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New to trucking industry.

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Posted:  6 years ago

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Training complete...my own truck now.

Im so excited for you! Good Luck. If you need anything let me know:)

Thank you Red I had to come to the forum to see who you are before I called :) And thanks to all the well wishers - it's been quite a journey. Some I would take back but, I will say I learned from all of it. I'm on my home time now and enjoying this while it lasts. There's a lot to be said about trucking and it's not as easy as everyone would like to think BUT I have had some fabulous times on the road....Washington state I had some down time due to a customer being closed over the weekend and having a delivery on Monday....so, I spent the weekend in Seattle/Tacoma area - rented a cheap car and went hiking, out to eat, to the beach, to the Space Needle and so on - just fell in love with Washington state so I'm looking forward to seeing much more of the USA and exploring every chance I have.

I can't understand why so many people sit in their trucks all day ... but, I'm not judging because I don't want them crowding up all the hiking trails either, lol.

Roadkill - thanks and I will Oldschool - thanks to you too

Starcar - I did use the method in front of my trainers and they really didn't say anything - I was always complimented on my backing ability though :) backing is where I'm least confident and both my trainers seemed to sincerely believe I did a mighty fine job of it. The first trainer, despite the negatives outweighing the positives, did know how to operate a truck like a pro so I learned a lot from her just by observing how she maneuvered the machine. My second trainer was just as good but I did most of the backing by the time I was with her. Thanks for the advice - it's funny because you think of the old man who taught you but, I think of the trucking forum gal who taught me that little trick :)

Thanks so much to everyone for being here from the beginning!!

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Training complete...my own truck now.

It's been a long two months in training. Very long. I had one bad trainer - will not go into details about that one and, one great trainer who taught me the ropes well. I feel confident and ready to go solo. I'm sure I'll make mistakes along the way but I will try my best not to make many of them :)

I can't remember who gave me the advice about backing with my hands on the bottom of the wheel to avoid over steering but I use that everyday and, it works for me so THANK YOU!!! :) I hope to be on the forum more now that my training is complete - team driving was hard because sleeping while the truck is rolling (bouncing like I was on the back of a horse) is next to impossible for me so, I slept any opportunity I had.

Kathy...thanks for keeping in touch and can't wait to meet you when we cross paths :)

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Anyone have a good truckers map site?? Mapquest is for cars so - I'm sure there's one for semis...right??

I'd like to find a interactive map similar to mapquest that's focused on semi trucking routes. Is there a popular site that drivers use frequently? I would appreciate a good site :)

I've been in training a few weeks now - slid backward down a mountain in Colorado and my trainer jack knifed while sliding backward...I was behind the semi trying to get traffic to move for us when the truck started sliding backward (ice) so, I had to run! Very scary and interesting 2nd day on the job also, the interstate was shut down so we were stranded for a few days. Talk about testing one's new career choice.

In the last few weeks I've been to so many states I can't even keep up - I'm just glad I brought multi weather clothing. I'm impressed with the showers in the truck stops (at least Pilot, Flying J and Loves) which are very clean and really a nice shower which was a concern for me.

My backing up still leaves much to be desired but I have a trainer whose been in the business for 20 years so I'm learning from someone who really knows what she's doing. Things are okay at this point and I'm keeping my eye on the prize so, these little trials are learning experiences. I have already chained tires, driven in snow, ice, rain, mountains, valleys, city, back roads and interstates. Backed into docks, truck stop spots, rest areas (parallel) and watched many others have the same trials as myself so it's been an amazing few weeks.

For the most part everyone is very friendly out here. Sleeping in the top bunk is kind of a bummer - again, keeping my eye on the prize (my own truck). :)

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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MVR Question

Thanks for the info, always good to know what's out there so I'll give it a try.

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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MVR Question

Oh and instead of paying high prices ya can get ur mvr up to 3 yrs free with hire right.com they will give ya ur mvr dac and arrest record at no cost,just watch BC they were under a lawsuit for showing some criteria such as equited cases

Out of curiosity I went to the hire right site to see what information they provided however, it wouldn't allow me to sign up without using a company email address. Have you signed up and received info from this site? If yes, then how did you go about it?

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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CDL Training Experience :(

Wow Kgal, so sorry that things went so wrong on so many levels for you. Kudos to you for keeping your cool and making it through, says a lot about what a strong woman you are! Good Luck with everything and I really hope that I run into (not literally) at a truck stop some day!

Your comment made me laugh "not literally run into me"! Yeah, I look forward to meeting you on the road too. And I guess it does say something about me however, to be totally honest it really says what I already know - I'm not spending that kind of money and walking away empty handed, lol. I wanted my CDL license.

