FedEx Freight Driver Apprentice

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Banks's Comment
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Congratulations! Well done Banks

Thank you G-Town

I've never heard about draining the air out the back trailer before, I'll have to keep that in mind. Usually rocking the trailer back and forth will free them or crawling under the trailer and hitting the brake drums with a hammer.

I hook multiple sets a day and have forgotten to supply air once or twice.

When do you guys supply air to the dolly? Before or after you hook the rear?

I'd never heard of it either, but this is my first winter. I tried rocking back and forth first, but that didn't work. As for hitting the drums, that would be the last resort.

We supply air to the dolly once we hook it to the lead before we hook the rear. I didn't supply the air and he viewed it as me taking shortcuts.

Dumping the air multiple times is to clear out as much excess moisture to help prevent the accumulation freezing within the brake system?

Congratulations and well done, Banks! We knew you could pass with flying colors./blockquote>

Yes. Let the air drain out of the rear of the trailer by turning the supply valves back there. And thank you pack rat!

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.

Delco Dave's Comment
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Congratulations!!

Will you drive full time now or do you still have to work the docks until a full time driver spot opens up??

Banks's Comment
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Congratulations!!

Will you drive full time now or do you still have to work the docks until a full time driver spot opens up??

I've been a full-time driver since I finished the program in late July, early August. My driving duties are delegated by need and seniority. I'll usually take whatever I can, but if the weather is bad or expected to be bad I'll pass on a run and it'll go to somebody with less seniority. If I have to be finished with work by a certain time, I'll pass to make sure I'm done when I have to be done. My full-time assignment is and will continue to be a dock assignment because that's what's available and that's what works for me right now. I'm also waiting for a linehaul position to open up because I don't want to do city.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
Delco Dave's Comment
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Gotcha. I thought you were splitting time on the docks because all the set routes were taken. Hope you get a line haul spot soon

Line Haul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
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