First Call From Safety Department

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G-Town's Comment
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Steve Reno’s reply:

Soooo many 4 wheeler idiots out there, it's dumbfounding lol.

Had guy on my left impatient couldn't wait for car in front of him to pass, so midway he decides to force his way over, coulda wiped my left fender out I seen his action and braked to barely miss him swiping my fender !

I coulda easily turned wee bit left n pitted him, jeeeze then he proceeds to fly down the road over 90 mph, I looked back expecting to see highway patrol chasing him by his erratic driving at high speeds weaving lane to lane in a dang fired up hurry.

Surprised I didn't see him flipped over etc down the road.....Why I am aware of my surroundings in the rig or my lil honda lol These Idiots are everywhere !!

Brett or Administrator; whoever is minding the store, please consider deleting the “bolded” part of Steve’s reply. Thank you.


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.
Susan D. 's Comment
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Lol my safety director is on my fb friends list. I've never been called about a hard break, not that I've never had any. I was trained by a company "rebel" and if I'm having a little trouble with weight and not hauling breakable stuff, I'll either go forwards or backwards and slam on my brakes to shift my load whichever way needed lol.. especially with those scap paper bales. I find I can shift a couple hundred pounds fairly easily if the loader didn't balance the bales well. Then I've had the couple of times in heavy traffic where a 4 wheeler cut me off too close, but that's been extremely rare. If they see I'm scaling a load more than a couple times and from one hole to the next, just can not get it right, they definitely know what I'm up to. It's gotten better since international paper (the mills) require a particular "safe load" configuration.



Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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SusanD - we used to run scrap loads over to IP Cedar plant, and the bump and settle became a fairly common tactic. Even more so on 40ft I/M containers coming out of Nestle Clinton where the good lord only knows what plan they use for loading.... No rear tandem to adjust on those chassis, so it works out well.

G-Town - what you call NASCAR seems more prevalent since the volume of 4wheelers dropped off... maybe they're just more visible now that they have mostly no competition. Kinda like a time trial? Which begs the ??? if we can see them so well, why isn't Smokey doing his smoke thing on them? My running refrain was "This ain't the Monaco Grand Prix, and you aint no Jackie F'n Stewart!" It's my zen way of letting the water stream off my back... Quack.


Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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