First Load Went Terribly Wrong! Please Help!

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Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Jobs

Use our link and apply with one app and see who bites. Also 2d chance companies may bite. Try Western Express, Dutch Maid Logistics (Ohio), and any you can think of. Anne will be along to suggest more.

As for not telling anyone, those can be put on your DMV records months later. I would not hide it as, if I were to do it, it would be my luck that it would show up. Honesty is always the best policy.

Laura

LoL... thanks, Miss Laura! XoXo!

Yep, Western would be my FIRST go to in this situation. No holds barred. DML is INDEED another good choice. I've also heard that May is relaxing their requirements, as well. With their 'reimbursement pay' ... it might help you there, also.

If you would consider flatbed, look into Melton. I'll keep'em coming; but Western and Dutch Maid are VERY forgiving. As desperate as the ports are, that may be something for you; I'm not super familiar with intermodal carriers, however. You could 'try' JBHunt, though.

Another Ohio company that is relaxing their requirements, is McLane. Excellent outfit; not sure 'how' lenient they will be, though.

Hope this helps a bit!

Man, that sucks. I'm sure MANY rookies have made that mistake ... yet 'ONLY ONCE.' Sadly, your 'once' was in motion. A driver that gets into a rig and goes to push in his red & yellows, and then sees he never pulled 'em, usually goes to the s/b to change his/her shorts, too. Don't ask how I know.

Best wishes!

~ Anne ~

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Davy A.'s Comment
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A couple of things. First, if I don’t set the brakes and open the door, my horn sounds until I set the brake. I’ve had 3 trucks and they all had this safety feature. But not yours???????????

Also, I see Western Express trucks a lot. They always look to be newer units, both tractor and trailer.

None of the trucks I've driven do that as well. I've gotten away quite lucky. I used to push in my trailer brakes and check and make sure the rear tank and lines weren't leaking. I did that at a DC, I wasn't in gear, but the wheels were not chalked and the tractor brake wasn't set. It rolled gently backwards about two feet and came to stop at the parking stop as I jumped back in the cab and pulled brakes.

All that went through my head was that could have killed me or anyone else behind the trailer as it stopped within an inch of the trailer behind it.

I slow down, take my time and always always make sure my brakes are set.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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A couple of things. First, if I don’t set the brakes and open the door, my horn sounds until I set the brake. I’ve had 3 trucks and they all had this safety feature. But not yours???????????

Also, I see Western Express trucks a lot. They always look to be newer units, both tractor and trailer.

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None of the trucks I've driven do that as well. I've gotten away quite lucky. I used to push in my trailer brakes and check and make sure the rear tank and lines weren't leaking. I did that at a DC, I wasn't in gear, but the wheels were not chalked and the tractor brake wasn't set. It rolled gently backwards about two feet and came to stop at the parking stop as I jumped back in the cab and pulled brakes.

All that went through my head was that could have killed me or anyone else behind the trailer as it stopped within an inch of the trailer behind it.

I slow down, take my time and always always make sure my brakes are set.

Davy, I'm just 'picking' on you here, because Tom is home ... and roiling me . . . so, his question is this: Why 'chalk' your own wheels when the cops will do it 'for' you?!?!?

Chock them, don't chalk them, haha!

Sorry~ see why I don't let HIM on my forum ?!?!? LoLoL~~!!!!

He parks at home often.....and I await that 'sweet' sound.

~ Anne ~

ps: And yes. . . he had 'that' moment in 2003 ...... and asked if I packed skivvies. Mentioned, above.

Larry T.'s Comment
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A couple of things. First, if I don’t set the brakes and open the door, my horn sounds until I set the brake. I’ve had 3 trucks and they all had this safety feature. But not yours???????????

Also, I see Western Express trucks a lot. They always look to be newer units, both tractor and trailer.

double-quotes-end.png

None of the trucks I've driven do that as well. I've gotten away quite lucky. I used to push in my trailer brakes and check and make sure the rear tank and lines weren't leaking. I did that at a DC, I wasn't in gear, but the wheels were not chalked and the tractor brake wasn't set. It rolled gently backwards about two feet and came to stop at the parking stop as I jumped back in the cab and pulled brakes.

