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Today was a pretty easy day. I got up and hit the road. After 4 hours of driving, I made it to our terminal in Gary, IN. I fueled up and re-did some of my load securement. After my 30 minutes for a break was up, I was back on the road. I drove almost 600 miles. That is not bad considering I am governed at 63 MPH. A few construction zones slowed me down some too. Other than that, a really easy day. Not once did I get lost or take a wrong turn. When I pulled into the TA, I had 26 minutes left on my 11 hour drive clock. Tomorrow is going to be a much different story. I am sure it will be a very short day because I have only 5 hours on my 70 clock. This is day 6 out and I am out of hours on day 7. So, I have to hit the road and make it to my first drop 150 miles away. That will take about 3 hours to get there. Only 2 hours will be left to drive to my final drop and then haul butt to the nearest truck stop. I really hope I have the time to get somewhere after my last drop. I will have to sit for almost two days to get time back on my clock. Sadly, it is not possible to take a reset either because of the 168 hour rule. Managing the clock is an art that my mind has not mastered yet. The other problem is my FM wants me to log everything in real time. If it takes four hours to secure a load, then she wants me to log it on duty. She is doing her job so it is not her fault. I will get this clock thing figured out soon enough.

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.

Fm:

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.
Tracee W.'s Comment
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Today was a pretty easy day. I got up and hit the road. After 4 hours of driving, I made it to our terminal in Gary, IN. I fueled up and re-did some of my load securement. After my 30 minutes for a break was up, I was back on the road. I drove almost 600 miles. That is not bad considering I am governed at 63 MPH. A few construction zones slowed me down some too. Other than that, a really easy day. Not once did I get lost or take a wrong turn. When I pulled into the TA, I had 26 minutes left on my 11 hour drive clock. Tomorrow is going to be a much different story. I am sure it will be a very short day because I have only 5 hours on my 70 clock. This is day 6 out and I am out of hours on day 7. So, I have to hit the road and make it to my first drop 150 miles away. That will take about 3 hours to get there. Only 2 hours will be left to drive to my final drop and then haul butt to the nearest truck stop. I really hope I have the time to get somewhere after my last drop. I will have to sit for almost two days to get time back on my clock. Sadly, it is not possible to take a reset either because of the 168 hour rule. Managing the clock is an art that my mind has not mastered yet. The other problem is my FM wants me to log everything in real time. If it takes four hours to secure a load, then she wants me to log it on duty. She is doing her job so it is not her fault. I will get this clock thing figured out soon enough.

WT, I reckon that learning the drive clock will get easier the more ya do it... Hoping I will catch on pretty quick...again I said hoping. But right now I am just anxious to get started... 4 more days at this job and I will be on my way! Keep on looking up and keep in touch! Be safe!!good-luck.gif

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.

Fm:

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.
Wine Taster's Comment
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Thanks Tracee. Please do stay in touch. I would love to hear how it goes for you. Once you hit the road, maybe we will cross paths. Good luck.

Yesterday, I did not post. Not because I didn't have time. I only had 5 hours on my clock when I started. I hauled butt to my first drop. As soon as I got into the parking lot, sleeper. It took me like 5 minutes to pull 4 straps so it really was not a cheat on the clock. They got me unloaded and I had 2 hours and 12 minutes on my clock. I had already called the final drop and they said they had space for me to shut down across the street. Sweet! It should only take an hour to get there so I was hoping to get unloaded with an hour to spare. There was a Walmart 13 miles away and a TA 3 miles away. I knew I would be sitting for the rest of the day and tomorrow before being able to drive. On the way, I come up to the I-390 N on ramp.... CLOSED due to construction. Detour! Aw crap. So, the detour took me an extra 15 minutes on so. When I got to the drop, I had 22 minutes, I yanked my chains and got the paperwork signed in lightning quick time and went to sleeper while they got me unloaded. I had 18 minutes left to drive. Too close to try for Wally world or the TA. So, I asked for a place to shut down. They told me the gas station two blocks away has truck parking. When I pulled in, I had 12 minutes on my clock. I did my post trip and logged off at 0:02 on the clock. I could have stayed on duty longer but I really didn't need to. My truck was empty. I was really hoping that the gas station had some place to get cleaned up. It is a tiny little place with one toilet for men and women. The town is 2 to 3 miles away. There is nothing here. With nothing else to do, I walked into town. It really is a neat little town with really old buildings with a town square. I had two days off so a cold beer in a pub was in order. Then I just walked around a bit and explored. Even though it was a 3 mile walk into town, it was a beautiful day. A bunch of old farms and barns along the way. It was quite peaceful. This morning, I got up when I awoke. It was around 0700, I guess. It was a great time to sort out all the equipment in the truck. I pulled everything out and put it all back nice and neat. When I was putting the last few things away, the drizzle of the coming rain started. It has rained the rest of the day hard. No walk into town today. I used the time to clean the inside of my truck really well. Armor all and simple green smells fill the truck now. You could almost eat off the floor. Then I realized it was only 1300. Baaaaa! The day is creeping by. No where to go. Sit in the truck and watch the rain. Then I got a message with a pre plan. Sweet! Now I had some trip planning to do. As I followed the route that was given, I realized they had routed me down a road that was not a truck route. I put in message to my FM about the problem. About an hour later, she calls and says that they were all impressed that I had caught the mistake and they sent me a new route plan. I called the shipper to see if I could get in a littler earlier in the morning. Turns out they had an 0830 appointment open. Mine was at 1130. I started crunching numbers. I could start driving at 0500 central time. That was 0600 for the shipper. I have to drive 128 miles s that will take 2 hours. Sweet I can make it! NOT! I have to stop for fuel on the way. It was going to be really close and the lady said they had a lot of appointments in the morning. I asked if I could be just a little past the 0830 and she said no. Ol well, it was worth the shot. So, I still have the 1130 appointment. I am debating if I should arrive early or not. I may just wait and arrive on time to save my clock. Otherwise, I may just be sitting in the sleeper waiting and burning my 14 hour clock. Time management is an art I am still trying to learn in this business.

