Schneider Overnight Parking Designations?

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MidnightCowboy's Comment
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I am considering starting with Schneider but does anyone know if they allow o/n parking in areas other than truck stops or their O.C.? Ever seen one elsewhere?

Old School's Comment
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Midnight Cowboy, I see them all over the place.

What kind of places are you thinking about? You sure don't want to be parking on the shoulder of exit ramps or anything like that, but I see them at Wal-Marts, Sam's, Costcos, grocery stores, large shopping centers, and rest areas all the time. And just so you know, with trucking companies many times what someone in the office might say is the way they want things done could be totally different from the way the drivers out there in the field have to do it to make their jobs efficient. And usually if you are productive and efficient they will turn a blind eye to the little things that you may be doing that keeps you up among the top drivers in their fleet. Now if you are a slacker, and not really getting much done, then you'd better do things by the book so they don't have a good excuse to release you for not following company policy.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

MidnightCowboy's Comment
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Thanks OS. Yeah, I just didn't know if most companies have GPS's on their trucks and if they would say anything...or even if it's a big deal. It sounds like if you do your job effectively and efficiently, no problem. I'm new at this and was wondering about the 'big brother is watching' mentality...

Old School's Comment
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Okay, that makes sense. But, just so you know, they can almost always tell where you are. Now they are not constantly monitoring that, but if they have reason to suspect something is amiss, they might check on your location. Another thing to realize is that if you are way out of route, their computers will probably notify them and you might get a phone call wanting to know what's up.

Here's a personal story of an experience that I had. I was delivering some John Deere farm equipment that had three different stops on the load. I also had a pre-plan for my next load on my qualcomm. After I delivered my first stop I looked at the pre-plan and realized that if I reversed stops two and three that I would end up 120 miles closer to my pick up location for the pre-plan load - That would save me 120 miles of driving that I was going to get paid for anyway! So I very sneakily reversed my stops, but so I didn't mess anything up in their complicated computer logistics system when I dropped what should have been my third stop, I sent in the information that I would send in for my second stop, then I proceeded to my third stop and dropped what should have been on the second stop and turned in the information that would be normally sent in for that third drop. I know this is confusing, but I'm hoping to make a point in not only how this big brother thing works, but also how you beat the system and make more money at this stuff. Well as soon as I turned everything in, and my pre-plan load was dispatched to me, I started rolling toward that destination. My phone starts ringing, and I can see that it is my dispatcher. I take the call and he wants to know "what's going on?" "I'm showing you in such and such a town, but you were supposed to drop that stuff at the other town." I got caught trying to beat their system! But once I explained it to him he couldn't believe how smart a move it was, and complimented me on outsmarting their top shelf logistics program.

Yeah, they are watching you, but if you're smart enough to make things work for your advantage they will be glad to know it.

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.

Dispatcher:

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

MidnightCowboy's Comment
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Great advice...and I'm sure others will benefit as well!

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