Success! :)

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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Frustrated

Kathy I can tell because I'm the same way. Planners or, I prefer survivalist. We've gotta do what we've gotta do to get it done according to our ideal so we feel safer.

The room mate idea is a good one. I thought about it but I like having my house to myself so, maybe down the road. But, if you don't mind having a room mate that's a real good idea so you don't have to move all your stuff and you have a comfy bed for your days off.

Maybe your room mate would dog sit too if you gave them a little break on the rent? It's so hard to find a pet a good home. Better think hard about putting your two weeks in until you have all these details outlined. A lot less stressfull for you if you plan accordingly. And, even then you'll be stressed just because it's somehow written in the stars that way.

You will pass the CDL school. Especially if you have a friend who will let you practice driving in a semi but, even without. The most difficult part is memorization but if you get ahead of the game and start studying you'll have that aced. I was where you are now and it is very stressfull but, once you know you have a job with a decent company (at least one people say is decent) then the stress eases tremendously.

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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OK....here by popular demand** WHAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST ???????

Ok, good to know because you need a better bucket list for sure smile.gif

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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OK....here by popular demand** WHAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST ???????

Holy cow Kathy I sure hope you get your bucket list is fulfilled!! smile.gif

Well I'd like to see ancient and new wonders of the world, as many as possible, I'll eat nuts and berries so I can afford some cool trips.

Freefall skydiving

Go on a month long backpack trip in some exotic location yet to be determined but, Czech Republic, New Zealand or Ireland would be cool :)

Kayak yellowstone, clackamas, Rio Grande and upper Gauley rivers.

Thank goodness I'm still young dancing.gif

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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Frustrated

I will, I just don't want them to not take me seriously. Leaving from home for that far away and for that long takes some major planning! Thanks CR!!!

Yes, it really does when you're solo. I'm fortunate to have a mom who loves my dog. Would your family help you with your dog? Also, the things I lined out were a PO Box for mail to go to, change all your bills to paperless so they come to your email (at least the ones that offer this). Call everyone who sends mail and change your address with them. And someone to house sit was a huge issue because nobody wants to stay away from their own home. I had an alarm system installed, I have friends who stay at my place periodically plus all my neighbors are really aware of what goes on around our here. Ask people you trust to help you. You'll be surprised how many are willing to help out until you get your new "system" figured out.

If you haven't given your two weeks then don't stress. Once that's done you'll feel the heat big time so make sure you're ready before you do. :)

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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Some new questions

There is no fifth wheel lock some do pull ur fifth wheel although very uncommon BC they are mad at ya they hear of old schoolers doin this back in the day so like any lil kid they want to be like daddy so to speak.

Now crazy stuff cars do well I witnessed what a breast pump does at 65 MPH, Companies give ya fuel stops and a Rte but do learn how to read an atlas ,low bridges are everywhere and do a pre trip everyday or before starting ur clock,I have to stop there my tablet is low on bat.and acts like a fool when charging.

Too funny now that is multi tasking - got to feed the baby! I guess it would be in any truck drivers best interest to check that fifth wheel everytime you get out. Has anyone seen or experienced someone releasing a fifth wheel for spite?

I don't think I would be comfortable going into Mexico. Not with the stories I've read about lately.

GA Rookie you're the one going to crete on the 19th or was that someone else?

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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The last step is always the hardest. Any advice?

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Gods, BRETT......would ya PLEASE get an EDIT button on here ???? I'm getting afraid to type....and yes, I know I should read before submitting....And I should also make sure what I'm aiming at when someone breaks into my house...but its just so much fun to keep pulling the trigger til I run out of shells !!!!!!!!!!

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I second that...and edit button is a good idea.

I meant "an"

^^^^ exactly what I mean - can't fix it lol ^^^^

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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The last step is always the hardest. Any advice?

Gods, BRETT......would ya PLEASE get an EDIT button on here ???? I'm getting afraid to type....and yes, I know I should read before submitting....And I should also make sure what I'm aiming at when someone breaks into my house...but its just so much fun to keep pulling the trigger til I run out of shells !!!!!!!!!!

I second that...and edit button is a good idea.

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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The lonely times for women truck drivers

smile.gif Well Engineer you've had quite an interesting career path. The airforce was something I contemplated once too but, took a different path. It seems like you've done a good job raising two engineering men too. Kudos. I know there's nothing more precious to a mom than her sons or, kids in general. I too have two sons (both grown and doing well).

