can be anywhere you want it to be.

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.

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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