Advice For A Rookie Solo Driver?

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Andy C.'s Comment
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Just beginning my third trip solo... First two were quite adventurous... To say the least. Unfamiliar with Georgia, i got lost a couple times, picked the wrong 20w exit.. Lol My truck pc's co pilot doesn't work so I'm doing things the old fashioned way, a map and a ruler... When dispatch asks how far i am from my destination and will i make it on time because my hours are low... I measure from where i am, looks like i can do it with half hour to spare, and BAM... Out of hours and still 75 miles to go... I use 45 mph in my figure to be safe. Ugh. Late. Glad it was kool with the consignee , but how to avoid that in the future? Running a heavy load this time, grossing 78,000. through Virginia, lots of hills to slow me down. Leaving at 11 pm (2100) to arrive by 4pm (1600) tomorrow. On paper it looks ok... But I'm not sure of myself. Lol... Rookie blues? I'm not giving up by any means, absolutely love the job...

Consignee:

The customer the freight is being delivered to. Also referred to as "the receiver". The shipper is the customer that is shipping the goods, the consignee is the customer receiving the goods.

Jason C.'s Comment
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Dont lose your cool and panic because that will make things worse. Just stop and say I got this and do what you have to do to get the job done lol.

Jason C.'s Comment
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Ive got 1 year under my belt. Thats the best advice I ever heeded to. Because everyday something is gonna happen and that can make or break you

David's Comment
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Just beginning my third trip solo... First two were quite adventurous... To say the least. Unfamiliar with Georgia, i got lost a couple times, picked the wrong 20w exit.. Lol My truck pc's co pilot doesn't work so I'm doing things the old fashioned way, a map and a ruler... When dispatch asks how far i am from my destination and will i make it on time because my hours are low... I measure from where i am, looks like i can do it with half hour to spare, and BAM... Out of hours and still 75 miles to go... I use 45 mph in my figure to be safe. Ugh. Late. Glad it was kool with the consignee , but how to avoid that in the future? Running a heavy load this time, grossing 78,000. through Virginia, lots of hills to slow me down. Leaving at 11 pm (2100) to arrive by 4pm (1600) tomorrow. On paper it looks ok... But I'm not sure of myself. Lol... Rookie blues? I'm not giving up by any means, absolutely love the job...

Best thing I can suggest is get a randy McNally map and google maps, plug in the depart and arrival cities, get tour distance, divide by 45-50mph should give your a rough ETA. Cross references both maps for correct truck route and write the info down.

If you don't have a GPS unit, I'd recommend working to get one and use that in conjunction with your map book.

If its GA to Virg, I'd say about 8hrs.. Give or take. Don't know specifics so I couldn't tell you..

Consignee:

The customer the freight is being delivered to. Also referred to as "the receiver". The shipper is the customer that is shipping the goods, the consignee is the customer receiving the goods.

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