Just Some Things

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Gladhand's Comment
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After 6 months out here I can sleep erratically and sleep well each time. Today I have a schedule flip going from daytime to nighttime. These used to be really tough but my body is getting used to flipping the schedule. I don't mind a schedule flip since I'll be running through Southern California, so the less traffic the better.

I'm liking the cooler weather now because I'm not getting complaints on the qualcomm on idling haha and I'm a cold weather person in general. I am still nervous about the winter, but I'm prepared for whatever it has to throw at me. One important thing I have noticed is that the people in the office won't be mad at you for being safe. I have shutdown because of wind twice and I know they will be the same with snow and ice. Safety is a number one priority and I tell myself that every morning and think about what I could have done safer at the end of the day. I have had one to many close calls and most of them were because of unsafe habits.

Backing is getting easier, but there are still days, like this morning, that I can't hit a dock to save my life. Especially when there is a lot of room, but no lines to guide me haha. Overall I am just amazed at how much more proficient I am getting. Well these are just some things, have a safe winter!

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

G-Town's Comment
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Gladhand wrote:

Safety is a number one priority and I tell myself that every morning and think about what I could have done safer at the end of the day.

Devon,...I cannot tell you how genuinely impressed I am with that statement. It tells me a great deal about how far you have come in this profession and the level of maturity you apply to your profession. Big props, well done!

What you just described is the same exact behavior I go through after every trip. I kid you not, I actually have written little bits of "safety" on a sticky-note and attached it to my QC if I have something that really stood out from the previous day that I need to reinforce in my at times stubborn aging brain. Self-evaluation can be a very humbling exercise, but vitally important to developing into a top-tier driver.

For anyone about to go through this journey; either thinking about it, in school, road-training, or struggling with the first 3 months of rookie driving, take serious notice of what our young Swiftie has written. GOLD.

Pianoman's Comment
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Safety is a number one priority and I tell myself that every morning and think about what I could have done safer at the end of the day. I have had one to many close calls and most of them were because of unsafe habits.

Dang dude, your light-years ahead of most people. Ever since that F-squared meeting I've been meaning to keep a "safety journal" but I've never gotten around to it. Keep up the good work man.

Gladhand's Comment
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Gladhand wrote:

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Safety is a number one priority and I tell myself that every morning and think about what I could have done safer at the end of the day.

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Devon,...I cannot tell you how genuinely impressed I am with that statement. It tells me a great deal about how far you have come in this profession and the level of maturity you apply to your profession. Big props, well done!

What you just described is the same exact behavior I go through after every trip. I kid you not, I actually have written little bits of "safety" on a sticky-note and attached it to my QC if I have something that really stood out from the previous day that I need to reinforce in my at times stubborn aging brain. Self-evaluation can be a very humbling exercise, but vitally important to developing into a top-tier driver.

For anyone about to go through this journey; either thinking about it, in school, road-training, or struggling with the first 3 months of rookie driving, take serious notice of what our young Swiftie has written. GOLD.

A split second is all it takes and I been lucky enough to avoid most situations, but the close calls where too close that I needed to change my habits. It's crazy how that when I put safety before being on time to an appointment I end up being way earlier than expected. Better to be late with freight than to be in a ditch with lost freight. (Tried to make a saying but I couldn't haha).

Gladhand's Comment
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Safety is a number one priority and I tell myself that every morning and think about what I could have done safer at the end of the day. I have had one to many close calls and most of them were because of unsafe habits.

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Dang dude, your light-years ahead of most people. Ever since that F-squared meeting I've been meaning to keep a "safety journal" but I've never gotten around to it. Keep up the good work man.

That's training changed the way I view everything. I am a person that always thinks the worse which usually isn't good but in this job as you know it can prevent an accident. I don't keep the journal, but I am definitely making a habit out of safety.

Pat M.'s Comment
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You know, my ex was an optimist,she was positive the worst was going to happen.

Bryn J.'s Comment
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Maybe someone can come up with a better suggestion than mine using "Better to be late with freight than"

How about "a devils date"

Turtle's Comment
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Better to be late with freight, than layin on a grate?

That's the best I got...

Seriously, bravo GH. Words to live by, literally.

Gladhand's Comment
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Better to be late with freight, than layin on a grate?

That's the best I got...

Seriously, bravo GH. Words to live by, literally.

Your on to something but still doesn't have a good ring to it haha. I'll think about it as I drive tonight.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Better to be late with freight than pitched in a ditch?

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