Not A Great Start To The Day

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Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Took 4 hours but they towed me a truck from another terminal and I was able to make it to Indy and back with 45 minutes left.

Makes me want to become a owner Op.

Surely you jest?!?! (iF you were closer .. i'd have run out to ya, tho!)

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.

Auggie69's Comment
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The P&D guy wasn't back from his run so I had to grab one of the few remaining trucks it has 709k miles compared to the 309k mine has. Anyway I'm driving along everything is fine all of a sudden a alarm goes off and the stop engine light is flashing and the water temp is spiked, so I pull over truck has coolant but the belt came off.

Truck was just pmed a week ago and it looks like a new belt to, so maybe one of the pullies has locked up. Not sure yet so here I sit until roadside gets here.

At FXF when we notify Central Dispatch of a breakdown we immediately switch over to hourly pay. Notify Central when fixed and they switch us back to mileage.

P&D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

Don's Comment
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That is what I hate about slip seating into another tractor. You have no clue whether it has been having issues or whether driver's have been keeping up on potential issues/maintenance, etc.. I have had issues with tractors that just came back from a complete PM. I hear, "Oh, yeah that tractor is ready to rock-and-roll!" Then by the end of a shift, there are sensors going off, etc.. Well, at least the interior was detailed and looked "as new." lol

Rob T.'s Comment
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Yikes! This is indeed a downside of slip seating. Atleast you were able to complete your run. It could be worse, could've been even colder or storming out!

PackRat's Comment
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All true, but remember that a belt can still fail without showing any real signs of imminent failure beforehand. That said, have you seen a mechanic use a tensionometer tool when installing or checking a belt?

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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