Well, now I have a chance to catch ya’ll up on how yesterday went. First, all of the services for 3truck have been completed. Chatty Cathy has been retired and replaced with the all new Zonar System. We have been learning it and i can say it is much easier to work with and keep track of everything. I really like it so far. The only thing I don’t like about it is the fact that the turn by turn navigation is not working properly at this time. They are aware of it and hopefully the full navigation will be available. In the meantime, we have a work around.
So, yesterday we picked up the truck from the shop and just couldn’t get the Zonar to turn on. We went back to the shop and it turns out they forgot to connect the ignition power wire lol. Got that fixed and found an empty trailer. As we went through the automatic truck wash, we noticed that one of the big arms that has all the rubber flappers that beat on the truck really did beat it up! It somehow went behind the batwing and ripped the bottom fiberglass supports off. So, we had to drop our empty trailer and make a visit to the body shop for quick replacement and to file a damage claim.
Then off to the first of two local runs yesterday. We had an open live unload scheduled yesterday but when we arrived, they said they couldn’t unload until 10pm. No biggie, we waited until that time then was told it would be midnight. We threw a fit, then they asked if I wanted to just go ahead and drop it! So, we dropped it and then headed to the next shipper back in Springville. We arrived just ten minutes before the shipping office closed for the night!
We then had to get to our 330am delivery and arrived in time for that. They took their sweet time, but in the end we got a nice bonus extra pay if we could complete both local runs. We did it and arrived at the truckstop for our break.
It took some fancy usage of all the hours of service rules to get it done, but we ended the day with zero violations!
Oh, somewhere along the way yesterday, we had a white suv cut us off ado a hit and run. If you find the timestamp, you can link to it in the blog comments. We got no damage but since we are a commercial driver, we are still obligated to file a claim with safety just to cover our own rear-end. Yup, it was captured by our broadcast as well as our onboard driver cam.
Our next trip is now posted but will not be available until late tonight so we will run with it Saturday morning. We do have an empty trailer shuttle to do shortly, but boy, do I need a break!