Starting With Veriha

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Bill R.'s Comment
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Well, finally decided to start with Veriha Trucking, Marinette, WI. After about 18 months of researching companies (during which working a different job), I had it narrowed down to two (Veriha and Knight).

The pro for Knight was a good starter company, solid, established, travel all 48. But, home 3of 4 weekends. That tipped it to Veriha (home every weekend).

So, travelled by the car they rented to the Best Western for a week of orientation. Since I had experience (farm driving only), I was their first (me and another guy) in a program called "Super Student".

This meant that our orientation was an additional day but we would not be going out for weeks with a trainer.

So, after the first day of orientation (paperwork and the usual "Rah-Rah" company stuff, they had us 2 Super Students back around the yard, into docks, road tests, etc for three days (Tuesday-Thursday).

Friday I got my truck. A 2012 Yellow Frieghtliner with a Fuller 10 speed. Good running truck, only 199,882 miles. I'm feeling pretty stoked. Get my first load. Easy. Boxes of wood pulp from Menominee, MI to Green Bay, WI.

Easy. 60 miles. Wham bam easy. Go to shipper , get trailer. Drive to Green Bay. Arrive at shipper, 30 minutes to spare. Beautiful. Pop into the office. Brian in the office, "This isn't our load."

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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.

Bill R.'s Comment
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So, I call my DM , "Tim, Brian says it's not his load."

"Did you verify the Bill of Lading (BOL)?"

Sheepishly, "Never looked at the BOL."

"You got the wrong trailer. Go back and get the right one this time."

So, my first load was a fiasco. But, I got the right load, made that delivery and one more that day. My DM said he was glad it was only 59 miles not 559. He said it happens lots but never twice to the same guy.

So, Tim was ok with it.

Then, I had to haul to Milwaukee, then suburban Chicago (Melrose Park), then Centralia, IL to get a load for Bay City, MI.

After getting the southern IL load, 48 hours at home.

That all went great.

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Bill R.'s Comment
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So, after 48 hours at home, off to Bay City. Smooth. Made delivery on time. Now, load to drop yard in Romeoville, IL. Drop and hook , back to Michigan (Oxford this time).

So, now I want to give my impression after two weeks:

I really like this company. Seriously, they do take care of drivers. The only thing is average to poor expensive insurance. I have their oldest (non-training or non-local) truck (2012).

About trucking for newbies:

It seems that 11 hours max drive time is going to leave you free a lot. Nope. You get REALLY exhausted in the beginning. Wiped out at the end of each day. But I can see that in about two weeks, it is going to be so much easier. After I get used to it, I won't be wiped out every day.

Right now it's pretty stressful, but better and easier every day. I do love it though.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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So, I call my DM , "Tim, Brian says it's not his load."

"Did you verify the Bill of Lading (BOL)?"

Sheepishly, "Never looked at the BOL."

"You got the wrong trailer. Go back and get the right one this time."

So, my first load was a fiasco. But, I got the right load, made that delivery and one more that day. My DM said he was glad it was only 59 miles not 559. He said it happens lots but never twice to the same guy.

So, Tim was ok with it.

Then, I had to haul to Milwaukee, then suburban Chicago (Melrose Park), then Centralia, IL to get a load for Bay City, MI.

After getting the southern IL load, 48 hours at home.

That all went great.

Where to in Bay City? I lived there for 10 years. I may be able to help with some road info, if ya need it. And glad it is working out for you, so far!

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Bill R.'s Comment
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Where to in Bay City? I lived there for 10 years. I may be able to help with some road info, if ya need it. And glad it is working out for you, so far!

It was SC Johnson. Done with that one. Auto parts now.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Where to in Bay City? I lived there for 10 years. I may be able to help with some road info, if ya need it. And glad it is working out for you, so far!

It was SC Johnson. Done with that one. Auto parts now.

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shoot, I could have recommended a great place to stop and eat, if you had the time,and it is right near where you turn off Wilder Rd, called Tony's. Their Side of bacon is ONE POUND of Bacon!!!, plus they have an awesome Steak Sammich! and at a really good price.

Wilder Rd sucks too, the traffic is bad, and I have seen many a driver, clearly frustrated, while in the cab. if you run there again, Best times to drive anywhere in Bay City, is between, 8pm,and 5am, most days.

Bill R.'s Comment
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Wilder Rd sucks too, the traffic is bad, and I have seen many a driver, clearly frustrated, while in the cab. if you run there again, Best times to drive anywhere in Bay City, is between, 8pm,and 5am, most days.

I go there all the time now. I think I have been there four times now. And, btw, I think the Michigan interstate highways really suck.

Interstate:

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

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