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Posted:  9 years, 4 months ago

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Security Guard VS HoS

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If at shipper/receiver and run over 14 and can't stay, we are told to call safety to get a tow out.

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What?????? Wow, that's an unbelievably expensive solution! I can't imagine a company paying to have the truck towed for that reason. Wow.

I totally agree. I was in dfw newly solo. Ran out of hrs and couldn't sit at shipper for 10 so I left to find safe haven. Big mistake. Resulting conference call involved logs,safety, and dm. I've talked to 1 other driver that has invoked the tow thing and received no backlash for doing it, but u gotta figure there goes any profit for the next 3 loads. Best to be a company driver in that scenario!

Posted:  9 years, 4 months ago

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Security Guard VS HoS

We have 'personal drive time''. Can't be under a load or even assigned a load to use it. If you have the right dm, and you're empty, you can have them temporarily remove a load assignment so u can use personal drive time.

If at shipper/receiver and run over 14 and can't stay, we are told to call safety to get a tow out.

If under 45 mph and less than 3 miles, can run on line 1 without triggering qc to line 3. Very helpful when u have to get through gate at the customer, get the bills, and hook up all without starting your 14. Of course I nor any other drivers have behaved thataway.

Posted:  9 years, 4 months ago

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Ok to run with no brake lights or turn signal on trailer.

My first thought is how a pretrip might have been beneficial in this case, would have circumvented the whole nightmare.

Posted:  9 years, 4 months ago

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Miami heat (literally) and first flatbed load

Agree totally. I work for one of the huge ones that so many people deride on other sites. I didn't mention that yesterday after I shutdown for my restart and got student checked into hotel, my fm called me and Asked me where I would Like to run when I Cole back after restart. My response- wherever u need me to run, no preference, and thx for asking. I'm no perfect driver, and haven't been at it too long, but my experience is exactly what u describe- if you work your butt off, every day, and have no expectations especially early on of being treated like a prince, things work out just fine as far as dispatch is concerned. The reality is that anything can happen on any given day that will throw off any plans I may have had. Like ac quitting. Was down nearly 5 days originally for that. When it started blowing hot again after 1 month I called the same dealership and xplained the situation, put in a breakdown on the qc and dealer took care of it within 4 hours this time.its about solving problems. I've met other drivers on the same account that refuse to even change a marker light and get reimbursed later: they put in a breakdown qc and wait. They are the same ones complaining about.no miles. We have a couple of trailer repair guys at the dc. Igrabbed one with bad brakes the other day, made a couple of inquiries and was adjusted and rolling within the hour. I was griping to the trailer guy about how I've been hooking up to some real losers lately and how other drivers pass off problems to the next guy. His response was that dispatch knows who watches out for the equipment, and those drivers ultimately make more money despite the downtime they might incur from babysitting problem trailers. Don't know if that is generalizable across trucking in general though.

Posted:  9 years, 4 months ago

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Miami heat (literally) and first flatbed load

We've been trucking along basically enjoying life on this dedicated account, running every load given and never complaining to dispatch when the occasional shag or difficult run comes along. In return have been getting excellent mil which is really the only way to assess my competency. I had the.most bizarre and humbling backing experience thus far in deerfield beach,, which I won't belabor here. After that, dispatch innocently says they need me to cover a flatbed load from another dc bound for Miami. A few xtra coins were given for tarp and shag pay. I've never dealt with tarps,straps, spread axle trailers,etc. Did I mentioned that the newly replaced ac was blowing hot air? The short version is that I made it happen, on time, and didn't hit nuttin. Lost a few pounds as well. What a bargain!

Posted:  9 years, 4 months ago

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Dreams (or nightmares) about double clutching

A couple of things hosed up my shifting in the beginning. First was that I pushed the clutch in too far. Now I just barely nudge it. Less distance also means less time involved. Also used to rev way high and 'catch it while it was falling' I.e. I'd get it in gear as the rpms fell. Now I just rev it to the proper shift point. Which saves time also. And it all feels different depending on the weight in the box.

Posted:  9 years, 4 months ago

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Student accident

Rolling down 75 yesterday, I was in the sleeper, student driving. Awoke from a pleasant slumber by student in crisis. Felt a slight thump, student started freaking out. Jumped up front, looked in right mirror and see a small car buried under the dot bumper. Student was in center lane, at a complete stop due to a wreck about 1/2 mile ahead. Kid in camry apparently texting, last second slammed on his brakes and lost control and wound up under our trailer. His car was totalled but he walked away. Lucky day for him. No citation for student. Spent several hours dealing with bureaucratic necessities, bumper being replaced as I type. Could have been a much worse outcome. Lots of crashes on 75 and 95 yesterday. Throw a little rain in the mix and the world goes crazy!

Posted:  9 years, 5 months ago

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Qualcomm and Critical Events

Once. In dfw I ran an hour over my 14 to leave a shipper that didn't have overnite parking. The resulting conference call with safety,logs, and dispatch curtailed that behavior real quick like. Since then I've developed a mystical relationship with my qc. I frequently sacrifice hotdogs from TA to it, and it seems content to receive food offerings weekly. Sometimes ill burn some incense and dress it up like Cindy lauper. That's mostly during the lonely months of winter. I've been reading books on applied magic in an effort to get it to run my 70 backwards. I'll publish the details once results are achieved.

