Never Get Complacent

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tripletdad's Comment
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Just your friendly reminder to never get complacent. Finishing up and was pulling into the terminal lot. There's a big yellow bollard protecting the keypad and RFID reader. It's tight and I always watch my mirrors. Except for this time. Blown tire, destroyed wheel, a little bit of paint transfer on the trailer, and an uncomfortable phone call with safety dept followed by a few days of waiting for the official result. I should add that I had just switched to this company after passing my one-year mark with my starter company. Happy to say they just told me to be more careful. Verbal documentation, no written warning, still happily employed, and that was the end of it.

Terminal:

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.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Just your friendly reminder to never get complacent. Finishing up and was pulling into the terminal lot. There's a big yellow bollard protecting the keypad and RFID reader. It's tight and I always watch my mirrors. Except for this time. Blown tire, destroyed wheel, a little bit of paint transfer on the trailer, and an uncomfortable phone call with safety dept followed by a few days of waiting for the official result. I should add that I had just switched to this company after passing my one-year mark with my starter company. Happy to say they just told me to be more careful. Verbal documentation, no written warning, still happily employed, and that was the end of it.

Oh, MAN!

Sheesh. I'm sorry for your dang experience/incident; glad it 'ended well!'

It's been a WHILE; how goes it ?!?!? What/who IS the new company?!? KLLM? I recall you started with Millis.

How are the triplets? The other 3?!? My youngest turned 18.. YAY! (NOT, lol..) How'd you fare in this fun 'weather' as of late? (Did that mitigate your circumstances, in any way? Wouldn't surprise me... it sucked.)

Safe(er) going forward, man!

~ Anne ~

ps: YOU said BOLLARD! (So many peeps don't know the term... hehehe! Pride in the Buckeye Tide!)

Terminal:

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.

CM59's Comment
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Oh I got a story for this one. Complacency while I was new. I had never seen or dealt with snow or ice before starting driving. My first three months were Nov-Jan in the Midwest. While my training was done prior in the southeast. It was a relatively dry season and when I did drive in snow I was very cautious.

The last week of OTR before getting a spot on the southeast route I had a load to get back east from WA to OH on I-90. WA and MT were icy and snowy but no issues taking it slow. WY was dry as a bone and I was enjoying my new cruise limit at 65.

I start the next day on the border and head into ND at 0300. Fog sets in at eye level but the road is a light tan color and is as dry as before. I had recently became aware of freezing fog being a weather pattern, but didn’t look into it. The fog starts dropping periodically over a few miles as I pass Beach. I’m eyeing the road like a hawk thinking I know better than nature.

Another mile passes and moisture starts to dampen the road slightly. I should have backed down when I seen the fog to start with. In what seemed like moments at the time the road had went from dry, to a spritz, to damp. I’m about to back down in the middle of that but my trailer tracks to the left lane on a two-lane, followed by my truck. I’m jackknifed perfectly even into both lanes. By all chances I correct it and continue at a much slower speed.

I pull off the next exit ramp and just breathe and collect for a few hours. I watch, right as I stop, two trucks both get loose on their trailers and bump tails. They dead stop in lane while getting control and agree to move on. There was a steep embankment where I slid and I’m sure I would have been upside down.

Honestly, this moment affected me for almost the entirety of last year. Fear and anxiety followed me for awhile until it passed while spending time learning and studying the weather and then experiencing more cold weather. (Albeit no more snow)

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

CM59's Comment
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Correction, not WY. The rest of MT after the mountain pass.

tripletdad's Comment
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Hey, yeah it's been a while since I've been in here. I actually ended up not going with kllm. I went with a smaller company instead and I'm happy with everything. Triplets are great, as are everyone else. They're all set their moms house this week for spring break so i miss them and it's made my house quiet.

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Just your friendly reminder to never get complacent. Finishing up and was pulling into the terminal lot. There's a big yellow bollard protecting the keypad and RFID reader. It's tight and I always watch my mirrors. Except for this time. Blown tire, destroyed wheel, a little bit of paint transfer on the trailer, and an uncomfortable phone call with safety dept followed by a few days of waiting for the official result. I should add that I had just switched to this company after passing my one-year mark with my starter company. Happy to say they just told me to be more careful. Verbal documentation, no written warning, still happily employed, and that was the end of it.

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Oh, MAN!

Sheesh. I'm sorry for your dang experience/incident; glad it 'ended well!'

It's been a WHILE; how goes it ?!?!? What/who IS the new company?!? KLLM? I recall you started with Millis.

How are the triplets? The other 3?!? My youngest turned 18.. YAY! (NOT, lol..) How'd you fare in this fun 'weather' as of late? (Did that mitigate your circumstances, in any way? Wouldn't surprise me... it sucked.)

Safe(er) going forward, man!

~ Anne ~

ps: YOU said BOLLARD! (So many peeps don't know the term... hehehe! Pride in the Buckeye Tide!)

Terminal:

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.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Hey, yeah it's been a while since I've been in here. I actually ended up not going with kllm. I went with a smaller company instead and I'm happy with everything. Triplets are great, as are everyone else. They're all set their moms house this week for spring break so i miss them and it's made my house quiet.

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Just your friendly reminder to never get complacent. Finishing up and was pulling into the terminal lot. There's a big yellow bollard protecting the keypad and RFID reader. It's tight and I always watch my mirrors. Except for this time. Blown tire, destroyed wheel, a little bit of paint transfer on the trailer, and an uncomfortable phone call with safety dept followed by a few days of waiting for the official result. I should add that I had just switched to this company after passing my one-year mark with my starter company. Happy to say they just told me to be more careful. Verbal documentation, no written warning, still happily employed, and that was the end of it.

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Oh, MAN!

Sheesh. I'm sorry for your dang experience/incident; glad it 'ended well!'

It's been a WHILE; how goes it ?!?!? What/who IS the new company?!? KLLM? I recall you started with Millis.

How are the triplets? The other 3?!? My youngest turned 18.. YAY! (NOT, lol..) How'd you fare in this fun 'weather' as of late? (Did that mitigate your circumstances, in any way? Wouldn't surprise me... it sucked.)

Safe(er) going forward, man!

~ Anne ~

ps: YOU said BOLLARD! (So many peeps don't know the term... hehehe! Pride in the Buckeye Tide!)

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Awhh! Glad to hear, man. As long as 'all is good!'

Quiet gets old, I know!! My youngest is leaving the nest; and I'm racing him for the front door, my own self!

Good to see you back, man. All's well that ends well! Stop in more, please!

~ Anne ~

Terminal:

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.

tripletdad's Comment
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Ill try to post more often here. Ive always got the best intentions, lol.

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