I Really Really Really Hate Team Driving

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Jammer a's Comment
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I agree I want him to mail it man but I can’t drive the truck for him or handle his dm and team driving thing for him I went thru the same thing at that terminal but I fixed my problems in about 45 minutes with the dm and planner telling me I was going teams we had 1 other heart to heart and me an my dm became friends after that all the driving stuff I figured out by honest blunt advice on here from the moderators and drivers and from mike b and Georgia mike on the phone with me personally!! But I reached out and used the advice offered to me!! After that time management and docking I just got it there and bumped the dock and way possible then it just got smoother rob and pack rat told me how to slide my Andes around rob told me how to use the basics on the qaulcom mike b finessed the finer points for me Georgia helped learn trucker path to find place to shut down for the night zack can do it he’s just gotta want it!! It’s not gonna just fall into place but he can shove it into place and make it happen !!!

As I see things, that "Yeah that sucks. Hang in there." is a thing for parents, significant others, and close friends. It's for people who know how you want to receive assistance based on your mood.

While there is a community here, it is rather single minded as far as a desired goal goes: we all voluntarily contribute our time here to offer all of our stories and experience to help other budding drivers succeed. Zach has had basically every steady player on this forum and others besides offer a variety of input. Yet, every few days, he comes back in here with the same problem, the same phrasing, and the same attitude. There has been no "Well a, b, and c still suck but I did solve problems y and z!."

Change won't happen immediately, but it's also been long enough just since /I've/ started seeing his posts that something should have changed by now. At the very least a shift of attitude and phrasing. I'm not seeing any new spark of "can do!" about what Zach posted in this thread -- and frankly put, if he can't adopt a "can do!" attitude he's gonna hurt someone eventually, at the very least himself. This is not a field for the faint of heart, and it is not a field for people who are not willing to pick up whatever weight is required to Get. The. Job. Done. Safely.

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.

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.
Auggie69's Comment
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I'm stuck waiting for a new appointment becuase my moron of a co driver blindly followed the GPS and drove the truck back to the shipper.

I'm sorry, but that right there is funny. Did he wake you up and proclaim you'd arrived at the receiver already?:

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.

Davy A.'s Comment
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99 out of 100 times, our problems are of our own making. The beauty of a free market society is that you decide your own value. Sorry, Im not even in school yet and Im tired of hearing the sniveling. How bout taking some accountability for your own actions and decisions, get informed (plenty of valuable information here on this site) and go increase your value.

I may suck horribly in this career, but I wont know it until I try, And if I do suck, I will improvise, adapt and overcome until I dont suck.

Zach 's Comment
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99 out of 100 times, our problems are of our own making. The beauty of a free market society is that you decide your own value. Sorry, Im not even in school yet and Im tired of hearing the sniveling. How bout taking some accountability for your own actions and decisions, get informed (plenty of valuable information here on this site) and go increase your value.

I may suck horribly in this career, but I wont know it until I try, And if I do suck, I will improvise, adapt and overcome until I dont suck.

Then stop reading about the "sniveling" if you are so tired of it.

Zach 's Comment
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I'm stuck waiting for a new appointment becuase my moron of a co driver blindly followed the GPS and drove the truck back to the shipper.

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I'm sorry, but that right there is funny. Did he wake you up and proclaim you'd arrived at the receiver already?:

He stopped about 20 minutes down the road from the shipper , I honesty couldn't believe that actually happened. No where near as bad as when he left a shipper with his tandems still slid to the rear in downtown Denver or put diesel in the DEF tank. Don't know how someone manages that one

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".

Davy A.'s Comment
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99 out of 100 times, our problems are of our own making. The beauty of a free market society is that you decide your own value. Sorry, Im not even in school yet and Im tired of hearing the sniveling. How bout taking some accountability for your own actions and decisions, get informed (plenty of valuable information here on this site) and go increase your value.

I may suck horribly in this career, but I wont know it until I try, And if I do suck, I will improvise, adapt and overcome until I dont suck.

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Then stop reading about the "sniveling" if you are so tired of it.

Good point, good point. But at the same time its curiously entertaining, like watching midget wrestling during a train wreck. And it is informative. Lets me know what not to do, and how to handle things as well as not handle them if they do come up.

G-Town's Comment
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Zach’s reply at the bottom is at the root of his issues.

Totally ignored the meat of Davy’s advice and continues to prove me right. Perhaps the best path forward Zach is for you to stop posting the sniveling so none of us need to read it over and over again.

We all want you to succeed; it’s time for you to want that for yourself and avoid the point when we all give up.

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99 out of 100 times, our problems are of our own making. The beauty of a free market society is that you decide your own value. Sorry, Im not even in school yet and Im tired of hearing the sniveling. How bout taking some accountability for your own actions and decisions, get informed (plenty of valuable information here on this site) and go increase your value.

I may suck horribly in this career, but I wont know it until I try, And if I do suck, I will improvise, adapt and overcome until I dont suck.

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Then stop reading about the "sniveling" if you are so tired of it.

Don's Comment
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Zach, if you do not want to read our comments to your posts, then take your own advice and stop reading them." Better yet, stop posting your sniveling, suck it up and figure things out! Your posts have become nothing more but "whoa is me." It appears you are not really seeking advice from the experienced drivers. I can understand someone occasionallyposting about a difficult day, but you have gone a little too far. It says a lot when the experienced drivers who really like to help new drivers out on this forum, appear to be losing patience with your constant complaints.

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99 out of 100 times, our problems are of our own making. The beauty of a free market society is that you decide your own value. Sorry, Im not even in school yet and Im tired of hearing the sniveling. How bout taking some accountability for your own actions and decisions, get informed (plenty of valuable information here on this site) and go increase your value.

I may suck horribly in this career, but I wont know it until I try, And if I do suck, I will improvise, adapt and overcome until I dont suck.

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Then stop reading about the "sniveling" if you are so tired of it.

Don's Comment
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It is easy to State how "you will know what and what not to do, or won't make the same mistakes" while participating on a forum. Trust me, it is quite different in reality. When I joined this forum before I started training for my CDL , I had the same " oh, I won't make the same mistakes as ________ when I am out there" attitude. Ummm....let's just say I was humbled and knocked down a peg or two from my "I have the answers already" attitude. So will you.

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99 out of 100 times, our problems are of our own making. The beauty of a free market society is that you decide your own value. Sorry, Im not even in school yet and Im tired of hearing the sniveling. How bout taking some accountability for your own actions and decisions, get informed (plenty of valuable information here on this site) and go increase your value.

I may suck horribly in this career, but I wont know it until I try, And if I do suck, I will improvise, adapt and overcome until I dont suck.

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Then stop reading about the "sniveling" if you are so tired of it.

double-quotes-end.png

Good point, good point. But at the same time its curiously entertaining, like watching midget wrestling during a train wreck. And it is informative. Lets me know what not to do, and how to handle things as well as not handle them if they do come up.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Zach have you considered linehaul? It is more regimented which you might like. Unlike the others here I don't think you should give up, you just need a little confidence. Don't worry so much about your co drivers screw ups, you are not their to train him. Just take it day by day and worry about improving yourself.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

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