Profile For Asian Princess

Asian Princess's Info

  • Location:
    tacoma, WA

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Team Driver

  • Social Link:
    Asian Princess On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 4 months ago

Asian Princess's Bio

I earned my CDL in July of 2015. My husband and I have been married for 3 years and he is retiring from his Teamster job with Ruan in March. We plan on Team Driving, and I am super excited about this grand adventure we are about to embark upon!!!

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Posted:  2 years ago

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Metro pcs on the road

I have Verizon my husband has metro. I'm thrilled and pleased he is ****ed off and frustrated. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ outside of metropolitan areas rarely has service. He is going to switch to Verizon soon as we get into a city.

Posted:  2 years ago

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Six week update with Werner!!!

Great to hear from you - that's a great post, very entertaining!

I hope you can get to the point where Norm can rest a little better, it sounds like he's working two full time jobs just trying to keep up with you! He's a good man!

He is a wonderful husband and awesome partner!! And yes he is burning the candle at both ends... For both our sakes I hope he can sleep while I drive. I struggled the first few days to sleep... When your in the bunk it feels like every pot hole and bump is ten feet deep.

Posted:  2 years ago

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Six week update with Werner!!!

It's been six weeks and it feels like a year!!! So team driving with my husband who is also my trainer.... KILL HIM.... DIVORCE HIM.... RUN OVER HIM.... Just a few thoughts that go through my head daily. On the other hand.... HE IS AMAZING.... HOW DID HE BACK THAT IN.... GOD I LOVE HIM.... Also run through my head, so it's all good I think. In my research prior to this endeavor I read that team driving with your significant other can be the worst or the best of times and I AGREE!!!! I'm high strung easily excited intense quick fuse and generally a " pistol" as my husband describes me. He is calm, steady laid back patient and long suffering!! Luckily we laugh... A LOT .... At each other and whatever predicament we are in at the moment. We are also really goal oriented and focused on achieving the plans we set before we agreed to go OTR together.... That helps when things get dicey and one of us starts thinking surely there's easier ways to make money and achieve our goals!!

So driving for Werner has been good. I have nothing to compare it to and can only say we have been treated well. Our FM has been patient with us and seems like he knows what he is doing. Our load assignments were fairly short easy routes the first week then progressively longer as the weeks go on. I had oral surgery scheduled two weeks in, couldn't be helped but he got us routed home in time and I was impressed. Our Qualcomm rarely goes off unless it's a load assignment or change, meaning we are not micromanaged. We plan our own trip, breaks and fuel stops... There's a booklet of approved fuel stations we choose from but when and where is up to us. My one and only real complaint .... Wish they had inverters or APUs.... But I've adapted and Norm only cares because I care!!

The driving has been great. My first few days I was a wreck, the fog line seemed to mysteriously move left whenever I drove. I flinched every time another rig passed me and road construction signs sent a shiver of fear through my whole body..... Driving between the traffic cones or barrels had me clenched up in knots so tight that I felt my abs getting firmer after the first week, SWEET!!! Speaking of road construction, do they measure the lane to ensure a semi can actually pass through?????!!!

I refused to do any backing the first week.... Moving forward safely seemed the higher priority, to me anyway. I'm sure our Elogs looked ridiculous, what with me making him jump into the driver seat at every cons or shipper. Luckily Werner requires trainees to stair step their driving n on duty hours and I decided that I didn't need to be super trucker trainee. I'm truly fortunate that my trainer is highly invested in my SUCCESS and getting those miles in weren't the high priority.... I worked up the courage to do my first backing at a shipper early in the second week. We discovered something that neither of us knew going in.... Norm is AWFUL HORRIBLE TERRIBLE NO GOOD at teaching backing manueavers!!!! He can do it blindfolded one arm tied up and psychedelic lights n music blaring but for the life of us, he can't explain it to me. This is bad. Many foul words were expelled during these "teaching" moments...by both parties. Finally one day I said ... Please shut up and get out of my way.... After 15-20 mins I managed a 45 on my own. So we have agreed that letting me fight it out on my own is preferable to his conflicting directions and my short fuse being lit!!

We have gotten into a rhythm now, I wouldn't say it's true team driving yet... More like Solo plus plus!! I average 400-450 miles a day, and feel good with that for now. Norm has trouble sleeping when I'm driving... No CLUE why?? But hopefully that gets better.

I have lots more to say but I'll save it for another day!!

Safe travels friends!

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Husband n Wife team.... Our saga to becoming drivers for Werner Enterprises

Congrats! Keep working hard and you'll do great! If you have any questions, particularly ones specific to Werner, feel free to ask and I'll gladly answer, assuming I know the answer! Lol.

