Back On The Road.

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2-3-19 On Friday 2-1, I got back on the road after 7 days off, 5 of which I took as PTO. During my week off my wife had her second successful caterac surgery and we spent some much needed quality time together. I also knocked out the honey do list she had for me. During the week, I got a call from the training department asking if I was getting another student when I got back on the road. I told him yes. He informed me there was a student at our Taylor terminal and he would have them keep the student there for me. I also found out we started doing orientation at that terminal. Taylor is in Michigan close to Detroit. I spoke with the woman doing the orientation there. She told me this student got his CDL through Trainco.

So, on Friday, I picked up an empty trailer at our Charlotte drop yard, for a load to pick up in SC and take to Flint Michigan. About 30 miles down the road I got messages that the load was canceled and I had a new load picking up at the Charlotte yard. I called my FM to confirm all that and to let him know there was no place for me to stop between where I was and the Charlotte yard. That I would turn around and head back to Charlotte and so all the PeopleNet work when I got to the yard. The new load goes to Cicero, Illinois. It delivers Monday, 2-4-19 at 09:30. I am at a Flying J about an hour and a half from my delivery. I got here at 16:00 yesterday and will end up with a reset. I can't deliver early because they are closed until 07:00 Monday. I will be there when they open. After, I deliver this load I'll find out how they will get me from Cicero, outside Chicago, to Taylor. Yesterday and today I will be relaxing. One of my friends is delivering to the same place at the same time and will be stopping here for the night so we can hang out for a bit.

As a side note, I decided driving a truck is easier than a car. We can see so much better. Stay safe and have some fun.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

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.

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.
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