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Gerald H. AKA Doc's Comment
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It has been 8 weeks now since I took the job with Dot Foods. The job itself is exactly what I had expected it to be and now I get out of diapers and into big boy pants. the job is very demanding with forced dispatch but I like it that way. The hard work of unloading my own truck at this point will start paying off. Also it breaks up the time of driving. With the exception of this week there has been no down time what so ever and the down time this week is because of the holidays. I will start my new carrer as a solo driver tomorrow morning at 6 am headed for Vidalia Ga. for a drop and hook. From my understanding, drop and hooks will be the norm for me for a few weeks. After that I will be doing drop and hooks and unloading my own trailer combined. That is when the good money starts rolling in. I have learned a lot in a short period of time and still learning as I go. one of the major things I have learned is how many idiots there are on the road today. I never gave it much thought untill I was in a big rig going down the interstate at 70 mph having people cut me off within inches it seems in front of my bumper. Or haveing people pass on the right as I am turning on the on ramp to enter the interstate. I now have a new outlook on big rigs on the road and give them all the respect they deserve. I have also learned how to use the horn quite well and started a new collection of middle fingers. lol. As far as my family is concerned they are adjusting well to me not being home and I cherish the time I am at home. This company isn't like most where I am gone for 3 or 4 weeks at a time. I have been home every weekend except one sice I have started and I realy dont see that changeing to much as time goes on. To Trucking Truth I have to say thanks for all the training programs and to all the people that post on here that are full of information. It has helped me tremendously. Although I dont post much I read a lot and the information is incredible. Any ways I want to wish everyone a happy new year and safe days and nights on the road. God Bless. Doc

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.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Woody's Comment
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Congrats Doc!!!

I know what ya mean about the other drivers. I have been out with my trainer for 14 days and have already seen more than I ever cared to see. I can honestly say I have saved two careless drivers from injury or death. It's incredible, I had one guy cut the driver ahead of me off and then slam on his breaks! Your right about the different perspective after being in a truck. I always considered myself to be a very safe driver, but what I've seen and learned over these last couple of months has really opened my eyes.

Be safe out there.

Woody

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey that's great news Doc! I don't think I ever spoke with anyone that works for DOT Foods. Combination of drop/hook & unloading, eh? That should be interesting. Keep us updated on how things go for ya and be safe out there!

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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.

Homer T's Comment
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Hey Doc, are you still at Dot foods? I just got my license and hoping to make Dot my first job in the industry. I know a lot of guys don't like to unload but that's part of the reason I chose to apply there. I want that physical part of the job. I made it through three interviews and a road test. Now scheduled for physical, drug test, and physical ability test. If all goes well I'll be starting in two weeks. Just wondering if you were still there or have any more info on the company. I've only talked to 6 or 7 drivers from there but they all seem to love it.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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