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Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Plan on where you will stop. I always park in a spot because it is part of my daily trip plan.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I've done this before, since I can't back a set into a spot if there are no pull through open. I was even sticking out like that because not everyone pulled forward enough for me to be straight.

We are all supposed to be on the same team out here I really don't see the need to run and call someone's company over every little mistake. Personally I'd rather he park like that than at the end of rest area or ramp where the cab is 2 feet from the travel lane.

If you think I think I'm 's Comment
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I stand by what I said. Making excuses for poor decisions and "what ifs" aren't something my playbook. The final outcome is the terminal point. If my last name was England I'd have issue with how my company was just represented. Just because it's been done and other people do it, doesn't make it a professional action. You can also bet that everyone who pulled in that late morning formed a negative opinion of the driver and the company who hired him. I am not going to argue with anyone. If this is how you do it out there, then that's how you'll be taken and you will not be improving your image or the image of the industry.

Plan on where you will stop. I always park in a spot because it is part of my daily trip plan.

Scott I agree completely! The 6 P's come to mind. Plan your trip and have contingency plans in case plan A falls short.

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.

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I stand by what I said. Making excuses for poor decisions and "what ifs" aren't something my playbook. The final outcome is the terminal point. If my last name was England I'd have issue with how my company was just represented. Just because it's been done and other people do it, doesn't make it a professional action. You can also bet that everyone who pulled in that late morning formed a negative opinion of the driver and the company who hired him. I am not going to argue with anyone. If this is how you do it out there, then that's how you'll be taken and you will not be improving your image or the image of the industry.

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Plan on where you will stop. I always park in a spot because it is part of my daily trip plan.

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Scott I agree completely! The 6 P's come to mind. Plan your trip and have contingency plans in case plan A falls short.

And you are still in the wrong. This isn't a poor decision or a what if. It's a fact of life. If he was parked like that with 5 **** bottles and a mound of trash beside him I'd agree with you but you're flat wrong. Your inexperience doesn't allow you to see that. Once you've been at it for a while you'll have a better understanding of what is acceptable and not so you get a pass on this one. Again, nothing at all wrong with what he did, I sure as hell hope you didn't call England and file a complaint.

Plan on where you will stop. I always park in a spot because it is part of my daily trip plan.

Yeah, must be nice to always start early and shut down at 14:30 so theres always tons of spots available. Glad NOTHING ever happens where you end up delayed and having to park at midnight. You truly are lucky.

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.

Chris L's Comment
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In my Dry van days I took a load of Hard Seltzer from Rochester NY the Raleigh NC. This was my first long distance run. I shut down at the rest stop in Virginia on I95 some where between Fredericksburg and Richmond VA. I was lucky and got into a parking spot and this was around 8:30 P.M. I was awakened around 2:30 A.M. to the noise of someone banging on doors. It turns out the Virginia State Troopers were making trucks move that were "Parked" in the travel lane behind other rigs. The Troopers didn't care if the drivers were out of hours they made them move.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
PackRat's Comment
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I stand by what I said. Making excuses for poor decisions and "what ifs" aren't something my playbook. The final outcome is the terminal point. If my last name was England I'd have issue with how my company was just represented. Just because it's been done and other people do it, doesn't make it a professional action. You can also bet that everyone who pulled in that late morning formed a negative opinion of the driver and the company who hired him. I am not going to argue with anyone. If this is how you do it out there, then that's how you'll be taken and you will not be improving your image or the image of the industry.

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Plan on where you will stop. I always park in a spot because it is part of my daily trip plan.

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Scott I agree completely! The 6 P's come to mind. Plan your trip and have contingency plans in case plan A falls short.

A very naive opinion from a new driver. Make sure this never, ever happens to you in the next few years, okay?

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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.

Bird-One's Comment
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You have to understand msgt. C that things in trucking are not as cut and dry as they were in the military. No one size fits all. Correct if I’m wrong but you just went solo right? Don’t you see the guys at the Ta and Loves that triple park? Trip planning is very important but things go wrong. I can guarantee if you’re out here long enough this will happen to you. It happens.

Moe's Comment
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Snitches get stitches bro, not threatening yah or nothing but its a fact, where I come from if you go narcing on someone, its taking bread off the table and that's not right. Stop and put yourself in another guy's shoes before you hand out military justice, being a new guy if I was in a tight spot and someone went calling my company and issuing a complaint, I'd be hot and if I got fired because someone went all self righteous and stuff, yea....I'd be looking and it'd take my family and friends to bring me down to earth.

We all get in a tight spot at times and do what we have to do, like everyone has said, be on the team and help out, its not always black and white out here.....

I stand by what I said. Making excuses for poor decisions and "what ifs" aren't something my playbook. The final outcome is the terminal point. If my last name was England I'd have issue with how my company was just represented. Just because it's been done and other people do it, doesn't make it a professional action. You can also bet that everyone who pulled in that late morning formed a negative opinion of the driver and the company who hired him. I am not going to argue with anyone. If this is how you do it out there, then that's how you'll be taken and you will not be improving your image or the image of the industry.

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Plan on where you will stop. I always park in a spot because it is part of my daily trip plan.

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Scott I agree completely! The 6 P's come to mind. Plan your trip and have contingency plans in case plan A falls short.

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.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Plan your trip and have contingency plans in case plan A falls short.

Rather than criticize this driver lets use it as a learning experience. Truth be told i think Big Scott is full of it so say he always parks in a spot. I can almost guarantee there have been times he's had to get creative whether it was poor planning, or more likely weather shutdowns or being held far too long at a shipper/receiver. Almost every driver has. If he's been fortunate to always be in a legal parking spot after a few years out there thats amazing and I'm glad he's found a way that works for him.

If this upset you so much did you go knock on their door and ask them to move? Most drivers understand if they park creative they may get a knock and are understanding. Looks like there's still plenty of spots open to me and this is just pointless nitpicking other drivers actions. Calling their company over this is laughable in my opinion. I've only made a couple calls in my 3 years driving. One a mega driver wasn't maintaining lane control doing 10 over in an active construction zone with just cones separating us from where they were working. I emailed their safety department with facts (time/date, speed, and where the construction was, along with the posted limit) as well as what my trucks sensor picked them up at. All that information is easy to verify with the logs we use, as well as a 511 website showing construction. There are far worse things that negatively impact the image in this industry than this. You're out there to drive a truck. If you see something extreme by all means report it. There are many people that are on the roads that shouldn't be. Whats far more aggrevating is the trucks lined up half a mile down the interstate feet away from 70 mph traffic because the rest stop was full. You can allow yourself to get worked up over minor relatively issues or you can just drive your own truck and keep the BP down. If this upset you then remain calm and knock on his door as a professional and ask him to move if he's blocking the only available spots.

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.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Chris L's Comment
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I'm going to play Devil's advocate here the point is if you think it is illegal than it probably is. I'm pretty sure that parking like the CR Driver is not legal in any state no matter the circumstances! Like I posted in my last post I should have added the caviot that the situation in Virginia was Pre- FMCSA HOS Rule change. I propose this scenario: What if another driver slammed into the CR driver who would be at Fault? I get it S##t happens and we all have had to park some place sketchy and maybe bent the rules but it doesn't excuse the fact that that CR driver is creating a potential hazard and breaking the law.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

Fm:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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