All that went through my head was that could have killed me or anyone else behind the trailer as it stopped within an inch of the trailer behind it.

I slow down, take my time and always always make sure my brakes are set.

This topic hit home with me tonight. I'm a very careful driver, super careful on right turns in small towns. Take my time with store backs. However I'm only 2 months into this.

My horn has gone off 5 times in 2 months. I thank God my truck has this feature. You take your time with backing in a crowded store, but you have people waiting for you, you tend to try and want to go faster. It actually makes me feel bad to think when I would have noticed my parking brakes weren't set without the you didn't set your brakes dumbass horn warning.

Chris K.'s Comment
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Where are you located? Are you near Mt. Airy Nc?

Davy A.'s Comment
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A couple of things. First, if I don’t set the brakes and open the door, my horn sounds until I set the brake. I’ve had 3 trucks and they all had this safety feature. But not yours???????????

Also, I see Western Express trucks a lot. They always look to be newer units, both tractor and trailer.

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None of the trucks I've driven do that as well. I've gotten away quite lucky. I used to push in my trailer brakes and check and make sure the rear tank and lines weren't leaking. I did that at a DC, I wasn't in gear, but the wheels were not chalked and the tractor brake wasn't set. It rolled gently backwards about two feet and came to stop at the parking stop as I jumped back in the cab and pulled brakes.

All that went through my head was that could have killed me or anyone else behind the trailer as it stopped within an inch of the trailer behind it.

I slow down, take my time and always always make sure my brakes are set.

double-quotes-end.png

Davy, I'm just 'picking' on you here, because Tom is home ... and roiling me . . . so, his question is this: Why 'chalk' your own wheels when the cops will do it 'for' you?!?!?

Chock them, don't chalk them, haha!

Sorry~ see why I don't let HIM on my forum ?!?!? LoLoL~~!!!!

He parks at home often.....and I await that 'sweet' sound.

~ Anne ~

ps: And yes. . . he had 'that' moment in 2003 ...... and asked if I packed skivvies. Mentioned, above.

Literally laughing out loud, I'm normally pretty good in the ole' grammar department. I've have a few chalked tires in my day, more than a few actually. Posts that I do on the phone compared to the computer are certainly noticeable lol.

dirtydeeds's Comment
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Hey guys! Just checking back in to tell you that you were right! Called Western Express first thing in the morning and told them my situation. They were able to work it out and get me in as quick as possible. I leave tomorrow for orientation!

Old School's Comment
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Congratulations! That is excellent news!

Just remember there is nothing easy about getting this career started. You are going to hear other drivers at Western Express griping and complaining about the company. Let it roll right off of you. If you dwell on that stuff it will kill your chances of success there. That company does a lot to help drivers with issues. Look what they did for you. I started my career there. I couldn't get anybody else to take a chance on me. Was it perfect? Far from it Was it a good place for me to learn and develop my skills and knowledge as a new trucker? It definitely was.

Trucking is tough - especially for rookies. Just keep your head high and do your best. You want to focus on learning how to make this career work for you. It takes a good couple of years to really get the hang of things. Don't let the naysayers bring you down and get you to thinking you are being taken advantage of. Your rookie year is all about trying to adjust and learn. I spent roughly a year and a half at Western Express. They always were good to me. I couldn't pass up an offer that came to me through a contact I had here in this forum. It was just too good for my situation and I moved on. I went to Knight from Western Express and have been there ever since.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Hey guys! Just checking back in to tell you that you were right! Called Western Express first thing in the morning and told them my situation. They were able to work it out and get me in as quick as possible. I leave tomorrow for orientation!

YEEEE HAWWWHH~~!!!!!

Congrats, man.

Don't leave us in the lurch. MANY of usn's TOLD YA.. SO KEWL you listened!

Best WISHES, man!

~ Anne ~

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