Where's The Love For Swift??

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JoAnne EC's Comment
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You get a new Title: Considering a Career and Lead Internet Researcher and Information Coordinator at Trucking Truth.

I'll bet you don't have a Title like that at work!

LOL Awesome! Here's what I came up with (disclaimer: I am NOT an expert or statistician in ANY way and these are estimates!)

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JoAnne EC's Comment
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Also of note: The numbers I posted are only injury (or worse) crashes - NOT fender benders or other property damage!

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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On my daily route down 65 a few weeks? there was some freezing rain, I counted 12 trucks in the ditch only 1 was a major company a USF Holland. The rest where all single or at most couple truck operations, had there been a Swift truck involved some people would only notice that and comment how Swift can drive, all while ignoring the 11 other trucks that couldn't drive.

In fact most, of the time in the accidents I see it isn't a "name brand" company involved but a independent.

It just as much fun to make fun of Joe's trucking as it is Swift.

JoAnne EC's Comment
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On my daily route down 65 a few weeks? there was some freezing rain, I counted 12 trucks in the ditch only 1 was a major company a USF Holland. The rest where all single or at most couple truck operations, had there been a Swift truck involved some people would only notice that and comment how Swift can drive, all while ignoring the 11 other trucks that couldn't drive.

In fact most, of the time in the accidents I see it isn't a "name brand" company involved but a independent.

It just as much fun to make fun of Joe's trucking as it is Swift.

Excellent points!! P.S. that sounds like a scary drive when everyone around you is in the ditch!

Rob T.'s Comment
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I counted 12 trucks in the ditch only 1 was a major company a USF Holland. The rest where all single or at most couple truck operations,

Similar situation for me today. Freezing rain near Clear Lake/Mason City Iowa and 11 or 12 trucks in ditch. Only names I recognized were Dayton Freight and fed ex. We also had a driver go in but according to dispatch he chose the ditch over hitting a car that went sideways in front of him. Kept it on its tires and drove it straight in he's perfectly fine. They told me that as I was leaving to warn me to slow down up there. Tomorrow I'll be out towards your area Bobcat, got a pickup at Kraft in Aurora. It was either deal with rain until Davenport or go to Sioux falls and have a blizzard all day. Seemed like an obvious decision for me.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Glad he was ok, I fear having to choose between hitting someone and ditching it.

If it's the Kraft I know of it is really easy to get to right off I-88 and Orchard.

Be Becareful we are supposed to have wind gusts upto 60 MPH on Sunday.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Glad he was ok, I fear having to choose between hitting someone and ditching it.

If it's the Kraft I know of it is really easy to get to right off I-88 and Orchard.

Be Becareful we are supposed to have wind gusts upto 60 MPH on Sunday.

Definitely is a no brainer to take the ditch over hitting and possibly killing somebody but in a moment like that I wonder if I'd be thinking clearly enough to make the right decision. That's definitely the place I'm going, 40k of cheese, supposed to be drop and hook . I'll probably make it back to Iowa City before needing to grab a hotel for the night. Its 680 mile round trip including the 2 stores I have, galesburg and Peru. According to Google maps if I run against the governor (70 mph) all day it'll take 10:15. I'd rather run around 65-67 mph and have a somewhat relaxed day instead of being on edge and stressed all day and still possibly not make it back

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

C T.'s Comment
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Rob T, since I'm with FedEx now perhaps I can chime in. All fedex freight drivers are local only. Extra board guys can get get longer runs occasionally and stay at a hotel but not often. We really have to watch our 14 because we want to make it back home that night. Some drivers have long runs over 600 miles round trip, so they have little room for error. Some drivers like me may get pulled off the dock for a run. In that case, you're leaving out later than you should in order to get back before rush hour and your 14. For example, Monday I started my day around 7 pm. I was pulled off the dock around 145am to run to Greenville. Since we're in the Atlanta area, it's 3hrs there and 3hrs back. I left right at 2 am, so I tried to go 65 the majority of the time but there's only so much I can do safely. I ended up stuck in traffic but still made it back to the yard around 830 the next morning. Now I'm not making excuses to speed and drive reckless, but there's a reason we don't waste time out there.

Tractor Man's Comment
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JoAnne, you are awesome. Thanks. There used to be a guy on this site that was the "go to" for this type of research and such. Rick S. He was great. I hope all is good with him.

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JoAnne EC's Comment
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Thanks Tractor Man! It was interesting to look at the stats I could find... and I love making spreadsheets and lists (weird, I know lol)

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