My Experience So Far With Schneider And Going Forward

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Jamie's Comment
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I suppose this thread is more of a "my trucking life" type thing, as there isn't a whole lot to actually post about besides the stuff I do/see everyday. But maybe some people will find it interesting! rofl-2.gifundefined

Dave (formerly known as K's Comment
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Keep it going! Reading about your experiences is inspiring.

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Even-Keel's Comment
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Yes, keep it going!!

Exactly what myself and likely others are interested in. Day to day life as a driver, plain and simple. Not just the highs and the lows. Many of us considering taking this leap of faith into trucking, want to be sure that any preconceived ideas we may have are as accurate as possible. What better way to get it than from someone who is out there doing it!

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I read everything, so yes, keep it going

Jamie's Comment
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Well tonight I'm actually picking up from FedEx ground in Chicago and delivering to another FedEx in OH, which is a bit funny I tried to team up for a FedEx account for the holidays since they were looking for 5-6 drivers out of the West Memphis OC, but I never heard anything back so I assume they found everybody but it was worth a shot!

Dave (formerly known as K's Comment
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COOL! From what I've "heard", FedEx runs are usually ran by teams. Even the short ones.

Jamie's Comment
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Well the FedEx load was supposed to be ready at 18:00 yesterday but I took a 10 hour break and got here by 3:30am. It's now almost 9 and it's stil not done being loaded. I only have 7 hours left on my clock, so hopefully they're done soon as it also delivers today, not to far away but still. And then it's starting to snow a little bit.

Han Solo Cup (aka, Pablo)'s Comment
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I was going to post some words of encouragement but this says it all...

Yes, keep it going!!

Exactly what myself and likely others are interested in. Day to day life as a driver, plain and simple. Not just the highs and the lows. Many of us considering taking this leap of faith into trucking, want to be sure that any preconceived ideas we may have are as accurate as possible. What better way to get it than from someone who is out there doing it!

Jamie's Comment
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Well now that I dropped that FedEx load off, I can discuss it a little more. Turns out the load was high value, I had to call in to have a security briefing and follow some extra steps. It wasn't to different mostly since the trip was only 231 miles. I have no idea what I was carrying because the paper work they provided had no information on it related to what was inside. '

I almost didn't make the load on time simply because I got delayed by FedEx. The load was supposed to be ready yesterday at 18:00 and my app window was from 18:00 to 8am today. So yesterday I took a 10 hour break and arrived at FedEx around 3:30am expecting to pick the load up and get out... But let me tell you this. This place was so unorganized, there were trailers everywhere. Middle of the row, all along the side, backing trailers in, etc. I could barely get through there with a 53' trailer. But I made it after looking around about 15 minutes, I found the area I was told to go to in order to check the trailer in, dropping it was simple.

So I went to Line Haul to get information about the load I was picking up , that's when I was told the load wasn't ready and wasn't going to be ready until 9am. So my 14 hour clock was running down since I already started my day. I was pretty tired anyways so I used these few hours to catch up on some much needed sleep. I didn't get the load until about 10am, so it was a little later then they said. It wasn't even a full load, only about 67% they said. It was real light, so I was happy about that. I hooked up to the trailer and did my pre-trip, getting out was a lot quicker then getting in. I had just enough hours to make the trip but I thought I wasn't going to make it, it started to lightly snow again, raining, was really foggy and traffic slowed down a few times.. So I felt everything was working against me! But I made it to FedEx here in Perrysburg, OH with an hour on my clock, this one was amazing. I got in and out very quickly, about time I got to the Flying J I'm parked at; I only had about 15 minutes left on my clock. Just enough time to do my pre-trip.

I'm now taking my 34 hour reset as I'm low on hours and won't get any recaps for another two days. Ran pretty hard this week, getting a good pay check which is always good!

Line Haul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
Dave (formerly known as K's Comment
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Last time (only time while team training) we did a FedEx run, I wound up doing an 8 in the sleeper while at FedEx. Used about an hour duty and about 20 minutes drive so had almost a full drive clock.

Well the FedEx load was supposed to be ready at 18:00 yesterday but I took a 10 hour break and got here by 3:30am. It's now almost 9 and it's stil not done being loaded. I only have 7 hours left on my clock, so hopefully they're done soon as it also delivers today, not to far away but still. And then it's starting to snow a little bit.

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