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    Chattanooga, TN

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    3 years, 4 months ago

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Posted:  1 day, 16 hours ago

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Chicago first time

One my most interesting deliveries in Chicago was a place called RT Materials. Right off of 90. It's was terrible, with construction and tons of traffic middle of rush hour.it was one way in one way out which made it worse. Here's the address for the curious. 2348 W Nelson St, Chicago, IL 60618. They had a tiny little door that I had to back my entire combination into with the "help" of the workers. You can guess how that went.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Flatbed fun

Rob, it's a company thing not necessarily a flatbed thing. Over at prime they have different sized trailers and step decks I believe. When I was with maverick we used primarily 48ft with some 53ft on dedicated accounts. You typically keep your trailer for a few days or in some cases weeks until you do a swap or get a preloaded trailer. That's how we did it anyway.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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The photo and opportunity that took almost 7 years to achieve!

Hooking doubles can be a pain, I'm triples are much more fun lol. Do you have to pull doubles a certain time before you can do triples? And it would be a bad day if you hooked to the wrong trailer and had to break the entire thing. Also, what does OD pay for triples?

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Nucor steel Darlington SC

I've been to countless nucors and this is one of my least favorites. They have you waiting in that staging area for hours, then pull you into the building to get loaded where you wait again. Once your loaded you've gotta wait behind all the other trucks to use their stupid tarping station thing. It's awful. They do allow overnight parking or they did any way.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Why do some truckers try to avoid a 34-hour restart?

I usually take a 60+hr reset every weekend lol but when over the road I always did a 34. Being regional meant that I was due to be home every friday. So I always wanted to get a reset done so I'd have the hours to get home when it was time. I've only done recaps 2 or 3 times, and they were some of my best weeks. I've also had 3000+ mile weeks with a reset so it depends on how they run you.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Would you have stopped sooner?

Neek. Where did you start your day with this load? Also what was the earliest you could have left?

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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No good deed goes unpunished...

Yo turtle, you fellas have to redo an entire load when you swap? Is that because you have to buy your equipment? Our swaps with other drivers at maverick were pretty easy, just had to make sure each driver had the same amount of equipment when we were done. We did have to swap equipment in and out of trailers for drop and hooks though which was a pain. Also, what kinda load did you have?

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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What is the longest wait time at a shipper? Not the consignee!

One of the best parts about working for fedex is that we can load and unload our own trailers. No sitting and wondering, just hop on a lift and do it yourself if you have to. Usually our trailers are already done so we drop and hook, but it's an option

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Where's the Love for Swift??

Rob T, since I'm with FedEx now perhaps I can chime in. All fedex freight drivers are local only. Extra board guys can get get longer runs occasionally and stay at a hotel but not often. We really have to watch our 14 because we want to make it back home that night. Some drivers have long runs over 600 miles round trip, so they have little room for error. Some drivers like me may get pulled off the dock for a run. In that case, you're leaving out later than you should in order to get back before rush hour and your 14. For example, Monday I started my day around 7 pm. I was pulled off the dock around 145am to run to Greenville. Since we're in the Atlanta area, it's 3hrs there and 3hrs back. I left right at 2 am, so I tried to go 65 the majority of the time but there's only so much I can do safely. I ended up stuck in traffic but still made it back to the yard around 830 the next morning. Now I'm not making excuses to speed and drive reckless, but there's a reason we don't waste time out there.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Where's the Love for Swift??

It's a visibility thing. Swift has thousands of trucks and drivers across all 48 states. They also hire and train lots of newbies. Inevitably, you're going to see someone make a mistake at some point no matter who they drive for. But since swift is suge a big company, they're easily recognized and Bubba Jeb immediately pulls out his phone to record or take pictures. I doubt that on a per truck basis swift is any worse than any other carrier.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Another weather delay

Winter has been over now for weeks down here in GA. It got down to the 20s when that polar vortex thing came through but not one snowflake has come down.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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CRST Exit Oppurtunities???

If you don't want to team, I'd highly recommend finding another carrier. We've had lots of disgruntled drivers come in here trying to get out of that contract. There are drivers that are happy there, but teaming is not for everyone. Starting your career with less than a year experience and a couple thousand dollars debt would be a tough hill to climb if you were to bail after signing up. There should be more options available depending on where you are.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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ABF Freight is a great job - and they’re hiring!

It's not necessarily better, it just depends on what tractors the company has available. It probably wouldn't be feasible to get rid of all their manual trucks in one fell swoop.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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ABF Freight is a great job - and they’re hiring!

Space man, absolutely worth removing the restriction. We have autos and 10spds. All our road trucks are autos however. Most city trucks are 10spds. I'd say most companies are moving towards autos but it helps to be able to drive a manual just in case.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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ABF Freight is a great job - and they’re hiring!

Bobcat, I work for FedEx freight in the atl area

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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ABF Freight is a great job - and they’re hiring!

Every carrier is different I see. Herr at fedex ex it's 28 something an hour and .68 cpm. Hooking a set is .5 of your pay rate and dropping is the same. They pay us to fuel, switch tractors, hook up to a single van or pup, bobtail, etc. We don't have overnight stuff, just shuttles, meet and swaps and half turns.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Started new job

Here at fedex we have outside carriers make pickups and deliveries for our linehaul. I've seen Werner, PAM, western express, us express, crst and so on. Since I work the dock every night, I have a slight better understanding on how some of these warehouses operate. Of course they're all different, but seeing everything from the dockworkers perspective has changed my view on the speed of some shippers and receivers. There have been instances when a single worker is responsible for unloading an entire 53ft trailer of goods. Every pallet, skid, box, crate or whatever else has to be scanned and weighed for accuracy. In addition, that piece then has to be moved to another trailer, scanned again and loaded properly to the destination trailer. You're looking at several minutes for one piece of freight. Multiply that times all the freight on a fully loaded trailer and it could take a while. I've seen some of these guys wait the entirety of my shift to be loaded/unloaded.

Now with that being said, sometimes you wonder what excuses places have for not loading/unloading. Doing flatbed you can see what is being loaded, how much is left to load. I've waited over an hour for a single coil to be loaded, looking right at it as it sits beside my truck. Some places just don't care I guess.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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News Article: Is a guaranteed minimum pay the solution to the driver shortage?

It was definitely the lifestyle for me. Although I miss the open road, it's tough for individuals with families to be on the road while life goes on back home. I'd be interested to see what companies do to attract drivers. Honestly, I don't know of profit margins for carriers are large enough to pay drivers what they want. I saw an article somewhere recently saying all drivers should be making 6 figures. That's possible here at fedex but after lots of time put in. Money does play a part but it's definitely not the only thing.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Summerford truck lines?

Honestly that payscale looks awfully low for flatbed work. Aren't you in Florida? Have you tried Cypress or maybe CT transport?

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Routing

As a extra lil cherry on top, there was a chance there would be snow here. Atlanta, superbowl and snow? No thanks

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