I got stuck today. Will i be fired?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by TruckingGuy88, May 17, 2018.

  1. TruckingGuy88

    TruckingGuy88 Bobtail Member

    11
    13
    May 17, 2018
    0
    Ok so i drive flatbed. I've been on my own for 4 weeks now. I set my cool cradles up wrong and was overweight on my spread axles. So i went to go back to the shipper right up the road and had to go in this gravel lot to try turn around. I had 49000 on the back and got stuck. I had to call wrecker to get out. There's no damage and my question is will i get fired? Also will i be paying that bill for wrecker. If so how much is it usually?
     
  2. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    16,990
    16,886
    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    0
    Well... It's about a thousand just to call out a wrecker then 600 a hour. Something like that roughly. Each wrecker. If three, four or five show up.. you might as well have a drink. You will need it.

    You could very well be billed or payroll deducted until that wrecker bill is paid. It might take a month or so of 0.00 paychecks after withholding. But you will give thanks you still have a job.

    The ONE thing I CHOOSE TO CELEBRATE is that you recognized a problem with those spreads weight wise and gave it a stab at going back to the shipper. That tells me right there you are so worth keeping. 49000 is pretty hefty even for a spread axle back there. I hope they understand you are a good driver doing what you think best to fix a weight issue.

    I got pictures in my album where I had rolled my steers off a 2 foot concrete pad drop off trying to dock in a place with crazy unpainted geometry. When the steers dropped down, the reefer trailer pinched my first drives trapping everything good. Loaded too. And there the steers hung loose a few inches above grass trapped by the edge behind the hood and fenders etc.

    I called a wrecker. But before he got there I hopped in that truck and stomped the clutch with full power straight back. Either something big breaks or I get out.

    She bounced out, ripping out the weather protection in front of the firewall inside the fenders. I called to cancel the tow truck which caused no end of joy to my company.

    To this day Im glad she took the power and bounced out the way it did. So many very expensive catastrophic failures of the drive line could have happened among other problems even bigger potentially.
     
  3. Arkansas

    Arkansas Medium Load Member

    451
    527
    Dec 20, 2014
    LA- Lower Arkansas
    0
    Probably not. Everyone makes mistakes sometimes
     
  4. Gunner75

    Gunner75 Road Train Member

    5,668
    8,865
    Mar 17, 2014
    Jackson Center Ohio
    0
    How exactly did you get stuck in a gravel lot? Put it in a ditch, or just turn it too tight that you started digging into the gravel?
     
  5. Arkansas

    Arkansas Medium Load Member

    451
    527
    Dec 20, 2014
    LA- Lower Arkansas
    0
    Man you've been calling the wrong wrecker. 1000 bucks. Then 600 an hour. He got his truck stuck. He didn't crash a space ship
     
  6. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    16,990
    16,886
    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    0
    Ive had wreckers called on me by my home town parking lot shopping strip owners who threatened those big numbers. We will see which happens first. I get there and gtfo that property with the truck or the wrecker gets his hooks in. Since wrecker was about 4 miles away in those days where I lived it's a even chance. I usually got there first.

    That is what I based my figures off of anyway. True or not I don't know but when a irate and fed up owner is hurling abuse on the phone at you (You left a emergency call me number on the drivers window when parked...) with threats of bills you could not repay in two lifetimes... you get moving pretty quickly.
     
    Arkansas Thanks this.
  7. KillingTime

    KillingTime Road Train Member

    3,030
    33,290
    Mar 26, 2016
    Portland, Maine
    0
    Embellishment, perhaps.
    X1's forte.

    And this probably happened in 1930 when Hoover was President. Per the Butterfly Effect, if X had let the tow truck drag him out, there might not have been a WW2.
     
  8. CaptainDaveG

    CaptainDaveG Road Train Member

    1,344
    1,859
    Jul 31, 2014
    Denver, Colot
    0
    Dude your fine. Unless you work for TMC. When heavy keep it wide and keep it moving. I doubt they will make you pay. They know your new. They know stuff will happen. Sleep tight it will be alright. You can get a real good idea from your dispatcher. You had the right idea.


    Be Safe Out There



    Captain Dave
     
    coastietruckin' Thanks this.
  9. ChaoSS

    ChaoSS Road Train Member

    2,959
    5,720
    Sep 20, 2014
    0
    49000 on the spread? You really did screw up the set up. Did you go through any sort of training regarding how to load it properly for weight?
     
    shogun, x1Heavy and TripleSix Thank this.
  10. Atlanta trucker

    Atlanta trucker Medium Load Member

    500
    460
    Jan 25, 2017
    0
    No you wont get fired. If they even try to charge you for that i would fire them. A simple winch out that takes under a half hour should be less than $400.
     
  • Draft saved Draft deleted