When This Job Feels Like Work To Me.

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Big Scott's Comment
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I have a cold. :( Whine

Being sick on the road sucks. It makes everything harder. Yesterday I waited over eight hours at a shipper just to get a door. I was in Dallas TX and the load is due in Alabama by 16:00 today. I'll make it no problem. To do that I had to drive out what was left of my clock yesterday. But we do what we have to to get the load their safely and on time. Some days out here will be harder than others. We have to be able to motivate ourselves to get the job done. Nobody will hold your hand out here. Your success or failure relies entirely on you. While waiting yesterday, I was in contact with dispatch several times to let them know I might be late on the load. As it was, I got out of there just in time. I should make my delivery between 14:00 and 15:00 today. While, I don't feel well, all my potential stress was alleviated by the great people in our dispatch team. Always let dispatch know the second you think you may be late or have a problem on the road.

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.

Old School's Comment
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I completely agree with you Big Scott. I don't like being sick on the road. I'm very seldom not feeling well, but I remember a time about four years ago while in Connecticut I began having flu-like symptoms - I felt terrible. I finished my load, but let my dispatcher know ahead of time to not pre-plan me for anything. I just needed a few days off. I got a hotel room for a couple of days and just did nothing but lay in the bed and soak in the tub.

I just needed to rest and let it work itself out. Having a good relationship with your dispatch team, and a good track record of getting things done can really pay off during those times that you just need to take a little break for your own good.

Dispatcher:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Big Scott's Comment
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Yes. If I need time all I have to do is ask. Sometimes he knows when I busted my but to get a job done on time and arranges an extra long break on the next load. I have zero complaints about our dispatchers. Regular, night and weekend. CFI is doing a great job. Many of our dispatch team are former drivers. That really helps.

Dispatcher:

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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