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THE 10 commandments of trucking

Saw this post on Facebook or somewhere and saved it because it's SO true and sharing it with this group.

1- Cover your ass. Take pictures, get it in writing, scale everything, get a dashcam and run it all the time.

2- NEVER trust a dispatcher.

3- Never enter any place you don't know how to get out of. Throw the brake, set the 4 ways and walk yourself in. always make sure you can get out.

4-. Don't screw over the next guy. Leave the truck…

Definitely agree all good I'd add a 11th have respect for yourself and others put clothes on not just a loincloth and respect the…

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Not a fan

A lot of places are trying out self driving trucks saying it will make trucking freight safer and cheaper. Anybody who has driven a truck knows that it’s NOT that easy. What happens if a steer tire blows out?! Or if the weather is crap? Computers can’t fix everything. I honestly never liked the idea of self-driving anything. I feel like I am in the Twilight Zone. Anyone else?

A self driving Research Vehicle or vessel filled with all sorts of lab equipment would certainly be useful and probably a dream…

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Certifications?

What are the certifications or licenses that are typically required in this industry? Would OSHA 40 Hr Hazwoper and 1 Hr Forklift training suffice? Or do I need more training and certification? What I do know, is that to be an operations manager, foreperson or supervisor in whatever field, you must be certified and/or receive a permit in one way or the other. This isn't something an average teenager with a driver's license can do so easily. The…

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Yeah....can't explain this one.

I was driving back home around 3 in the morning and I had not seen my family for over 4 weeks so I decided to take a short cut through some pretty isolated back roads that I didn’t know too well. It was literally in the middle of NOWHERE but I figured if it got me home faster it would be worth it.

So I get to this part of the road with all of these old creepy trees on the side. I hadn't seen a house or anything in hours, it was just miles and…

Probably from watching too much movies, your unconcious got you scared and you trying to call 911 eased your inner fear; there is…

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Failed Drug Test Policy

It's truly amazing that you can have a perfect driving history. Never miss a day at work but fail a single random drug test and basically find yourself unemployable in the trucking industry.
This happened to me. Lost my job. Immediately completed the DOT SAP requirements and passed a second test within 30 days but no one will hire me during to stick company policies.
I'm in northern California. Looks like I will have to change careers just to put…

More accidents are caused by fatigue than drugs and alcohol combined. Drivers have a really large responsibility . Never drive…

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Dispatcher is making it IMPOSSIBLE for me!!

So my new dispatcher is a real pain in my ass. Last week I get my load assignment but the delivery time was nearly impossible to make. I would literally need perfect weather and road conditions to be able to make the deadline not to mention drive non-stop without at least one fuel stop and a bathroom break. It just wasn't possible and I ended up looking like the jerk who couldn’t handle things. This isn’t the first time this has happened. What do…

Flat out tell your dispatcher you cant make it. Its that easy, Im retired now but but I really miss arguing with those M…

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Keep my girl or my job???

I just started trucking to help pay off some of my loans. I like it more than I thought I would, but recently my girl asked me to stop. She says I don't spend enough time with her anymore. She said to pick my job or her, that's messed up! I like making money, I NEED it! I feel like I am screwed either way here, but should I keep the girl or the job?

Trucking is a. brutal nomadic and idk lower frequency existance.. Why dont you compromise and give it a time. limit. After all…

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Rude drivers

I would like to tell about a incident that happened to me on Wednesday morning at a live truck stop on I 40 west of Knoxville I am a 33 year veteran and a owner operator for 13 years I stopped to get fuel and the islands were all full I was sitting back waiting for one two open two driver went right around me ( pissed me off ( immediately ) so I pulled up behind another truck PTL driver I sat there 10 minutes still not moved yet told the fuel…

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Reading all these posts makes me happy I retired in 1990 just when all the steering wheel holders were coming into the trucking…

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He went through my personal belongings!!

Last week after passing the scale I was pulled over for a DOT inspection. Figured it was routine when the officer asked if could see the inside of my truck. I got nothing to hide so I said sure. I was not carrying anything I shouldn't, but all of a sudden he starts rifling through my stuff and finds a large plastic cooking knife that was next to a spatula and some seasonings under my seat. I have a microwave in the back and sometimes I cook stuff…

Next time say I don't consent to searches and that's it. If the cop has no probable cause and no reasonable suspicion, they have…

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Am I supposed to be psychic?

So I just finished getting loaded and I looked at my GPS routing before pulling out and it was showing the shortest route to a near by state route. I didn’t blindly follow the gps but rather pulled up the road on Google and scrolled through the street view to make sure that there wasn’t any signs showing that it was restricted or weight restrictions. No sings showing so I proceeded down the road. I came to an intersection one block from the state…

I whould not stop for a pickup truck i only stop for the law

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