It’s been awhile since my last update. The education continues…… Volunteered to take a load over the weekend to NW PA. Rolls of paper that were weeks past delivery date. So I was told. Arrive at shipper 2p Friday afternoon only to be told the load will not be ready until 10-10:30 Saturday morning. No, big deal call DM he acts shocked says he’ll pay extra. Finally, get load head out going up I-65 then to 71 across Ohio to Erie PA and across 86. Saturday driving sucked as most of the day was in rain of some sort. Sunday, beautiful set out to make up some lost time. 628 logged Sunday. While having lunch and checking the weather I see the winter storm headed for PA. Research several weather apps and determine if I drop and hook at 6am I should have several hours to get south of the weather front. Hatch my plan set in motion. Show up at receiver to find they are closed today for Easter. To add fuel to the fire my empty is still sitting there loaded. Takes DM a while to come up with an alternative. Needless to say I did not beat the weather. Keep in mind I’ve been strictly SE region Atlanta N to Miami SE to Corpus SW. Now I’ve experienced the 6% grades of the Allegheny Forrest. Snow slush and reduced visibility like I’ve not seen before understand a whiteout. At one point I had stopped on the shoulder planning to stay there. Snow plow comes along a says “you can’t stay here follow me”. That was the worst 3 miles I’ve driven in my life! Yes, that was the 6% grade that trucks slow to 20mph in good weather. Get this I’m behind the snow plow 6-8 mph with cars overtaking on the left going everywhere. Some successful some not. The log truck in front of the plow drug his trailer along every guardrail we came to. Twice I could feel the drives start to slide. Each time my heart dropped and butt puckered. No cowboy here, never again for me. I now sit typing this in a Lowes parking lot waiting on morning, temps have improved and roadways are fairly clear. Visibility was the biggest issue this afternoon and not wanting to be on the road after dark and things re-freeze. Hopefully, head to Ohio tomorrow for load then Adairsville GA. Nothing above I-40 in my future.
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.
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.
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.
How's everything going? How are you liking Dry Van? I know you are a lot cleaner now lol
TwoSides, my dry van experience parallels you past week. Gets old chasing trailers, delays at customers and continual “missing” pay that the DM says he’ll pay. Never a straight answer. Miles are good around 2700 most weeks, time / ELD management has improved. No longer intimidated by backing, even at truck stop. Spent last two periods running the Midwest OK to PA and South. Generally, seems I make a big circle back to terminal. It’s the backhauls that seem to be the most hassle. Plenty dedicated freight going to and across the MW but have to pickup live loads to get back South. Seems to always be some mom & pop load in N. Ohio, Indiana, Missouri or even Oklahoma. After the PA, WV and NC mountains I’ve checked that off my list.
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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Really glad to hear you are back in the game! I'm only sorry we never ran across each other while you were in and out of Delhi. Hopefully we will meet up somewhere sometime.