Just Finished My First Week Solo With TMC

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Steve C.'s Comment
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So far so good. I take a little longer to secure loads than other drivers but I know I'll get there with time. They gave me all new tarps with the truck and trailer and I had two pre-loaded trailers this week where I had to give up a brand new tarp for an old patched one at the shipper lol. The old ones roll up more easily though. I don't really have a logical train of thought in this post, but I thought I'd stop in and let everyone know how it's been going. I've been busy but having fun. Other TMC Transport drivers have been really nice whenever I run into them anywhere. I get a real sense of family from this company. Sometimes they can tell I'm new and instead of saying "stupid rookie" they give me helpful advice for that shipper/load. I think I'm going to stick with this company for a long time.

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.

Starcar's Comment
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Steve, I'm glad you are enjoying flatbedding !! And its always better, when you have a company who's drivers are friendly and helpful...Keep checking in with us...

Steve C.'s Comment
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Steve, I'm glad you are enjoying flatbedding !! And its always better, when you have a company who's drivers are friendly and helpful...Keep checking in with us...

I will whenever I have the time. It gets busy out there, in a good way. I almost forgot to post a few pictures. This is the truck the night I got it. 1460268_10201010266039954_233333250_n.jp and this is the side where they put my name on it for me. 1474737_10201013775727694_296457326_n.jp and finally, this is how dirty I am at the end of each day, and often at the start of the day. 1454836_10201065056409679_7973125_n.jpg

Starcar's Comment
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Steve...I gotta get you makin' those "Trucker Wipes" I used to use when we were flatbedding...they get you clean, they are cheap to make...you don't have to rinse after you use them...AND...they leave you smelling so very good !!. I get to be the first to say it ~~!!!!smile.gif

WHAT A GREAT LOOKING PETERCAR !!!!!!! You will hate the black (hard to keep clean), but it speaks to a true truckers soul.....Nice Ride Rookie !!!

Its neat that they put your name on your truck....so you can find it at the I 80 Truck Stop rofl-3.gifrofl-1.gif

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Steve C.'s Comment
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Steve...I gotta get you makin' those "Trucker Wipes" I used to use when we were flatbedding...they get you clean, they are cheap to make...you don't have to rinse after you use them...AND...they leave you smelling so very good !!. I get to be the first to say it ~~!!!!smile.gif

I do have some like, hand sanitizing wipes that I have used all over a few times when I shut down places without showers. They work ok, but doesn't compare to the hot water.

WHAT A GREAT LOOKING PETERCAR !!!!!!! You will hate the black (hard to keep clean), but it speaks to a true truckers soul.....Nice Ride Rookie !!!

That's why TMC pays for a wash once a week and requires a wash at least every other week :)

Its neat that they put your name on your truck....so you can find it at the I 80 Truck Stop rofl-3.gifrofl-1.gif

I went to the I 80 truck stop once with my trainer, and unless I am going to be shutting down for a 34 I wont go there again. It was such a time drain just getting in and out. I wanna make the most of my logbook dancing-banana.gif

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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Congratulations Steven!

I run into TMC Drivers at a lot of the places I go to, so hopefully we will meet up one day. I'll keep an eye out for you.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey it's great to hear from ya and glad things are going well out there! First solo week - welcome to the big time!!!

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I get a real sense of family from this company. Sometimes they can tell I'm new and instead of saying "stupid rookie" they give me helpful advice for that shipper/load

Oh they can always tell that you're a rookie but that's totally cool. Veterans are almost always happy to help out a rookie when they see you're interested in learning from them. Nobody wants to waste their time on a know-it-all or someone with a bad attitude. But if you're willing to listen and you're eager to learn then the overwhelming majority of veterans out there are more than happy to give you any help they can. So don't be shy about asking for a little help. Approach people the right way and they'll be happy to do it.

It won't be long at all - a matter of a few months even - and you'll know enough to start helping out guys who just finished up their training and are in the position you're in now.

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.

HeavyHauler's Comment
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That is a gorgeous 379. I like the fact that they put your name on it. Maybe I can convince my DM at Schneider to let me do the same to mine. After all, the tanker division is supposedly like a small company. Drivers all know each other, and are helpful. But I heard this and have yet to experience it. I will gladly trade you the cascadia's they issue us for that Pete. smile.gif

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.
ButtonUp's Comment
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Got to say, I am a little jealous!!!

A "REAL" truck with a "REAL" trucking job...

CONGRATULATIONS!

Steve C.'s Comment
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Thanks everybody, it is a great truck, even though it has near 900,000 miles on it. I can't wait to see the places I'll go next, this is exactly the lifestyle and adventure I was looking for, and the paycheck is nice too.

Congratulations Steven!

I run into TMC Drivers at a lot of the places I go to, so hopefully we will meet up one day. I'll keep an eye out for you.

Definitely do, my truck number is 91447 if that helps you to spot me from afar.

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