Can't Find Drivers

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Susan D. 's Comment
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I've got a story for you all. I was in Detroit. I'd delivered my load to Chrysler, doing the typical drop n hook. Took my 10 hour break at the Oasis, then loaded at this very tight little place.. for the life of me I can't remember the shippers name. Anywho very tight and tricky. I arrive and am walking around surveying this mess, trying to figure out how to get in the dock.. very tight indoor docks with a hodgepodge of utility poles and metal posts all in the way in front of the docks.

2 guys approached me and one said he'd been here many times and the other guy worked there. They told me exactly how to get into the dock and both spotted me in. Yes, it was that tight. Just as I finish docking, another driver shows up. A male driver. I was doing paperwork and I hear a huge crash and people yelling. Not only did this driver hit the side of the building going in, he also ripped off a trailer door. I felt sooo sorry for him. Apparently, he wasn't offered the assistance like I was, even from the employees. I really felt bad that I was so preoccupied and didn't offer him help.

I've had a guy help me at the fuel island when I had a wiper break. He actually replaced it for me lol. I've had them wash my windshield, help slide tandems , fifth wheels, help replace headlight bulbs, and offer spot me in.

YES, the ladies are spoiled out here and any guy who's struggling, as Rainy said, gets laughed at, heckled on the CB, and even worse, ends up on YouTube.

When I first began driving, I was literally told, "you'll be okay. Guy's will help you so take advantage if it, if you need it."

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.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Harry H. [ navypoppop ]'s Comment
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LTW T, If you are looking for a real answer to your question just listen to and read Rainey and Susan's replies. These are 2 of the most sincere and well educated people and not just women on the forum that give the greatest information, advice and guidance to anyone here on the forums and not just women. I feel that if a man were writing this particular question you raised it might be considered a gender issue against women and there is no way anyone here on TT would be guilty of those feelings. Every moderator here is intelligent, experienced and fair and by no way would ever show any racist or gender bias against anyone. Maybe "any" driver should be considered for a job just not based on age, race or gender as long as they are qualified just like any other job career.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Mujaahida D.'s Comment
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YES, the ladies are spoiled out here and any guy who's struggling, as Rainy said, gets laughed at, heckled on the CB, and even worse, ends up on YouTube.

When I first began driving, I was literally told, "you'll be okay. Guy's will help you so take advantage if it, if you need it."

Hi Everyone

Losing focus over a pee bottle is not helpful. Don't you have your own pee bottle or other possible annoyance as he sees it? When in Rome do as the Roman does. Team driving is difficult and being on the outside looking for a team driver, I have been told many negative things about it. You have the option of solo driving if you can't find a co-driver. Just as some men have hygiene issues so do some women. I wish you the best in finding a co-driver, but you have to be willing to give to receive.

Cheers Mali

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