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Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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We delivered a load yesterday, 3/12/19 in Glendive, MT and then went about 3 miles to the FJ to wait for a load. My fleet manager informed me that the planners said it was very slow and we may be there awhile. A few hours later we get a strange load that is a dispatch to dead head, 413 miles to Grandin, ND. No address or load number. So, I called my FM and he informed me we were being moved closer to freight. After looking at Trucker Path and satellite view of Grandin, I determined there is no place to park there. I then sent a message asking if we could go to Fargo instead as there was no place to park in Grandin. They sent a message, saying yes, and a new dispatch of 387 miles. We will be shutting down at the Petro in Fargo, ND. And it looks like we may have a blizzard while we are there. We will see. So far we have been on the road about 3.5 hours with about 2.5 to go.

I have been bobtailed a couple of hundred miles to pick up a load, and once had about an 1100 mile dead head to return the customer's trailer that I took the load in. However, this is the first time I have been moved to be closer to freight.

Anything can happen out here. Just sit back and enjoy the ride. It all works out.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

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.

Fleet Manager:

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.
Tractor Man's Comment
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We delivered a load yesterday, 3/12/19 in Glendive, MT and then went about 3 miles to the FJ to wait for a load. My fleet manager informed me that the planners said it was very slow and we may be there awhile. A few hours later we get a strange load that is a dispatch to dead head, 413 miles to Grandin, ND. No address or load number. So, I called my FM and he informed me we were being moved closer to freight. After looking at Trucker Path and satellite view of Grandin, I determined there is no place to park there. I then sent a message asking if we could go to Fargo instead as there was no place to park in Grandin. They sent a message, saying yes, and a new dispatch of 387 miles. We will be shutting down at the Petro in Fargo, ND. And it looks like we may have a blizzard while we are there. We will see. So far we have been on the road about 3.5 hours with about 2.5 to go.

I have been bobtailed a couple of hundred miles to pick up a load, and once had about an 1100 mile dead head to return the customer's trailer that I took the load in. However, this is the first time I have been moved to be closer to freight.

Anything can happen out here. Just sit back and enjoy the ride. It all works out.

I think it should be incumbent on Carriers to deadhead their Drivers into Freight Zones. I was recently deadheaded over 400 miles to a freight zone. I was in the Northwest in the middle of crap winter weather. Was sending in macros for pre plans, kept getting "no loads currently available, check back in an hour", automated replies. Called a planner and politely asked to be moved closer to a freight zone. Less than 30 minutes later was sent 400+ miles south into So Cal. I think attitude and politeness can get you a long way in this business. If I would have called "kicking and screaming", I just may have sat considerably longer.

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Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Deadhead:

To drive with an empty trailer. After delivering your load you will deadhead to a shipper to pick up your next load.

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.

Fleet Manager:

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.
Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Yes. Attitude is 100%. I like to believe that my FM takes good care of me.

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.
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