Howdy Folks And Here's What Troubles Me About COVID 19

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J.W.Dover's Comment
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Stupid people are hogging up goods from supermarkets all over America like this is a Third World War and there's no tomorrow. They are complete selfish idiots! They are hogging up bread, toilet paper, bottled water, hand sanitizer, liquid soap and Lord knows what else. I wrote my elected officials yesterday all the way up from President Trump down to my state legislators to demand the government mandate that grocery retailers impose rations on consumer goods so everybody has a fair chance to buy things they really need to survive. It's not the bug itself that scares me, it's the utter madness of man!! I was wondering how you long-haul drivers are dealing with getting everyday provisions for human living over the road. Like a horseman over the desert, you need your full canteen, your gun, your knife, your snakebite kit, your bedroll, your beef jerky and your corn dodgers. Are you able to get food? Bottled spring water (tap water sucks)? Do laundry? Eat? Sleep? Get soap? Deodorant? Everything else? Is this virus costing you money of of pocket? Are your living expenses over the highways going up over it? I can imagine truckers now are busy as beavers trying to move goods ASAP to restock stores. I can't see many working for megas and losing any miles these COVID 19 days. Be safe. Avoid social contact. Keep hands washed with hot soapy water always. We need drivers all over the nation so we don't starve to death. God bless.

Over The Road:

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.

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.

Viking's Comment
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Personally I keep well over a week's worth of food/water on the truck at all times. Do all my cooking in the truck.

And that's before this craziness..

As for miles, they haven't changed, still 2500 - 3300 a week, but I have been hauling more hazmat then usual. Hazmat bonuses are nice! smile.gif

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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There is no real shortage at truck stops. Every other stop is out of cases of.bottled water.. but all have gallon jugs and bottles in coolers. Most never carry toilet paper anyway.. but there are plenty of wipes and soaps.

The main difference is no eat in dining.. no roller dogs or self serve food.

I ran meds all last week... this week is dairy. Plenty of miles. Our terminals are now screening drivers when they enter. A few drivers have been quarantined due to illness but havent tested positive.

#EndThePanic

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.

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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Stupid people are hogging up goods from supermarkets all over America like this is a Third World War and there's no tomorrow. They are complete selfish idiots! They are hogging up bread, toilet paper, bottled water, hand sanitizer, liquid soap and Lord knows what else. I wrote my elected officials yesterday all the way up from President Trump down to my state legislators to demand the government mandate that grocery retailers impose rations on consumer goods so everybody has a fair chance to buy things they really need to survive. It's not the bug itself that scares me, it's the utter madness of man!! I was wondering how you long-haul drivers are dealing with getting everyday provisions for human living over the road. Like a horseman over the desert, you need your full canteen, your gun, your knife, your snakebite kit, your bedroll, your beef jerky and your corn dodgers. Are you able to get food? Bottled spring water (tap water sucks)? Do laundry? Eat? Sleep? Get soap? Deodorant? Everything else? Is this virus costing you money of of pocket? Are your living expenses over the highways going up over it? I can imagine truckers now are busy as beavers trying to move goods ASAP to restock stores. I can't see many working for megas and losing any miles these COVID 19 days. Be safe. Avoid social contact. Keep hands washed with hot soapy water always. We need drivers all over the nation so we don't starve to death. God bless.

Haya, J.W. ~ Welcome to TruckingTruth ! I was just personally wondering, are you 'in' the trucking industry, or any part of the logistics spectrum of such? Just curious. Either way, welcome, and don't be shy...!

I could go on and on... but ~ we live in the country, deep in Ohio, and drink tap water/well water (yep!) and live off the land as much as we can.. .so we are good here...no hoarding necessary, LoL. Our corner store (mom & pop place) stays well stocked for us locals, and the Amish mixed in around here. Our little town actually did NOT run out of T/P and sanitizer ~ go figure ~ !

RE: Food/supplies on the truck ~ My husband is a trucker, and delivers corrugated products...packaging for food, of course...so he's keeping busy, and safe. I cook him breakfast at home before he leaves (noon'ish) and pack a lunch he takes, and have supper ready for him around midnight/2am when he returns. No need for restaurants.

I know, many of the drivers on this site (most, actually) are OTR.... It's HARDER for them to have food access, yessir. Viking, when my hubby was OTR I sure DID pack him a week to 10 days of food.. and yeah, he'd eat out in between from time to time, but was always PREPARED~! (Like YOU!)

And..straying from the topic...I did. Apologies. Here's one town/county's way of helping these OTR drivers, and I think if more LEO agencies followed this lead, it would help pull people TOGETHER without being in a 'social' environment, per se, with all the restaurant closures:

(Shout out to PJ... former LEO.. whatcha think?!?)

LEO's help truckers stay fed amidst restaurant closures . . .

As always, be safe, guys and gals. Thanks for all you DO !!! thank-you-2.gif

Anne :)

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.

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.

Over The Road:

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.

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.

PJ's Comment
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Anne I think that is awesome!!! They are truely public servants, and walking the walk instead of simply talking the talk!!

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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There is no real shortage at truck stops. Every other stop is out of cases of.bottled water.. but all have gallon jugs and bottles in coolers. Most never carry toilet paper anyway.. but there are plenty of wipes and soaps.

The main difference is no eat in dining.. no roller dogs or self serve food.

I ran meds all last week... this week is dairy. Plenty of miles. Our terminals are now screening drivers when they enter. A few drivers have been quarantined due to illness but havent tested positive.

