First Day Solo!!

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Rob's Comment
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Last Monday my supervisor had come to sign off on me passing my mandatory 12 weeks of training, as corporate was now requiring longer duration of training for drivers who just obtained CDL , due to the difficulty of local foodservice. He had told me that everything looked great which made me feel awesome! Training was definitely a real pain, as I went out with 4 different drivers. Despite passing my training I still had another driver with me because he's on light duty and has weight restrictions. Today is my first day out on my own and I feel pretty damn proud of myself. One of our drivers wasn't able to make it in today, so they sent me out to "UnholyChaos"'s neck of the woods, Ottumwa Iowa. It was only 9 stops, 9k in the box but at least I stayed on schedule. Also don't feel as stressed being alone, and didn't grind gears!

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Tom W.'s Comment
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It is definitely a good feeling. Knowing that you just drove and successfully unloaded your first trailer full of everything all by yourself.

Wish I could still get that feeling.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Unholychaos's Comment
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so they sent me out to "UnholyChaos"'s neck of the woods, Ottumwa Iowa.

Awesome! Where at in Ottumwa did you deliver? I don't drive my truck through most of the town unless bobtailing home so I'm kinda curious.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Rob's Comment
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Riverside family restaurant, 3 Mexican restaurants, and the BBQ joint in the mall. I've only ran that route 1 other time, usually I'm kept in des Moines.

Unholychaos's Comment
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Riverside family restaurant, 3 Mexican restaurants, and the BBQ joint in the mall. I've only ran that route 1 other time, usually I'm kept in des Moines.

Riverside is where i park at when I'm on hometime, I know that place can be hell as it's a very popular restaurant and one of the very limited truck parking locations in town.

Bubba Q's is a great bbq joint if you got time. Unsure if that lot is legal to park in long term though.

Unsure which Mexican restaurants you mean. We have a few decent ones, but we tend to frequent potros garcia and el rancho the most.

I assume you have to hand unload everything? How would that work at riverside? It's congested there enough as it is!

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.

Rob's Comment
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Unfortunately everything is hand unload and wheel it in. riverside take the fuel lane(diesel) closest to building and go through their side door. We deliver to tequila (think that's what it was called, kinda rough looking white building on the outside in downtown area) potros and el rancho. Unfortunately bubba Q's isn't open by the time I left. When I was still in training we had made it to Fairfield by 11 but they put those stops on a different truck now. I had 1 stop in Altoona (des Moines), 1 in Oskaloosa, 5 in Ottumwa, 1 in Albia, then back to Oskaloosa for final stop. I really hope I can get that route for good. Real beautiful scenery, pretty laid back route. Perfect way to start a Monday. If I'm able to get on it maybe we'll run into each other.

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Riverside family restaurant, 3 Mexican restaurants, and the BBQ joint in the mall. I've only ran that route 1 other time, usually I'm kept in des Moines.

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Riverside is where i park at when I'm on hometime, I know that place can be hell as it's a very popular restaurant and one of the very limited truck parking locations in town.

Bubba Q's is a great bbq joint if you got time. Unsure if that lot is legal to park in long term though.

Unsure which Mexican restaurants you mean. We have a few decent ones, but we tend to frequent potros garcia and el rancho the most.

I assume you have to hand unload everything? How would that work at riverside? It's congested there enough as it is!

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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