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TwoSides11's Comment
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Interesting to get the daily details, TwoSides! That's what I'm most curious about... the details of the day-to-day. It sounds like your trainer does run pretty hard. Once you're on your own, you'll be able to manage your breaks how you like--soon! Glad things were ok with that red light situation.

Yea I'm glad the light situation went well also smh. The trainer said I did everything right. He said he felt the truck slow down and I applied the breaks while the light was still green. Was just to heavy, next time I'll just slow it down more from a greater distance.

It's more to add to the day to day but most of it seems irrelevant. I'm annoyed with the trainer but don't see the need to add that in

TwoSides11's Comment
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Preparation. I have to eat every two hours or so. I'm hypoglycemic. I hang a bag off the armrest of my chair, I have power bars, chips, fig newtons in it, long lasting carbs and protein. I can easily access when driving. I also keep a thermos type sippy cup in the door panel cup holder filled with Gatorade. One in the main cup holder. I did this in training too, just take your set up with you as you leave the seat. Should be non invasive that way. Just don't eat and drive if it's a difficult spot and if the trainer doesn't want you to. I explained to my trainer that I was hypoglycemic and to eat frequently to keep my sugar levels safe. He understood.

I'm eating snacks throughout the drive, Pretzels and Chips. Also have these raspberry fig bars I munch on. Nature's Bakery is the brand. They are so delicious!

As far as not eating a meal, I think that is very unnecessary. In the mornings he tries to tell me what to eat so we can get moving. Like a truck stop breakfast sandwich you pop in the microwave. I have purposely parked at spots that have a Dennys or at least a BK or Dunkin so I can have a somewhat decent breakfast. I'm trying not to bump heads with him but this not eating habit has to stop...

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Davy A.'s Comment
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That's a rough one. Idk, both me and my trainer didn't eat much in the morning. I usually have an Ensure high protein, some fruit and lots of coffee. I then drive for 3 hours or so and take a break, eat breakfast, If the load allows. Some days though, may have to push through til your back teeth are floating.

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That's a rough one. Idk, both me and my trainer didn't eat much in the morning. I usually have an Ensure high protein, some fruit and lots of coffee. I then drive for 3 hours or so and take a break, eat breakfast, If the load allows. Some days though, may have to push through til your back teeth are floating.

A break after 3hrs. I would be so lucky... I do understand sometimes the load won't allow for it but most of our loads have been open deliveries with no scheduled drop. Still no breaks until after 5hrs or even pushing to the 30min warning comes on. Which you know is around 7-8hrs. Been like that everyday so far

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Day 5. Nov. 22nd Left that nasty Pilot around 7am. Continued 95 north to 40 west to 29 north. It's raining and heavy traffic from the start. Headed to Procter and Gamble in Browns Summit, NC for drop and hook. John got us a tad bit lost when he decided the gps was wrong and wanted me to take his route. First he had me get off of 29 and go thru residential streets. Got me into a predicament when I had to take a right turn that looked like a less than sign, "<" I had to swing very wide to the left into the opposite lane and come back to the right. Had traffic blocked and cars had to move back so I could make the turn. Didn't hit the curb or cars though! Then going to P&G. They have 2 locations, the gps had us going to the correct location but when we got there he had me keep straight going down the street instead of the correct right turn. Up ahead were trees and what looked like an entrance to a private country club building. I told John It's a country club thing ahead and since I'm a student I guess my eyes don't matter. Needless to say we ended up at the front entrance of a country club/nursing home looking place lol. We are in a business plaza, not on any main roads. He tells me to back up down the street which made no sense because I wouldn't be able to turn around. I would have been backing hundreds of feet and onto a main road. There is an intersection up ahead in the country club and I tell John I can make a 3 point turn and get us turned around. He was hesitant but I went through with it and got it done. Amazed at how he took credit for my judgment though smh lol.

Now the entrance is on our left but John has me pass that and make a right onto another street that leads to one of the P&G yards. Of course it's the wrong place but they let us drop the empty there and gave us directions to where the load was. We get there and hook up. 42k lb. Taking this to another P&G site in Wilmer, TX.

