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Rainy D.'s Comment
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Training is hard and very frustrating for both student and trainer. Him making comments comparing you is not right. Him not letting you back is not right.

If you want to change trainers call Brooke Mosley and discuss it. She will help you. Explain you need a trainer who will allow more backing practice cause you are getting none. I'm guessing since he told you to take your stuff that you are not coming back. I left my key with the trainer on home time but kept stuff on the truck.

Keep in.mind that this is going to be hard no matter who you train with. You will feel.incompetent when you go solo no matter what. You won't master backing until about six.months of driving. You don't make it sound as though he is terrible and unbearable. My trainer insisted I wake her at customers and truck stops. She also allowed me almost no backing.

I asked my FM for easy loads at first so I could practice backing in empty truck stops during the day.

Hang in there.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Kanelin's Comment
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Adam, your story sounds similar to mine. Every time I tried to back the truck he would stand outside and yell directions at me. Then he would get frustrated and do it himself. I was never confident at truck stops or shippers/receivers and would ask him where to go. And I would get yelled at about that. One time he woke me up for my turn driving and got Nad because I didn't just know how to get out of the truck stop we were in. He used to wake up in the morning while I was driving and slam all the cabinet doors several times. And I mean SLAM them.

Somehow I made it through and have been solo for a little over 3 months. Funny thing is, I felt, from that first time out of outbound, so much more relaxed. There was no angry trainer waiting for me to make a,mistake. And I have made plenty! Heck, tonight it took me 15 minutes to straight back into a wide open spot at a truck stop. But I did it, even with a bunch of guys laughing at me. I got out of the truckids, went out in front of it, and took a big bow! A couple of the guys applauded.

My point is that this profession has a very steep learning curve, and it can be very frustrating. Take Rainy's advice and call Brooke. You'll get another trainer and finish up your miles. And, no matter what anybody says, if you get the truck in the hole and don't hit anything it's a good back!

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

The Transporter's Comment
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Oh boy. Looking forward to all of this. Did my DOT physical today and taking CDL permit exam in a couple of days. I should be at Prime within the month. Pretty sure I can handle this. I've been to Hell and back and don't mind the view from here. Gotta say its really kewl for those who have been there to encourage those that start to lose their way. The world is a better place.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Adam B.'s Comment
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Thanks for the advice everyone. :) I think I will request a new trainer.

Adam B.'s Comment
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My request for a new trainer got denied. Got told by my FM to stick it out. Said he's not sure getting a new trainer will fix anything.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Robert G.'s Comment
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Wow this site is incredible and all it claims to be, thank you Brett and everyone else whom participates here. Just want to thank Rainy and Old School, Trucker Mike...for your posts. They've been very informative and relieving to me as someone considering a career as a truck driver. I'm in San Antonio Texas and have heard good things about Prime from a neighbor whom drives a truck. I've been reading about them and several other companies on this site in order to make a more informed decision about which company to choose, as well as whether or not I will be a asset to the trade or not, thanks again.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

William H.'s Comment
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My request for a new trainer got denied. Got told by my FM to stick it out. Said he's not sure getting a new trainer will fix anything.

That is very unfortunate. Get in contact with someone higher up. Calmly explain your situation and I wish you the best.

When I went through Prime's training, my trainer would let me decide if I wanted to back at first. Most of the time he would stand outside and observe and help me out if I got into a situation he felt I needed help with.

The best advice is that backing will and does take practice.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Rainy D.'s Comment
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Your FM denied it for one reason only...he probably doesn't have an available trainer on his board..and the FMs get bonuses for the students. If you went to another FM he'd lose $

Call Brooke Mosley. She is the Training Specialist as well as the "Female driver liaison". For any women reading this..she can help women drivers with their needs other than training.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Adam B.'s Comment
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Your FM denied it for one reason only...he probably doesn't have an available trainer on his board..and the FMs get bonuses for the students. If you went to another FM he'd lose $

Call Brooke Mosley. She is the Training Specialist as well as the "Female driver liaison". For any women reading this..she can help women drivers with their needs other than training.

My FM commented that my trainer has trained 50 something people (this is actually true, he has) and that the reason I haven't done backing is my trainer probably doesn't think I'm ready for it.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Rainy D.'s Comment
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Every trainee is different. So what if he had 50, this ONE is not being allowed to back.

This would be tom long by any chance?

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