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    Fairhope, AL

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    Rookie Team Driver

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    2 years, 8 months ago

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Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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Waiting on an express code

Thanks for the responses. Brett u are absolutely right about the weekend crew. I looked back at my dates on the calendar and every time I've had to wait it was because I had to wait on after hours or weekend crew :)

So I guess I need to start asking when I check in if there will be any extra fees so I can start the process as soon as possible during those times I'm stuck with the skeleton crew so I can save myself some frustration. I don't know why I didn't catch on to that pattern before now.

I love this sight. Everyone is so helpful! Having a sight like this definitely helps me as a newer driver make better choices in how to deal with frustrating situations. Its hard starting off in a new career with very little training and support from the company you work for. That's not a comment against my company. It's just the nature Of this business because we are out here pretty much alone managing ourselves and our time.

Thanks guys :)

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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Waiting on an express code

I'm just curious to hear from people who work from different companies about this subject...

Its normal for me to have to wait 2 plus hours to get an express code when I'm at a shipper or receiver. Its frustrating for obvious reasons... My drive time is being wasted, my trailer was "released" 2 hours ago so my company certainly won't be paying me detention pay for my time they wasted, I won't get paid detention when I show up at my receiver late, etc.

I'm just curious if this is a normal experience at most companies?

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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I'm pregnant and a newer driver.

Unfortunately I don't have a choice In this matter now... I had the beginnings of cervical cancer about 7 years ago and had to get pieces of my cervix cut out. I can't carry the baby to term so the doctor said I need to terminate the pregnancy....

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Frustrated with my company!!

Hahaha.... I made it 3 miles from my next pick up and 1 of my trailer airbags exploded!! Could all these airbag issues I'm having be weather related?? Now that its warm outside....

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Frustrated with my company!!

I appreciate the advice. Im feeling much more calm now that I've vented. My contract is 9 months so I just have til October. I really wanted to be with my first company for a year, so hopefully things start getting better. I'm hoping to get into the flatbed division hauling pods before I move on so I can add that to my experience.

I'm just going to keep driving and hope for the best....

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Frustrated with my company!!

I have had issues the whole time. My paychecks have been wrong consistently as well. Its frustrating to have to call payroll every week and then wait to get paid. The past 3 weeks have just been especially frustrating with all the breakdowns on top of everything else......

I can tell you that I do communicate my concerns in a professional manor when I have issues. I was in customer service a long time before I started trucking. I always wait until I'm calm before I call. I always treat people with the same respect I would like to be treated with.

I am trying to stick it out. I feel like this company treats people however they feel like because they are churning new drivers out so quickly and often, that everyone else is replaceable. I took the train the trainer course my 1st week of breakdowns because I had the time and I enjoy training....plus better pay helps, but I kind of feel like training ppl that are just going to quit in 1 to 3 months is kind of a waste of time.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Frustrated with my company!!

So I went to school with CR England on January 1st. I got my CDL 6 days later, did orientation, and was out on the road by January 15th. I love this career. I started doing this because I have some financial goals I am trying to reach in the next 3 to 5 years....

My frustration about my current situation is the company itself....

I am almost at 6 months (I've had 3 days since 1/15/17 off...all the other time off was a rolling reset ) I don't ask for time off because I'm out here to drive miles. I manage my time very efficiently, I get a lot of miles in...especially with being governed at 60/62, I am on time 99% of the time, blah blah blah....

All that being said, I don't understand how a company like this can afford to have such a blatant disregard for how they treat their employees. Office employees have been rude several times, I was broke down a total of 1 week out of the past 3 weeks and was paid $50 for layover, im on my 3rd truck in 3 weeks, I have spent countless hours in the past 3 weeks getting trailers fixed because no one can afford to sit and wait with broken equipment and only get paid $25 a day, at $25 a day its like they are encouraging drivers to just drive broken equipment....

I understand that in this business you will have good weeks and bad weeks, equipment breaks down over time...

