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Trucktographer's Comment
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The part was ordered this morning and being overnighted from ATL. So hopefully I'll be out of here tomorrow. Then my goal is to find a working Transflo machine and submit all these scan sheets. After that, roll hard till Thanksgiving.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Ricky A.'s Comment
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The part was ordered this morning and being overnighted from ATL. So hopefully I'll be out of here tomorrow. Then my goal is to find a working Transflo machine and submit all these scan sheets. After that, roll hard till Thanksgiving.

I did some research and found an app that some companies are using called "drive axle" its a document scanner that you use with your phone. Seems like a good tool. Would make life much easier.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Trucktographer's Comment
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There is a Transflo app, but sadly Swift doesnt support it. So im currently stuck scanning the old fashioned way.

Todays adventure:

I wake up and pick up my truck from the shop. My DM gets me three trips (2 short and one long) to help me fill out my weekend. I head to my first pick-up, it is a rail yard, and they dont accept empties do i ask my DM to route me sonewhere i can drop it. So she sends me to a nearby Dollar Tree DC (a Swift dedicated customer). I head over, get in line, and finally get to the guard shack. They wont accept it. Now I'm waiting to hear from my DM about what to do with this sucker.

Dm:

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.
Matt S.'s Comment
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There is a Transflo app, but sadly Swift doesnt support it. So im currently stuck scanning the old fashioned way.

Todays adventure:

I wake up and pick up my truck from the shop. My DM gets me three trips (2 short and one long) to help me fill out my weekend. I head to my first pick-up, it is a rail yard, and they dont accept empties do i ask my DM to route me sonewhere i can drop it. So she sends me to a nearby Dollar Tree DC (a Swift dedicated customer). I head over, get in line, and finally get to the guard shack. They wont accept it. Now I'm waiting to hear from my DM about what to do with this sucker.

Dang, man! I have to admire your attitude of just rolling with the punches. If you can keep this cool, you've got this made. LOL!

Dm:

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.
Trucktographer's Comment
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After a stint in our beloved Corps you learn there are times it is appropriate to complain, and others when it is not.

The stuff happening isn't my DM's fault. It isn't Swifts fault. It is just life deciding to test me.

My DM has done all she can to keep me under load, even with these side-adventures I've been having.

Do I wish I could have had a smoother transition into solo driving? Sure, but I'm learning things now that will help me out in the future. May as well take those lessons with a positve attitude, or at least as positive as possible.

Dm:

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.
Matt S.'s Comment
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I'm glad you're sharing your experiences because we can all learn a lot from you. I think you will probably go quite far!

Trucktographer's Comment
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And now the true test of this repair. Will it start for a third day in a row, the last two repairs it has not. If it turns out this was the fix it needed I am so sending that shop a gift basket.

I highly recommend CIT Trucking in IL. Those guys were awesome to work with during this last repair.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
David L.'s Comment
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Dad here with a quick update: The truck is running great. After finally getting out of the shop in IL Sean has been down to MS, over to New Braunfels, TX, for a drop off and then a short hop to Schertz, TX, for a pickup for Ft Worth. Next was Paris, TX, to pick up a 44000 pound load from Campbell's. Turned out to be a load of Pace Picante headed for Goddard, KS. Yesterday he picked up in Newton, KS, heading for Albuquerque, NM, for his "winter training". Right now he's taking a break in the OK panhandle getting his drive/sleep pattern re-adjusted after a lot of night driving! His DM has kept him busy since the truck issues got resolved! Swift is treating him right so far.

Dm:

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.
Ricky A.'s Comment
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Dad here with a quick update: The truck is running great. After finally getting out of the shop in IL Sean has been down to MS, over to New Braunfels, TX, for a drop off and then a short hop to Schertz, TX, for a pickup for Ft Worth. Next was Paris, TX, to pick up a 44000 pound load from Campbell's. Turned out to be a load of Pace Picante headed for Goddard, KS. Yesterday he picked up in Newton, KS, heading for Albuquerque, NM, for his "winter training". Right now he's taking a break in the OK panhandle getting his drive/sleep pattern re-adjusted after a lot of night driving! His DM has kept him busy since the truck issues got resolved! Swift is treating him right so far.

Thats great to hear. Been keeping up with this because i am going out with trainer in the morn. So glad he has a good running truck now. Time to put down some miles. What is the winter training all about?

Dm:

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.
David L.'s Comment
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Dad here with a quick update: The truck is running great. After finally getting out of the shop in IL Sean has been down to MS, over to New Braunfels, TX, for a drop off and then a short hop to Schertz, TX, for a pickup for Ft Worth. Next was Paris, TX, to pick up a 44000 pound load from Campbell's. Turned out to be a load of Pace Picante headed for Goddard, KS. Yesterday he picked up in Newton, KS, heading for Albuquerque, NM, for his "winter training". Right now he's taking a break in the OK panhandle getting his drive/sleep pattern re-adjusted after a lot of night driving! His DM has kept him busy since the truck issues got resolved! Swift is treating him right so far.

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Thats great to hear. Been keeping up with this because i am going out with trainer in the morn. So glad he has a good running truck now. Time to put down some miles. What is the winter training all about?

Sean has not elaborated, but I'm thinking CHAINS and safety procedures and policies! Little things like not using the Jake on icy roads, etc.

Dm:

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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