Newbies In New York

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Rob S.'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!

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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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To support what Brett is saying, on Sunday I did a pair of 45 mile run that originated in North Bergen, NJ. As a reward I am now on my way to Louisiana.

Phoenix's Comment
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I haven't figured out how to quote without copying everything..

We haven't complained about the dispatches, we just accept whatever they send our way, with hopes they'll notice we're dependable and hard working, but the second eastern trip wasn't quite as successful. We hit traffic in construction and PA is all gorgeous winding, rolling hills with lower speed limits.. and were fifteen minutes late on the p/u, which made us three hours late for the first drop since the shipper put us at the end of the line. We made the second drop on time though, and now we sit in upstate NY waiting for morning to grab a load in Rochester going to Virginia. Maybe the next one will l be the sweet one! Trying to be upbeat here, but honestly, I'm just mentally exhausted lol. Night TT folks.. Keep safe out there !

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.

Errol V.'s Comment
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I haven't figured out how to quote without copying everything..

You use copy/ paste. Select & copy the original text. In the reply box, either:

A: touch Quote, then paste your selection between < blockquote> paste here < /blockquote>

B: paste your text, re-select it, then touch the Quote button.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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To support what Brett is saying, on Sunday I did a pair of 45 mile run that originated in North Bergen, NJ. As a reward I am now on my way to Louisiana.

Nice! That's how you do it.

One mistake a lot of drivers make is thinking the company should prove themselves to be a great place to work before they'll really go all out and give it everything they have. In reality it's the other way around and it makes no difference how much experience you have.

When you're new to a company they're simply not going to give you their most important freight from their best customers until you've proven yourself to be safe and reliable. That doesn't mean you won't get good miles. You very well may. But you have to earn your way into the top tier of drivers by proving yourself over time.

Not only that, but humans are humans and if certain people in the offices decide they're not too fond of you then your life is going to be miserable. If you're going to complain about the loads all the time and generally be difficult to work with then it's no skin off their back to give the great miles to someone else and let you spend a day or two watching John Wayne reruns at the truck stops each week.

So for all new drivers out there - go in with the approach that you're going to prove yourself to be a hard working, safe, reliable driver with a great attitude and you'll be amazed at how much better you'll have it than a lot of drivers at your company. You'll be getting along great with dispatch and racking up 2,700+ miles per week while you're listening to other drivers at your company complain about how much they hate dispatch because they can never get any miles. It won't take long at all before you realize that 98% of the time the driver that's doing the complaining is causing his own problems.

The miles are there at any company you go to. The question is who is going to get them? Make sure you handle yourself in such a way that you'll earn your fair share.

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Phoenix's Comment
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You use copy/ paste. Select & copy the original text. In the reply box, either:

Nice and easy!! Thank you, Errol.

CT Trucker 's Comment
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I had to do a pick up a pick up in the Bronx today horrible lol, but got her done. I feel it takes a certain breed to do pickups or deliveries out there because it's a high stress atmosphere, but the only thing I can say take your time and game plan, Google maps makes things so much easier you can dry run your route before even stepping foot into the truck. With that said I try to avoid going lol

Phoenix's Comment
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Google maps, which routes for cars, Qualcomm navigation, Rand McNally, trip routing instructions, and each other, we utilized everything we had! And we did really really well, considering. The funny thing was the circles we did when we got back on an interstate... Five off and on ramps before we gave up and went to the next truck stop. It was actually an enormous stress relief because we were laughing like schoolkids at the ridiculousness of it.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

Interstate:

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

Phoenix's Comment
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Oh, I forgot the NYDOT site too!

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.

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