Rough Day

Topic 24232 | Page 1

Page 1 of 1
Rob T.'s Comment
member avatar

Here I sit, 630 in the morning stuck in mud and requiring a tow out. I was scheduled for 13 hours and have to wait about 90 minutes for the tow truck. This particular customer is a catering kitchen that operates out of a building in their farm house. They have a gravel driveway and I figured as long as I stayed on the gravel I'd be ok. Despite having some rocks down, I lost traction while backing and slid into their grass. We had quite a bit of rain yesterday. I wasn't able to rock the truck out unfortunately so I'll have to be winched out. Really sucks, I gave my 2 week notice yesterday and now I'll have to call my future employer later today and explain what happened and see if they want to move forward as this was preventable.

Brett Aquila's Comment
member avatar

Oh, that's a crappy way to start the day but I certainly wouldn't sweat it. Getting stuck in the mud at a farm is far from being a crime. I very much doubt your new company will be concerned about that. You have quite a bit of solid experience at this point and getting stuck in the mud at a farm is no big deal. In fact, it's certainly not an accident and I don't see why you would have to report it at all. I mean, it's mud. Stuck happens. No biggie.

The most important thing is to get on with your day is if nothing happened. Don't let that distract you. Your job is super tough as it is. You need to stay relaxed and focused so you can get through the rest of this day safely.

Move forward, don't sweat it.

Rob T.'s Comment
member avatar

I figure I'll give them a call later today and explain the situation in case my current company puts it on my DAC. I don't want them to believe I'm trying to hide anything. I took some pictures and at least there's no damage other than my pride. Thankfully they're sending someone from Rock Island out to give me a hand since I'll be behind schedule. They won't be here for another 3 hours but at least I'll get a helping hand. Definitely not going to allow it to distract me once I get moving again I've seen it play out here numerous times when someone focuses too much on a previous incident a larger one is bound to happen.

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.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
member avatar
In fact, it's certainly not an accident and I don't see why you would have to report it at all.

Unfortunately, here at OD it would be a "accident" as well, you would have to take pictures fill out accident report and meet with safety. I doubt anything would come of it, especially if you have a clean record so far.

Rob T.'s Comment
member avatar

Talked to one of my managers about it, he said it goes down as preventable because I had to be pulled out by a wrecker. I left a voicemail with future employer informing them of what happened I haven't heard back yet. They ended up not sending me any help because they feel I can get back on schedule which I've made up about an hour after being behind 2 hours. One of the other drivers out of my yard told me he'll meet up with me in a couple hours after his route is finished. I'm surprised I haven't been told I need to go for a drug test. I'm not worried about passing one, I just figured they'd be sending me.

Rob T.'s Comment
member avatar

Ended up only being 10 minutes behind at 2pm when I met up with the other driver for my final 6 stops. We finished my route an hour ahead of schedule and the customers were extremely happy, they were told I was 2 hours behind and my last stops wouldn't be delivered until 7pm. Last stop was off the truck just before 4pm. Future employer is surprised my current employer is listing as preventable and putting on DAC but it is what it is. They don't seem too concerned about it as there was no damage and no citation. This is the pic I took after trying to wiggle my way out. I didn't have far to go behind me, or to the driver side until the compacted dirt driveway but everytime I tried to move I dug in deeper. I tried using my curb ramp, a sheet of metal we use to roll up the curb rather than needing to pull the 2 wheeler up, to roll up onto with my drive tires but the truck was too deep and it didn't do any good.

This portion didn't have really any gravel which made this situation worse.

0563326001546993880.jpg

This was the aftermath of their yard after I got dragged out.

0780550001546993994.jpg

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.

PackRat's Comment
member avatar

Only damage is your pride, which is a good thing. Too bad a customer will have a location that needs a serious upgrade in order to meet large car standards. "We get big trucks in here all the time"....

Page 1 of 1

New Reply:

New! Check out our help videos for a better understanding of our forum features

Bold
Italic
Underline
Quote
Photo
Link
Smiley
Links On TruckingTruth


example: TruckingTruth Homepage



example: https://www.truckingtruth.com
Submit
Cancel
Upload New Photo
Please enter a caption of one sentence or less:

Click on any of the buttons below to insert a link to that section of TruckingTruth:

Getting Started In Trucking High Road Training Program Company-Sponsored Training Programs Apply For Company-Sponsored Training Truck Driver's Career Guide Choosing A School Choosing A Company Truck Driving Schools Truck Driving Jobs Apply For Truck Driving Jobs DOT Physical Drug Testing Items To Pack Pre-Hire Letters CDL Practice Tests Trucking Company Reviews Brett's Book Leasing A Truck Pre-Trip Inspection Learn The Logbook Rules Sleep Apnea
Done
Done

0 characters so far - 5,500 maximum allowed.
Submit Preview

Preview:

Submit
Cancel

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More