Testing Out Next Week

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Junkyard Dog's Comment
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I am 8 months in and I still have days when I wonder if I can do this. Like my trainer told me use all the space you have. God bless you... you can do this.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Thanks guys.

Can’t wait till this is over. I’m stressing now over route planning for my load tomorrow. Trainer won’t let me use GPS, and my atlas is in the truck. I wanted to figure out the route ahead of time so I don’t end up on the same street out of Dunkirk that I was on with my first trainer.

I have a phone GPS program (SmartTruckRoute) that is completely bypassing downtown, which makes way more sense to me, but Im not sure I can trust it. Lol

G-Town's Comment
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Grumpy is thinking...

I have a phone GPS program (SmartTruckRoute) that is completely bypassing downtown, which makes way more sense to me, but Im not sure I can trust it. Lol

You can’t. Please use the look-ahead feature and check it against the Truckers Atlas. Also use Google Satellite to view the area around downtown.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Grumpy is thinking...

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I have a phone GPS program (SmartTruckRoute) that is completely bypassing downtown, which makes way more sense to me, but Im not sure I can trust it. Lol

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You can’t. Please use the look-ahead feature and check it against the Truckers Atlas. Also use Google Satellite to view the area around downtown.

Oh, I know. My atlas is 3 hours away though. I wanted to get it done now so I could stop stressing over it. :)

If it is a good route it makes way more sense to me than driving through downtown Dunkirk for no reason.

I’ll have to do it when we stop tonight. It would have been much easier sitting on my couch though. :)

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I can’t get the local directions from the Qualcomm over the TransFlo app either, or I could check it that way too

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
G-Town's Comment
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Okay. You are a trucker now...the Atlas is a must. I’ll tell you a little story...

There are several new stores that were added to 7030’s territory. I was dispatched to one yesterday in north central PA, just south of Elmira NY (spectacular drive on I-180 by the way). It was my first time going to this store.

So the very first thing I did was check Google Satellite so I could see ingress and egress, dock location and the setup area. Second I viewed the instructions on my trip sheet for that store. Third I checked the GPS to align with the trip sheet instructions...and finally I eyeballed the Atlas. I always write the route directions on a sticky and attach it the the lower edge of the Qualcomm. The sticky note trumps the GPS every time...

As I was progressing on I-80 W, then onto I-180, the GPS had me exiting and then reentering every exit once on I-180. It also was registering a 45mph speed limit... I parked at a TS to get a coffee and I reset the QC (GPS is integrated with the QC). All was fine after the reboot.

Had I not prepped the way I did, I would have wasted time exiting and reentering I-180 at least once, possibly twice. Gotta have a backup...saved me countless times. Technology is not perfect. Especially when humans program/configure it and when holding a satellite signal in remote mountainous terrain.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Okay. You are a trucker now...the Atlas is a must. I’ll tell you a little story...

There are several new stores that were added to 7030’s territory. I was dispatched to one yesterday in north central PA, just south of Elmira NY (spectacular drive on I-180 by the way). It was my first time going to this store.

So the very first thing I did was check Google Satellite so I could see ingress and egress, dock location and the setup area. Second I viewed the instructions on my trip sheet for that store. Third I checked the GPS to align with the trip sheet instructions...and finally I eyeballed the Atlas. I always write the route directions on a sticky and attach it the the lower edge of the Qualcomm. The sticky note trumps the GPS every time...

As I was progressing on I-80 W, then onto I-180, the GPS had me exiting and then reentering every exit once on I-180. It also was registering a 45mph speed limit... I parked at a TS to get a coffee and I reset the QC (GPS is integrated with the QC). All was fine after the reboot.

Had I not prepped the way I did, I would have wasted time exiting and reentering I-180 at least once, possibly twice. Gotta have a backup...saved me countless times. Technology is not perfect. Especially when humans program/configure it and when holding a satellite signal in remote mountainous terrain.

I have not been allowed to use GPS at all, not even the one on the QC, all my navigation has been done with an atlas and local directions from the QC, with a note clipped overhead with all my turns. My current trainer has had me do all my own trip planning so far, though he would correct me if I picked a route that didn't make sense. This week, I will be on my own.

I did just find a DOT map that shows my route to be either principal arterial or minor arterial roads. Checking that against the route my first trainer took through downtown, those are also listed as minor arterial. DOT also has a list of bridge heights, and the only one shown for me is 14' or more. I also see a semi on the route in satellite view, as well as a business with semis parked outside, so I think I am good. I will double check against the atlas once I get to the truck today, but it appears to be a much easier route to get in to Purina.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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Why then did you post this?

I have a phone GPS program (SmartTruckRoute) that is completely bypassing downtown, which makes way more sense to me, but Im not sure I can trust it.

I was responding to this and in reference to your Atlas being 3 hours away.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Why then did you post this?

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I have a phone GPS program (SmartTruckRoute) that is completely bypassing downtown, which makes way more sense to me, but Im not sure I can trust it.

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I was responding to this and in reference to your Atlas being 3 hours away.

I am at home right now. I go back to meet my trainer tonight and the load delivers tomorrow.

I have the app, but I am not allowed to use it. He would kick my butt for even using it to plan. Lol

G-Town's Comment
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Okay...sorry didn’t realize that.

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