Newbies In New York

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Phoenix's Comment
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Why would a company send brand new drivers on a four stop run into New Jersey and then the Queens and Bronx boroughs of New York?

This is our third trip and we're fifty miles out. We're wearing diapers lol, but I just don't understand the logic of this. confused.gif

JakeBreak's Comment
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Because no one else will do it lol

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I honestly have no idea why the companies do that. I asked the same thing when they sent me into downtown Newark to a place where the only way in is under a 13 6 bridge with cars parked however the people felt like parking that day my 2nd week in. I'm going to guess it's a trial by fire to see how you handle it.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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JakeBreak (should it be JakeBrake?) is right on both counts - because no one else likes doing those loads and it's a trial by fire. It's common for companies to do this. I had a three stop run into Bronx and Queens like six weeks after going solo.

Listen, just take your time! You're going to feel like you're in a sea of chaos the entire time. It makes no difference how long it takes to find places or how long it takes to get backed in. All that matters is that you don't hit anything. Go as slow as necessary. It's likely you're going to have to back in off the street at least once or twice so you'll be holding up traffic. Take a deep breath, relax, and remind yourself that you've spent plenty of time in your life waiting on others to do what they had to do to get the job done and now it's the world's turn to wait on you. No big deal.

Getting in a hurry, especially when backing, causes a lot of little fender benders for new drivers. Relax, take your time, and remember that getting in and out without hitting anything is a total victory. The time it takes, the pull-ups it takes, the number of times you get out and look - none of that matters.

Best of luck!

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HOS:

Hours Of Service

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rocknroll cowboy's Comment
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As said before it seems that nobody likes the NYC area. When I was training I always got a load somewhere in the 5 boros to introduce my trainee to the NYC area. There's a lot of misinformation around about the NYC area. It's really pretty easy to get around. the number one thing is to stay off the parkways. they not made for trucks. but don't be afraid of NYC. the more you go the better you'll get. just take your time and relax, and you'll do fine. just remember it's just another city..

Brett Aquila's Comment
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There's a lot of misinformation around about the NYC area. It's really pretty easy to get around

Oh it is? Oh that's great to hear. Geez, I thought because it was by far the largest and one of the oldest cities in the country with the highest population density, the highest traffic density, the largest number of bridges to deal with, and the fact that most of the signs you'll read are completely wrong would make it kind of tough to get around.

And I'm right.......it is tough to get around and it's not just another city. Cleveland is just another city. Memphis is just another city. New York is one of a kind and it's definitely the toughest city to get around.

Get serious. Companies all over the country offer "No NYC runs" as a perk for a reason. You don't see anyone offering "No Atlanta runs" or "No St Louis runs" do ya?

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Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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One thing that does help with NYC is the truck route function on the NYDOT website. It shows all the truck routes and has a real time traffic function as well.

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.

David's Comment
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There's a lot of misinformation around about the NYC area. It's really pretty easy to get around

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Oh it is? Oh that's great to hear. Geez, I thought because it was by far the largest and one of the oldest cities in the country with the highest population density, the highest traffic density, the largest number of bridges to deal with, and the fact that most of the signs you'll read are completely wrong would make it kind of tough to get around.

And I'm right.......it is tough to get around and it's not just another city. Cleveland is just another city. Memphis is just another city. New York is one of a kind and it's definitely the toughest city to get around.

Get serious. Companies all over the country offer "No NYC runs" as a perk for a reason. You don't see anyone offering "No Atlanta runs" or "No St Louis runs" do ya?

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for second there Brett, I thought your where serious, then I continued to read.....

I've never refused a load to NY as i found it to always put me in a good position with my DM.. I'd often find a good run after going to NY or even through it.

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.
Phoenix's Comment
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Thanks guys! Made this trip a whole new ballgame...and we didn't hit anything..real close once, and a dock that was insane, not to mention absolutely impossible for a semi pulling a 53', but we did it!! And didn't squash anything! Sorry for taking so long to reply, but all my attention was on that trip and then catching up on sleep...it took both of us to navigate in that city. Now if we could just get the planners to route us OUT of this area!! LOL

ChickieMonster's Comment
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Thanks guys! Made this trip a whole new ballgame...and we didn't hit anything..real close once, and a dock that was insane, not to mention absolutely impossible for a semi pulling a 53', but we did it!! And didn't squash anything! Sorry for taking so long to reply, but all my attention was on that trip and then catching up on sleep...it took both of us to navigate in that city. Now if we could just get the planners to route us OUT of this area!! LOL

I practically begged dispatch to get me out of New England! And they did... As soon as I get loaded here in Jersey it's off to Oklahoma!

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I practically begged dispatch to get me out of New England! And they did... As soon as I get loaded here in Jersey it's off to Oklahoma!

Going South or West is usually the reward for going to the Northeast. You do a great job with the dirty work without complaining and in return you can expect them to throw you a bone........like a trip to Texas or Florida or California or anywhere that isn't North or East of Pennsylvania!

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