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Big Scott's Comment
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Once again, there is nothing to worry about. Most drivers have a hammer or tire thumper by their seat. We also have a fire extinguisher. Truck keys are bigger than car keys. Many trucks have knives strapped to their sides. Truck stops and shipper/receivers have people there. Why is a Marine so worried? I wouldn't want to mess with someone who"s truck says "Marine Veteran" on the door.

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.

Flatwater 's Comment
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File this in the "For what it's worth" bucket... I go to some very iffy locactions and carry everywhere I go, EXCEPT when I deliver onto military installations. In those circumstances, I have close friends nearby who "babysit" for a couple of hours. Otherwise, a .45 is in the truck.

BUT, and it is a very big BUT, I own my truck, I have my authority, I carry my insurance. That means it's MY ass if I get nailed. The risk you take by circumventing company policy is huge. If you are caught packing guns, knives, billy clubs, whackin' sticks, etc. when company explicitly prohibits weapons, kiss your job goodbye. And any legal ramifications are on you. I'm not sure if or how they could report that on your DAC , but that decision could haunt you the rest of your career.

Just my opinion. That and seven bucks will get you a cup of crappy Starbucks coffee...

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rainy D.'s Comment
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Legal ramifications equals.... one trucker got 4 years for a handgun in NJ cause we suck here. "but im legal in most states" yeah but not jersey. only cops and gang members carry here hahhaha.

and the one that baffles me.. an off duty Philly cop and his wife went to Atlantic City and got hit by a drunk driver. officer at the scene asked "do you have any weapons" off duty coo said "yeah, under my front seat is my off duty pistol".... off duty cop got arrested.

just not worth it.

Baffle:

A partition or separator within a liquid tank, used to inhibit the flow of fluids within the tank. During acceleration, turning, and braking, a large liquid-filled tank may produce unexpected forces on the vehicle due to the inertia of liquids.
Dan S.'s Comment
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" Why is a Marine so worried? I wouldn't want to mess with someone who"s truck says "Marine Veteran"

On the bus from Alabama to Springfield Missouri, I wore my U.S. Marine Retired baseball cap and / or had it sitting next to me.

From Montgomery to Springfield, o had both seats to myself.

I believe most just didn't want to suffer through endless hours of listening to my tall rales and sea stores!

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Must not ha e been any women on that bus. lol.... i love me a military guy lol

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Iove spicy food. I have pure food grade capsaicin in my truck. Along with Frank's, and a few other spicy condiments. I grabbed a small 6oz spray bottle, and mixed them all together. Adjust the sprayer accordingly, and the would be "bad person" gets a nice dose. And yes, I also use it to spray my food.

GreyWolf's Comment
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Once again, there is nothing to worry about. Most drivers have a hammer or tire thumper by their seat. We also have a fire extinguisher. Truck keys are bigger than car keys. Many trucks have knives strapped to their sides. Truck stops and shipper/receivers have people there. Why is a Marine so worried? I wouldn't want to mess with someone who"s truck says "Marine Veteran" on the door.

Not Worried Big Scott, just curious about this industry and the changes affecting driver safety. There are many "Legal Improvisions" I have taught civilians over the years that will yield more ghastly damage than a firearm. No, friend not worried, just confirming my need to "improvise" "Plain Sight" tools and tricks to treat tricksters should they feel the desire, to acquire what sits upon the tires, as I dream. Semper Fi` Bro see ya on the road.

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.

Marc Lee's Comment
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Some cities have additional restrictions. Pretty sure Chicago is not the same as rest of the State.

Bill and Rainy make good points. To Rainys point, Illinois is the same way. The only state permit Illinois recognize is it's own. But multiple states recognize Illinois permit. It can get complicated. I believe it's the Utah and Arizona ccw permit that if you get you can carry in something like 40 states. You actually could get an Illinois ccw as an out of state applicant if you want to pay 300 dollars and a 6 month minimum waiting period. But in the grand scheme of things tools like a hammer, flashlight, tire thumper would do just fine.

G-Town's Comment
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Common sense, good judgement and situational awareness is at the root of protecting ourselves from the potential of risk and danger. Holds true for most every aspect of this job.

I’ll leave it at that...

TommyGun's Comment
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Dog chain, padlock wrapped in a bandana, roll of quarters....

I carry a Leatherman Super Tool.

If firearms were allowed, I'd have a .357 Magnum in the truck.

Big supporter of the 2nd Amendment.

Company policy did not protect Reginald King. And he was the only one obeying the law that day.

Did not deserve what happened to him.

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.
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