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    Smiths Station, AL

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    Company Driver In Training

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    3 years, 5 months ago

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Posted:  4 days, 13 hours ago

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Update. Retirement and Werner

Made it through my first day of training. Got a little over 400 miles and 5 total backs. After the first few minutes of being nervous and getting used to the truck I had fun driving most of the time. One thing that is gonna take some getting used too is backing in an automatic. I had only used manual before and i will say it’s a bit different.

My trainer had to get a full service done so I got to experience that first thing, then got to do a truck wash.

Once we got to the DG Dc and dropped off the empty , we got our new assignment and hooked up to a new trailer. Thank goodness for a thorough pretrip. 2 severely leaking hubs and top front corner marker out. Would have been nice if the Last driver would have taken the time to red tag it. Would have only taken him 5 additional minutes. Instead we got to wait on it to get fixed.

So day 1 is in the books. Ready to see what tomorrow has in store!

Posted:  1 week ago

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Update. Retirement and Werner

G-town that is some solid advice. I truly appreciate that Also I commend your bravery for running the NE. I have no desire to run there. I also hear that Walmart can be a pain to deal with as well.

I am fortunate that I know my trainer is a solid dude. He’s been on the account for 2 years and loves it. I know he doesn’t take half measures Nd takes training seriously. That being said I know that when I’m solo it’s all on me.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Update. Retirement and Werner

I know rat pack , I have never been accused of being the brightest tool in the socket. I mean the sharpest bulb in the shed...😀 Truly I appreciate the concern, so we will find out. What happened to the Crete diary? I was looking forward to reading. I really enjoyed your daily log.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Update. Retirement and Werner

I appreciate the well wishes guys. I thought about it long and hard. If it doesn’t work out I will switch. I’ll try my best to update the training process and my solo adventures. Stay tuned!!

Posted:  1 week ago

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Update. Retirement and Werner

Packrat

I know that it’s not recommended for rookies, but I’m going to do the Dollar general account. I will either be successful or get my ears pealed back.

I rode with my buddy on the account for a week and really enjoyed it. So we shall see.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Update. Retirement and Werner

Ok , I’m now officially a Werner employee. Orientation Made the trip from Alabama up to Lithia Springs, Ga Tuesday evening and got checked into the hotel. The room wasn’t bad. Overall the hotel was pretty nice. You have to pick up breakfast the night before in a brown bag.

Wed morning the shuttle showed up to take ppl who didn’t have their own transport to the terminal , which is about 2 miles away. I was able to drive my own car to the terminal. For those with rental cars they drove to the terminal and turned in the keys.

Day 1 Wed was the physical and drug test which was urine and hair ( I told them to get the grey hair from my chest) and a lot of paperwork . Lunch is provided. More paperwork, and towards the end of the day the instructor took us out to a truck and showed us how Werner wanted a pre trip conducted.

Day 2 Thursday. Showed up at the same time And did a bunch of computer based training and more briefings . Lunch was provided again. After lunch a lady came in and told us what accounts we were scheduled for and that all cbts had to be done for the next day. And now all we had to do was wait for our drug test results to come back and for trainers. We were cut lose around 3pm.

Today Friday I waited at the hotel until they said I was good to go for my ua results and talked to my trainer. Lucky for me I was able to come home to spend tonight and I will drive to him tomorrow and get put in a hotel. (My experience there is a little different because I know my trainer and requested him specifically)

Overall impression is that I was treated very well. Everything was ran very orderly. Lots of info, lots of things to accomplish but was treated with the utmost respect and our instructor Robert who was in the safety department had just came off the road with a million plus miles under his belt answers every question to the best of his ability. They were very upfront about the safety policies. Get caught doing a uTurn =get let go. Get caught sleeping on the side of the road or Underpass=get let go. Idle when it’s appropriate, but don’t run your truck constantly or go way out of route.

Most importantly and I heard this a lot “You are the captain of your own ship”

I am proud to be part of big blue and am ready to start cranking out some safe miles. Hope y’all are well!

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Endorsements questiom

Congratulations moe! Good job sticking with it! I would get them now while u have time. Why not make yourself marketable? Def get the twic

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Update. Retirement and Werner

Thanks guys. Tbh it feels weird being out of the service. I think that’s expected when you start something at 18 and end at 42. I don’t know if other companies give you employees access to their sites but Werner does. So until i leave for orientation I am trying to get ahead of the power curve by studying up on all the company policies and whatever I can to keep myself busy. They have over 500 classes on their e learning option. Hopefully they won’t make me retake the mandatory ones during orientation but if so oh well. They have lots of useful info and it seems they try to set their drivers up for success. My buddy has been there for 3 years and really enjoys the company.and from what I saw in my ride along I think it will be a good fit.

