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    Jacksonville, FL

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    Company Driver In Training

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    6 years, 9 months ago

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Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Update On My Training

Am I the only weird person who can sleep ( and I prefer to sleep) when the truck is moving ?? I like the movement of the truck, its a free back massage....I like the engine sound, it lulls me to sleep. What I don't like is when TSB has the CB AND the radio on...who the heck can listen to them bothwtf-2.gif

No, you're not. My trainer is sawing logs (loudly) within moments of turning in, moving or sitting still. He keeps telling me I'll adjust to it. I just hope it's sooner rather than later.

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Update On My Training

Brett, my trainer is awesome. He doesn't yell much, just talks loud! But, seriously, we get along great and, as a bonus, he lives in Jacksonville too!

And, thanks Ms. RedGator. I'm hoping to tough it out and get over it ASAP because team driving is definitely in my future...at least as long as I'm with Covenant.

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Update On My Training

This will be quick and dirty, because I’m kinda tired right now.

I reported to Covenant in Chattanooga on April 22 for orientation, and by April 26, I was in a truck with a trainer. Been OTR for the last 3 weeks and I’m at home right now for a little R & R. In that time I’ve traveled approximately 12,000 miles and been places I’ve never been before: Phoenix, Albuquerque, L.A., Long Beach, Kansas City, San Antonio. I was all up and down “tornado alley” a week before the devastating storms hit Oklahoma.

Except for fueling and showers, my trainer avoids truck stops, preferring to park in shopping centers where there are restaurants and 24 hr. stores like Walmart where restrooms are handy. We average 1 meal a day, sustaining ourselves the rest of the time with munchies like trail mix, dried fruit and nuts.

I drive mostly at night and sleeping during the day in a moving truck has proven to be more difficult than I anticipated. As a result, I drive tired quite a bit and I usually start to fade after about 7 hours, requiring a pull-over and power nap. This has been my most difficult challenge to overcome thus far and something I must figure out for myself if I’m going to make it in this industry.

Well, that’s the Cliff Notes version. I’ll try to be more informative and interesting in the future!

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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Schneider National

I am here, my CPU doesn't like this new forum.

If you have any questions about Schneider feel free to ask. SNI does have the Home Run Program, out 14 home 7. But it is slip seat like the other poster said. They also have a variety of PODS with different days out and home. You can basically pick what you want.

Good to see a post from ya, Jake! Do you still converse with MD64?

Schneider was a top consideration. They had my dream job...hazmat tanker team open to recent CDL grads. Problem - I live 50 miles outside the hiring area and they would make no exceptions, even though I already have all the necessary endorsements. So they offered a solo gig out of JAX, but it just didn't fit my current want list. Schneider is a definite possibility for the future, though. They have a big oil fields division in TX that may be a good fit once I get a year OTR. We'll see.

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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Schneider National

I may be mistaken..but any company that does a 20 out/10 home will be a "slip seat" situation.

Definitely something to inquire about when considering the more exotic driving scheds, but I knew a guy over in Hawthorne who ran a 14/7 for Roehl. He got to take his truck home with him.

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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Schneider National

Yes,

I talked with Covenant , plus their recruiter had come out to our school... I did put paperwork in with them, they seemed like a good outfit from what I could tell. The 3 weeks out was the turnoff for me IF I could find something else, and I did with Schneider. Im ok with going solo but it was important to get home as often as I could to start. Talked with a recruiter yesterday and he told me about a company that was hiring teams, 20 days out and 10 days home. He didnt mention a name but based on the orientation cities I think it was Heartland Express. I could def work with that schedule!

Only problem is, Heartland requires 1 yr. OTR experience. They don't hire recent grads...at least not here. Roehl runs some schedules like that, but they still aren't hiring out of FL for the time being. They do from time to time, however, and they hire new grads.

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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Hope I didn't shoot myself in the foot...

You should be good. I had more than one solid offer when I made my selection. When I politely and promptly informed the others of my decision, they all asked me to keep them in mind in case things didn't work out where I was going.

I think you will find that prompt notification and an indication of your continued interest will yield positive results.

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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Schneider National

I agree, there are advantages to team, for sure. I would not mind it. Im keeping my options open for the next couple of weeks and then will make my move. Yes, the Schneider job out of jax is prob the one you looked at as well. Who are you looking at to go with team wise, and how is their sometime?

Covenant Transport. Catch a dog out of JAX @ 6:50 Sunday morning, arrive in Chattanooga, TN @ 7:35 p.m. I am told it runs 3 weeks out, 3 days home (1 day off for every 7 days out). Reckon I'll find out soon enough how long the recruiter's nose is!

What's this 20/10 you mentioned?

