My Experience So Far With Schneider And Going Forward

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Jamie'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.

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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.

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Yeah, I was pretty excited to do a FedEx run, but today has changed my mind about future runs! rofl-1.gif

Then everyone was in such a big rush, cutting people off while they're backing, etc. The FedEx in PerrysBurg, OH wasn't bad, there wasn't random trailers all over the place, you actually had room to move about without worrying about hitting something every few feet, etc.

Dave (formerly known as K's Comment
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The run I did was FT Worth to Denver. Both were well organized. Denver was pretty strict. Escorted the whole time while doing a drop and hook. FT Worth was laid back.

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.

Jamie's Comment
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The run I did was FT Worth to Denver. Both were well organized. Denver was pretty strict. Escorted the whole time while doing a drop and hook. FT Worth was laid back.

The one in Perrysburg was well organized as well. Thinking about it now, the other one was probably so bad due to the holidays and you know there are a lot of lazy truckers out there. So why waste time actually putting your trailer where it's supposed to go... When you can just drop it in the middle of the row... rofl-1.gif

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.

Jamie's Comment
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Someone sideswipe my trailer while I was in the Flying J.. Of course the guy is gone by the time I got back outside. I decided to call my DBL about it but it basically turned into a discussion about using G.O.A.L, and what I could improve on. Over all it was a good discussion but it lead me to believe he simply thought I did the damage. Of course I can understand why with no proof since no one show it or at least told me.

But he did tell me a few things such as if I don't feel comfortable backing once I get to a customer, I can call him asap and he'll contact customer service to figure something out. I've only been to a few places where I didn't feel comfortable backing at due to lack of skills but I got it done.

This is the third time I've been hit without knowing who did it. Once on my driver side, once on my passenger side they got my mirror a tiny scratch and hit the truck a tiny bit and once now where someone sideswiped my trailer. Of course if no one saw it, they would leave without owning up to it.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Jamie's Comment
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Just to add to my previous reply: all 3 times were small damages a few scratches basically.

G-Town's Comment
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For future reference...

The chain Truck Stops; most have 24x7 camera surveillance. If you are still at the TA and think it’s necessary, speak to a manager about it. It might clear you of any wrong doing and identify the clown who hit and ran. In all likelihood, he is in another spot at the same TA. Hopefully Schneider will not give you another preventable for this scrape because it sounds like your DL is skeptical.

Whenever I park at a TS, I look for single, open spots where it’s likely I will be leaving (after completing my 30 minute break) before the trucks on either side of me vacate their spots. Call it a minor level of temporary protection. This way the risk of being hit is much lower in the 10 minutes I am away from the rig while using the restroom, grabbing a PayDay (favorite candy bar) and refilling my coffee mug.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I would also get a dash cam. Hopefully they hit it hard enough to make the truck shake.

Even better get the one with cameras for the sides

Jamie's Comment
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Hopefully Schneider will not give you another preventable for this scrape because it sounds like your DL is skeptical.

Surprisingly they didn't give me a preventable from when I hit the rock piller at the loves in NJ. If they even thought of giving me one for this I would speak up, since i wasn't at fault here.

But my DBL is laid back compared to my last one, he left as he got a job offer for another OC so I got assigned a new DBL.

I could have went about not reporting it as I was considering since it's only small damages and I've picked up trailers with far worse damage. I normally take pictures of trailers I pickup in case they call me up one day asking about certain damages. Since everything isn't worth reporting, but I cover my own ass.

I'll be at the same Flying J until 4am tomorrow, so I should ask about seeing the video if they have it and would allow it. I know the time frame it happened.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Jamie I really like your posts. I start training with Schneider in Green Bay next week, so your experiences are super interesting to me. You must have a laptop computer with you. Do most drivers carry a laptop now days?

Jamie's Comment
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Jamie I really like your posts. I start training with Schneider in Green Bay next week, so your experiences are super interesting to me. You must have a laptop computer with you. Do most drivers carry a laptop now days?

Glad you like it! I carry a laptop with me to browse the internet, watch YouTube/Hulu/Netflix/etc, I use the data off my phone. I thought about buying access to wifi at Pilot Flying J, it's not bad to pay for a year.

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