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Robsteeler's Comment
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Where'd the photo go? 🤔

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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This guy was not new. He is one of the senior DM's at that terminal. Every single one of them had a tendency to try and push drivers. But it was understandable, to a degree. This one just went way over the top. The Walmart dedicated accounts are a tight ship. And like Old School said, when poop hits the fan, it splatter effect is far and wide. My DM pushed me, because she knew my potential and she knew that I simply had rookie jitters at some times. And she was awesome about it. But she still ultimately let me guide my ship.

Terminal:

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.

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.
Ralph D.'s Comment
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Rainy (and others), this really is a great insight into being the captain of your ship. Thanks!

I have another question though about those phone apps. Is that instead of the Qualcomm or in conjunction with it?

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rainy D.'s Comment
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Rainy (and others), this really is a great insight into being the captain of your ship. Thanks!

I have another question though about those phone apps. Is that instead of the Qualcomm or in conjunction with it?

Our phone apps at Prime can send and receive all.of the same messages as the QC. If my QC receives it so does my app. If my app sends a message, it is saved in Primes message system and on my phone but wont show on my QC but will.be seen in house. The app has a great deal.of information and training materials on it as well as newsletters and such.

i put everything in writing. however i still know and trust most of my dispatchers. Periodically we get a new one on nights or just a temporary replacement on weekends. After awhile, you get to know them all. And they all know not to question the good drivers. Sometimes if a newbie did not put "shutdown for weather" they might say "are you heading out, whats an ETA" but that is because they need it in writing. to satisfy the customer. My FM once told me he watches the weather and see the wrecks and is secretly praying for me to shutdown. But it is my decision to.make, not his.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

Dispatcher:

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.

Fm:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Robsteeler's Comment
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Robsteeler's Comment
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Okay, I tried again to upload my photo, and it just came out blank.

Mouse's Comment
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I was nervous about winter weather when I went into truck driving this year because I'm from the south with zero experience driving in snow. I've never had a dispatcher complain about me shutting down - instead they've actually thanked me for being safe.

Also, if any of you are newbs like me most good trainers will let you bug them after you're off their truck with questions about what is safe to drive in. I've talked to my old trainer every day for the last several days because I've been back and forth through Wyoming and the weather has been "interesting" for someone from the south. Who knew so many different types of driving/road conditions could exist?

Dispatcher:

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.
Rob T.'s Comment
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Okay, I tried again to upload my photo, and it just came out blank.

When you upload a photo you need to add a caption then press the Green "Go" button. Give it a couple seconds and it'll add the coding to the post which is your picture. Use Preview button to double check

Susan D. 's Comment
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This is how my company deals with dangerous road conditions...

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Rainy D.'s Comment
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Mouse, Im.in Laramie Petro right now!! The wind gusts are 63mph...my truck is governed at 62. if the wind goes faster than my truck....im parking

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