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    Hayden, ID

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    Company Driver In Training

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    7 years ago

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Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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I got fired, now what do I do?

My accidents weren't speed related. One I jumped the king pin and put a hole in the refer unit. The other I clipped a truck's front end because it was too dark to see it in my convex mirror. The other one the brakes weren't set and it rolled into a parked vehicle. Brian may be right. Trucking isn't right for everyone and that's the question I'm asking myself now. I put so much into it. I would hate to think it was all for nothing.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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I got fired, now what do I do?

I've been OTR for a little over five months and had three very minor accidents in parking lots. I now lost my job and wondering how bad are my chances of getting hired again.

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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Is long-haul driving health a serious issue?

I keep a small cooler in my truck and keep fresh vegetables and fruit to snack on while driving. I also take advantage of the soup and salad bars at some truck stops. There are ways to eat healthy on the road if you have the discipline.

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Minnesota State Patrol searching for semi that nearly hit girl waiting for school bus

Since I started driving I've noticed a lot of bad habits being done by other truckers. They make it hard for all of those who work hard at being safe and take pride in their work. This idiot has only reinforced people's negative opinon of truck drivers.

The guy was not paying attention. He was likely out on some highway in the middle of nowhere and was not expecting a bus to stop in the lane like that. He may have been talking on the phone or doing any number of things. Then he sees this at the last second so he swerves to the right,not thinking about the chance of hitting anyone on the shoulder.

Then after he makes it by he realizes that he is going to be fired and maybe end up in jail. So that is why he kept going. Yes that is a terrible thing to do, but it is not at all that unbelievable really.

I am not familiar with the exact rules involving school buses except that you stop when they got those lights going. Why though did the bus not pull over onto the shoulder itself instead of stopping in the middle of the highway? Sooner or later something like this is going to happen and someone will get killed.

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Terminals are "Black Holes"

I haven't seen much mentioned on this topic so I'll add my two cents. All large companies have terminals throughout the country. As most of you know they are there for repairs, training, and other safety issues. What I didn't realize was that once you get into a terminal it can be hard to get out. You are now caught in the vortex of beauracracy. Things can take a long time to get the problem solved not matter what it is. Example: My trainer and I came into a terminal to get our windshield replaced because it had a couple cracks in it. On the windshield were the toll passes for a couple states. We needed to get new passes since they couldn't be taken off the bad windshield. The windshield was replaced rather soon. The toll passes have yet to arrive even though we asked for them early Tuesday morning and we're still here waiting for them.

These sorts of things happen with repairs all the time. Drivers can wait days to get stuff done on their trucks. This isn't a complaint, just a reality of being in trucking. You have to have lots of patience when working for a large company.

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Did I get my trainer fired?

Thanks for easing my mind on this issue. I went in yesterday to the safety office and make out my report. Ball's in their court now. It's just sad that things had to turn out like they did. Ya'll be safe out there.

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Did I get my trainer fired?

I just got hired in two weeks ago and up untill now have been out on the road with my trainer. He was doing a lot of strange things that I thought were wrong so I called my student driver manager and he said I had to come off the truck now and file a report of what's been going on. I didn't dare mention this to my trainer after we arrived at the terminal. So he was very confused when I told him I was being taken off the truck. I don't want the guy to lose his job but he shouldn't be a trainer with some of the stuff he was pulling.

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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The booby surprise goes to......

Damn Guyjax. I just finished my orientation with Werner and will leave with my trainer tomorrow. Does this stuff happen often in this company? I'm still of the impression that Werner is a good company to work for. Any other advise you could give me about Werner would also be helpful. See you out there.

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Staying in shape

I can't say that I'm an experienced driver but this issue is one that I also have thought about. My plan is to develop an exercise routine that I can do in or around the truck. A small set of weights to work on each night, jump rope, and even going for a short run. There are all kinds of exercieses one can do in a small space. You can always do your workout after you shutdown for the day or before you head out. This may sound strange but check out prison workout routines on the net. You would be surprised at how creative these guys are at developing a workout that keeps them in top shape while living in a 6x9 cell. I hope this helps.

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Paying for your bond?

This weekend I'm leaving home to go to Denver and begin my training with Werner. In the pre-orientation paperwork they had me agree to a deduction of my pay for a $400 bond. What is that and is that normal in this industry? Any Werner drivers out there that can explain this to me? I don't mind paying for the bond since it sounds like I could get the money back and I have a good feeling about this company. All thoughts welcome

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Sage Truck Driving School

That's awestome Tracy!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!! I'm sure you're going to find the right fit for what you want to do. Now that school is over it's easier to slow down and take it all in. Next week I leave for Denver to begin my training with Werner. I'm going to stick with the training as long as I can. The more the better. See you out there.

