Rookie Solo Driving Diary

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Tortuga 's Comment
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Hey Noob Driver I'm enjoying reading your daily driving diary it's very informative. Next time you're in the Waco area give me a shout. Maybe we can meet up and I can pick your brain before I start my journey to trucking in four to five years. Or any of you guys on this forum, I'm really glad I found yall!

Noob_Driver's Comment
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Day 19. 3/13

Started my pretrip at 0500 and headed North on I39 into Wisconsin. Hooked up with I94 and made my way to our Terminal in Black River Falls to fuel up at 0820.

Arrived at my final at 0940 and was told to wait until 10am and my appt. Got my door and was unloaded at 11am.

While getting unloaded i sent a reminder to my dispatcher about my upcoming hometime for the 17th. I know weekend freight has been spotty the last few weeks ao i let him know whatever is easiest for him works for me. If taking hometime early helps ill do it or I can stay out longer if needed as I had no pressing appointments. He replied back saying thanks and told me he could get me home tonight.

I was given a pickup in Eau Claire a few miles away and arrived at 11am. Was loaded at 1345 and headed East to our Richfield terminal to drop the load and head home.

Arrived at Richfield 1800 with 2 minutes left on my clock and dropped my trailer and creeeped over to our bobtail line parked my truck did sone paperwork and hopped in my car to head home until the 17th.

8.58hrs on duty

8.58 hrs on duty

468 miles driven.


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


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.
Pete E Pothole's Comment
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I may have grabbed that load you dropped Friday, in Richfield Sunday. Delivering to Pottsville Walmart dc @ 0700 tomorrow.

Noob_Driver's Comment
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Yessir! Thats the one. 20klbs of tp? Dropped on the end of the center line?

Pete E Pothole's Comment
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Yea little less than 20, here in pottsville waving at all the swift trucks I see moving.

Noob_Driver's Comment
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Ugghhh haven't updated this in awhile. Still with Millis, getting a steady 2700 to 3100 miles a week. Been solo for about 14 months now.... haven't hit anything in over a year, lol.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Ugghhh haven't updated this in awhile. Still with Millis, getting a steady 2700 to 3100 miles a week. Been solo for about 14 months now.... haven't hit anything in over a year, lol.


~ Anne ~

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