February 20 2014

It's all a waiting game

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Monday night we waited for 13 hrs and 50 mins to get loaded. They messed up the load and had to unload it and reload, and before any of that there was a shift change and someone “misplaced” our paperwork so the 2nd shift didn’t “know” we were waiting to be loaded. (Sounds like somebody(s) isn’t doing their job.)
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Mr. Rockstar signed himself out to the sleeper and we slept while waiting and then finally while being loaded but it wasn’t sound sleep especially since they didn’t realize we were still waiting to be loaded until around 1:30 AM when he went and asked them what was going on with his load–we’d been there since 3:30 in the afternoon.
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We finally got loaded and left after the remaining hr of his 10 hr break was finished…but we were both tired and coffee was needed. Fitful sleep, interrupted sleep, etc is not good sleep. I am now reading as much information as I can about the laws and other information regarding trucking. Do you know that they don’t get paid for all the miles they drive? I was shocked when I found out that they get paid “how the crow flies” which means they get paid from point A to point B like a straight line. Most of us who have driven anywhere know that it is rarely a straight shot.
I wish the owners, lawmakers, etc could ride with an OTR driver (both company and owner operators) for one week (each) so they could see what it is really like. Maybe UnderCover Boss or something. Maybe I need to create a new blog…though I am writing while out on the road this is just something I feel strongly about.


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Posted February 20, 2014 by Burgess Taylor in category "Life", "Traveling

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Hello Y’all! I’m a writer, an art journaler, and a coffee addict. I’m working on a novel and chronicling the process and my progress. Grab a cup of Java (or Tea) and sit a spell. :D

0 COMMENTS :

  1. By Melanie on

    I didn’t realize drivers didn’t get paid by the mile driven. Only planes match “as the crow flies” miles.
    P.S. I’m enjoying these driving pieces. I’ve wanted to be a truck driver for like 20 years. It’s an unaccomplished dream, as silly as that sounds. Can I ask, do you go through weigh stations? What’s that like?

    1. By burgesstaylor7911 on

      Thank you. And yes, we do go thru weigh stations. Sometimes they wave you thru with a green light, sometimes they inspect a random number of trucks to check paperwork, etc and sometimes if your weight is off then you are subject to fines, tickets, etc. There are scales at a number of truck stops so that drivers can adjust things so the weight is distributed correctly. That can be a pain when you have a heavy load. There is a max and and if you’re over that you need a special permit. The heavier the haul the harder it is-harder to stop especially if you are going down hill, and you have to much careful when turning, etc. I think I might have been a truck driver or at least a traveling salesman in a previous life because I am truly enjoying it.