I No Longer Want To Drive A Truck

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Respectfully, if you allow one detour to shut down your journey to success, you may find your rewards greatly delayed.

Remember; if you wait for all the lights to turn green, you’ll never get to the store.

If driving is not for you, better you decide that now than later.

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I think I've come to the point where I've decided trucking isn't for me. Or at least not otr. I understand what you all are saying . And it's true that in any career there are going to be times where you have to sacrifice a little to make a lot. As much as I would like to pursue an otr trucking career, I just can't seem to make it work out . Seems every time I've tried to pursue it, some roadblock has been in my way. And besides all that, lately I've been having issues driving at night. So it's probably best that I give up my small ambitions anyway. But I am glad that I took the time to study the industry since it helps me to relate to the drivers I interact with as a guard since I now have some limited knowledge about the things they deal with. I realize that in any job, not everything is going to be all "green lights" , but there always seemed to be too mainy "red lights" when I considered trucking. I will continue to keep reading tt and enjoying the content though. Thanks for everything! :)

I’m grateful there are security people like you! Your negative experiences, on a driving job, may just make you a terrific security manager or dispatcher or planner.

Good luck to you in ALL you do! 👍

OTR:

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.

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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Where I am at ltl shippers get serviced in minutes.

That right there is the crux of the problem. This is a common practice, especially at foodservice distributors, and has resulted in countless lost hours (not to mention lost preplanned loads) for me. Local and/or LTL trucks getting first priority has left me waiting 6 or more hours just to be assigned a door before. Warehouse receivers (you know, the guy who comes over and signs off your bills) giving local and/or LTL deliveries first priority has had me waiting in a door upwards of 4 hours to have my load received. One particular place left me sitting in the door for 6 1/2 hours for 3 pallets, all the same product, and as a result I was late to my next delivery for that load, which ended up having to be rescheduled, and they charged us a $250 rescheduling fee for the privilege.

Now, call me crazy if you like, but when I arrive on time or a little early for an appointment, I expect that you're going to have a door available for me. And once the product has been unloaded and downstacked as necessary, I expect that you're going to come verify the count and sign my bills expeditiously. Not when you get around to it, not after taking care of the local guys who just happen to keep popping in while my product sits on your dock thawing.

This practice of putting OTR trucks at the bottom of the list is absolutely ludicrous, and needs to be stopped.

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.

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

OTR:

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.

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