I Am Without An Assignment

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BK's Comment
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For the first time since I started driving with Helwig, I don’t have a new assignment waiting for me. It feels weird for some reason. So I called the company and asked if I was fired and they forgot to tell me. I was told it’s just because of the holiday. So here I sit in Denver, broken-hearted. Came to drive but can’t get started.

Banks's Comment
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I thought I was fired about a month ago. I saw a roster of drivers and my name wasn't on it. I'll admit, I had no idea what that roster was for but I panicked a little and started racking my brain trying to figure out what I did. I even jumped on indeed to see who was hiring. Then my handheld went off and I was on my way.

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.
BK's Comment
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I thought I was fired about a month ago. I saw a roster of drivers and my name wasn't on it. I'll admit, I had no idea what that roster was for but I panicked a little and started racking my brain trying to figure out what I did. I even jumped on indeed to see who was hiring. Then my handheld went off and I was on my way.

Banks, I know, it’s totally an unnerving experience not to know where to go next after always having an assignment waiting. And holidays can, but not always, be the best times to drive with less traffic on the road. It would be nice to know where to deadhead to, even if the shipper is closed down and I have to wait until Tuesday. Things will be different when I’m in charge. Lol

Deadhead:

To drive with an empty trailer. After delivering your load you will deadhead to a shipper to pick up your next load.

Shipper:

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.

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.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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My first year I was always nervous about the firing thing. Especially after I knocked an axle off the trailer

Now... I just sleep. I let them do their job and they let me do mine. They will send me a load when they can. I am always preplanned unless I asked for something special that takes them time to create.

Any mistake i make at this point won't result In a termination. A class or reprimand? Maybe. But doubtful I will be terminated for a first infraction. This goes back as to why stay at a company and build that reputation.

And if I did do something that bad... In would expect termination. It wouldn't be something like Bruce wondering what he did

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

BK's Comment
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My first year I was always nervous about the firing thing. Especially after I knocked an axle off the trailer

Now... I just sleep. I let them do their job and they let me do mine. They will send me a load when they can. I am always preplanned unless I asked for something special that takes them time to create.

Any mistake i make at this point won't result In a termination. A class or reprimand? Maybe. But doubtful I will be terminated for a first infraction. This goes back as to why stay at a company and build that reputation.

And if I did do something that bad... In would expect termination. It wouldn't be something like Bruce wondering what he did

Kearsey, yes I would be shocked if you did anything wrong. You are the consummate professional. It would be a great honor to do a ride-a-long with you. I would learn so much. I know that will never happen, but you know what I mean.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Old School's Comment
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So here I sit in Denver, broken-hearted. Came to drive but can’t get started.

Hey Bruce, I have an assignment, but I am doing the same thing you are. I am sitting.

I have been running recaps for some time now, but I am doing a 34 hour reset now. I picked up a multi-stop load Friday in Delhi, LA with the first stop being in Altamont, IL. I took it easy getting up here, but I am unable to deliver Monday because of the holiday. It is just the way it falls on some of these three day weekend holidays. Try to enjoy your break. That's what I am doing. My three daughters have given me a challenge to write a book for my grandkids. So I took this time off to work on getting started on that.

Banks's Comment
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Maybe when you're in charge of Helping you can convince her to jump ship lol

BK's Comment
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So here I sit in Denver, broken-hearted. Came to drive but can’t get started.

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Hey Bruce, I have an assignment, but I am doing the same thing you are. I am sitting.

I have been running recaps for some time now, but I am doing a 34 hour reset now. I picked up a multi-stop load Friday in Delhi, LA with the first stop being in Altamont, IL. I took it easy getting up here, but I am unable to deliver Monday because of the holiday. It is just the way it falls on some of these three day weekend holidays. Try to enjoy your break. That's what I am doing. My three daughters have given me a challenge to write a book for my grandkids. So I took this time off to work on getting started on that.

Old School, I read your article about auto mated vs manual. Excellent. I did all my training on manual transmission and wanted to drive manual when I went solo. I was bummed when my first truck was an auto. Now, when I look back, it was just a macho thing. While it is good to know how to drive a manual, it’s ltotally unnecessary in todays world of trucking. I would refuse any job that required me to do manual. This is not to disrespect any driver that still drives a manual but I would say to anybody thinking about becoming a driver, if your concern is about learning manual, don’t even worry about it.

RealDiehl's Comment
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Yup-yup. Holiday weekend. I started my week at 22:30 last night and picked up a 4 pallet load at 01:45 this morning (had to travel quite a ways to get an empty trailer). Delivered it at 04:30. Was unloaded by 05:15. Parked at truck stop to await next assignment before 06:00. Still waiting. I've been awake since 10am yesterday. I should be asleep, but even after many years driving I still find it difficult to sleep without knowing when my next appointment is. I'm always afraid I'll sleep through the msg. Luckily that's never happened. I figure I can sleep now since my clock has run down enough that I won't be getting an assignment anytime soon. Y'all have fun killing time 'til your next assignment comes through or until you finish your reset.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

BK's Comment
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Yup-yup. Holiday weekend. I started my week at 22:30 last night and picked up a 4 pallet load at 01:45 this morning (had to travel quite a ways to get an empty trailer). Delivered it at 04:30. Was unloaded by 05:15. Parked at truck stop to await next assignment before 06:00. Still waiting. I've been awake since 10am yesterday. I should be asleep, but even after many years driving I still find it difficult to sleep without knowing when my next appointment is. I'm always afraid I'll sleep through the msg. Luckily that's never happened. I figure I can sleep now since my clock has run down enough that I won't be getting an assignment anytime soon. Y'all have fun killing time 'til your next assignment comes through or until you finish your reset.

HEY, RD, just got assigned a load from Denver to Ft. Morgan. All is good again in my world.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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