Ghosting Your Company

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Pete B.'s Comment
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I highly suggest you stick it out with Swift and look into switching divisions if needed. I thought Costco was very efficient in their loading and unloading? Kearsey did an article Are drop and hooks better than live loads?. Some places I go to are drop and hook and it actually takes me longer to get going than if I was live loaded. You need to do inspections on both trailers, track down loaded trailer and you may pick up a trailer that is unsafe because the previous driver was too negligent or lazy to inspect and report defects. Now you're sitting there waiting on roadside assist for several hours. Ask Packrat how that goes, i cant remember if it was with Knight or CFI but he had 3 out of 4 trailers I believe in ONE WEEK that he needed to get fixed before he could get rolling. There's no guarantee your load will be ready on time either. Looking at your post history you have roughly 8 months of experience and you're looking at leaving your 2nd job in that time. You haven't proven yourself in this industry YET and definitely not at swift. You're becoming a job hopper and it will affect you negatively even if you go back to an office.

Another member, Harvest, had decided to go back to Prime to finish the training after deciding trucking wasnt for him. He recently decided to give it another shot and Prime sent him home. His previous employer said he isnt eligible for re-hire due to how he quit and that's a red flag for most companies. I highly doubt that Schneider or Swift would re-hire you if you handle things this way.

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Funny thing is Schneider still sends me emails asking for me to come back. I’ve tried to take them up on their offer. However, now they say the Target dedicated account I was on requires one year of experience now rather than six months.

I’m guessing you’re getting emails from Schneider that should be more accurately described as ‘form emails.’ They are likely computer-generated messages; if a retention staffer or recruiter spent 30 secs reviewing your work history w/the company, they wouldn’t touch you with their sister’s boyfriend’s 10-ft pole. So quit flattering yourself. Please don’t waste a third company’s resources.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Drop-and-hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Spoonerist 's Comment
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About two weeks at Swift. I left the truck at the Target store for Schneider. I offered to drive it to the OC but they came and got it with no notice anyway. The truck for Swift is at the DC right now which will be fine.

2 weeks at Swift... For a live load Costco is cream. If heavy isn’t for you try OTR. Swift is big enough that you should be able to find a niche that feels right.

Drop and hook is great, but there’s a balance.

Don’t ghost.

Cheers,

G

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.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rubber Duck's Comment
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What I don't get is your problem. Your not upset with the money or the home time. Your not upset with the equipment or your dispatchers. It's this live load stuff that got you ready to quit. What would make you happy?

Dispatcher:

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.
IDMtnGal 's Comment
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What I don't get is your problem. Your not upset with the money or the home time. Your not upset with the equipment or your dispatchers. It's this live load stuff that got you ready to quit. What would make you happy?

Rubber Duck, Nothing....he's a whiner that thinks 2 companies have lied to him. A third company will also lie to him and he will quit driving as they don't treat their drivers fairly. (Just my thoughts)

Laura

Dispatcher:

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.
Yuuyo Y.'s Comment
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People quit from here in the middle of the day at least somewhat often. I've heard about it a lot, but I fortunately haven't had to be the poor sucker to drive out and finish his route when that happens. I have however, had to go out and do someone else's job when they're injured or some other BS happens.

And my reward for finishing the route after I had done my own for that day was 1. Starting late the next day and 2. Being pestered about sysco drivers being slow lazy poses. rofl-2.gif

The OT can shove it, it's not worth that headache for the day and rest of the week.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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People quit from here in the middle of the day at least somewhat often. I've heard about it a lot, but I fortunately haven't had to be the poor sucker to drive out and finish his route when that happens. I have however, had to go out and do someone else's job when they're injured or some other BS happens.

And my reward for finishing the route after I had done my own for that day was 1. Starting late the next day and 2. Being pestered about sysco drivers being slow lazy poses. rofl-2.gif

The OT can shove it, it's not worth that headache for the day and rest of the week.

Could you imagine if the O/P had a food service / delivery job? Between you and Rob T. , man I KNOW you guys work really hard! (And hats off to you, for doing so.)

Thanks, btw~!

Anne :)

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Noob_Driver's Comment
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This abandoned equipment example comes to mind:

At Millis, if you ditch your truck like a spoiled child, the ex-employee is charged something like $1.75 per mile to have the equipment recovered. The mileage is calculated round-trip, and calculated from the headquarters in Black River Falls, WI.

After that, THEN it goes on your DAC report, too. Don't want to pay it? They get a judgement which goes on your credit report until it's paid in full, plus interest.

Sure, go ahead and abandon the truck some place, That'll show 'em!

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Even if they pick it up in atlanta and drop it in cartersville! Still get billed to BRF. Lol

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Between you and Rob T. , man I KNOW you guys work really hard! (And hats off to you, for doing so.)

Foodservice was brutal, and dont miss it at all! I see alot of myself in Yuuyo's posts lately. Like him, I loved the job when I started. I also sense he's getting burned out and becoming negative like I did towards the end. It's a physically exhausting job and most customers treat you like crap. They complain you're too early, complain you're late, complain something is crushed because the warehouse doesnt care, their salesperson ordered the wrong crap but it's still the drivers fault, person who does the routing is incompetent and has you bouncing all over town. The list goes on but it's always the drivers fault in their mind.

I'm thankful I was given the opportunity to get my CDL and made a lot of money but I'm also glad it's over with smile.gif. It also gave me the experience needed to land the perfect (for me) job.

Yuuyo now that you have over a year in are you planning on sticking with Sysco/Food service or are you looking to make a change? I enjoyed my time at Sysco (as much as you can throwing cases in the warehouse) and only left because they kept delaying helping me get my CDL. If you like that work I highly suggest staying with the same company. I've heard from many guys that bounce around it's all the same BS just different customers you service.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Don's Comment
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You ( the OP) have ghosted one company and are going to do the same with SWIFT? After two weeks? Why? Because of the account you are on? Speak with your managers about going to another account. You may find you will settle in. Also, I can understand if you have come to the realization that trucking as a whole "isn"t for you", but do the mature and responsible thing and notify SWIFT of your intention of leaving. You are only hurting yourself and future prospects of employment if you follow through with your idea.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Errol V.'s Comment
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This topic has rankled me since it was posted. Others have done fine by me in explaining things to the OP. But i want to add my two cents anyway.

Imagine the dishonesty of trusting a friend of yours to show up after your shift to give you a ride home, and they 'ghosted" you. Going to have to call Lyfber or somebody to get home. This idea of simply disappearing is not new, even if the ghost person drops his rig off at a terminal between dispatches. But it is totally dishonest. The OP did it once, and for mysterious reasons (maybe it's his new hobby) is thinking of doing it again.

Disappearing is a fine way to destroy a career. Not only when you are trying to find another truck-drivin' job, but a work history of simply quitting, and you've heard all the excuses, is not encouragement for your next job application.

Besides said OP seems to have ghosted his own topic - He hasn't re-posted in over a day and a half, since his bland and polite "Thank you for taking the time to respond." reply to O.S.

Terminal:

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.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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