My Diary About Joining JS Helwig

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BK's Comment
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Rob, Helwig does have an account with Blue Beacon. Plus they put the $300 per week on our fuel card to pay for wash outs where they don’t have an account and to pay for misc. expenses. I’m not 100% sure at this point how everything works, but I’m learning more each day.

Today we did a bunch of paperwork filling out various forms. Human Resources came in, safety came in, insurance and benefits came in, etc.

Then things got real interesting. The company owner, James Helwig , sat down with us for a question and answer session. We had lots of questions and he very honestly answered them all. And I was able to pay off my $1.00 bet, so that was a great relief. And nobody at the company wears a suit and tie. It’s 100% working clothes. All they ask for is a reasonable degree of modesty. Disrespectful speech is not tolerated and drivers are treated with great respect.

Mr. Helwig is not involved with the day to day operations any longer. His son, Jamie, is in charge now. Jamie came in after his father and spoke to us about the company culture and philosophy. Very encouraging. Then the operations manager was next. His presentation was all about maximizing our efficiency and trip planning. He sounded a lot like what Old School says about that subject.

To be continued……;;.

BK's Comment
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Continuation: Next safety was back for a basic tutorial of the Omnitrac, HOS , personal conveyance, split sleeper, and my favorite: dumb mistakes drivers make on the ELD. Now that was both entertaining and fun. Pre trip, post trip policies. They just follow DOT requirements on those.

And with that the day came to an end. Even Mr Obnoxious behaved himself today. Tomorrow we get assigned our trucks, so tomorrow evening I can post what I’m going to be driving.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I'm super excited for ya, BK!

Marc is reading along; trust me. He's happy for you, as well...we speak on occasion.

I've GOTTA ask (true to MY form, hahaha.....) did you pay him in quarters, or paper money?!??!

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Best always, man.

~ Anne & Tom ~

BK's Comment
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I'm super excited for ya, BK!

Marc is reading along; trust me. He's happy for you, as well...we speak on occasion.

I've GOTTA ask (true to MY form, hahaha.....) did you pay him in quarters, or paper money?!??!

confused.gif rofl-3.gif confused.gif

Best always, man.

~ Anne & Tom ~

Lol, Anne. I paid him with a dollar bill. He told me on the phone when I lost the bet that he didn’t care how I paid him. He said pennies would be okay, just so I paid up. The entire class had a good laugh over the story today. Mr. Helwig has a great sense of humor and is very much a people person.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I'm super excited for ya, BK!

Marc is reading along; trust me. He's happy for you, as well...we speak on occasion.

I've GOTTA ask (true to MY form, hahaha.....) did you pay him in quarters, or paper money?!??!

confused.gif rofl-3.gif confused.gif

Best always, man.

~ Anne & Tom ~

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Lol, Anne. I paid him with a dollar bill. He told me on the phone when I lost the bet that he didn’t care how I paid him. He said pennies would be okay, just so I paid up. The entire class had a good laugh over the story today. Mr. Helwig has a great sense of humor and is very much a people person.

You KNEW if anyone recalled (and called you on it,) it'd be me! I'm really happy FOR YOU.... (we BOTH are, Tom is heckling me for picking on ya!) that you've gotten on with such a 'Mi Familia' type of company. That means much, especially with the struggles you've been through, getting back in the saddle.

Awaiting the rest of your journey, good sir! Solo is SO SOON!! Yes!

~ Anne ~

PackRat's Comment
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Get a truck, Bruce?

BK's Comment
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Get a truck, Bruce?

Yes sir I did. 2019 Freightliner with 477,369 miles. It looks brand new. Clean as a whistle inside and out. New premium mattress, fridge, inverter.

I’ll be on the road in 5 minutes with an Empty. Up to Dodge City for a loaded meat trailer then up to Middleton, WI to deliver. About 1000 miles

PackRat's Comment
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No picture, it didn't happen.

BK's Comment
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No picture, it didn't happen.

Ok, fair enough. It’s time for me to get my 4 year old grandson to show me how to post photos, lol. I did it before, I just need to re-learn it.

BK's Comment
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Yesterday I left for my first assignment with Helwig. Empty trailer from Terrell TX to Dodge City KS. Stop at Cargill, drop and hook , on to Middleton ,Wi for delivery. I was delayed starting because of several technical glitches, but left at 14:30, drove 550 miles to Dodge City and still had 90 minutes on my clock. Great trip, wonderful to be on the road doing something productive.

The Omnitrac is new to me. Not as user intuitive as what I’m used to at Schneider…… (continued)

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.

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