I am having a very hard time staying with this company right now. After 3 weeks of very little pay I was asked to pick up a load yesterday that a driver was supposed to,pick up the previous day and was told I would drop it at one of our yards because it would need to be rescheduled. I agreed to dropping it in the yard in Illinois but let them know I was waiting on a load to salt lake city because I had a medical procedure being done in 2 days.....

After I accepted the load I was told to drive it to its destination in Wisconsin and that I am a work in appointment.... I have now been here for 11 hours which is all unpaid time because the load was late before I even picked it up. I have to sit here for another 1 and a half hours because no one at After hours in my company can give me an authorization to pay the late fee they are demanding before I am allowed to leave.....

This is like a normal occurrence here. I am so frustrated right now!! This is just like the icing on the 3 weeks ive just made it through. Ive been telling myself that every other big company is probably just as poorly managed as this one with the same kind of problems, but every day its like the frustration just keeps getting worse. I hate bad mouthing anyone. I made my mind up that I would start with this company with an open mind and form my own opinion. The opinion I have so far is that I should have listened to the reviews online because I am struggling right now. I am going to try to make it another 3 months, but I'm getting to the point of snapping. I can make more money at McDonald's than I have averaged the last 3 weeks....

Any advice??

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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I'm pregnant and a newer driver.

I got my cdl at the beginning of the year and have been driving with my company for a little over 5 months. I found out this week that I am pregnant. It was very unexpected news as im not supposed to be able to get pregnant. I'm 35 and single. I can't find any info on my company website about any kind of policies in place for pregnant drivers. I don't want to call and ask anyone because I'm afraid I might be discriminated against at some point. Has anyone on here driven for a company while pregnant? I need some insight as to what I might be looking at dealing with if I decide to have a baby...

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Cr england utah starting on 1/3/2017

Today is day 8 pm the road with my trainer. During your 1st 180 hours of driving u make $10/hr. On duty not driving is your state minimum wage.

Luckily my trainer rocks and let's me run my clock out everyday as long as I feel safe to drive!! This has been an awesome experience so far. My biggest challenge was driving out of Brooklyn new York back to Pennsylvania. We just dropped our 3rd load off in Phoenix this morning and now we are headed to cali!!

It looks like there are plenty of miles to run if your willing to keep driving. I heard a lot of ppl whining about their miles, so I'm going to assume that they don't get them because of their own personal work ethic issues. We always have a new load to pick up days before we drop the load we are carrying. My time management skills are definitely being tested. I'm here to make money though so keep the loads coming :)

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Cr england utah starting on 1/3/2017

Ok guys. My 1st trip out today with my new trainer.

80,000 lbs Up a mountain In the dark

Made it fine. I'm exhausted and going to bed. I will update tomorrow!!

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Cr england utah starting on 1/3/2017

My trainer decided he was sick of training and switched to team driving. So I'm waiting on a new trainer and should hopefully be pulling out this weekend. I will update as soon as I head out.

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Cr england utah starting on 1/3/2017

There is a bus that goes to walmart multiple times a day. If you are on a seriously tight budget I suggest ramen noodles because ppl steal food out of the fridge often. They do not provide any food here. There is a restaurant and a store in the building but it gets pricy to shop here every day.

As far as the cold goes.....be prepared with heavy winter gear. I HATE being cold and I survived by wearing half my clothes everyday and still freezing my butt off. If you want something bad enough you focus on your goal and you remember what you came here for. When I involved myself 100% in the training and stayed focused the cold wasn't as bad. But I would have been way less cold if I had come better prepared.

I wanted to do school and training here during this time of year because I wanted to be with an experienced trainer in these conditions.... instead of being out by myself next winter wondering what I should do.

As far as money goes it's really hard to say how much a person will need. I would say as much as you can bring since it will be about 3 weeks until your first paycheck. It's about 10 days from the start of school until you pass your test and get hired. Then you wait for your trainer to pick you up so you can get your 180 hours of road time to move up to the next level.

