A Thank You, And A Promise To Our Community

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Don's Comment
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I was speaking to someone yesterday who feels very strongly that unless you have driven a significant amount and dealt with the reality of trucking you don't really "know" trucking. I admitted that I am really a "non-driving f***k."

That "someone" made a good point.

Dm:

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.
G-Town's Comment
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Rob D wrote...

I was speaking to someone yesterday who feels very strongly that unless you have driven a significant amount and dealt with the reality of trucking you don't really "know" trucking. I admitted that I am really a "non-driving f***k."

We all started at the bottom; knowing nothing. Your acquaintance had the perfect opportunity to encourage you and help guide you. Instead, like so many drivers employed or otherwise, they choose to discourage. It’s exactly the opposite of what we try to do...

The majority of people starting out on their path to a Trucking career don’t need to be reminded of their “lack of knowledge”.

Years from now Rob, when you are a successful driver and have an opportunity to positively influence someone, I’m quite sure you’ll do the right thing. We need good people out here...desperately.

And Banks...Thank you. Gratitude is attitude! All you Brother. You got it done. I’m glad you gave me the opportunity to share a day with you.

Dm:

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Another thing to remember is a lot of people come here after seeing the other trucking sights which paint a horrible picture of all companies and the trucking industry in general. So they probably expect the same type of crabby miserable uncaring people here. I saw a different site where one guy was telling someone how bad the mega companies are and he has never even had a CDL but his word was taken as gospel.

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.
Rick S.'s Comment
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That "someone" made a good point.

I was speaking to someone yesterday who feels very strongly that unless you have driven a significant amount and dealt with the reality of trucking you don't really "know" trucking. I admitted that I am really a "non-driving f***k."

I'm one of those non-driving-f**ks myself.

Doesn't mean I get any less respect (at least publicly) here. Nor do I pretend to have anything to offer with regards to being OTR full time (I've "moved equipment" for friends locally occasionally - hey Rick, can you go up to Orlando and grab a trailer from the auction for me?).

But I stay active in the forum - stay up and regs and technology - which is why my title here is "Technical Advisor", instead of Moderator - out of deference to our mods that ARE ACTUAL DRIVING F**KS.

Those folks that consider my posts "worthless", can just scroll past them. Occasionally someone will say something about my "non-driving status", and I get a twinge of "why the heck do I bother?" - but the guy that OWNS this place, assures me my contributions are welcomed and valued - so I stick around and help where my expertise can be of assistance.

Peoples LIFE EXPERIENCES are of value here too - so while I (and others) may not actually "know trucking" - from a full time OTR perspective, that doesn't mean they (we) don't have anything of value to contribute. It is only the EGOTISTICAL SUPER-TRUCKERS, that try to make non-super-truckers feel of little value...

Rick

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Dm:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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It is only the EGOTISTICAL SUPER-TRUCKERS, that try to make non-super-truckers feel of little value...

Well said Rick, very well said!

Brett Aquila's Comment
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the guy that OWNS this place, assures me my contributions are welcomed and valued

They most certainly are valued and welcomed in a very big way.

Peoples LIFE EXPERIENCES are of value here too - so while I (and others) may not actually "know trucking" - from a full time OTR perspective, that doesn't mean they (we) don't have anything of value to contribute.

That's also true in a big way. Everyone here has something special to contribute. We all have unique personalities and life experiences that give us insights and perspectives only we can have. The strength of this community comes from the combined knowledge, experience, and insights that each member contributes to the group.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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Rick, whomever may deem your posts 'worthless' has no business in the business, anyway... IMHO. Heck, my 'driving' husband (of many years) STILL gleans valuable information from YOUR POSTS~! You sure know your stuff, man.

Don't ever feel less valued than a 'driver' here. You know more than many DRIVERS I know, TBH~! (ps: I'm a 'non driving' f'er myself, haha!)

Brett, major respect and props to you for starting this thread. (ps: I'm one of the peeps that was trying to nag Rick, haha!)

Major thanks and Kudos to you both, as well as ALL the mods and contributors here. I may be a 'lurker' of sorts, but I sure love y'all~!! :)

Ralph D.'s Comment
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Rick,

Those folks that consider my posts "worthless", can just scroll past them.

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Those people are missing out on more than they know. I always find your posts thorough and engaging to read!

Brett,

I don't post much (because i'm also a non-driving f**k) but have been lurking and reading daily for a couple years. After reading a recent thread I was feeling really down about this site and within a couple days you posted this thread and I certainly feel more encouraged now. Thank you so much for your level of integrity, the amount of your time you put in, and in general shaping this site to be the beacon of light in a fog of information.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Errol V.'s Comment
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I was thinking to add another point to this thread. Brett started it with a "Thank You" and a promise to this trucking community. And this particular topic had turned into a model thread!

What's going on here? Different ideas are added in, some here agree to disagree, and each new post moves this topic forward.

The idea I wanted to bring up is demonstrated here in the last several posts: quoting and referring to previous posters by name. Sure, I get an ego boost when I read "Errol said ..." But more importantly, referring to and quoting another post (no matter if it's in agreement or or disagreement) supports the overall net of consistency and respect that makes Trucking Truth the best place for new people to learn about this career.

We know what Bobcat Bob says is true:

Another thing to remember is a lot of people come here after seeing the other trucking sights which paint a horrible picture of all companies and the trucking industry in general.

Let's keep TT different from all the rest.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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