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Update. Retirement and Werner

In the title I meant UPDATE and really need to word check before I hit submit lol

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Update. Retirement and Werner

Well I finally retired from the army last week. 24 years as an armor crewman. Lots of mixed emotions. Happy for the milestone, but like trucking , career military is a way of life and I am gonna miss some of it. TBH I was stuck at a desk for the past 3 years instead of being on a tank which was my true passion so I didn’t have much in the way of job satisfaction. Got my cdl back in February and have been waiting. Now it’s time. Have an orientation set up with Werner at there ATL terminal on May 27th. That was the closest date they had due to smaller class sizes with the corona virus. I am lucky that I have an army buddy who works as a trainer with Werner and they said I can request him. He was a good NCO with the military and was a damn good trainer there so I have no doubt he will teach me then eat he can. I was able to ride with him as a passenger last week and already learned a ton just from shadowing. The biggest lesson I learned is when returning from your shower at the Pilot/Loves, keep your eyes at mostly ground level and don’t look around or you may see something you do NOT want to see! I inadvertently looked at a truck window and saw either an old woman/man/Jaba the hutt, shirtless, rubbing down pasty, saggy breatsticles in the cab with the light on with not a care in the world 😂😆. Now I know . Hope y’all are well, and if anyone is interested in the troops into transportation program I posted that experience in the training diaries

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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CDL help for Veterans

I just applied for Werner and have an orientation for the 27th of May. That’s the closest they had due to smaller class sizes. Basically troops into transportation will charge your gi bill. But with that they pay for all of your endorsements . Hazmat. Tanker. Doubles and triples. The only thing it doesn’t cover is twic card.

Basically if you take your school paperwork to companies they will pay you back either a portion or the full tuition. Most will pay 3-6000 back even though YOU didn’t come out of pocket. (From what I have found Werner pays the most back, I think up to 10,000)

Some companies offer a 1 yr apprenticeship program, some offer 2. They payout will vary by what city the company is based out of. You get basically an E-5s bah. If you want to know which company has the highest payout (note this shouldn’t be the only reason to go with a company but can be a good tie breaker) search va gi bill comparison tool, instead of college pick apprenticeship, then type in the company name.

As far as the school goes they do a pretty good job getting you ready.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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CDL help for Veterans

Joe,

I did Troops into transportation back in Feb, just retired from the army last week. . I put my experiences in the cdl training diary blog. If you have questions just ask. Or you can email me at raymuncy22@gmail.com

Posted:  1 month ago

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New Grad: decision - prime or covenant ?

You will have to team with covenant for awhile after your training. But I think they give you a bonus for it. I think Werner will let u go solo after you get out with your trainer. I don’t know anything about prime.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Prime Refrigerated - Springfield, Missouri - Spring 2020

What about you packrat? When are we gonna hear about the new job with Crete?

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Schneider or Halvor Lines

I heard that Dean, you gave it a shot. I just retired today. I am waiting for the Va offices to start doing disability physicals before I start at a company. Luckily I have 3 months of leave saved up. I really want to give flatbed a try and see how it goes. Everyone I personally know who has worked for Schneider has seemed to like it.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Schneider or Halvor Lines

Dean R Did training not work out at the company you were having issues with the trainer they gave you?

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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First Week Experience

Dean, you probably already know this but FYI just in case. You will see a lot of different securement methods for chains on YouTube. Some of the reason being is the different trailers and different WLL for the spoils and stake pockets. Find the specs for your specific company trailers

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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First Week Experience

I dunno man, for flatbed that sounds kinda fly by night. Though I know it was hard to get an orientation during the virus. As long as your trainer is teaching, and you are doing things safely just try to swallow the pride and stick with it. Channel your inner jarhead an push through. Ask old school about his trainer. Brutal.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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First Week Experience

Did your company not have any securement training before you went out with the trainer?

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Need help with offers I’ve received

Biggest question is if you prefer to do dry van or flatbed. Also, if percentage has you worried and you want to do flatbed there are plenty of cpm flatbed companies. Maverick, McElroy, Roehl Just because they haven’t contacted you, don’t rule them out, they may not be one of your schools partner carriers.

I am army also

I have an application in with maverick and am going through their prehire process. Their training is supposed to be top notch.I like the fact that you aren’t teaming with their trainers. It’s kinda hard to learn if they are sleeping while you are driving and vice versa. Have you looked into them?

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