Oh and I would like to have a white night on a horse - it's just that I end up with a horse full of bull instead, giggle. So, I'll go off and drive that steel horse solo (yep stole it from BonJovi). It'll be an interesting time for sure. And afer reading the posts from the ladies who are already driving I think it's going to be an interesting career for certain.

Now there's an interesting topic Star. What is on your ladies bucket lists? That'll be fun to see if there are any similar interests amongst us - who knows where that could lead? So, do tell please :)

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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Some new questions

Why the heck would ANYONE pull a fifth wheel pin on another persons rig? What would be the point? Is this considered a funny thing in the industry? It doesn't seem a bit funny to me. Also, aren't there fifth wheel locks which would make this impossible? I thought I heard someone mention a lock? I know there's a king pin lock because I'm supposed to buy one so, am I getting my info mixed up?

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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Guy dropped a trailer

Yikes. Share your notes please. I'm curious what mistakes this guy made.

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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CDL Training Experience :(

Oh My God!!!

I would love to say that's unbelievable. I'd love to say I've never heard of such treatment and a total lack of professionalism. But sadly, this is far more common that anyone would care to admit. In fact, it was only two days ago I received a private email from a former student at a company-sponsored program who went out on the road with a trainer that would not only scream and cuss at him constantly, but was even pulling on his ears and slapping him in the back of the head while he was driving.

I'm gonna send you a private message later this morning. I want to ask you a couple things.

Wow, I figured it must be common to some degree for him to believe his behaviour was humorous. If he had ever laid a hand on anyone I truly think things would have gone to another level - I don't think the men in my class would have tolerated anything physical. We had a very hard time dealing with the verbal. I would have called authorities if I were physically "reprimanded" by a trainer. Crazy. There were some people, who I never met, from prior classes that were said to find his behaviour funny. Again, I never met those people but the men I went to school with were decent, hard working family men for the most part and, we definitely did not find any humor in the radical training method. I'm not prone to drama. I am prone to a sensible methodology and it's never sensible to treat others, especially who are paying your salary, in such a manner.

With that said, and on a positive not, I did attain my CDL although I had to fight to get the training I needed to get it and, I think I'm going to enjoy exploring the country so I'm excited to move on to the next chapter. That one was bad but it stilled opened the doors I'm getting ready to step through. They say "it takes five positives to neutralize one negative" so, I'm on number two - three more to go and the experience will be forgotten. :)

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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The lonely times for women truck drivers

Kathy - falling for someone doesn't mean your not strong. Being heartbroken doesn't mean you're not strong either. It means you're going through a rough patch. I was such a whiner for a long while after my split so, let yourself know it's normal and you're not expected to live up to anyone's standard except your own. There's not a limit on how long it takes for a broken heart to heal. This I learned through a ton of reading, therapy and talking with people who had went through a similar breakup. It hurts like hell sometimes but it will go away - unfortunately there's no specific time frame. I found being social to be the best cure. Also, hiking, biking or any kind of exercise will help. I know that sounds silly but I promise it's true. I think taking care of yourself is really instrumental in healing.

Pebbles - it sounds like you're going through some similar emotions. You should join an activity group with people who have kids. There are a ton of them if you go to: meetup.com and search for things that interest you and get involved. I started going to meetups for hiking, kayaking, etc. and it was a blessing to get the socialization. Not to mention you'll meet new friends. The hardest part is just doing it. But, it get's easier each time you go and you realize there's many people who are looking for similar things as you. The worst thing is staying home alone all the time - I found that to be torture at times. And, once you're driving a semi you'll have new experiences to keep you occupied. Oh, and there's tons of dating sites - I'm willing to bet there's some for single parents. You could alays have a "play date" with the kids? Just an idea. How old are your kids?

I'm not sure how old you are Pebbles but, without mentioning my age I'll just say my eldest son is 28 years old and dating now is so drastically different then dating when I was in my 20's. You understand Kathy because we didn't have the internet back then, lol. The dating scene is very sterile and routine nowadays. Maybe I'm just not into it because it seems like it's just not that fun. I enjoy going out with girlfriends and doing things through the meetup groups and those keep me busy. This weekend I went to a dinner/theater where the audience participated in the play - I was the Queen of Hearts, lol. It was fun.

Anyway ladies my weekend has been consumed with HazMat studying so I've mostly stayed home and I've been checking the forums and posting randomly. I appreciate everyones openness by sharing your lives with us and I hope one day we meet on the road. That would be cool. Pebbles when are you going to CDL school?

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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Birth Certificates...?

