Pleasant Suprises

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We go through life and often get suprises, not all of them pleasant ones. However sometimes they can be very pleasant. Thought I would share one.

Last week was a little rough. Had a few hiccups and things went wrong on 2 of three loads. Not the way anyone wants their week to go. However through good effective communication with my dispatcher and customers we were able to resolve the issues. I ran my 70 pretty low and went to the terminal in East St Louis for a reset. My girlfriend was heading to Edwardsville Il with a delivery and we both got to do a reset together. It was very unexpected and pleasant. I thought it can’t get any better!! Right?? Wrong

Friday while at the terminal taking care of some routine stuff the training supervisor saw me and we chatted a few minutes. He asked if I had a few free minutes and I said sure what can I help you with. He asked I come meet some new hires in his class and talk with them a few minutes. He told me I can tell them anything and it won’t have the impact it will coming from you as one of our successful drivers. I agreed. Not having any clue what to expect. I met with 4 students and answered questions from very different topics. One common one was they asked about the company speed policy. I let them know very quickly that policy is not one to mess with and it is the fastest way to get fired. One actually thanked me and said he thought the training and safety folks were just trying to scare them. I shared several tips how they can be safe and minimize risk and wrapped it up. It was a very cool experience for me. I realized later of course after my girlfriend pointed it out, lol that the folks I work with have a very high regard for my contribution to the company.

The boss man caught me while I was there and asked if my pay increase was on my check. I said I didn’t think so. He said well keep an eye on it, It was approved by corporate last week.

We talk all the time here about the perks that will come along to those top tier drivers within any company. This was a great example of that.

I got a raise, had a chance to speak with some new hires and give them some information to help them be safe, and a wonderful weekend with a very special lady in my life. What a great ending to an otherwise stressful week.


A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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Steve L.'s Comment
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Congratulations on your well-earned recognition!

Rob. D.'s Comment
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Congratulations on the raise and well earned respect.

Turtle's Comment
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That's how it's done! Congrats on the well deserved recognition.

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Bird-one's Comment
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Awesome news PJ. Well deserved no doubt. Is this your first raise with QC? I'm curious as too how that works for o/o's. Let me know when you're in the lake station I'll buy breakfast this time. Maybe my truck will be repainted by than.

PackRat's Comment
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Maybe my truck will be repainted by than.

What color will she be, Brian?

Bruce K.'s Comment
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I love to hear about these great experiences and the great drivers who have them. Well earned, well deserved!

PJ, you mentioned Edwardsville. Do you drive for Schneider?

PackRat's Comment
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Quality Carriers. You can make out the logo on the picture of the trucks step on his newest avatar pic.

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