What The Actual Hell Did I Get Myself In To

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Zach 's Comment
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So I am off my trainers truck was supposed to solo out instead got told to team with another recently graduated student, I was told I would get home time after finishing my hours and instead got sent on a load right away. First thing I was told to do was pick up a trailer, they never told me that trailer belonged to another driver who wanted to fight me becuase he thought I was stealing his trailer, after security was called and a DM stepped in to calm angry super trucker down I was then sent on a wild goose chase for hours on end to find an empty. I go to the shipper , struggle to back in and get screamed at by the yard dog for it, I then have to send out a macro for a fuel solution becuase I didn't have enough to make it to the pre routed fuel stop which took them almost 3 hours to confirm my request, my team mate has some serious issues and we are not getting along at all, been spending all night at each other's throats, he dosent know how to fuel use a qualcomm slide tandems scale his load or anything else and has woken me up every hour with a new question. My favorite was at a fuel stop asking why the nozzle wouldn't fit in the tank, this guy was trying to put diesel in the DEF tank. He has no respect for my privacy and likes to move my stuff around without asking. This is all in my first day off my trainers truck

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.

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".

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

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.

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.

Banks's Comment
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Western Express made you team? That's weird, I don't think I've ever heard that before.

Getting sent on a load right away isn't uncommon. There can be a miscommunication somewhere. Just communicate with your dispatcher that you had planned some home time. More often than not, they're willing to work with you.

I've had struggles to back in. If the yard dog is in a rush, ask him if he wants to do it. My experiences with that are different since I only deal with fellow FedEx employees so they're usually more helpful.

A lot of your frustration has to do with a lack of communication. If you're running low on fuel, don't wait until you have to stop to communicate that. Do it as soon as you realize it. The qualcomm is like calling in. You're call will be answered in the order in which it was received. Could be 5 minutes, could be 5 hours. Communicate with the company that you're not getting along with your codriver and have them resolve it by separating you.

Communication is a key to success. The sooner you figure out how to do it, the less frustrated you'll be.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

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.
Zach 's Comment
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Is it wrong to ask my DM to get one of us off this truck? This is guy is becoming more and more unbearable to deal with by the minute

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.
Jammer a's Comment
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Is your dm David??? And yeah Fontana terminal will put you teams with out asking call Nashville and tell them b.s or your gonna be stuck !! Fontana is a diff monster lol

So I am off my trainers truck was supposed to solo out instead got told to team with another recently graduated student, I was told I would get home time after finishing my hours and instead got sent on a load right away. First thing I was told to do was pick up a trailer, they never told me that trailer belonged to another driver who wanted to fight me becuase he thought I was stealing his trailer, after security was called and a DM stepped in to calm angry super trucker down I was then sent on a wild goose chase for hours on end to find an empty. I go to the shipper , struggle to back in and get screamed at by the yard dog for it, I then have to send out a macro for a fuel solution becuase I didn't have enough to make it to the pre routed fuel stop which took them almost 3 hours to confirm my request, my team mate has some serious issues and we are not getting along at all, been spending all night at each other's throats, he dosent know how to fuel use a qualcomm slide tandems scale his load or anything else and has woken me up every hour with a new question. My favorite was at a fuel stop asking why the nozzle wouldn't fit in the tank, this guy was trying to put diesel in the DEF tank. He has no respect for my privacy and likes to move my stuff around without asking. This is all in my first day off my trainers truck

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.

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.

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".

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

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.

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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No it’s not wrong tell them just like that they’ll do it or ask for another dm!!!

Also pull into a pilot/flying j or a loves and call it in they’ll get you fuel I’ve had to do it more than once settle down relax tell them you never asked or wanted to team they’ll fix it it’s new bro you’ll be fine

Is it wrong to ask my DM to get one of us off this truck? This is guy is becoming more and more unbearable to deal with by the minute

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.
Old School's Comment
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Zach, I think you've got to get this straightened out quickly. Communicate with your DM first. If that gets nowhere then step it up a little higher. Stand your ground but be calm and professional. You want to be a solo driver. Make that clear, and make it clear that it needs to start today.

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.
Jammer a's Comment
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Well said o/s

Zach, I think you've got to get this straightened out quickly. Communicate with your DM first. If that gets nowhere then step it up a little higher. Stand your ground but be calm and professional. You want to be a solo driver. Make that clear, and make it clear that it needs to start today.

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.
Anne A. (momcat)'s Comment
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So I am off my trainers truck was supposed to solo out instead got told to team with another recently graduated student, I was told I would get home time after finishing my hours and instead got sent on a load right away. First thing I was told to do was pick up a trailer, they never told me that trailer belonged to another driver who wanted to fight me becuase he thought I was stealing his trailer, after security was called and a DM stepped in to calm angry super trucker down I was then sent on a wild goose chase for hours on end to find an empty. I go to the shipper , struggle to back in and get screamed at by the yard dog for it, I then have to send out a macro for a fuel solution becuase I didn't have enough to make it to the pre routed fuel stop which took them almost 3 hours to confirm my request, my team mate has some serious issues and we are not getting along at all, been spending all night at each other's throats, he dosent know how to fuel use a qualcomm slide tandems scale his load or anything else and has woken me up every hour with a new question. My favorite was at a fuel stop asking why the nozzle wouldn't fit in the tank, this guy was trying to put diesel in the DEF tank. He has no respect for my privacy and likes to move my stuff around without asking. This is all in my first day off my trainers truck

Man, I wish you'd stop back and let us know what happened. I'd be quite incensed myself, as well.

I agree with the others~!!

~ Anne ~

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.

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".

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

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.

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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Bro you gotta realize also your teammate got a trainer that just had him hold the wheel didn’t show him nothing did you get it all straightened out yet ???

So I am off my trainers truck was supposed to solo out instead got told to team with another recently graduated student, I was told I would get home time after finishing my hours and instead got sent on a load right away. First thing I was told to do was pick up a trailer, they never told me that trailer belonged to another driver who wanted to fight me becuase he thought I was stealing his trailer, after security was called and a DM stepped in to calm angry super trucker down I was then sent on a wild goose chase for hours on end to find an empty. I go to the shipper , struggle to back in and get screamed at by the yard dog for it, I then have to send out a macro for a fuel solution becuase I didn't have enough to make it to the pre routed fuel stop which took them almost 3 hours to confirm my request, my team mate has some serious issues and we are not getting along at all, been spending all night at each other's throats, he dosent know how to fuel use a qualcomm slide tandems scale his load or anything else and has woken me up every hour with a new question. My favorite was at a fuel stop asking why the nozzle wouldn't fit in the tank, this guy was trying to put diesel in the DEF tank. He has no respect for my privacy and likes to move my stuff around without asking. This is all in my first day off my trainers truck

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.

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".

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

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.

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.

Daniel 's Comment
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I couldn't imagine having to ask for fuel.

I was issued a fuel card during orientation and can use it anytime I need to. I'm limited to Loves/Pilot-Flying J only, but I never have to ask.

Anyhow, I agree with what was posted above, be professional as you can.

The top tier never complain they say, but in your situation it would be hard not to.

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