Going Solo!

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Will P.'s Comment
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Hey folks been reading and taking in everything here for the last couple of months and after weeks with my mentor I'm getting ready to head out for my first solo load later tonight/morning(what have you). Going to keep these groceries going in all this hullabaloo! Thanks for all the advise and knowledge that has been posted here...adding up to thousands of years total experience I'm sure Hope to update as I can!

Turtle's Comment
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Awesome Will, good luck to you!

Safe travels.

Rookie Doyenne's Comment
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Godspeed, Will P.! good-luck.gif

Marc Lee's Comment
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Godspeed, Will P.! good-luck.gif


Chris L's Comment
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Good luck remember yesterday was the easy day.

Will P.'s Comment
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1st load went great no issues. Had one tight dock backing between an empty that was barely within the dock and a block wall with bollards with guide rails (that were obviously installed after the fact). GOALed for my reference points and slipped it on in no problem. Now waiting at the DC again on standby in case I can get a load early.

Old School's Comment
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Congratulations Will P!

It's an exciting time! I remember my first few months as a solo driver. I was exhausted. I think the combination of the stress and the adrenaline was making me feel like Superman at the wheel and then I'd just be spent at the end of each day. Those were exciting days. I hope you enjoy them - they will be foundational to the rest of your trucking career.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rob D.'s Comment
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Congrats on the first well done solo run.

Looking forward to hearing about more good days.

Will P.'s Comment
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Well last night I sat at the DC on the off chance something would go down and they needed a standby driver. I got a call just after midnight and the dispatcher asked if I really wanted to run a load out this morning. I said absolutely! I didnt come down there just to be *idle*(see what I did there). Pensacola, Gulf Shores, and Mobile. Yeah I'll take that!


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.
Will P.'s Comment
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Well during my last 2 hrs back to the DC early this morning my CEL light came on and shortly after that my refill DEF light came on as well...definitely must have a faulty float sensor or something cause I literally stopped it off before I left. The gauge was flipping back and forth. All other gauges and reading were normal. I stopped and looked up the Cummins CEL codes and it ready as an abnormal temp/level code. Made a note to get it looked at and continued in my way. About 15 minutes from the DC I got a SCR error: torque derate 25% message...its all due to my DEF tank sensor...sitting at the International shop in Valdosta, Ga waiting for their diagnosis now... and I was sooooooo close to getting another quick load for my remaining 8hrs...but safe by choice, not by chance!

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