Seriously Am I Wrong For Shutting Down

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Junkyard Dog's Comment
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I had to shut it down in Minnesota on Wednesday during the blizzard. White out conditions and very high winds. Dispatcher didn't have a problem with it, And just told me to let him know when I felt it was safe to drive again. The only problem receiver was closed Christmas Eve christmas and the weekend so I have to wait till Sunday night to deliver. Brutal...

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.
Anne A. (momcat)'s Comment
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Who gave you flack for your decision? Your company? Other drivers?

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I'm looking forward to hearing the answers to these questions when Georgia Mike checks in again.

Howdy again, Arejay~!!

I find you in the 'strangest' places, LoL... and I SWEAR I'm not a doxxer, haha!!

I've got my 'guesstion' to your 'question' ... the OTHER dudes on FB / Trucker feed. SPECULATION, mostly. (Yes, I'm a member, to 'gather information' ..... and I did send a Christmas card or two, to many groups on FB..)

That's just my surmise. I happened to 'be there' (on the page) the day he posted that; and the poop started running, like someone upset a port'a'pottie.

GA Mike... if I'm wrong, correct me, pal. I've always said, choose your venues ... accordingly.

So there's that. (Still luvya, Mike B!)

Peace to all....for this COLD and yet Blessed, Holyday season!

~ Anne ~

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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.

RealDiehl's Comment
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I shut down last night in Watertown, NY. Conditions were awful when I got there early in the AM. The fleet manager didn't give me any grief at all. The bunk heater decided to stop working though, and it wasn't quite cold enough for the truck to idle continuously😡...but that is another story.

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Fleet Manager:

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.
Ted P.'s Comment
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This is something most of us take very seriously, me included.... I have seen winter storms in the mountains, and east coast can get just as bad as "cabbage mountain", or "vail pass" ( don't know if it is called that now) "triple sisters" can be bad too. I have even had the opportunity being up towards Alaska a few times usually during the winter... If you do not feel "safe" get to bed there is always the next day... it doesn't have to be blizzard conditions out, it could be temp or high winds, which this area is known for during the winter... Unfortunately, being shut down for 3 day cause of the holiday does suck, which I am sorry for. it is what it is... in the future, remember YOU are the Operator of that truck, not "dispatch or the receiver/shipper... you watch you, most of the time when you are driving in bad road conditions, dispatch will listen to your wishes, safety usually comes first and foremost.... I live in south eastern Wisconsin, the weather is known for getting very badly very quickly... please be careful... have a safe and happy new year brother....

I had to shut it down in Minnesota on Wednesday during the blizzard. White out conditions and very high winds. Dispatcher didn't have a problem with it, And just told me to let him know when I felt it was safe to drive again. The only problem receiver was closed Christmas Eve christmas and the weekend so I have to wait till Sunday night to deliver. Brutal...

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.

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.
Ted P.'s Comment
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FYI, depending on the year of the truck, there are more than a few "tricks" helping a truck to stay running, even if the auto shut down doesn't want to stay running... IF there is an owners manual on the truck, read it, it might give you options on how to "disengage" the auto shut off and keep the truck running, just be careful the running or idle of the truck might be related to the auto shut off switch...

Another Idea that has worked in the past is to either set the "reds" or chock the tires front and back of one tire.... then push both red and yellow in... truck will think it is in traffic, and you will be fine for going to bed, but make sure the truck will NOT move, to help make you feel better about going to bed warm, chocking the tires you might wrap a chain around the tire chocked and lace a chain through the chock(providing there is a while in the chock) then lock it...

I shut down last night in Watertown, NY. Conditions were awful when I got there early in the AM. The fleet manager didn't give me any grief at all. The bunk heater decided to stop working though, and it wasn't quite cold enough for the truck to idle continuously😡...but that is another story.

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Fleet Manager:

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.
J.D.'s Comment
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Anne, curious cuz have seen you refer to it more than once--by "Trucker Feed", sounds like ya mean on Facebook, or..?

Anne A. (momcat)'s Comment
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Anne, curious cuz have seen you refer to it more than once--by "Trucker Feed", sounds like ya mean on Facebook, or..?

Yeppers, the infamous Facebook group, full of 'supatruckas!'

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Badgerland's Comment
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If ever in doubt shut it down. No load is worth your life or anyone else that shares the road with you.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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If your company is giving you flack for being safe, maybe it’s time to explore options.

I took a picture, but of course can’t find it now so Ill paraphrase. Last month we had bad weather and the company sent a fleet wide message that said if you feel unsafe, shut down. We will never question your judgement.

And they never have. I’ve shut down 3 times, and each time the reply was thanks for the update, stay safe and let us know when you feel safe to continue.

Anne A. (momcat)'s Comment
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I had to shut it down in Minnesota on Wednesday during the blizzard. White out conditions and very high winds. Dispatcher didn't have a problem with it, And just told me to let him know when I felt it was safe to drive again. The only problem receiver was closed Christmas Eve christmas and the weekend so I have to wait till Sunday night to deliver. Brutal...

Did you ever get 'safe' and drive out of it all? People MISS you, on here!!

~ Anne ~

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.
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