Trucker's Supplies For The Road?

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Errol V.'s Comment
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how much will I need to know about the actual mechanics of the truck? I'm sure some basics will be covered in training (at least I hope so) but if there is something completely amiss I won't be able to do much, no matter how many tools I have.

Remember, for Truck School, it it ain't on a test or otherwise a legal thing, you won't learn about it there. The above mentioned tools will be all you need. You can maybe tighten a few loose screws, change out a clearance light. (If you need to buy one, your company will pay you back.)

Accumulate three gallon fluid jugs. (bleach bottles, car antifreeze, etc. Milk bottles are too flimsy.) My favorite is the big cooking oil bottles from Costco. You can carry a supply of motor oil, coolant and washer fluid in the truck.

As for engine mechanics, leave the flux capacitors and muffler bearings to the pros.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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As for engine mechanics, leave the flux capacitors and muffler bearings to the pros.

Thankfully, I plan on doing just that.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Basically, just remember your pre trip. It will tell you what to look for in relation to problems. As far as wrenching on your truck, it's minor things like changing bulbs and the occasional fuse. You won't be doing brakes or rebuilding an engine.

Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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Coolio. I'm pretty much a stickler for planning everything out to the minute. Hopefully this neurosis of mine will prove useful.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Neurosis, great band.

Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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Indeed!

Parrothead66's Comment
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Coolio. I'm pretty much a stickler for planning everything out to the minute. Hopefully this neurosis of mine will prove useful.

Well also keep in mind in trucking a plan is often just a good thought that goes out the window by about noon

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Coolio. I'm pretty much a stickler for planning everything out to the minute. Hopefully this neurosis of mine will prove useful.

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Well also keep in mind in trucking a plan is often just a good thought that goes out the window by about noon

I was just going to say the same thing! If you love planning then you're going to love trucking because you'll be planning and then replanning and then replanning some more. Traffic, weather, changing appointments, logbook rules, breakdowns, and a million other factors are going to force you to change your plans continuously.

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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Hahaha! Seems like I'll have my work cut out for me.

Which raises a small concern. Breakdowns are mentioned frequently on here. I understand that truck drivers will have more breakdowns proportionate to how many miles they drive during the year compared to the average driver. However, I've never experienced a breakdown with my personal vehicles. Is this a common occurence or a once every blue moon thing? Is there a way to prepare for something like this? And what happens if you do have a breakdown and the delivery can't get to its destination on time? Are there severe penalties for this? (I know I'm worrying about something I likely can't control, and has no bearing yet until I start driving, but like I said, I'm a pre-planner to a fault.)

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Everyone breaks down, whether it's a tire issue or otherwise. You don't really have to worry so much about when it happens, companies have contingency plans for when it happens and as long as you're communicating with the powers that be, they will make the appropriate phone calls.

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