Wow What A Week

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Decanuck's Comment
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So first week otr with my small company and the trainer ( he has lots of experience) 3458 miles total ( I didnt drive all of them but most of them) ( no we didnt run team) From Ontario Canada down to Georgia and back up then a quick turn and burn down to Ohio and back ... from 20000lbs to 43780lbs in the box ( yep even had to scale that one) Toll roads, skinny roads ( got out of a back up in Ky by running 25w from mm25 to mm15) back roads and border crossings I'm exhausted and so happy to be out there..... now home for 36 and back out sunday and a new adventure.....Couldnt be happier with my choice to go with a small company.... If I had run the week as my own truck Id have taken home a great check.....My truck will be a couple more weeks away but I have my eyes on the prize.... Keep it shiny side up ;)

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.

Rob S.'s Comment
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Nice to hear you're enjoying it! Wow, your trainer only has 3458 miles experience? :)

What do you mean my;

"got out of a back up in Ky by running 25w from mm25 to mm15" ?

Drive safe.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Lol, no what he said was they drove 3458 miles this week and he drove most of them.

Congrats Decanuk!

Brett Aquila's Comment
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got out of a back up in Ky by running 25w from mm25 to mm15" ?

There was a traffic backup on the Interstate in Kentucky so they took Route 25W and went around it. They went around the section of the Interstate from mile marker 25 to mile marker 15

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Rob S.'s Comment
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Thx Brett. I couldn't figure out what mm stood for. (I was thinking millimetres but that didn't make too much sense)

Decanuck's Comment
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Ya mm = mile marker not millimeter and my trainer has over 20 yrs experience ....Id be scared of a trainer that had a very small amount of time behind the wheel....there's just so much to learn and know..... Got my FAST card while I was gone so now crossing will be even faster for certain loads

Rob S.'s Comment
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Hey Decanuck:

What are some of the more important requirements for the FAST card? I've been looking into it but can't find any solid info.

Thx

Michael S.'s Comment
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Rob, have you visited the Canada Border Services Agency?

Decanuck's Comment
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The biggest thing is no criminal record and never an "issue" when crossing the border... have all the ID forms but other then that its easy ..... most freight is not FAST approved as the "Carrier, Shipper , Receiver , Driver and the actual Freight must be FAST approved" however for auto and a few others its a requirement.... I got it so that its one more thing I have in my tool box..... my company is CTPAT certified so if we get a FAST load I'll be one of the drivers that is capable of taking it... all the info is on the GOES site just read there its easy enough

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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The biggest thing is no criminal record and never an "issue" when crossing the border... have all the ID forms but other then that its easy ..... most freight is not FAST approved as the "Carrier, Shipper , Receiver , Driver and the actual Freight must be FAST approved" however for auto and a few others its a requirement.... I got it so that its one more thing I have in my tool box..... my company is CTPAT certified so if we get a FAST load I'll be one of the drivers that is capable of taking it... all the info is on the GOES site just read there its easy enough

So what happens if a regular company sends a regular "non FAST" load to Canada with a driver with just a passport?

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

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