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Eric G.'s Comment
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I feel good about trip planning. I have had my mistakes. Sure I have taken loads knowing the window was tight, not shut down at the right times to get to places on time, arrived late because I thought the delivery time was an hour later. ( good thing I like to be st least an hour early so I wasn't too late) I have made lots of mistakes in a short 8 week period. But I have been learning from them, at least I think I have. I have repeated any of them.

I was not aware freight was light, that very well could be the reason. I know I'm looking forward to the colder months. I know some drivers take off so I'm hoping everything picks up. If not I will have the discussion.

Eric

Prime pays breakdown pay and for a hotel. You need to talk to your FM and get paid. Freight has been slow and many drivers are complaining of lower than normal.miles but that is trucking. It's picking back up now and soon you will be running so hard you have to ask for time to shower and eat lol.

I joked about this with my greedy FM after Penny and I decided to stay teaming together. I know he will run us really hard to tge point of insaniry. He replied "fine..I'll give u shower time when the customers call about your smell" lol IT WAS A JOkE.. Love that man

Eric have you asked for more miles? How do you feel about trip planning and time managent?

I thought I screwed up on a CA load but we got there an hour before the appt. That was TOO close for comfort for me lol I have to be there hours and hours ahead of time not to worry

Fm:

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Phox's Comment
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Depends on division.. dry van freight slows down a lot in the winter season, reefer does as well but not by a huge amount, more so the freight type changes as well as shipping lanes. I was dry van with Knight from Feb 2016 to jan this year and def noticed dry van freight (with them at least) def slowed down a lot. Now I'm with Pride which is like 95% reefer (sometimes we'll do a dry load but it's really rare and usually things like pallets or something) and freight was plentful in the winter months, slowed down a bit in April and early may, then picked up. took a week off for home time in early july and still managed over 10,400 miles. nice thing about reefer, a lot of our loads are food based and food is always needed thus that division always has freight. dry van can be dry food, paper brooms even! (yeah I shipped a load of brooms once from el paso to stockton, ca, super light and epic miles and it was drop n hook). those things except the food are not always needed so dry van freight can and does dry up at times. I don't know anything about flatbed, that's the next division I am looking into exploring, either that or LTL (doubles / triples).

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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