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Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Brakes just caught on fire and burned trailer.

2nd day,Mike. I notice they fill to capacity as well. It’s always 117,000+ ) 117,580 , 117, 680, 117,340) those are the numbers I see. I spoke to the manager he said it ok and stuff happens. That they would call me back. I don’t know how true or no that is. I’m kinda second guessing myself now. I’m not sure if it was a blown tire that got to the brakes, or maybe the weight and the heat today caused an issue. The inside rim looks like it was bent, like rolling on a flat maybe. My dad says maybe I didn’t push in the tractor trailer brake in all the way. Like I said I’m second guessing my self now. I definitely didn’t lose any air pressure em route. So I don’t know how this is gonna effect me. I really enjoy my license and like the job. It’s a sweet route. No benefits but they paying me 30$ an hour. I think that’s cool for the experience. I really do like the job hopefully I still have one. But yeah , I don’t know what happened, but would like to know and learn as much as I can from this. They say was going really well. Then the smoke came.

I'm gonna jump in and only your employer can answer that question. It could be a termination or not, depends on their policy. If it goes on your record it will probably be hard to overcome but I couldn't say how hard.

What really gets me though, your second day and your hauling 117,000+ pounds? Damn, I figured you'd have to have experience before jumping into heavy hauling.

Regardless of what happens, count yourself fortunate, you didn't have to use an escape ramp and you lived to tell about it.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Brakes just caught on fire and burned trailer.

I just wanted to add. This was a routine 100 mile to and from run. Leaving a quarry, which is pretty hilly and curvy. I’m pretty sure I wasn’t using the brakes that much. But then again, I’m inexperienced I guess so I dunno. I’m not 100% what caused the fire but it definitely was not going out on its own and the fire extinguisher was not doin any justice.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Brakes just caught on fire and burned trailer.

Long story short. I’m a new inexperienced driver. I’m pushing a Mack truck automatic hauling 117,000+. It’s my second day. Everything has been going fine. But on my way home jusy now the trailer brakes caught on fire. I tried to put it out to no avail. I called the fire department and they put they tore out. Currently waiting to swap wheels out and head home. I police incident / accident report was taken. No ticket. I had pulled over to the side of the road immediately when I noticed the smoke. It was the brakes for sure. I was coming down a mountain using the maximum engine brake. I don’t know what I could have done different. I’m inexperienced. My question is this obviously will be on my dac report. Is my license tainted already. I’ve only driven for about a week now. I’m not sure if I’ll be fired when I get home. But if so, will anyone else take me on? How is this going to effect me ?

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