ATS/school

Discussion in 'Anderson' started by pathfinder, Sep 30, 2007.

  1. passingthru69

    passingthru69 Road Train Member

    On regular freight there is no forced dispatch.
    They might only offer you one load. Just answer back is there any more ld. offers?

    I run H.H. and we are pretty much forced. Yes I can turn the ld. down, but I might be sitting for awhile.
    I have turned down a few over the years.
    Like I stated before things are kinda slow, but hang in there.
    It takes time for you to get too know the company and time for them to get too know you.
    Good luck up there next week.
     
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  3. meat999

    meat999 Light Load Member

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    thanks for the info. my friend just came over there from prime and he told me that he keeps getting 3-4 load offers every time thats why i asked. How long before i can go to H.H ? i'm trying to move up as soon as i can. No i have never done flatbed, i do know how to chain down some loads-- i was told they will show me that. I have no problem learning, and i learn quick. i just got off the phone with ats and got my bus ticket info. I leave sat. the 10th and got a 18 hour ride. just cant wait to get this started and get on the road. They call me spider, short young black cool guy-- i hope to see you around-- and again thanks for the help. gto any advise for a guy going in green? like the best F.M that likes to make the money? maybe i ask for him
     
  4. terrylamar

    terrylamar Road Train Member

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    My best advice is to get phone numbers from other drivers, successful drivers. Build a support network you can get help from. You are at a great disadvantage, not having flatbed expierence. Loads you will haul, can kill you and others on the highway and/or cause much damage. I say this to scare you, yes, scare you, not to discourage you. I want you to be very sober about this job. Learn all you can at orientation, ask other drivers to stay behind and give you extra help in the securement class. You won't learn it all in half a day, but learn as much as is possible. If you have a load you are unsure how to secure, call Safety, call your support group and ask other flatbed drivers. Don't be afraid to get out and help them either. Remember this, if you remember nothing else, there is no such ting as over securement. If you ever ask yourself, does this load need one more strap or chain, don't bother, just put it on!
     
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  5. passingthru69

    passingthru69 Road Train Member

    I agree with Terry, The chains or straps in the headache rack do no good if the load is laying on the ground or an top of somebodies car.
    Yes it has happened...
    Tie it down like you grand mother is riding by the load.
    Also ask the shipper for their prefered tie down method.
    Never had one complain. Just ask nicely and tell them you never hauled that type of load before and what is their recommened tie down points.
    Plus build up your network like was posted before.
    No question is a dumb question.
    Good luck in Cloud next week.
    The bus ride will be the ride from hell..
    I hate taking the bus here in the states.
    Again good luck.
     
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  6. meat999

    meat999 Light Load Member

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    i thank you all for your help-- and best believe i will ask questions, dont wanna be the one that lost a load on the highway. and on the happy side of things, maybe i will sit next to a female that should be a top model and all she wants to do is look and talk with me(wink-wink):biggrin_25520:
     
  7. passingthru69

    passingthru69 Road Train Member

    yea right when pigs fly. haha
     
  8. pathfinder

    pathfinder Medium Load Member

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    Good luck man! In case you read this before Sat, bring your winter clothes!Lol! Starting to snow up north. Hellz I've already driven in the first snowstorm of the season! One tip for you, always ask and driver where you're loading if you can. Flatbedders are VERY good at helping or at least advising. NO-ONE wants to see loads on the road, gives everyone a bad name. You can also get a securement book from a truck stop. It won't cover anywhere near enough load types, but gives you a good idea. And after awhile you won't need to look at the securement charts for how many straps or chains you need. You'll just be using several more for your own piece of mind anyway. You'll see. It gets easier that way the more loads you do. Not sure if your question was answered about how fast you can move up, so here's what I remember. To some extent its a timing thing. I.e., is there an O.D. Load you can haul close by when you get empty. And is it a class you can haul. You'll start at class 4, need to haul 4-5 loads successfully there to move up a class. I was only one load from being able to take the test for class 2. Yes, you actually take a test for class 2 and class1. Personally I would advise you not to worry about it. Tell your FM that you are interested in O.D. Loads and then just worry about learning all you can. The "big" stuff will come. You'll enjoy the learning too. Even if you will be learning in the winter!LOL! Worst part of winter may be folding frozen tarps! You hope for a southern run next so they can thaw and be rerolled! Anyway, good luck, have fun. Oh, as for which FM, I had Liv(pronounced leave) Anderson. She was pretty good and getting better. She was trained by Vicky, who was said to be one of the best. I knew a few guys who had her and liked her a lot.
     
  9. mizz_b_havin

    mizz_b_havin Bobtail Member

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    Hi all, I posted on another thread but got no response, so I will try here lol. My husband starts orientation on the 26th, He's going into the lease option. Any advice? Any info on how the process goes? He's going to be doing the van/pad wrap. Will he be able to learn flat bed? We dont want to be limited on loads. Thanks guys and hope to see ya'll out there. Be safe
     
  10. terrylamar

    terrylamar Road Train Member

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    Van and flatbed are different companies. He will have zero opportunity to learn flatbed, offically. Unoffically, anyone can learn anything they want t learn.
     
  11. mizz_b_havin

    mizz_b_havin Bobtail Member

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    Ok, is this board only for flatbedders?
     
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