I Really Really Really Hate Team Driving

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Anne A. (momcat)'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.

I'm not one of the 'others' here that suggested he give up; contraire. I've probably angered a beloved, seasoned hand.. and I apologize for that. Sorry, O/S.

I agree with you on that, Bob. Maybe Don's company would be interested in him, tbh. Same place my guy works. Dunno where the O/P lives, tbh.

Then again, here's this:

Zach: are you on Facebook? Go to the Western Express page; click 'message.' Abby will answer you during business hours .

~ Anne ~

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.
Old School's Comment
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Nobody has angered me!

I think this is a great discussion. It brings to light a lot of the problems in this career. We all know it has it's own issues. Some of them are really difficult for newbies. We try to give guidance when we can. Sometimes it is helpful, but there is no one shot approach to this. We are all individuals here and we all manage our own careers as best we can. Zach got handed a can of worms, there's no question there. We have tried to help. He doesn't seem to think our advice is working, and maybe it isn't. Ultimately Zach has got to deal with his problems just like all of us have had to. We've been there done that. That's why it is frustrating seeing him continuing to suffer with his issues. We have offered assistance. He claims it isn't working. I'm not sure how to help at this point.

Anne A. (momcat)'s Comment
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Nobody has angered me!

I think this is a great discussion. It brings to light a lot of the problems in this career. We all know it has it's own issues. Some of them are really difficult for newbies. We try to give guidance when we can. Sometimes it is helpful, but there is no one shot approach to this. We are all individuals here and we all manage our own careers as best we can. Zach got handed a can of worms, there's no question there. We have tried to help. He doesn't seem to think our advice is working, and maybe it isn't. Ultimately Zach has got to deal with his problems just like all of us have had to. We've been there done that. That's why it is frustrating seeing him continuing to suffer with his issues. We have offered assistance. He claims it isn't working. I'm not sure how to help at this point.

Thank you. ;) I felt bad, but 'just had to...'

I've got a son his age in Florida . . . i get it, more than many.. LoL. He's considering driving as a career also, when his military commitment is complete.

Zach 's Comment
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I guess I have been blaming everyone and everything but myself for things going wrong. I've wanted this to do this for a long time but like everyone on here has said, I'm just not cut out for the job. I don't have the right attitude to be out here. A lot of my problems come from lack of trip planning and thinking ahead instead of relying on someone else to tell me what to do. I've improved tremendously since I first came in the seat and was scared of the truck, I'm actually a very gopd driver lol but I just haven't caught on to the other thing's quick enough like tandem sliding and pre-planning, my co driver quit a day ago and I have agreed with my DM to turn the truck back in early next week. Thank you for all you're help and guidance along the way sorry for being such a pain in the ass. Maybe one day when Im older and have more life experience I will come back out but for now it's probably best I find something else to do. This will be my last post here, you won't have to hear any more sniveling from me again. Be safe out there on the road.

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".

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.
Zach 's Comment
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I guess like many people who come out here I was just in over my head

Scott M's Comment
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Zach- Quitting your job? I was hoping you would make it. But you’ve described many issues. Such as Codriverissues- trying to put diesel in def tank, saying that he wanted to commit suicide, and instead of driving to next shipper , doing a 360 and going back to previous shipper. Thanks for sharing all this, very, very helpful. If possible I’d like to be a trainer. Maybe a different company as a solo? I love Prime Inc, Springfield Mo.

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.

Bird-One's Comment
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Zack, EVERYBODY that comes into this career is in over their heads for some period of time. It’s the one that want it that persevere. I hope you are able to find what it is you are looking for and able to become successful at it.

I guess like many people who come out here I was just in over my head

PackRat's Comment
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So you finally get into the ideal position of being solo on that truck after the latest codriver quits, but since you've been bullied by your DM from the start, you're going to up and quit now? All of your supposed driving and work related problems would take about 24 hours to correct. Trip planning, ELD operation, sliding tandems , using an atlas or GPS are just too much for you?

Nobody gets perfect, or even 25% perfect at this job in the first couple months. Lots of us have pointed this out to you and countless other new drivers too often to count. We've always encouraged new drivers to stick it out because it will get better IF YOU STAY PUT AND LEARN SOMETHING.

It's always easy to quit. Anyone can do that.

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".

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.
Andrey's Comment
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Nobody gets perfect, or even 25% perfect at this job in the first couple months.

Yes, my trainer told me that I will make a lot of mistakes at first like busting my clock or messing up the paperwork, and the company knows it too, and unless I hit something they not be too upset about it during the first six months.

Jammer a's Comment
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Good luck man !! But your always gonna be in over your head if you refuse to swim ... I hope you find what your looking for in life

I guess like many people who come out here I was just in over my head

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