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.

Fm:

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.
Wine Taster's Comment
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Oooops! The TA was 38 miles away!

Jimmy P. 's Comment
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WT I just wanted to thank you for your continued updates it really does give a lot of insight for those of us that will hopefully be out there soon !!

THANK YOU !!!thank-you.gifthank-you-2.gifthank-you.gif

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Wine Taster's Comment
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Thanks Jimmy. I am not such a good storyteller but I try. I am glad you guys and gals are finding some information that helps you.

PJ's Comment
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Hey buddy, sorry haven't been on here much but they been running me ragged. As you are finding out first hand it sounds like.. You will settle in soon enough. I'm back in Ga. and go home Friday. Will be back out on Tuesday, probably headed back to Canada. Last few mornings have been early, but that's cool I am a morning person anyway.....Hopefully they get my ac fixed before much longer. Be safe my friend

Tracee W.'s Comment
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Thanks Tracee. Please do stay in touch. I would love to hear how it goes for you. Once you hit the road, maybe we will cross paths. Good luck.

Yesterday, I did not post. Not because I didn't have time. I only had 5 hours on my clock when I started. I hauled butt to my first drop. As soon as I got into the parking lot, sleeper. It took me like 5 minutes to pull 4 straps so it really was not a cheat on the clock. They got me unloaded and I had 2 hours and 12 minutes on my clock. I had already called the final drop and they said they had space for me to shut down across the street. Sweet! It should only take an hour to get there so I was hoping to get unloaded with an hour to spare. There was a Walmart 13 miles away and a TA 3 miles away. I knew I would be sitting for the rest of the day and tomorrow before being able to drive. On the way, I come up to the I-390 N on ramp.... CLOSED due to construction. Detour! Aw crap. So, the detour took me an extra 15 minutes on so. When I got to the drop, I had 22 minutes, I yanked my chains and got the paperwork signed in lightning quick time and went to sleeper while they got me unloaded. I had 18 minutes left to drive. Too close to try for Wally world or the TA. So, I asked for a place to shut down. They told me the gas station two blocks away has truck parking. When I pulled in, I had 12 minutes on my clock. I did my post trip and logged off at 0:02 on the clock. I could have stayed on duty longer but I really didn't need to. My truck was empty. I was really hoping that the gas station had some place to get cleaned up. It is a tiny little place with one toilet for men and women. The town is 2 to 3 miles away. There is nothing here. With nothing else to do, I walked into town. It really is a neat little town with really old buildings with a town square. I had two days off so a cold beer in a pub was in order. Then I just walked around a bit and explored. Even though it was a 3 mile walk into town, it was a beautiful day. A bunch of old farms and barns along the way. It was quite peaceful. This morning, I got up when I awoke. It was around 0700, I guess. It was a great time to sort out all the equipment in the truck. I pulled everything out and put it all back nice and neat. When I was putting the last few things away, the drizzle of the coming rain started. It has rained the rest of the day hard. No walk into town today. I used the time to clean the inside of my truck really well. Armor all and simple green smells fill the truck now. You could almost eat off the floor. Then I realized it was only 1300. Baaaaa! The day is creeping by. No where to go. Sit in the truck and watch the rain. Then I got a message with a pre plan. Sweet! Now I had some trip planning to do. As I followed the route that was given, I realized they had routed me down a road that was not a truck route. I put in message to my FM about the problem. About an hour later, she calls and says that they were all impressed that I had caught the mistake and they sent me a new route plan. I called the shipper to see if I could get in a littler earlier in the morning. Turns out they had an 0830 appointment open. Mine was at 1130. I started crunching numbers. I could start driving at 0500 central time. That was 0600 for the shipper. I have to drive 128 miles s that will take 2 hours. Sweet I can make it! NOT! I have to stop for fuel on the way. It was going to be really close and the lady said they had a lot of appointments in the morning. I asked if I could be just a little past the 0830 and she said no. Ol well, it was worth the shot. So, I still have the 1130 appointment. I am debating if I should arrive early or not. I may just wait and arrive on time to save my clock. Otherwise, I may just be sitting in the sleeper waiting and burning my 14 hour clock. Time management is an art I am still trying to learn in this business.

