One of the main pitfalls of trucking is shippers and receivers. We show up on time, but they don’t respect our clock. They get to work their 8-12 hour shift and go home. If they take longer than my 14, I’m stuck. I do realize that there are plenty of drivers that are late and expect to get in and out. I’m not one of those people. If I’m late, I totally expect to sit and wait.
If you can’t tell, that’s my situation for the day. I had a delivery at 0100 and the next at 0900. My clock is down to less than an hour, and here I sit. 30 miles from a truck top, and not enough time to get there. I know that this is trucking, and these things happen from time to time, but seriously people!
I also wish that dispatch would take these things in to account also. I told the dispatcher that I couldn’t make my deliveries on time, but she didn’t change the appointments. I was very late, and then everything went to hell in a handbasket…literally since I’m in Houston and it’s one hot son of a gun out here!
With a load number like 03666064 I should’ve known it would be a doozie. I’m hot, tired, and frustrated. Probably not the wisest time to be making a blog post, but this is trucking at it’s finest.