Got A New Truck This Week.

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Junkyard Dog's Comment
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I've had a tough couple weeks with little things going wrong on the truck antifreeze leak, alternator went out this after having the starter and batteries replaced a few weeks back. I was doing more time sitting waiting for things to get fixed detention pay doesn't pay the bills. Was getting really frustrated. My dispatcher kept telling me don't worry things are going to get better, I didn't b**** but like I said was getting frustrated. He got me routed back to the terminal for my Hometime, almost didn't want to take it because I needed the money. I pulled into the terminal started getting my stuff together to go see my girlfriend, when there was a knock on my door. It was the guy in charge of the fleet, I said what's up Gary... He said are you ready for a new truck? I joked and said with all the work done on this recently should be good to go. I thought he was just going to put me in another truck. He pointed over at the wash bay and said how'd you like a brand new one? 2019 T680 Kenworth... automatic, looked at it and said just when I got used to driving the manual you put me in an automatic and we both laughed. What a sweet ride... everything is literally at your fingertips. Feel like a kid in a candy store. Put 2300 miles on it the first 6 days... really like working for my company I walk into the office to see my dispatcher and everyone knows my name? Only been there six months that's counting my training. If I have a moral to the story it's don't b**** when things go bad, I bite my tongue because I don't feel I have the equity built up to question things. I run into our other drivers on the road and talk about terminal rats LOL. All they do is b**** about things. I always make up excuses to get the hell away from them... listening to them doesn't put money in my pocket


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, 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.
Jamie's Comment
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What no pictures for us! confused.gifrofl-1.gif

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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I'll second that, NO PICTURES??

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Whooo hooo!!! yeah oics needed

Junkyard Dog's Comment
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I will put pictures up but I just came out of Pennsylvania put up with the 6 to 9 in of snow and ice and had to run my butt off the last two days to make my delivery today. I'll have some time tomorrow. BTW how do you people deliver in some of these small towns in Pennsylvania? Roads are so narrow, and the places I deliver were built in the 1880s and early 1900s... I must be getting better at backing because I haven't hit anything and I get it in... but God isn't very happy with some of my thoughts as I deal with these issues LOL

Susan D. 's Comment
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Hahaha Junkyard.. but Pennsylvania is FUN, they said lol. I'm sitting my favorite little mom n pop on I80, the Kylertown KwikFill off exit 132. Headed to Pittston with a load of windows to deliver early in the morning. I'm thinking I'm going to sneak in there tonight, break there and be ready to roll out with a full clock. I'm not hearing good things about the pilot down the street lol.

PA is always fun and even the "truck routes" can be a little crazy. Been almost a year since I've been out here since I switched back to Midwest regional , but I'm like a bad girl. Good girls go to heaven but bad girls go everywhere.


Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Old School's Comment
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Cressona, PA is one of my continual destinations. It has it all. Navigating through residential areas. Very narrow streets. Utility poles installed at the curb of those narrow streets (most of which are scarred deeply from big rigs rubbing them). Low bridges, one of which is featured in this article, Don't You Dare Miss That Sign. Truck routes that seem quite questionable, and of course four wheelers who don't have a clue why you're taking up their part of the road when turning. Don't even expect them to be courteous or let you into the flow of traffic if you need to turn into a crowded street.

There's nothing nice about their neighboring state New Jersey either. Once while taking a break there I took a walk and discovered this poor driver who had tangled his rig up with a large tree branch that was hanging over the road.


Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Junkyard Dog's Comment
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Junkyard Dog's Comment
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I give up I sent the same picture twice and when I preview them they were upside down I don't know what I'm doing???


Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Nice truck

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