Really Enjoying My New Company.

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Jhill365's Comment
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Just figured I would post an update on my new company since I have been with them for a month now. They are very driver focused and they have been keeping me running as much as I want to. I even went home on March 27th and was supposed to go back out on March 29th to deliver the load that I had in my trailer. On the morning of the 28th, I had a kidney stone attack me and made me have to go to the emergency room. It did not pass until last Thursday and the company was very understanding and told me that they would only send someone after the truck if they absolutely had to. They told me to call them when I could come back out and they would reschedule my delivery. Since I have come back out last Friday morning, I have had my dog with me too since they have a free pet policy. I love having my dog with me for company. It is also nice to have the APU that they have on all of their trucks, I have used it for a couple of warm nights and it will freeze you out if you set it on 65. The big push bumper was tested the day I went home last time because while I was getting dressed in the morning, I felt the truck get rocked not once, but twice. As soon as I was decent, I opened the curtain a little bit and watched a US Express owner operator trying to back out of a parking spot that he should have backed into to start with and he was trying to back into an empty spot beside me so he could swing out. He was still trying to get out even after hitting me. I stopped him, got him to park, and called the local police out to do a private property accident report. Thanks to my push bumper, all that was damaged was some dents on the bumper and it broke one of the clips that held the bumper up. Luckily, I was only 15 miles from the terminal , so I just drove it straight back to the terminal and they replaced the clip. If I did not have the push bumper, I would have to have been towed and needed the hood replaced. Oh well, just figured I would give everyone an update. Sorry it has been a while.

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.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

Jason C.'s Comment
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Wow, awesome update. I read all theses stories from the road, and man you never know what can happen. Good to hear that you are doing good out there!

Roadkill (aka:Guy DeCou)'s Comment
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Just figured I would post an update on my new company since I have been with them for a month now. They are very driver focused and they have been keeping me running as much as I want to. I even went home on March 27th and was supposed to go back out on March 29th to deliver the load that I had in my trailer. On the morning of the 28th, I had a kidney stone attack me and made me have to go to the emergency room. It did not pass until last Thursday and the company was very understanding and told me that they would only send someone after the truck if they absolutely had to. They told me to call them when I could come back out and they would reschedule my delivery. Since I have come back out last Friday morning, I have had my dog with me too since they have a free pet policy. I love having my dog with me for company. It is also nice to have the APU that they have on all of their trucks, I have used it for a couple of warm nights and it will freeze you out if you set it on 65. The big push bumper was tested the day I went home last time because while I was getting dressed in the morning, I felt the truck get rocked not once, but twice. As soon as I was decent, I opened the curtain a little bit and watched a US Express owner operator trying to back out of a parking spot that he should have backed into to start with and he was trying to back into an empty spot beside me so he could swing out. He was still trying to get out even after hitting me. I stopped him, got him to park, and called the local police out to do a private property accident report. Thanks to my push bumper, all that was damaged was some dents on the bumper and it broke one of the clips that held the bumper up. Luckily, I was only 15 miles from the terminal , so I just drove it straight back to the terminal and they replaced the clip. If I did not have the push bumper, I would have to have been towed and needed the hood replaced. Oh well, just figured I would give everyone an update. Sorry it has been a while.

Sounds like you're having a good time...what company are you with?

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.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

Jhill365's Comment
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Big M Transport out of Blue Mountain, MS

Roadkill (aka:Guy DeCou)'s Comment
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Big M Transport out of Blue Mountain, MS

Cool..thanks for the info..sounds like you landed a good company and are enjoying it..good-luck.gif

Starcar's Comment
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Good Grief Jhill !! I looked at the pic of your truck...that isn't a cow catcher, that thing would lasso the whole herd !! But they are worth their weight in gold...We have had the hodd ripped off our truck 2 times, while parked in a truckstop...and the offender didn't stop either time...cost over $2000.00 in repairs... Im really glad that your happy with your company...that is what its all about when you research and really look for the one that FITS you.....great job on your part. And don't be such a stranger....we like to hear from our little birds who have flown the coup.

Jhill365's Comment
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Sorry, Starcar, I have been busy lately the way that I have been running since I started with them. I will try to check in more. LOL

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