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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Schneider National

I can totally relate! I have a degree and many many years in the tech field and zilch! Have now gotten a few offers after getting my CDL Class A in Feb. I have been pre-approved and ready to go to Schneider as soon as I am ready. Will be doing orientation in Atlanta. Its for a solo seat. Those companies doing 20/10 off are appealing, im looking into those before i finally pull the trigger...

Good luck!

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Hey, glad to know I'm not the lone stranger!

Schneider didn't feel quite right for me at this time, even though I consider them top shelf. (You probably applied for the same job as I)

Decided I wanted to drive team my first year...keep the wheels rollin' instead of sitting alone in my sleeper berth at truck stop after truck stop feeling sorry for myself (lol)!

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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I've seen so many truckers that have served our country that its time I give them their "props"

Well, my time in service ended more than ten, more than twenty, heck, more than THIRTY years ago; too long ago to be recognized as for any value on most job apps! Tell you what though, I'll be reaching back and leaning heavily on my experience as a submarine sailor to get me through living in a truck! That will still be of GREAT value to me!

Thanks for the thanks, Starcar!

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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Rookie mistake

Yes, you were lucky, but there's an old saying: "I'd rather be lucky than good." Why? Because nobody, rookie or seasoned professional, is so good they never make a mistake. The trick is not to keep making the same mistake and keep learning! (I know. Easy for me to say!)

Okay, so you started your new "adventure" the week of February 4, as I recall. Have you been back home yet? And, how do you like team driving?

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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Final Decision

Covenant Transport wins the booby prize (me)!

I'll be riding the dog next weekend to Chattanooga, TN, and probably won't see home again for at least 7 weeks. Pray if you got 'em. I know I will.

Seriously though, I feel very confident about this choice...seems to be a very good fit.

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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Schneider National

That's just the problem, Brett; I've already developed a "grand scheme", and it's clouding my judgement. If these three companies could be fused together into one, it would be my 'Stairway to Heaven', but nothing is that perfect or easy.

Being a long term planner is a curse!

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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Schneider National

I now have a conditional job offer from Schneider pending the outcome of a new DOT physical and drug screen.

With three serious job offers on my plate, I have a tough decision to make. The three put together encompass everything I want; individually, each has a con or two.

Quite a change in fortune from 8 short weeks ago, however!!

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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Backing to within the 18inch stop area-test tomorrow-help

Guy will probably chime in later, but I'll take a crack at it.

The only drill where we had to stop like that was the alley dock. There were hash marks on the pad leading to the cones that formed the alley. We stopped with our rear drive tires between the fourth and fifth hash mark out from the drivers side front cone. The rear trailer bumper would be square over the middle of that 18" box every time.

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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Schneider National

Hamrhed...do you want to know the Sad thing about your whole scenario ??? You have all that education that no one wants.....and now your going into an industry....that the Government has called "UNSKILLED LABOR"...wtf.gifwtf-2.gif

And don't you know I was thinking about that the whole time I was sweating the skills test! Like, what kind of moron flunks a skills test for a job designated as unskilled labor?! I know it's probably happened to better people, but fortunately Providence spared me that humiliation!

And, thanks Jhill. Interestingly enough, I just had a call from another carrier wanting to do a future "formal" phone interview. Guess it isn't that unique after all.

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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Schneider National

Do you know what I find totally weird and awesome at the same time? I have a bachelor's degree in finance, an A.S. in paralegal studies specializing in probate law, 27 years experience in the banking industry, and nobody gives a @#$%.

Now, I get this CDL-A with a hazmat endorsement and my phone won't quit ringing!

I have to say, I'm astounded!!!

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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Schneider National

There were a couple of guys who drive for Schneider who posted regularly on the old forum, and I haven't seen anything from them since we switched. MD64 and JakeCat, where are you???

Anyone else here drive for Schneider? They just called and want to do a telephone interview with me on Thursday. I want to know if anyone has been through that with a trucking company before?

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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HAZMAT Practice Exam

Yep. That's the one I'm signed on with. I visited the campus, talked with instructors, students and other staff. Toured the facility and checked out the equipment. They made it too easy for me to decide. They even did all of my VA paperwork and filed it for me.

It's roughly a 4 hour drive, mostly interstate so not too bad at all. Right now my plans are to stay at NAS Jax Sunday through Friday and come home on the weekends as long as there is no instruction scheduled.

There's a private school (TDI) much closer, in Milton, but I felt the program at Florida Tech was way superior so to me the drive is worth it.

Glad to have met someone on Trucking Truth from my area (well, sort of).

You graduated already, yes? I start May 6th.

Gotten any good offers yet?

Graduated Apr. 5, and I have four hot irons in the fire, currently. I'm actually having difficulty selecting, which is a welcome switch!

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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HAZMAT Practice Exam

Oh, wow! I just read your profile! You're coming here, too? All the way from PCB?

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