OTR And Being Sick.

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Reaper's Comment
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Last night i was up all night and without going into any gross details, i emptied my stomach all night upchucking. I ended up having to call out today due to only an hour of sleep and how i ended up feeling.

After sleeping for roughly 11 hours, took some advil for my headache and nibbled on some chicken noodle soup, i feel better. But literally after yesturday not feeling well and everything last night and this morning. I cant help but ask, what would i do if this happened on the road?

I have acid reflux and the red sauced, clam and pasta just had too much acid in it so that was the cause im almost completely positive.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Cwc's Comment
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Just call your DM and let them know your not able to drive. If you don't feel good and get stopped or worse have an accident and let DOT know you were feeling bad you can be ticketed for operating while impaired. Most places will have no problems if you tell them you need to shut down if your not up to par as long as your not doing it all the time or every time you get a load into NY.

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.

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.
Reaper's Comment
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Lol new york is really that bad for truckers? I would have figured boston or jersey would be worst.

Pianoman's Comment
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Just call your DM and let them know your not able to drive. If you don't feel good and get stopped or worse have an accident and let DOT know you were feeling bad you can be ticketed for operating while impaired. Most places will have no problems if you tell them you need to shut down if your not up to par as long as your not doing it all the time or every time you get a load into NY.

^^^ what he said!

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.

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.
Pianoman's Comment
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Lol new york is really that bad for truckers? I would have figured boston or jersey would be worst.

Oh hell yes.

Cwc's Comment
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Lol new york is really that bad for truckers? I would have figured boston or jersey would be worst.

Upstate isn't so bad but I have heard enough horror stories and YouTube videos and twistedtruckers posts to just never to want to go to NYC.. I could one day be given a load to it and I might decide it's not that bad... but I doubt it.

Rick S.'s Comment
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If you're sick and can't drive - that's it. Get the load re-powered if necessary, get better, get rolling.

We have a number of members here, that "pulled up lame" while under a load. May take a minute to get you a load assignment, depending on where you go down.

The flip side - you can't be a baby about it. Some folks have their mommy bring them soup on the couch, at the first sign of a sniffle. That's not how it works in the real world of trucking. If you have a tendency to get sick a whole lot, and slack off by pulling in and camping out for a few days every time - you are going to find your miles and paycheck giving you the hint that your company might be wanting you to move on.

You are expected to do your job, unless too fatigued or sick that you cannot do it safely.

Rick

's Comment
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It sounds more like food poisoning, Reaper. You got a bad clam. And there's a thread about apple cider vinegar and acid reflux. If someone can direct him to it.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Once when my codriver was sick and needed to go to the ER, we were at our home terminal and they were going to give me local drops to run for the day, but I told them no, and accompanied him to the ER. They had no problem with that.

This past week, I've been battling an ear infection in my right ear. Our company gives us free TelaDoc service, but i knew we were trying to get home this weekend (and away from the ice), so I loaded up with ibuprofen for the ear pain and continued to run. We got here last night. Started running a fever this morning, got my consult and my antibiotics so now getting plenty of rest and on the mend. TelaDoc is wonderful but it's sometimes difficult to get into a pharmacy in a big truck, or have the time to park and get a cab to one. You do what you gotta do, but if you're so sick you aren't safe or okay to drive, you better shut down and inform your DM. It's a DOT violation to operate a CMV when too ill to drive.

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.

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.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

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.
Brian F.'s Comment
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This is gonna sound stupid but when I was a kid I got ear infections frequently for a couple years. My mother would make a pancake in a frying pan and wrap it in a kitchen towel then make me hold it against my ear till it cooled off. Hurt like hell but infection was gone every time. Makes sense when you figure a fever is your body's way of trying to kill infection.

Once when my codriver was sick and needed to go to the ER, we were at our home terminal and they were going to give me local drops to run for the day, but I told them no, and accompanied him to the ER. They had no problem with that.

This past week, I've been battling an ear infection in my right ear. Our company gives us free TelaDoc service, but i knew we were trying to get home this weekend (and away from the ice), so I loaded up with ibuprofen for the ear pain and continued to run. We got here last night. Started running a fever this morning, got my consult and my antibiotics so now getting plenty of rest and on the mend. TelaDoc is wonderful but it's sometimes difficult to get into a pharmacy in a big truck, or have the time to park and get a cab to one. You do what you gotta do, but if you're so sick you aren't safe or okay to drive, you better shut down and inform your DM. It's a DOT violation to operate a CMV when too ill to drive.

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.

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.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

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.
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