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Posted:  19 hours, 13 minutes ago

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Free shower every day

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5 gallon bucket, lots of big trash bags, TP, Fabreeze, and about two lbs of cat litter

One pound of cat litter for each armpit? How do you arrange it so it doesn't fall out when you lift your arms up?

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It’s not for my armpits, but for traction.

I’ve never told anyone on here, but I’m a “MOTOR”.smile.gif

LOL! You could probably save a bit more money and use it for traction AFTER it's been used for other things ;)

Posted:  19 hours, 17 minutes ago

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How Many Times Do You ACTUALLY UNLOAD YOURSELF?

Interesting question that you don't see asked or posted about. Many companies advertise "No Touch Freight" - and with the exception of some dedicated accounts (Dollar General comes to mind, where drivers have to shove entire loads off) most folks bump a dock and get themselves unloaded.

How many folks here have had to drag pallets or hand unload a box - and how often does this end up happening in reality?

Rick

Talking to a Wise driver at a Food Lion DC one day. He was commenting on the fact that we had to sort and segregate the skids we were delivering (which sucks).

I asked him if Wise made him offload. He told me they gave him a choice. He could pay the lumpers and get reimbursed or he could offload the entire trailer himself for $9.

I said, "They'll pay you $9hr to offload that whole trailer?"

"Oh, no. They'll pay me $9 TOTAL to offload the entire trailer."

I asked him if he ever did it. The look he gave me was "What the hell do you think?"

Posted:  19 hours, 26 minutes ago

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Free shower every day

5 gallon bucket, lots of big trash bags, TP, Fabreeze, and about two lbs of cat litter

One pound of cat litter for each armpit? How do you arrange it so it doesn't fall out when you lift your arms up?

Posted:  2 days, 4 hours ago

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How is the freight??

Hey guys, I've been hearing that refrigerated freight is slow. Not sure if this is true. Just trying to get a feel on it and if it is slow when it may pick up. Heard from several Prime drivers that they have been waiting a while for loads, and the ones out there aren't paying that great

Try this:

Posted:  2 days, 4 hours ago

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How is the freight??

Hey guys, I've been hearing that refrigerated freight is slow. Not sure if this is true. Just trying to get a feel on it and if it is slow when it may pick up. Heard from several Prime drivers that they have been waiting a while for loads, and the ones out there aren't paying that great

https://www.freightwaves.com/news/freightwaves-now-reefer-stays-hot-and-rail-is-not

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Shhhh!!!! Be Quiet!

Nothing like being behind enemy lines!

I asked the guy if he was sure he was in the right place and he replied it was the right address.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Tough local backing for a newbie

Actually I read my angle wrong. The jack around that tree in the back is only about a 160. And if they have another truck in the back loading then you have to wait in the parking lot, dodging cars the whole time.

And dispatch will not send a newbie there. Not that there is anywhere else to prepare a newbie for that but they try to not send a newbie there.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Tough local backing for a newbie

Actually I read my angle wrong. The jack around that tree in the back is only about a 160. And if they have another truck in the back loading then you have to wait in the parking lot, dodging cars the whole time.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Met up with Bruce K.!

I can't believe Bruce Lee was there and I missed it!!!

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Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Shhhh!!!! Be Quiet!

Shhhhhhh!!!! Just be quiet!!!! Be very quiet and be very still and they may not notice we're here.

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Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Breakdown

Had a breakdown in New Jersey just the other day.

Fedex had a roadside crew come out and repair a broken airline on my trailer.

Two hours later I was back on the road dancing-dog.gif

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Tough local backing for a newbie

One of our locals. Back in off the main road between two rows of cars and then jack about a 300 degree angle into the dock in the back.

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Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Smallest/lightest load you have hauled?

Smallest thing I've delivered from a 48ft van.

Yes, that's one miniscule vile of GM Touch-up Paint. Hazmat.

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Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Humbled for a chance, grateful for a dream come true!

Sounds awesome! Proof that if you look hard enough you may just find what you're looking for.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Congress Introduces 65 MPH Speed Limiter For Trucks

Auggie69, you don't seem to realize that the quote you gave does not in fact back your claim that the 55 mph speed limit didn't save lives. It most certainly did.

Really?

Auggie69, you don't seem to realize that the quote you gave does not in fact back your claim that the 55 mph speed limit didn't save lives. It most certainly did.

Really? Then I guess your standards of reading comprehension are different than mine.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Congress Introduces 65 MPH Speed Limiter For Trucks

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Yeah, the 55MPH speed limit was such a hit too that did NOTHING to save lives.

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Let me guess, the laws of physics don't apply to you either?

Here, for all of you geniuses, what do you have to say about this?

Trucking Fatalities Reach Highest Level in 29 Years

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Deaths from large truck crashes reached their highest level in 29 years in 2017, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data.

Fatalities from big truck crashes rose even though the overall traffic fatality rate declined, the agency reported.

