Miss Me? I Know It's Been Awhile

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David's Comment
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Well, I've come back again. Life is a weird distraction....

So much has happened since my last visit here.

I think the last time I updated everyome, I was in Odessa, MO driving for GTI.. well that's all changed..

First off, GTI was a great companie. I really have nothing bad to say other then I wish they had a pet policy.. other then that, I had good weeks, few bad weeks and some really good weeks. I left on good terms, and if I choose, I can be back in a truck within days.

I'm no longer in Odessa, MO. We moved up to Adel, IA outside Des Moines. My wife is from the area, her aunt and uncle live here and actually gave us a room to stay in at there place for a few months tell we found our own.

As for driving, I'm with a small company out of Grimes, IA (20 mi commute) and haul pepsi products from the pepsi plant in Urbandale, IA. This isn't my ideal local position, but it came a perfect time as I needed to be home for my family. GTI came in at a perfect time when we left CA to MO, I'm great full for both jobs.

I'm now looking for what i.want out of my career. I'm finding that to be a little hard as I don't know what I want to do....... I have plenty of opportunities here. From LTL with OD, saia, UPS, FedEx to fuel tankers to hauling grocery items with Mclane or Casey's.. there are even a few flatbed local positions of I wanted to do that along with CORN or grain hauling. .... sooooo much corn!!! So as I said, I have options. Just gotta find out what I really want. For now though I'm good.

I do super early shifts. Up at 2, driving at 330 and off at 14-1800. I run paper logs for now, and those seam to be a pain in my ass. I was so use to QC that I forget to do my logbook. Luckily the only scales in my area are generally closed all the time.. lol

Well that's pretty much the short version update.

David

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

ATXJEHU's Comment
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Thanks for the update, David. It's always nice to have options! Good luck to ya.

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