Solo Almost A Month

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Rainy D.'s Comment
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Hi everyone. It's been awhile since I posted. I endured two weeks of hell to get my final 10k miles to complete my training. Then upgraded to solo company ; ) yay!

It's been interesting and thanks to some awesome experienced drivers at prime that I can call 24/7 for help I'm doing good. Went home and moved out of my apartment. ..saving $1000 per month that way. Brought my cat on board .. he decided to make one of my cabinets his home lol.

Driving a 2015 cascadia full size with really tight gears which helps me a lot. I'm shifting much better solo in the newer truck. Every day I make rookie mistakes. But so what. I'm learning. And no one is here to get frustrated by them. I did drove through a bad ice storm in ohio a couple weeks ago.. aND after my 90 I told dispatch I wasn't taking a new load due to the ice. No biggie.. they waited a couple hours for roads to get treated.

Trip planning doesn't always work for me...but I'm learning. Dispatcher told me to tell him early of my eta and issues and he will repower the loads if I can't make it. "I get mad when someone doesn't tell me the problems.. just give me enough time to fix it" is what he said. So... I'm doing good.... I think.

At first I messaged them constantly thinking they wanted to watch me and see what I was doing. Now I just send them the arrival and depart calls etc. Sooooo much freedom... it's awesome compared to my last job. ;)

Thanks to all of you who have helped me out. I really appreciate it.

Dispatcher:

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.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Rainy knows what to do:

Now I just send them the arrival and depart calls etc.

This will get you the miles. DMs love a "send it and forget it" driver!

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.
Rainy D.'s Comment
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Hahha...well.. I did get a good amount of miles my first couple weeks... good pay ;) plus my fuel bonus which is awesome. I'm really liking this ;)

Gotta learn to back tho hahhah

Jetguy's Comment
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Great post Rainy. Looking forward to more posts!

Brett Aquila's Comment
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That all sounds awesome Rainy. Keep at it and stay safe!

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Rainy D.'s Comment
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Hahaha Injust found this and thought i would bump it.

There IS hope for a rookie lol

Rob D.'s Comment
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Wow,

If you had posted this under an alias, I would have never guessed this was you. Your knowledge and experience shared on this forum sounds like someone with 20 years experience.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Rob.

Lol. Guess what, I posted on another thread that when rookies read veterans posts they think "Oh sure, its easy for you, you have been doing it 20 years." That is why i posted my newly solo experiences originally.

I found a couple of my threads hoping that could help. But honestly, most of what I learned I got from this site.

I was.looking for the thread where I am.feeling totally defeated by backing. Errol cheered me up on that one.

When a Rookie Thinks Like A Veteran Truck Driver

RealDiehl's Comment
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Trip planning doesn't always work for me...but I'm learning.

...And now you're teaching!

Junkyard Dog's Comment
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I sure thought you were doing this longer than 3 years. Not trying to be a smart-ass in any way but do you have the post about when you tore the tandems off the trailer? Not trying to be funny at all but I think that is something that the raw rookies could learn from. Just to let you know when I pull into those really tight truck stops to fuel, I often think of your experience making sure the trailer is good to go to the aisle... and I've been doing this for 8 months so solo and after my initial boo boo clipping a guy at a truck stop I take nothing for granted.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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