As I skim through some of the hiring requirements I am seeing same/similar lists like 10 year address history, 10 year work history, etc, etc. I am also seeing that a lot of document lists include "State Certified Birth Certificate."

I was born in the Ukraine and family came to the U.S. when I was 3. I do not have my birth certificate and neither do my parents. I have a U.S. passport and my social security card. Will I really be required to get my birth certificate?

If you have a passport, drivers license and social security care you should be fine. If they say that a BC is required let them know your situation and all the documentation you have. As long as you're legal to work in N America then you should be fine.

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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CDL Training Experience :(

When I decided to make the life altering choice to drive a semi I put a lot of thought and planning into it. I was working two jobs (1 full, 1 part time) so, I had very little free time to do anything more then research schools, financially plan and get prepared. My two weeks notices, finances, house/animal sitter and make sure I had all I needed to get started on the the new journey. Because of the school I chose I also needed to find a place to rent, for the duration of school, that was economical. I spent the majority of my free time doing all the necessary planning so, I was not able to do much studying regarding my CDL training.

I chose the school I did for a few reasons some of which were how professional they were on the telephone, the information provided on their website and the cost. I had never been to the school before the day I started training - it's 5 hours away from where I live. Anyway, what I wanted to share was my experiences there.

Not only was it my experience but the experience of all the trainees in my class. I wondered at the time, and even now, if it was a normal/typical experience of CDL training school. And, I'm not going to be able to get into any lengthy examples or stories because it would take up too much time, and I just want to share what really became an issue for everyone I was in class with - some more than others (7 out of 9 to be exact).

From our first day in the yard until the day we graduated we were screamed at and, I don't mean yelled at - I literally mean screaming. He would jump into the drivers window and scream at the driver who had made an error backing up, who hit a cone, who couldn't figure something out right away, etc. He didn't seem to understand that we were clueless and literally had no idea what we were doing. He would ask (while screaming) someone repetively "why did you do that?" to which they would usually answer "I don't know" because we didn't. That's why we were there!

I almost quit the second week when the trainer jumped in the cab, screamed while spitting, at one of the students for doing something stupid in the yard. Not life threatening just stupid. Had I not already invested money in the whole planning, rental and training I would have headed home due to the total lack of professionalism. The verbal abuse was beyond what I can describe in a posting here. I was the only female so I was actually treated a bit better then the men however, he did scream at me twice for purely ignorant reasons. All the screaming did was create an atmosphere of fear, defensiveness and doubt. Everyone there had invested their money in this training so they couldn't leave. But I guarantee not one person from my class would recommend the school oh, and a few from the class before us who didn't pass with their classmates, so were in our group until they did.

During the entire training I can honestly say the screaming trainer assisted me in a calm and professional manner TWICE because, I requested him to calm down. TWICE in over a month! And, sadly I was the only person he did this with while everyone else endured the screaming. Some men he was much harder on than others - it was dependent on skill, if someone needed a lot of guidance they were humiliated, screamed at and discourged from asking for assistance, because help came in the form of the above. The two men who had a level of skill that didn't require a lot of guidance weren't treated as poorly. It was truly the worst training experience of my entire life. I attended trade schools in the 80's and college was usually professional - the worst would be an instructor who didn't show up for classes. Yes, it happens even at reputable accredited colleges.

The CDL school had two trainers. One yard and one road. The trainer for the road was professonial, calm and assertive with the students. He let us know when, how and why we screwed up. He was the only saving grace of the entire experience. If it wasn't for him and a few of my classmates, who had prior knowledge and experience, then there's no way I could have learned anything at that particular school (I'm so grateful to my classmates). I'm sorry to report negatively but it's true (I'm still in contact with all classmates and I'm certain they each agree).

We spent a lot of money to be trained in a professional manner and I regret the training experience. The screaming was entirely unnecessary. I would recommend, if I could, that the trainer who screams remain in the office and hire a new trainer for the yard. He sincerely should not be training students in the yard however, from the aspect of the business office, and over the phone, he displays a professionalism that makes it hard to believe he's the same person when he's in the yard training students. What's sad is that he finds his behaviour funny. It's not. Truly - it is not.

Can I say anything positive about my training? The "road trainer" was great and would answer any questions. The cost was decent compaired with other schools however, if that's the only reason you choose this school you need to study and get some experience in a semi BEFORE you attend school there. That way all they're doing is providing you with the truck to accomplish the task. Well, this was a bit of open journaling and I appreciate the opportunity to share. Now, I'm just excited to start a new career. Best of luck to all new drivers!

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