The Worst Thing About Trucking

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Sam C.'s Comment
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The waiting game! You would think trucking companies would push shippers and receivers to be more realistic about times. Instead they simply schedule everybody for the same time and it's just a sit and wait game for your number to be called. I am sitting outside the NJ port. When I rolled up at 7am, I swear there were at least a hundred trucks already waiting, and we all have the same 9am appointment. The lot is full, the road is full, and people are still coming. This is my first time here so who with experience can give me a realistic time that I might get out for a delmonte load?

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.

James J.'s Comment
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What really sucks is you arrive 2 hours early from your appointment time and you are still the last truck to be loaded...

Brian M.'s Comment
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Sorry worst thing is missing my loved ones

Sam C.'s Comment
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Sorry worst thing is missing my loved ones

That's for people with a family. Everyone suffers the waiting game

Nate_K's Comment
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Sitting at customers I can handle. It's sitting in the drivers seat watching the clock waiting to start my day.

If I have an appt. at 1700 and place is a couple miles away I wanna take advantage of my clock and not start til about 1400. But waiting for that start time is unbearable for me.

George A.'s Comment
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So far, being a flatbed driver, the worst thing is finding a place to stop for my ten hour break.....always full....I usually start my day now around 2am.....easier to navigate and that allows me to get my pickups lst thing in the am.......I usually have a four hour drive time to my pickup therefore not wasting clockage....damn clock...not enough hours for me!

6 string rhythm's Comment
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I can't relate to waiting, since I'm a linehaul driver. I have to wait for loads every now and then for maybe 1-2 hours, but that's rare, extremely rare.

Worst thing for me is seeing other truck drivers tailgate or doing dangerous stuff on the roads - that really irks me. Truckers are supposed to "know better." Outside of irresponsible drivers, I'd say the worst thing about trucking is being caught in bad weather.

I love driving a big rig.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
G-Town's Comment
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I can't relate to waiting, since I'm a linehaul driver. I have to wait for loads every now and then for maybe 1-2 hours, but that's rare, extremely rare.

Worst thing for me is seeing other truck drivers tailgate or doing dangerous stuff on the roads - that really irks me. Truckers are supposed to "know better." Outside of irresponsible drivers, I'd say the worst thing about trucking is being caught in bad weather.

I love driving a big rig.

Totally agree with this. Nothing angers me more than observing a truck driver exhibiting chronic, unsafe driving.

I witnessed a Semi attempting to pass a slower truck on a two lane interstate on-ramp that funneled down to one. Shockingly wreckless behavior.

Interstate:

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

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
Sunrise Driver's Comment
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Listening to other truckers complaining and being such a negative pessimist about everything.

G-Town's Comment
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Listening to other truckers complaining and being such a negative pessimist about everything.

Why listen? I learned a long time ago to tune it out and/or walk away.

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