A Different Perspective...

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Gary A.'s Comment
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Now that I am about to start a new career in trucking Tuesday, I have found my whole perspective as a driver and future trucker has changed. I drove from Atlanta to Gastonia, N.C. to visit my Aunt and was amazed how RUDE 4 wheelers are to truckers. I saw them cut in front, follow WAYYY too close, switch lanes with NO BLINKER at all, speed around them like they were an "annoyance"...I followed a Swift driver (at a respectable distance) for quite a while just to see how he managed.... I-85 in Greenville S.C. on a Friday afternoon is nuts, I watched people run up on him, cut RIGHT in front of him with NO blinker whatsoever, whomp on the brakes RIGHT in front of him...None of which affected this driver whatsoever. He maintained his speed, lane control, obeyed all traffic restrictions, used his signals perfectly, signalling way before he made lane changes, kept up with traffic flow, and was completely professional...Now I am the first to admit, I have done the SAME rude things in the past, but this trip has taught me that truck drivers have to be amazingly patient, safety minded at ALL times, and disciplined in all aspects of driving. SO beside learning how to shift, back, turn, pre-trip, etc..I'm gonna have to learn to deal with morons...y'all pray for me!!

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.
SOBER-J's Comment
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Now that I am about to start a new career in trucking Tuesday, I have found my whole perspective as a driver and future trucker has changed. I drove from Atlanta to Gastonia, N.C. to visit my Aunt and was amazed how RUDE 4 wheelers are to truckers. I saw them cut in front, follow WAYYY too close, switch lanes with NO BLINKER at all, speed around them like they were an "annoyance"...I followed a Swift driver (at a respectable distance) for quite a while just to see how he managed.... I-85 in Greenville S.C. on a Friday afternoon is nuts, I watched people run up on him, cut RIGHT in front of him with NO blinker whatsoever, whomp on the brakes RIGHT in front of him...None of which affected this driver whatsoever. He maintained his speed, lane control, obeyed all traffic restrictions, used his signals perfectly, signalling way before he made lane changes, kept up with traffic flow, and was completely professional...Now I am the first to admit, I have done the SAME rude things in the past, but this trip has taught me that truck drivers have to be amazingly patient, safety minded at ALL times, and disciplined in all aspects of driving. SO beside learning how to shift, back, turn, pre-trip, etc..I'm gonna have to learn to deal with morons...y'all pray for me!!

Yes sir you better get used to it. Keep that following distance. Sad thing is all those four wheelers probably weren't even thinking about ole swifty. Wait til you get one that's ****ed at you cause your in there way. They will darn near cause you to wreck. Good thing is the jerks usually go on or get off and its just a few miles of headache then back to work as usual

Sober-J

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.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Yep, I actually had to use my air horn today because a stupid 4-wheeler cut in front of me so close that I couldn't even see his license plate. Had to hit my brakes to create some distance, then gave him a nice air horn treatment. He sped like he was racing when he heard that air horn, think he floored it. Man, I love that air horn!

Heavy C's Comment
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It's crazy out here. I was coming up i95 through the Boston area and obviously was going to slow for one guy, he came flying up on my blind side cut in front of me and slammed on his brakes. We went from almost 70 down to around 50 in just a couple of second! I yanked on the air horn mainly to voice my displeasure with his move. But he wasn't done with me. After thinking it was over he sped up and moved over. Well I gradually caught up to him again and just as I was about to pass him he cut in front of me again. This time I just backed way off and tried to get as much space as possible between us. I thought I might have done something to him but then I remembered I was driving in Massachusetts and they all drive with a stick up their @$$. Long story short, 4 wheelers suck and keep your distances at all times.

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