In Today's Episode Of "what Makes People Look Down On Truck Drivers"

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Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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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.

I made a spot exactly one time and made sure I was not in anyone's way. I get reimbursed for parking and will reserve a spot when needed. It's called trip planning.

I have seen many people park like that. I agree that if you do that you should get up and creep into a spot.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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If you have to search far and wide for a justification for your actions and you arrived at anything other than "I did it right" you did it wrong. The rest is stink on the wind. That's the difference between a true professional and someone paying lip service. Again you do, you. You can settle for it and lie to yourself and everyone one else about how you're top tier. But you'll know your not.

Stink in the wind? This was to everyone not supporting your rant, included experienced drivers.

I’ll stand by what I said Sarge, “chill”.

Much to-do about nothin...

PackRat's Comment
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You sure alienated a bunch over nothing with this "problem", Msgt. Good luck with your career from here on. I'm done with this rookie.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Re: “ 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.”

This sounds like the rant of a freshly minted O-1 instead of an experienced E-8. Especially for Construction Battalion. The driver IMPROVISED as best he safely could. Btw; not a single shipper canceled loads because of this parking job and that bottom line on the Profit/Loss Statement means more to CRE than our opinion.😎

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.

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.

Chief Brody's Comment
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Steppenwolf 's Comment
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That picture sums up out of hours parking and says it all

JakeBreak's Comment
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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.

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I made a spot exactly one time and made sure I was not in anyone's way. I get reimbursed for parking and will reserve a spot when needed. It's called trip planning.

I have seen many people park like that. I agree that if you do that you should get up and creep into a spot.

I agree with you Scott. I have only had to get creative twice, once when I used up all my hours to get to a shipper ASAP, according to dispatch, only to find out my appointment was for the next day. I was able to drop my trailer there and parked on the outside edge of a pilot bobtail. The second time was when I was up in Maine and there was nowhere to park. The cons pointed me to a park 1/4 mile away from them and told me to park there for the night. After checking with the local authorities they said it was ok.

As far as parking on ramps again only twice in 7 years have I had to do that. 1st was when I was on my way home. I had pushed myself too hard and was falling asleep. I was afraid to push it the 10 mins to the next truck stop so I pulled over n took a nap. I should have stopped earlier, but inexperience and the desire to get home are powerful forces to overcome. The 2nd time was a really fun day. I blew out a tire on my trailer, waited 3 hrs for them to come fix it. Afterwards went to finish my day, and I was an hour away from the truckstop when the other side started letting loose. So I parked on the ramp to wait for them come change it and by the time they were gonna get there I was gonna be out of hours so I stayed there.

I do want to add that not everyone gets reimbursed for reserved parking though. If you don't get reimbursed it really makes it a tough decision wether to pay or try to find a free spot.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

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.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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HAHAHA!!

No MSgt C., I don't think you are better than me...I know you're not!

No, I'm not going to get you a phone number, you don't have the time to call on that driver or any other driver that does something that doesn't please you.

So, as an E7 (retired??), do you think you know more than us? While the company may not think that was a wise move on their driver's part, they will probably just tell him to TRY not to do that again. They would rather he park there than have to scrape him up and any one else off the road.

Old School's Comment
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The title our friend gave to this conversation is comically ironic. His comments are a grand exhibition of all the traits that do make society look down on truckers, and he doesn't even seem to realize the irony of his arrogance.

I wish him well. He will find plenty of solace while hanging out at the terminals and driver lounges. His sympathizers are easy to find - they are a dime a dozen out here. Just start a conversation by picking on C.R. England and most of your average truckers will jump right in on the easy prey. Fortunately there's a crowd here who is above it. Congratulations to you guys who know there are no cut and dry solutions to parking at times. I applaud you.

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.

Turtle's Comment
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He obviously came here all full of himself as a freshly squozed wannabe supertrucker, expecting like-minded individuals to validate his lookdownuponedness trait.

Instead he got the truth.

I don't know how he can reconcile this:

You can also bet that everyone who pulled in that late morning formed a negative opinion of the driver

with the fact that practically every top-tier driver here literally saw nothing wrong.

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A self-righteous judgement often tells more about the person doing the judging than the one being judged.

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