Are driving doubles/triples as terrifying as many make it?

Discussion in 'LTL and Local Delivery Trucking Forum' started by bentstrider83, Mar 16, 2021.

  1. bentstrider83

    bentstrider83 Road Train Member

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    Definitely not willing to do the P and D stuff. Seems like there's more eyes on you and it's a daytime thing. The physical labor I could adapt to, but then I could run across some complaint about "being too slow" on the dock and having to "pick up the pace".

    As far as linehaul goes, it seems quite ideal. Would rather prefer driving nights forever than getting on any day shift. And just like my current regional milk hauling job, I prefer to stick to familiar routes and an area. Change of scenery was good for the first few years of trucking. But after too many accidents during those first years, I kind of PTSD'd myself into preferring more set routes instead of "irregular route (redacted) surprises".

    So far, the current company has been good about keeping me running between NM and CO, or NM and KS two to three times a week. But the second they try to push me out farther and into some unknown area, I'm done. Some people like it. But I'd like to keep potentially career ending surprises to an absolute minimum.
     
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  3. jmz

    jmz Heavy Load Member

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    Screw em, what are they gonna do, kick you off the dock? I guarantee no LTL driver has been fired for not working fast enough on the dock. At least not in the last few years with how busy things have been.
     
  4. bentstrider83

    bentstrider83 Road Train Member

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    Never actually worked on a dock before. I think I'm just confusing an LTL dock environment with the horrors I hear from any given Amazon warehouse. Based on how little I hear about people complaining about LTL docks and warehouses, I'm gonna guess those environments aren't as micromanagement brutal as the BezoLand.
     
  5. BigBob410

    BigBob410 Road Train Member

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    Hey Mack. I think it has to do with the Wal-Mart driver that ran over that comedian in Jersey. I think a lot of companies are scared drivers will show up to work tired.
     
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    McUzi Road Train Member

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    I don’t think it had anything to do with safety. I think it has everything to do with employee reliability and eventually retention.

    The guy with a 90 mile commute is going to say “screw this” a lot faster than the guy with a 15 mile commute.

    That’s assuming his commute never impacted his ability to start on time.
     
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  7. jmz

    jmz Heavy Load Member

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    Yes and no, there is a level of micromanagement, but when it comes down to it, it’s all talk and no action. As long as you are loading correctly and not causing damage, they can’t touch you.
     
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