My Carter Express Adventure

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BubblesDhaDrivah'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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Thanks PackRat!! And heading to bed as I type this. I've got alot of questions regarding the qualcom and Bols,so will definitely will be alot of questions asked. It's 7:18PM so hopefully a good 7hrs is a good amount of sleep.

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Jammer a's Comment
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Dang bubbles I just read your whole story and wanted to say I’m rootin for you way to tough it out and take advice from everyone and not get discouraged... keep up the good work you got this!!!

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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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Thanks PackRat!! And heading to bed as I type this. I've got alot of questions regarding the qualcom and Bols,so will definitely will be alot of questions asked. It's 7:18PM so hopefully a good 7hrs is a good amount of sleep.

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BubblesDhaDrivah's Comment
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Thanks Jammer!! It's been a real rollercoaster but the passion I have for trucking is beyond it's level.

Quick update on 10/26/20 @1:34PM

Ok well my rollercoaster didn't end yet lol. Woke up around 2:30am. Got cleaned up,got dressed and headed to the lobby. Trainer arrived around 3:20am. She's super laid back. We than head to the terminal ,got to her truck,got shipping papers and the trailer. Both sign into the qualcom. Did a quick pre-trip and headed on route. Welp about 10 miles away from the terminal the tractor shuts off. My trainer pulls to the side of the road and tries to crank it back up again. It cranks but it just doesn't turn over. She's calls otr and let's them know what happens. Come to find out,she accidentally put DEF in her fuel tank. After she got off the phone with otr and dispatcher ,she tells me it would be 2hrs before they send her another truck. Welp they were right on the money. Long story short, he and my trainer left to go unhook her rental truck in a near by parking lot. Came back hooked up the old one to the wrecker,unhooked the trailer...and great,I'm still making it long. My trainer had to call dispatch to let him know she wouldn't be able to make it to the next route. So we only drove one load today. Will be leaving tomorrow morning at 3:30am. Goodness time goes by quickly. But excited for the future!!!!

Terminal:

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.

OTR:

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.

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.
Jammer a's Comment
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It’s crazy how the 1st day can go huh my trainer picked me 4am yesterday and we’ve been stuck at fed ex since now high wind advisory has it looking like we may be here again we were gonna take the 10 to Pheonix but we just got a call truck blown over in the middle lane on the 10 east goin towards Pheonix

Thanks Jammer!! It's been a real rollercoaster but the passion I have for trucking is beyond it's level.

Quick update on 10/26/20 @1:34PM

Ok well my rollercoaster didn't end yet lol. Woke up around 2:30am. Got cleaned up,got dressed and headed to the lobby. Trainer arrived around 3:20am. She's super laid back. We than head to the terminal ,got to her truck,got shipping papers and the trailer. Both sign into the qualcom. Did a quick pre-trip and headed on route. Welp about 10 miles away from the terminal the tractor shuts off. My trainer pulls to the side of the road and tries to crank it back up again. It cranks but it just doesn't turn over. She's calls otr and let's them know what happens. Come to find out,she accidentally put DEF in her fuel tank. After she got off the phone with otr and dispatcher ,she tells me it would be 2hrs before they send her another truck. Welp they were right on the money. Long story short, he and my trainer left to go unhook her rental truck in a near by parking lot. Came back hooked up the old one to the wrecker,unhooked the trailer...and great,I'm still making it long. My trainer had to call dispatch to let him know she wouldn't be able to make it to the next route. So we only drove one load today. Will be leaving tomorrow morning at 3:30am. Goodness time goes by quickly. But excited for the future!!!!

Terminal:

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.

OTR:

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.

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.
PackRat's Comment
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She put DEF in the fuel tank? How in the world? That truck may need an engine rebuild after that. Wow.

BubblesDhaDrivah's Comment
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Right Jammer haha. It's how things plays out. Hopefully the next morning will be different ☺️☺️. PackRat,I definitely learned from that most definitely. I remember my instructor from Roadmaster told me he did that twice in his entire 14 years otr ,he told me it was all based on rushing. He told me I definitely don't want to make that mistake. After this morning,I will definitely take my time and pay attention at the fuel pump. MOST DEFINITELY.

OTR:

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.

Dm:

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

PackRat's Comment
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To my way of thinking, it's simple:

"Big fuel hose and nozzle are for the big tank.

Small hose and nozzle are for the small tank."

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
BubblesDhaDrivah's Comment
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Thanks for the tip PackRat😃. Will definitely keep this in mind!!

Well quick update on 10/27/20 @6:46am

Well I think I have a spell on me when it comes to this career. Wake up at 2:30am, trainer got me from the hotel at 3:30am. Arrived at the terminal in 14mins. Got to the truck,got my papers and trailer,sign into my elogs ,did a quick pre-trip and headed off. I can actually say I did really well driving my first 2hrs. Got to the customer on time. Gave them the paperwork and headed off to get unloaded. As soon as I set up to back in the trailer. The power steering goes out and I loose my power steering. It was extremely hard to back in the tractor and trailer. Was holding up a few employees who work with the customer. So my trainer took over. Even she had a difficult time steering it (duh of course 🤦🏼‍♀️). But we finally got the trailer in. She call service and maintenance to let them know the problem and told her that it will be 45mins til someone comes out here. So as I speak it's been 10mins since that call. Still getting unloaded. All we can do is wait it out. Goodness goodness goodness.

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Elog:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

Elogs:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

Terminal:

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.

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.

Jammer a's Comment
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Hang in there you got this I just got a taste of what you all have been doing for so long and have an even higher opinion of y’all be safe weathers crazy right now !!!

Thanks for the tip PackRat😃. Will definitely keep this in mind!!

Well quick update on 10/27/20 @6:46am

Well I think I have a spell on me when it comes to this career. Wake up at 2:30am, trainer got me from the hotel at 3:30am. Arrived at the terminal in 14mins. Got to the truck,got my papers and trailer,sign into my elogs ,did a quick pre-trip and headed off. I can actually say I did really well driving my first 2hrs. Got to the customer on time. Gave them the paperwork and headed off to get unloaded. As soon as I set up to back in the trailer. The power steering goes out and I loose my power steering. It was extremely hard to back in the tractor and trailer. Was holding up a few employees who work with the customer. So my trainer took over. Even she had a difficult time steering it (duh of course 🤦🏼‍♀️). But we finally got the trailer in. She call service and maintenance to let them know the problem and told her that it will be 45mins til someone comes out here. So as I speak it's been 10mins since that call. Still getting unloaded. All we can do is wait it out. Goodness goodness goodness.

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Elog:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

Elogs:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

Terminal:

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.

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.

Papa Pig's Comment
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Wow. You do have bad luck lol. Just make sure you get plenty of backing while you are out with your trainer(diesel def 😂) . If you feel that you aren’t getting opportunities say something sooner rather than later. Also try to not get frustrated with it. The trailer is gonna act differently while under load than what you are used to with an empty trailer. I learned on a manual and with my trainer was having a problem getting it to back without jerking because of giving it gas instead of just feathering the clutch. It will come in time. Just remember to take your time and watch your tandems. You got this

Tandems:

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".

Tandem:

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".

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