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Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Stephanie

Did you get to where you were going or not? Safely and without too much hassle?

Then you did ok. Lesson learned and filled away for future reference.

Good luck.

Raptor

Kurt G.'s Comment
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Lol. I know it is Wal Mart. I was frustrated when I sent the message.

Lol, just checking. Last time I had to type it in I couldn't remember how many L's it had. Anyway, I guess most things with a search function these days will find it as long as you get close.

Don's Comment
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I use the following tools to get me to a location:

1. GPS 2. Google Maps, Earth and Streetview. I have used the last two to see the layout of the plant, DC or customer location and where to enter, the docks locations and even where the receiving office is! Street view is a wonderful thing. It has been a big time help to this rookie. Admittedly, since I stay in Ohio the vast majority of the time, I do not use my road atlas much, except to find low bridges and weigh stations. I don't know how the "old-timers" were able to find some of these places 20-30 plus years ago. 3. The one thing I absolutely will do if I am going to a new place is I call their shipping and receiving and ask a few questions relating to times they open, where to enter if uncertain and any general policies or requirements they have. Takes a couple minutes to do, but doing so has been very helpful and cuts down on any stress caused by "rushing".

Dm:

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Stephanie K.'s Comment
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Thanks everyone for the advice. It really helps.

Old School's Comment
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I don't know how the "old-timers" were able to find some of these places 20-30 plus years ago.

Don, you answered your own question when you said this...

The one thing I absolutely will do if I am going to a new place is I call their shipping and receiving and ask a few questions relating to times they open, where to enter if uncertain and any general policies or requirements they have.

That's what they did. Now you have to remember they had no cell phones. What they would do is get to a nearby truck stop and call the customer for the same information you mentioned. Back in the day the truck stops had pay phones at the tables in the restaurant, or they'd have a special room or hallway with a bunch of payphones in it for the truckers to use. It's interesting to point out that the payphones were also used to get your dispatch information.

G-Town's Comment
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...to add to this, there were also banks of payphones at shippers/receivers.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Stephanie K.'s Comment
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O m g. I was just talking about the phones they used to have on the tables at the truck stop restaurants. I always thought that was so cool

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