Made A Stupid Mistake Now What?

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Rainy D.'s Comment
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Ok.now I'm going to tell u what I did and you will feel much much better. I was sent to fuel in a tiny truck stop. .. the kind I never go to. I saw an ent4ance.. got in and realized the place had no parking. I wanted to take my 2 hr nap. I came in the wrong way and trucks were lined up at the pumps... but only one set.. I decided to go through the second set of pumps and make my own parking spot.. then I saw a sign that said diesel 1.. what the heck is that I thought. .. then BOOM

I ripped the undercarriage off shifted the axel and bent the wheel of the tile tandems on a concrete barrier by the pump. When I backed up... .a tire popped off and rolled away. Thw employee chased ot with a forklift

Everyone was really nice and understanding... road assist.. safety.. claims cause I was loaded. They were glad fuel wasn't shooting all over and no one got hurt. FM wasnt happy but he let me go on with the load. They brought me a new trailer and our two traiker collided when the tow driver positioned us to transfer the load. Then once it was transferred thw other driver took my busted trailet to the terminal... but first HE hit the same fuel barrier then almost hit me when Backing up.

It was never mentioned after that day. I thought for a month that every time I got routed through the terminal that I was getting fired.

My lesson.. NEVER go to truck stops other than petro TA or FJ with more than 200 spaces. Hahahah

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.

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".

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.
Logan M.'s Comment
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I've almost done the exact same thing except I was lucky those two times. I managed to figure my way out of it had to back out onto a busy road from the second and final time lmao.

Thanks guys for the responses, this was the only place I really felt like I would get good info, and I appreciate the understanding, it sounds silly bease it really didn't do a lot of damage or anything but I've never hi anything before and it shook my confidence up quite a bit gonna take a few days to get back in the groove I think.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rainy D.'s Comment
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The road assist guy told me "we have a trailer re build dept for a reason. This stuff happens". I worked for the post office and thw driver banged the trailer so much they are no longer allowed to park next to each other. They have to back in every other door.

I could go on and on with stupid stuff I've done..... nothing this severe but still funny and embarrassing. Even experienced drivers have missed haps from timw to time

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