Last Week Of 9 To 5.( Hopefully)

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PackRat's Comment
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Tomorrow evening I leave for Springfield. Kinda nervous but ready to go. Thanks fir everyone's support,will post after I get there.

Good luck!

Start a diary because lots of people will follow it.

Kj Bryant's Comment
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Tomorrow evening I leave for Springfield. Kinda nervous but ready to go. Thanks fir everyone's support,will post after I get there.

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Good luck!

Start a diary because lots of people will follow it.

Plan on it. Right now been studying the pre trip, seems alttlie daunting but prolly come together when there is a physical truck.

PackRat's Comment
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Yes, it will be easier with the actual truck in front of you while doing the inspection.

Kj Bryant's Comment
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Here at Springfield Airport waiting in shuttle its begun.

Turtle's Comment
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Best of luck to you, KJ.

Don't forget that we are here to help in any way we can. You got this!

Kj Bryant's Comment
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Ty the hotel makes me feel like I'm in a Tarantino movie lol thats a good thing though.

Dan F.'s Comment
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If you are here being proactive about your career then I will assume that your intent is to work hard.

Trucking is a lifestyle that is not fit for everyone.

So here are some suggestions from somebody who went from nothing to being a company owner.

1. Understand the limitations of what your companies dispatchers, planners, and customer service are. By understanding what they can and cannot do you will better know what questions to ask and who to talk to and when to not bother because it will only make the situation worse.

If the shipper or receiver is slow and you want detention time, don’t let the problems of the day influence how you talk to the dispatcher since it is the planner he chooses the loads. Your first year is going to suck and yes he’s one of those things that can bring grief. If taking a deep breath doesn’t help you then sleep on it. This has kept me from leaving a company i stayed with for years in which case had I left I would’ve started the job search and lost a months worth of money just to learn new people and new company. “back end”.

2. Being polite does not equal allowing them to walk all over you. Do not do any favors or show how willing you are to help out if you like this company. Very large number of people are going to disagree with this but I’m going to tell you from experience in multiple careers over multiple decades this always ends badly. You will be the go to guy- but if you start this pattern when you first start at the company you were asking to be abused. You will invariably work hard but it won’t pay off. As you get more experience and know your limits, that is when you should slowly and begrudgingly help out. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A HOT LOAD. Treat every load the same.

It is much better to be consistent and do everything you can to do things the right way from the beginning regardless of the pressure put on you because “xyz Personally Watches these loads”.

3. Don’t consider leasing. You may have heard the horror stories. I can tell you want about a girl who is only on her second load at Prime , Who had not eaten in two days because she had no money. Luckily she was picking up ice cream at Covington Tennessee so we (i did dedicated contract freight hauling icecream for 1.5+ years when i first got my authority) so we look the other way as she loaded up her fridge with ice cream from the OSD fridge at the office. No matter how good leasing sounds, you will lose money. And i won’t even get in to how much insurance costs if you have your own authority even with years of experience and three years no accidents as an owner operator.

Whenever things are not going well for company drivers, they tend to come up to me and asked me how I like owning a company. This is usually because they are not very good and they’re looking for the easy way. My reply is always the same. “If you cannot be in the top 5% of your company for performance and save 50% of your paycheck right now you will never make it as an owner operator“.

Sounds harsh right?

4. Electric leaf blower...👍 (Just use common sense on “where”)

5. GET OUT AND LOOK

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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.

Dan F.'s Comment
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As coincidence would have it I am actually at the flying J in Springfield now

Here at Springfield Airport waiting in shuttle its begun.

Kj Bryant's Comment
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Leaf blower blow out trailer lol.. i got a question I looked over my big application it says list last 10 years. The job I left I was there from 2012 to last week.

I was basically a stay at home dad from middle of 2010 and all of 2011. Couldn't find work for nothing. (In my area my past haunted me) first part of 2010 I was employed. The place is still there but changed owners( little caesors) so they prolly don't have a record of me. But i did bring my w2 from them. That's basically 10 years. 8 and a half years at one company about 5 and six months in 2010.

Rob T.'s Comment
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As a driver currently without a CDL they're only required to verify 3 years but still ask for the last 10. Great job being prepared with the w2's! Now if you decide to leave Prime when you apply to your next job as a CDL holder they'll need to verify employment for the last 10 years

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.
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