My Work Update

Topic 22849 | Page 1

Page 1 of 1
Kevin L.'s Comment
member avatar

I figured it was time to update you all. As you may know I’ve been driving flatbed. Well like most people I guess the grass always looks greener on the other side. I’m coming upon my six month mark with this company and had my share of mishaps along the way. I found myself giving everything I felt I could for this job even breaking my log on several occasions. At one point I had some issues with my fleet manager who was angry with me for shutting down with 2:11 left on my 70 hour clock in my third week of recaps. I managed to treat him respectfully while disagreeing with him yet calling him sir repeatedly.

That upset me and had me looking to quit. Instead I thought about why I was so unhappy and realized it was because of the pay and the amount of work to earn it. I know I did and could get faster but securing and tarping was taking away from my abuility to drive and make more money.

I determined flatbed may not be for me and spoke to the company about their tcd division. I went through two days of training and got assigned a different truck and trailer last Friday my first two loads total about the same miles as my high mileage week of driving flatbed plus it’s likely I will get about another 1k before this week ends. I was also assigned a new fleet manager it is like night and day. And I still work for the same company. And for the first time I’m not afraid of dot or scales as I know my weights are good after scaling every load . Also I’m running much more detailed logs spending a lot of time in sleeper berth

Sleeper Berth:

The portion of the tractor behind the seats which acts as the "living space" for the driver. It generally contains a bed (or bunk beds), cabinets, lights, temperature control knobs, and 12 volt plugs for power.

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.

Fleet 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.
Steve L.'s Comment
member avatar

Congratulations on the new job. Congratulations on sticking with your company! Sometimes we need to find the right fit. Even though you may move into different roles, growing through your career brings its own sense of satisfaction that money can’t buy.

It is good to hear a success story. Cheers to more miles, more smiles and continued success!

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Turtle's Comment
member avatar

That's cool Kevin. Thanks for checking in. It's good to hear that things are looking up. Looking within your present company for another option was definitely a smart move. Good luck man!

Jeremy C.'s Comment
member avatar

Another great example for us newbies to learn from. Handled like a pro. And congratualtions on the job change!

I'm running under my trainers DM right now and not very happy about that. Can't wait until I get shifted to this other DM whom claimed me while I was still in school. Training is done in a few days, so I can hardly wait for that night and day difference.

Great example you've posted on how to handle a difficult situation.

Safe travels!

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.
andhe78's Comment
member avatar

Glad to hear from you. Was wondering how things were going for you since we’re with the same outfit.

Sorry you had issues. Hope the change works out for you.

Army 's Comment
member avatar

Jeremy

Just curious, how do you know the other DM will be night and day compared to what you are dealing with right now?

Not trying to start a conspiracy theory here just thinking to myself, how do you know the other DM?

Safe travels

Chris

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.
C T.'s Comment
member avatar

I hate to hear you didn't stick with the flatbed brotherhood, but it's not for everyone. I'm still figuring things out myself here. It took over a year for me to really get a solid routine for each type of load to get efficient. I considered making the switch myself at one point, but the 2 week minimum out time is a no go for me. You played it smart and stayed with maverick so that's definitely a plus. Hope all is well and good luck.

Page 1 of 1

New Reply:

New! Check out our help videos for a better understanding of our forum features

Bold
Italic
Underline
Quote
Photo
Link
Smiley
Links On TruckingTruth


example: TruckingTruth Homepage



example: https://www.truckingtruth.com
Submit
Cancel
Upload New Photo
Please enter a caption of one sentence or less:

Click on any of the buttons below to insert a link to that section of TruckingTruth:

Getting Started In Trucking High Road Training Program Company-Sponsored Training Programs Apply For Company-Sponsored Training Truck Driver's Career Guide Choosing A School Choosing A Company Truck Driving Schools Truck Driving Jobs Apply For Truck Driving Jobs DOT Physical Drug Testing Items To Pack Pre-Hire Letters CDL Practice Tests Trucking Company Reviews Brett's Book Leasing A Truck Pre-Trip Inspection Learn The Logbook Rules Sleep Apnea
Done
Done

0 characters so far - 5,500 maximum allowed.
Submit Preview

Preview:

Submit
Cancel

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More