When A Rookie Thinks Like A Truck Driver.

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G-Town's Comment
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I read this reply that our friend Rainy posted as advice to another driver on this forum...

Rainy, I don't want to embarrass you or slight anyone else, cause there are some other really good examples of rookies in action and performing (Chickie, Paul, Phoenix, Charlie, Theron, T-Man, lots of others. Forgive me if I missed any)...but what you wrote to the other driver was truly priceless, timely and I believe needs to be set apart because there is something to be learned by all of us from your advice. With that said, most of you know I am very quick to point out false information, mistakes and other issues that I see on this forum. However when I see something really good I try to encourage and compliment the owner of the experience,...such as the case here.

This is what Rainy wrote...mind you still in her first year:

The first 24 hours of load is critical. Take it as far as possible. My Appt is 0800 to 1600 tomorrow. I'm parked 20 miles away as of 1400 today. I set driving goals for myself... run x number of miles the first day so the last day of load can be fewer miles and gives me time to get to next load. Sounds like you need to learn time management and stop complaining. Maybe you could ask your FM for suggestions on how he wants you to run. I'm sure he deals with rookies all the time. Every month I ask my FM for suggestions and anything I need to work on. Then I work on it. He actually told me that at this point there isn't a way to get more mikes cause he gives me the best available... cause he KNOWS I'll be way early and tell him of issues.

When you dissect this I see customer service, self improvement, effective clock management, forward thinking, relationship building skills, and professionalism. Did I miss anything...oh lest I forget, she also gave someone in need of it; good, honest, hard-hitting TT advice. In addition to safe operation, these are many of the things that make a good driver, great and highly valuable to their employer. Like I said Big Props Rainy...really good stuff!

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.
Mr. T's Comment
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I can agree! She does give great advice & helps others when she can. I'm a rookie myself so I'm always learning from reading these forums & real world situations so if I can help another driver I'll do my best. Great post!

G-Town's Comment
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I can agree! She does give great advice & helps others when she can. I'm a rookie myself so I'm always learning from reading these forums & real world situations so if I can help another driver I'll do my best. Great post!

How is it going for you T? Haven't heard from you in a while. Safe travels.

Jetguy's Comment
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I read this reply that our friend Rainy posted as advice to another driver on this forum...

Rainy, I don't want to embarrass you or slight anyone else, cause there are some other really good examples of rookies in action and performing (Chickie, Paul, Phoenix, Charlie, Theron, T-Man, lots of others. Forgive me if I missed any)...but what you wrote to the other driver was truly priceless, timely and I believe needs to be set apart because there is something to be learned by all of us from your advice. With that said, most of you know I am very quick to point out false information, mistakes and other issues that I see on this forum. However when I see something really good I try to encourage and compliment the owner of the experience,...such as the case here.

This is what Rainy wrote...mind you still in her first year:

The first 24 hours of load is critical. Take it as far as possible. My Appt is 0800 to 1600 tomorrow. I'm parked 20 miles away as of 1400 today. I set driving goals for myself... run x number of miles the first day so the last day of load can be fewer miles and gives me time to get to next load. Sounds like you need to learn time management and stop complaining. Maybe you could ask your FM for suggestions on how he wants you to run. I'm sure he deals with rookies all the time. Every month I ask my FM for suggestions and anything I need to work on. Then I work on it. He actually told me that at this point there isn't a way to get more mikes cause he gives me the best available... cause he KNOWS I'll be way early and tell him of issues.

When you dissect this I see customer service, self improvement, effective clock management, forward thinking, relationship building skills, and professionalism. Did I miss anything...oh lest I forget, she also gave someone in need of it; good, honest, hard-hitting TT advice. In addition to safe operation, these are many of the things that make a good driver, great and highly valuable to their employer. Like I said Big Props Rainy...really good stuff!

I agree Gtown, Rainy is super helpful. The question has been asked- How to run hard and make top dollar. She has shared many times how to do it. She also stated to use 8 hours when waiting at the receiver, for split sleeper berth so none of the 14 hours is used, and the 14 is extended. Thanks All.

Sleeper Berth:

The portion of the tractor behind the seats which acts as the "living space" for the driver. It generally contains a bed (or bunk beds), cabinets, lights, temperature control knobs, and 12 volt plugs for power.

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.
Mr. T's Comment
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I can agree! She does give great advice & helps others when she can. I'm a rookie myself so I'm always learning from reading these forums & real world situations so if I can help another driver I'll do my best. Great post!

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How is it going for you T? Haven't heard from you in a while. Safe travels.

Everything is going great for me! Thanks for asking. My son was born on May 19, 2016 & Swift allowed me to get home for that. Didn't even question it, I got a load straight to Baton Rouge! My DM called me daily checking in on me making sure everything was going good & then I got back on the road. I can agree with what everyone says on here about having a good relationship with your DM. I have NO complaints with Swift what so ever. I've been getting an average of 2500 miles a week so I'm loving it. Safe Travels !

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.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Awww you guys are making me blush... but I learned from this site lol. I read for awhile before ever posting. I open my big mouth because I saw other rookies posting what they did.... it helped me not be so intimidated. If they could do it.. then so could I. Sometimes when you see experienced drivers post a rookie thinks "yeah... easy for you.. you got 20 years in."

Mr T ... so cool swift is like that. Prime is too... makes a HUGE difference in a company

Jetguy's Comment
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Rainy- Do you log at least 15 minutes for the Pretrip? And do you log a Post trip?

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Rainy- Do you log at least 15 minutes for the Pretrip? And do you log a Post trip?

Prime told us only one needed to be logged per day. I usually log the post trip. I have a tendency to use the "remarks" button as well. "Fueling" "vehicle inspection" etc. Just makes it more transparent and less likely to get hassled.

G-Town's Comment
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Rainy- Do you log at least 15 minutes for the Pretrip? And do you log a Post trip?

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Prime told us only one needed to be logged per day. I usually log the post trip. I have a tendency to use the "remarks" button as well. "Fueling" "vehicle inspection" etc. Just makes it more transparent and less likely to get hassled.

The remark tab notation is a really good idea, advisable. If the logs are downloaded this info is visible to DOT and explains what a driver was doing while on-duty or off-duty (breaks).

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.

G-Town's Comment
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T-man checks-in:

Everything is going great for me! Thanks for asking. My son was born on May 19, 2016 & Swift allowed me to get home for that. Didn't even question it, I got a load straight to Baton Rouge! My DM called me daily checking in on me making sure everything was going good & then I got back on the road. I can agree with what everyone says on here about having a good relationship with your DM. I have NO complaints with Swift what so ever. I've been getting an average of 2500 miles a week so I'm loving it. Safe Travels !

Really happy for you Theron. Your hard work and dedication is paying off. Congratulations on the birth of your son!!!

I shared with you from the very beginning that regardless of the feckless, negative press on Swift, they are a good company to work for and reward those who choose to work hard for them and maintain a professional approach to their job. You clearly get that, stepped up to the challenge, and are reaping the benefits.

Best wishes for continued success. Safe travels to you as well. Peace.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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