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Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Can't seem to get hired anywhere

Hmm, I would have thought the OP would have responded already, especially if if he did not abandon their rig. Well, looks like he may have popped in read the responses and sadly went away. Good luck to you man.

Posted:  2 years ago

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Pick Your Nightmare 1, 2, 3, or 4

Murderspolywog asks

is this a head wind? Tail wind? 90 degrees cross wind? Or a quartering wind?

YES !! A head wind when the winding road makes it thus. Ohh it will be a tail wind going through that exit ramp. I guarantee you that @ the same ramp it will also be 90 degress to your rig. Dare I say the same with a quartering wind.

Posted:  2 years ago

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Pick Your Nightmare 1, 2, 3, or 4

Lol

How about 6 your driving along a 1 lane road in the dark, with no shoulders . The forecast is for a front quartering cross wind at 25 with gusts to 45 mph with a chance of snow showers. You crest a little hill and drop down into a valley all of a sudden you in fog so thick you can't see past your your hood, you can't see the road it's covered in snow and ice.

At this point, I would calmly key in the qualcomm ...."its been fun, but I quit. Your rig is at exit 46 Interstate 50, come and get it the key is in the overhead compartment, " I'm out". lol

Posted:  2 years ago

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Light won't turn green.... Until

2 minutes: hah !

This light ( in southern Wisconsin) has to take at least twice as long.

I tought maybe at certain times of the day early in the morning its just set to like you say a ridiculously long time but can be overriden with pressing the walk thingy.

Posted:  2 years ago

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Light won't turn green.... Until

Anyone else experience a light that stays red until you get out and press the crosswalk thingy?

Posted:  2 years ago

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Pick Your Nightmare 1, 2, 3, or 4

Put them in order from what you would least like to happen to you.

1. Winter driving over very icy roads.

2. Rush order run where you find yourself face to face with a low overpass.

3. Broke down on the side of Highway in the middle of the night in freezing temps, no heat or sleeper berth.

4. On a wide open expanse shoulderless two-lane Highway with 70+ mph winds

Posted:  2 years ago

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Quick Question.... DEF Fuel

Does it get used up more in warmer weather or no, in down shifting or no? Just seems like i've been replacing it more lately. thks....

Posted:  2 years ago

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Hard Breaking Events

Defensive driving is the key I think. Expect that the driver in front of you will eventually slam on his brakes for that squirrel. Cushions cushions cushions is what its really all about. Make it a habit of stopping 15+ feet behind the vehicle in front of you even if your bobtailing.

Also how you drive in your personal vehicle is important too.

And straight from the FMCSA...."If you are driving below 40 mph, you should leave at least one second for every 10 feet of vehicle length. For a typical tractor-trailer, this results in 4 seconds between you and the leading vehicle. For speeds over 40 mph, you should leave one additional second.

See more at: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety/driver-safety/cmv-driving-tips-following-too-closely#sthash.fZriGH71.dpuf

Posted:  2 years ago

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No Dock. Forklift driver quibbles

Pat Thanks

I've used those pallet pullers a few times already. But I have to also be loaded with freight at these places without a dock meaning of course that their freight will have to be on the tail, meaning also that whatever my next stop is, now that FL driver has to move that freight on the tail to get to his.

Posted:  2 years ago

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No Dock. Forklift driver quibbles

Jim wonders

Umm, why isn't the freight loaded according to drop off locations?

Indeed it is. We load from furthest north to furthest south. But we certainly do not have a regulated pre-planned route that we must follow or a load plan that we must follow. The freight is only metal finishings and restorings so no need for very much regulating.

Thanks for your info. I took over this route from another driver and in training we never used a pallet jack for whatever reason. Again much of my freight is too much for the pallet jack to handle, tried it a couple of times- skid just cracks.

i'll be fine though, like a few of the FL drivers have said; I just have to switch days and give them a break now and again by asking other FL drivers to move this or that on other days.

Posted:  2 years ago

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No Dock. Forklift driver quibbles

Pat wonders

Why do you not have a pallet jack on the trailer?

Our PJ does not handle the heavier type of freight that I generally carry.

Rob notes-

it opens us up to being blamed for any damage to product.

Understandable, but I have a run where I deliver from one company branch to the other, no PO number no signature required and the freight to be moved is all going back to the same company that the said FL driver works for. But that FL driver will say one day, "I cant move that freight cause (as you say) I might damage it." But then a couple days later he says nothing, hes fine with moving a skid or two to get to his stuff.. To note though, of the 22 DO/PO on the route only one has said definitely they will not move others freight;, this is the one who does not have a PO to go back to the company.

I just deliver to them so they do not ever put freight on my truck possibly in front of other freight. And they have told me that they were blamed one time for damaged goods.

But I certainly don't hear that from the other FL drivers who do put their freight on my truck in front of other freight that I still need to deliver. When I tell them I need this skid off before you put yours on they don't hesitate to move that skid.

I'm new to trucking so I'm just trying to see whats the normal practices of it all. Thks

Posted:  2 years ago

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No Dock. Forklift driver quibbles

Ahh yes. Just so happens on my dedicated route I have several stops with no dock. So you know the story. I have to ask other forklift drivers on other stops to move some freight for me. Well, you would have thought it was the apocalypse the way some of the forklift drivers complain when they see their freight behind a skid or two from the no dock drops or pickups.

Some days they're ok with it especially when you tell them "hey they have no dock". Other days these same FL drivers will make up stories like... "ohh my boss says not to mover other freight".

Is it just me or do others here experience the same BS (beautiful stuff) hehe.

Share your experiences ... thanks

Posted:  2 years ago

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What happened to this poor truck.

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