although i think you meant to say..."rest of us", this is true.
back when i started, JB Hunt, Schneider, Munson, and a few others, now out of business, took in student drivers. back in my day, we had NO cell phones, and NO GPS.
we had to read maps. we had to stop at pay phones, or at the truck stops, they had a room, that was the "phone room", with dozens of pay phones. back then, you had to have a "long distance calling card", and dial like 4,000 numbers, on the card, THEN dial the number you wanted to call.
and if you got a busy signal...??
good luck, you're doing it all over again.
we were taught how to respect the customers. the companies that hired you frowned on you and almost fired you on the spot for having an "attitude problem", if you used the words, Hell, DAM, Jesus H. Christ,.....need i say how you'd be dealt with if you said the "F" word?
even the tone of your voice, they'd label you as a trouble maker with a HUGE attitude problem, and you'd be spoken to, warned, the fired if it ever happened again
the past couple (or so) decades of truckers, are NO WHERE's nearly trained like many of us old timers were.
none can read a map, none can talk with out using curse words, and nearly all cry a river of crocodile tears if they stay out more than one day..
this is why, megas carriers suck...........
but as long as there is money, and mergers, and everything else, they will survive......and make the rest of us look bad, and continue to give us...a bad name.
Swift manages to do it again..
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Eh fine, i fully agree with point 1, point 2 is a lot more open to debate
Ive had plenty of loads that the turns in the plant were not designed for a regular truck and trailer much less a stretched truck and long trailer. But they still initially expected me to put their crane in the building.
One that sticks in my mind was a crane i delivered that i got into the building, they lifted it off then to leave i had to back down the way i came and they had to lift my trailer and move it at each turn a good 5 feet left or right.
And just because i CAN and HAVE backed off a 2 lane road on a steep hill around a building corner into some dock in the northeast designed for a cabover with a 40 foot trailer doesnt mean it was any fun or that i have any desire to repeat the experience
>I don't know about recent times, but it used to be standard Practice for a local P&G (Rt. 29, Browns Summit, NC) to state:
>NO MOVING TANDEMS TILL OUT OF GATE, after having travelled over the LONG scale at EXIT Gate.
>Same "Going In" - SLIDE TANDEMS TO REAR, LOCK B4 ENTERING. For "those Trailers" that defied Sliding Tandems, possibly NO ENTRY ALLOWED, yet possibility of Entry usually depended upon Driver Attitude. No One Could Back Up.
>YARD offered EXCESSIVE ROOM FOR MANEUVERING EVEN FOR NEWBIES, at night, while Raining.
>>Every Driver WAS a NEWBIE. Some seem to never get past NEWBIE.
>No big deal, out gate, to the right side or middle of In/Out area on pavement, slide Tandems maybe three times depending upon weight, can't look at Load because of SEAL, Weight on B.O.L. Weight on Scale Ticket if Purchased.
>Get down road a few miles, re-adjust push/pull action = No Big Deal.
S. O. P. = Standard Operating Procedure or Simpleton Obfuscating Program.
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This guy said it was his first week. Hopefully now he'll remember to watch his tandems in his blind side mirrors when he makes a right-hand turn.
It would cost billions of dollars, but my fantasy is to cover I-80 through Wyoming end to end.
Imagine these sheds being larger and having two lanes running through them.
Don't ask me about exits or bridges or railroad crossings because I haven't thought that part through.
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