Thank you very much!!! Our fleet manager seems great as well as the night shift dispatcher! Got another load to take to Oklahoma City .... We're cookin now!

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Husband n Wife team.... Our saga to becoming drivers for Werner Enterprises

Started our maiden voyage to NM from AZ last night around 1130pm. Got the load info at 7pm pre tripped n pre planned n hooked up empty by 930pm then sat at terminal till 1015pm waiting for the release of our empty trailer. Reminded me a lot of my Army days... Hurry up and wait!! Pulled over for the night around 330am... Bunk was .... Cozy... Good thing I like to spoon!! I drove all day, and it was glorious!!!! Taking our 30 now and ready to drop our first load. SUCESS!!

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Scared of becoming a truck driver. Please help me!

Sidebar: I love how threads with topics that have no real relevance to me personally can be filled with excellent information quite relevant!!

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Husband n Wife team.... Our saga to becoming drivers for Werner Enterprises

Your fleet manager usually won't work weekends, though they usually do a Saturday every so often. Dealing with the night and weekend people can be a real pain and it's not uncommon to have long hold times on nights and weekends because they run skeleton crews then. I try to avoid calling on weekends as much as possible.

Good to know! Is that also true for the Qualcomm communications?

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Husband n Wife team.... Our saga to becoming drivers for Werner Enterprises

I've been with them for a year now. The best advice I can give is just work hard, get your loads there on time, don't complain when you get the occasional crappy load. Be the person your fleet manager can depend on to get stuff done and not the person who's calls he/she dreads.

When you have a good relationship with your fleet manager, they will take care of you.

Great advice!! I'm confident we will do well. We aren't complainers and tend to roll with the program, understanding that crappy loads are part of the job.

I'm hoping it's just because of the holiday weekend but we have not been able to get a hold of the fleet manager. Have been on hold for over 45 mins on four separate attempts in the past two days. A little disconcerting!! Finally got myself logged in as a trainee on the Qualcomm today, so I know someone at headquarters is alive!! We will be ready to accept a load Monday so let's hope someone in our fleet support will answer the phone!! Lol

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Sleep apnea question

I was recently diagnosed with sleep apnea and once I started my application blitz every single company wanted a copy of my sleep study and last 30 days compliance data from my cpap. Some wanted 90 days.

I suggest you see your primary care physician and have another sleep study done ASAP. I'll tell you right now, even with terrific insurance it's a pricey test!! However with your recent weigh loss you might be able to get away with a pulse oximetry test which is done at home, and considerabley less expensive. If you no longer have it then problem solved. If you end up doing the full study you will be issued a new machine with the data card and thus be able to prove compliance.

Just remember to factor in 2-3 months for the study to be scheduled and THEN another 2-3 months of compliance history into your job searching.

Good luck!

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Husband n Wife team.... Our saga to becoming drivers for Werner Enterprises

Ah ok, I've been at the Lithia springs terminal in Georgia this week.

Hi there! So how long have you been driving for Werner? Any words of advice?

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Husband n Wife team.... Our saga to becoming drivers for Werner Enterprises

What terminal were you at?

Phoenix

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Husband n Wife team.... Our saga to becoming drivers for Werner Enterprises

Well it's Friday and we have been assigned a truck!! A 2016 Freightliner Cascadia AT only has 47k miles on it .... And she's a beauty!! I'm a bit sad that my first experience as a " real" driver won't be a manual, I'm actually really good with the gears. However, my hubbys left hip will be thanking us profusely and I'm sure that creep mode will be much appreciated by us both in city traffic.

Norm is on his final day of train the trainer and should be released within the next couple hours. I'm about to start the " nesting" process and make Stormy a home. Yes, I've named our truck Stormy and there's a story behind it, which I'll save for another day!

We came to Orientation during Werners 60th anniversary celebrations and Driver appreciation week, and everyone is all smiles and helpfulness at the terminal. The hotel the trainees are placed into has recieved quite a bit of negative commentary from all that I have met who are staying there, which makes me grateful that we have been able to stay at my mom's!!! The room service is excellent!! And FREEE!!!!!

I was done with all my CBTs ( computer based training) on Monday, essentially done with orientation. So I was told to attend several classes, backing, pre trip inspection and pre trip planning, equipment, smith system.... All classes I need before I become a qualified driver anyway, so got those out of the way. I have numerous handouts and pamphlets covering everything from 401k, stock options to how to do a proper 90 backing and sexual harrassment. We have been fed breakfast and lunch up till Monday, then just lunch only.

Thus far my experience has been pleasant and enjoyable for the most part. Eager to see what the next phase brings......

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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In serious need of a pep talk...

Got most of my packing done today for Orientation and training. Really hope I'm not forgetting anything!!

