Three Missed Turns In One Trip

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RealDiehl's Comment
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I set a personal record for myself recently. I missed not one; Not two; but THREE turns on my load home Friday.

If you aren't familiar with the exits for i-84 in Willington, CT I'll just tell you that the East and West ramps are separated by a couple turns. I often stay at the new Loves or the TA off exit 71. 90% of the time I'm heading East once I leave the truck stop. This time I was supposed to go West. For some reason I wasn't focused, and without thinking I took the Eastbound exit. Missed Turn #1.

Later on as I was heading to NJ via the GW Bridge - which I've crossed nearly 100 times without missing a turn - I failed to stay right at the last split to continue on i-95 towards the bridge. Just a lack of concentration on my part. It was near 1am with light traffic. Usually you need to stay ultra focused in that area bc of all the traffic. Missed Turn #2.

Finally, I was supposed to take exit 12 off the turnpike to reach my delivery location. I've been to this place several times. I can get there without using GPS. My Rand McNally always chooses to route me via Exit 10. I know this and I know that Exit 12 is a more direct route. However I lost focus again and drove right past exit 12. I realized this when I glanced at a sign for exit 11 upcoming 1 mile away. Missed Turn #3. The Trifecta! Lots of foul language ensued...

Stay focused, people. My idiocy only cost me a little damage to my pride. It could have been a lot worse.

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.

Old School's Comment
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RealDiehl, I get this completely.

I regularly have to remind myself to "stay focused." Bad things tend to happen if I'm thinking about other things while driving, or even if I just kind of allow my mind to wander.

I'm glad you posted this. It's a relevant reminder for all of us.

PackRat's Comment
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I missed an entrance to the same customer 3 times in the not too distant past! It was a seven mile round trip each time to get back to the starting point. Fourth time was the charm!

Ryan B.'s Comment
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I missed an entrance to the same customer 3 times in the not too distant past! It was a seven mile round trip each time to get back to the starting point. Fourth time was the charm!

I did the same thing trying to get to a truck stop in New Jersey off US 1-9 Truck. I think it was somewhere around 5 miles for me to keep doing the loop. I kept missing the turn I was supposed to take because of construction.

George B.'s Comment
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I have had to back up to a mile on frontage roads due to missed turns. Either the cb chatter or my own feelings of dumba$$ery did not make it any easier.

PackRat's Comment
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I have had to back up to a mile on frontage roads due to missed turns.

How does that work out for CPM Pay? Does a company deduct that mile of reverse travel?

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CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

George B.'s Comment
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Ha! Yes! End of month refund!

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I've never missed a turn, I have just taken a more scenic route!

Ryan B.'s Comment
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I've never missed a turn, I have just taken a more scenic route!

Just wanted to see more of the city where you were delivering/picking up, right?

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George B.'s Comment
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I can remember pre-gps the qualcomm directions had Bakersfield Ca flipped. If it said East meant West. Turn right meant left. My co-driver and I almost fought b/c he was determined the qualcomm could not be wrong. We saw Bakersfield from many angles. We discovered it when I finally said f-it we are leaving and just took a turn. Found the produce shed etc Lots of laughs ensued. An hour after the debacle our disp sent us message about the mistake.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
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