Update And Is This Coronavirus Going To Shut Truckers Down Too?

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Victor C. II's Comment
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So I found that I had a hard time with flatbed though I enjoyed it. I had a couple people that when I would mention a doc appointment it would at least seem that they would ignore it a d then blame me for that when it was on the Qaulcomm and texts. I did ask for more training in flatbed cause I was really and would still really struggle with doing my tarping and securing correctly. Course they never knew that I was struggling because I would always take me off duty after 15-20 minutes of on duty at the shippers and/or recievers. I since then am working on getting into the Northeast Dry van sector or at least doing dry van until I can figure out a good flatbed training company or go flatbed again and do MORE training. I could have used 240 hours of training lol.

Also this coronavirus, are we going to be getting shut down or told go home?

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
Old School's Comment
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Victor, are you still employed at Western Express?

You don't need more training. Their training is excellent. You need practice and confidence. You are constantly doubting yourself.

Look, anytime you are at a shipper and you're not sure how to secure something, just ask another driver. Flatbedders will usually be more than happy to help you. Everybody struggles starting a trucking career. We learn this stuff by exposing ourselves to it. We learn it by doing it.

We never know our limits without pushing ourselves into uncharted territory. You need to build your confidence by succeeding at new things. You can't just use "I need more training" as a crutch everytime you face something challenging.

Forget about truckers being shut down. The economy collapses completely in that scenario. It's already on life support by the inexcusable actions of people in authority. In serious times of distress truckers are relied upon more heavily.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Amish country's Comment
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We've gotten busier this week and will more than likely get even busier over the following weeks with people stuck at home using more electricity and water. If we dont keep moving the power plants shut down and water doesn't get purified. Feed doesnt get mixed and animals begin to starve. One advantage to the lime business. Run til you cant run no more.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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Victor, I dont think u need to worry about getting sent home. By definition this career encourages Social distancing, shelter in place, and self quarantine. (I threw up into my mouth just a little for even using those terms). If you are worried about getting this badbeerbug, wash hands frequently, dont lick countertops, and dont consort with large crowds of Chinese nationals. embarrassed.gif

As for activity, the steps taken / announced by the tramp today should do yeoman's work to stabilize economic matters. Not sure what will happen for manufacturing, but im guessing NOBODY wants 1929 again.

Hang in there. You will get this. Dont be afraid to ask for help, despite truck driver's traditionally brusque exterior, most really want to be helpful. Or at least, be able to feel good about themselves for showing "that FNG how it's REALLY done". They get to feel like a subject matter expert, and you gain some (hopefully) valuable assitance and guidance.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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