2 days until Kansas...

Leaving on Tuesday around noonish. Gotta fix some lights on the car tomorrow and take care of a few last minute things but otherwise I'm ready to roll!

I'm excited for you chickiemonster!!! Don't worry about how long it's been since you drove or backed. I got my CDL July of 2014 and I popped into my CDL school last month to knock the rust off. Drove around Tacoma for 30 mins then dropped it into the 90 with one pull up... Like riding a bike... It all came right back. School is one thing, but now the real world looms ahead and I personally don't care how long or how many times I pull up as long as I don't hit something and get it into the dock within the day!! πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ™πŸΎπŸ™πŸΎπŸ˜πŸ˜ of course I'm fortune enough to have an experienced co pilot as my husband . Look forward to hearing your orientation experience!! Good luck!

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Husband n Wife team.... Our saga to becoming drivers for Werner Enterprises

I wanted to talk about our Orientation experience. Day one was full of paperwork and the drug screening and physical. Lots of forms and computer work. The lady who oversaw the first day was friendly and knowledgeable and funny! We are staying with my mom, which I'm thrilled about, but otherwise we would have been housed at the LaQuinta Inn. There is a shuttle that takes people back and forth from the terminal to the hotel at various times throughout the day. We filled out a breakfast and lunch menu and the food was quite good when it arrived, my only complaint was the serving times!! Breakfast came at 9:45am and we had been up since 5am so we were VERY hungry!! lunch came around 1:30pm, and as I said it was quite good! We watched several videos and started our CBT's... Computer based training, which covers all manner of important subjects ranging from sexual harassment to the types of fuel and additives Werner wants us to use. Day two was a repeat of day one without the drug screening, and included a quarterly Saftey Meeting, and a Pre-Trip inspection. Thus completing my two day orientation. As I said earlier, Norm has another week to do. I'll come back with further reports!!

Tanya

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Husband n Wife team.... Our saga to becoming drivers for Werner Enterprises

Thanks for sharing your story. I enjoyed reading it and I'm sure it'll be an inspiration for others. Wonder what kind of truck you'll be in?

Werner has Peterbilts, Frieghtliners and Kenworths all less then two years old, so I'll be happy with whatever as long as it's mechanically sound!!

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Husband n Wife team.... Our saga to becoming drivers for Werner Enterprises

What a great story Tanya! You kept pushing on thru trials and obstacles and you are now on your way to your dream!! I wish you and Norm the best of luck and let us know how everything goes.

I would also recommend private schooling to everyone. I had a great experience as well with a lead trainer who has done it all and seen it all and had many wisdom nuggets for us! I struggled like you and I was able to reschedule my test and get extra help on the areas I need (90 angle dock and downshifting).

I wish we had a hug smiley because I would use it right now! Here's a great big hug from me to you! Hope to see you out there someday!

Thank you!! We had a couple other obstacles and it took some patience and determination, but it never crossed my mind to quit.... My philosophy is unless they lock the doors and throw away the key there's always another way in!!

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Husband n Wife team.... Our saga to becoming drivers for Werner Enterprises

Hi everyone!! A little background before I launch into our orientation experience. My husband Norman has been driving regional for over 27 years and as a teamster retires next month. As we were discussing our future it came out that he wasn't truly ready for the recliner!! So I came up with the crazy idea of team driving. It took some convincing that I was serious!! I poured over YouTube videos scoured sites like this one and determined my course of action. It took another 9 months to put into action my plan, but eventually I graduated from a private CDL school ( DRM CDL School in Tacoma Wa) . Let me say a word about CDL school here. My personal recommendation is if you can afford it or find a way to use grant money, GI bill or however you manage it... A highly regarded and respected private school with a class size maximum of 4-5 students is FANTASTIC!!!! My instructor had over 30 years experience driving, every kind of tractor trailer and OTR as well as local. Beyond teaching me how to drive, he imparted invaluable information concerning the industry, and shared immeasurable wisdom. A private school has the luxury as well as the motivation to ensure you REALLY know how to drive, they are invested in your success as a student because it directly impacts their future business. My instructor spent over 30 hrs alone in backing with me, one on one, because I just couldn't grasp the dynamics ( I couldn't even mange to get the trailer to go straight let alone do a 45 or 90 or 100 offset!!!) . The last three days before our official graduation date the light bulb came on and he nearly wept with joy when I did my first perfect 45 & 90 with zero pull-ups zero errors!! He also helped place the other 3 students in jobs after graduation.... Well spent 4K in my humble opinion.