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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What companies hire with no experience and didnt go to a roadmaster or other driving schools

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I know about 7 people that have went to roadmaster and few other schools and they all said that the only thing they teach you how to shift, back up, and parallel park, and of course the pre-trip

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I can tell you this much that's what most schools do. The school I went to cane right out and said the first day "we are here to help you get your license. Everything else you will learn on the job". I think they do this for two reasons. First is there is just way too much about the industry for then to possibly cover in the short amount of time they get. Second is to let the companies teach their employees how they like things done and how it should be done. I.e. strapping loads, sliding tandoms, etc. They just want to give you the basics to get started. Hope this helps

Ditto with what Heavy C said. My school was the same way and the companies that hired us knew we didn't know everything about the industry. That being said, they will give you what you need to get started. The rest is up to what the company wants you to do.

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Oil Fields, Real Trucking?????

Thanks for your comments guys. That confirms what I've been thinking. You really have to do your homework when considering this as a career. There's a whole lot more to being a truck driver than just driving. For every "plus" there's going to be a "minus". It's important to know what they are.

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Oil Fields, Real Trucking?????

While I was at school a recruiter came to speak with our class and I was very surprised to learn that companies don't recognize driving in the oil fields as having real truck driving experience. In fact she went on to say that if you come out of the oil fields you will most likely be sent back to a trucking school for a refresher course. This was a shock to many of the other students since they were planning on starting their driving career in the oil fields. Is this true or was it just that one company's policy?

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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Companies with good training?

Thanks for the input. At this point I pretty much narrowed down my search and I'll be going with Werner. I do hear good things about their program. The equipment is also fairly new and they have continuous training after you go solo just to keep you sharp. Some time in the middle of May I'll be heading down to Denver to begin my new life. Thanks again everyone. I'll stay in touch.

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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Sage Truck Driving School

Hey Tracy, I'm glad to hear that you're coming back and finishing up. If trucking is your dream then you should never give up on that. You'll do fine. Best of luck to you. See ya on the road.

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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Companies with good training?

I just finished my training with Sage trucking school. I passed my exam for the CDL and now am looking for a place of employment. The number one issue for me right now is to get good solid training before going solo. I'm not too worried about the money since I know I won't make a whole lot my first year. That's to be expected. I want to be a safe and efficient driver and that comes with good training. Any suggestions would be helpful. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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Live Truly On The Road

good-luck.gifnullgood-luck.gifgood-luck.gifgood-luck.gifgood-luck.gif Hey Wilbert, sounds like you have the same idea as I do. I just got my CDL this week and am now looking for a company to work for. One thing I did learn was that living in your truck is easier if you're with a company that lets you keep it. Some companies always want you to return to a certain location or terminal. Also I found that if you are away from the truck for more than seven days (in most cases) you have to turn the truck into the company and when you come back you will get a new truck. That means you'll have to take all your personal effects out of the truck while you're away. So if you want to keep the truck you have don't take long vacations. Other than that it is a great way to save money and get lots of good experience OTR. Good luck to you.

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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Sage on the horizon!!!!!!

Well, after many hours in the classroom, doing pre-trips, backing over many cones, and scaring everyone on the streets of Post Falls ID, I finally have arrived and got my CDL. There is so much more to learning to drive a truck than shifting gears and backing. Watching your space around you all the time, knowing what all the road signs say, and not running over anything when turning a corner are a few important things to know. Will I be able to stop this truck if the light changes too fast on me? In the end I learned that this career has a lot of mental stress that a lot of people aren't aware of. I discovered this after driving only four hours with a fifteen minute break. I'm sure I'll get better in time but there will be more daunting challenges in the future. The people at Sage trucking school are some of the best and I am grateful for all they have done for me over the past five weeks. One of the best benefits of this place is that they will help me find a job for as long as I'm in the trucking industry. In the future I hope to meet some of you out there on the road. I'll let you know how things develop.

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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Sage Truck Driving School

Hi Tracy I'm glad to see you're still on this site. I want to pass on that I took my test this past Saturday and passed. I feel on top of the world right now. Like you, I have a lot of problems with the backing. The examiner gave me some real good pointers on backing before I started. It helped a lot. This past week I almost gave up in frustration but decided that if I failed I will fail at the end and not by quitting. Also one of the instructors said that if I would have quit he would have kicked my a@@. For new drivers the five week course at Sage is much better than the four week course. One needs more time to practice. I did find the backing range a little tight and cluttered. I hope you continue to pursue your dream. We'll be waiting for you out there.

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