WT, Sounds like you are doing great!! And exploring a little town can be fun! A cold beer always hits the spot ... whittling my last 2 days here at this job down to a nub... everyday I have to make myself come into work! LOL Monday I start class with no looking back except my side mirrors! Good luck have a great week and hope to see you soon!

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.

Fm:

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.
no chin's Comment
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Great stuff WT. really enjoy reading your stuff.

Wine Taster's Comment
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Thanks PJ. I have been slammed busy too.

Tracee, I am excited for you. You are going to do fine in school. Give me a shout sometime!

No chin, thanks. I am glad so many are finding my mutterings to be useful.

Yesterday, I wanted to manage my clock better than I had the week before. Coming off the reset with a full 70 hours. I had done my trip plan and was ready to roll after getting my pre trip done. I arrived at my pick up around 1100. I am really glad I bought the cheap CB the other day. They gave you instructions over the CB. I got weighed and backed in to dock 14 under a covered area. They got me loaded and I got to put lumber tarps on. I asked a couple of experienced drivers to critique my work after each step. I asked the first one to check my strap placement. He said I had done well. While I was cranking down the straps, the ratchet clicked in to a spot so I was pulling the bar out to crank down a litte more. POP! The bar flys up and pops me on the underside of my chin. It hit me on the right side of my chin and my left jaw popped. It hit me so hard, I sat down on the ground because I was going to got out I thought. I sat there for about 10 minutes. It hurt. I thought I had broken my jaw. I recovered. I think my jaw got dislocated and then popped right back in. It has been really sore but I am OK.. It could have been much worse. Anyway, I got the tarps on and asked another driver to take a look. He gave me some pointers and showed me a few spots of were to put an extra bungee or two. People are so willing to help you if you just ask. I hit the scales on the way out and headed out. My goal was to stop when I had completed about 9 and half hours of on duty and drive time. I realized I wasn't going to make it to I - 90 like I had hoped with out running the clock more. So, I called my friend Mike. We were in class together and we talk almost daily now. I knew he was shut down for the night. I asked him if he could find me a TA to stop at near where I was. That was the only place I had a shower credit and I really wanted a shower after being stuck in nowhereville for two days. Luck was not with me, there was nothing on I - 85 for me to stop at. I ended up at a TA on I-90 in Erie, PA. 10 and a half hours of my 70 clock got burnt.

This morning, I got up around 0500 and started driving after my pre trip. I got to the drop at around 1200. I was early but they dd not have a problem with it. The lady directed me to a different gate and then I had to back into a building. Ol boy! They wanted me to enter the door at an angle and maneuver around stacks of wood. There really was plenty of room but I could not see my trailer once it went inside. The pouring rain outside did not help either. Anyway, I got it in with about 10 get out and lookies. The lady asked how long t would take me to untarp. I told her I was new. She said it was no rush. I told her an hour but I was not sure. By the time she came back, I was putting away my last few bungees. She took the forklift and helped me put my tarps back in the box. Then she got me unloaded pretty quick. I was surprised how much faster was untarping and tarping. You really do learn more by doing it alone. You have to figure it out and get a system that works for you. After I was done, I had a pre trip plan for a relay out of the terminal in Gary. I was really hoping that was what was going to happen. I needed to get laundry done. So, it all worked out. I got to Gary and dropped my trailer and picked up the relay trailer. I got all my equipment traded out. Got laundry done. Took a shower. Now, sleepy time. I have to be in TN tomorrow at 1930. It says I can not arrive early. I am hoping that a call in the morning will allow me to get there earlier. If not, I get to chill out for a bit. I may just leave early in the morning and get close to them and then just take a long break or nap. Not sure, going to wait and see what time I wake up...

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.

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