FIRST LOAD!!

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Reaper's Comment
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Just finished my first load from Springfield, Missouri to Winter Haven, Florida

First shift was a dream everything went amazing.

Second shift was a nightmare...

Car fire so all traffic lanes blocked on an overpass just before Atlanta.

Gridlock parking lot traffic just after Atlanta.

Severe rain to the point where i could barely see the road in front of me. Crawled with flasher on at 35-45.

Multiple accidents littered the highway.

Hit every red light ever made on the entire way after getting off interstate.

Flooding on streets on way to truck stop to park for night because of all of above made me run out of hours.

Ended with pulling into the truck stop with 7 minutes left on clock....

I went from being on track and was about to take my 10 hour at the 90 so i could be early, instead ran 2 hours late....

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Reaper's Comment
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Then to top it off got pulled into weigh stations 5 times ans every one was backed up with trucks.

G-Town's Comment
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Winter Haven FL...did that happen to be the Walmart DC located in that town?

Okay...so you encountered some setbacks, you arrived safe, that's what really counts. Congratulations on that fact alone!

How did you communicate the delays (as they were occurring) to your dispatcher/driver manager?

Dispatcher:

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.

Driver Manager:

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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And in writing on the QC???

Always put it in writing. If dispatch tries to call me, I hang up. "Sorry lost signal...what did u want?". Covers your butt.

Good job though!

Penny's Comment
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You did great with obstacles in your way! Great job!!

Errol V.'s Comment
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It's always that first one, Reaper. Like G-Town & Penny said, getting "there" safely with your load is most important. The obstacles you encountered were not of your making, but you obviously handled them well.

The most important part of handling delays is to use the QC to communicate any schedule changes. An old saw is "Not written, not said", so post your schedule changes with the Qualcomm. Rainy's advice is always good, until she finds you at a truck stop. Then you get the dungeon treatment.

You got a lot of first time on-your-own problems out of the way. Congratulations on a good first run!

Hint: If you have Google maps, or a GPS that gets traffic updates, check for traffic backups every so often. I have used Google maps traffic, and they'll send a notification if there's a problem ahead.

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.
Tim H.'s Comment
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Hey Reaper. Good job getting there safely. Bobtailed to the shipper for my first solo and found the trailer rear clearance lights out and a broken mudflap. Took it to the TA 24 miles up the highway and they couldn't get to it til the morning. This was after my truck gave me a regen warning twice and doing that took an hour before I could roll from shipper. Then needed to break because my 14 would be up by the time they got to it. Made sure I got a copy of receipt even though company has account. All's well delivery rescheduled. I guess this is trucking! Be safe out there.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

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.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Haha Errol!!! I already released home from my dungeon. Lol look how much he learned there

LDRSHIP's Comment
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You didn't eat him? I thought you captured rookies to eat.

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Maybe he was too skinny. You had to let the road do the job of plumping him up. LoL

John M.'s Comment
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Hopefully I'll never meet rainy put here haha, but kudos on your first safe run, I'm both excited for mine and terrified

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