New Women Drivers !

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Donna M.'s Comment
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As a new woman driver what kinds of things do you find you have to work a little harder at ...me .. Landing gear some just won’t move. I find a yard dog, it only takes him a moment. Fifth wheel release pump the air bags will give so help. Back doors with the wings can be rough latching. I carry zip ties works great. Load locks for me are hilarious. I’m short they long and I’m trying to balance over my head. I about die laughing putting those dang things in. What makes your day out here ?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rainy D.'s Comment
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I concur!!! Im big and strong but short. I have seriously kicked the landing gear handle to get it to move or put my entire weight on it. meat and beer loads are the worst.

On the International, the load locks are on the other side so i have to climb across the air lines to get them, gonna be fun in the snow and ice.

Climbing out of the trailer scares me. im a klutz and one day ill break my foot. lol

Half Pint's Comment
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I'm 5' 1"... I never considered my height, in this case "shortness" until I started flatbed. I just never thought that being shorter made a difference lol.

I learned that not everyone can just stay be there and rest their chin on the deck of the trailer lol.

I can't always reach the d-rings to bungee my tarp so I bought a step stool and finally a ladder.

The first time I picked up a coil I couldn't reach the snap binders from the ground. I had to figure it out, so I got up on the trailer and attached my bar to snap binder. Then I bungeed a chain to the handle and ran it off the side of the trailer and then I could close the binder from the ground by grabbing the chain.

Throwing a strap over a really tall load is a challenge. I'm getting better but I envy those 6' something guys with their long arms.

Pulling a tarp off also poses a challenge because of the angle of the tarp to the ground because I'm so short. It's like pulling the dang thing straight down.

Getting lumber from my headache rack... I have to climb up to the top of my rack to get it.

I'm sure I look hilarious but I don't care, I just have to make adjustments. I've been really lucky to get some good advice from other drivers.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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