My Carter Express Adventure

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PackRat's Comment
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I get BORED sitting around, waiting to get unloaded, or waiting for an answer to a Peoplenet message....

As to what it means to be a BIARD Driver, on that I have no idea, yet...

PackRat's Comment
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I just sent a text to Drill Sergeant Don, so hopefully he'll know the answer after driving with Carter for 18 years.

Stand by...

BubblesDhaDrivah's Comment
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Thanks Anne and PackRat for y'all's responses. And I got completely lost with the "board driver" haha.

But...Quick update on 10/23/20 @8:19pm

Ok this week went by fast,I mean FAST. This week consisted strictly on backing. And I can say I did extremely well on my backings. I was super laid back vs Roadmasters...well I can see why cause it's a huge difference in the two. But next week the class will be meeting with their trainers. We was supposed to got calls from them but only one got a call and the other 2 got to actually meet their trainers in person (lucky). But me and another class mate hasn't heard from our trainers. But that's completely understandable since their truck drivers. But this week was great and quick. I've been in this hotel for so long it seem like a second home to me. Almost don't want to leave haha. But all and all. Carter Express takes really good care of their people,I'm really loving it here. Will keep y'all posted.

And will definitely will be on standby PackRat,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.
Greg M.'s Comment
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My guess is it means "extra board" which means you don't have an assigned run. When I was at Ryder Carter was on the same account and worked the same way we did. We were able to bid for certain runs where we would do the same thing every day. Extra board drivers can be sent anywhere. I preferred being extra board because I get bored making the same trips all the time.

Anyone know what a board driver is (division wise). I'm assign as a board driver.

And Anne I definitely won't disappeared from TT🤣🤣🤣🤣. You have my word!!!!


Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

BubblesDhaDrivah's Comment
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Thanks for the response Greg. I definitely want to be an extra board driver. Just found out the Paragould terminal in AR, we will travel to California sometimes even New York (rarely). At first I thought they steered clear of NYC. Probably will raise the question on Monday about traveling to NYC.


A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

PackRat's Comment
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From what I hear, Greg is correct with his description. It also may pay more on runs other drivers turn down, too.

It sounds to me like a seniority thing: The more time employed, the better the trips.

Rob T.'s Comment
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I cant recall is this a regional type job, Bubbles?

Running what is considered the extra board really isn't that bad. In a typical job your start time may fluctuate greatly but it switches it up. I can't imagine driving the exact same route every day or week. The benefits I can see to having a designated route is being familiar with best ways to get in/out, consistent start time and paycheck about the same. Some people love doing the same thing every day and others need change.


Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

BubblesDhaDrivah's Comment
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Thanks for y'alls responses!! Rob that's exactly what I'll be running, Regional. So that's what the trainer was talking about in class last week. Super excited. Just waiting for my trainer to call since I start my local training for the next 2 weeks and my other the road the two weeks after.


Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

BubblesDhaDrivah's Comment
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Quick update on 10/25/20 @2:59PM

Well just received a call from my trainer and we will be heading out at 3:15am tomorrow morning. I'm excited and nervous all at the same time. I will be doing 2 weeks local training and 2 weeks otr training, afterwards I will be tested out to become solo. Goodness I never knew how fast these days was gonna go when you're outside training on the trucks.

Wish me luck!!!!


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.

PackRat's Comment
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You'd better get to sleep now!

Good luck and do your best because it's a lot to take in. Ask questions if you don't understand something the first time or the sixth time.

It's YOUR training so take charge of it daily.


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