Local Food Service As A Rookie

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I’d be more embarrassed to damage something. Anyone laughing at you for GOALing 20ish times is more than welcome to show you how it’s done. Haha.

Regarding the filling in, it sucks but imagine how cruddy that sick driver is feeling. He’s not only sick but probably feels bad someone has to cover his route. And those customers that expect you to do the little extras he normally does should understand you’re not him. Just like you have to adapt to his route and customers, they need to adapt to you. Just do your thing.

I definitely would be much more embarrassed hitting something. Despite how irritated I was with myself, I had to turn that frustration into motivation to get it out. This experience is definitely just another step of the steep learning curve that's always talked about here that new drivers face.


Hours Of Service

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What a **** show of a day! This morning when I left my house at 330am it was 44 degrees and raining all night. At 5am it was 26 degrees and everything was a skating rink! Freezing rain was falling, and i seen numerous cars spin out due to driving too fast for conditions. I was probably the most frustrated today with everything than I've been since I started delivering mid august. It seemed like a nonstop battle having to increase my following distance because even though everything was ice 4 wheelers decided to keep cutting me off!! On top of that, several customers closed for the day, or weren't open for lunch. Either the customer didn't inform the salesman or they neglected to tell me, either way I was very upset. I was scheduled to be done about 130, putting in roughly a 9 hour day. That ended up being about a 12 hour day because of having to wait around. I know complaining about sitting for 2 hours is pity, especially considering how long OTR drivers usually sit at a customer. But I still hate it. Alright! Now that I got that off my chest, today was a rather easy day unloading wise. 500 cases, 13k pounds 150 miles. I had to deliver to that business I referenced in a previous post that I had to back into from the street requiring a 90 on a narrow road. I was unable to back it in there today because my truck was just sliding and making trailer go places I didn't want it to. I attempted it twice and decided to deliver from the street. I'd much rather have it in there because then it's only a few feet from the door, however I'd rather deal with walking an extra 100 feet per load (had 70 cases, made 8 trips with dolly) than end up sliding into the building or their company vehicles.

The other stop worth mentioning I had to pull my ramp out all the way and create a bridge. (See picture)

0093822001515709446.jpg I usually deal with going up the steps to the left side of picture but I wasn't going to even try with how icy they were. The ramp is probably 100 pounds but with it being so long it's hard to lift. I had to pull it completely out, then lift the front from the ground up to the spot that it locks into on trailer floor. The bar underneath ramp is hydraulic that helps lift it up a little easier when using it as intended, but when i do it the way I did it just gets in the way. The reason we can't just use the liftgate that my ramp goes over is because (THIS IS MY PERSONAL OPINION) that the owner of this place is too cheap to fix it. It's been broken since before I went there before I went to school in mid July. He probably hasn't fixed it because it doesn't benefit him any.

Got done with work about 430pm, got a 330am start time tomorrow. Yippee! Bright side is already have 7 hours of OT, plus likely 12 hours tomorrow of OT.


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.


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.


Operating While Intoxicated

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Today I experienced another "first". I was scheduled to do the Omaha run with a 330am start time. Biggest problem is that I've been told clock in at time you're scheduled, regardless if my trailer is there. If I was in town all day that wouldn't be a problem. I was scheduled to leave my last stop in Lincoln NE at my 12 hour mark, and with a 3 to 3.5 hour drive back ahead of me I knew it was going to be very close. I left the yard an hour late because the shuttle guy had to drive slower due to icy roads, and then it took me an extra 45 minutes or so to get out to Omaha due to similar conditions. I'd seen 3 trucks in the median jack knifed, only thing that stopped them from crossing into oncoming traffic was the steep cables in the median. Some jack ass got on the CB running his mouth cuz I wasn't going fast enough for him, oh well, that's his problem not mine. I hustled all day and ended up making up time. I contacted one of my supervisors later in the day to see what the plan was. Our options were for me to stay the night out in the Omaha area, or to use my 16 hour exception and get as close as possible before I ran out of time and have the shuttle guys "rescue" me. They would get in a truck and come meet me and one would jump in my truck and help me get back to the yard. I don't like getting too in detail with the 16 hour rule because for many new drivers it gets confusing, and you likely aren't eligible for it. Simplified, to be eligible you MUST have started and ended your day from same location for the previous 7 days, and you MUST report to starting point the day you use it. When I talked to my boss he really wanted me to get back to the yard tonight to avoid having to rent a truck for tomorrow, as well as having an extra trailer in our yard. When I was at my 2nd to last stop in Lincoln he called me to tell me just get a room. He didn't want the shuttle drivers to get started late and end up causing our customers to be unhappy.

After I finished my last stop in downtown Lincoln I had roughly 1:20 left on my 14. I had called a hotel I seen on my way out to inquire about a room and they told me no truck parking. I recalled seeing a ton of trucks parked in Council Bluffs Iowa just off the interstate so I decided to head that way. I remember there being 2 casino's in that area and nearly every casino seems to have truck parking. I found a place to park and got myself a hotel (will be reimbursed, and given $50 meal per diem for staying overnight). I had about 15 minutes left on my 14 by the time i got parked. Biggest problem I had was trying to figure out where I could sleep for the night, as I haven't been faced with this situation before, and I drive a daycab so its not like i can just crawl into the sleeper. I think IF everything went right I could've made it 10 miles from the yard. Shuttle guys left at 5pm and I would've gotten back around 8pm. Since there wouldn't be anybody to pick me up I'd be in violation so I 'm glad I stopped when I did. Besides the road conditions slowing me down I had to deliver the first order to a chain account that just opened a new store. 132 cases for them and I had to back in between a bunch of parked cars in a busy strip mall. I had to block cars in in order to deliver most efficiently and unfortunately I had to move the truck 2 times to allow vehicles out that were blocked. Also, the address said it was xx street North, when the real address was the same, except "South". That took 20 minutes sorting that out which also contributed to me not making it home. Overall, I was loaded 666 cases (yes, it was a load from hell), 17k pounds, 14.5 hours (so far, I'll Put in about 4 tomorrow but get paid for 6), and probably close to 430 miles. On the bright side once I get back tomorrow I'm off the rest of the day as I typically am off Tuesdays.


Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Per Diem:

Getting paid per diem means getting a portion of your salary paid to you without taxes taken out. It's technically classified as a meal and expense reimbursement.

Truck drivers and others who travel for a living get large tax deductions for meal expenses. The Government set up per diem pay as a way to reimburse some of the taxes you pay with each paycheck instead of making you wait until tax filing season.

Getting per diem pay means a driver will get a larger paycheck each week but a smaller tax return at tax time.

We have a ton of information on our wiki page on per diem pay


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