Never JUST A Number At A Mega Carrier Unless You Choose To Be

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Rainy D.'s Comment
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I wrote an article.in the past about how I never feel like just a number. But I make an effort to be part of the awesomeness of my company.

Recently Prime lost an amazing driver and trainer. Not only did he help me understand the backing after I failed the first time, but he developed Primes backing reference points that have been taught here for years. He won the CDL instructor of the year four times in the past 10 years as well as having almost 2 million safe miles. I believe he was also Turtles trainer. Whenever I saw him at the terminal , he laughed and hugged me, proud that Im still trucking along. Although he had literally hundreds of students, he knew us all.

In response to his death, Prime held a memorial service at the terminal which was broadcast live online. We got the messages on our phone app and were encourgaed to tell stories to celebrate his life.

The point of all of this is that you will only ever just be a number if you so choose. If you choose to be extraordinary, you will be. All those who bash mega carriers have no idea the closeness and family atmosphere that can be created.

RIP Danny

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CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Steve L.'s Comment
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❤️😥

G-Town's Comment
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So sorry Rainy. His legacy lives on, in you and many others. May he rest in pease.

Turtle's Comment
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Yes he was my trainer, and he will always remain a powerful and lasting influence on me. I still spoke to him often. May he indeed rest in peace.

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Old School's Comment
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Thanks for posting this Rainy. I'm sorry to hear the news of this good man's death, and want to add to your point about not being just a number. I work for one of the largest, if not the very largest trucking company in North America. I am amazed sometimes by how many people in the company know who I am. I've always been treated with the utmost respect, make way more than the average truck driver's pay, and am perfectly content in my job.

This career is so misunderstood. Due to the hordes of people who bomb out early on in their attempts at trucking, the internet has a treasure trove of tales that are more gripping than enlightening to mislead the newcomers to this endeavor.

One of those many misconceptions is that the big mega carriers are somehow sinister in their dealings with their employees. Simple logic should cause a person with common sense to disregard such nonsense, but the never ending flow of it seems to overcome most people's intellect. We do what we can here to push back against the flood, but it's never ending supply of new failures at trucking seem to keep the myths alive and well.

One thing I have discovered... If you want to learn how to succeed at trucking, you've got to find people who have a track record of success at trucking. The same goes if you want to enjoy your trucking career, you need to learn from people who are living large as truck drivers. There are very few places on the internet that you'll find truckers who can both help you succeed and enjoy your success. You will find them here at Trucking Truth, and isn't it odd how most of them work for those big companies that get slammed and slandered on most trucking web sites.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rainy D.'s Comment
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Yes he was my trainer, and he will always remain a powerful and lasting influence on me. I still spoke to him often. May he indeed rest in peace.

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"Trifecta" .... show off!!! LOL

Turtle's Comment
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C'mon now, you don't think I'd miss an opportunity for shameless self promotion do you? :)

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