Name The Best And Worst Truck Stops In America And Canada.

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LDRSHIP's Comment
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Oh where to start? First thing, Ravenwood, pull your head out of your fourth point of contact. Second, your fairly shallows views are severally 8 up. Right now you truly are a soup sandwich not even Campbells.

Here is the skinny, there are clean places and there are ones that are just this side of a hovel. Even the cleaner ones sometimes get trashed during busy times. None of them are ever going to be white glove ready. If you think you will find one, good luck. You're living a pipe dream. TBH, the chance of you personally showering everyday while on the road is next to nil. It just won't happen.

You best bet is keep the inside of your truck tidy, but if you are doing your job at the highest level there will be days you are just too tired.

I have an honest feeling this is not the job for you. Maybe you should consider something in a hospital environment. Just remember to watch out for MRSA. Even the cleanliest places contain bacteria and viruses. Your gut has its own living breathing bacterial colony in it. Without it you couldn't digest food properly.

Oh and the tattoo comment, that is as jacked up as a football bat.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.


Driving While Intoxicated

Terry M.'s Comment
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Kinda get the feeling this guy shows up with a briefcase whereas everybody else shows up with work gloves. This may not be the career direction you want to take.

ChefsJK's Comment
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I spent 20 years in the restaurant business in the kitchen and if you dislike the fact that ex cons, people with tattoos, and everything else you find unhygenic, you should probably never go out to eat again because most of those people ir things you dislike end up in the kitchen, a d yes fine dining establishments as well. So you may need to rethink your opinions on the things that you dislike. Oh a d to add another thing, kitchens are bloody hot too, like over 100 degrees hot so just imagine all those people who are handling your food are probably drenched in sweat trying to make sure things are perfect for you and your guest.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.


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.

ravenswood_65's Comment
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My last reply on this thread.

Ok, my mind is made up. I will only drive if I can get a LOCAL position, perhaps that is a very small IF, or I will not drive at all. Period.

If I need a greater food supply for the road than what a Thermos lunch box can hold, then no, then this whole truck thing is definitely not my bag. Thank you good people here for helping me make up my cotton-pickin' mind. It may be a decade or more to come before this industry becomes very savory and appetizing for geeky yuppie Starbucks Coffee latte types through massive reforms on how this business is set up. Freight hauling has yet to become more city-slick, civilized and polished in its persona. How much do limousine drivers make?

I should otherwise consider being a machinist, an IT geek, a bookkeeper, a forest ranger or a fleet mechanic. I don't mind the grease so much on my hands as the grease from TS cooks to plug up my arteries. A diesel mechanic gets to wash his hands in highly-effective orange hand cleaner at shift's end and go home for the day. That's exactly what I did as an army motor pool mechanic when we were not in the field.

No more from me on this thread. Promise.

Old School's Comment
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How much do limousine drivers make?

Not enough to have to put up with hauling around folks with tattoos and beards - yuck! good-luck.gif


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.

C T.'s Comment
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Don't believe anybody has pointed out the obvious. How do you expect to land a local job with zero otr experience? Sure it's possible but, you gotta get lucky and location is key. If only you could do a flatbed ride along lol. I had tarped and untarped twice today, then did a full trailer and equipment swap, secured and taped another load in the rain. You would probably faint from the atrocities.


Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.


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.

Vendingdude's Comment
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Dang I was too late to the party this time. Funnest thread in weeks. Raven you win the Troll of the Year award, well, maybe second. Ryan kept it going for weeks.

Bud A.'s Comment
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Oh, I missed it too, darn it! I didn't get a chance to lecture Ravenswood on how unhygienic shaving is. (Yes, you read that correctly.)

The Gillette Razor Company has brainwashed most of you, but shaving is in fact very unhygienic and greatly increases the chances of the shaver to contract infections through the many tiny nicks and cuts that even a 17-blade razor will produce.

And as far as hair inadvertently getting into your food, consider this: All hair follicles have a natural cycle where they produce hair, then go dormant for a time, and then start up again. When they go dormant, the hair falls out. (Check your comb sometime, for those of you with comb-able hair who doubt this.) This is true of head hair and beard hair (and other hair, but let's not go there.)

I have to pause a moment to admire that accidental rhyme.

Thank you for your patience. Back to the subject.

So, you're a germophobe who's worried about someone's beard hair getting into your food? Better cook everything yourself, or only eat food prepared by women, because all the shavers are shedding dormant hair follicles from their faces every day too.

You just can't see it when it hits your food, because it's more like a salt and pepper shaker than a gnarly beard hair that stands out.

A salt and pepper shaker covered with bad bacteria that has been growing in neighboring nicks and cuts on your face that your stinging alcohol man rinse didn't quite kill off this morning.

Bon appetit!!


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.


Operating While Intoxicated

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Thank the Romans for that damn clean-shaven bit. I'd rather be a Greek who trips on his beard.

Kat's Comment
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Gee thanks, Bud... LOL I will never look at my food the same way again.


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