Trucking Analogies

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Old School's Comment
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We've got another thread going on right now where one of our members is taking offense when we use a military analogy for trucking. We know analogies always fall short, but they're still useful when trying to explain something to people who've never experienced trucking in all it's intricacies.

We often use a sports analogy, and I know you can't take it to it's extremes either, but it does help some people understand how important your personal performance is out here. Anyway, I just wanted to show you a screenshot of a conversation I was having with my dedicated account manager the other day. He threw the analogy in there, and it gives a great example of why we use these analogies. They just fit sometimes.

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Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Very nice. I have similar conversations with my FM. That conversation also shows what a top tier driver gets. We are all part of a team. We communicate any problems with dispatch and they can fix it or help with it.

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.
LDRSHIP's Comment
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The military analogy, although inaccurate, does fit for trucking.

Let me clean up Rainy’s Analogy.

CDL school is like basic training. Going out with your trainer is AIT, your first year solo is like your first deployment. I hope that helps clarify.

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.
Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Works for this Vet.

JoAnne EC's Comment
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We've got another thread going on right now where one of our members is taking offense when we use a military analogy for trucking.

Why can't people just stop looking for things to be offended by? *problem solved* smile.gif

G-Town's Comment
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We've got another thread going on right now where one of our members is taking offense when we use a military analogy for trucking.

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Why can't people just stop looking for things to be offended by? *problem solved* smile.gif

Joanne...if we knew the answer to that? We wouldn’t need to moderate venomous and hateful comments from people of questionable intentions and motivation. Many of which you never see...

Dave (formerly known as K's Comment
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It's like a bunch of soccer moms with nothing better to do than complain.

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We've got another thread going on right now where one of our members is taking offense when we use a military analogy for trucking.

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Why can't people just stop looking for things to be offended by? *problem solved* smile.gif

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Joanne...if we knew the answer to that? We wouldn’t need to moderate venomous and hateful comments from people of questionable intentions and motivation. Many of which you never see...

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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The military analogy, although inaccurate, does fit for trucking.

Let me clean up Rainy’s Analogy.

CDL school is like basic training. Going out with your trainer is AIT, your first year solo is like your first deployment. I hope that helps clarify.

Wow, Army basic must be easy! LOL

(Sorry, couldn’t resist a jab at the Army! Semper Fi! ).

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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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Why can't people just stop looking for things to be offended by?

It's like a bunch of soccer moms with nothing better to do than complain.

That's exactly the type that seem to make the most noise on the Web......the perpetually disgruntled. We've had a streak of them lately. It goes like that sometimes.

Personally I love using analogies. There are always a lot of parallels and common ground with different endeavors. It helps people understand something better when you can help them relate it to something they're already familiar with. It can also give people a new perspective on things they either didn't understand or hadn't considered before.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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The military analogy, although inaccurate, does fit for trucking.

Let me clean up Rainy’s Analogy.

CDL school is like basic training. Going out with your trainer is AIT, your first year solo is like your first deployment. I hope that helps clarify.

double-quotes-end.png

Wow, Army basic must be easy! LOL

(Sorry, couldn’t resist a jab at the Army! Semper Fi! ).

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Again, I apologize. I hadn’t read that topic yet. I would not have made a joke of this topic if I had read that first.

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.
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