Use Your Satellite View Before Getting Into Trouble

Topic 32230 | Page 2

Page 2 of 3 Previous Page Next Page Go To Page:
Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
member avatar

I would take the purple entrance in RD's example. That was my initial guess based on the direction other trucks are facing inside. It would also allow me to do driverside back into my dock rather than blindsiding. It appears the angled docks on the left are likely pups.

To confirm my thoughts I used the street view which confirmed that the purple entrance has a sign "entrance only".

rofl-3.gif dancing-dog.gif good-luck-2.gif

Rob T., I sure WAS gonna say the 'sight side back' in my diatribe, too...but then I questioned standing on my head to vizualize the turn by turn; lest I be wrong, to double check.embarrassed.gif

Street view, AH! Something I need to familiarize myself with.. any time now..haha!

Wouldn't it be something ..(else!) if RD stops in and says 'GREEN GREEN GREEN,' like Captain Obvious, after all these thought processes???

I actually MISS how MANY of y'all used to post "Games" per se; just like the above... :)

~ Anne ~

RealDiehl's Comment
member avatar

You all took some things into consideration and came up with some great ideas I didn't even think of. I went with the purple route for the simplest reason of all. The one Rob said...doing a drivers side back into the door. The place was actually more crowded in the back than the picture shows. They had to move a box truck out of the way before I could back in.

Good call on using street view to scope out the entrance sign!

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
member avatar

You all took some things into consideration and came up with some great ideas I didn't even think of. I went with the purple route for the simplest reason of all. The one Rob said...doing a drivers side back into the door. The place was actually more crowded in the back than the picture shows. They had to move a box truck out of the way before I could back in.

Good call on using street view to scope out the entrance sign!

That WAS fun, RD . . . between you, BK, Rob T., etc.... the TT crew needs to DO this more often; we even have a 'tag' for "GAMES"/challenges now...for the new folks!

Well done, y'all. Thanks!

~ Anne ~

thank-you-2.gif dancing-dog.gif thank-you-2.gif

Steve L.'s Comment
member avatar

Bruce, I stumbled onto this site before I even got my permit. I don't know if I brought the satellite preview idea from my previous job of having to scope out customer locations or if it came from here. If it was here, probably G-Town (THANK YOU G-TOWN!). But, I've always done a satellite preview before going somewhere I haven't been.

I'll never forget (when driving for Schneider), taking a marked detour and being directed (via navigation) to take "Covered Bridge Road." I was in a small town and immediately pulled over, walked into a local store and asked for directions; something about "Covered Bridge Road" didn't seem like a place I should go in a big truck. The local's directions were spot on and disaster averted.

Bruce, this is such a great reminder for newbies. THANK YOU!

Stevo Reno's Comment
member avatar

Yep, I ALWAYS used satelite and road view, to gather as much info I needed to make the right choice of entry. By pic it does look like purple woulda been entry, with a left off the dock to exit the green side.....Gotta love free apps like google maps with street view !! I'd even do this for my co-driver as well, so he'd be up on which way to go....

Harvey C.'s Comment
member avatar

Michael has used Google reviews of at least a couple of places that haven't even showed up on satellite map views yet. It's amazing at the pace some buildings have gone up with streets and buildings completely different than less than a year ago. In one Google review some other driver was nice enough to post a photo of an aerial map that the company had posted inside. Some reviews have given tips on where to park if early, etc. but I know in one case he found it impossible to get a good phone number and called a neighboring business for help.

Stevo Reno's Comment
member avatar

Yeah Harvey, we got that a lot @ CRST, either the customers number was wrong or we didn't get 1 to call if needed. So off to google to find a contact number. Was told once when I asked why we don't get EVERY customers correct phone numbers " We prefer you didn't call customers" HA B.S. , we NEED this intel dummies lol Some DM's just have NO clue what we dealt with out there, and need micromanaged hahaha.....Never asked a 2nd time, just found my own way to get info.

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.
Ryan B.'s Comment
member avatar

Good idea. I first came across this strategy several years ago while reading a post from G-Town explaining how he always scopes out a customer location before arrival so he knows the best way to get into the dock.

I just used this tactic today. If you looked ahead, which entrance would you choose to use to get behind the building to the dock doors, and why? Green or purple?

0287772001661360174.jpg

I would use purple so that the dock doors are on my left, thus not creating the need for a blind-side back.

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.

PackRat's Comment
member avatar

It's amazing at the pace some buildings have gone up with streets and buildings completely different than less than a year ago.

Oh yeah. I'm going to a place now that's new. The satellite view shows all the contractor pickups and vans at the building during construction. The new road and road name doesn't register on my GPS or the Omnitracs GPS, either.

RealDiehl's Comment
member avatar
The new road and road name doesn't register on my GPS or the Omnitracs GPS

Speaking of new things not showing up on GPS, how about exit numbers? Why is Massachusetts so full of new exit numbers? Most of the time there is a small sign saying, "old exit #..." that helps. My GPS always shows the old numbers. Really have to pay attention there.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Page 2 of 3 Previous Page Next Page Go To Page:

New Reply:

New! Check out our help videos for a better understanding of our forum features

Bold
Italic
Underline
Quote
Photo
Link
Smiley
Links On TruckingTruth


example: TruckingTruth Homepage



example: https://www.truckingtruth.com
Submit
Cancel
Upload New Photo
Please enter a caption of one sentence or less:

Click on any of the buttons below to insert a link to that section of TruckingTruth:

Getting Started In Trucking High Road Training Program Company-Sponsored Training Programs Apply For Company-Sponsored Training Truck Driver's Career Guide Choosing A School Choosing A Company Truck Driving Schools Truck Driving Jobs Apply For Truck Driving Jobs DOT Physical Drug Testing Items To Pack Pre-Hire Letters CDL Practice Tests Trucking Company Reviews Brett's Book Leasing A Truck Pre-Trip Inspection Learn The Logbook Rules Sleep Apnea
Done
Done

0 characters so far - 5,500 maximum allowed.
Submit Preview

Preview:

Submit
Cancel

This topic has the following tags:

Backing Challenges Cameras Driver Responsibilities GPS Systems Photos Trip Planning
Click on any of the buttons above to view topics with that tag, or you can view a list of all forum tags here.

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More