Truck Stop Follies And Assorted Stupidity

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PackRat's Comment
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I noticed this drop lot catastrophe a few miles from my house a couple days ago. This is a regular car parking lot at a closed up mall, now being rented by Stihl USA as an overflow drop lot. The asphalt is less than 6" thick, and that's a sealed, loaded container. Everything is there, just punched a hole in the asphalt. I'm sure it sinks a little more each time it rains.

PackRat's Comment
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Parked awhile ago at a Love's in North Baltimore, Ohio at 1340 on a Friday. This place is smaller and busy, maybe 40 spots, plus a garage facility.

This idiot FedEx contract driver comes in, parks in the middle of the tight lot, goes inside to Arby's, then returns and eats his lunch. After his 30, he finally departs. WTF? I watched three trucks almost collide with one another getting around this moron. Two trucks were blocked in their marked parking spots.

This was one of the dumbest drivers I've seen so far, and not even moving: "Stupid While Parked". I hollered at him on the CB until he got out of range. The stupidity out here is commonplace, so be careful! Don't be This Guy.

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Navypoppop's Comment
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Hey PackRat,

I can't believe this dumb shxx did this. I drove for Conway for 14 years and even though you do not get a lot of choices to park a set of doubles there is no way this should have happened. I would hope that if FedEx knew of this that this driver would be reprimanded or fired. This is total BS that creates more headaches and problems among drivers. I never blocked any driveways, exits or entrances or across parking spaces. By the way it's been awhile since we talked but I wanted to say hi and wish you well. I'm in Guntersville, Al. now and heading to Crossville, Tn. next month. Hope to see you again. Be safe and healthy my friend.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

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.

PackRat's Comment
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I witnessed this one at a Love's off I-75, near Calhoun, GA two days ago (21 June).

It appeared the Amazon driver was going to outsmart everyone by creating his own parking spot at the truck entry/exit point of the truck stop. After scraping the sidewalls of his drive tires along the high curb for at least 25', one of the tires blew out. SURPRISE! After the tire and associated service call costs, it would not surprise me if he's going to be in the Negative Profit Range this week. One of the glaring mistakes on this one is the fact there were marked parking spots available at the time. All that was required was backing in.

From my observations of many of the Amazon contract drivers, there are only two questions that must have a "YES" answer at the employment interview:

1) Do you own a truck?

2) Do you have a pulse?

PJ's Comment
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I think #2 is optionable from the things I see out of those drivers as a group.

Their trucks mostly look like junk and they haul a**.

I hate to sterotype, but I try my best to stay away from them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Stevo Reno's Comment
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Yep wayyyy too many of those Amazon haulers out there, and from what I've seen, 90% are total f'in morons. And usually you will see THEM in a snowy ditch lol Amazon, must not care too much, who pulls their freight, as long as it gets hauled. And yeah most run like a bat outta hell, and wander all over the roadways. Sorry but a LOT of skateboarders (O/Os) 99% drive the same way, and too fast ! Some tanker drivers as well.

Funny I'd come up on 1, and change to pass em, since they're going slower. As SOON as I get truck-to-truck beside em, or barely ahead, out of nowhere they found an extra 100 HP and take off ..... Too many drivers are playing games out on the roads, in their driving habits. Why I especially liked driving nights than days, got more miles in, and less idiots to deal with in trucks OR Auto's lol

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bill M.'s Comment
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Target warehouse. Iowa. JB Hunt set it down on asphalt instead of the concrete pad. The 99 degree Temps plus the weight of the trailer was more than the asphalt could take. 😳

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Bill M.'s Comment
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I don't like to point out people's mistakes or take pleasure in their downfall. I mean, we all know anything can happen to anyone, it only takes a moment of haste and lack of concentration on the task at hand. But here's one more. This was in Michigan. He is a company driver of my consignee that day. I think he was in a hurry to get out of the docks before I did. He didn't!

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Consignee:

The customer the freight is being delivered to. Also referred to as "the receiver". The shipper is the customer that is shipping the goods, the consignee is the customer receiving the goods.

PackRat's Comment
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This is for learning, Bill. It doesn't matter to me what the company is, or what the driver's name is. If they screw up because of something that was dumb, dangerous, or lazy I'll post it. Hopefully those reading won't have the same issues or bad habits.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bill M.'s Comment
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WTH? That is catastrophic.

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I noticed this drop lot catastrophe a few miles from my house a couple days ago. This is a regular car parking lot at a closed up mall, now being rented by Stihl USA as an overflow drop lot. The asphalt is less than 6" thick, and that's a sealed, loaded container. Everything is there, just punched a hole in the asphalt. I'm sure it sinks a little more each time it rains.

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