The Guys Who Do The Most Complaining Put In The Least Effort

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PJ's Comment
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Old school you are so spot on here... My situation is much different. I try and get the shorter good paying loads. Last week was tough on me. They sent me to canada and paid me very well to do it.. Then asked me to do a repower of a load going back into canada. The driver that accepted that load knew he could not get into canada. He pulled the good miles and then dumped the last 200, on me as it turned out. I got it done, and with the weather it was rough. I have a great relationship with my planner. I never asked what it paid, I just did it. I actually figured I was going to mainly earn goodwill points and not much money. I got back and found out they through a good bit of money at it for all my trouble. They even gave me another one so here I sit at the canada border again, lol. They asked me too run this one dedicated, or semi dedicated. I asked why and my planner looked me dead in the eye and said “because I never have to worry about you”. Brett I appreciate your comment, packrat and I are a bit different than most O/O’s for sure.

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Driving While Intoxicated

Mik D.'s Comment
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Old school you are so spot on here... My situation is much different. I try and get the shorter good paying loads. Last week was tough on me. They sent me to canada and paid me very well to do it.. Then asked me to do a repower of a load going back into canada. The driver that accepted that load knew he could not get into canada. He pulled the good miles and then dumped the last 200, on me as it turned out. I got it done, and with the weather it was rough. I have a great relationship with my planner. I never asked what it paid, I just did it. I actually figured I was going to mainly earn goodwill points and not much money. I got back and found out they through a good bit of money at it for all my trouble. They even gave me another one so here I sit at the canada border again, lol. They asked me too run this one dedicated, or semi dedicated. I asked why and my planner looked me dead in the eye and said “because I never have to worry about you”. Brett I appreciate your comment, packrat and I are a bit different than most O/O’s for sure.

I have accepted loads of 50 miles and others of low mileage to get an empty, but my dispatcher and load planner knew I was working with them and I would get 12-15k miles per month even with these low mileage loads...I am now dedicated and salaried and have to face the constant push of the company wanting me to go back to otr....:(

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

PJ's Comment
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I’ve done dedicated and it was ok, made good money and miles, but each situation is different. In my current situation running this dedicated doesn’t make good sense, It’s the opposite direction from the house, lol. They can’t get folks to do these it seems. My planner takes good care of me and asks little in return, so you bet when he does ask I always do it.

Chuck S.'s Comment
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The title of this says it all... and the other side of this coin should say... the hardest workers don't have time to complain ... right

Chuck S.'s Comment
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I would witness drivers in the office repeatedly complaining they can't make any money. Over time I would learn why... so many people think this career is easy money, they get to drive from town to town looking for a party at the end of the day... maybe party for a couple of days if they think they can get away with it... and I say that because this career isn't like a normal job. First of all a normal job usually has a boss breathing down your neck making sure you are doing your job, cause if he's not keeping an eye on you ... you are probably going to start goofing off... cat's away ... mice will play sort of deal... are you all with me. I have lived in Vegas for 40 years, and over ten of those years was driving big trucks all over the country. You would be amazed at the number of times I would be asked by my driver/manager to go pick up a trailer that is attached to another tractor and get it delivered, cause THEY CAN'T GET IN TOUCH WITH THE DRIVER FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS... REALLY! I banged on the door of a company truck here at the TA in Vegas for 45 min. trying to wake up the driver who was wasted. He finally poked his head out the window and ask me why I woke him up, I told him the company had been trying to call him for a couple of days about the load he had. I told him I was there to swap trailers, but I realized this guy was in no shape to do anything but go back into the bunk. I asked him if I could swap the trailers, give him my empty and he could go back to sleep. He agreed.

Now do you think this guy needed some supervision? Well he wasn't going to make it as a truck driver if he kept doing this.

I don't know if this was a one time thing for this guy, I was just telling the story because so many people in this world need constant supervision. If you want to be successful as a truck driver, you need to be a self starter. You should be that person who doesn't need to have their hand held all the time. You need to be the person who doesn't need you boss to be breathing down your neck all the time, because you can't get your head out your butt and do your job...

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Old School

Thank you for complaining about the miles you got. Thank you for complaining about the pay you will be getting. Thank you for listening to the guy who was complaining so I didn't have to hear him. Thank you for doing your job right by complaining about it. LOL

AS LDRSHP said soldiers always complain. But do so while getting it done. We had the same in the Air Force.

But also when I drove before, we had guys and gals who would complain about any changes the company made. Instead of just complying with the new changes they get their BP up and don't start on time and can't get their collective head out of their a****. So when paychecks came they would complain they didn't get their right pay. So we had a safety meeting and he was late about 20 minutes. Did they keep their traps shut, NO. He was such a good guy and always made sure if you were getting it done he would go to bat for you against the VP. Anyway, Raptor is rambling again and all I wanted to do is joke a little with OS.

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