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

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RealDiehl'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.


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


A game of Scrabble during family game night at the Turtle household must be some next level stuff!!!


Mikey B.'s Comment
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WOW, so I'm assuming this ragtag POS has been blocked from this site now? If not, he needs to be.


Chief Brody's Comment
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So here's my parking spot from last night before I moved into an actual space this morning.


My trip plan that resulted in this creative parking situation is as follows.

Delivered Friday morning, getting there as 0700 AST, which is 0900 CDT. Didn't take that long to get unstrapped, but took forever to get unloaded. So, I was able to leverage the new rules to extend my clock by 2 hours.

Rolled out of there and made it to Freeport McMoRan, just before their loading cutoff at 1600 AST, 1800 CDT. Got loaded pretty quickly and rolled out, but after about 20 miles noticed a bad tire on my trailer. Stopped and checked it out. I decided to roll with it, because I'm out in BFE, on a Friday night and the closest major truck stop is about 60 miles away. And that's a Pilot without service. There are TA's beyond that, but I make a command decision to roll all the way to El Paso (about 250 miles total), which will put me in range to be able to deliver Saturday. But, I check the tire periodically to make sure it's not getting any worse. I make it to the Petro in El Paso about midnight. I get the tire fixed during my 10-hour break.

I get rolling about 1030 with 647 miles to go to my 90. I get there about 2230. Get unloaded and head to the closest truck stops: a Love's which is jam packed, a Pilot (same) and a Walmart, with signs that say no truck parking. I parked where you see in the picture. I went off duty at 2330, so after a 34-hour reset, I'll me ready to roll with a fresh clock at 0930 Monday morning.


Msgt C, or whatever name you go by now, tell me how you would trip plan this so you wouldn't have to park like I did. And make sure to factor in waiting out in BFE for the truck service to arrive, because a "professional" such as your self would not dare roll with a bad trailer tire.

And after you have shared your proposed trip plan, why don't we sent them to both of our FMs and ask them which driver they want on their board?


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.
Old School's Comment
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Trucking is full of calculated risks and grey areas. It is the job of the professionals out here to know how to manage those things. Sometimes we drive on a bad tire for a little while. Sometimes we get creative with our parking. Sometimes we get our appointments changed without consulting dispatch. Everyday we face challenges that can be daunting and overwhelming, especially for the newbies out here. We adapt and overcome.

Thanks Rob for illustrating that with real world examples - that was golden!


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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