Large truck fatalities rose 9 percent to 4,761, an increase of 392 lives lost over the prior year. About 1,300 of the deaths were truckers. The remaining 72 percent occurred in the other vehicle involved in the collision.

About 40 percent of truck occupants killed were not wearing seat belts.

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Wow, I guess you guys must have missed that little tidbit in your in-depth research, eh?

No. More truck crashes due to more trucks on the road. How hard is that to understand?

Safety impact of the 55mph limit: The (55mph) limit's effect on highway safety is unclear. Both during the time the law was enacted and after it was repealed, automobile fatalities decreased,[19] which was widely attributed mainly to automobile safety improvements, owing to an increase in the safety of cars themselves, and the passage of mandatory seat belt legislation by all states except New Hampshire from the mid-1980's to the early 1990's. [20][21] This decrease in fatalities from automobile accidents makes figuring out the actual impact of the law difficult. Although the vast majority of states reported fewer traffic deaths in 1974 compared with 1973, there were in fact three states where traffic deaths actually increased in 1974, 1975 and 1976, compared to 1973, notwithstanding the 55 mph (90 km/h) speed limit: Alaska, New Hampshire and Wyoming. [22]

According to the National Research Council, there was a decrease in fatalities of about 3,000 to 5,000 lives in 1974, and about 2,000 to 4,000 lives saved annually thereafter through 1983 because of slower and more uniform traffic speeds since the law took effect.[23] Later, the National Academies wrote that there is "a strong link between vehicle speed and crash severity [which] supports the need for setting maximum limits on high-speed roads" but that "the available data do not provide an adequate basis for precisely quantifying the effects that changes in speed limits have on driving speeds, safety, and travel time on different kinds of roads." The Academies report also noted that on rural interstates, the free-flowing traffic speed should be the major determinant of the speed limit: "Drivers typically can anticipate appropriate driving speeds." This is due, in part, to the strong access control in these areas but also is an acknowledgement of the difficulty of enforcing the 55 mph (90 km/h) speed limit in these areas.[24]

A Cato Institute report showed that the safety record worsened in the first few months of the new speed limits, suggesting that the fatality drop found by the NRC was a statistical anomaly that regressed to the mean by 1978.[25] After the oil crisis abated, the NMSL was retained mainly due to the possible safety aspect.[26]

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety analysts wrote three papers that argue that increase from 55 to 65 mph (89 to 105 km/h) on rural roads led to a 25% to 30% increase in deaths (1/3 from increased travel, 2/3 from increased speed)[27] while the full repeal in 1995 led to a further 15% increase in fatalities.[27] In contrast, researchers at University of California Transportation Science Center argue that the interstates in question are only part of the equation, one also must account for traffic moving off the relatively more dangerous country roads and onto the relatively safer interstates. Accounting for this they find that raising rural speed limits to 65 mph (105 km/h) caused a 3.4% to 5.1% decrease in fatalities.[28]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Maximum_Speed_Law

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Congress Introduces 65 MPH Speed Limiter For Trucks

Congress Introduces 65 MPH Speed Limiter For Trucks

Just what we needed - bypassing DOT, congress seeks speed limiter bill...

Rick

Yeah, the 55MPH speed limit was such a hit too that did NOTHING to save lives.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Going from a school bus driver to a tractor trailer driver

Yes, no comparison to driving a car. But similarities between buses and tractor trailers. Wide turns, sitting up high, very large vehicle, pre/post trips, height concerns, much longer stopping distances, scheduled routes, navigating new routes, etc. Granted there's a lot of differences but, I see some similarities.

Testing/learning the pre-trip alone puts you far ahead. Navigating a large vehicle and dealing with tail swing will help too. You know a lot of what to look for over the guy who just drives a Pinto.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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What really irritates you?

I was just in Denver. I see a bunch of traffic, including trucks coming down the ramp. I do them a solid and jump in the middle lane, so they can easily merge onto 70. Truck comes down the ramp, gets 1/2 way down my trailer, and then decides to speed up and leaves me out to dry. I finally get past him and then he jumps out in the middle lane, and flips me the #1 driver salute, like I'm the jag off... I'll just call him "Borris"....

Yup. Similar. Walmart driver in the slow lane. I'm governed at 65 and he keeps doing this slinky bit between 55 and 65. I can't pass because tons of traffic.

Finally opens up and I move over to the "hammer lane". Just as I'm edging by him I see he's eating. Which is why he keeps doing his slinky bit.

I get about halfway past him and he decides to gun it and blows my doors off so I don't get by him.

WTF.

In this case it was Walmart. Could be anybody though that does the same ****.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Be careful who you complain to

One good thing about being LTL. Macy's likes to play this little PU number game. They KNOW they number, but you need to say what it is.

Last I went and was turned down I called my dispatch twice. Different number both times. Both times the number was wrong and the guard would not let me in.

Last time I said, "Look. I don't care if Macy's get's their delivery or not. Call your shipping dept for the right number or it's going back."

I got in.

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