I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Cr england utah starting on 1/3/2017

I have more awesome news. I was outside taking a smoke break today and ran into a guy who happens to be an over the road trainer. We started talking and he told me he was waiting to get assigned a new student and truck to train. I felt like we hit it off well and I liked the way he respects what he does for a living and his work ethic. I told him he sounded like someone I would like to train with. When I saw him later he let me know he got me assigned to his truck!!

This Is awesome news because I have met a lot of ppl here who had to wait a week before they were placed with a trainer. I should be on the road in a couple days making money!! Woot woot

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Cr england utah starting on 1/3/2017

2 pairs of gloves with hand warmers.... we were practicing in negative 2 degree wheather. Come prepared..... you will need some insulated coveralls will keep you way less miserable. I didn't have the money for those so I wore almost my entire wardrobe everyday to try and stay layered and warm enough. I suggest wool socks as well and insulated boots. They don't care how cold it is here....school doesn't stop for the cold.

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Cr england utah starting on 1/3/2017

Lol...those are cute dancing bananas. Thank u!

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Cr england utah starting on 1/3/2017

So all weekend I spent 12 hours a day practicing backing and pre trip. I tested this morning after only 6 days of training. I got form D for my pre trip....which was the entire truck!! I am happy to report that I now have my class A CDL!!

This is a crazy intense program. If you are not 100% focused and committed to getting what you can from this school you will fail. I am happy with my choice to come here and I will update some more as I get through orientation and picked up by my trainer.

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Cr england utah starting on 1/3/2017

It's being stubborn. We went out to do our pre trip this morning and it was 2 degrees outside. Hopefully I don't end up with something worse after being out in the cold like this. We did mountain driving today. It was awesome. I'm headed to class for 2 hours and then we will be practicing backing for the next 2 and a half days. Its supposed to warm up to a balmy 43 degrees by sunday. It's going feel like t shirt weather after today.

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Cr england utah starting on 1/3/2017

Day 4. We lost the only other girl in our truck today. So now there are 3 of us which works out to more time to drive for each of us. Crappy way to look at it, but getting booted at this point in the game means u lied about something or you failed the pee test.

Today we did a long pre trip in 11 degree weather which sucked because I had a fever. Then we had to let the instructors borrow our truck for 2 hours because their brakes locked up. So around noon we did a lot more city turning and then ventured out on the freeway. I was terrified originally of driving on all this ice!!!! Because I was seriously not feeling good I just wanted to get it over with so I could get back and snuggle in bed ....where sick ppl should be. I wasn't the least bit nervous. Tomorrow is more pre trip, highway driving , and then backing. I will update soon...

Ps. Even though I feel like crap, I still drug my butt out of bed this morning to go stand in freezing weather and do what I came here to do!! Become a trailer puller.

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Cr england utah starting on 1/3/2017

Day 3 was long. I had class for an hour and then we were off to the range to learn pre trip and go driving for the rest of the day. I froze my butt off for 2 hours while we had a fairly detailed review of a pre trip. Then we were off with a total of 4 students in out truck to spend the day learning to drive and do turns. When we got back our instructor gave us the key to the truck and told us we were welcome to come and practice pre trip until 9pm. All of us went back out after dinner and spent about an hour and a half practicing.

Im not used to the cold weather. Also living in dorms is a lot like living in a petri dish. It's 1am and I woke up with the worst sore chest and throat that I can remember. I have managed to get sick by day 4!! I'm pretty sure i can't call out sick and I can't afford to go to a doctor so I sure hope this isn't too serious. :(

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Cr england utah starting on 1/3/2017

As soon as I pass my test next week and hop in a truck with my trainer. So hopefully I will be earning by the end of next week. For your first 180 hours of training you make 10/hr while driving. State minimum wage for non driving hours worked.

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