#EndThePanic

Haya, Rainy~!!! Good to see you, around. Finally got my WiFi worked out and need to get caught up on vid's, LoL.. apologies! ANYWAY ~ :

My hubby's yard gave all their drivers this 'pen thingy' (like they used to have at banks) that stays 'tethered' to their clipboard with BOL's and such. Too short to share, yet always there! I thought that was pretty ingenious, actually! ;)

Be safe, my fave female role model~!!!!!

Anne :)

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.

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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Anne I think that is awesome!!! They are truely public servants, and walking the walk instead of simply talking the talk!!

Yessir. I LOVE IT. I figured you would, as well. SHARE ON~!!!!!!! Goosebumps just thinking about it, awesomeness in the real for SURE!~

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.

J.W.Dover's Comment
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Personally I keep well over a week's worth of food/water on the truck at all times. Do all my cooking in the truck.

And that's before this craziness..

As for miles, they haven't changed, still 2500 - 3300 a week, but I have been hauling more hazmat then usual. Hazmat bonuses are nice! smile.gif

Cooking on the truck might seem hard unless you are just popping frozen goods in the 'wave. I can also see making cold sandwiches out of an ice chest. There seems to be limited space and no kitchen sink with running hot water, no stovetop, no barbecue grill, no range oven, no chest freezer, no cupboards and no dishwasher. I'm a germ freak. A truck is not a train, RV, yacht or a ship for living spaciousness. My impression was that drivers mostly ate in hearty hot SQUARE meals in restaurants, cafes and diners along the way with pretty waitresses' pouring coffee. Think "Mel's Diner" on the TV show ALICE from the '70's.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

J.W.Dover's Comment
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Stupid people are hogging up goods from supermarkets all over America like this is a Third World War and there's no tomorrow. They are complete selfish idiots! They are hogging up bread, toilet paper, bottled water, hand sanitizer, liquid soap and Lord knows what else. I wrote my elected officials yesterday all the way up from President Trump down to my state legislators to demand the government mandate that grocery retailers impose rations on consumer goods so everybody has a fair chance to buy things they really need to survive. It's not the bug itself that scares me, it's the utter madness of man!! I was wondering how you long-haul drivers are dealing with getting everyday provisions for human living over the road. Like a horseman over the desert, you need your full canteen, your gun, your knife, your snakebite kit, your bedroll, your beef jerky and your corn dodgers. Are you able to get food? Bottled spring water (tap water sucks)? Do laundry? Eat? Sleep? Get soap? Deodorant? Everything else? Is this virus costing you money of of pocket? Are your living expenses over the highways going up over it? I can imagine truckers now are busy as beavers trying to move goods ASAP to restock stores. I can't see many working for megas and losing any miles these COVID 19 days. Be safe. Avoid social contact. Keep hands washed with hot soapy water always. We need drivers all over the nation so we don't starve to death. God bless.

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Haya, J.W. ~ Welcome to TruckingTruth ! I was just personally wondering, are you 'in' the trucking industry, or any part of the logistics spectrum of such? Just curious. Either way, welcome, and don't be shy...!

I could go on and on... but ~ we live in the country, deep in Ohio, and drink tap water/well water (yep!) and live off the land as much as we can.. .so we are good here...no hoarding necessary, LoL. Our corner store (mom & pop place) stays well stocked for us locals, and the Amish mixed in around here. Our little town actually did NOT run out of T/P and sanitizer ~ go figure ~ !

RE: Food/supplies on the truck ~ My husband is a trucker, and delivers corrugated products...packaging for food, of course...so he's keeping busy, and safe. I cook him breakfast at home before he leaves (noon'ish) and pack a lunch he takes, and have supper ready for him around midnight/2am when he returns. No need for restaurants.

I know, many of the drivers on this site (most, actually) are OTR.... It's HARDER for them to have food access, yessir. Viking, when my hubby was OTR I sure DID pack him a week to 10 days of food.. and yeah, he'd eat out in between from time to time, but was always PREPARED~! (Like YOU!)

And..straying from the topic...I did. Apologies. Here's one town/county's way of helping these OTR drivers, and I think if more LEO agencies followed this lead, it would help pull people TOGETHER without being in a 'social' environment, per se, with all the restaurant closures:

(Shout out to PJ... former LEO.. whatcha think?!?)

LEO's help truckers stay fed amidst restaurant closures . . .

As always, be safe, guys and gals. Thanks for all you DO !!! thank-you-2.gif

Anne :)

Anne, I've been buying Crystal Geyser in 1-gallon jugs for years now. I was raised on store-bought spring water from birth. Well water is nasty. Tap water is hard, full of chemicals. I would not survive without spring water.

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.

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.

Over The Road:

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.

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.

J.W.Dover's Comment
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There is no real shortage at truck stops. Every other stop is out of cases of.bottled water.. but all have gallon jugs and bottles in coolers. Most never carry toilet paper anyway.. but there are plenty of wipes and soaps.

The main difference is no eat in dining.. no roller dogs or self serve food.

I ran meds all last week... this week is dairy. Plenty of miles. Our terminals are now screening drivers when they enter. A few drivers have been quarantined due to illness but havent tested positive.

#EndThePanic

No eat-in dining? No actual cafes, full-service restaurants and diners in business along your way? It sounds like it's time then for Hungry Man TV dinners, other 'waveable frozen goods and cold sandwiches.

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.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

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