New Podcast - Episode 21: This Driver Let One Tiny Problem Spiral Into A Career Changing Ordeal

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey folks,

I published a new podcast today:

Episode 21: This Driver Let One Tiny Problem Spiral Into A Career Changing Ordeal

This idea came from a story that Jamie posted here in the forum a few days ago. It was about a driver who let one tiny little problem in an ordinary day spiral out of control into a major ordeal that changed his career forever.

We talk all the time about the level of commitment it takes to make it in trucking.

We also talk about what it takes to be a top tier driver.

Out on the road you're going to have a million little problems that have the potential to spiral out of control into a life changing and career changing ordeal if you don't handle them properly. You have to keep your cool, act like a professional, communicate well with the people involved, and work your way through it. If you don't, this is the type of catastrophe you can run into.

This story also illustrates how screw ups and hotheads have given the large carriers a bad reputation by blaming them for all of their problems, even the ones where the driver was clearly the only one who screwed up. We call these people "terminal rats", and you'll find another podcast I did about these types called Terminal Rats Are Derailing Trucking Careers.

For anyone who is new to trucking there are a ton of very critical lessons in the links I've just posted. I highly suggest you take the advice to heart and realize that handling yourself like a true professional is just as important to your trucking career as the way you handle your rig.

Enjoy!

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.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Oh, I forgot to mention. If you guys get a minute, would you do me a huge favor and give us a (5 star!) rating on iTunes and Google Play? It will only take a moment and it's super critical if we want others to find our podcast on either platform. Also, subscribe to our podcast on those networks for the same reason.

Just click on the images below and it'll take you there. Thanks!

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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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jamie's Comment
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I couldn't finish the podcast yet, made it to about 10 minutes. But so far, very nice podcast. I'll be finishing it up in a little bit.

millionmiler24 (CRST Amba's Comment
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Oh, I forgot to mention. If you guys get a minute, would you do me a huge favor and give us a (5 star!) rating on iTunes and Google Play? It will only take a moment and it's super critical if we want others to find our podcast on either platform. Also, subscribe to our podcast on those networks for the same reason.

Just click on the images below and it'll take you there. Thanks!

itunes-badge.svg en_badge_web_music.png

I got ya taken care of Brett on iTunes since I am Apple to the core. It may take a little bit for my review to post on there but I rated ya 5 stars and gave y’all a good review. I sure hope it helps to attract more drivers here.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Doug C.'s Comment
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Brett, that was a very good episode. It'd to bad that that driver didn't persevere through the challenge that confronted him. I wonder if that is just his background in problem solving. It's to bad that he didn't have someone to reach out before he acted. I hope he will learn. He sounds young, so made he will amend his ways.

I plan to make some notes for myself from this episode for the future. I was surprised a little about what you said about being tested and watched by companies. Actually, that's a good thing I think. It always gives you an added incentive to work harder and learn more if you know it makes a difference.

Two other things came to my mind while I was listening. (1) Don't make mountains out of mo-hills. And, (2) Something Jesus had to say about words, "By the words thy shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned." Thanks.

G-Town's Comment
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Oh, I forgot to mention. If you guys get a minute, would you do me a huge favor and give us a (5 star!) rating on iTunes and Google Play? It will only take a moment and it's super critical if we want others to find our podcast on either platform. Also, subscribe to our podcast on those networks for the same reason.

Just click on the images below and it'll take you there. Thanks!

itunes-badge.svg en_badge_web_music.png

There doesn’t appear to be a way to post a rating through Google Play.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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