The ride through NC was filled with traffic and narrow lanes from construction. A little nerve-wracking but got through it. We took 29 south to 40 west to 85 south towards Atlanta. It's 5pm and running low on hrs from the traffic in NC. Decided to shut it down at the Petro exit 160 instead of going through Atlanta traffic at this time of day. Drove 402 miles today and backing at Petro was ok, 2 pull ups. We plan to leave early tomorrow to beat the ATL traffic

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

TwoSides11's Comment
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Left out at 8am. 85 south to ATL then hopped on 20w. Fueled up at a love's in Alabama and forced my 30min break there. John was complaining but i didn't eat breakfast this morning and needed food before we kept going. He doesn't stop for food and if i miss breakfast, i won't eat until 5pm or in majority of cases after.

When we got back in the truck the Zonar we use for the logs and gps was logged out and we had to log in. John accused me of logging out of the system and asked why would I do that. I told him I didn't. I went off duty and got out the truck, He even watched me do it. We got into a little argument over it because he insisted I logged out. He was lecturing me in a scolding fashion for about 30min until I expressed that I surely did not log out the system. It's funny when he said i don't need to have an attitude. I don't though, it's the fact that he's blaming and questioning me on why we were logged out of the zonar. Getting a little annoyed with John after these few days of being on the road with him. He talks to me like I'm a child, explaining basic traffic laws to me like I never drove a car before, I can only go this way on a one way street, the triangle on the gps is me and it moves when the truck is moving, make a left here when I can only turn left... Not sure why he is doing that but it's annoying. Has nothing to say about how to use the Jake brake or recommendation on how to plan for a trip. Has no words for me about the truck at all. So far he just sits in the passenger seat either sleeping or on his phone.

The drive through ATL wasn't as bad as the horror stories I've heard. Alabama was nice and wished it was still daylight when we crossed the bridge over the Mississippi river. Got to Tallulah, Louisiana at a love's for the night. Will reach TX tomorrow. Drove 527 miles and needed 3 pull ups to back in

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Day 7. Nov 24th Woke up at 8am. Ate breakfast and we leave around 930ish. Continue the drive through Louisiana and it was nice until we hit Shreveport. The roads are a mess, pot holes and uneven pavement had the truck bouncing and swerving all over the place. Glad we made it to Texas. As soon as we crossed state lines I was overtaken by an unexpected jubilation. There is something about TX that I have loved since I was a child. Never set foot in TX but I have a great admiration for this state. I plan to move and live here one day hopefully sooner than later.

Arrived at P&G and dropped this heavy load. Did a beautiful 90 degree with no pull ups and no stops, got er done in one try! Picked up an empty and headed to Waco for a 9pm live load. On the way we ran into bumper to bumper traffic. It clears up some and I made a wrong turn or I should say didn't make the necessary left turn, I kept straight. No problems, it's 6pm and took 5min to get back on the correct path. John says I will fail the road test for making wrong turns. Good to know but I'm guessing I will have clearer instructions for my test. Not blaming John but he told me to keep straight and I misunderstood what he meant. It was a double left turn lane, I was in the outside lane where you can turn left or keep straight. He said keep straight meaning keep the truck straight when making the turn. Got to the place at 7pm and took a short nap.

They were ready for us at 910pm. Had to back to the dock from the street and maneuver between a pole and trees to my back left and a pole to my back right. Somewhat of a tight area but got in fine. Uncoupled and waited for them to load. By 1245am they were done. Coupled, got the seal and I'm out of hrs on my 14. Used PC time to drive to a flying j off 35 west. I will have to wait until my 10hr clock is completely finished before I can drive again so John will start the trip to Missouri tomorrow. Been a long day, I love TX!

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.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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You are such a hustler, mi mano.

Best to ya, man!

~ Anne ~

ps: I like TX . . . for their firearms laws, only! Haha!

STAY SAFE; KEEP KICKIN' IT!

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Ps: Hey Two Sides;

You need to change your profile like Kerry did, too!!

~ Anne ~ :)

TwoSides11's Comment
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Ps: Hey Two Sides;

You need to change your profile like Kerry did, too!!

~ Anne ~ :)

Lol. Yea I will. Thanks

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