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RebelliousVamp 's Comment
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Another thing for me to have is the necessities to make good tea. In the winter time, I drink a lot of loose leaf tea. I buy all my tea from Teavana, and I have all sorts of apparatus to brew and enjoy it; for the truck, I'll be bringing my travel mug with infuser, a few different teas, and the sweetener I use, honey. Let's not forget my mint hot chocolate.

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.

Rick S.'s Comment
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it is illegal for a company to violate your rights if you are law abiding and within jurisdiction. i will always carry mine.

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Please don't spread misinformation. This is not true and could lead to someone being fired or worse. Gun owners are not a protected class in employment. It is well within the rights of an employer to have a policy banning firearms (or any weapons, for that matter) from their property and terminate employees who violate said policy.

While there are no FMCSA/DOT regs concerning firearms in CMV's - it is against company policy for pretty much all companies. Likewise for most shippers/receivers. Get caught - look for a new career.

There is also the matter of varying legal requirements from state to state - and if you do any NE (NY, NJ, etc.), you will likely be in violation of state laws there (concerning pistols in vehicles, etc.). Arrest, loss of career.

As much of a gun nut as I am (daily carrier for over 25 years), and as uncomfortable as I would be with the prospect of not being able to defend myself - you get in this industry, that's another sacrifice you're going to have to deal with.

Rick

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.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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

Fm:

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.
Phox's Comment
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it is illegal for a company to violate your rights if you are law abiding and within jurisdiction. i will always carry mine.

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Please don't spread misinformation. This is not true and could lead to someone being fired or worse. Gun owners are not a protected class in employment. It is well within the rights of an employer to have a policy banning firearms (or any weapons, for that matter) from their property and terminate employees who violate said policy.

The same thing that allows a business to say you can't bring a gun inside applies to a business saying an employee can't carry a gun.

Just because you can have one on your own time doesn't mean you can have one while working or in workplace / places of business.

If you want to take that chance you go right on ahead, but don't come here when you get fired bashing the company and making trouble when you have been warned. You won't get an oz of sympathy from any of us, that much I can promise cause it'll be in the employee handbook and we have told you.

Miss Red's Comment
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I'm like Miss Vamp. I will have lots of little things to help me feel comfortable. Of course comfort is subjective, but I've already purchased a mattress topper, a ninja cooker (which cooks 3 ways in one machine), high thread count twin XL sheets, down pillows, a portable JBL speaker for hotel rooms and my bunk, a receipt scanner so I won't have extra paper.

For me, it's all about saving space and being super organized. I don't plan on going home very often, maybe once every couple of months to check in with the roommate and eyeball my material possessions. I've loaded my kindle with 100s of books. I've also loaded a device with 1000s of songs. I'll most likely be buying a gaming laptop so I don't have to haul a PC AND my consoles around. I'll have yankee candles because even when not lit they can fill a small space with scent.

Still trying to figure out the entire bicycle thing. I hear conflicting things about having it strapped to the back due to salt, dirt, and the elements. Not entirely sold on the folding bike idea, but you can get one on eBay for 160 bucks, which isn't too shabby in my opinion.

As for protection, I'm not sure what I'll have. I've read in FL that pepper spray over 2 oz requires a conceal carry license. I had originally been thinking bear mace (which is like 8 oz), now I'm unsure.

RebelliousVamp 's Comment
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Miss Red....I was afraid to mention if have Yankee Candles l, for fear of the guys thinking that was over the top....lol But yes, I'll definitely have them. And Nag Champa incense....hahaha I'm also bringing my Bose speakers.

Miss Red's Comment
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Miss Red....I was afraid to mention if have Yankee Candles l, for fear of the guys thinking that was over the top....lol But yes, I'll definitely have them. And Nag Champa incense....hahaha I'm also bringing my Bose speakers.

Bahahah. I'll have one during training. Two people cramped in a small area sounds like potential for the bunk smelling like one big fart box.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Not trying to be a downer or anything - but - for people who have never actually BEEN INSIDE A TRUCK, it's probably a little PREMATURE to start furniture shopping.

A lot will depend on what kind of truck you're assigned also.

A lot of Prime drivers are going to end up in a LIGHTWEIGHT Cascadia. Many solo drivers opt to have the passenger seat removed at the terminal , to make room for a fridge. Space is at a PREMIUM in all trucks. And these are being purchased as FLEET TRUCKS, not "O/O optioned" caddys.

These are not 80" Volvo 780 Condo sleepers we're talking about here.

Once you go solo - it's up to you how much you want to try and cram into the limited space you have. Similar to going camping, or taking a motorcycle excursion - take everything you THINK YOU WANT - and then cut it IN HALF.

Rick

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.

J Johns's Comment
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Respectfully, I'm going to agree with Rick. Especially the first paragraph. It might be best just to leave some things in the mental shopping cart until after training or beyond.

Miss Red's Comment
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Who bought furniture?

RebelliousVamp 's Comment
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LOL....the things Miss Red and I talk about don't take much room at all. They're tiny things. Read again....fluffy cozy blankets and bed sheets don't take *any* more room than a sleeping bag or two. A small Yankee candle takes no room at all. A fluffy pillow? Don't you all have one in your bunk? Miss Red and I just want the high quality one, for a good cozy night sleep. Medicine heavy weight ball is the same size as a basketball. Yoga mat can be unrolled right under your bedding. Takes no space whatsoever. Bose speakers? Right next to your pillow in the corner of your bunk.

I think it's safe to say that many people don't have the "touch" for creating comfort and storage in very limited spaces. I do. Been doing a lot of camping and EMS is one of my favorite places to shop. I found all sorts of gadgets that are super compact and allow you to bring pretty much anything you need. :)

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