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PJ's Comment
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Always remember the time spent dealing with the customer is only a small fraction of your day. Also your one more truck for them that day, they probably have had numerous trucks before you and will have more after you. It human nature to think of what is going on for us, and we rarely think about the other sides perspective. Always choose to foscus on what you have the ability to change not on those things you have no control over. Life gets frustrating all by itself at times, no need to give it a helping hand

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

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.

Chris eff's Comment
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Ahh thanks guys. I guess i was keeping score kind of without realizing it. And im delivering to walmart. It amazes me how many of them there are. It also amazes me how many waffle houses there are. Will work on counting my blessings and looking at the positives.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Ahh thanks guys. I guess i was keeping score kind of without realizing it. And im delivering to walmart. It amazes me how many of them there are. It also amazes me how many waffle houses there are. Will work on counting my blessings and looking at the positives.

it is perfectly acceptable to like or dislike something and to try various things to find what you like.

G Town stated that most carriers will assign a dedicated once in a awhile. Yep, ONCE in 2.5 years i have had to do a Walmart run. I hated it. Its not for me. And you can find companies that will limit that exposure.

As for the reefers, OTR reefers are one big container without the dividers.

If you are finding the company is not for you....which is possible, not all companies are good fit...then wait for your year to be up and appreciate what you have learned. Make a list of what you want and need and find a company that fits those as closely as possible.

Learn the differemce between realistic expectations and what you assume to be true. Ask other drivers how things are at their companies....drivers love talking about themselves, but be sure to identity the "bs"ers. Treat the next few months as a type of boot camp to make it through until you find something you want. If you are truly stressed or miserable at a company or with their policies, then wait the year and be happy elsewhere.

In the meantime, dont let that distract you or accidents could occur!!!

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OTR:

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
nny403's Comment
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Ahh thanks guys. I guess i was keeping score kind of without realizing it. And im delivering to walmart. It amazes me how many of them there are. It also amazes me how many waffle houses there are. Will work on counting my blessings and looking at the positives.

I've been lurking as I'm still looking at how to get into this industry and do something a bit better suited to my personality but I'm currently killing time working for a large convenience store chain that has it's ups and downs. On the whole isn't too bad. Anyway, part of my job is receiving freight with commercial drivers. Our main delivery comes from 18-wheelers, then it simply depends what truck is dispatched for things like Coke, Pepsi, Redbull and alcohol.

The drivers we keep track of are the ones with a friendly attitude, and hopefully we don't screw them by calling our vendor reps and saying "We like him, please keep using him."

Normally the drivers are supposed to unload and stock the shelves. But they're always in a hurry. Most managers take this to be lazy. We just ask "Are you by mile or hourly?" and "How can we make this simple for both of us since we're in a hurry?" "Did your dispatch let you know about the "x" credits" we have?" When they arrive on premises. Gives them a second to decide how they want to approach it.

That's our current batch. The old batch who were unfriendly and difficult to deal with got held to complete corporate standards. Seriously a smile and "how can I make this easy for you?" from the driver means we bend over backwards to accommodate because we're usually solo or pressed and God love the drivers, their scheduled arrival times always coincide with low coverage and high customer count. Or make sure you tell them your name and introduce yourself. Then you're a person not a uniform. My $0.02 from the other side of trying to manage a flow of product and people. Granted we are also keen enough to realize that our account is a small one and try to keep their visit time down so we get what we need (credits and the like)

Hope I can make it into the industry, I need a couple years experience before I can drive for our energy division (fuel delivery) and those guys say it's 75% good and 25% bad which is a pretty good average. Fortunately our fuel guys have enough time while dropping a load to chat and answer questions.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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