Posted:  9 years, 5 months ago

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What do you do when you see a Road Closed sign?

4. Set the brakes, get a flashlight if its dark and hoof it 500 feet to scope it out?

Posted:  9 years, 5 months ago

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Started as a trainer on dedicated account. A trainer's perspective.

Student off truck as of this AM. Sat down with him last night and went over all points on the eval. It got very strange over the last 2 days. I heard stories of.how his previous trainer was possessed by a flock of devils that tried to exorcise themselves at night. My personal interpretation would have been sleep apnea, but hey, demons might work just as well. Waiting for next student. Cheers!

Posted:  9 years, 5 months ago

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Started as a trainer on dedicated account. A trainer's perspective.

Maybe he will be a good driver or maybe not but not having the ability to do basic math will be a very big problem in all kinds of ways. Appointment times....log books....figuring up hours....trip planning..... And another other kind of problem that requires basic math skills. He maybe the best driver in the world but if he can't do basic math he will miss a lot of appointments and he will be out of a job in less than a month.

Do you best to train him and teach him all you can but if he can't do basic trip planning or figure out how to do the basic math needed to do this job then don't ya be passing him as you will be setting him up to fail.

Exactly right. Case in point- next load will be ready for pu @2300 tonight. First stop tomorrow between 1500 and 1515. Final stop window from 0500-1900. I gave him trip info, gps,calculator, and atlas and asked him to tell me when to pickup so that we can make both stops and get back within 100 miles of the dc before the end of his 14. Total round trip is about 680 m. His best guess after 20 minutes of thinking had him picking up at 0600 for a 300 m run to first stop at 1500. Several times I've explained my method for trip planning, and asked him to explain how he arrived at 0600 and he just says its a guess. The driving aspect of course is critical, but it will be instant failure once he goes solo bc there won't be anyone else planning his day. I'm just taking the aapproach of teaching what I can and doing an honest eval at the end.

Posted:  9 years, 5 months ago

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Started as a trainer on dedicated account. A trainer's perspective.

Company asked. I said yes. I know its risky, but really, no one gets outta here alive anyway, so I'm giving it a shot. I used to teach adult computer app continuing ed classes at a community college, so I'm fairly tolerant, patient, etc. So.....

First student just out of cdl school. Grinding gears, can't back. Fully expected that. Was only on the truck for 5 days had to go home for guard duty. Nice kid, took to the Qualcomm like a fish and no prob understanding HOS. Problem maintaining lane .

Second student can drive just fine, backing a little rough. Problem is that he's numerically illiterate. Can't understand how to calculate driving hours based on miles and mph. I want to help this guy learn but I only have him for 25 more driving hours and he absolutely has no concept of trip planning. I'm pretty sure he has a learning disability.

I'm supposed to do an evaluation that includes HOS and trip planning and there's no way I can pass him, and it seems beyond my scope to teach basic math. I've tried simple examples like how far would you travel if you drove 5mph for 1 hr. Based on company expectations he should already be able to read QC trip info and plan his time around load times and know when to start his 14.

We are nowhere in the ballpark. I need suggestions on how to help this guy! I'm his second trainer. The first would never let him touch the QC. It took 15 mins for him to do a 'loaded' macro even with me coaching through every keystroke. Thanks for the input ya'll! Sorry for broken English. Using cell phone.

Posted:  9 years, 6 months ago

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Trucking Companies with APU

I swear, most days I don't even have the time and/or the energy to use my laptop. I've had mine with me my entire time and never once used it, I just use my IPhone. When you're busy you work all day and pass out, at least I do. I usually start driving 3-6am, I'd rather get a little more sleep to make sure I won't be drowsy while driving when it's dark.

Ditto. I had an apu in my cascadia. It died in denver in January. Every truckstop sells inverters that are more than adequate for laptops for 30 bucks that plug into 12v cigarette receptacle. Have a prostar now that has a bunk heater/cooler. Haven't needed it much since I'm running in the southeast exclusively. in cdl school I was really worried about apu vs. No apu, only to get rolling and discover that it was a tempest in a teacup.

Posted:  9 years, 6 months ago

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Update from dedicated account

Been awhile since I posted. I've been on a home depot dedicated account for a couple of months, and have been driving 8 months since getting my cdl and ran 48 states for about 6 months. There is a subtle shift of psychology that I've noticed over the past few weeks that makes me think trucking was the right choice for me. Maybe its 'muscle memory' from dropping and hooking so much, combined with starting to actually feel a flow while out on the road even in city traffic, combined with feeling at home while in the sleeper on break. Just feels correct. That said, there are frustrating aspects. Currently sitting at a store waiting for breakdown service. The trailer I hooked up to after a swap and drop has a very bad hub seal leak. Crud pooled deep on the rim, and spun all around the rim as well. Which means the previous driver ignored it. I get it. It sucks to babysit broken equipment bc I don't get paid for that. But really guys. I've had to do this twice in the past few weeks. I've been asked to be permanent on the account and be a trainer. 8 months of driving and I still have some days where I couldnt back into the grand canyon. But looking back its amazing what I've learned in those months. Miles are ok, not great. Some days I run over 600, sometimes in the low 3's. I know its not my performance on loads that is leading to that. Never had a service failure and am friendly with the dispatcher, who I actually see face to face daily when getting load paperwork. Just the nature of the biz I guess. So there it is.

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