Buuurrrrr, It's Cold Up Here!

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Jamie's Comment
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I love sleeping in the cold, even when it was - 10 last night, I slept with my little vents open but had the heat going as well on low to make up the difference. But I hate working in the cold, even the few minutes I spent outside while doing drop and hooks, my hands started to hurt real bad... I feel bad for flatbedders that have to tarp the loads in this weather!

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.

Turtle's Comment
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I feel bad for flatbedders that have to tarp the loads in this weather!

Don't feel bad. I thrive on it! But when it's hot out.... not so much.


PackRat's Comment
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Pretty chilly out west too. I fueled awhile ago in Phoenix, where it was 75 degrees. Had to jump back in the truck for a scarf.shocked.png Be extra careful up there in that cold. Safe travels.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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I have to admit that in the winter here in Minnesota there are some times when a day in Phoenix in the middle of August would feel really good. It was -30 all day yesterday. We didn't even go out of the house, my wife and I had the day off. But it's supposed to be 44 on Sunday. That will feel like a heat wave! I was raised in Arizona and just about when I think I'm used to the cold I'm reminded that really, I'm not!

What part of Minnesota? I drive for Kivi Brothers out of Duluth and the wife and I are looking at houses up that way.


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.
Bill R.'s Comment
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I had one stop in Pella,IA and one in Wasau, WI for today. Man, I don't know how you folks do it up here. Get me back to Texas - I wasn't made for this kind of weather!

Old School, I hear ya'.
We've been in Prairie du Sac, WI; visiting our granddaughter...talk about timing. Stayed 3 nights. Last 2 getting up every 3-4 hours to start the car and keep the battery alive.
-33 degrees when we left this morning (Thursday 0400). Back to Nashville at 1500...+43 F...balmy.
This old Mississippi boy didn't appreciate that cold.
Stay warm and safe out there.
Bill R

PJ's Comment
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I’m with you Old School!! After a week up here I’m ready to get back in the south!!! What was I thinking coming this direction, lol. Stay safe

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Like some vehicles, I just run hot no matter what I do. Yesterday the forklift operator loading me was all bundled up, dressed for bear. I was in a t-shirt throwing straps and tarps with sweat running down my face.

I'll take the cold any day over the summer heat.

But I hear ya OS, the negative temps up by you are ridiculous right now.

I hear you. I walked into a shipper the other day in a T shirt. The people inside were wearing carharts and winter hats. A young woman asked if I wasn’t cold. Lol


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.


Operating While Intoxicated

Pete B.'s Comment
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I'm kinda disappointed your bed isn't made. Just saying...

Maybe there was somebody still in it!


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.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Sheesh Old School, you were pretty close. I was in cedar rapids dropping off a trainee to test out. Yeah it was miserable. I was looking all kinds of crazy.. jeans with thick sweat pants over those, 2 shirts, hoodie over that, then a jacket on top of that. I'm soooo glad to be out of there and at home.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Last weekend I was hiking up Giant Mountain here in the Adirondacks. The temperature was right at zero, the winds were 60 mph. Check this out:


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.

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