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Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Tough industry

You have little information on what happened in either case and your telling me I'm wrong. I appreciate your experience in the industry, but in my particular situation you are ignorant.

And your video has zero relevance. But thanks for trying.

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Your responding from ignorance, as you have too little information to be making the statement you have.

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30 years in the industry and a rookie who is on his 3rd job in 3 months says I'm the ignorant one.

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Thank you for letting us know right away that you're not interested in learning or improving. You've saved us all a lot of wasted time. We'll move on to someone who appreciates our advice and is willing to listen.

Best of luck.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Tough industry

This is a theme I've heard from many drivers. I'm sure I'll find a fit, and honestly hoped things here were handled much more professionally than they were.

The grass wasn't greener? It is usually not! How do I know this? 7 different companies in 6 years. My advice: All are bad, while all are superior. THERE IS NO PERFECT COMPANY for one reason or another. I can honestly state that I have only been at 2 of my 7 that I thought were too awful for me to stay.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Tough industry

I never said Schneider is no good. WEL on the other hand is run by idiots, and I've heard this from other employees here. Your responding from ignorance, as you have too little information to be making the statement you have. Have a good day and be safe.

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Wish me luck, I guess?

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Two-and-one-half months ago you said:

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For anyone looking to start with a company that values their employees and their safety, Schneider is my recommendation

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Now you've decided they're no good, WEL is no good, and of course the next company won't be either. How do I know? Because you're taking the same approach that has cost countless drivers a pile of money and, for some, a great career.

I did a podcast that you really need to hear. If you can't listen to it, you can read the transcript on this page also:

Why Stick With Your First Company One Full Year

You've left your first and second companies already, and cost yourself a ton of money and grief, so please listen to that before you make any more moves. If you'll heed that advice, you'll make way more money and have a much better time of it out there.

I welcome any questions or opinions you'd like to share about the podcast.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Heat exhaustion

“Pickle juice contains electrolytes in the form of a lot of sodium and some potassium and magnesium. That's why you can use it as a natural electrolyte,” says Skoda. “It can help to rehydrate after exercise.” To get the most benefit, Skoda says to choose a vinegar-based pickle without yellow dye and preservatives.

Grew up drinking pickle juice and eating pickles for hydration.

Good stuff

Dill pickles. No mixing required. I keep one of the economy size gallon jars (Walmart), on the floor next to me. If I feel myself getting even the least bit fatigued, I munch on a pickle. I also drink the juice. This trick is one I learned from reading about professional and college sports training practices. I also keep ice cubes within reach and munch on those. Helps keep me alert and hydrated. Plenty of sleep is essential to maximize the benefit from any form of supplement. Dill pickles are also beneficial to digestion.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Tough industry

I'm three months in as a trucker and am already feeling jaded. Schneider changes their compensation on us without any way to "negotiate" so I decided to leave. Go to WEL Companies, a complete clown show, and they put the CDL holding trainees double bunked in a truck after we signed a contract stating we would be a hotel during training. So, now on to the next one, as the song goes. Wish me luck, I guess?

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Concerned newbie

Some Intermodal drivers with Schneider drive regionally not locally. That's what I'll be doing. And I'm not referring to a day cab. I'm talking about a cab with a sleeper only. No space for seating, counter top or refrigerator. Why I called it a short cab. Maybe it's referred to as a coffin sleeper as another poster mentioned.

I think he's talking about a day cab. Sleeper berths (and all the creature comforts within) are reserved for drivers who don't get to go home every night. A lucky few day cab drivers have their employers spring for hotel rooms if they don't get to go home. That little RV in the back adds to the cost of the truck and subtracts from the mpg of the truck so companies don't usually spring for sleeper berths for local, home daily jobs.

Intermodal drivers generally go home every night and get weekends off. Intermodal is limited to within 150 miles of the port/railhead. How about a nutritious breakfast in the privacy of your own home before you leave for work in the morning and a brown bag lunch?

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Concerned newbie

I've been told we drive for 3 weeks then turn it in. So, extra gear needs to be minimized, for sure.

And thanks everyone for the advice. It's all very much appreciated.

Is that short cab yours to use all the time or are you having to turn it in at the end of the day and then someone else can drive it

Laura

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Concerned newbie

Ok veteran truckers, I and my fellow NTDs need some advice. I've discovered the trucks I'll be driving for Schneider Intermodal are going to be short cabs with no fridge or space for cooking. Is there a particular set of food prep equipment/storage and utensils that would be recommended? Or are there quick and somewhat inexpensive meal choices available at most travel stops? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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New hire training with Schneider

Flew into Chicago Sunday March 27th and started Schneider Inter modal training Monday. Training days are 7:30 - 16:30 every day. Of course we learned about the Schneider company and their Safety first culture. We were also introduced to prep trip and TIV inspections, coupling/decoupling, and brake checks. ELD and paper logging was discussed and we received our fuel cards. There was a considerable amount of CBT as well as a day on the truck for a briefing on inspections and coupling/decoupling, etc. The week ended with a very detailed safety brief that reinforced Schneider's core value.

For anyone looking to start with a company that values their employees and their safety, Schneider is my recommendation. I have two more weeks f training. A week of yard training with some road work, then a final week transporting loads with a trainer. More to come next week.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Preparing for CDL school. Need advice.

Sounds like you found a great opportunity there. Wish you the best, and I think a lot of your anxiety will be relieved once you pass your CDL exam and are fully licensed. At least it was for me.

Thanks for that! To clarify, its 48 hours all behind the wheel at CDL school and 6 weeks with a trainer with my company for OTR. I will be hauling reefer midwest.

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I am probably psyching myself out

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That's probably the case. Sounds like you're well prepared for this. Starting out isn't nearly as hard as it seems. The danger comes when you become too relaxed behind the wheel.

I'm more than a little concerned about only getting 48 hours of training. Hopefully your company will provide additional training before turning you loose.

Don't let the anxiety get to you. Remember that oodles of people do this every day. You've got this. Good luck.

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