Anyone drive the dollar tree account?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Nsuaqcat, Apr 12, 2020.

  1. Nsuaqcat

    Nsuaqcat Light Load Member

    Apr 11, 2020
    I'm here at my 1st stop 1 of 3 and I am doing a 10 hour reset for my 5:00 a.m. delivery. I was needing to know a couple things. Should I enter arrived at 1st stop or wait until 5:00 a.m? If you have done these Dollar Tree accounts you will understand that before you arrive, You need to get a game plan for how you are going to get your truck in this tight back alleys to unload. Now this is not a problem really for me yet but I Did have a question about route planning. I was never really taught how to plan my routes other than using A GPS. I have an Atlas but I do not really know of the best way to plan a route any tips on route planning, or tools you use to plan? Thanks
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  3. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    IF you are physically arrived at the first delivery on their dock, send that call in now. That way the company knows you are there.

    NEVER try to cut it fine to 5 or whatever time. Suppose you sleep in BOOM service failure. And they will not care that you were actually there the previous night.

    Trip planning with atlas on paper involves a ledger pad, math and miles to A B and C and D etc all the way to your destination. That means ignoring the GPS device. And a pencil with sharperer. Plus a calculator. You will be a while.

    After doing several of those plannings with options A, B and C including alternative parking spots and alternative fueling options combined with the future weather situation pending you will feel that the GPS is for idiots. (No offense)
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  4. Nsuaqcat

    Nsuaqcat Light Load Member

    Apr 11, 2020
    Awesome yeah I will try to plan my routes with out the GPS, I want to be able to do this on my own and never have to rely on a GPS. So when you are driving after you planned your routes do you just go off of what you wrote down and watch for the next exit that you need to take? Or do you counts your miles to give you a heads up when you need to make a turn?
  5. lovesthedrive

    lovesthedrive Is here to help

    Nov 11, 2008
    Sorrento Maine
    The Dollar Store here in Maine in Sullivan. The driver gets to back in from the 2 lane highway.
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  6. Nsuaqcat

    Nsuaqcat Light Load Member

    Apr 11, 2020
    Yeah they don't have loading docks and to get in to way you need to be to backup its always a joke, Their stores are not made for these big trucks.
  7. JonJon78

    JonJon78 Road Train Member

    Jul 1, 2018
    The best way to plan routes is compare the routes that your truck gps and Google maps is giving you.

    If Google maps is for some reason showing a route that is much quicker/shorter than your truck gps, pull out your paperback Rand Mcnally map and check the "short cut" routes that google maps is giving you for any low bridges/truck restrictions on that particular route.

    Obviously for all stores that your going to prior to arriving look them up on Google earth to get an overhead view so you can figure out the best way to approach the store to get set up for a sight side back versus a blind side...

    Using the street view on Google earth definitely helps so you can see if any fire hydrants, high curbs, fences, poles, etc etc that are going to be an issue and you can plan accordingly your approach ( or atleast try to ) before arriving to avoid those obstacles.
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2020
  8. Mooseontheloose

    Mooseontheloose Light Load Member

    May 25, 2014
    St Louis, Metro East
    Sometimes good, sometimes a waste of time, but you can call ahead and let your next stop know when you're coming and if they have any special instructions or tips
  9. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Jan 13, 2013
    SW Arkansas
    Best thing you can do is to find a way to get off of that Dollar account before you have an accident/incident or three, get fired and find yourself nearly unemployable in this industry. Do some searches on here for Dollar General, Dollar Tree and Family Dollar jobs and you will see what I'm talking about.
  10. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2009
    1918 Anywhere, USA 90210
    You should enter your arrival call as soon as you make it to any delivery. My company gives us routing. Most of the time its spot on. Sometimes i have to make adjustments on their routing. Your GPS will have you take the shortest route possible. I always check my routing with the Google maps. Google maps is truly the best option in my mind because of the constant updates. Check your routes with Google maps, put it in satellite mode and check out everything. (Secret: it's a tip to find overnight parking). If you're unfamiliar with a territory, stay on the numbered routes, ie state highways and U.S. highways, and interstates. Since you're on a dedicated, over time you will discover shortcuts. Now, your atlas will tell you everything you need to know to not get yourself in trouble. Always go by the atlas.
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  11. Western flyer

    Western flyer Road Train Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Why are you doing the dollar tree account.
    Did you ask for this.
    Are you company or lease.

    There's nothing to gain on the dollar tree account
    For a new driver.
    You won't make a penny more than anybody else,
    But you'll work twice as hard for it.

    Your chances of having a backing accident go up
    Ten fold. Then they'll fire you.
    You got lucky this time being there early.
    Most of the time it's gonna be a full parking
    Lot of cars when you get there.

    Summer is here too. Good luck in those 100 degree
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