What The Actual Hell Did I Get Myself In To

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Donna M.'s Comment
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Prime company drivers have to request reefer fuel. I usually just pay for it and get reimbursed, I hate waiting! But if u aren’t getting at least 8 hours of straight sleep, could become a dangerous situation.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Zach 's Comment
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It gets better, I got a fix it tickets because the lease trailer is missing a mud flap, spent 2 hours last night in 8 degree weather trying to get the release arm to tandem slide unjamed, had to shut down on the side of the road for 3 hours the other day to get my qualcom back up and running, this guy is waking me up every 5 minutes with a new question, and somehow managed to pull the tractor brake out while driving thank God we didn't roll over or jacknife. What did I do to deserve all of this?

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".

Banks's Comment
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Did you reach out to your dispatcher to get this resolved? You've gotten great advice on how to fix these issues, now it's up to you to follow through.

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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The tandems the mud flap that stuff happens qaulcom goin down that’s trucking lol we’ve all dealt with that!! As far as a team mate you can fix that with 1 phone call !!! And don’t take no for an answer !!! I’m telling you !! Your mud flap should be checked on your pre an post trip after you dock or drop walk around check out your tractor trailer light breaks mirrors glass air lines etc etc shoot me your number or a pic of your fuse panel on your dash and I’ll tell you how to fix your qaulcom

It gets better, I got a fix it tickets because the lease trailer is missing a mud flap, spent 2 hours last night in 8 degree weather trying to get the release arm to tandem slide unjamed, had to shut down on the side of the road for 3 hours the other day to get my qualcom back up and running, this guy is waking me up every 5 minutes with a new question, and somehow managed to pull the tractor brake out while driving thank God we didn't roll over or jacknife. What did I do to deserve all of 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".

John Miller's Comment
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Wow this is great thread, just try and stay calm take a deep breath and work it out with your driver manager this will make for some great stories later on in your career.

Driver 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.
RealDiehl's Comment
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Some of that mechanical stuff is just ish that happens in this business. I'm angry for you that the company stuck you in a team situation. The first company I was with sent me a message during training "reminding" me that I'd have to team for 6 months when I upgraded. I replied that I'd team as soon as they showed me where in the contract I signed that it said I'd have to team for 6 months. Never heard from that person again, and I went solo after I upgraded.

Sounds like the company is taking advantage of a new driver and trying to force you into teaming. Because as a new driver you are more likely to go along with what they tell you bc you don't want to be seen as a problem. Heck no! It would have been perfectly fine, in my opinion, for you to have refused. I hope you get to go solo soon.

SRJ's Comment
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Old School posted this 1 day and 6 hours ago. Did you do what he suggested?

“ 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.
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