Gotta Hate This Moment

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Daniel B.'s Comment
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When a receiver won't take you early, even though you only have 4 pallets for them. After this load I'm going home but now I have to "just sit" for an entire day extra. I haven't been home for two months now so this anticipation is killing me, haha!

That's trucking!

Roadkill (aka:Guy DeCou)'s Comment
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Hey Daniel, Don't know if you've tried or not because you didn't say, but did you try calling dispatch and letting them know you're on site and asking if they can request the receiver take you early?? Couldn't hurt and it may get you moving..good luck..

Daniel B.'s Comment
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My dispatch isn't in today so they have a nighttime dispatcher covering my fleet. 3 hour response time and they don't know what they're doing. Night dispatchers are a nightmare. Had one call me once and he's being a complete jerk to me on the phone the entire time. Unless its for a repower I don't bother with them lol


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.
guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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A lot of places will take you early but there are a few that will not even take you early if the world was to end. Since you were not planning to get home till this delivery was made then its no big deal since you will still get home the sometime anyway.

David's Comment
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I had a deliver in Tracy, CA last Friday.. Was loaded with 5000 pallets (40k lbs). Dilivery was at 1800, was stuck in a "Que" for 5hrs, with my wife waiting for me at my home terminal. Was suppose to be heading home by 1930.. we didn't leave tell 2300-0000.... Wife ended up meeting me at my drop and hung out in the truck with me while I waited. moral of this, expect the unexpected when it comes to trucking... You never know if you'll get taken early, later, on time or never..



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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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After this load I'm going home but now I have to "just sit" for an entire day extra. I haven't been home for two months

Man, that totally sucks! I've had that happen a ton of times myself. I was on a regional fleet for a couple of years that got us home every weekend and that kind of stuff would happen sometimes. I'd run all week trying to stay ahead of schedule and rack up all the miles I could and try to get home as early as possible. Then, wouldn't ya know it - everything would go perfect all week until I had to get loaded on Friday morning to go home and something would delay it for like 12 hours. Any other time - no big deal. But when you're ready to head home you're ready. A delay like that is truly frustrating and disappointing.

Glad to hear you're gettin ready to head home though! smile.gif


Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.


Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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@Mr. Guyjax

Ill still definitely get it but I've got my brothers wedding on the 27th and I absolutely cannot miss that. An extra day of sitting when it's three days from the wedding will make my drive back home pretty intense.

@Sir David

Oh man that's bad! My wife would be crying if she was in that position but its definitely wonderful for her to come to you. I had a somewhat similar situation but not nearly as bad. It was after home time when I was in training. Me, my wife and my dad drove quite a bit from home to meet up with my trainer so he can pick me up. Well, we ended up waiting for four hours for him to finally show up. First he said in one hour then one hour became four hours. It was on my dads day off I felt horrible, but it didnt come as a surprise to anyone - my trainer was a strange person.


Oh yeah! I mean, I won't ever make a fuss about waiting (it's part of the job). But when I want to go home, I really want to go home. I'm ready!

So today I woke up and delivered to my first stop. No problem. They only took an hour. Then I head across the street to my next stop when all of a sudden I can't pay their lumper fee to unload my trailer because our system is down. So I can't pay... Waited for a while for a door then finally got one and system is still down. Finally they simply gave me the info for the comcheck and we'll see what else can go wrong in my personal quest to go home! Haha!

Doug K.'s Comment
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I feel your pain on this. I had a Safeway load to Tracy Ca. Appt. was 1700. I got there at 1630 with a bunch of others. Got checked in and told to give us your phone number and park over there with the other 30 or so trucks and we will call you when we have a dock. Got in the dock at 0130 and after the unload and lumper nonsense I finally got out of the dock at 0730. Nothing like getting a ten hour reset sitting waiting to be unloaded.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Tell me you got some detention pay for all that waiting Doug.

Starcar's Comment
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I think the dispatch did ya the bad deal...I always demanded the receivers phone number, and we dealt with them personally. you'd be suprised what you can get done that way...

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