What Happened To That Driver?

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Daniel B.'s Comment
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Over the years we have had quite a few characters come through the forums. Plenty of nice ones, but also lots of looneys, still have a few here in my opinion. Here's an update on some of our older members that learned from us... then ran off never to be heard from again.

Ray

Almost at his 2 year mark, unfortunately not accident-free but he's still trucking! Ray was an Instructor/Trainer and had many students. I would say he's a successful solo driver.

Kathy

This former teacher spent quite a bit of time at her first company, Central Refrigerated, then moved on to America's Service Line. Its remarkable, right now she is the Orientation Administrator at Swift's Rochelle, IL terminal!

David Cochran

David spent a while at Swift. Being OTR was extremely difficult on his family so he went to work for Goodwill near his CA home. He then went to Gordon to get more OTR experience. He now calls Iowa home and works for Coco-Cola as a local driver.

Chris M.

Chris started with Central Refrigerated and drove for just under a year. He is now home and away from the industry because his wife had medical problems that were too difficult to control while on the road.

Randy

Randy has done very well with leasing. He was a former Instructor/Trainer earning a Trifecta on his very first student. He joined Prime's lease-purchase program and drives a truck he will soon own. He is looking at other purchasing agencies and possibly going to Landstar in the future.

Jopa

Jopa started his career at Prime. He had an extremely rough start, getting into multiple incidents and staining his record. One day he had heart pains and went to the doctor. The doctor did not allow him to operate a CMV from that point on so Prime had to cease his truck. Jopa spent many months in recovery (he made a full recovery) and landed a local government driving job in Truckee. He was paid extremely well hourly wage, but there wasn't much work, with winter around the corner there is now no work to be done for many months. He is still deciding his next move.

Guy DeCou

Ah, yes, our legendary bench warmer. Guy is still employed by Prime, and to this day is accident free. I got my Driver Manager to recruit Guy to our board and it went through perfectly. Guy is an extremely talented driver and gives me a run for my money when it comes to getting the top MPG for the fleet. He is stiff competition - I wish I never recruited him to my fleet.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

Driver Manager:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Here's a guy I miss.

ThinksTooMuch

We chatted on the phone a few times when I was in trucking school. Good guy. Last I heard he was working a regional / local gig for US Xpress. We both have a philosophy background, and consequently, think too much ... Being a truck driver does give you plenty of time to be in your head while on the road.

He contributed some good threads on TT about pulling a tanker.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey, this is really cool! I'm glad you put this together Daniel! We'll have to keep adding onto this one.....

Josh S.'s Comment
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Lol Daniel, competition just keeps things interesting

RedGator's Comment
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And to think I almost made the list. lol

I badger Kathy and Guy all the time to pop in here. I always can't help but wonder what happened to Amelia? Haven't seen her since the old forum.

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