Profile For Mark D.

Mark D.'s Info

  • Location:
    Yuma, AZ

  • Driving Status:
    Company Driver In Training

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  • Joined Us:
    9 years, 4 months ago

Mark D.'s Bio

I live in Yuma, AZ - just relocated here from Minnesota in May 2013. I have completed CDL School and training to become a Professional Commercial Truck Driver. Married, enjoying life but need a new career. Heading to Phoenix for orientation the end of August....

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Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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Frustrated Trainee

Once again, great advice from all of you here on T/T - I appreciate it very much. I have some things in the works and it will work out for me. Thanks again everyone, I DO Appreciate it very much.

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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Frustrated Trainee

Thanks StarCar, great way of putting it. lol Thanks, I appreciate it.

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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Frustrated Trainee

I hear ya guys, I do appreciate the tips and fully understand what I need to do. Thanks again, will keep you posted.

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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Frustrated Trainee

Hey Daniel, I may have came across as a complainer but if I am a complainer because I want to learn this business the right way then yep I am a complainer. As for them letting me go, NOT true. That was my choice. I do understand and hear what you're saying, some I agree completely with and some I don't. life on these forums. I will succeed and move on with a better company. Thanks for your input. Mark

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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Frustrated Trainee

Hi Everyone, well I started with my Trainer Wednesday August 4th. (I won't mention company name) Actually let me step back to the 2 days of classroom orientation, complete waste of time. the 2 safety people that were suppose to go through everything with us in orientation were more worried about how early they could get out of work than to teach us anything. On to the 9 days I stayed on my Trainers truck. Right from the start the company decided to run my Trainer and I as a team instead of a training truck. This was not fare to me as I wasn't getting any training or any of my observation time done since the trainer had to sleep so we both could put in our H.O.S. In 9 days I had a total of 7.25 hours of observation time signed off and 3500 miles logged. I did contact my SDM student driver mgr. and my Trainer contacted his FM fleet mgr. several times. their answer was both the same, get the orientation hours done ASAP. I spoke to my Trainer and his answer was "pack your stuff and run from this company" NOT at all the way I wanted to start my Driving career. I am home regrouping and checking with other companies so I am not at all throwing in the towel but what do you veterans think, should I have sucked it up and stuck it out and kept putting up with their B.S. or??? Thanks, I appreciate any constructive advice for sure. Thanks for listening. Mark

Posted:  9 years, 3 months ago

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Day One is tomorrrow!!!

Exactly, my instructor at school gave me an extra pre-trip packet to leave by the toilet at home. lol, funny but it did help just to read even 1 page while doing your business. He also said take it 1 page at a time which actually did help me. you'll be spouting it off to your instructors before you realize it. Good luck

Posted:  9 years, 3 months ago

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Orientation Complete

Daniel, let's go I am ready. lmao

Posted:  9 years, 3 months ago

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Orientation Complete

Nope, wasn't me. I am still waiting for my Trainer to call. Hopefully get on the road today. Keep it safe out there everyone. Mark

Posted:  9 years, 3 months ago

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Orientation Complete

Thanks Brett, I will definitely do an update soon. Yeah, my roommate at the Hotel is from Werner and he is waiting for his Truck to get a new Transmission. He is pretty new with Werner also and he said the same about being patient. We're hanging out and making the best of it. I have also got a bunch of their Computer Based Trainings done also so it hasn't been completely unproductive. Thanks again Brett for this awesome site. Mark

Posted:  9 years, 3 months ago

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Orientation Complete

Hey Dan, yeah I have heard it is pretty nice. I am sure I will see it one of these weeks. Phoenix is alright, the Hotel they have us at is in a pretty sketchy part of town. lol, probably wasn't the best planning on my part to do Orientation on a Holiday weekend. I do have a roommate that also drives for Werner so I have been getting a ton of tips. Yeah I will definitely be here tomorrow. Safe travels to ya.

Posted:  9 years, 3 months ago

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Orientation Complete

Thanks Andy, I appreciate. I did my CDL training in Yuma, AZ. Yuma Truck Driving School. Werner Enterprises Home is actually in Omaha Nebraska. We just did our orientation at the Phoenix Terminal due to it being the closest to my home. Good luck to you. Mark

Posted:  9 years, 3 months ago

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Orientation Complete

Completed orientation with Werner Enterprises today, now just hanging out at the Hotel in Phoenix, AZ waiting for a Trainer/Mentor to become available. Looking forward to getting back on the road to get this training/mentoring section done. Hope you all are having a great Labor day weekend. Mark

Posted:  9 years, 3 months ago

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What to bring on the road?

PR, No problem at all. Believe it or not I do understand your point and I can see how some of the experienced veterans could get sick of weeding through "us newbies" ? after ?. I am SO thankful for the people that do take the time with things like this. I entered CDL school approx. 3 weeks ago and I now have my CDL with all the endorsements in hand after a ton of work on my instructors and my part. I don't and won't take any of this for granted as things can happen so damn fast with all the weight we're hauling that sometimes I ask a simple question before doing my part in the research dept. Thank you all again, I do appreciate it more than you know. Mark

Posted:  9 years, 3 months ago

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What to bring on the road?

Thanks Brett and Joe. I appreciate it.

Posted:  9 years, 3 months ago

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What to bring on the road?

Thanks Guy, I appreciate it.

Posted:  9 years, 3 months ago

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What to bring on the road?

Thanks Mistelle, I appreciate the input. Mark

Posted:  9 years, 3 months ago

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What to bring on the road?

I will be heading to Phoenix on the 29th of this month to start orientation with Werner Enterprises. This might be a silly question but what are the most important items to bring with. I will have 2 days of class room style orientation and then be introduced with my Trainer and continue right into 275 hours of driving training. Some things I feel are obvious (CDL, SSN Card, Clothes, Money for the next 6 weeks, Boots, Tennis Shoes, Prescription Glasses/Sunglasses, Jacket, Hat Ibuprofen) I am now looking for the not so obvious things. I know I won't have much space for lots of things so looking for the expert tips on here again. Use a suitcase or duffel bag? Thank You in advance for sharing your advice with this. Mark

Posted:  9 years, 3 months ago

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"I Passed :-) "

Thanks Daniel, Tanya and Tracy I appreciate it very much. Tracy, you're welcome and I did enjoy serving my country. I was stationed with a Helicopter Squadron in Norfolk VA. Enjoyed it but not a career for me obviously. lol Thanks for serving yourself.

Posted:  9 years, 3 months ago

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I passed?...I passed!!!

Congrat's to you Jason, Awesome job. Good luck to you with the next step.

Posted:  9 years, 3 months ago

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"I Passed :-) "

Thanks again everyone, I truly appreciate it. It's definitely a good day.

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