Bird One

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Hahaha she had nothing but nice things to say about you. The road test got pushed back till Friday at 6 am. She isn’t going to have someone at noon tomorrow like she thought. No big deal. She also said since I have my medical long form I won’t actually have to see their physician. Works for me.

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Sorry to leave you hanging Bobcat. They took me straight to Tammy. I have a road test on Thursday around noon.

That's great to hear! I was getting worried you mentioned my name and they threw you out lol

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That's a good sign I think that they scheduled the driving test so fast. Good luck!

Bird-One's Comment
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O okay seems easy enough. Has there every been a time where paperwork said no placard but you in fact needed one?

And I goofed it, take two!

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Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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As far as I know there is 1 P&D guy who does it, he must be off.

There was 1 time that I remember, from the name what ever it was it sounded like it should have been placarded I went back to see dispatcher and they said there was 30 emails back and forth with the Hazmat department, customer and operations. They determined it needed to be Flammable, it just didn't print that way.

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

P&D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

Dispatcher:

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.
Bird-One's Comment
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They going to make you a trainer already? And that’s good to know about that hazmat. Any tips or advice for the road test?

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

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I've given up on trying, I told them I would asked about it several times and was told they are waiting on safety.

As far as the road test, just do everything by the book since you have experience they will probably be a little strict. I know doinf the speed limit and coming to a complete stop for stop signs and lights are a big thing.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Following distance is another thing they are big on.

Good luck tomorrow!

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Bird-One's Comment
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Good to know. Thanks Bobcat! I’ll update as soon as I can.

Bird-One's Comment
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I passed. No issues. No negative comments. So we’re good there. Was told I had the doubles well for never driving then before. So now gotta take the drug test and wait on corporate. Since their going to a new system Tammy thinks the process will be quicker than a month.

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.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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That's great to hear!

How'd it feel driving one of our trucks with a set? Probably a little different than you are used to.

Bird-One's Comment
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Definitely different from what I’m used to. But to be honest the only time I got alittle uncomfortable was when turning. I was swinging wider than I probably needed to but otherwise it was all good. Ask me again when I’m fully loaded at highway speeds for a night shift haha

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