Truck Abandonment

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Bobblehead, Jan 12, 2021.

  1. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Jan 13, 2013
    SW Arkansas
    You did the same thing I would have done. When you get home, call them and try to talk the the big boss, or at least someone high up the ladder. Make sure they are aware of how their underlings handle a difficult situation involving their drivers.
    I would also, at some point, consider starting a thread in the Bad Companies forum telling your story. I think IRT would hear about it very fast.
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  3. Bobblehead

    Bobblehead Light Load Member

    Aug 17, 2020
    Honestly some of it was my fault. My head wasn’t straight and I was like sure I’ll do it. Then it hit me and I was like WTF am I doing. But yeah there were a few other issues I had with them I personally didn’t like a lot. The miles and pay were pretty good but so is a dozen other places. I was liking pulling tanks, but not that much. I’ll definitely consider doing that thread though
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2021
  4. Bobblehead

    Bobblehead Light Load Member

    Aug 17, 2020
    So I’m booking it home and got almost all the way there before fatigue just couldn’t be overcome anymore. Including driving the truck to the terminal, I had been driving for pretty much 21 hours straight. A long the way I discovered a few things. A lot of truckers are boneheads. I mean yeah you see that car flying up behind you but go ahead and get over and try to pass the 65 mph truck in your 65.1 mph truck. And nobody budges for miles.

    Second when the people at the border patrol checkpoints ask if you’re a us citizen just say yes. I mean how do they know if you’re lying and now you’re backing things up getting interrogated.

    And why when the speed limit is 60 everyone wants to go 90, but when it’s 80 across west Texas everyone is going 70?
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  5. xsetra

    xsetra Road Train Member

    Aug 21, 2011
    Op you've had a rough couple days.
    Pull over get a nap, have a fresh outlook when you wake.
    Wish you the best.
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  6. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    May 28, 2009
    Rancho Mirage, Ca.
    I'm a little confused. Your in Fl. Family member died in Ca. Truck co offers to get you there by deadheading half way then loaded the rest of the way. But you decide to leave the truck and sounds like you rented a car and are heading home quickly. Yes, you will get there but probably not much quicker then under a load. The funeral won't be for a week or so with all the arrangements needed. I'm not privvy to who died. And don't get me wrong, not trying to rag on you but not sure you did the right thing. Good luck
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  7. danny23tx

    danny23tx Road Train Member

    Feb 16, 2016
    Flights are cheap should have booked one .
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  8. Bobblehead

    Bobblehead Light Load Member

    Aug 17, 2020
    It’s alright. I was able to get home at least two days sooner, probably three if I had taken to load. I was ok with doing it at first, but when it started to settle in more I found myself driving like I didn’t care. I would’ve been fine with securing the truck, flying home, and returning later. But their apparent lack of empathy kind of sealed the deal. I had a few other things I wasn’t liking a ton about them anyways. I was able to get them to verify in writing I returned their equipment to their terminal and have a job lined up for when I come back out. It was a parent and I just wanted to get home and not be alone in my truck for four or five days either way
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  9. RockinChair

    RockinChair Road Train Member

    McAllen is about 5 hours south of I-10. Assuming he was able to drop and hook as soon as he got there, going to McAllen and then coming back up would have taken him an entire day.
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  10. Atlanta trucker

    Atlanta trucker Road Train Member

    Jan 25, 2017
    Where is there CLOSEST terminal ?
    Take it there drop it off and be gone.
  11. TheLoadOut

    TheLoadOut Road Train Member

    Nov 6, 2019
    Driver: Hello dispatch, I've had a death in my family and need to return home ASAP

    Dispatch: We are sorry to hear that, here's the order number for you next pick up

    Driver: Umm, did you not hear what I just said?

    Dispatch: I'm sorry, no, can you repeat it?

    Driver: I've had a death in my family and need to return home.

    Dispatch: (silence)

    Dispatch: OK, well, we'll get you rerouted home after this load.

    Driver: That will take too long I need to ge home

    Dispatch: We are very sorry for your loss but our customer really needs this load of paper towels picked up and brought to ABC Grocery Distribution.

    Driver: Go f*#@ yourself

    Dispatch: So the load is ready and when do you..

    Driver: (click)

    Yeah, I just can't imagine having to beg for time off to pay your last respects, only to be treated like your life isn't as important as the next load of whatever. Some don't like the responsibilities of working for themselves but I could never go back to working for someone else.
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