Abilene Motor Express....A New Place To Call Home

Discussion in 'Discuss Your Favorite Trucking Company Here' started by JohnBoy, Apr 10, 2013.

  1. RebelChick

    RebelChick Road Train Member

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    This is why you do a thorough pretrip every day. 2011 and I was a total rookie (as opposed to just being the rookie I am today). First company I worked for. Trainer who NEVER did a pretrip or allowed me to do one. Yes, I told the proper people all the time that it wasn’t done and no one cared. I had been driving for just shy of a month when this happened. It definitely is something I will never forget. Load from hades. 5 days waiting at Cargill in Friona TX for this load. This was on I-40 eastbound at xit 136 (Garth Brooks Blvd). I was driving and noticed smoke coming from the drives so I pulled onto the get off. My trainer looked at it and told me to limp to the TA. Yeah, that didn’t happen because just as soon as I tried to take off, this happened. Needless to say, the truck and trailer were towed and we were put in a hotel. I flew home the next day for 7 days and when I was picked up in emporia, the environment was so toxic in the truck I only stayed another 3 weeks with this company. I guess my “trainer” got in a lot of trouble because of it and took it out on me. I mean, that was an extensive repair and I’m sure the bill was up there.
    Thankfully, the next company and trainer were 100% better. That chick was 180 degrees different. She was all about it and you could even eat off the floor in her truck (whereas the first one was a nasty pig). Yeah. I won’t ever forget either of these women, albeit for very different reasons.
     
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  3. Finfn1372

    Finfn1372 Road Train Member

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    I feel you,what burns me up is when they call me everytime I pickup a bh load,to remind me that it needs to be set at 31.

    Its like have you been paying attention the past 5+yrs.
     
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  4. JohnBoy

    JohnBoy Road Train Member

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    You are so correct. That’s been my dilemma for years. All I need to do is hang on for a little longer then I’ll be able to enjoy this little bit of paradise I’ve worked at for so long to retire in. I just hope this doesn’t get to far out of hand before it’s time to retire.
     
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  5. 48Packard

    48Packard Ol' Two-stop Shag!

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    The messages such as this one you referred to drive me nuts. But we tend to get the standard canned messages with regard to certain customers and their delivery expectations which don’t irk me as much as a personalized one. I don’t blame you for feeling as you do. Enough is enough.
     
  6. ExtremeUnction

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    That ain't a reflection on you, my dude. We lost a full Boars Head load last year due to temperature. Pretty much everybody gets those messages.

    I know for a fact my driver manager considers me one of the best drivers on his whole roster. He's responsible for 60+ drivers, and if I ain't at the very top of that list, well, there ain't many people above me. And I still get those messages. If I'm running a BH load Mon-Fri, I will get a text message from my DM: "Set reefer to 33 continuous."

    And like I say, I know in what regard I am held by my driver manager. So I know that he is not sending me those messages because he thinks I need to hear them. He is sending me those messages because Walter is telling him to send that message to all of his drivers. And Cam is telling Walter, and Kimberly is probably telling Cam.

    Because unlike me, my driver manager has supervisors he actually has to pay attention to. So I try not to take it personally when the people above him in the chain give him these kinds of directives. I know what he really thinks of me, and a text message about reefer temp isn't going to change that.
     
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  7. Bumper

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    I used to get those from Prime all of the time too. I think they were just canned messages that went out with every dispatch.
     
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  8. JohnBoy

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    Those canned BH messages are a different animal all together. We had a driver get escorted out of Groveport a few years ago because he told the folks at the gate it’s perfectly ok to load the dry van he wanted to drop there. The one I got is a perfect example of why seasoned drivers throw their hands up and walk. I get that message from someone not in the know. Don’t tell me we are about to loose Volvo, it’s not because of anything I’ve done. In the 9 years driving here we’ve lost lots of customers but always found new ones. How about hiring better drivers? Or maybe have training concentrate on getting a new driver up to speed in the way it’s done in trucking and stop worrying about putting fresh meat in an empty truck at our customers expense. I’ve said for years, the easiest run we have is Volvo Byhalia to Volvo Reno. 2100 miles, drop and hook on both ends, and 2 highways, but yet every so often I’ll get a frantic phone call after dropping here to go rescue a load from a driver that’s passed out drunk at the Area 51 ##### house. Yeah, make sure you send out a personal QC message to me letting me know I can’t be late.
     
  9. Grouch

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    You got to be kidding. Hard to believe that a "professional driver" would be so addicted to alcohol Where in the hell do companies find these drivers at?? Does the company even bother to do a background check?? And then the companies will reject a driver who "went off on a sorry ### dispatcher" but turn right around and hire a "drunk". We sure got our proirities screwed up. .
     
  10. ExtremeUnction

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    Just discovered that the Exit 76 truck stop in Berea blacktopped their whole parking lot. You can now drive through their lot without having to engage your differential. A welcome change for those Hyster-Yale loads.
     
  11. JohnBoy

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    I have yet to deliver there.
     
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