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Daniel B.'s Comment
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Hello again everyone! Things are still going good besides a few bumps here and there. Hitting those on time deliveries and pickups like hot cakes. My miles have increased thankfully. Last week I had three loads lined up back to back with no time to spare on each load. Drove 10 hours per day for like a week it was nice!

The latest storm put me in my sleeper for almost two days on I 70. Luckily I was still on time for SAMs club delivery. Crazy weather lately! My truck has been having a few problems lately. First, I have a huge air leak on my service line (red air line) and another leak that's from an air bag I think. My air pressure leaks away real fast! I was stuck in the storm in kansas on I 70 yesterday and when I parked a minute later my air tanks were basically all drained down to 25 psi. I couldn't even disengage trailer brakes so my trailer brakes had to be engaged during the -5 weather. It was fun leaving that pilot! I delivered my load and got stuck in traffic in Colorado and I was running out of air while in traffic because I was just sitting there. I put myself in first gear and kept high rpms to keep air compressor working. Then they gave me a load to Michigan and I politely said "no way" because of my problems. I deadheaded to our Denver terminal for repairs and then ill continue doing loads. The weekend dispatcher put up a slight fuss about it but its the weekend dispatcher (no one important haha).

And here I sit. I also have a trailer tire on my drive axles and my wipers won't spray. It was hell driving today and other trucks tossing up slush on my windshield and not being able to do anything about it besides smear it with my wipers. At one point I could hardly even see. It's been a crappy week with this weather and with repairs. But just another day!!

Deadhead:

To drive with an empty trailer. After delivering your load you will deadhead to a shipper to pick up your next load.

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.

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Well it sounds like you're dealing with typical trucking stuff but you're handling it really well. After all those years on the road you can quickly tell if someone has the mental fortitude to handle things out there. Most people either say, "This went wrong and that went wrong but overall things are good!" or they say "This went wrong and that went wrong and my company sucks and my truck sucks and I'm sick of this!" rofl-3.gif

There's never a good ending to the story when someone is letting things get to them so it's nice to hear that you're handling the challenges and rollin with the punches. That's whatcha gotta do out there because the challenges won't end and the punches keep comin. But that's what makes the job and the lifestyle so richly rewarding.

Most people who have never driven a truck don't understand what you're going through. But for those of us who have, we know that every day out there has its difficulties and a true pro will soldier through it.

Keep on keepin on!!!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Greg's Comment
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Fixing the air leak ASAP should have taken priority over delivering the load on time

SAP:

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.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Just got done with repairs. I told three different people that I'm doing repairs and my dispatcher messages me saying I never told him and he was there yesterday. Not my fault he didnt answer them lol. Besides him being himself I'm happy. I got my trailer tire on my drives replaces with a brand new drive tire and they replaced an "eaten up" drive tire with another brand new one. New wipers and sprayers and new air lines. Very happy!!

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.
Starcar's Comment
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One of the main reasons I went O/O, was that I refuse to drive a trashy truck that things don't get fixed on. The fact that we have to pay for them ??? Its not the best, but it beats driving for a company that expects you to just put up with stuff not working...theres very few items on a truck, that when they don't work, they also don't cause a problem with performance or safety. That stuff is on a truck for a reason.....

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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So the last few days have been tough huh? Welcome to trucking. That is the stuff we have to put up with and do everyday. Don't let anyone lie to ya...it does not get easier...you just go numb and don't feel it as bad over the years. rofl-3.gif

Trucking is boring 99% of the time. When trucking is boring its boring but when trucking gets exciting it gets scary. Turned over four wheelers and trucks. Whiteouts in Wyoming with 60 mph cross winds...oh wait that is normal for Wyoming. But ya know what? Give me a day that is so boring that I would have to watch paint dry to be entertained rather than deal with the "exciting" things in trucking.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Lol no joke guyjax! These past few days have been insane. I am in a terminal in denver and a company driver hits my truck while I'm going to sleep. He didnt see me. He was trying to get a trailer on the right side of me and he hit me with his back right mudflap. Didnt do anything serious he just put a hole in my bumper with the point of his metal mudflap. It was the most awkward thing I've ever seen. I can't even figure out what he was trying to do. Probably didnt even look.

And this morning I'm finally ready to roll and then I find out my trailer needs a fed dot safety inspection. So there's even more downtime. I just want to leave Denver already haha.

Just another day!

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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