Some of the longest days in trucking can come from the local circut.

Discussion in 'LTL and Local Delivery Trucking Forum' started by Mike2633, Apr 8, 2015.

  1. Mike2633

    Mike2633 Road Train Member

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    Well everyone I win the bronze star today, I was the last truck back to the yard.
    I clocked in at 0400 and clocked out at 1800 and I know for a fact that I screwed that up on my time sheet, on the computer, because by the time I got back to the yard and sat down to do my paper work I wasn't even thinking straight. I did 100 miles today and 14 stops. My last stop took way way way to long, it was at a shopping mall and I didn't know what door to go through or anything like that heck didn't even know where the food court was wasted 1/2 an hour trying to find the door to deliver through and didn't find it by the way ended up going through the wrong, door, but the place only had 2 wheeler loads so I said forget it last stop 2 wheeler loads, I'm not moving the truck.

    Also had a couple other stupid time killing things today goofy backing and got my self into one of those backing jams any of you guys ever do that once or twice in you're career where you pull into somewhere get almost set up and there's just not enough room and end up having to fidget and move around and weasel and snake around and it all takes way to long and you end up making it worse thinking oh man how am I going to get out of this one? Yeah I had one of those today actually that whole stop was wrong from the start :(

    Then had a dock at a college that's a kind of tricky dock to hit and ended up waiting for the dock and then had to go and hit the dock and that took 15 minutes of poor maneuvering on my end eventually I did get it though and the delivery went pretty quick after that, but yuck.

    Then because I was far away from the yard I had a 25 mile drive back into the yard and the truck I was in needed fuel so I stopped at the gas station to get fuel before I parked the truck at the yard so that all took time. I got home at 6:15pm today. It was a solid 13-14 hour day, I don't really know can't even think straight right now. Just trying to figure out what went wrong and make sense of it all so next time it all goes smoother.
     
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  3. jbatmick

    jbatmick Road Train Member

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    That's trucking.
     
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  4. TruckDuo

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    Yup, sounds like a typical day in trucking. Awesome to hear you did it safely and are home in one piece.....and ready to do it all over again.
     
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  5. poppapump1332

    poppapump1332 Road Train Member

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    Thats a normal day in trucking, glad you made it home safely
     
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  6. Vilhiem

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    Sounds like a good many of my days as well. Laying here in my bunk half asleep wondering why when I help other accounts and areas things seem to run smoother than my home account.

    ...starting to think I'm going to have to really put my foot down on some of these assigned loads from my home account.

    I think we all have enough bronze in that area. New or not. ...long as I don't take gold.

    At the end of one of those days, if I can't find anything to improve on I'll ask myself two questions:

    1) did you make your goal and/or planned stops?
    2) did you do them as safely as you could with the surrounding circumstances and are you "home" safe?

    ...long as I can say yes to both, I'll roll over in my bunk and drift off happy.
     
  7. Shaggy

    Shaggy Road Train Member

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    Enjoy the scenery delivering to colleges, Older I get, They remain the same age.
    Welcome to trucking, Mate.
     
  8. Mike2633

    Mike2633 Road Train Member

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    That's pretty much it the worst thing that happened today was a leaking container of OJ that's it, which isn't that bad not at all out of the whole day I issued one credit for $19.00 that's less then 1% considering all the cases I had. Heck even filled up the truck with fuel before going back to the yard.
     
  9. Vilhiem

    Vilhiem Road Train Member

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    Sounds like an uneventful day for the most part. Those are the easiest, but admittedly can be the longest.
     
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  10. dptrucker

    dptrucker Road Train Member

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    reminds me of the days i worked for coke. first year was fun trying to figure out the new places and where to park. i've done a few malls and can understand your greif. lol. but like others said...as long it was done safely and got all route done, can consider it a well earned day. some days i really miss it
     
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  11. Vilhiem

    Vilhiem Road Train Member

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    I'm regional, so I kind of have a mix of local and (in the most loose sense.) otr. All my deliveries are to malls and they don't make things tractor trailer friendly. Much less sleeper friendly.

    Theres a few places I've been to where creativity has absolutely paid off. Both in unloading and docking. My favorite is when they give you normal doors (mostly use roll doors but we get unlucky occasionally.) and where you're backing into is so tight it's easy to scrape a door off if you're not careful.
     
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