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Turtle's Comment
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As some one pointed out earlier, you may not see many replies to your diary, but be assured that there are likely many of us following along. I'm one of those who've read this diary from the beginning. So keep posting when you get a chance. Your experiences may help others.

I'm sorry to hear about your recent troubles. The best I can offer is to stick it out if possible. The end will come.

Currently I'm in the very early training phase at Prime. I hope I won't have too many troubles during the 30k miles of otr training. But no matter what, I'll keep my eye on the prize.

Stay the course, friend. Good luck and keep the updates coming.

Rich

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

G-Town's Comment
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Landros, 28 days; 4 showers and 2 backs? My friend that is unacceptable. You need to first discuss this with your trainer, then if that has no positive affect escalate to the person assigned to oversee your development.

You should be able to shower every 2nd or 3rd day (worst case) and part of your trainers job is to help you learn how-to back your truck. Speak up!

Seminole Wind's Comment
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Teach . . please hang in there. Youve been thru so much & its not permanent. I agree with the others, you need to speak with someone about the unacceptable conditions your trainer seems to think is ok. He/she is there to train you, not reap the benefits of having you on the truck & not doing the job they signed up for. PLEASE, please keep us posted. I'm sending good mojo & keeping you in my thoughts for better conditions for you.

Nancy F.'s Comment
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Ditto on the good mojo coming your way. And write. I believe you were born to write. It's comfortable and interesting. I'm talking books, little fictions novels of traveling and blah blah blah. You know what I mean. Good luck, hang in there.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Ahhh, company training. Sometimes its off the chain wacko and for others its ok. Just hang in there and maybe request a new trainer. This kinda stuff you are experiencing, unfortunately can make it so tough. But you can do this and this is a small stepping stone on your journey to becoming a successful driver. This unfortunate experience will actually serve you well in learning about dealing with frustration in this job.

Retired Jersey Cop 's Comment
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Wow,Teach... I'm sorry to hear that. I could never endure 4 showers in 4 weeks. That's disgusting. What was the justification for that? No food for 48 hours? Again, what was the justification for that?

To experienced truckers: Is this kind of thing normal?

G-Town's Comment
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Wow,Teach... I'm sorry to hear that. I could never endure 4 showers in 4 weeks. That's disgusting. What was the justification for that? No food for 48 hours? Again, what was the justification for that?

To experienced truckers: Is this kind of thing normal?

I would not call it normal, but it does happen.

A student driver must be their own advocate in situations like this. The lack of backing, at least to me, is more concerning than the shower issue. Backing is something he must be able to do after he is solo. The shower problem is temporary, the results of not backing enough will affect him well into his solo career.

Miss Rose's Comment
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Just spent the last hour or so binge-reading Llandros' diary. Completely engrossed in his journey...reading replies...scrolling...more scrolling...where is he? He left us with a cliffhanger. I'm sure I'm not the only one biting my nails while waiting for the next chapter.

Llandros, wherever you and and whatever is happening, I sincerely hope it's getting better. Stay strong! Dark clouds not allowed.

Llandros's Comment
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Well, still in the program. I am back at the terminal getting ready for the testing this week. Over a period of 5 weeks out I got to practice backing twice. Hit a pretty low point last night and this morning but got some practice in thanks to the generosity of another coach who was there. I got to do some practice and nailed the 90 and the offset several times as we worked through the afternoon. Tomorrow is more of the same as well as Wednesday with the test looming on Thursday. Very nervous but giving it my all to try to catch up to where I should have already been.

I'll keep you all posted but it's been a very difficult road for me and have had alot to overcome during this time. I'm determined to make this happen and am just taking the moves slow and easy to get through them.

Thank you all for reading and encouraging me. I really appreciate it!

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

TNTrucker73's Comment
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Well, still in the program. I am back at the terminal getting ready for the testing this week. Over a period of 5 weeks out I got to practice backing twice. Hit a pretty low point last night and this morning but got some practice in thanks to the generosity of another coach who was there. I got to do some practice and nailed the 90 and the offset several times as we worked through the afternoon. Tomorrow is more of the same as well as Wednesday with the test looming on Thursday. Very nervous but giving it my all to try to catch up to where I should have already been.

I'll keep you all posted but it's been a very difficult road for me and have had alot to overcome during this time. I'm determined to make this happen and am just taking the moves slow and easy to get through them.

Thank you all for reading and encouraging me. I really appreciate it!

The only advice I wan to give you is to use the VOICE you have.... It seemed you have given this trainer a chance and it hasn't worked out like you planned Don't let this guy ruin your career. Good luck and keep us posted......

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

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