Weekend Planning

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N/A's Comment
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"We have the freight!" That's what Swift has said multiple times, but you better make sure you get with a planner, not your drive manager, before the close of business on Friday, or that "freight" will disappear. Strange...

I've learned the best way to avoid this from happening, so that you're not sitting at a terminal (or truck stop) from Friday evening to Monday morning, is to obtain the names and direct numbers to area planners.

For example, if it's Thursday, and you're delivering to Decatur, GA, then call your South East regional/area planner and request runs from that area. Sometimes, you will get high mileage runs, sometimes you'll get a hand full of short hauls, but they may add up to be 1,000 miles in total.

Show them you're willing to run.

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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

ChickieMonster's Comment
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My DM is very good at making sure that I have a preplan in place for the weekend. It may just be a short run but at least I can stay running until Monday.

I have yet to need to talk with the planners. Call it good fortune or whatever you like, but I haven't had any difficulties with weekends. Matter of fact, I don't even know what day it is most of the time!

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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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Hell.. sometimes I wouldn't mind sitting a couple days I would get a room and rent a car and relax hahha

N/A's Comment
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Well, you cats must be lucky, because I ran for 30 days straight, and sat at a darn terminal every Saturday and Sunday.... and I'm a team driver! Hahaha but I have learned

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.

ChickieMonster's Comment
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Hell.. sometimes I wouldn't mind sitting a couple days I would get a room and rent a car and relax hahha

I'm with ya on that Rainy! I was supposed to take a 34 about a week ago but they dispatched me on a short load to get by until I got better hours back.

We go home on Tuesday and I am SO ready for a couple of days of relaxing. Hubby has a doctor appointment but other than that it's hanging out with my cats and some good sleep!

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Hell.. sometimes I wouldn't mind sitting a couple days I would get a room and rent a car and relax hahha

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I'm with ya on that Rainy! I was supposed to take a 34 about a week ago but they dispatched me on a short load to get by until I got better hours back.

We go home on Tuesday and I am SO ready for a couple of days of relaxing. Hubby has a doctor appointment but other than that it's hanging out with my cats and some good sleep!

Good luck with the Appt n sleep. I just had 7 weeks out and went home.. couldn't sleep. Truck leaked fuel and tire went flat... long story. Interrupted my home time.

We don't get 34 resets unless we go home. So everyday is a work day. Lol. Home felt more like work this time

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Well, you cats must be lucky, because I ran for 30 days straight, and sat at a darn terminal every Saturday and Sunday.... and I'm a team driver! Hahaha but I have learned

I don't understand... you mean you ran 30 days then all of a sudden had weekends off?. My company we all run 30 days straight the. Are entitled to hometime. But I have stayed out as long as 2 mos..... working every day.

You aren't getting the frieght cause of your poor attitude

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Well, you cats must be lucky, because I ran for 30 days straight, and sat at a darn terminal every Saturday and Sunday.... and I'm a team driver! Hahaha but I have learned

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I don't understand... you mean you ran 30 days then all of a sudden had weekends off?. My company we all run 30 days straight the. Are entitled to hometime. But I have stayed out as long as 2 mos..... working every day.

You aren't getting the frieght cause of your poor attitude

Bingo...totally agree with you Rainy.

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.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Well, you cats must be lucky, because I ran for 30 days straight, and sat at a darn terminal every Saturday and Sunday.... and I'm a team driver! Hahaha but I have learned

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I don't understand... you mean you ran 30 days then all of a sudden had weekends off?. My company we all run 30 days straight the. Are entitled to hometime. But I have stayed out as long as 2 mos..... working every day.

You aren't getting the frieght cause of your poor attitude

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Bingo...totally agree with you Rainy.

I'm glad I didn't sound nasty.. I didn't mean to be.

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.

N/A's Comment
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Well, you cats must be lucky, because I ran for 30 days straight, and sat at a darn terminal every Saturday and Sunday.... and I'm a team driver! Hahaha but I have learned

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I don't understand... you mean you ran 30 days then all of a sudden had weekends off?. My company we all run 30 days straight the. Are entitled to hometime. But I have stayed out as long as 2 mos..... working every day.

You aren't getting the frieght cause of your poor attitude

What I meant by that, I stayed out for 30 days, and every weekend sat a terminal somewhere in this country. In other words, we ran about 5-6 days, then terminal for a day and a half, then repeated the cycle. In our second month, I learned how to avoid this..

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.

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