Ok back to my plans of team driving. Took a little researching and applications to find the right fit. Our primary objective was to find a company that would allow my husband to be my trainer. This was in fact a deal breaker. I started putting out applications six months before we were actually ready to pull the trigger. Good thing too because a couple issues came up, one being I was diagnosed with sleep apnea! That whole process from the sleep study to the use of the cpap ( a special note, most companies want 2-3 months worth of compliance reports for your cpap) took 4-5 months to resolve, so I'm very glad I started early. Werner offered us what we needed and we we pre qualified about two months before our projected retirement date.

The week before our Orientation date while I was packing up our house, putting everything in storage and basically planning to be " homeless" an issue with my MVR came up... I had a suspended license in NM where I hadn't lived in 15 years!!! Talk about shock!! I had paid the ticket on a simple moving violation but a failure to submit a document to the DMV had resulted in a bench warrant n suspension, all unbeknownst to me!! So the day before we turn in the keys to our rental say goodbye to my grown kids I'm informed that my orientation invite was rescinded. Now what do we do??? The house has been rented out already, everything we own except what we need for life on the road is packed away!! So, we took a big breath and stepped out on faith! My mom lives five minutes from where we were to have training and we were going to be staying with her anyway, so we got on the road and spent next four days while driving from Tacoma, WA to Phoenix, AZ discussing our options and doing a lot of praying!! On day three of our trip Norm's recruiter called and was shocked to find out about my situation. Norm told him he wasn't interested in driving solo n our goal wasn't for me to be a passenger. After discussing the circumstances of my suspension, Matt ( the recruiter) said a simple administrative error 15 years ago shouldn't prevent me from being hired and he was going to see what he could do. Let me note here that I had to pay 27.00 to have the suspension lifted and it took less then a day to process, but on paper it looked bad... 15 year suspension!! I was never angry at Werner, in fact I'm glad that they have standards and want quality drivers with good records. So with a little hope we continued on our trek to Phoenix. The next evening Matt called and asked if we were still on our way to Phoenix and told us if we were to show up for Orientation the next morning at 630 am!!! BOTH OF US!!! How he pulled off this miracle, I don't know but we are grateful!!!

Well we finished up day two yesterday, and this next week Norm goes through Train the Trainer so he can train me. Our hair follicle drug test should be back Monday and there is a Driver Appreciation celebration happening all week so I'm eager to meet more drivers and other personnel in the terminal. By end of the week we will hopefully be assigned a truck and get our first load!!! It's been a bit of a trial already, but I'm confident we will overcome!! Sorry for the long read. Be safe Tanya

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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The Grand Adventure

If you want to watch a really good husband and wife Team driving vlog, I would check out Lovin Truckin. They drive for XPO/Conway

Will be looking forward to reading about your adventures.

Stay safe

Thank you for that link!! I love watching vlogs!! I see and pick up so much that the vlogger doesn't even realize is helpful... Like the blanket over the bunk area, to block out light. You guys are great!! Thank you!

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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High road training

Just my opinion but the high road training program is awesome. I took all my tests and passed with flying colors. Even though I passed tankers and hazmat I cant get those on my permit until I show that I passed my skills tests. I got fingerprinted for hazmat and applied for twic card today. I am going to prime feb 1, hope I am not forgetting anything. It would have been much more difficult if I hadn't found this site and all the information I have got off here. Thanks

I agree 100%!!!! I completed my classes and graduated in July this year. I was worried I had forgotten everything since I haven't been driving/working, so I took a bunch of the tests to see how bad the situation was and much to my joy passed everything I took!

I don't know if the testing questions are standardized throughout all the states, but regardless it can only help you! I went to a private school 160 hrs.... I think I actually got 200 of which 100 hrs was spent on backing!!! It was brutal, I almost caused my instructor to close up shop and take up knitting!! Took me two tries to pass my backing skills test, but nailed it with a perfect score second go around.. Zero errors zero pull ups!!! Good luck to all who are headed to school, if I did it I KNOW anyone can who has the determination and desire!!

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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The Grand Adventure

Thank you Brett, it's kind of a toss up right now, but regardless personally it doesn't matter to me.... I'm in it for the experience, chance to see parts of our great nation I've never been to before and opportunity to bond with my husband .... Though from some of the couples postings it appears the big question is who will survive and where will the body be disposed!!!

I want to thank you personally for this site. It has been a wealth of information and as time goes on I hope we can make our own contributions. I'm into social media and have done lots of blogging in the past, so be prepared! The High road training program is AWESOME!! Even though I graduated in July and have my license I haven't driven and was worried I'd forgotten everything I learned. I took a slew of the quizzes and was greatly pleased to discover that I'd retained most of the book knowledge!!

I feel very fortunate that my husband has over 27 years driving experience and that if we can work it out as we want, he will be my trainer.... The trainer horror stories has me freaked out as they say!! I'll post updates as we go along!

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