Unless your wife back home is ####### someone else while your gone and you come home to find out that she spent 1000's to get the std medication she needed while you were gone.
Cash on the road and who pays for what?
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$25 for tolls.
this is 2013. not 2005.
going rate from chicago to new york city is $400. the PA turnpike is $125, $18 to go 1/2 mile east bound in san francisco.
you need your checkbook and some credit cards for tolls these days. and with pathetic driver wages. better hope everything is paid for the next time you need a toll. cuz some companies don't have toll transponders. and some will be a P I T A to get reimbursed.
Its tuff being away for 3 weeks to 6 weeks at a time. Usually women will go off and get some within the first ####### week your gone. Its pretty ####### sad.
I never wash my truck at truck washes. If you're going through OK or any of the states with Pikepass, carry at least $60 at all times plus living expense money. Your best bet is to get an electric cooler and shop at Walmart for food. An occasional takeout dinner is fine also.
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Verrazano bridge from Brooklyn to Staten Island on 278 (Gowanus Expressway to Staten Island Expressway) is $80 for 5 axles, The RFK/Tri-Boro, Whitestone, and Throg's Neck are $40 tolled each way, I have never had the occasion to cross the GW eastbound, but will take $75 as the price to leave New Jersey for that one, too. A specific EZpass would save on those tolls, but the company won't get those. Tappanzee is less but crossing from New York to New York on the Hudson.
Goethals, Bayonne, and Outerbridge Crossing are currently $75 to cross the Hudson from New Jersey onto Staten Island. Every bridge crossing the Delaware River above I-95 between New Jersey and PA is now $20, near Philly, those mostly cost more, but I have never taken them in the tolled directions.
The Delaware Memorial Bridge costs $25, leaving New Jersey, at least last time that I crossed it to get from New York to Baltimore.
I-95 from Trenton to Philly isn't tolled, but getting around the PA turnpike without getting lost can be a challenge, if trying to stay on roads you can be on pulling a 53 by 102.
We can take $100 as a cash advance per day, when adding fuel, for free, and I get cash in advance to pay those tolls. You can get up to $300 at one time, up from $200 through EFS if the company sends in the codes for it.
Lumpers and repairs may be handled on account at places we deal with regularly, or by EFS check for those otherwise, they mostly(not all) will take cash and we get reimbursed the same as for tolls. I get paid for lumping where it saves me time to do it myself and am allowed to do it.
Road tolls vary, I seldom run that much of them by my choice. Construction season makes any road bad, but it is irritating to me to pay to park on the road. Toll booths are a pain to deal with, too.Last edited: Jul 8, 2013
Tickets you usually have 30 days to pay. Many can be paid online or you can get a money order and send it in. Some companies will pay a fine for you and deduct it out of your paycheck.
You don't be late plain and simple. The only few times you are late better be a reason other than your own fault like weather. If you have a bad track record you won't last long. A good driver takes pride in on time delivery. Get in the habit of showing up a minimum of 1 hour early which is about the norm in the industry. I've seen about everything when it comes to drivers. It's plain and simple, first comes your job and you are out here to work. If you have free time than you can play. You don't mix the two.
There are regulations that your company can't coerce you into running illegal. Some will try. How you handle it is up to you. With computers today you are tracked and rated as a driver in three different agencies. If you want to be a career driver you protect your good record. You can have good habits or bad habits. I suggest you learn the good and avoid the bad.
If a company retaliates against you for not running illegal you are protected by OSHA. Though they might of fired you OSHA will fine the crap out of them and you will probably be reinstated with back pay if you want to go that route. At least you are still hireable versus getting caught running illegal. Enough times getting caught the company will probably fire you anyway and your record trashed.
If you are over gross you have the shipper remove the excess. Most are pretty good about knowing their own product and what they can load and how to load. When you get a truck you go weigh empty and know what you can haul.
When you have heavy pallets and less than 26 pallets you learn how to stretch your pallets out to balance your load. Again a good warehouseman knows how to do this too. But you need to learn. It's not that hard. There will be times you tell them how you want it loaded. Whenever stretching pallets always start out with a single to compensate for the nose weight of the trailer.
Your other less desirable choices are... are the coops closed? Do I have an alternative route? Versus going back to the shipper and spending another two hours getting fixed? The name of the game is CYA! Most overweight tickets are in the companies name and that's one violation that won't hit your personal record. Depending where you work the company might say run it and they'll pay the fine. Or you might picked up a sealed load that weighed out but the load shifted because it wasn't secure. Something like that the company would pay. There are so many variables to cover them all. Always base your decisions on protecting you and not someone else.
Blue Beacon (Streakin' Beacon) is the biggest truck wash chain. Here is their price list.
One place I lived I parked in the yard and got stuck on flat ground. The tiny hump had my frame twisted just enough I couldn't get traction, even locked in. I called a friend of mine down the road and he brought his dump truck over and gave me a tug.
On the road never get off a shoulder. You can sink quick.
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