Officially 1 Year Now.

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Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Today is officially my 1 year anniversary at Old Dominion, I spent 2 months with West Side Transport and as great as of a company as they are, taking this opportunity at OD was the best life decision I have made in years.

I never thought I would make it past my first week solo, as it was pretty much a disaster. I had to stay in a hotel on my first day, a run I now do in 11-12 hours. Second day I screwed on the company directions and took the longer harder route to the next terminal and since I had no cell service in rural WI once I got some I had 3 messages from the dispatcher at my destination asking me if everything was alright and why was I taking the scenic route. The rest of the week wasnt much better either.

I had 2 no contact accidents 1 day apart in December, first one I forgot to roll down legs and pulled out from under the trailer letting it slam down, luckily there was no damage. The next day I was in a rush to go home and was worried about the legs do I made sure to roll them down buuut I forgot to take airlines off rear trailer and pulled them off of the dolly. Since then I have been accident free and have been ranked near the top for fuel mileage and have even received a commendation for fuel mileage, and this was from a guy who was terrified to drive a stick and thought he was the worst shifter in history.

I will have to see for certain but after my 1 year raise kicks in today I should be at or over 60 cpm , and so far have been averaging 2,000 plus miles a week on the extra board. As long as OD will keep me I don't see myself leaving and only have 30 years left to retirement.

So moral of this long post for the new guys is to stick it out, there will be a lot of ups and downs. Don't make a couple bad days frustrate you into giving up.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Dispatcher:

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Turtle's Comment
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Congratulations Bob! The one-year mark is a huge step, and one to be proud of.

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Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Congratulations

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